This is my final 2016 Mock Draft. In includes a couple of trades down involving the Cleveland Browns, which allow the Miami Dolphins to move up to #8 and the Atlanta Falcons to move up to #13. Other that those two possible deals, I see every team staying put and making a pick in the first round, except the New England Patriots. Here is a look at my final mock draft:
1. Los Angeles Rams - Jared Goff, QB, California – The Rams didn’t trade up to take anything but a QB. Goff is the most NFL ready QB in this draft and he played his college ball in the state.
2. Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State – The Eagles are taking a big gamble here, as Wentz played against glorified high school teams in college.
3. San Diego Chargers – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi – The Chargers do backflips as they get the best player on their draft board. This move makes Philip Rivers really, really happy.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State – The Dallas Cowboys nab the best defensive player in the entire draft with Ramsey.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State – The Jaguars get the best pass rusher in the draft as they continue to rebuild on the defensive side of the football.
6. Baltimore Ravens – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon – The Ravens get another big piece in helping rebuild on the defensive side of the ball in Buckner.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame – The 49ers take the best player on their board and this would be a great pick for them.
8. Miami Dolphins – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State – The Dolphins have been trying the whole off-season to find a RB and they get the most dynamic one in this draft, but it doesn’t come cheaply, as the Browns get a few picks to aid it’s rebuilding.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida – A weakness turns into a strength for the Bucs, as they team Hargreaves with Pro Bowler Brent Grimes at CB.
10. New York Giants – Shaq Lawson, DE/OLB, Clemson – The Giants want to amp up the pass rush and they will do that with this pick.
11. Chicago Bears – A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama – The Chicago Bears get a bully for the middle of their defense!
12. New Orleans Saints - Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama – Forget all this Paxton Lynch nonsense. The Saints need to improve their run defense and adding Reed is a good first step towards doing that.
13. Atlanta Falcons – Myles Jack, ILB, UCLA – The Atlanta Falcons deal up with the Cleveland Browns to get one of the highest rated players on their draft board.
14. Oakland Raiders – Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama – The Oakland Raiders get a tough guy to help with the run defense.
15. Tennessee Titans – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State – The Titans get a bodyguard for Marcus Mariota.
16. Detroit Lions – Emmanuel Ogbah, DE. Oklahoma State – The Lions get a big time pass rusher to team with Ezekiel Ansah.
17. Cleveland Browns – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU – The Cleveland Browns finally make a pick and they take the best WR on the board.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State – The Colts get a bodyguard for Andrew Luck.
19. Buffalo Bills – Sheldon Rankins, DE, Louisville – The Buffalo Bills nab Rankins to try to amp up the pass rush.
20. New York Jets – Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State – The Jets need to rebuild the linebacking unit and Lee is a good start.
21. Washington Redskins – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State – The Redskins take the best player left on their board and it’s a good move.
22. Houston Texans – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson – The Texans get themselves a really good value pick right here.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi – The Vikings get one of the best WRs in this draft to team with second year WR Stefon Diggs.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor – The Bengals are going to take the best WR available and that will be the speedy Coleman.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia – The Steelers get themselves a pass rushing OLB.
26. Seattle Seahawks - Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana – The Seahawks find a replacement for Russell Okung.
27. Green Bay Packers – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson – The Packers literally run up to the podium to take Dodd.
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame – The Chiefs nad a solid WR prospect to team with Jeremy Maclin.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis – The Cardinals get a rock solid QB prospect to groom behind Carson Palmer.
30. Carolina Panthers – William Jackson III, CB, Houston – The Panthers take the best corner left to help replace Josh Norman.
31. Denver Broncos – Noah Spence, OLB/DE, Eastern Kentucky – The Broncos overlook Spence’s off field problems and pick him for his talent.