April 28, 2016 by Ell and Mike Sports
Ell’s NFL Mock Draft #4 2016 – After the Trades
- 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. He is a smart QB who can make all the reads and should be the starter from Day 1.
2. Eagles (via trade) – QB Carson Wentz, NDSU
The Eagles made the bold move of moving up to get their QB of the future giving up multiple picks similar to the Rams. Wentz should be the QB that falls in their lap as they will get whichever QB the Rams doesn’t pick. Wentz has solid arm strength the most potential of any QB in the draft. The Eagles have veteran stop gap QB’s in Sam Bradford and Chase Daniels, 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 and Philip Rivers should be very happy.
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. Very versatile defender who will make a difference, despite knee concerns.
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. Browns (via trade) – RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
The Browns have made the smart move of trading down as opposed to taking whichever QB the Rams leave them. I think they could trade down for a guy like WR Laquon Tredwell, as they are in desperate need of a #1 WR; however, this pick will be Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott is the consensus #1 RB and he has raised 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. The Browns could really use a true workhorse back.
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; I think this would be his best fit in a 4-3 defense for a team in need of an active lineman.
10. Giants – LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
The Giants have added a lot of playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, mostly along the D-line, but they need a legit LB that can make plays behind the big boys up front, making Darron Lee the pick. 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, as well as, drop back in coverage.
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. Some teams consider him to be the safest CB prospect in the draft.
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 – LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
The Raiders need help in the middle of their defense and could use a legit run stopper with the pass rushers running around. Reggie 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. Ragland should bring toughness and hard nose play to the interior of this defense.
- Titans (via trade) – T Jack Conklin, Michigan State
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 Jake Conklin if they stay at this pick. 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.
16. Lions – CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
The Lions need a #1 CB after losing veteran Rashean Mathis to retirement. Eli Apple is a huge CB with experience playing both man and zone coverage who has good press skills with a physical style of play and long arms. 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.
17. Falcons – LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
The Falcons need to solidify the OLB position for the long term. 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. Floyd continues to rise up draft boards with his great combo of size and athleticism along with the ability to rush the passer; he should pair up perfectly opposite 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 – DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
The Bills are looking for active players in the front 7 that fit the mold of Rex Ryan’s system. Dodd is a big lineman with good size to play in the 3-4 defense and his improving pass rushing abilities and solid run defense would be a welcome addition. Dodd can plug in from day 1 and really hold the edge to make this defense even more dangerous.
20. Jets – QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis
The Jets need to find their QB of the future and even get some leverage in case they still bring back Ryan Fitzpatrick. Lynch is a strong armed QB with great size at 6’7 244 lbs. and ability to move outside the pocket to extend plays, but he needs time to develop. Lynch has the potential to be a franchise QB based on his size, athleticism, and arm, but he must improve his footwork, mechanics, and decision making. He gives the Jets another QB option with no long term decision on Geno Smith and no long term deal with Fitz.
- Redskins – DT A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
The Redskins need a replacement at 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 and should be a big help to the run defense and freeing up the linebackers.
- Texans – WR Will Fuller, ND
The Texans need to add some speed to their offense and a player who can take the pressure of star WR De’Andre Hopkins. Will Fuller is a very fast WR with the ability to get behind defenses and the only WR in the draft with pure speed and talent to match. He has pretty good size and could add a new dynamic to this offense as the deep threat with Hopkins taking on double teams, but he must work on his hands and consistency.
- Vikings – WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
The Vikings need a true #1 WR as veteran Mike Wallace never really lived up to the role. Treadwell is a prototypical #1 WR with good size, blocking ability, and hands; Treadwell is considered the #1 WR on most boards. Although he doesn’t have blazing speed, Treadwell is a big WR who knows how to get open and has the ability to go up and get it; Treadwell and Bridgewater could grow nicely along with do-it all WR Stefon Diggs already in place.
- Bengals – WR Josh Doctson, TCU
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. Doctson has a good combination of speed, size, and strength making him a prototypical #1 WR and even better fit as a #2 WR. Doctson should be able to take advantage of defenses watching 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, but could definitely be the opening day starter.
- Steelers – CB William Jackson III, Houston
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. 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 fit on a young developing team that knows how to get after the QB, taking the pressure off the secondary.
