Final 2016 Mock Draft + Top 150 Big Board

By | April 28, 2016
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On Draftmas day, here’s my final mock NFL Draft for 2016 — spanning two full rounds! — as well as my Top 150 Big Big Board, and an assortment of draft notes and thoughts.

Ground Rules:

1. The first round is a projection of what I think will happen tonight, and not what should happen. Any opinion as to who they should take is meaningless. I’d rather predict what I think will happen.

2. The second round is purely for entertainment purposes only. There’s absolutely no way to project what will happen in that round, with any level of realism. My projections in round two are purely based on a combination of each team’s need and best player available.

3. My Top 150 Big Board is where I rank one player as being better than another. So, while I might have, say, DeForest Buckner being taken ahead of Jalen Ramsey in my  mock draft below, that doesn’t mean I think Buckner is a better prospect than Ramsey. As you’ll see in the Big Board, I have Ramsey as my #1 overall prospect in this draft class, but I predict he’ll fall to the 4th overall pick.

Round 1:

1. Los Angeles (from Tennessee) — Jared Goff, QB, California
2. Philadelphia (from Cleveland) — Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3. San Diego — DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
4. Dallas — Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
5. Jacksonville — Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
6. Baltimore — Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
7. San Francisco — Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
8. Cleveland (from Miami via Philadelphia) — Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
9. Tampa Bay — Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
10. NY Giants — Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
11. Chicago — Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
12. New Orleans — Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
13. Miami (from Philadelphia) — William Jackson III, CB, Houston
14. Oakland — Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
15. Tennessee (from Los Angeles) — Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
16. Detroit — Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
17. Atlanta — Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
18. Indianapolis — Ryan Kelly, OL, Alabama
19. Buffalo — Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
20. NY Jets — Paxton Lynch, QB, Jets
21. Washington — Karl Joseph, Safety, West Virginia
22. Houston — Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
23. Minnesota — Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
24. Cincinnati — Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
25. Pittsburgh — Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
26. Seattle — Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
27. Green Bay — Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
28. Kansas City — Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
29. Arizona — Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
30. Carolina — Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
31. Denver — Vonn Bell, Safety, Ohio State

Round 2:

32. Cleveland — Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
33. Tennessee — Artie Burns, CB, Miami
34. Dallas — Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State
35. San Diego — Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
36. Baltimore — Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
37. San Francisco — Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
38. Jacksonville — Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
39. Tampa Bay — Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
40. NY Giants — Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
41. Chicago — A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
42. Miami — Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State
43. Tennessee — Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
44. Oakland — Keanu Neal, Safety, Florida
45. Tennessee — Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
46. Detroit — Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
47. New Orleans — Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
48. Indianapolis — Kamalei Correa, LB, Boise State
49. Buffalo — Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
50. Atlanta — Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida
51. NY Jets — Joshua Garnett, OL, Stanford
52. Houston — Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
53. Washington — Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
54. Minnesota — Darian Thompson, Safety, Boise State
55. Cincinnati — Jihad Ward, DL, Illinois
56. Seattle — Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
57. Green Bay — Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State
58. Pittsburgh — Javon Hargrave, DL, South Carolina State
59. Kansas City — Jalen Mills, CB, LSU
60. New England — Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
61. New England — Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
62. Carolina — Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
63. Denver — Nick Martin, OL, Notre Dame


Seven Quick Thoughts and Notes:

1. My early money is on San Francisco, Cleveland, Tennessee, New Orleans, Miami, Oakland, Atlanta, the Jets, Washington, and/or Seattle as the top suspects to make trades within the first round. The Dolphins, Titans, and Jets are the ones most likely to move up, with everyone else likely trying to trade down, depending on how the draft has unfolded.

2. If the Redskins did stay put at #21, I would be beyond giddy if they drafted Karl Joseph from West Virginia at that spot, which is currently the direction which many pre-draft “winds” are blowing. I dare you to watch this (phenomenal) highlight video of Joseph and not get hyped up at the idea of him obliterating Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr, and anyone from the PuPu platter of receivers in Philadelphia. I’m betting Scot McCloughan, who was was part of the Seahawks front office that drafted Earl Thomas in 2010, sees shades of Thomas in Joseph.

3. I’m puzzled to see so many mock drafts placing Jalen Ramsey or Laremy Tunsil in San Diego with the third overall pick. Nobody in or around San Diego is really talking about those two; they’re all talking about DeForest Buckner. I think that’s who they’re taking. Don’t think the Chargers didn’t notice what a division rival accomplished with a fierce front seven on defense.

4. I’ve been pretty emphatic that the Cowboys would take Joey Bosa with the #4 pick, but people who know things say it’s going to be Ramsey. If that ends up being the case, there will be many expletives uttered on draft night. As a Redskins fan, I have no desire to face Ramsey for the next decade or so.

5. With a need at linebacker, and with most people considering him one of the 5 best players in this draft (he’s #3 on my Top 150 Big Board below), I just don’t see the Jaguars passing on Myles Jack, medical rumors or “red flags” be damned.

6. Giants fans are all clamoring for the team to take either running back Ezekiel Elliott or wide receiver Laquon Treadwell with the #10 pick. But, it’s not going to happen. From what i’m reading/hearing, it’s definitely going to be a defensive player. Leonard Floyd is the guy all signs are pointing to, but cornerback could be a possibility too.

7. I think there’s a very distinct possibility that guys like DT A’Shawn Robinson, WR Laquon Treadwell, and CB Mackensie Alexander won’t be taken in the first round. That could lead to a lot of trade action among the first five picks on day two.

