Now that the first big wave of free agency has crested and passed, let’s take a quick stab at a top 10 mock draft. Since there’s been a trade involving one of the top 10 picks, this could lead to a big shake up. As always, this is not a mock draft of what I would do if I was the general manager for each team. This is my prediction on what the team could reasonable do with their draft pick.
Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) in action against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first half of the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DL Ohio State The Cowboys would be doing backflips if Bosa drops this far. He’s more of a fit for a 4-3 defense than the 3-4s that the first three teams picking so this could be the best spot for him to land to. The Cowboys have invested some resources already into the defensive end spot, but none of them have the talent of Bosa and it allows them to hit the reset button on Randy Gregory’s career.
For some reason, the perception of Bosa is slipping and some mock drafts now have him going in the teens of the picks. There hasn’t been anything new entered into his draft equation, this smacks more of agents of other top 10 prospects trying to tarnish his perception or teams trying to get him to drop.
Feb 29, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Jalen Ramsey does the vertical jump during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, DB FSU The Chargers shouldn’t hesitate if they get the opportunity to replace Eric Weddle in their defense. They’ve accumulated a nice collection of cornerbacks but it’s for naught if they don’t have a good coverage safety behind them to let them take chances.
Ramsey might be the most talented player in the entire draft. He has that rare skill set that teams look for in a cornerstone defender who can make the entire defense better. He’s just never going to be a coverage corner who can lock up a top wideout and take him out of the offense. But if a team is getting a version of Ed Reed, they won’t complain.
Dec 29, 2015; Fort Worth, TX, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws a pass while rushed by Air Force Falcons linebacker Jack Flor (50) in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB California This is another draft slot that more and more mock drafts have a defensive player going instead of a quarterback. It’s a simple question: who’s the Browns’ quarterback? If one has to even think about it, then a QB is almost certainly going here.
Goff is not a blue chip prospect in the Andrew Luck mold. He’s more in the Matt Ryan mold so he’s never going to be the “savior of Cleveland.” He could be a very talented passer who can thrive if you build him a quality offensive system to work with. Hue Jackson is a very smart offensive mind who if he doesn’t get sucked into the vortex of despair known as Cleveland could revive this moribund franchise.
Jan 1, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mississippi Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (78) blocks Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive end Jordan Brailford (94) during the second quarter in the 2016 Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OL Ole Miss. The trade of DeMarco Murray makes Tunsil the almost certain pick for them at #1 overall. They have to keep Mariota upright and Murray running forward. There are some rumors that the Titans want Jalen Ramsey. That would be extremely plausible. They need a free safety who can start in 2016 and he might be the most talented player in the draft.
They need a tackle and needed one even before trading for DeMarco Murray far more than they need a free safety and if the saga of RG3 has taught the league nothing else, it’s taught them that you can’t let your young quarterback to start racking up knee injuries.