With the 2016 NFL draft finally here, we are releasing a first round mock draft. The selections are based on not only on team specific needs, but also best player available at the time of the pick. With the first two picks expected to be used on a combination of quarterbacks, there are a lot of question marks for later picks. Will the injuries to top rated players like Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith cause their stock to drop? Will a team bite on a running back within the first round? Check out the 2016 NFL mock draft below.
1. Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff (Cal)
Goff is widely expected to be the first player taken in the draft, especially after the enormous trade the Rams made to move up into the top slot. Goff was 3 year starter at Cal, and set a new Pac-12 single-season passing-yardage record (4,714), while also setting a new conference record for touchdown passes in a season (43). The Rams get their signal caller for the future here.
2. Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz QB (North Dakota State)
Carson Wentz is one of the biggest question marks in the draft, although he is highly rated as a top prospect. Although he draws comparisons to Andrew Luck for his style of play, questions surrounding the level of competition are valid. Coming out of North Dakota State straight into the NFL may serve as an eye-opener initially, but the intangibles and skill set are undeniable. Philadelphia is prepared for Wentz as a long term project, especially with the addition of alleged QB guru, coach Doug Pederson. The eagles are prepared to start Sam Bradford to bridge the gap until Wentz is ready.
3. San Diego Chargers – Ronnie Stanley OT (Notre Dame)
Laremy Tunsil is the top rated offensive tackle, but his recent off-field allegations may cost his draft stock. Insert Ronnie Stanley as the pick here for the Chargers. San Diego addresses a huge roster need with the pick, in hopes to keep Philip Rivers upright in the pocket. Stanley has the size and athleticism to be the blindside protector going forward, addressing one of the Charger’s biggest problems. Last year they ranked 31st in rushing yards per game, and surrendered 40 sacks.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Jalen Ramsey CB (Florida State)
The cowboys take the best player available here with Ramsey. Ramsey gives Dallas an athletic playmaker on the back end of the defense that was the 5th worst pass defense in the league last season. Ramsey provides them with versatility and ability to move around in a scheme, giving the Cowboys a defender that offenses have to prepare for. His physicality will allow him to roam as a safety as well as cornerback.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Joey Bosa DE (Ohio State)
Bosa is considered by most as the top defensive end in this years draft. Solid strength and size ( 6’5, 269 lbs) gives him the ability to play tackle or end depending on the front. Bosa has a high motor, and his ability to make a difference now makes him the choice for Jacksonville. With the recent signing of Malik Jackson and eventual return of last years top pick Dante Fowler Jr., the Jaguars can turn their defensive front into a strength in a division where they must face Andrew Luck, Brock Osweiler and Marcus Mariota twice a year.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Laremy Tunsil OT (Ole Miss)
Tunsil falls to Baltimore here as they receive high value with the pick. Rated by most as the top offensive tackle in the draft, recent off the field allegations may cause Tunsil to slip in the draft. Baltimore gets a potential franchise left tackle to protect Joe Flacco, who did not finish the season due to injuries. He will also help as a force in the running game that ranked 26th in the NFL last year.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Laquon Treadwell WR (Ole Miss)
This may be a reach in terms of value, but it addresses a huge need for the 49ers. Treadwell is rated as the top wide out in the draft, with playmaking ability and sure hands. The 49ers are in need of dynamic players that can do things with the football in order to help with their uncertain QB situation. Whoever the starter may be, Treadwell gives them a solid target that can run the route tree and make tough possession catches. The 49ers need players that can contribute now, and Treadwell could serve as a pacifier for the time being.
8. Cleveland Browns – Jack Conklin OT (Michigan State)
Cleveland has a bunch of team needs, so they take the best lineman available in Jack Conklin. He will help to bring some stability to an offensive line that struggled heavily last season, finishing 25th in total yards. With the addition of RGIII at quarterback, Cleveland looks to start rebuilding in the trenches as they can’t afford to miss here.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Shaq Lawson DE (Clemson)
Shaq Lawson may prove as a steal this late in this spot. Some teams have projected hims as a 3-4 outside rusher, but he fits perfectly here for Tampa. He is stout against the run but still possesses speed (4.7 40) to get around the edge. He showed his play making ability during Clemson’s playoff run before leaving with an injury. The need for a disruptive force is pressing in Tampa, especially playing in the same division with high octane offenses like Carolina, Atlanta and New Orleans.
10. New York Giants – DeForest Buckner DE (Oregon)
Buckner has serious size (6’7, 290 lbs) that can be disruptyive for opposing offenses. His style of play draws comparisons to his former Oregon teammate Erik Armstead who was drafted last year in the top 10. Buckner projects the ability to play both tackle and end depending on the personnel. The Giants continue to revamp their defense this off season by taking one of the most versatile players in the draft.
11. Chicago Bears – Myles Jack LB (UCLA)
12. New Orleans Saints – Robert Nkemdiche DT (Ole Miss)
13. Miami Dolphins – Ezekiel Elliot RB (Ohio State)
14. Oakland Raiders – Reggie Ragland LB (Alabama)
15. Tennessee Titans -Taylor Decker OT (Ohio State)
16. Detroit Lions – Will Fuller WR (Notre Dame)
17. Atlanta Falcons – Darron Lee LB (Ohio State)
18. Indianapolis Colts – Leonard Floyd LB (Georgia)
19. Buffalo Bills – Josh Doctson WR (TCU)
20. New York Jets – Paxton Lynch QB (Memphis)
21. Washington Redskins – Vernon Hargreaves CB (Florida)
22. Houston Texans – Jarran Reed DT (Alabama)
23. Minnesota Vikings – Joshua Garnett G (Stanford)
24. Cincinnati Bengals -Su’a Cravens OLB/S (USC)
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – William Jackson III CB (Houston)
26. Seattle Seahawks – Jaylon Smith LB (Notre Dame)
27. Green Bay Packers – Derrick Henry RB (Alabama)
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Corey Coleman WR (TCU)
29. Arizona Cardinals – Mackensie Alexander CB (Clemson)
30. Carolina Panthers – Eli Apple CB (Ohio State)
31. Denver Broncos – Cody Whitehair G (Kansas State)