2016 NFL Mock Draft February 12
- Tennessee Titans- Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
The Titans would prefer to take a defensive player, but would settle for Tunsil if they don’t find any takers to trade down. He would help protect Marcus Mariota, because the Titans allowed the most sacks in the NFL last season. Getting protection for Mariota is a priority for the Titans this offseason. Tunsil is as responsible as anyone for the success at Ole Miss the past few years. He did miss seven games this season due to a suspension for receiving extra benefits.
- Cleveland Browns- Jared Goff, QB, Cal
Cleveland is going to try to move on from Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown certainly isn’t the answer. Goff has been atop draft boards all year and is the best quarterback prospect. He has good arm strength and accuracy. Goff needs to improve his footwork in the pocket and polish his decision-making skills, but he is the most pro-ready quarterback.
- San Diego Chargers- Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Chargers only had 32 sacks last year and need to improve their pass rush. Bosa has the potential to be versatile on the defensive line or as an outside linebacker. He only had 5 sacks this season at Ohio State, but was suspended for the opener against Virginia Tech and was double and triple teamed.
- Dallas Cowboys- Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
Dallas reportedly has Jalen Ramsey at the top of their board. He can help out their secondary immediately and can play multiple positions. The Cowboys don’t have a good pass rush, but could have a much improved secondary if they choose to select Ramsey.
- Jacksonville Jaguars- DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
The Jaguars have one of the worst pass defenses in the league. They need a better pass rush and secondary help. Buckner would be paired with Dante Fowler, their first round pick from last season, to have a better pass rush.
- Baltimore Ravens- Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Hargreaves was the best shut down corner back in college football last season and can start on a team from day one. The Ravens were absolutely terrible against the pass and need to upgrade the secondary by any means necessary. Corner Jimmy Smith and safety Matt Elam are solid, but the rest of the players in the secondary did not play well and the Ravens need secondary help to be successful.
- San Francisco 49ers- Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The 49ers need a quarterback unless Chip Kelly decides to go with Colin Kaepernick . Kelly has shown that he wants to prove that his system wins games, not the players in the system. Wentz is very talented and has shot up draft boards, but is from North Dakota State, an FCS school, and has a lot to prove. If Wentz succeeds in the NFL, Kelly can take the credit, which is all he really wants anyways.
8.Miami Dolphins- Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Myles Jack had a season ending injury at UCLA this year, but is an elite athlete and should be able to recover fully. Jack was athletic enough to play both ways in college, which means he will fit in with the other NFL athletes. The Dolphins need help at linebacker to improve an underachieving season defensively.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
The Buccaneers need a better pass rush and can get a great edge rusher with Emmanuel Ogbah. Ogbah had 15 sacks last season and can also defend the run very well.
- New York Giants- Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
The Giants need to improve at every level of the defense. They only had 23 sacks and didn’t stop the run particularly well. There are some concerns about Nkemdiche’s character, but he is great at stopping the run and could also get some inside pressure for the pass rush.
11. Chicago Bears- Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
Jaylon Smith has the same potential as Myles Jack, making this a great linebacker class. Smith was a tackling machine at Notre Dame. He is also very athletic like Jack. The Bears could use help at linebacker making this a great pick.
- New Orleans Saints- A’Shawn Robinson, DT/DE, Alabama
Robinson was really good at stopping the run at Alabama and has great gap integrity. The Saints had one of the worst defenses in the league and need help everywhere so fixing the rush defense is a good start.
- Philadelphia Eagles- Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
The Eagles need a quarterback seeing that Sam Bradford didn’t play well this season. Lynch was at the top of draft boards earlier this season, but had some trouble dealing with pressure in the pocket. He is tall with a strong arm, but his accuracy is average.
- Oakland Raiders- Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Oakland needs some secondary help if they want to compete next season. They could take either a corner or safety and fill a need. Fuller had a season ending knee injury and may have been a top 5 pick had he stayed healthy. He is more than capable of bouncing back stronger than ever and shutting down receivers for years.
- Los Angeles Rams- Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
The Rams need a quarterback, but will need to trade up in order to get one. If they can’t they will have to settle for getting some offensive weapons. Treadwell is the top receiver in the class and has great hands and the quickness to get open at the pro level.
- Detroit Lions- Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
The Lions still need inside help after losing Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairly last season. Billings is very quick off of the ball and is great at stopping the run because of his gap integrity. He is a good pass rusher, but has room for improvement.
- Atlanta Falcons- Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
Atlanta had a league low 19 sacks last season. They need to improve the pass rush and can do so by selecting Floyd. Floyd is a great pass rusher, but also has the ability to drop back and cover pretty well.
- Indianapolis Colts- Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
Ragland is a great value at this part of the first round because of his ability to help stop the run. The Colts are another team that need help all over the field defensively. Ragland will man the middle of the defense for the Colts.
- Buffalo Bills- Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
The Bills have some questions at offensive tackle. Seantrel Henderson, their starting right tackle, missed the last five games of the season due to Crohn’s Disease. He may bounce back, but the offensive line still needs a little help. Stanley may end up going higher, but there are currently some concerns about his work ethic.
- New York Jets- Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
The Jets need one more piece on offense to help out Ryan Fitzpatrick. Their tight ends haven’t been great targets, so taking one here could help improve their offense. This is a pretty weak tight end class, but taking Henry here isn’t too much of a reach.
- Washington Redskins- Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
The Redskins need interior defensive linemen and Butler would be a great value at pick 21. Butler was an under the radar pick, until he dominated the Senior Bowl practices. He showed good pass rushing ability from the inside with great quickness.
- Houston Texans- Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Houston needs a running back because Arian Foster gets injured every season. Elliot can carry the load for the Texans and is a first round talent.
- Minnesota Vikings- Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
The Vikings gave up too many sacks, especially for a team that tries to run the ball primarily. Teddy Bridgewater was sacked 44 times this season. Jack Conklin can play tackle or guard in the NFL and is good in pass protection.
- Cincinnati Bengals- Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
The Bengals need to find a replacement for Domata Peko. He continues to get worse every season and the Bengals do nothing about it. Reed can fill in from day one and start in the trenches.
- Pittsburgh Steelers- Makensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
The Steelers desperately need to upgrade their entire secondary. Alexander is moving up draft boards and could be a steal for the Steelers, pun intended, because that is what they always do in the draft.
- Seattle Seahawks- Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
The Seahawks don’t have too many needs. Thomas is a good receiver, but had a tendency to disappear at times this season. Russell Wilson will get the most out of Thomas.
- Green Bay Packers- Scooby Wright, ILB, Arizona
The Packers are moving Clay Matthews back to outside linebacker where he belongs. They will need an inside linebacker to take over. Wright missed most of the season with a knee injury, but was the best linebacker in the country in 2014.
- Kansas City Chiefs- Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Decker would be an upgrade over Eric Fisher at tackle, but could play guard if he was needed to. He has been part of the reason Ezekiel Elliot has been so successful with his tremendous run blocking, but he is also a decent pass blocker. The Chiefs need to make sure Alex Smith gets sacked less as he gets older.
- Arizona Cardinals- Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
The Cardinals need to improve their defense, as their offense was outstanding in 2015. Lee is a versatile linebacker that is really good in coverage.
30.Carolina Panthers- Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
The Panthers have a great defense, but could use someone to pair with Josh Norman. Apple was the best corner on Ohio State and can be a viable option opposite of Norman.
31. Denver Broncos- Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
The Broncos could use some interior defensive line depth and Clark is the best available player.
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