2016 NFL Mock Draft: Bob Stumpe’s Final Version


This is the my final 2016 NFL Mock Draft of the season with the draft just a few days away.

The 2016 NFL Mock Draft season is basically over and its time to find out what will actually happen. This will be a exciting weekend with plenty of teams adding high-impact talent.

1. Los Angeles Rams

California. Jared Goff . 1. player. 51. The Rams are going to have to decide between Wentz and Goff. With the Rams move to LA, I think they will go with the California kid. Wentz has everything you are looking for as far a size, weight, arm strength, and accuracy but, his lack of competition at the college level is what helps me get to my decision here. If I have the number one pick of the draft, I don’t want any question marks with the player I’m selecting. Goff could stand to add a few pounds and that’ll happen with time. Other than his lack of weight, he checks all my boxes with the first overall selection.. QB

2. Philadelphia Eagles

54. Philly will take whichever quarterback that doesn’t get taken with the first pick. I think this trade was very risky, hopefully it pays off for the Eagles and I pray for their fans if it doesn’t. In my personal opinion, I don’t think Wentz or Goff are worth trading up for the number one and two picks of the draft, time will tell. On paper Wentz has everything you are looking for in a franchise quarterback.. QB. North Dakota State. Carson Wentz . 2. player

3. San Diego Chargers

13. I think the last time I was this high on an offensive tackle coming out of college was Tyron Smith from USC. Smith is arguably the best tackle in the NFL and Tunsil shares most of the traits Smith had coming out of USC. The offensive tackle from Ole Miss is a can’t miss player that the Chargers have to take here. I know you’re not supposed to utter the words “can’t miss” when talking about a player in the draft but Laremy Tunsil is as close as it gets. You may possibly be able to slide King Dunlap inside to compete with Orlando Franklin for the left guard spot. Competition usually breeds success so that may also benefit the Chargers.. OT. Ole Miss. Laremy Tunsil . 3. player

4. Dallas Cowboys

FS. Florida State. Jalen Ramsey . 4. player. 123. In my eyes, Jalen Ramsey is the most athletically gifted player in this draft. Dallas needs playmakers on defense and Ramsey provides just that. The uncertainty of whether DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory can walk the straight and narrow can be addressed with their 2nd and 3rd round picks. This draft is deep enough with defensive line talent but not deep enough with talent like Ramsey in the secondary.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars

player. 52. The Jags have had a phenomenal offseason this year adding players like Malik Jackson, Prince Amukamara, Tashaun Gipson, Chris Ivory, and Kelvin Beachum. They now should really look to lock up that middle linebacker position on the defensive side of the ball. Adding an athletically gifted linebacker like Jack, the Jags could really exciting to watch defensively next season. A lot of experts are comparing Jack to a faster Ray Lewis which is pretty good I guess. Reports that Jack could fall out of the top 10 because of chondral knee defect in his right knee have surfaced but I still don’t think that is enough to keep the Jags from taking him with the 5th overall pick. If you give him the time to get completely healthy, Jack is the game changer you’ve been waiting for in the middle of your defense.. OLB. UCLA. Myles Jack . 5

6. Baltimore Ravens

OT. Notre Dame. Ronnie Stanley . 6. player. 26. The Ravens need an upgrade over Rick Wagner and could use one over Eugene Monroe also. I know this isn’t the sexy pick but, in a division with the Steelers and Cincinnati you better do whatever you can to make sure your quarterback is comfortable. Stanley is no doubt a top prospect in this draft even though he is not in the same tier as Laremy Tunsil.

7. San Francisco 49ers

player. 42. This is where things get dicey. The 49ers lack at wide receiver is laughable, they have no one behind Torrey Smith. At this point, I can actually see the Niners trading back in the draft. They could look to address the cornerback position and maybe even outside linebacker but I think they go Treadwell’s way here. I look at Laquon Treadwell and see DeAndre Hopkins. Neither had a great 40 yard dash times and both are big bodied, possession receivers. If the Ole Miss product can produce at that level, 49ers fans can be happy for the next decade. Treadwell has done everything exceptionally well except run the 40 time.. WR. Ole Miss. Laquon Treadwell . 7

8. Cleveland Browns

53. I think the Browns will go with Joey Bosa if he is on the board here. I believe Bosa may be the guy they wanted with the #2 pick but, knew they could wait a couple picks and they decided to trade back. They brought Bosa in on a pre draft visit and honestly, what’s not to like about him? He’s from a football family and has a great tape, check and check.. DE. Ohio State. Joey Bosa . 8. player

