NFL Mock Draft 1.0

1. Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Tunsil gives Mariota some much needed protection from the blindside and allows the Titans to move Taylor Lewan to right tackle.  Tunsil is a true dancing bear with the ability to play at a pro-bowl level for the next 10 years. 

2. Cleveland Browns – Jaley Ramsey, S, Florida State
The best athlete in the draft and a position of need.  The Browns have had a notoriously poor secondary, save for Joe Haden (when he can stay on the field).  The position flexibility that Ramsey can provide is an added benefit, but he should step in day one at safety.

3. San Diego Chargers – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
A special athlete with rare size, Buckner provides an immediate upgrade as a 3-4 defensive end.  The Chargers select a player with the ability to make plays against the run and pass on the defensive line.  Buckner has the upside to become a 10+ sack 3-4 DE, which is a rare commodity.

4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Bosa is one of the safest players in the draft and has the ability to have an immediate impact opposite Demarcus Lawrence.  The Cowboys improve their pass rush and defensive line from both a performance and character perspective.  

5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
A impact player and special athlete at the linebacker position.  The Jaguars made moves in the free agency to improve the defensive line and secondary but this pick allows them to improve at the one position they haven’t yet addressed.

6. Baltimore Ravens – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Corner has long been a position of need for the Ravens, they will be able to pair Hargreaves up with Jimmy Smith to shore up the corner position.  Hargreaves will be an immediate starter with the ability to make plays in the secondary (which has been sorely missed in since Ed Reed).

7. San Francisco 49ers – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
A glaring weakness from last year becomes a strength and what Chip Kelly wants in a dominant offensive line.  Anthony Davis coming out of retirement, Stanley steps in at right tackle and the 49ers will have one of the best run blocking offensive lines in football.

8. Philadelphia Eagles – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
The most complete back to enter the draft since Adrian Peterson, Elliott is a three down workhorse.  This will provide Doug Peterson with the ability to rely heavily on the run game and put either Bradford or Daniel in a position to be successful.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
In a division with Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, Dodd gives the Buccs more push off the edge in an effort to make quarterbacks uncomfortable in the pock and help Gerald McCoy.   

10. New York Giants – LaQuon Teadwell, WR, Ole Miss
In win now mode, Treadwell gives the Giants there best opportunity to extend their championship window.  Treadwell is the perfect compliment to Odell Beckham Jr., he is a big-bodied receiver with the ability to dominate in the red-zone and has cool-headed demeanour.

11. Chicago Bears – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Wentz represents the future for Chicago and an option should Cutler begin to stutter.  Wentz has franchise quarterback potential and the type of big arm required to have success in the windy city.  The Bears secure their long-term future at the most important position and pick-up insurance on Cutler.

12. New Orleans Saints – A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
A versatile player along the defensive line who can be paired with Cameron Jordon for the next 10 years.   A’Shawn Robinson can play both defensive tackle and defensive end, providing scheme diversity.  He will have an immediate impact as a run stuffing defensive tackle with tremendous upside.

13. Miami Dolphins – Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
Perhaps the top overall player apart from injury, Smith will provide much needed leadership and playmaking ability.  The Dolphins may have to wait for him to step on the field, but they cannot pass up such a talented player at a position of need.  Smith is an incredible value pick for the Dolphins and can provide a “Zach Thomas” level of leadership.

14. Oakland Raiders – William Jackson, CB, Houston
Jackson represents the best player at a position of need, he will step in as an immediate upgrade.  The Raiders desperately need to improve their defensive backfield and Jackson will provide the coverage required to allow their pass rushers to get home.

15. Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff, QB, California
After moving to a new city, the Rams get their new face of the franchise in Goff.  The Rams select a California quarterback to be the face of the L.A. Rams, it couldn’t get any better.  Goff shows the accuracy and poise to have success right away in the league and will make their offense even more dynamic.

16. Detroit Lions – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
The Lions provide protection for Matthew Stafford who will no longer have the security blanket of Calvin Johnson.  Conklin will also provide a boost to the running game and the performance of Ameer Abdullah.

17. Atlanta Falcons – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
A playmaker in the passing game to compliment Julio Jones and replace Roddy White.  Coleman is a game breaker and will have plenty of opportunities to make plays in single coverage while teams are focused on Julio Jones.

18. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Andrew Luck gets some much needed protection.  The Colts need to keep Luck upright if they are going to have success and take the next step in the playoffs. 

19. Buffalo Bills – Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss
Rex Ryan has a history of taking chances with players who have had a bad off-field history.  This is a high risk, high reward pick, if Nkemdiche works out he could be the perfect replacement for Mario Williams and the missing piece that the Bills need to make an impact in the post-season.

20. New York Jets – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
An impact player on the defensive line, Lawson help the Jets improve their pass rush from the outside and capitalize on their interior pass rushers.  Lawson is a technician and power player, he will be able to exploit 1-on-1 match-ups on the outside.

21. Washington Redskins – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Immediate upgrade at the inside linebacker position, but Lee also has the ability to play any of the linebacker positions.  Lee is a three-down linebacker that can be stout against the run, but at his best when covered by a nose tackle and able to run and chase.

22. Houston Texans – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
Fuller is the perfect complement to DeAndre Hopkins.  Fuller has the ability to stretch the field vertically and turn hitches and screens into chunk yardage.  Fuller also has added value as a returner and would be a plug and play wide receiver 2.

23. Minnesota Vikings – Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
When the Vikings defense was most dominant in the past it had the William’s brothers, Pat and Kevin Williams.  Rankins pairs with Sharrif Floyd to create a dynamic interior defensive line.  

24. Cincinnati Bengals – Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Billings addresses a position of weakness next to Geno Atkins, this will allow Geno to have more one-on-one opportunities.  Billings is a physical freak with rare strength and the ability to eat space.  

25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
The Steelers have one of the more prolific passing attacks in the league, unfortunately the struggle equally stopping opponents in the air.  Alexander will provide a lockdown cover corner for the Steelers, he also has the speed and fluidity to run with the receivers in the AFC North.

26. Seattle Seahawks – Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
With the loss of Russell Okung and Alex Mack, the Seahawks offensive line has taken a hit.  Ifedi will allow the Seahawks to continue to develop their aerial attack without exposing Russell Wilson to an onslaught of hits. 

27. Green Bay Packers – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
Ragland will provide a leader at the middle linebacker position and allow Clay Matthews to play outside linebacker again and hunt the quarterback.  He will also bring an added element of toughness to the defense.

28. Kansas City Chiefs – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
An immediate upgrade to the offensive line and admission that Eric Fisher just isn’t going to be the left tackle position.  Spriggs will allow the Chiefs to protect Alex Smith and be an asset in the run game.

29. Arizona Cardinals – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
The Cardinals were able to swing a trade to pickup Chandler Jones, but that doesn’t mean they are set for pass rushers.  Floyd is too talented to pass on and his ability to both rush the passer and play in space is a perfect fit.

30. Carolina Panthers – Karl Joseph, FS, West Virginia
Joseph is a playmaker on the back-end and the Panthers desperately needed that last year.  Roman Harper played admirably but was exposed in coverage, Joseph represents a player who can roam the field, cover tight ends and running backs and be an intimidating presence in the secondary.

31. Denver Broncos – Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
Butler can step in and provide the pass rusher that the Broncos lost when Malik Jackson left.  He has tremendous upside and the ability to be a dominant player across from Derek Wolfe.  The Broncos continue to invest in their defense to take them back to the Super Bowl.

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