2016 NFL Mock Draft With Trades

Dec 29, 2015; Fort Worth, TX, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff (16) celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Air Force Falcons at Amon G. Carter Stadium. California won 55-36. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2015; Fort Worth, TX, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff (16) celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Air Force Falcons at Amon G. Carter Stadium. California won 55-36. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

This is a 2016 NFL Mock Draft that features several major trades which could potentially happen Thursday night.

1. Los Angeles Rams- Jared Goff QB California-The Rams go with the California kid with the #1 overall selection in this 2016 NFL Mock Draft. Goff has seen a higher level of competition so that helps me feel more comfortable selecting him here. Jared Goff reminds me of Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears, not sure if that’s a good thing with the first overall pick.

2. Philadelphia Eagles- Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State-Whichever quarterback doesn’t get taken with the first overall pick will land with the Eagles. When you trade up for the #2 pick in the draft you’re comfortable with whoever is there for you when the time comes. Wentz reminds of Steelers Big Ben.

3. San Diego Chargers- Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss-King Dunlap is about a concussion away from being retired. Draft Tunsil to play left tackle for the next 10 years and move Dunlap to right tackle to compete with Joe Barksdale or slide him inside to play guard. With Philip Rivers at 33 years old, you have to do whatever you can to protect him. I haven’t been this excited for an offensive tackle since Tyron Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. That is the type of player I see Tunsil becoming in the NFL.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Trade with Dallas) Jalen Ramsey CB/S Florida State-Tampa Bay trades up with the Cowboys for the #4 pick. Dallas can use the picks they get from Tampa considering both their defensive ends are out the first four games next season. In my personal opinion, this is the best move for the Boys and Tampa Bay. The Bucs may not have to give up a whole lot to move here either. The Bucs will keep Ramsey in the state of Florida and get an absolute playmaker on defense to go with newly acquired Brent Grimes. There is a chance they have him play safety but that is something we will know more of when he gets to Tampa. Best comparison I have for Jalen Ramsey is Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars- Myles Jack LB UCLA-The Jags offseason was phenomenal. The only thing they are currently missing is the quarterback of their defense in the middle. I am aware of reports of Jack’s knee but he has been medically cleared and I feel reports have conveniently surfaced right before the draft in hopes his draft stock will plummet and a team in the middle rounds can snag him. Jack has been compared to a faster version of Ray Lewis and if that’s the case then look out.

6. Baltimore Ravens- DeForest Buckner DE Oregon-The Ravens can find quality tackles in the 2nd and 3rd round. I think this pick will come down to Bosa and Buckner. Even though Bosa has great tape, good football family, high IQ, there is just so much upside with DeForest Buckner. Buckner reminds me of a more athletic Arik Armstead of the San Francisco 49ers.

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7. San Francisco 49ers- Ronnie Stanley T Notre Dame-Joe Staley is 31 years old and they have no one on the right side. Ronnie Stanley is a prospect not in the same tier as Tunsil but, I would still be very comfortable selecting him at 7th overall. Ronnie Stanley’s style of play reminds me of Lane Johnson from the Philadelphia Eagles.

8. Cleveland Browns- Joey Bosa DE Ohio State-Cleveland trades back, adds picks, and gets a top 3 player in the draft. Chalk that up as a win for the Browns. Joey Bosa stays in the state of Ohio. Bosa reminds me of a less athletic version of JJ Watt of the Houston Texans.

9. Dallas Cowboys (Trade with Tampa Bay) Leonard Floyd LB Georgia-Leonard Floyd is one of the hottest names in the draft right now. An uber athletic talent, standing at 6’6 244 lbs he should be able to do it all for Cowboys next season. It’s possible that is Tampa wanted Ramsey that bad they would maybe part with their second round pick for him. If that’s the case then Dallas would have the 34th pick and 39th pick. The Cowboys should be able to find a defensive end with one of those two picks if not both. Floyd is this years version of Shane Ray of the Denver Broncos.

10. Miami Dolphins (Trade with New York Giants) Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State-The Dolphins trade up with the Giants to take the best running back in the draft. The Giants have more needs than the Dolphins currently do so they will benefit from adding picks and move back. Ezekiel Elliott should provide enough on the ground to take a lot of heat off of Ryan Tannehill. I’ve heard comparisons of Elliott’s game to Edgerrin James and I have to agree.

11. Chicago Bears- Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida-The Bears luck out and get a great cover corner here. Hargreaves was the top recruit in the country coming out of high school and has been consistent since. Hargreaves comparison for me is Vontae Davis of the Indianapolis Colts.

12. New Orleans Saints- Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville-The Saints get a guy they can move around on the defensive line. Rankins is sneaky athletic for his size. Unless the Saints move back they will not be taking Paxton Lynch with this pick. Rankins reminds me of the Jets Sheldon Richardson.

13. New York Giants (Trade with Miami) Jack Conklin T Michigan State-The Giants get an upgrade over Marshall Newhouse here. If Ereck Flowers can come around this year then G men should have a significantly better offensive line in 2016. Jack Conklin reminds me of Joe Thomas T for the Cleveland Browns.

14. Oakland Raiders- Shaq Lawson DE Clemson-I think this pick makes the most sense for the Raiders. Of course they could go middle linebacker also.  I think the Raiders will be one of those teams playing the waiting game for Jaylon Smith in rounds 2 or 3. If they can get Lawson and Smith with their first and second round picks that a big win for the black and silver. Shaq Lawson’s game reminds me of Lamar Houston when he was with Oakland.

