March 5, 2016 by Ell and Mike Sports
Ell’s NFL Mock Draft #2 2016 – After the Combine
- Titans – T Laremy Tunsil, OleMiss
The Titans know that they have something special in QB Marcus Mariota and they need to protect him. The offensive line is finally almost complete and what better way to open up the run game than bringing in a franchise LT.
- Browns – QB Jared Goff, Cal
The Browns need a QB more than any team, they are intrigued by the arm and potential of Wentz, Goff is a more polished product. Goff could be Hue Jackson’s Andy Dalton as an accurate QB not expected to fully carry the load; he should efficient with weapons.
- Chargers – CB/S Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
The Chargers have a lot of needs, but really need an impact player on defense. While Bosa will be very tempting, Jalen Ramsey is clearly a great addition as he is also in the conversation to go #1 as a DB after a great combine. The Chargers let Weddle go, but luckily his replacement will fall in their lap.
- Cowboys – DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
The Cowboys need a defense that can create pressure and long term upgrades on the defensive line. DE Greg Hardy will not be back and Bosa would be the perfect replacement. Bosa has a great motor and great technique to be a solid pass rusher.
- Jaguars – OLB Myles Jack, UCLA
The Jags really need a CB and would love to see Ramsey fall to them, but they really need an impact LB to play behind their active D-line. Jack is an athletic playmaker HC Gus Bradley can plug into his Leo position to replace veteran pass rusher Chris Clemons.
- Ravens – DE/DT Deforest Buckner, Oregon
The Ravens would like to see Bosa or Ramsey fall to this spot, but they are top 3 talents. The defensive line has not been as dominate or deep after Ngata left. Buckner is a disruptive defender with great size at 6’7 who has the ability to play inside or outside; he should be an instant upgrade and run stopper.
- 49ers – QB Carson Wentz, NDSU
The 49ers need help everywhere and quarterback is a very important position, but a cause of concern. The Kaepernick-Kelly connection could be boom or bust and the 49ers realistically need a fresh start. Wentz had a great combine showing off a big arm and big potential despite the school; Kelly won’t be afraid to pull the trigger.
- Dolphins – CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
The Dolphins is a team in need of secondary help with veteran CB Brent Grimes getting up in age and the younger talent still developing. Hargreaves is a smaller built CB with great speed and cover skills. He has the ability to be a shutdown CB and showed his athleticism at the combine solidifying his spot as the #2 CB/ #2 DB in the draft behind Ramsey.
- Bucs – DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
The Bucs are still in need of a legit pass rusher from the DE position after many tries and would love for Bosa to fall this far, but it is highly unlikely. However, Lawson is a solid pass rusher with good size who can team up with star DT Gerald McCoy as a long term D-lineman.
- Giants – LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
The Giants need playmakers in their front seven and haven’t had a true playmaking LB in years. Darron Lee is an active LB who will be all over the field as a sideline to sideline tackler, but he could add some bulk. Lee showed at the combine he has the athleticism to rush the passer and drop back into coverage.
- Bears – T Ronnie Stanley, ND
The Bears have needed a long term solution at LT for years and luckily a top prospect falls in their lap. Stanley is a smart improving O-line who needs to get better at run blocking, but has shown improvement; he is a solid pass blocker.
- Saints – DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
The Saints need help on the D-line and back end of their defense, but they would love a disruptive NT to plug the middle giving star DE Cameron Jordan and the developing LB core some freedom. Rankins has proven that he is a big guy with good footwork and the ability to help against the pass and run.
- Eagles – WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
The Eagles have re-signed QB Sam Bradford and need to give him a true #1 WR. Treadwell is a prototypical #1 WR with good size and speed. Bradford should show improvement with Treadwell, Agholor, and Matthews giving the team a full 3 WR set. Treadwell should fit perfectly in this offense.
- Raiders – CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
The Raiders need CB help more than anyone in the 1st round and Mackensie Alexander has shutdown potential and could be a nice physical man/press CB. Alexander has decent size, good speed, and plays with a lot of heart and confidence.
- Rams – QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis
The Rams need a long term solution at QB with no possible solution in site and Case Keenum as more of a stop-gap QB. Lynch is a huge QB at 6’7 with a big arm, but he is still a raw prospect.. He would probably be best earning the job late in the year or next year, but he had a good combine.
- Lions – T Jack Conklin, Michigan State
The Lions need a legit LT to protect QB Matt Stafford and open up holes in the run game, as current LT Riley Reiff is better built to play RT or RG. Jack Conklin fits the bill as a pro ready prospect with a nasty streak and the ability to dominate in the run game. Conklin may struggle against speed rushers, until he improves his footwork, but he is a strong lineman who will bring immediate toughness up front.
- Falcons – LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
The Falcons haven’t had a productive MLB since Keith Brooking and it’s time to solidify the position for the long term. Ragland is a productive LB who has proven he is athletic enough to play inside and outside, but is best fit in the middle. He is a smart player with good size and pedigree coming from Alabama under Coach Saban.
- Colts – T Taylor Decker, Ohio State
The Colts need help up front, as the quarterbacks most importantly Andrew Luck, spent a lot of time on the sidelines. Decker is a solid run blocking lineman who needs to improve his pass blocking, but he would be a welcome addition on a team that has struggled to find consistent running lanes. Drafting a guy like Decker would allow the TEs to do what they do best, instead of making them block.
- Bills – DT/DE Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
The Bills are looking for active players in the front 7 that fit the mold of Rex Ryan’s system. Nkemdiche is an exceptional talent with a great build, great strength, and solid pass rush moves, but he needs to put it all together and has character concerns which is causing his drop in the draft. Rex loves players with a nasty streak and will be able to get the most out of Nkemdiche’ skills.
- Jets – RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
The Jets would like a pass rushing OLB at this spot, but with possibly both running backs leaving via free agency this is an easy pick. Elliott is the consensus #1 RB and is rising up many teams draft boards with his ability to be a complete back with good strength, speed, and the ability to catch out of the backfield. Jets need someone they can rely on with constant injuries last year mostly to RB Chris Ivory and Elliott would make a good combo with Ivory or Powell.
- Redskins – DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
- Texans – DT A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
- Vikings – WR Josh Doctson, TCU
- Bengals – WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
- Steelers – CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
- Seahawks – DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
- Packers – LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
- Chiefs – CB Kendall Fuller, VT
- Cardinals – DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
- Panthers – DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State
- Broncos – TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas