April 17, 2016 by Ell and Mike Sports
Ell’s NFL Mock Draft #3 2016 – After Pro Days
- Rams (via trade) – QB Jared Goff, Cal
The Rams trade up in a surprising trade to really mix-up the draft board. This pick has to be a QB and new face of the franchise making Jared Goff the pick as the Rams move to LA. Goff is a tough QB who has shown that he is accurate and can pick a team apart. However, he must continue to get stronger and continue to work on his game.
2. Browns – QB Carson Wentz, NDSU
The Browns need a QB more than any team, in a division with solid QB play, and they are intrigued by the arm strength and potential of Wentz. Hue Jackson has veteran stop gap QB’s in RG3 and Josh McCown so they can afford to let Wentz learn the system. Wentz has all the tools, but he has a lot to learn coming out of a small school.
3. Chargers – T Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
The Chargers have a lot of needs, but really need help on an inconsistent O-line; luckily, they will be the 1st team to benefit from the shakeup of the trade. Thought to be #1 overall pick to the Titans, LT Laremy Tunsil falls to the Chargers who need a franchise tackle who can protect the blindside of Philip Rivers; he will be an instant upgrade over King Dunlap.
4. Cowboys – CB/S Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
The Cowboys need a playmaker on defense to help the defense match the firepower of the offense; luckily, the best defensive player in the draft falls to the Cowboys after the shakeup in Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey has the ability to excel at CB or S and could give them the long term shutdown CB they thought they had in Morris Claiborne; this also gives them options with CB/S Byron Jones.
5. Jaguars – OLB Myles Jack, UCLA
The Jags 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 that HC Gus Bradley can plug into his Leo position to replace veteran pass rusher Chris Clemons; Jack is considered to be one of the best players in draft.
6. Ravens – DE/DT Deforest Buckner, Oregon
The Ravens would like to see Jack 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.
7. 49ers – T Ronnie Stanley, ND
The 49ers need help everywhere and quarterback is a very important position, thanks to the trade shakeup both top QB’s will be off the board. The Kaepernick-Kelly connection could be boom or bust, but help up front is a need for the team and adding a solid pass blocking LT in Ronnie Stanley who is very athletic with good footwork fits the mold for Kelly’s offense.
8. Eagles (via trade) – RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
The Eagles have made a lot of changes to their roster this offseason and after trading RB DeMarco Murray they could use a replacement. . Elliott is the consensus #1 RB and he is rising up many teams draft boards with his ability to be a complete back; he has good strength, speed, and the ability to catch out of the backfield taking the pressure off the passing game.
9. Bucs – DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
The Bucs would love for Ramsey to fall this far, but it is highly unlikely. However, thanks to the shakeup DE Joey Bosa who was once in the conversation as the #1 pick has fallen and could give the Bucs a nice DE to pair with star DT Gerald McCoy. Bosa is a high energy, high motor player who can get after the QB.
10. Giants – WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
The Giants have added a lot of playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, but after allowing WR Reuben Randle to leave via free agency, they need a replacement, luckily Treadwell should fall right in their lap. Treadwell is a prototypical #1 WR with good size, blocking ability, and hands who will not have to immediately take on the pressure of being a #1 as Odell Beckham is entrenched as the #1 WR; Treadwell should fit perfectly in this offense.
11. Bears – CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
The Bears need help in a struggling secondary and could use a solid CB to pair with Kyle Fuller as Tracy Porter would be better in the nickel, although a D-lineman will be tempting, picking Hargreaves will be the right move. He fits the mold as a smaller CB with good speed and cover skills; he will be a solid pick with potential to be a shutdown CB.
12. 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, with a consistent push up the middle.
13. Dolphins (via trade) – DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
The Dolphins loss two solid DE’s in Olivier Vernon who was out of their price range and DE Derrick Shelby who was expendable after the addition of veteran DE Mario Williams. With veteran DE Cameron Wake still recovering from injury, adding a solid DE in Shaq Lawson makes sense as a long term replacement who could see a lot of reps on an active D-line. Lawson is a pass rusher with good size and strength who knows how to get after the QB, he must continue to polish his skills and technique; luckily, he will be learning from two of the best.
14. Raiders – CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
The Raiders need CB help even after adding a solid #1 CB in Sean Smith, 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. He could fill in as a nice nickel CB as he continues to polish his skills.
15. Titans (via trade) – DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
The Titans drop to the #15th pick after the trade, and have the ability to pick the best player on the board; however, a trade up for Stanley wouldn’t surprise me. I think they decide to go with Jarran Reed to plug the middle helping free up DE Jurrell Casey and the pass-rushing OLB’s. Reed is an active D-lineman who knows how to use his strength to take on double-teams and push through them making plays behind the line of scrimmage.
16. 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.
17. Falcons – LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
The Falcons need to solidify the OLB position for the long term. 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 and at his pro day that he has the speed and athleticism to rush the passer and pair up with DE/OLB Vic Beasley.
18. 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 free up TE Dwayne Allen to make more plays.
19. 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.
20. Jets – QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis
The Jets would like a pass rushing OLB at this spot and Leonard Floyd is a productive LB who has proven he is athletic enough to play on the strong side. He is a solid pass rusher who has led Georgia in sacks the last 3 seasons, but he must continue to get stronger and work on his coverage.