15. Tennessee Titans- Taylor Decker T Ohio State-The Titans need to continue to add to their offensive line to keep Marcus Mariota as comfortable as possible in the pocket. They should take the best offensive tackle on the board here. Decker reminds me of Kyle Long from the Chicago Bears.

16. Detroit Lions- Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss-Detroit has had success drafting offensive lineman in rounds not the first so I think they can wait a round to address the tackle position. I think they go with the best defensive lineman on the board and overlook character concerns because honestly, when has Detroit ever cared about that? Nkemdiche reminds me of the Dolphins Mario Williams.

17. Atlanta Falcons- Darron Lee LB Ohio State-Ultimately, I feel this pick will come down to Darron Lee and Reggie Ragland. I am going Lee here because of his versatility. The Falcons need both a middle and outside backer, Lee can play both and Ragland can’t. Darron Lee is this year’s version of Carolina Panthers LB Shaq Thompson.

18. Indianapolis Colts- Ryan Kelly C Alabama-It’d be a reach to go tackle here with guys like Decker and Conklin off the board. The Colts could use an upgrade over Khaled Holmes and they get one with Ryan Kelly. You have to start somewhere with building up your offensive line and why not in the center of it? Ryan Kelly reminds me a lot of Travis Frederick of the Dallas Cowboys.

19. Buffalo Bills- Noah Spence OLB Eastern Kentucky-Spence was highly recruited coming out of high school and went to Ohio State, got kicked out of Ohio State then landed at Eastern Kentucky with the help of Urban Meyer. Spence is very athletic and will help a linebacker starved Buffalo Bills organization. Noah Spence is this years version of the Steelers OLB Bud Dupree.

20. New York Jets- Paxton Lynch QB Memphis-If the Jets can’t figure out their quarterback situation prior to the draft Thursday night, they will have to take Lynch here. Of course there are other needs but with their schedule the first 6 games they can’t go into that with Geno Smith as their quarterback. Paxton Lynch reminds me more of Joe Flacco than Brock Osweiler.

21. Washington Redskins- A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama-The Redskins need to get a playmaker in the middle of their defensive line to keep offensive lineman off their linebackers. A’Shawn Robinson’s game reminds me of Nick Fairley of the New Orleans Saints.

22. Houston Texans- Jarran Reed DT Alabama-The Texans need a solid player to start opposite JJ Watt. Houston doesn’t have that many holes to fill and can feel safe going with Reed here. Reed is this year’s version of Eddie Goldman.

23. Minnesota Vikings- Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss-The Vikings get the #1 ranked wide receiver in the draft here. This is really the Vikings only need so they luck out at 23. Even if Treadwell isn’t on the board, they should find a bigger bodied receiver to pair with Stefon Diggs. Treadwell’s game compares to DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans.

24. Cincinnati Bengals- Corey Coleman WR Baylor-The Bengals will get a shifty speedster to pair up with AJ Green. Even with the losses of Marvin Jones and Mohamad Sanu this is something the Bengals did not have before. Corey Coleman is a clone of Steve Smith.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers- Eli Apple CB Ohio State-The Steelers can’t pass up one of the better corners in the draft when their best corner is 30 years old and they have no one behind him. Eli Apple compare nicely to Jacksonville’s new acquired CB Prince Amukamara.

26. Seattle Seahawks- Le’Raven Clark T Texas Tech-Clark is a massive prospect and is a really hot name linked with a lot of teams right now. The Seahawks NEED offensive line help badly as they arguably have the worst line in the league. Le’Raven Clark reminds me of Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins.

27. Green Bay Packers- Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama-The Packers luck out here and get a very good middle linebacker so they can move Clay Matthews back outside. If they can get their hands on Reggie Ragland the Packers and their fan base should be very happy. Reggie Ragland reminds me of Derrick Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs.

28. Kansas City Chiefs- William Jackson III CB Houston-Jackson has really risen up the boards the last couple weeks. The Chiefs could stand to address the cornerback position with the departure of Sean Smith to the Raiders. Jackson’s comparison is that of Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller.

29. Arizona Cardinals- Su’a Cravens LB USC-Cravens is a guy that provides the Cardinals with some versatility at the linebacker spot. The USC prospect is a little light and may have to wait a bit to put on weight and become a 3 down linebacker but when he does the wait will pay off for the Cardinals. Cravens is a smarter version of Taylor Mays.

30. Carolina Panthers- Derrick Henry RB Alabama-I realize that there are other needs for the Panthers here especially after losing Josh Norman. I think the Panthers should give serious consideration to taking the Heisman Trophy winner. With Cam Newton (6’5 250lbs), Jonathan Stewart (5’10 235lbs), and Derrick Henry (6’3 247 lbs) coming at you and hitting you play in and play out, that will wear down a defense real fast. Derrick Henry is a clone of Eddie George.

31. Denver BroncosConnor Cook QB Michigan State-The Denver Broncos can’t go into the season with Mark Sanchez as their quarterback. Plain and simple. Connor Cook has everything that you are looking for as far as ability goes. Not sure if he is a locker cancer or not but he wasn’t a captain of Michigan State football team last year and to me, that’s a head scratcher. I like what I see from Cook on the field though and if he can win over the locker room the Broncos will be happy he’s there. Cook’s game actually reminds me a lot of Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins and not just because they went to the same college.