My Top 150 Big Board

Rank Player Position School
1 Jalen Ramsey DB Florida State
2 Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
3 Myles Jack LB UCLA
4 DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
5 Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
6 Jared Goff QB California
7 Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
8 Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
9 William Jackson III CB Houston
10 Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
11 Josh Doctson WR TCU
12 Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
13 Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
14 Darron Lee LB Ohio State
15 Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
16 Corey Coleman WR Baylor
17 Karl Joseph Safety West Virginia
18 Ryan Kelly OL Alabama
19 Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
20 Andrew Billings DT Baylor
21 Jarran Reed DT Alabama
22 Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
23 Leonard Floyd LB Georgia
24 Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
25 Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
26 Michael Thomas WR Ohio State
27 Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
28 Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson
29 Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
30 Chris Jones DL Miss. State
31 Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky
32 A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
33 Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss
34 Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma State
35 Kenny Clark DT UCLA
36 Sterling Shepard WR Oklahoma
37 Cody Whitehair OL Kansas State
38 Jonathan Bullard DL Florida
39 Eli Apple CB Ohio State
40 Su’a Cravens LB USC
41 Will Fuller WR Notre Dame
42 Kamalei Correa LB Boise State
43 Derrick Henry RB Alabama
44 Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
45 Jason Spriggs OT Indiana
46 Germain Ifedi OT Texas A&M
47 Hunter Henry TE Arkansas
48 Joshua Garnett OL Stanford
49 Keanu Neal Safety Florida
50 Tyler Boyd WR Pittsburgh
51 Vonn Bell Safety Ohio State
52 Nick Martin OL Notre Dame
53 Jihad Ward DL Illinois
54 Braxton Miller WR Ohio State
55 Kenneth Dixon RB Louisiana Tech
56 Austin Johnson DT Penn State
57 Darian Thompson Safety Boise State
58 Deion Jones LB LSU
59 Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State
60 Joshua Perry LB Ohio State
61 Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech
62 Christian Westerman OL Arizona State
63 Artie Burns CB Miami (Fla.)
64 Javon Hargrave DL South Carolina State
65 Xavien Howard CB Baylor
66 Connor Cook QB Michigan State
67 Leonte Carroo WR Rutgers
68 Sheldon Day DT Notre Dame
69 Kyler Fackrell LB Utah State
70 Devontae Booker RB Utah
71 Jalen Mills CB LSU
72 Pharoh Cooper WR South Carolina
73 Jerell Adams TE South Carolina
74 Adolphus Washington DT Ohio State
75 Maliek Collins DT Nebraska
76 Hassan Ridgeway DT Texas
77 Le’Raven Clark OL Texas Tech
78 Bronson Kaufusi DE BYU
79 Jeremy Cash Safety Duke
80 Cyrus Jones CB Alabama
81 Carl Nassib DE Penn State
82 C.J. Prosise RB Notre Dame
83 Paul Perkins RB UCLA
84 Jordan Howard RB Indiana
85 Justin Simmons Safety Boston College
86 Adam Gotsis DE Georgia Tech
87 Alex Lewis OT Nebraska
88 Nick Vannett TE Ohio State
89 Jordan Jenkins OLB Georgia
90 Austin Hooper TE Stanford
91 Rashard Higgins WR Colorado State
92 Shon Coleman OT Auburn
93 Ronald Blair DL Appalachian State
94 T.J. Green Safety Clemson
95 Charles Tapper DE Oklahoma
96 KeiVarae Russell CB Notre Dame
97 Christian Hackenberg QB Penn State
98 Sean Davis Safety Maryland
99 Connor McGovern OG Missouri
100 Joe Dahl OL Washington State
101 Willie Henry DT Michigan
102 Joe Schobert LB Wisconsin
103 Harlan Miller CB SE Louisiana
104 Alex Collins RB Arkansas
105 Joe Thuney OL North Carolina State
106 Jerald Hawkins OT LSU
107 Kentrell Brothers LB Missouri
108 Miles Killebrew Safety Southern Utah
109 Will Redmond CB Miss. State
110 Cardale Jones QB Ohio State
111 Max Tuerk OL USC
112 Jack Allen OL Michigan State
113 Yannick Ngakoue DE Maryland
114 Isaac Seumalo OL Oregon State
115 Austin Blythe OL Iowa
116 Brandon Allen QB Arkansas
117 Nick Kwiatkoski LB West Virginia
118 Kenyan Drake RB Alabama
119 Evan Boehm OL Missouri
120 Malcolm Mitchell WR Georgia
121 Dean Lowry DT Northwestern
122 Tavon Young CB Temple
123 DeAndre Houston-Carson Safety William & Mary
124 Vadal Alexander OL LSU
125 Kenny Lawler WR California
126 Dak Prescott QB Mississippi State
127 Keyarris Garrett WR Tulsa
128 James Bradberry CB Samford
129 K.J. Dillon Safety West Virginia
130 Thomas Duarte WR UCLA
131 Eric Murray CB Minnesota
132 B. J. Goodson LB Clemson
133 Caleb Benenoch OT UCLA
134 Jordan Payton WR UCLA
135 John Theus OT Georgia
136 Kevin Byard Safety Middle Tennesssee State
137 Jacoby Brissett QB N.C. State
138 Graham Glasgow OL Michigan
139 Kyle Murphy OT Stanford
140 Aaron Burbridge WR Michigan State
141 Matt Judon DE Grand Valley State
142 Scooby Wright III LB Arizona
143 Charone Peake WR Clemson
144 Daniel Lasco RB California
145 D.J. White CB Georgia Tech
146 De’Vondre Campbell LB Minneapolis
147 D.J. Reader DL Clemson
148 Chris Moore WR Cincinnati
149 Blake Martinez LB Stanford
150 Jaylon Smith* LB Notre Dame

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