Now that the Super Bowl is over and the Senior Bowl has come and gone. The NFL Combine is right around the corner and it’s time to update our mock draft. Last month in our first mock we had Jared Goff going #1 to the 49ers who we thought would trade up from #4 to get him from the Titans who traded back. We still think Goff is going #1 but this time someone else will trade up to get him from Tennessee, who again we believe will trade back. Let’s get to it.
1. L.A. Rams-Jared Goff (last month #1)
Now that the Rams are going to Los Angeles Stan Kroenke will look to make a splash by drafting the best QB on the board after trading up with the Titans. Carson Wentz picked up a lot of steam going into the Senior Bowl and Goff’s stock has stayed the same. We believe that at the Combine several teams will fall in love with Goff and a bidding war will take place and the Rams will come out on top.
2. Cleveland Browns-Paxton Lynch (last month #2)
We still believe that Lynch will emerge as the #2 QB behind Goff at the Combine. The Browns will snag the Memphis QB to start another rebuilding project in Cleveland.
3. San Diego Chargers-Laremy Tunsil (last month #7)
The Chargers will need to get Phillip Rivers some help up front if they want to contend in the AFC West next year. Tunsil is the top offensive lineman on the board and will be a starter in week on in San Diego.
4. Dallas Cowboys-Carson Wentz-North Dakota State (last month #NR)
Wentz’s draft stock exploded at the Senior Bowl. It didn’t hurt his cause when the Cowboys’ coaches were working with Wentz all week leading up to the game. Jerry Jones is said to be high on the North Dakota State QB and will grab him at #4.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars-Jalen Ramsey CB Florida State (last month #5)
Last month we had Ramsey staying in Florida to play for the Jags and we think that’s exactly where he will wind up. The Jaguars defense will be an emphasis this year and by taking Ramsey they get the best corner on the board.
6. Baltimore Ravens-Ronnie Stanley (last month #9)
With Tunsil gone the Ravens will take the best offensive lineman still on the board. Stanley isn’t a day one starter like Tunsil but he will be in the starting lineup in Baltimore before the 2016 season is over.
7. San Fransisco 49ers-Joey Bosa (last month #3)
The Niners need help on defense and with Bosa still around he gets picked at #7. Had there not been a run on QBs he would’ve been drafted earlier. San Fransisco gets an instant starter and a guy who will be the leader on the defense for years to come.
8. Miami Dolphins-Noah Spence (last month NR)
Spence and Ndamukong Suh would be a deadly combination up front against AFC East offensive lines. The former OVC defensive player of the year has some baggage but we think after his performance at the Senior Bowl and Combine Soence will be a top ten pick.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida (last month #6)
The Bucs need help in the secondary and with Jalen Ramsey off the board Tampa gets the second best corner in the draft.
10. New York Giants-DeForest Buckner DE Oregon (last month #10)
New York will look to bolster their defensive line in the first round. Buckner gives the Giants size and speed up front.
11. Chicago Bears-Myles Jack LB UCLA (last month #11)
The Bears go defense with their first round pick. Jack has been compared to Kam Chancellor and is a vrsatile athlete who can stuff the run, rush the passer, or drop into coverage. Injuries may scare some team away but Jack is a legit first round prospect.
12. New Orleans Saints-Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss (last month #4)
The Saints don’t necessarilly need a receiver but with this probably being Drew Brees last year in New Orleans why not go get him a weapon to try to take back the NFC South from the Panthers and Falcons?
13. Philadelphia Eagles-A’Shawn Robinson DE/DT Alabama (last month #19)
Robinson gives the Eagles some size up front on their defensive line. He pushes the pocket and is very good against the run. Philly’s defense would get a starter in week one with Robinson.
14. Oakland Raiders-Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson (last month #14)
We are sticking with Alexander here. The Raiders secondary got blistered by Peyton Manning, Alex Smith and Phillip Rivers. By drafting the former Tiger Oakland will instantly upgrade their secondary.
15. Tennessee Titans-Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss (last month #8)
The Titans have been high on the Ole Miss defensive tackle since last year. They can trade back, get a boatload of picks and still get a starter on the defensive line.
16. Detroit Lions-Taylor Decker OT Ohio State (last month #13)
The Lions may need to look at receiver here but Matthew Stafford was running for his life last year and desperately needs help on the offensive line. Decker isn’t a sexy pick but he’s what they need up front.
