The 2016 NFL Draft will be here before you know it. That is why it is never too early to have a Mock Draft. I am aware that each team’s needs will change as the season goes along and that each college player will improve or devalue his draft stock. However, this is Mock Draft v1.0 and I am anxious to see how much it could change before April 28, 2016.
For now, let it be assumed that whoever sits at #1 next year probably needs a quarterback. And even if we don’t think it now, that really usually is the case. That being said, this mock draft will largely hinge on team’s major needs. Feel free to chime in on the mock in the comments below:
1. San Francisco 49ers – QB – Connor Cook, Michigan State
The 49ers are completely rebuilding. Kaepernick’s time will be up and Cook will be new building block.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE – Joey Bosa, Ohio State
Although suspended for game one he will have a standout season. Jags looking for JJ Watt 2.0 and they just might get it in this size/athleticism freak.
3. Tennessee Titans – DT – Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
Titans have their QB and he can run so OL can wait, looking for defensive help.
4. Washington Redskins- QB – Cardale Jones Ohio State
Robert Griffin III has worn out his welcome. Jones is bigger and more durable.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OT- Spencer Drango, Baylor
Looking to protect Jameis Winston after a tough rookie season, so hitting up a stud offensive tackle may be the way to go.
6. Oakland Raiders – CB – Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
Top CB in NCAA and D.J. Hayden has thus far been a total bust.
7. Cleveland Browns – QB – Trevon Boykin, TCU
Johnny Manziel’s days are numbered.
8. Chicago Bears – QB – Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
The Bears cannot wait to move Cutler along and start fresh. Seems like Hackenberg has been at PSU for 7 or 8 years.
9. New York Jets – DE – Shawn Oakman, Baylor
Freakish athlete that can get after the QB. Not polished but lots of potential. Jets could go quarterback here, too, but why not keep adding to a strength?
10. New Orleans Saints – WR – Laquan Treadwell, Ole Miss
Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills are gone, while Marques Colston will soon follow. After this season the Saints will be looking for offensive weapons.
11. Houston Texans – HB – Derrick Henry, Alabama
I know it’s early for a HB but the Texans will be desperate with Arian Foster on the downward slide.
12. Carolina Panthers – OT – Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
Looking for protection to keep Cam upright and this o-line hasn’t been all that good for a while now.
13. Minnesota Vikings – LB – Myles Jack, UCLA
Superstar potential for a team needing defense. Chad Greenway is on his last leg.
14. New York Giants – DT – A’shawn Robinson, Alabama
Giants may need some D-line help to make up for JPP once they find out how many fingers he actually still has.
15. Detroit Lions – LB – Leonard Floyd, Georgia
Fast OLB, difference maker right away. Lions lost some bite this off-season and will need to add some elite talent.
16. San Diego Chargers – QB – Jonathan Goff, Cal
This is Phillip Rivers last year in SD. They may even trade up to get higher for a QB.
17. Arizona Cardinals – LB – Phillip “Scooby” Wright, Arizona
Cardinals needing help on defense. Really needing pass rushers.
18. Cincinnati Bengals – S – Su’a Cravens, USC
Big safety, played some LB also. Bengals have needed a stud safety for years and could use someone with his versatility.
19. Atlanta Falcons – OT – Taylor Decker, Ohio State
Getting him to play opposite Jake Matthews would be great for an o-line that is still struggling.
20. Kansas City Chiefs – DE – Chris Jones, Mississippi State
Big man to play opposite or inside Justin Houston.
21. Buffalo Bills – QB – Dak Prescott, Miss. State
Still trying again to find a QB so perhaps it’s Prescott.
22. St. Louis Rams – WR – Duke Williams, Auburn
Only been at Auburn one year. Big and fast. Rams lack a top shelf, go-to wideout.
23. Philadelphia Eagles -DE- Shilique Calhoun, MSU
Very quick, always behind the line of scrimmage for tackles and sacks. Philly is getting better defensively but could still use more talent.
24. Miami Dolphins – TE – O.J. Howard, Alabama
Time to put Witten to rest. Howard is as good a blocker as he is a receiver.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – WR – Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
Dynamic playmaker. Dangerous every time he touches the ball. Steelers love using their passing game and he’d be a fine addition.
26. Baltimore Ravens – DE – Emmanuel Ogbah, Okie State
Another in a long list of good DE’s in this draft. Baltimore starts to get nasty on defense again here.
27. Denver Broncos – CB – Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
Very athletic DB. Broncos could also go QB also depending on Peyton.
28. Indianapolis Colts – OT – Vadal Alexander, LSU
Upgrade the OL on what should be an explosive offense.
29. Dallas Cowboys – HB – Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State
Yes two years in a row with 2 Round 1 running backs. Dallas may find this year they need the investment.
30. Seattle Seahawks – S – Antonio Conner, Ole Miss
Starting to replace some of the pieces they lose in this defensive backfield. Can’t keep’em all, so Conner is a nice addition to help compete.
31. New England Patriots – N/A
Shame on you, Tom Brady.
32. Green Bay Packers – WR – Marquez North, Tennessee
Big target that is so dominant in the NFL these days. Aaron Rodgers deserves this and the Packers are weird enough to draft a wide receiver when they don’t need one.