DC Pro Sports Report 2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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1. Tennessee Titans – OT, Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss

The Titans appear to be shopping this pick, but moving up is too expensive and I think they will have to use it. The natural pick is Tunsil, the safest pick in the draft at a critical position of need.

Mississippi Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (78) lines up in position during an NCAA college football game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU won 10-7. (AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher)

2. Cleveland Browns – QB, Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

Wentz has a big arm on a big frame and he can move, as well. He performed nicely at the Combine and the Browns, as always, need a franchise quarterback. They keep striking out with their picks [see Weeden, Brandon and Manziel, Johnny], but they need to keep swinging. RG3 is probably not the answer.

3. San Diego Chargers – CB/S, Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

His Combine performance was almost off the charts and he’s probably the single best pure football player in this draft. He can do anything you like in the secondary. The Chargers need to upgrade their offensive line, but their secondary needs help, too, and Ramsey is a great pick here.

4. Dallas Cowboys — DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State

I almost gave them Goff here, which is the smart pick, in my opinion. However, owner Jerry Jones thinks his team is on the cusp of a championship if they can just keep Tony Romo healthy. Therefore, the Cowboys take the player some think is the best in this draft. He’s an elite pass-rusher and the Cowboys need that desperately.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars — CB Vincent Hargreaves, Florida

A team desperate to improve its defense will take a cornerback who can play inside or out and has great, playmaking ball skills. A good backup selection would be Myles Jack.

Hargreaves

6. Baltimore Ravens — DE DeForest Bucker, Oregon

The second-best defensive lineman in the draft should help John Harbaugh rebuild the once-dominant Ravens defense. He can get push from inside or rush from the end.

7. San Francisco 49ers — QB Jared Goff, California

It does not appear that head coach Chip Kelly and QB Colin Kaepernick are made for each other and Kap hasn’t been a good quarterback since 2013 anyway. Goff is a local boy who Kelly can mold from day one.

8. Philadelphia Eagles — RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

The failed DeMarco Murray experiment is over. The Ezekiel Elliot era begins. It could only improve.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — ILB Miles Jack, UCLA

The Bucs hold steady and snatch up a big value in Jack, easily the best player left on the board.

Miles Jack

10. New York Giants — OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

Ereck Flowers is not an NFL left tackle, but Stanley is and drafting the latter will enable the G-men to move the former to his natural position at right tackle, seriously upgrading the line as a whole.

11. Chicago Bears — DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson

Lawson led the nation in tackles for loss and is exactly the sort of playmaking defender the Bears badly need.

12. New Orleans Saints — DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville

Arguably the worst defense in NFL history needs all kinds of help and a good interior pass rusher would be an invaluable addition.

13. Miami Dolphins — CB Eli Apple, Ohio State

The Dolphins have spent a ton  of money to improve their defense. Why stop now?

14. Oakland Raiders — DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson

Building a strong defense around Khalil Mack.

15. Los Angeles Rams — WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

The Rams are stupid if they’re put off by Treadwell’s 40-time. He could be the next Anquan Boldin. How many years does this team want to go 6-10 or 7-9?

Treadwell

16. Detroit Lions — OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State

Tackle is the biggest need the Lions have, in my opinion. Conklin provides an immediate upgrade.

17. Atlanta Falcons — OLB Darron Lee, Ohio State

It continues to be a very good draft for Ohio State. [Maybe they should have won the national championship, eh?] The Falcons have a lot of needs on defense

18. Indianapolis Colts — OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State

And it just gets better for the Buckeyes. Andrew Luck cannot take the beating he took last year.

19. Buffalo Bills — DT A’shawn Robinson, Alabama

Rex Ryan needs to rebuild his reputation as a defensive guru and he needs to do it immediately. Robinson gives him the big, run-stuffing monster Ryan likes on his defensive line.

20. New York Jets — ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama

Ragland is a dominant run stuffer who does pretty well in coverage and is a tremendous value at this spot.

