Two-Round Mock Draft

With the 2016 NFL draft less than 24 hours away here is my take on how the first two-rounds of the draft might play out. 1. LA Rams: Jared Goff, QB, California Rams make the big splash and trade up to the top spot to select local boy Jared Goff and make him the face of the franchise. 2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, NDSU Eagles take my top rated quarterback in Wentz. Even with the limited amount of starts at NDSU, Wentz played in a Pro-Style system and is the most ready to play signal caller between he and Goff. 3. San Diego Chargers: DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon Rumored to be taking an offensive tackle to protect Phillip Rivers, the Chargers decide to go defense and take Oregon’s Buckner. Where he will be a building block along the Chargers defensive front. 4. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State The need pick here would have been Bosa, but the Cowboys go with the top defensive back in the draft in Ramsey, who when paired with last year’s first rounder Byron Jones, gives Dallas two very versatile and athletic back-half defenders. 5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State If Myles Jack’s knee was 100% healthy he would be the pick here, but Gus Bradley and GM David Caldwell can’t afford to have their last two top picks both be entering 2016 coming off major need surgeries. So they “settle” for Bosa who could be one of the draft’s better pass rushers. 6. Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens have the top offensive lineman fall down to them filling a major need. They wanted a pass rusher but with Bosa and Buckner gone they opt to protect Joe Flacco’s blindside. 7. San Francisco 49ers: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis The draft’s first “Wow” moment comes here when Chip Kelly picks his quarterback in Paxton Lynch. This selection should be followed shortly by a trade of Colin Kaepernick to another team. Lynch has length, arm strength, and mobility to go along with good accuracy downfield. He will need some time to adjust and might not play right away, but he will be a very good NFL quarterback. 8. Miami Dolphins(via Trade With Cleveland): Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State The Dolphins will trade back-up into the spot they had previously held and shipped off to the Eagles as a part of the Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso trade to select Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. The former Buckeye will fill a major need for Miami and also help alleviate some of the offensive burden off the shoulders of Ryan Tannehill. 9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida Tampa Bay selects the local kid Hargreaves to help improve a secondary that allowed 31 passing touchdowns last season. There are some rumblings that the Bucs might go with Sheldon Rankins at this spot, to help improve their interior pass rush so this pick might still in flux. 10. New York Giants: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA The Giants stop the Myles Jack fall and select the UCLA linebacker. Jack is one of the most talented defensive playmakers in this draft and if it was not for the uncertainty surrounding the knee he would not have been available for New York. Meantime the Giants are ecstatic to get Jack and add him to a defense that, if you factor in their free agent acquisitions, should be an improved unit next season. 11. Chicago Bears: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame With their free agent acquisitions, that helped fill holes on both offense and defense, the Bears have the luxury of picking the best available player at this spot, and that happens to be Stanley. The former Golden Domer will come in and compete right away with last year’s starter Charles Leno for the starting left tackle position. 12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville Saints look to improve their interior pass rush by selecting Rankins, who down at the Senior Bowl practices was unblock able in one-on-one pass protection drills. Rankins interior push should complement the outside rush provided by Cameron Jordan. 13. Cleveland Browns(via Trade with Miami): Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State Rumors are that the Browns might still look to move down from this spot to try and collect more picks, but if they stay here they select Conklin out of Michigan State to play right tackle and fill the void left by Mitchell Schwartz departure to Kansas City. 14. Oakland Raiders: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss GM Reggie McKenzie gambles here on talent and goes with Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche who, if he can eliminate his off-field distractions, can be one of the most talented defensive line prospects in this draft. The Raiders will rely heavily on Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr, and Defensive line coach Jethro Franklin, to motivate and bring out the best in Nkemdiche. 15. Tennessee Titans: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia The Titans were expected to go offensive lineman here, but instead go with the best player available and give defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau another weapon on defense with Floyd. Floyd can lineup at linebacker or defensive end, and will add speed and quickness to the Titans defensive front. 16. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State Detroit fills a major need at right tackle with the selection of Decker, who should start right away. The Lions had journeyman Michael Ola start seven games at right tackle last season. 17. Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State One of the fastest linebackers in Darron Lee goes to the Falcons whose head coach emphasizes speed, speed, and more speed on defense. Seems like a perfect fit for me. 18. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama Alabama center Ryan Kelly is one of the best interior lineman in this draft, and he will help try solidify a unit that almost got Andrew Luck killed last season. 19. Buffalo Bills: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama Buffalo finds a running mate for underrated inside linebacker Preston Brown, while Rex Ryan also gains a defensive leader and future defensive captain in Ragland. Having been coached by Nick Saban at Alabama Ragland comes to the NFL well-prepared and should make an immediate contribution. 