The 2016 Jim Sez NFL Mock Draft


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1. LOS ANGELES RAMS (trade with Tennessee) - Jared Goff, QB, California: Maybe head coach Jeff Fisher thinks it's cute not revealing this pick just yet but new/old Hollywood team reaches for biggest name here (though we still have doubts he's a true "franchise QB"!).

2. PHILADELPHIA (trade with Cleveland) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State: As one cynic pointed out, this guy sure got a whole lot better after last season ended. Again, major rush to establish that "franchise QB" more likely a mistake considering what Eagles gave up in the deal.

3. SAN DIEGO - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss: Best blocker in this man's draft is considered the top prospect on the whole board and Bolts now need him to be a 12- to 15-year left tackle.

4. PITTSBURGH (proposed trade with Dallas) - Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State: The Steelers swap first-round picks with the Cowboys plus sweeten the pot some too as Mike Tomlin's crew needs major secondary help ASAP.

5. JACKSONVILLE - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State: Real tough choice for the Jags who must decide between UCLA's Myles Jack and this pass-rushing fiend.

6. BALTIMORE - Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA: The Ravens didn't think this dude would drop into their laps and so goodbye O-line help (for now), hello to the "new" Terrell Suggs.

7. SAN FRANCISCO - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon: New coach Chip Kelly stays true to his old school and snaps up this mammoth 6-foot-7, 295-pounder.

8. CLEVELAND (trade with Philadelphia) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: Go figure the Browns' draft history … but do keep in mind this former Buckeyes star is rated as top 10 material on everyone's hit list.

9. TAMPA BAY - Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida: Super-athletic cover corner who plays his best in big games.

10. NEW YORK GIANTS - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson: If you thought the Jints had finished bulking up the "D" after spending all those free-agent bucks, then you have another thing coming!

11. CHICAGO - Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia: The Bears surrendered 25-or-more points on six occasions last year (and lost all six games!) and so defense the only way to turn here.

12. NEW YORK JETS (proposed trade with New Orleans) - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame: The J-E-T-S inch up eight spots in this draft to nab best available blocker and they'll keep fingers crossed he's a "lifer" like just-retired LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

13. MIAMI - William Jackson III, CB, Houston: The Fish beat #14 Oakland to the punch here (and, boy, will the Raiders be angry!) and now hope they didn't err by passing on OB Darron Lee.

14. OAKLAND - Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss: Leave to the Raiders to make the first real "reach" (most draft boards have Nkemdiche going in the mid-to-late 20s) as missing out on Jackson III changes the silver-and-black plans.

15. TENNESSEE (trade with Los Angeles Rams) - Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville: When N'Orleans traded out of the #12 hole, it meant this 300-pounder would drop a bit.

16. DETROIT - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss: Third Rebels star to go in first half of Round 1 and doesn't pick make sense with WR Calvin Johnson now retired?

17. ATLANTA - Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama: Falcons have lots of holes but landing a "glue guy" on this defensive unit is paramount.

18. INDIANAPOLIS - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor: The Colts are "supposed" to draft for defense here but let's just say QB Andrew Luck has been lobbying for more pass-catching help.

19. HOUSTON (proposed trade with Buffalo) - Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State: The Texans swap "1's" here because they're afraid Washington would gobble 'em up with pick #21.

20. NEW ORLEANS (proposed trade with New York Jets) - Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State: Here's your fourth Buckeye nabbed in Round I and who wouldn't like a 6-foot-7 blocker for QB Drew Brees?

21. WASHINGTON - Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State: 'Skins here are strictly going for "best available talent" as Ragland and Lee are gonzo from the draft board and so D.C. guys decide to land yet another Big 10 O-lineman.

22. BUFFALO (proposed trade with Houston) - Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis: Good maneuver by Bills who earn extra draft pick (probably a third- or fourth-rounder) by sliding down three spots and still getting the long-range slinger they wanted all along.

23. MINNESOTA - A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama: The Vikes are shopping this pick but get no takers and so go best available D-lineman that does merit top 20 pick range.

24. CINCINNATI - Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama: Okay, so all signs point to Bengals opting for a wide receiver but they don't love TCU's Josh Doctson and so time to upgrade an aging O-line.

25. DALLAS (proposed trade with Pittsburgh) - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State: In case you're wondering, the Cowboys also will snap up a second- or third-round pick while exchanging first-round slots with the Steel Gang.

26. SEATTLE - Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson: Is it already time to re-stock the new version of the "Legion of Boom"?

27. GREEN BAY - Keanu Neal, SS, Florida: Truth be told, the Packers will be spending lots of time attempting to move up for an offensive lineman and so this hard hitter is pretty much a consolation prize. 

28. KANSAS CITY - Josh Doctson, WR, TCU: Ever since the beginning of time the Chiefs could always use a wide-out and Andy Reid and Company just happy this Horned Frog fell a few spots.

29. NEW ENGLAND - Forfeited pick (see Deflate Gate penalty)

30. ARIZONA - Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State: The Redbirds wanted the future heir for oft-injured QB Carson Palmer and they get it here (while spoiling things for the champion Broncos who wanted Cook with the final pick in Round I).

31. CAROLINA - Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama: Last year's Heisman Trophy winner finally gets nabbed though we hear reports the NFC champions would like to trade up for a cornerback after the exodus of Josh Norman to Washington.

32. DENVER - Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas: Draft's top-rated tight end generally is rated among the #40-thru-#50 prospects but the Broncos love the fact he's 6-foot-5 (a good target for whomever quarterbacks this team) and can make things happen after the catch.

NOTE: We'll analyze the NFL Draft's opening round in tomorrow's edition of Jim Sez.


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