The first round of the 2016 NFL Draft will go down in Chicago, Illinois tonight starting at 5:00 p.m. Check out the first round mock draft below…
I make this mock with the draft order as it stands at 11:00 AM on draft day. I don’t have any insider
from speaking with GMs so all the picks will be from the teams who currently have them. Yes, sadly that means no trades. It also means I will be wrong, but like filling out a NCAA Tournament bracket, that is the expectation and the inevitable.
- Rams: Jared Goff, QB (California)
- Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB (North Dakota State)
I could not be
certain about these first two picks. When you trade everything to get one of the first two picks of the draft, you have to draft a QB, even if that means compounding mistakes. These two are the consensus top two QBs and Goff seems to be the safer choice for Los Angeles.
- Chargers: DeForest Buckner, DE (Oregon)
- Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey, CB (Florida State)
When your biggest need is at an impact position and there’s a potential star available for you in the top 5, it shouldn’t be a tough decision. That’s the case for the Bolts and Boys here.
Joey Bosa, DE (Ohio State)… A healthy Myles Jack would
in perfectly here but there’s no need to take the risk with Bosa on the Board.
Laremy Tunsil, OT (Ole Miss)… Baltimore is getting the best player in the draft and a guy who can
the high paid Joe Flacco.
Ronnie Stanley, OT (Notre Dame)… Before you can get skill players, you need guys that can block for them. With that said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cleveland
Shaq Lawson-DE-Clemson This is the first time since 2011 that the Giants select a defensive player in the first round and it’s
Sheldon Rankins, DT (Louisville)…
Orleans was 31
in passing and rushing defense last year. This big man can be disruptive up front.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB (Ohio State)… Miami has a major need at RB and the best one in the
lands in their lap at 13.
Jack Conklin, OT (Michigan State)…
Eli Apple, CB (Ohio State)… Back to back Buckeyes come off the board and the latter is a great choice
opposite Vontae Davis.
Taylor Decker, OT (Ohio State)… The Jets need OL
and if Decker falls to them at 20, this pick makes sense.
Vernon Butler, DT (Louisiana Tech)… With the addition of Josh Norman, the
can worry about moving the line of scrimmage. Butler is 6’4” 323 pounds.
Josh Doctson, WR (TCU)… This
of WR coming off the board gives each team what they want. Houston gets their speed guy opposite DeAndre Hopkins that will have to keep safeties honest. Minnesota gets a 6’2” physical receiver that young QBs usually like. Teddy Bridgewater won’t be complaining. Cincinnati gets a number two receiver sure to be around for quite some time. Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu have moved on since playing second fiddle to A.J. Green.
William Jackson III, CB (Houston)… Pittsburgh is desperate for some help in the secondary and Jackson III is a guy who can
in right away wherever they need him to. Other years, the Steelers would have to trade up for a Jackson III but the teams in front of them have other needs, a huge gift for Pittsburgh.
The NFL Draft will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.