Final 2016 NFL Mock Draft - Kevin Hanson- Wednesday, April 27th (Final update)
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Here is the final 2016 NFL mock draft from Kevin Hanson:
1. Los Angeles Rams (team draft history): Jared Goff, QB, California
A blockbuster trade with the Titans will present the Rams with an opportunity to draft a franchise quarterback and upgrade from previously projected starter Case Keenum. Despite a talented roster elsewhere, less-than-mediocre quarterback play has perpetuated coach Jeff Fisher's stretch of mediocrity since his return to coaching. All signs point to this selection being Goff.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (team draft history): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
It's been a unique pre-draft process with both the Titans and Browns trading out of the top-two picks in this year's draft to move back. That virtually guarantees that we will have quarterbacks drafted with back-to-back picks to kick off the draft like we saw with Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota last year.
Not only did the Eagles re-sign Sam Bradford, they signed Chase Daniel to a lucrative deal to be Bradford's backup this offseason. Similar to Doug Pederson being the bridge quarterback to Donovan McNabb to start McNabb's rookie season, Wentz will likely have the opportunity to sit for a season, or at least the beginning of it, before being handed the keys to the franchise — as much as this may upset Bradford.
The biggest obstacle for Wentz will be his transition from the FCS level to the NFL, but he has experience playing in a pro-style system and he would have some time to adjust with Bradford and Daniel ahead of him on the depth chart. With prototypical size (6-5, 235), a strong arm and excellent mobility as well as impeccable intangibles, Wentz has all of the traits to develop into an NFL franchise quarterback.
3. San Diego Chargers (team draft history): DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
At least four different prospects could be in play here -- Laremy Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley, Jalen Ramsey or Buckner. Drawing comparisons to Calais Campbell, Buckner (6-7, 290) has plenty of upside with the collegiate production to match. Named the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Buckner had 17.0 tackles for loss including 10.5 sacks and 83 tackles as a senior.
4. Dallas Cowboys (team draft history): Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
Ramsey possesses elite size (6-1, 202), Olympic-caliber athleticism and positional versatility. A second-team All-American at safety in 2014, Ramsey was a first-team All-American at cornerback this past season. In 2012, the Cowboys overpaid Brandon Carr in free agency and overdrafted Morris Claiborne. Only the Ravens (six) intercepted fewer passes than the Cowboys (eight) last season, but the likes of Byron Jones, Orlando Scandrick and Ramsey would give them a solid secondary going forward.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (team draft history): Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Told some teams now considering that Myles Jack agree to an injury waiver before drafting him...update in a few...— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 28, 2016
For the longest time, I've had UCLA linebacker Myles Jack slotted here, but the concerns about his knee make it at least more likely than not that he slips beyond this point. Here are Jacksonville's last four picks inside the top-five: Justin Blackmon (2012), Luke Joeckel (2013), Blake Bortles (2014) and Dante Fowler (2015). Not only did Fowler (ACL) miss all of 2015, but Blackmon is out of the league and Joeckel has been a disappointment. In other words, I'm not sure they want to gamble on Jack's knee given the level of production they've received from their past several high draft picks.
The son of a former first-round pick for the Dolphins, Bosa had 51.0 tackles for loss and 26.0 sacks in his three seasons with the Buckeyes. Including this pick, it is as though the Jags are adding a pair of top-five defensive selections as last year's first-rounder, Dante Fowler at No. 3, missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL. In addition, the Jags have added Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson to their defense in free agency.
Only the Saints allowed more points last season, but the new-look Jags should be much improved on that side of the ball in 2016. With continued development from third-year quarterback Blake Bortles, the 1-2 rushing attack of Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon and a true difference-maker with Allen Robinson at wideout, the Jaguars could be picking much higher in the 2017 NFL Draft.
- Related: The Jaguars are 17th in my pre-draft NFL Power Rankings
6. Baltimore Ravens (team draft history): Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
It wouldn't surprise me if Tunsil goes as high as No. 3, but Ozzie Newsome gets a tremendous value here as Tunsil is viewed by many, including me, as the top prospect in this year's draft class. Not only did the Ravens lose Kelechi Osemele in free agency, but Eugene Monroe has struggled with durability -- 15 missed games combined over past two seasons.
A three-year starter at left tackle, Tunsil has allowed only two sacks — and none last season — over his career at Ole Miss. With unique athletic traits for the position, the former five-star recruit has drawn comparisons to Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein previously wrote that "Tunsil to me is going to be the best left tackle in the league, or one of the top two, within three years."
7. San Francsico 49ers (team draft history): Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
The 49ers are set at left tackle with Joe Staley, but Anthony Davis "retired" a year ago and hasn't yet applied for reinstatement. Stanley has elite length and feet to eventually take over for Staley on the left side, but he would be a Day 1 starter on the right side for the 49ers.
(Projected trade) 8. Miami Dolphins (team draft history): Ezekial Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Reports are that the Browns will try to trade down once again, and if Elliott is on the board here, the Dolphins could be a potentially trade partner. With Lamar Miller leaving via free agency, there isn't much depth at the position beyond Jay Ajayi.
The top-ranked running back prospect in this year's draft class and arguably a top-five prospect regardless of position, Elliott is a do-it-all, three-down back with no glaring holes in his game. Outstanding in pass protection, the 225-pound back was highly productive with the ball in his hands as he rushed for 3,699 yards and 41 touchdowns and added 55 catches for 446 yards over the past two seasons.
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