Do not fool yourself. The NFL Draft is becoming a lot clearer as we come into April
Mock Draft season is in full effect as the NFL Draft is less than a month away. College pro days and marquee free agent signings are behind us.
With a better grasp on team needs and prospect projections, here is an updated Mock Draft.
*Note that explanations are only on picks that changed from my Post-Combine Mock Draft.
1. Tennessee Titans – Safety Jalen Ramsey, Florida St.
Everyone talks about the defensive talent in this draft. Tennessee selects the best among the crop. They will try hard to move this pick, but eventually they will end up with Ramsey.
Ramsey earned comparisons to Ed Reed from across the internet. His abilities at safety and corner could make him a similar generational talent.
2. Cleveland Browns – Linebacker Myles Jack, UCLA
The Browns and head coach Hue Jackson seem willing to bank their future on the play of Robert Griffin III. Do not buy the hype that the team will reach for a quarterback just because.
Cleveland should take a play out of Oakland’s rebuild. Draft the best defensive player and then let your quarterback fall to you in the second round, like the Raiders did in 2014 with selections of Khalil Mack (No.5) and Derek Carr ()
Previous pick: Quarterback Carson Wentz
3. San Diego Chargers – Tackle Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
4. Dallas Cowboys – Quarterback Carson Wentz, North Dakota St.
Again, do not blame the Cowboys for taking a quarterback. Tony Romo is in his mid-thirties off of back surgery.
Wentz might have had one of the best pro days ever, but he still needs development jumping from the FCS level. Give him a red-shirt year and then he might turn into Joe Flacco.
Previous pick: Quarterback Jared Goff
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Edge Joey Bosa, Ohio St.
Head coach Gus Bradley comes from the Seattle Seahawks coaching tree. Hence, he will add another pass rusher to his staple. Bosa is one of the most polished players in the draft, so Jacksonville should not pass.
The team added Jared Odrick last season and Malik Jackson this season. Let both of those guys face slower guards, so Dante Fowler and Bosa can develop into premier rushers on the outside. That is a scary defensive line when you factor in some of the other depth options like Tyson Alualu on the roster.
Previous pick: Linebacker Myles Jack
6. Baltimore Ravens – Running Back Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio St.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Defensive linemen Deforest Buckner, Oregon
The 49ers might become tempted with a quarterback in Jared Goff. However, they seem stuck with Colin Kaepernick’s attitude and large salary.
Hence, the team adds one of the best defensive talents in the draft. Added, we all know head coach Chip Kelly loves his Oregon players.
Previous pick: Joey Bosa, Ohio St.
8. Miami Dolphins – Corner Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Edge Shaq Lawson, Clemson
Noah Spence might be a better natural pass rusher than Lawson. However, Spence might tumble down draft boards because of off-field-incidents from a couple of years ago.
Lawson himself is a top ten talent. The Buccaneers need some pass rushers, so Lawson makes sense. He is one of the most pro ready in this draft.
Previous Pick: Noah Spence, Western Kentucky
10. New York Giants – Tackle Ronnie Staley, Notre Dame
11. Chicago Bears- Linebacker Darron Lee, Ohio St.
12. New Orleans Saints – Defensive Tackle Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
The Saints need defensive help. Rankins warrants comparisons to Aaron Donald. Donald took the league by storm as a three technique with the Rams. Expect Rankins to do the same. The Saints need his impact in the pass and against the run. Rankins can lineup across the defensive line, and he dominated Senior Bowl practices.
Previous pick: Deforest Buckner, Oregon
13. Philadelphia Eagles – Tackle Jack Conklin, Michigan St.
14. Oakland Raiders – Defensive linemen Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss.
15. Los Angeles Rams – Quarterback Jared Goff, Cal.
The Rams water over the mouth at this situation. Goff was once the consensus best quarterback until his tiny hand measurements and Wentz’s great pro day.
Still, the Rams get their quarterback of the future. They address other roster needs with their two second round picks.
Previous pick: Michael Thomas, Ohio St.
16. Detroit Lions – Receiver Laquan Treadwell, Ole Miss.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Edge Noah Spence, Western Kentucky
The Falcons will happily take one of the best pass rushers in the draft at No. 17. Remember Spence got kicked out of the Big 10 for failed drug tests, however, he has not failed a routine drug test since then. He will come in with a chip on his shoulder, and Spence will dominate opposite Vic Beasley.
Previous pick: Shaq Lawson, Clemson
18. Indianapolis Colts – Tackle Tyler Decker, Ohio St.
The Colts may consider running back Derrick Henry to takeover for aging Frank Gore. Or one of the remaining defensive linemens to build up the trenches.
Nonetheless, the Colts can find players at those positions later in the draft. They desperately need to protect the quarterback and address their offensive line. Decker is versatile and physical enough to come in and start in year one.
Previous pick: Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
19. Buffalo Bills – Edge Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma St.
20. New York Jets – Linebacker Rashad Ragland, Alabama
21. Washington – Defensive Linemen Jarran Reed, Alabama
Reed is a little more polished than teammate A’shawn Robinson. Both players warrant consideration with this pick. However, Reed gets the nod with a little more polished play.
Previous pick: A’shawn Robinson, Alabama
22. Houston Texans – Running back Derrick Henry, Alabama
23. Minnesota Vikings – Receiver Corey Coleman, Baylor
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Receiver Will Fuller, Notre Dame
25. Seattle Seahawks – Jason Spriggs, Indiana
The Seahawks lost Russell Okung in Free Agency. They already needed help along their offensive line, and losing their most consistent one hurts.
Adding Spriggs can help them out. He has experience at both tackles position. He was also one of the most athletic linemen at the Combine. Spriggs fits need and scheme for Seattle.
Previous pick: Tyler Decker, Ohio St.
26. Green Bay Packers – Defensive linemen A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
Robinson is a prototype two-gap defensive linemen. The Packers need some help building up the trenches after losing B.J. Raji to retirement. Robinson gives them an athletic big-body defender that automatically upgrades their run defense.
Previous pick: Leonard Floyd, Georgia
27. Pittsburgh Steelers – Corner Eli Apple, Ohio St.
The Steelers can no longer afford to neglect their secondary. Pittsburgh will save their needs in the front seven until the later rounds.
Apple is big, fast and largely productive out of Ohio St. Unlike Mackensie Alexander, Apple registered four interceptions in his college career. Plus, Apple left the combine as one of the most athletic players.
Previous pick: Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Defensive Linemen Andrew Billings, Baylor
29. Arizona Cardinals – Edge Leonard Floyd, Georgia
Floyd is athletic, rangy, physical and productive. The only reason he falls this far is because of questions about his size. Arizona needs some youth along the edges. The Cardinals will utilize Floyd’s versatility across their defensive front.
Previous pick: Kamalei Correa, Boise St.
30. Carolina Panthers – Corner Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
The Panthers biggest need is along the offensive line. Not sure they find what they need in this spot. The second biggest need is at corner. All-Pro Josh Norman is only guaranteed for one year, and they need more talent behind him anyways.
Alexander is a top talent in this draft. However, he had few interception opportunities at Clemson. That could cause other players at his position to get drafted higher. Panthers make out like bandits.
Previous pick: Jason Spriggs, Indiana
31. Denver Broncos – Defensive Linemen Kenny Clark, UCLA
Round Two Fallers- Jaylon Smith, Kamalei Correa, Vernon Butler, Michael Thomas, Andrew Doctson, Cody Whitehair, Darian Thompson, Connor Cook, Paxton Lynch, Su’a Cravens
*All combine results via NFL.com
View the Post Combine Mock Draft from March here.
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