- Redskins – DT A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
The Redskins need a replacement nose tackle, as they allowed Terrance Knighton to leave via free agency. A’Shawn Robinson is a strong lineman who knows how to use his strength to take on double-teams; Robinson could be a long term fix at the position.
- Texans – WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
The Texans need some speed to their offense and a player who can take the pressure of star WR De’Andre Hopkins. Corey Coleman is considered by some teams to be the best WR in the draft and he would fit nicely in the slot as a deep threat for new QB Brock Osweiler and his strong arm.
- Vikings – WR Josh Doctson, TCU
The Vikings need a true #1 WR as veteran Mike Wallace never really lived up to the role. Doctson has a good combination of speed, size, and strength making him a prototypical #1 WR. Doctson and Bridgewater could grow nicely along with do-it all WR Stefon Diggs already in place.
- Bengals – WR Will Fuller, ND
The Bengals need WR help after losing Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones via free agency and need someone to help take the pressure off of star WR A.J. Green. Will Fuller is a very fast WR with the ability to get behind defenses. He has pretty good size and could add a new dynamic to this offense as the deep threat with A.J. Green able to do it all, TE Tyler Eifert working the seams, and the run game bringing safeties into the box; he could fill into the slot role and eventually take over the #2 spot.
- Steelers – CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
The Steelers have needed a #1 CB for some time and the secondary situation has been the main thing holding this team back as the defense continues to grow into a consistent unit. Eli Apple is a huge CB with experience playing both man and zone coverage who has good press skills. However, he needs to continue to polish his game and avoid penalties for trying to be too physical, but he has all the skills to be a solid #1 CB.
- Seahawks – DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
The Seahawks have never been afraid to go for what seems like a risky draft move and are always looking for the best talent. They need a replacement for pass rushing OLB Bruce Irvin and Noah Spence fits the bill as a solid replacement. Spence has natural pass rushing skills and a relentless motor with good size and quickness, however he must prove that his off the field struggles are behind him; he has been compared to SB MVP Von Miller.
- Packers – LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
The Packers need an ILB to move star OLB Clay Matthews back to the outside where he belongs to rush the passer and drafting Reggie Ragland will give them that luxury. Ragland is a solid tackling LB who may not have ideal size, but he is a polished tackler coming out of the Alabama LB factory. He should help improve the run stopping and he has the ability to drop back into coverage.
- Chiefs – CB William Jackson, Houston
The Chiefs had a solid secondary last season, but after losing veteran CB Sean Smith they need a replacement. William Jackson is a long CB with good speed and solid coverage skills, however coming out of Houston he will have to polish his game to handle better competition and continue to get stronger. However, he has shutdown CB potential and could be a solid #2 across from rookie star Marcus Peters.
- Cardinals – LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
The Cardinals need a long term pass rusher, as they had to rely on veteran Dwight Freeney as the premier pass rusher last season. Leonard Floyd is a productive LB who has proven he is athletic enough to play on the strong side. He is a solid pass rusher who has led Georgia in sacks the last 3 seasons, but he must continue to get stronger and work on his coverage.
- Panthers – DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
The Panthers need a long term replacement at DE who can eventually take the job from veteran DE Charles Johnson. Kevin Dodd is a huge DE with growing pass rush potential and the ability to be a factor against the run. He must continue to improve his game and continue to work on his technique as he is only a one year starter, but very skilled with the tools to dominate.
- Broncos – QB Connor Cook, Michigan State
The Broncos need a new QB more than anything for the long term. Connor Cook is a solid prospect with all the tools, but he must continue to polish his game and footwork. Cook has all of the tools to be a starting QB at the next level and he should be competing for the starting job next season.
- Browns – WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State
- Titans – S Karl Joseph, WV
- Cowboys – DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State
- Chargers – TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas
- Ravens – CB Kendall Fuller, VT
- 49ers – CB Artie Burns, Miami
- Jags – C Ryan Kelly, Alabama
- TB – S Vonn Bell, Ohio State, Arkansas
- Giants – T Jason Spriggs, Indiana
- Bears – DT Andrew Billings, Baylor
- Dolphins – G Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
- Titans (via trade) – CB Xavien Howard, Baylor
- Raiders – DT Kenny Clark, UCLA
- Titans (via trade) – S/OLB Su’a Cravens USC
- Lions – CB/S KeiVarae Russell, ND
- Saints –DE/OLB Kamalei Correa, Boise State
- Colts – DT Chris Jones, Mississippi St.
- Bills – WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma
- Falcons – WR Braxton Miller, Ohio State
- Jets – T/G Germain Ifede, Texas A&M
- Texans – S Darian Thompson, Boise State
- Redskins – QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
- Vikings – DE/OLB Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
- Bengals – C Nick Martin, ND
- Seahawks – RB Derrick Henry, Alabama
- Packers – DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
- Steelers – LB Joshua Perry, Ohio State
- Chiefs – LB Deion Jones, LSU
- Pats – WR Pharoah Cooper, South Carolina
- Pats (via trade) – RB Devonte Booker, Utah
- Panthers – S Keanu Neal, Florida
- Broncos – G Joshua Garnett, Stanford