Today, I will give you my updated NFL mock draft (round 1 only) and give you picks, but also to give you a full analysis on them. Where will the top draft picks go? Who will your team potentially select? Could it be one of the players I selected? Take a look and you will find out!
- Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil – OT – Ole Miss
It is still obvious that Tunsil is going to be the number one pick. He will protect Mariota and have Lewan move to the right side. Best pass protector in the draft.
- Cleveland Browns – Carson Wentz – QB – North Dakota State
New Head Coach Hue Jackson needs a quarterback and here he gets a dual like quarterback with the brains, arm, and mobility. A new coach needs to go in and out with his quarterback like they always say, plus the quarterback position in Cleveland is weak and low on depth after Manziel was cut and McCown is the only one on the roster.
- San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey – CB/S – FSU
Best secondary and defensive piece in the draft with the ability to be the best in today’s game with his versatility and game changing ability. Can play corner or safety, but expect him to play as a corner alongside Verrett. Two different like corners but that is good to have so you can play mix match.
- Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliot – RB – Ohio State
McFadden had a good 2015 campaign, but Romo and his offense needs a consistent and dominating running game to get the team rolling. Elliot is the best back and wants to play in Dallas after expressing it. He can catch, run the rock, and block. Three down back and then later in the draft the Cowboys could select a quarterback after announcing that they will not take one with the number 4 pick.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Joey Bosa – DE – Ohio State
After losing out on Olivier Vernon and Robert Ayers, expect the Jags to take one of the best pass rushers in the draft and play him opposite of Dante Fowler Jr. Bosa struggled in 2015 with sack production, but still got consistent pressure on the signal caller.
- Baltimore Ravens – DeForest Buckner – DE – Oregon
Best 3-4 defensive end in the draft and is a nice fit for the Ravens who run a 3-4 defense and that need help on that front seven. He is a freak of nature standing at 6’7” and weighing around 287. He will join Timmy Jernigan and Brandon Williams on day one in the starting lineup. Canty is a free agent and he will replace him.
- San Francisco 49ers – Jared Goff – QB – California
Kaepernick seems that he will not be a 49er in 2016 and they would need to develop someone behind Gabbert. Goff fits Kelly’s system by having a quick release, accuracy, and the ability to stay in the pocket. He would have a chance to win the job in camp.
- Philadelphia Eagles – Vernon Hargreaves – CB – Florida
Eagles signed McKelvin to start on Pederson’s new defense and traded away Maxwell that leaves an opening for someone to win the job and here is the replacement. Hargreaves will be on an island in Philly and seems why the Eagles flipped picks to jump in front of the Bucs to steal a corner they are looking at.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Myles Jack – OLB – UCLA
After addressing the left guard, defensive end, cornerback, and safety position in the free agency market, the Bucs can focus on another position in the first round. The Bucs did not tender Lansanah a contract, which leaves a huge hole in Mike Smith’s defense as he will use all three linebackers and that leaves the Bucs selecting Myles Jack, who can play either outside or in the middle. He is fast, covers and tackles well that welcomes him to a young Bucs’ defense. He did tear his knee up last season, but is now cleared to do physical activities. He is the Todd Gurley story, but for this year.
- New York Giants – Darron Lee – OLB – Ohio State
After signing Damon “Snacks” Harrison, Olivier Vernon, and re-signing JPP to the defensive line, plus signing cornerback Janoris Jenkins, I see the Giants moving past their defensive line and cornerback needs after solving it via free agency. They take a top linebacker in the former Buckeye. He is quick, covers really well, and makes solid tackles. He can get after the quarterback also. Lee has risen up draft boards and coming in as a top 10 pick, which is the right spot for him. Anywhere from number 10 through number 17. He joins a weak linebacker corps with Devon Kennard headlining the group, until Lee joins the team.
- Chicago Bears – Ronnie Stanley – OT – Notre Dame
The Jermon Bushrod experiment did not work out to play, but they get someone to protect Cutler and this pick will play for a long time in this league. Stanley is the second best offensive tackle and pass blocker. He will start day one on the left side. Physical and anchors an oline .
- New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankins – DT – Louisville
Rankins is brought in to strengthen up a horrendous defense. He brings power and speed to a weak front seven. Violent interior lineman that loves to use his hands and will make an impact on one of the worst defenses in the history of the NFL. Joins John Jenkins, Cameron Jordan, and Bobby Richardson on the defensive line. He will take over the spot Kevin Williams left as he departed after the 2015 campaign.
- Miami Dolphins – Eli Apple – CB – Ohio State
Adam Gase makes a good choice in his first career pick and lands a steal at number 13. Apple is a balanced corner that can run with anyone and is quite a good tackler. He will replace recently cut Brent Grimes and join newly acquired Bryon Maxwell from Philly as the starting duo.
- Oakland Raiders – Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan State
Donald Penn is a free agent that will leave a whole in the Raider’s offensive line. Reggie McKenzie lands another steal in Conklin. Conklin will replace Penn and fill a key hole. Conklin can play anywhere on the line, but is suited as a left tackle with newly acquired Kelechi Osemele at the left guard position.
- Los Angeles Rams – Mackensie Alexander – CB – Clemson
The Rams lost a key defensive piece in Janoris Jenkins to the New York Giants and they need to fill his whole quickly. Now, Jenkins was good in St. Louis (Now Los Angeles), but Alexander has the ability to be the next Revis. He has a great defensive line there to help him. Corners love to play here.
- Detroit Lions – Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio State
The Lions lost Riley Reiff to the open market, even though no one has signed him. If Reiff is re-signed then Decker will be the right tackle, but if not then Decker will be thrown into a pack of wolves and play the left tackle position from day one. Really good run blocker than needs to tweak stance to be better suited in pass blocking department.
- Atlanta Falcons – Shaq Lawson – DE – Clemson
Falcons lost out in pass rusher Bruce Irvin, but re-signed Adrian Clayborn as depth, but they need a starter to pair with Vic Beasley. They take his former college teammate in Lawson. He is a little more injury prone than Dodd (hamstring problems) and is more advanced than Dodd. They need pass rushers to get after a great group of quarterbacks in Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, and Drew Brees.
- Indianapolis Colts – Reggie Ragland – ILB – Alabama
Freeman departed Indy and took a flight to Chicago. Ragland can step in day one and produce in a weak defense. Ragland only played in run stopping downs in college, but is decent in the coverage area, which he will get more of a chance to do so in the NFL. Strong downhiller tackler that wraps up every ball carrier coming his way.
- Buffalo Bills – Kevin Dodd – DE – Clemson
They Lost Mario Williams and the rest of the defensive line is getting older. Need to build depth and Dodd does everything. He is big enough to play as a 3-4 defensive end or stand up. He is well rounded in both departments needed for a defensive end. Rex Ryan watched lots of Clemson football and knows what he has in Dodd.
- New York Jets – Paxton Lynch – QB – Memphis
Seems that the Jets will go with either Geno Smith or Bryce Petty, but take a big project in Lynch that could be a nice reward. Mobile, strong arm, big frame, and loves the game of football. He will most likely hold the clipboard day one and have a chance to find playing time if the other quarterbacks struggle. Fitzpatrick was the Jets’ quarterback last year, but is a free agent and will demand lots of cash.
- Washington Redskins – Andrew Billings – NT – Baylor
The Redskins lost Knighton, who was their nose tackle, but Billings is a pure nose tackle that can do anything asked of him. He excels more in the pass rushing department, but isn’t that bad in stopping the run. Powerful, big, and nasty. Save and reliable pick for Washington and hit jackpot two drafts in a row.
- Houston Texans – Josh Doctson – WR – TCU
The Texans could take Treadwell, but go get a duplicate of Hopkins in Doctson. Doctson to me brings a more useable element and skill set to the Texans than Treadwell would do. Doctson has pure hands and is looking good after that hand/wrist surgery.
- Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell – WR – Ole Miss
Bridgewater needs another target after Mike Wallace was cut. Treadwell and Diggs fit together well as one being a big receiver that can run any route, but lacks straight line speed, but makes up with it due to his frame. Diggs is the speedster and will run any route like we seen last season. Treadwell is the best receiver by many analysts.
- Cincinnati Bengals – Kenny Clark – DT – UCLA
Peko is older and they need another run stopper. Why not just draft the draft’s top 3 run stopper. Clark can play anywhere on the defensive line. His pass rushing ability will come after getting a chance in Cincy to learn from Atkins and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Powerful and violent hands that punches through offensive guards.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Noah Spence – OLB – Eastern Kentucky
With James Harrison looking finished, Jarvis Jones looks like a bust. It seems that they need to add another pass rusher to solve a defensive need and honestly, Spence is definitely the best prospect available right now here at pick number 25. Spence has a bad past, but it is past him. He is quick and looks just like Von Miller. Bud Dupree and Noah Spence will be a great young tandem.
- Seattle Seahawks – Leonard Floyd – OLB – Georgia
Floyd is a prototype like linebacker like Bruce Irvin, who just left the Seahawks for the Raiders chasing money. Pass rusher and will play Irvin’s role of blitzing and will have to get better at covering tight ends and running backs. One of the draft’s rawest prospects.
- Green Bay Packers – Will Fuller – WR – Notre Dame
They need to add another top receiver. When Nelson went down the offense struggled. James Jones was their best receiver despite starting off hot then ended up cold. He is a free agent now. Fuller stretches the defense out to open up routes for players like Randall Cobb over the middle or underneath routes.
- Kansas City Chiefs – William Jackson III – CB – Houston
Marcus Peters is pretty much by himself on the depth chart or at least the only great corner on the chart. They lost Sean Smith to the Raiders and that leaves a gigantic hole in that consistent defense. Jackson is a big corner that loves to press and tackle.
- Arizona Cardinals – A’Shawn Robinson – DE/DT – Alabama
Campbell is getting older and they need to add a future replacement and add solid strength to the depth chart. Robinson can play anywhere on the line in a 3-4 scheme. He is one of the strongest or even the strongest player in the draft. Nasty bull rush with long arms that drives offensive linemen back.
- Carolina Panthers – Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor
The Panthers need to give Newton better weapons than he had last year. Newton had a great season, but can’t wait to get Benjamin back from injury. Coleman is a perfect slot and underneath like receiver (Randall Cobb). Adds another dimension to a different offense.
- Denver Broncos – Robert Nkemdiche – DE – Ole Miss
Losing Malik Jackson leaves a big gap in this famous defense and they should replace him with a stud in Nkemdiche. His stock has fell after a bad incident, but is still good enough to land him in the first round. He is a threat on the field and can get pressure on a scheme and down. He is a shop wrecker like force.