20. New York Jets: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU Another “Wow” moment happens here when the Jets go with TCU receiver Josh Doctson. With starters Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker having good seasons last year, the Jets look to add some depth and talent behind them. Doctson increased his stock immensely at the scouting combine where he displayed better speed than anticipated and some terrific lower body explosiveness. 21. Washington Redskins: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama The Redskins add a talented run defender in Reed who, just like Ragland, comes well-coached and prepared for the NFL by Alabama’s Nick Saban. 22. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor Houston continues adding to their offense this off season by selecting Baylor’s speedy playmaker Corey Coleman. Coleman will give the Texans offense the element of speed which will help draw some of the attention away from DeAndre Hopkins on the other side. 23. Minnesota Vikings: LaQuon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss Minnesota gets lucky and has what many might consider the best receiver in the draft drop right to them. Treadwell will help balance out the Vikings offensive attack by supplying size on the outside and in the red zone. He will be a good compliment for the quicker and shiftier Stefon Diggs on the opposite side of the formation. 24. Cincinnati Bengals: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama Seeing a run on receivers happen right before their pick, Cincinnati goes on the defensive and selects the third Crimson Tide defensive player in this first round in Robinson. Robinson, who looks like he is 40 years old, is just 21 years old and at the moment is a better run defender than pass rusher. With the Bengals he will have a chance to back-up and learn from one of the best defensive tackles in football in Geno Atkins, who can help Robinson improve as a pass rusher. 25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia Rumors are that head coach Mike Tomlin loves Joseph and has banged the table for him in predraft meetings. As long as the knee checks out medically, the Steelers will have selected one of the most underrated players in the draft. 26. Seattle Seahawks: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State Big, long corner who can play zone or man-to-man and likes to get his hands on a receiver, Eli Apple sounds tailor made to be a Seattle Seahawk and the newest member of the Legion-of-Boom. 27. Green Bay Packer: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech Packers look to fill the void left by BJ Raji’s retirement with Vernon Butler. Butler has the size, strength, arm length, and power coupled with quickness not usually seen with players his size to play any position along the defensive line. 28. Kansas City Chiefs: William Jackson III, CB, Houston Losing Sean Smith to the Raiders forces the Chiefs to go cornerback in the first round for the second year in a row. Jackson is a press corner, who needs to add strength, but has shown to have good ball skills. 29. Arizona Cardinals: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson Having added Chandler Jones in a trade earlier this off season pass rusher was not a dire need, but in this case Lawson was too good to pass up. Lawson is the type of physical defender that GM Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians love having on their defense. 30. Carolina Panthers: Artie Burns, CB, Miami Losing Josh Norman, coupled with the possible retirement of Charles Tillman made cornerback a vital position of need for Carolina. Burns has good size with long arms and is comfortable in either press or zone coverage. 31. Denver Broncos: Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M The defending Super Bowl Champions look to add to their offensive line with A&M’s Ifedi. He is a massive, well-built thick bodied offensive right tackle who eventually might be moved inside to guard. Ifedi would be able to backup two positions along the offensive line, or possibly start inside for Denver as a rookie. Second Round 1. Cleveland Browns: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame 2. Tennessee Titans: Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech 3. Dallas Cowboys: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson 4. San Diego Chargers: Noah Spence, Edge, Eastern Kentucky 5. Baltimore Ravens: Emmanuel Ogbah, Edge, Oklahoma State 6. San Francisco 49ers: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana 7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mackenzie Alexander, CB, Clemson 8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA 9. New York Giants: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State 10. Chicago Bears: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State 11. Miami Dolphins: Keanu Neal, S, Florida 12. Tennessee Titans: TJ Green, DB, Clemson 13. Oakland Raiders: Su’a Cravens, S, USC 14. Tennessee Titans: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma 15. Detroit Lions: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh 16. New Orleans Saints: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State 17. Indianapolis Colts: Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois 18. Buffalo Bills: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State 19. Atlanta Falcons: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State 20. New York Jets: Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State 21. Houston Texans: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas 22. Washington Redskins: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State 23. Minnesota Vikings: Deion Jones, LB, LSU 24. Cincinnati Bengals: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State 25. Seattle Seahawks: Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame 26. Green Bay Packer: Nick Martin, OG/C, Notre Dame 27. Pittsburgh Steelers: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor 28. Kansas City Chiefs: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor 29. New England Patriots: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah 30. New England Patriots: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers 31. Carolina Panthers: Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State 32. Denver Broncos: Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU Danny Shimon is a graduate of Introduction to Scouting and Scouting Boot Camp.  Follow Danny on Twitter @dshimon56
Danny Shimon
NFPost Scouting 101 & Scouting Seminar Graduate. Bears writer for www.windy-citysport.com

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