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Florida. Vernon Hargreaves III . 9. player. 48. The Bucs signed Brent Grimes but he is 32, Alterraun Verner is not what they thought he would be so I look at him as nothing more than a nickel at the moment. Tampa Bay addressed the pass rush bringing in Robert Ayers from New York, now they need to address the secondary by selecting a playmaker at corner who happens to have played football in Florida his entire life. A 5 star recruit out of high school, Hargreaves has always been consistent.. CB

10. New York Giants

31. The Giants drafted Ereck Flowers last year with their first round selection and had a rough rookie season. I don’t think they give up on him so soon though, look at how Jake Matthews turned it around in Atlanta last year. That said, the G men could still use help at the other tackle spot because Marshall Newhouse isn’t the answer there. Conklin checks all the boxes with what you’re looking for in a NFL tackle and should be a safe pick for the Giants.. OT. Michigan State. Jack conklin . 10. player

11. Chicago Bears

11. player. 57. The trades at the top of the first round really helped the Bears here. Buckner was viewed early on at going between picks 3-6 and now based on how the draft has shaked out, falls to the Bears at #11. Buckner is a huge prospect that John Fox and Vic Fangio will be very happy with going forward. The Bears defense should look like one of the top units in the league for the 2016 season.. DE. Oregon. DeForest Buckner

12. New Orleans Saints

player. 15. Rankins is a player that you can move around on the defensive line. The Saints will be able to use Rankins as a 5 tech defensive end and also use him as a defensive tackle with Nick Fairley in nickel/dime packages. It’s rare in each draft class that a player that is as talented and versatile as Rankins to be around with the 12th pick.. DT. Louisville. Sheldon Rankins . 12

13. Miami Dolphins

59. Ezekiel Elliott’s draft fall stops here. Although it’d be nice to get a top defensive tackle to play with Ndamukong Suh or a cornerback here, Ezekiel Elliott’s talent is too great to pass up. Establishing a consistent running attack will take a lot of pressure off Ryan Tannehill so you should see his numbers improve with the addition of Elliott. Elliott is a rare prospect that fits the mold of current offenses. If the Dolphins don’t take Elliott here, CB Eli Apple (Ohio State) or DT’s A’Shawn Robinson/ Jarran Reed should be the pick here.. RB. Ohio State. Ezekiel Elliott . 13. player

14. Oakland Raiders

The Raiders could use a pass rusher here and have had a very nice offseason thus far adding pieces to get them over the hump. Floyd is one of the hottest prospects right now that many think will be a top 10 pick. Pair Floyd with Mario Edwards, Dan Williams, and Justin Ellis they’re defensive line should be able to get after the quarterback. Inside linebacker could be another route they go here in Reggie Ragland.. OLB. Georgia. Leonard Floyd . 14. player. 28

15. Tennessee Titans

35. The Titans need to protect Marcus Mariota plain and simple. I thought their move to trade back was great. Any time you can set yourself up by acquiring picks is a good thing. Taylor Decker may not be Laremy Tunsil but he should be a pretty good starting tackle in the NFL. Decker started 14 games for Ohio State last season and allowed just one sack. If he can keep guys off #8 he will be able to make friends on the Titans fairly quickly.. OT. Ohio State. Taylor Decker . 15. player

16. Detroit Lions

Detroit has never really been a team or a city that cared about character concerns (sorry if I offend any Detroit fans with that comment) so Nkemdiche could be a perfect fit here. If the Ole Miss defensive tackle didn’t have red flags next to his name he is a top 5-10 prospect. Jarran Reed, A’Shawn Robinson, and Shaq Lawson are also a possibility here.. DT. Ole Miss. Robert Nkemdiche . 16. player. 50

17. Atlanta Falcons

If Reggie Ragland is on the board here, I think that it will come down to Lee and Ragland. I ultimately am going to go with Darron Lee because of his versatility but either linebacker is an option here and either linebacker will be able to start day one.. OLB. Ohio State. Darron Lee . 17. player. 44

18. Indianapolis Colts

With guys like Taylor Decker and Jack Conklin off the board here, the Colts should take the best inside linebacker on the board especially after losing Jerrell Freeman to the Chicago Bears. Shaq Lawson is a possibility also to come in and compete at outside linebacker with Erik Walden (30), Robert Mathis (34), and Trent Cole (32) all playing near the tail end of their careers.. ILB. Alabama. Reggie Ragland . 18. player. 46

19. Buffalo Bills

The Bills desperately need an outside linebacker. Shaq Lawson will be able to set the edge for the Bills which is exactly what they have been lacking. Lawson reminds me a lot of Pernell McPhee of the Chicago Bears with his size and strength. Another option for the Bills here would be Leonard Floyd if he is available or Noah Spence from Eastern Kentucky.. DE. Clemson. Shaq Lawson . 19. player. 16

