The title may say that this is my third mock draft but in reality it is my fifth, each of the last two times that I’ve been wrapping a mock draft a team has decided to trade up. So here is my final mock draft until next year:
1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, California
The more I look at Goff, the more I like. He has progressed greatly over his career at California and now does not have to move very far to continue his football career. The Rams will finally have a guy they can call their franchise quarterback.
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, South Dakota State
Judging by my past mock drafts, I obviously think very highly of Wentz and his abilities. The Eagles (and their questionable QB situation) are going to take whoever the Rams don’t. Wentz is not far behind Goff skill wise and has been a top-5 pick since the season ended in my opinion.
3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
Best player in the draft. Can play safety or corner and he can replace Eric Weddle very nicely.
4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State
Even though I feel that this is way too high for a running back, Jerry Jones is the one calling the shots for the Cowboys. Elliot is a very good player, but the hype around him leading up to the draft will be what gets him picked in the top-5.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA
An amazing athlete with the speed to cover running backs and rush the passer, the only thing holding Jack back is the injury to his knee last September.
6. Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
The Ravens need to keep their franchise quarterback upright (regardless if he’s elite or not) and Tunsil is the best tackle in the draft. If he gets to this point, it would be a steal for the Ravens.
7. San Francisco 49ers: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Chip Kelly’s first draft in Philadelphia saw him take a tackle in the top-10. He is now back in the top-10 and will pick up a great pass protector for whoever he decides to start at quarterback.
8. Cleveland Browns: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
There has been discussion about Buckner going as high as 3rd in the draft to the Chargers because of his strong build and ability to stop the run. However, if he sticks around, the Browns may finally hit on a first round pick.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Hargreaves has great hands and is solid in man coverage. The Buccaneers are able to fill a need without reaching in the draft.
10. New York Giants: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Bosa freefalls out of the top-5, but lands in an ideal situation with Olivier Vernon playing on the other side of the line.
11. Chicago Bears: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Conklin could be put on the right side of the offensive line to help an offensive line that struggled in pass-blocking last year.
12. New Orleans Saints: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
With explosive speed and good size, the Saints will get a guy who can help solidify their secondary for years to come. Jackson made the biggest jump of anyone on my draft board.
13. Miami Dolphins: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
Miami needs to get Byron Maxwell some help in the secondary and by taking Apple, they will do just that.
14. Oakland Raiders: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Oakland continues to fill their team with great young talent as they begin to look like a legitimate threat to the Broncos in the AFC West.
15. Tennessee Titans: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
The PFF darling has gotten absolutely no attention from most draft “experts” , however he has some serious power and ability to rush the passer. Given how underrated he is, the Titans could have a great chance to pick him at 15.
16. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Detroit looks to focus on their offensive and defensive lines in this draft and they may reach a little to grab Decker, but he fills a huge need after the watching the atrocity at tackle last season for the Lions.
17. Atlanta Falcons: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
An extremely explosive wide receiver who can beat cornerbacks up and down the field, Coleman needs to sure up his hands to ensure success in the NFL. With Roddy White out of the picture, the Falcons will pick up a nice compliment to Julio Jones with this pick.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Robert Mathis and Trent Cole aren’t going to last forever so it makes sense to pick up a young, quick edge rusher in a draft that is loaded with them.
19. Buffalo Bills: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
A force in the running game, Reed falls to a great defensive mind as the Bills look to sure up their defensive line.
20. New York Jets: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
Only one-third of all passes were completed to receivers that Alexander covered last year which is the best percentage of any corner in the draft. He excels in man coverage which makes him an ideal fit in the Jets’ system.
21. Washington Redskins: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
He is the perfect build for an interior lineman who can use his power to toss one-on-one blockers to the side. He rarely lets anyone get out of his grip, but needs to polish up his game a little.
22. Houston Texans: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
A lot of teams are really high on Kelly because of his versatility in the interior of the offensive line. With the potential to play all three interior spots, don’t be surprised if he goes even higher than 22nd.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
Doctson would be higher on my draft board however he is more of speedy/down the field kind of guy and Teddy Bridgewater isn’t airing it out all that much. Treadwell fits more of what the Vikings are trying to do on offense.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Loved what I saw at TCU and if he beefs up a little bit, the Bengals will have an outstanding duo with him and AJ Green at wide receiver.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Artie Burns, CB, Miami
Great size, speed, and hands, what more could you ask for? Coming out early due to personal problems, Burns screams potential and has all traits to succeed at the next level.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
Eventually they have to do something to protect Russell Wilson, right?
27. Green Bay Packers: Reggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama
Clay Matthews can go back outside and the Packers get a great leader, tackler, and all-around player. An absolute steal to fix Green Bay’s problems at linebacker.
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
Jeremy Maclin could use a guy like Desean Jackson who spreads the field with his unbelievable speed. Fuller may not be as fast or as reliable as Jackson, but the guy can flat out run. This explosiveness will provide the Chiefs with three big threats in the passing game.
29. Arizona Cardinals: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
Joseph has a tremendous amount of play making abilities especially in zone coverage which could make the Cardinals secondary even more difficult to face.
30. Carolina Panthers: Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Ohio State
A tremendous pass rusher who can replace Jared Allen and help out an aging Charles Johnson on the edge. His Senior Bowl week will keep him in the first round.
31. Denver Broncos: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
Could they pick Paxton Lynch? Sure. Would I advise them to? Not a chance. Henry had an unreal season last year and has the best hands of anyone in this draft class.
**Patriots have no pick in the first round due to Deflategate**
A few more names to consider in the first round:
Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi
Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
And that’s it for 2016 mock drafts, I wish your favorite team the best of luck in the draft (unless it’s the Cowboys) and you can follow me on Twitter (@raydunne21) to see a ton of tweets about the NFL draft tomorrow night.