- Seahawks – DT/DE Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
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 the depth they continue to lose at the DT/DE positions. 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 are causing his drop in the draft. HC Pete Carroll loves players with a nasty streak and will be able to get the most out of Nkemdiche’ skills on a defense players love to play for.
- Packers – C Ryan Kelly, Alabama
The Packers need improvements in their interior offensive line and Ryan Kelly is the best center and interior lineman in the draft. Kelly has good size to fill in at guard and is a very smart player with good strength who plays with a nasty streak; he will be a day 1 starter at either spot.
- Chiefs – CB Artie Burns, Miami
The Chiefs had a solid secondary last season, but after losing veteran CB Sean Smith they need a replacement. Artie Burns is a cornerback teams are starting to fall in love with because of his blend of size and speed. He has shutdown CB potential and could be a solid #2 across from rookie star Marcus Peters, however Burns must continue to polish his game, but he has shown that he can play despite distractions.
- Cardinals – DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
The Cardinals need to get younger along the D-line and could really use an active body who can make plays alongside star DE Calais Campbell. Jarran 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. He will be a solid addition for the run defense on a team that likes active D-lineman with size and desperately needs one; his push up the middle will allow others to make plays.
- Panthers – S Karl Joseph, WV
The Panthers need help in the secondary and a long term replacement at SS for Roman Harper and Karl Joseph fits the bill. Joseph is a small, compact safety who is a hard hitter and playmaker, who is best in the box, but has proven he can handle hold his own in coverage. Joseph will be a perfect fit for this defense as a physical, tough-nosed player.
- 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
Thomas is a big WR with decent speed and great hands and leaping ability. He has potential to be a #1 WR and the Browns desperately need one.
- Titans – CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
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.
- Cowboys – DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State
The Cowboys need some help at the DE position and Ogbah is a long-armed pass rusher with good size, speed, and athleticism. However, he still needs to show a more physical attitude towards the run.
- Chargers – TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas
The Chargers need a replacement for Ladarius Green and Gates isn’t getting any younger. Henry is the top TE on the board with a good size and a good blend of hands and quickness.
- Ravens – DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
The Ravens need a young pass rusher to add to the defense behind Suggs and Dumervil. Spence is a skilled pass rusher who is still raw, but the production is there; however, there are off the field concerns.
- 49ers – CB Xavien Howard, Baylor
The 49ers need a #1 CB and Chip Kelly loves big physical CBs. Xavien Howard is a playmaking CB with good size, press skills, and speed, but he must continue to work on his technique.
- Jags – DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
The Jags need an upgrade at the other DT spot as Malik Jackson was brought in to improve the interior pass rush. Jones is a big, mobile DT who can stop the run, but also push the pocket and the goal for Jags is to increase pressure.
- TB – S Vonn Bell, Ohio State
Bell is a safety with good range, despite not having top end speed. He is a legit playmaker who excels in pass coverage, but must improve his run defense. TB desperately needs help at safety.
- Giants – WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
Coleman hasn’t received much buzz lately, but he is one of the fastest WR’s in the draft (not saying much) with the ability to stretch the field, but he must improve his catching. His best fit will be in the slot and he could be part of a trio with Beckham and Cruz.
- Bears – DT Andrew Billings, Baylor
- Dolphins – CB Kyle Fuller, VT
- Titans (via trade) – DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
- Raiders – S Darian Thompson, Boise State
- Titans (via trade) – DE/OLB Kamalei Correa, Boise State
- Lions – T Jason Spriggs, Indiana
- Saints – DE/OLB Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
- Colts – DT Kenny Clark, UCLA
- Bills – WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma
- Falcons – WR Braxton Miller, Ohio State
- Jets – T/G Germain Ifede, Texas A&M
- Texans – S T.J. Green, Clemson
- Redskins – S Keanu Neal, Florida
- Vikings – G Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
- Bengals – C Nick Martin, ND
- Seahawks – RB Derrick Henry, Alabama
- Packers – LB Joshua Perry, Ohio State
- Steelers – SS Jayron Kearse, Clemson
- Chiefs – G Joshua Garnett, Stanford
- Pats – LB Jaylon Smith, ND
- Pats (via trade) – DE Carl Nassib, Penn State
- Panthers – CB/S KeiVarae Russell, ND
- Broncos – DT/DE Johnathan Bullard, Florida