2016 NFL Mock Draft March 18

  1. 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.

Jared Goff is a good fit for the Browns. Photo courtesy californiagoldenblogs.com.

  1. 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.

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

The Chargers are losing Eric Weddle at safety and already need corner help. They will need a guy like Ramsey, who will be versatile in the secondary. Ramsey had a great combine and will be a good fit for the Chargers.

  1. Dallas Cowboys- Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The Cowboys don’t have a great pass rush or secondary. I see them taking either Jalen Ramsey or Joey Bosa, but because Bosa’s numbers at the combine were much like J.J. Watt’s I think the Cowboys take Bosa.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

The Jaguars have to improve their defense this off-season. Myles Jack is the best player available and can play any linebacker position for Jacksonville next season. He is now cleared to participate in all activities by a UCLA surgeon, which means he should be back at full health by the start of the season after having a season ending knee injury last season. Jack was athletic enough to play both ways in college, which means he will fit in with the other NFL athletes

  1. 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.

Can Carson Wentz answer the 49er’s need for a quarterback? Photo courtesy insidethepylon.com.

  1. 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.Philadelphia Eagles- DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Chip Kelly leaves, but the Eagles will still pick this Oregon player if they get the chance. Buckner can fill in for Cedric Thornton, who just signed with the Cowboys and will be a perfect fit for their 3-4 defense.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

The Buccaneers need a better pass rush and can get a strong defensive end in Emmanuel Ogbah. He was quick off of the ball for Oklahoma State last season and may have the ability to lead the Bucs in sacks next season. Ogbah had a great senior season, with only two games without a half-sack, and can provide a good pass rusher for the Giants.

10. New York Giants- Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia

The Giants will be looking to upgrade every level of the defense before next season. They only had 23 sacks so they will probably start rebuilding with the pass rush. Floyd is a very athletic player who can get to the quarterback, but is also athletic enough to cover tight ends.

11. Chicago Bears- Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Getting Stanley at 11 would be a steal for the Bears. He is capable of becoming a cornerstone at left tackle for years in the NFL. Notre Dame had a wide receiver playing running back last season, who played very well, mostly in part to Ronnie Stanley’s blocking ability. The Bears can use him instead of Charles Leno at left tackle this season and protect Jay Cutler.

  1. 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.

Ezekiel Elliot has top-ten pick potential. Photo courtesy twitter.com.

  1. Miami Dolphins- Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State

Elliot is talented enough to be a top ten pick, but no one wants to spend a top ten pick on a running back. The Dolphins recently traded out of the top ten and lost Lamar Miller in free agency. Elliot can be a workhorse back for the Dolphins and can be an upgrade over Miller.

  1. Oakland Raiders- Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Oakland finally has their offense on the right track. Now they need some defensive players to put with with Khalil Mack. Lawson can be another good pass rusher for the Raiders to take their defense to the next level.

  1. Los Angeles Rams-Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

The Rams don’t have any good quarterbacks and may draft one here if they don’t believe they can find one in free agency. Lynch was at the top of some draft boards earlier in the year, but teams have doubts about his ability to handle pressure.

  1. Detroit Lions- Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

The Lions still haven’t adequately replaced Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, so taking a defensive tackle would really help their run defense.

Kevin Dodd came out of nowhere to have a good season for Clemson. Photo courtesy scout.com.

  1. Atlanta Falcons- Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

Atlanta had a league low 19 sacks last season. They will be targeting pass rushers again this season. Dodd had 12.5 sacks last season and would fill the Falcon’s biggest need.

  1. Indianapolis Colts- Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State

The Colts had a terrible defense last season and will want to get a play-maker on that side of the ball. Lee impressed at the combine with his speed, but he is also a good tackler and is able to provide a decent pass rusher for the Colts.

  1. Buffalo Bills- Noah Spence, DE/OLB, EKU

Spence has a lot of concerns about his character after failing numerous drug tests in college. This led him to finish his college career at Eastern Kentucky. He had a disappointing combine compared to other players fitting his build in previous years. Rex Ryan will know how to use him and won’t be afraid of the character concerns because he needs a pass rush.

Conklin was a great tackle for Michigan State and can start right away for the Jets. Photo courtesy mlive.com.

  1. New York Jets- Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Conklin is a good tackle who will probably end up going higher, but will be snatched up by the Jets if he falls this far. He would be a good option at right tackle and he could take over at left tackle once D’Brickashaw Ferguson wears down.

  1. Washington Redskins- Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

If a suitable corner is available the Redskins will jump all over the opportunity and select the player. Alexander played really well for Clemson this season. His confidence is something that teams will love because he thinks he is the top corner in the class.

  1. Houston Texans- Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Treadwell is a big athletic receiver, whose talents will transfer well to the NFL level. The Texans got a quarterback and running back in free agency so will most likely look at defensive line, offensive line or wide receiver with this pick. Treadwell would be the best player available and could be dynamic across from Deandre Hopkins.

Will Fuller has surged into the first round with a great combine. Photo courtesy sportsnaut.com.

  1. Minnesota Vikings-Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

The Vikings just cut Mike Wallace and would like another receiver to pari with Stefon Diggs. Fuller is a great deep threat who had a great combine. Teddy Bridgewater could have a career year with an extra target and because he is now playing half of his games in a dome.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals- Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

The Bengals need to find a replacement for Domata Peko. He continues to get worse every season and the Bengals do nothing about it. Billings will be the steal of this draft. He is very quick off of the ball and reminds me of Aaron Donald. The Bengals can pair him next to Geno Atkins and have the best defensive line in the NFL.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers- Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

The Steelers desperately need secondary help and will probably pick a corner back if they decide they don’t want to stash another linebacker on their depth chart. Apple was the best corner for Ohio State last season and would get playing time from day one with the Steelers.

  1. 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.

  1. Green Bay Packers- Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

Clay Matthews is better at outside linebacker and the Packers have said they will move him back there next season. They will need to get a good inside linebacker this off-season and will hit the jackpot if they can get Ragland at 27. He will help the Packers stop the run next season.

  1. 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.

29.Arizona Cardinals- Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

The Cardinals need to improve their defense, as their offense was outstanding in 2015. Many scouts believe that Nkemdiche has character issues, but he has the talent to make an immediate impact in the NFL.

Kendall Fuller is talented, but has to recover from his knee injury. Photo courtesy wsls.com.

30.Carolina Panthers- Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

The Panthers have a great defense, but could use someone to pair with Josh Norman. Fuller is part of a great NFL family and is good enough to start day one if healthy.

31. Denver Broncos- Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

The Broncos could use some interior defensive line depth and Reed is one of many talented defensive tackles available.

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