For this edition of the 2016 NFL mock draft, contributors Nick Binioris, Mat McWhorter and George Stanley have chipped in, serving as fellow general managers to add a different perspective. Nick’s picks will include (NB) at the end, Mat’s (MM), George’s (GS) and mine (JW).

1. Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff (QB/California)

Jared Goff

I know in my previous mock I said they were taking Carson Wentz, but the Rams have worked out Goff as well and he seems to be the man they eye. It also doesn’t hurt that he is a home-state prospect. (JW)

2. Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz (QB/North Dakota State)

Carson Wentz

You don’t give up that kind of trade package unless you either think you’re getting a franchise quarterback or a family member is being held for ransom. I’ll assume it’s the former. (NB)

3. San Diego Chargers – DeForest Buckner (DE/Oregon)

DeForest Buckner

The Chargers have acquired some younger talent through the draft in the secondary and linebacker core in recent history. They signed Brandon Mebane to potentially start at nose tackle this year. They could really use someone to play the five technique opposite of Corey Liuget to create more interior pressure on the quarterback. Buckner is an ideal fit for an attacking 3-4 and it all starts up front with those three down linemen. (MM)

4. Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)

Ezekiel Elliott

Getting Elliot would add the dynamic back the Cowboys were missing last year. Behind that offensive line, Elliot should have a breakout rookie season. With Tony Romo in the over 35 category, he will need as many runs worked into his offensive workload to save his health. (GS)

5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)

Joey Bosa

Jacksonville drafted Dante Fowler last year, but you can never have enough pass rusher in today’s NFL. Blake Bortles looks like the quarterback of the future, so now the Jagaurs need to find a way to bring down Andrew Luck. (JW)

6. Baltimore Ravens – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)

Laremy Tunsil

The Ravens have been interested in moving on from Eugene Monroe at left tackle as he hasn’t lived up to his big contract. Thanks to the two trades at the top of the draft, they get a player who otherwise wouldn’t have fallen out of the top five. (NB)

7. San Francisco 49ers – Jalen Ramsey (CB/Florida State)

Citadel v Florida State

Ramsey is not only best player available, but he is also at a position of need for the 49ers. After missing out on Josh Norman, it would serve them well to take the highest secondary player in the draft. With the team recently drafting Eric Reid to play free safety, Ramsey will likely play cornerback in their system. (MM)

8. Cleveland Browns – Myles Jack (OLB/UCLA)

Myles Jack

Jack’s injury had surely put doubt in many teams minds. The Browns need a defensive cornerstone to start the franchise’s rebuild. He is too athletic and talented for the Browns to pass here. (GS)

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)

Vernon Hargreaves

His size is a bit of a concern, but the Bucs secondary was a major liability last season. Anterraun Verner was burned and Johnthan Banks only looked better by default. Brent Grimes was brought in, but he turns 33 in July and is past his prime. (JW)

10. New York Giants – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)

Leonard Floyd

The last time the Giants took a linebacker in the first round was 1984, so it’s been a while. Floyd isn’t a traditional linebacker and probably won’t be deployed as one. He’s an athletic, versatile defender who can cover guys in space and rush the passer. The Giants have been looking for a front seven player of his type for a while. (NB)

11. Chicago Bears – Paxton Lynch (QB/Memphis)

Paxton Lynch

I can see the Chicago fanbase not being fond of this pick, but I can definitely see Lynch going in the top 12 of this draft. Not only do I believe Chicago is in the right position to trade down, I believe that they could also be in the market for a quarterback. It was rumored the Bears were open to trading Jay Cutler before the season last year but Cutler ended up having a solid year. If Cutler is cut next year, the Bears only take a cap hit of $2 million. A lot may see this as a reach but there is some recent history in the draft of the third rated quarterback overdrafted when the first two picks are quarterbacks back-to-back. (MM)

12. New Orleans Saints – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)

Laquon Treadwell

With the departure of Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham, Drew Brees could use another large target to throw to. Treadwell’s below-average speed drops him out of the top 10, but he possesses good point-of-catch skills and speed that doesn’t show up in 40 times. This will be a value pick for the Saints. (GS)

13. Miami Dolphins – Eli Apple (CB/Ohio State)

Eli Apple

Miami traded for Byron Maxwell, but he is terrible and came at the cost of Brent Grimes. I can;’t imagine the Dolphins being content with Maxwell as a long-term solution. (JW)

14. Oakland Raiders – Shaq Lawson (DE/Clemson)

Shaq Lawson

The Raiders boast one of the best young edge rushers in the league in Khalil Mack. They’ll need someone to take pressure off of him. Last year’s second round pick, Mario Edwards, was diagnosed with a genetic condition in his neck in December and there’s no guarantee he’ll be able to resume his playing career. Lawson will slide right in opposite Mack for an up and coming Raiders defense. (NB)

15. Tennessee Titans – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)

Ronnie Stanley

The Titans will likely look to shore up the tackle position for their future in Marcus Mariota. Stanley is a player several teams would look to get to play left tackle, but with Taylor Lewan already holding that position down, Stanley could end up being one of the better right tackles in the league with the versatility to play the left side in case of injuries. (MM)