17. Atlanta Falcons-Shaq Lawson DE Clemson (last month #31)
Dan Quinn is going to love Lawson. The defensive end from Clemson can after the QB and he’s just what the Falcons’ defense needs to keep pressure on Drew Brees, Jameis Winston, and Cam Newton next year.
18. Indianapolis Colts-Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State (last month #18)
Elliott is the best RB on the board and Frank Gore can’t play forever. Elliott brings fresh legs to the Colts running game and a new weapon for Andrew Luck in 2016.
19. Buffalo Bills-Jarran Reed DT Alabama (last month NR)
Reed may have been part of a dominant Crimson Tide defense but he had some spectacular moments last year against Georgia and Clemson said that made your mouth drop. Reed is a run stopping machine and cane get in the backfield in a hurry. The Bills need a disruptive force on the defensive line and Reed could be that guy.
20. New York Jets-Reggie Ragland LB Alabama (last month #12)
Another Bama linebacker off the board. Ragland should flourish with the Jets under Todd Bowles, a defensive minded coach who upgraded his defensive line last year with Leonard Williams in the first round. The Broncos proved what a strong defense can do and the Jets are going in that same direction.
21. Washington Redskins-Leonard Floyd LB Georgia (last month NR)
The Redskins need to some help on defense after struggling to stop the Packers last month in the playoffs. Floyd gives them a rusher off the edge and a guy who is good against the run too. He will be a starter in week one.
22. Houston Texans-Connor Cook QB Michigan State (last month NR)
With Goff, Lynch and Wentz off the board Houston goes with the best QB left and snags Connor Cook from Michigan State. Cook’s draft stock slid some after skipping out on the Senior Bowl but he can right the ship at the Combine with an impressive showing.
23. Minnesota Vikings-Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame (last month 26)
Smith’s draft stock slid after his ACL injury in Notre Dame’s bowl loss to Ohio State on New Year’s Day. Had Smith not gotten hurt he would’ve likely been a top five pick in the draft. The Vikings will be glad to see him there at #23.
24. Cincinnati Bengals-Josh Doctson WR TCU (last month #29)
Doctson might have gone higher had he not hurt his wrist last year. The TCU receiver is a playmaker and will take some of the burden off of AJ Green in Cincinnati. Andy Dalton will be very happy to have another horned frog on the roster.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers-Eli Apple DB Ohio State (last month NR)
At 6’1, 200 pounds Apple has pretty good size for a defensive back. He plays with aggression and isn’t scared to go after a pick and give up a big gain. Apple also isn’t scared of contact and plays well against the run. The former Buckeye only played two years in Columbus and is a very intriguing prospect with a lot of upside.
26. Seattle Seahawks-Jack Conklin OT Michigan State (last month #23)
With Russell Okung likely done in Seattle the Seahawks will have to do something to get Russell Wilson some helpp front. Conklin is the best offensive lineman on the board at this point and will have a chance to start in Seattle next year.
27. Green Bay Packers-Darron Lee LB Ohio State (last month #25)
Green Bay needs help on defense if they want to get back to the top of the NFC. Clay Matthews can’t do it all and by picking up Lee the Packers give him some help.
28. Kansas City Chiefs-Jason Spriggs OT Indiana (last month #27)
The run on offensive lineman continues. At 6’5, 305 pounds Spriggs is a monster up front. Scouts love his size but he often tries to bully defenders instead of relying on technique. Still the Indiana star will likely hear his name called in the first round.
29. Arizona Cardinals-Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech (last month NR)
Butler made himself a lot of money at the Senior Bowl. Arizona will love the 6’4 325 pounds pass rusher from La. Tech. If the Cardinals want to get back to the NFL Championship game they have to upgrade their defense and Butler is a guy who can help them immediately.
30. Carolina Panthers-Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville (last month NR)
Like Vernon Butler, Rankins also had a great week at the Senior Bowl. He has drawn comparisons to Aaron Donald and is very strong and athletic. At the Senior Bowl he had no problems getting to the QB in practice. Carolina may not need to improve much on defense but another good pass rusher can only help them stay atop the NFC East next year.
31. Denver Broncos-Shon Coleman OT Auburn (last month NR)
Coleman overcame acute lymphoblastic leukemia to be a dominant lineman in the SEC. He’s strong and extremely athletic. Denver will need someone like him up front to protect Brock Osweiler next season.