21. Washington Redskins — DT Jarran Reed, Alabama

If the Skins want to get more athletic than Terrance Knighton, Reed could be their man. He’s a ferocious attacker on the interior defensive line who can disrupt offenses with his rare combination of size, athleticism and motor. He’s reliable, consistent and unlikely to be a bust. I could see the Skins going for Anthony Billings here, too, particularly if Reed is already off the board.

Reed

22. Houston Texans — WR Corey Coleman, Baylor

The Texans need a speedy wideout to go with DeAndre Hopkins and Coleman, whatever his faults may be, has got speed to burn.

23. Minnesota Vikings — WR Josh Doctson, TCU

They need a wideout. Josh Doctson is a wideout. A pretty good one, too, with the size NFL clubs like.

24. Cincinnati Bengals — WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame

The loss of wideouts Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu leave the cats desperate for a receiver. Fuller’s got all the speed you can want, but his hands are suspect, which is why he falls to 24.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers — CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson

The Steelers are still rebuilding their suspect secondary and Alexander would be a very nice fit in that defense.

26. Seattle Seahawks — DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

Not many teams would take a chance on Nkemdiche in the first round, but the Seahawks have the sort of veteran, sensible locker room that might be able to handle this great talent with massive questions about his character and work ethic. If he pans out, this is a great pick.

27. Green Bay Packers — NT Andrew Billings, Baylor

A big, almost immovable force in the middle and good value for a team that thrives on finding good value in the draft year after year.

Billings

28. Kansas City Chiefs — CB William Jackson III, Houston

Things panned out with Marcus Peters last year so why not go back to that position? It’s actually a position of need for KC and Jackson 3 has great instincts and is the sort of rangy cornerback teams love to have.

29. Arizona Cardinals — C Ryan Kelly, Notre Dame

Keeping QB Carson Palmer in good health and building up that running game means continuing invest in the offensive line and Kelly is clearly the draft’s best center. Paxton Lynch is a possibility here if the Cards are concerned about finding a QB to take over for Palmer in a couple of years.

30. Carolina Panthers — FS Vonn Bell, Ohio State

The sixth and final Buckeye of the first round is Bell, who adds much-needed athleticism and the ability to play center field and range from sideline to sideline.

31. Denver Broncos — QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis

Clearly, the Broncos don’t want Mark Sanchez to be their future at QB. With Lynch, Sanchez might start only one season. Lynch is definitely not ready in 2016, though.

COMMENTS

  • I would prefer Billings, but would be fine with Reed as well

  • I thought long and hard about that. I tried to base my picks not only on what I would do, but what I thought the team would do. Reed seems more of a departure from Knighton than Billings does, but I like them both and would be happy with both. Ideal scenario: the Skins trade down, get more picks and still end up with Reed or Billings or someone of that quality.

  • Reed 1a Billings 1b IMO as well! Nice mock all around!

  • John Kiems has the same feelings i do toward Reed . . . says he is a run stuffer and thats it, that he offers very little in the way of a pass rush and would basically be a 2 down NT, to me that is not enough in the first round . . . Billings is just as good of a run stuffer (IMO) and has a much better first step which i believe will help him develop into a better pass rusher . . . . http://espn.go.com/blog/washington-redskins/post/_/id/24406/jarran-reed-can-help-the-redskins-stop-the-run-but-that-might-be-it

  • I have changed my stance upon further investigation and I have come up with 2 players I’d love at #21: Nkemdiche 1a Ragland 1b.

  • Nkemdiche would be great if he wasn’t such a head case . . . just don’t see SM making that pick . . . Ragland I would love as well, but i think he will go in the late teens, so he probably won’t be available

  • ^i agree, that’s just my best case scenario. I think we have a good thing going and Nkemdiche would be a monster for us. Yes he is a head case but I’d be willing to give him a chance esp if we traded back a couple spots and still got him

  • Nkemdiche will be the best DL in the draft a few years from now if not instantly IMO. Special player

  • He very well could be . . . or he could be serving a year suspension by then too . . . just listen to the things he says and how he throws others under the bus regularly . . . he is a great talent, just not sure if he is worth the risk, nor do i think he is someone that SM will take a chance on.

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