20. New York Jets

If the Jets don’t resign Fitzpatrick and can’t make something happen by acquiring Sam Bradford from the Eagles then look for them to address quarterback with their first pick. Paxton Lynch in my personal opinion is just as good if not better than Jared Goff and Carson Wentz so this could really work out for the Jets. Lynch’s pro day was one of the more gutsy pro days I’ve seen. The Jets first 6 games are maybe the toughest stretch of any team in the NFL. It would be wise to work something out with a veteran QB so they don’t throw their rookie quarterback to the wolves.. QB. Memphis. Paxton Lynch . 20. player. 30

21. Washington Redskins

22. Houston Texans

player. 10. Although I’m sure Houston fans want a player like Corey Coleman, Josh Doctson, or Will Fuller, I think it could be a reach. There are a lot of mid round guys that you can bring in and be the burner you are looking for to play with DeAndre Hopkins, Jaelen Strong, and Cecil Shorts. The Texans need a 5 technique and Jarran Reed is one of the best defensive tackle/ends in this draft class. Houston should be happy to pair him up with JJ Watt and Vince Wilfork along the defensive line. Robinson, Reed, Billings, and Butler are all possibilities with the 22nd pick.. DT. Alabama. Jarran Reed . 22

23. Minnesota Vikings

WR. TCU. Josh Doctson . 23. player. 60. I feel like the Vikings only real need in the draft is to find a wide receiver to pair with Stefon Diggs. They need a bigger bodied receiver that Teddy Bridgewater can target in the red zone. Getting Docston will give you the total package offensively. The Vikings will have their big target in the red zone, their speedster wide receiver to stretch the field, and their all pro running back to wear down defenses.

24. Cincinnati Bengals

With losing Muhammad Sanu and Marvin Jones, the Bengals should look to grab a wide receiver in the first round. I think this one will come down to Fuller and Coleman. I went Fuller’s way here because of his pure speed and also has a height advantage over Coleman. Either one of these prospects would fit nicely playing opposite AJ Green.. WR. Notre Dame. Will Fuller . 24. player. 56

25. Pittsburgh Steelers

Eli Apple . 25. player. 55. The Steelers can’t pass up a talent like Eli Apple if he is sitting there at #25. William Gay is 30 years old and they should start to see him decline this year. Behind Gay there is nothing so if the Steelers can get Apple here there have to. Other possibilities are Vernon Butler, Andrew Billings, William Jackson III, and Mackensie Alexander.. CB. Ohio State

26. Seattle Seahawks

Ryan Kelly . 26. player. 36. The Seahawks should use every single one of their 9 draft picks on offensive lineman. This team needs a complete rebuild here and I think they take the best offensive lineman on the board in Ryan Kelly. The Alabama product is very smart and made a total of 36 starts for the Crimson Tide. In the 2015 season he was not accountable for one sack, that’s pretty impressive and the type of skill set the Seahawks need.. C. Alabama

27. Green Bay Packers

With no more BJ Raji, the Packers will have to address the nose tackle position in the draft and Vernon Butler is a massive prospect standing at 6’4 and 323 lbs that can do just that. Ideally, the Packers would like to find a middle linebacker so they can move Clay Matthews back outside but unless Reggie Ragland is on the board I don’t think that is going to happen. This pick should really come down to Vernon Butler, Andrew Billings, or Chris Jones.. DT. Louisiana Tech. Vernon Butler . 27. player. 49

28. Kansas City Chiefs

124. The Chiefs lost out on Sean Smith who left them for the Raiders. Look for Kansas City to replace him here as this draft is loaded with “tweener” first/second round talent at corner. Finding a good young corner to pair with their other good young corner Marcus Peters should be first on their list of priorities.. CB. Houston. William Jackson III . 28. player

29. Arizona Cardinals

player. 32. This is a team that is built to win now and can afford to draft a player that will be out for a year. If Smith can recover and regain form from his ND days then the Cardinals just got the steal of the draft.. OLB. Notre Dame. Jaylon Smith . 29

30. Carolina Panthers

30. player. 87. Even with the loss of Josh Norman the Panthers need to address the tackle position. The Panthers tackles were exposed in the Super Bowl and I expect them to take a tackle with 2 of their first 3 selections.. OT. Indiana. Jason Spriggs

31. Denver Broncos

31. player. 45. Unless the Broncos sign Brian Hoyer/Ryan Fitzpatrick or trade for Bradford/ Kaepernick then they will have to address the quarterback position with their first pick. Being that Goff, Wentz, and Lynch are all off the board they will have to go with the next best approach. The Broncos simply cannot go into the season with Mark Sanchez as their quarterback.. QB. Michigan State. Connor Cook