16. Detroit Lions – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)

Jack COnklin
The Lions offensive line was lousy last year. Conklin will provide a tough and athletic body to help keep Matt Stafford upright. With the loss of Calvin Johnson, the Lions will need to shift gears towards the running game. (GS)

17. Atlanta Falcons – Darron Lee (OLB/Ohio State)

Darron Lee

Shaq Lawson is the apple of Atlanta’s eye, but with him gone, the Falcons will need to find an alternate. Lee is not a bad consolation and would provide a long-term solution of Sean Weatherspoon. (JW)

18. Indianapolis Colts – Jarran Reed (DT/Alabama)

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Alabama

I’m not entirely sure how Ryan Grigson is still employed by the Colts but here we are. The Colts defense annually struggles against the run. Reed is a strong run defender. He doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher, but has room to develop into a better one. (NB)

19. Buffalo Bills – Reggie Ragland (ILB/Alabama)

Reggie Ragland

The Bills signed Zach Brown to try and shore up their linebacker core. Whether Brown reshapes his career and becomes a real difference maker remains to be seen. Regardless, the Bills could really use a true middle linebacker to be the general that defense so why not take the best one on the board? (MM)

20. New York Jets – William Jackson (CB/Houston)

William Jackson

The Jets need some youth and depth in their defensive backfield. Jackson has the size and ability to possible be the shutdown corner of the future for the Jets after Revis Island shuts down. With Darrelle Revis there to be his mentor, Jackson has a good future. (GS)

21. Washington Redskins – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)

A'Shawn Robinson

The Redskins defensive line is littered with guys who have mostly been underwhelming in their NFL careers. It also doesn’t help that their best defensive lineman skipped town for New England this offseason. (JW)

22. Houston Texans – Corey Coleman (WR/Baylor)

Corey Coleman

The Texans have an elite wide receiver in Deandre Hopkins and just spent a ton of money on an unproven Brock Osweiler. It would behoove them to give him every opportunity to succeed by surrounding him with weapons. Some think Coleman is the best wide receiver in the draft. (NB)

23. Minnesota Vikings – Sheldon Rankins (DT/Louisville)

Sheldon Rankins

Rankins is quite possibly the best talent on the board at this point. Linval Joseph is on the books for a little over $6 million next year and almost $7 million the year after. They could potentially save $5 million if they choose to move on from him (I doubt they do). They may also opt not to pick up Sharrif Floyd’s option. Either way, Rankins could give them a very good tackle rotation going forward and could potentially give them scheme versatility putting Floyd at defensive end similar to what the Seahawks do (and what Denver did when they ran a 4-3). (MM)

24. Cincinnati Bengals – Josh Doctson (WR/TCU)

Josh Doctson

Adding Doctson opposite to A.J. Green will help fill the voids left by Mohammed Sanu’s and Marvin Jones’ departures in free agency. (GS)

25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mackensie Alexander (CB/Clemson)

Mackensie Alexander

The Steelers have avoided using an early draft pick on a cornerback for too long now. William Gay at age 31 is the teams top cornerback and there is not much depth on the roster behind him. (JW)

26. Seattle Seahawks – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)

Robert Nkemdiche

Until his fall from grace, Nkemdiche was projected as a top five pick. The concerns with him are off the field. Pete Carroll has a history of taking risks on talent. Nkemdiche is as boom or bust as they come but the boom can be an All-Pro level boom. (NB)

27. Green Bay Packers – Vernon Butler (DT/Louisana Tech)

Vernon Butler

The Packers only have one notable player on their defensive line heading into next season in Mike Neal. Considering how important the down linemen are in a 3-4 it would serve them well to invest in talent there. Butler has to potential to to play both nose tackle and defensive end. (MM)

28. Kansas City Chiefs – Kevin Dodd (DE/Clemson)

Kevin Dodd

There is some debate on which Clemson end will go first in the draft. Dodd was a bit inexperienced but showed flashes of being a three down player in the NFL. (GS)

29. Arizona Cardinals – Keanu Neal (FS/Florida)

Keanu Neal

Ryan Kelly is in play here as well, but the Cardinals have had their eye on Neal and given how poorly their safeties played in the NFC Championship, that shouldn’t be a surprise. (JW)

30. Carolina Panthers – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)

Taylor Decker

Cam Newton was able to mask the deficiencies of the Panthers starting tackles last year. At least until they ran into Von Miller in the Super Bowl. Decker falling to the bottom of the first round is a matchup of  value at a position of need. With Josh Norman’s surprise departure this week, CB is also a possibility here. (NB)

31. Denver Broncos – Andrew Billings (DT/Baylor)

Andrew Billings

Billings is good value at the end of the first round and after losing Malik Jackson to free agency, the Broncos will be looking for a way to replace him. Drafting Billings could potentially allow the Broncos to play Sylvester Williams at the five technique, where he could be at better fit. If not, Sly has a fifth year option after the upcoming year and if the Broncos choose to pass on it, they will have insurance. They are also known to rotate defenders fairly often so Billings would get some burn. (MM)

Related Posts