NFL Draft 2016: Touchdown Mock 1.0 News


In less than two months, on April 28, the names of the first players selected for the 2016 Draft will be known. Like every year, Touchdown Actu goes there with its small forecasts and presents its evolutionary mock of the 1st round. No potential exchange has been taken into account so as not to make the mock completely eccentric. A final version will be published at the end of April, a few hours before the event kicks off. So stay tuned!

1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Author of a good rookie season, Marcus Mariota must be better protected by his offensive line, after the 54 sacks conceded by Tennessee in 2015. Tunsil intrinsically seems the best player of this draft, and also meets a clear need.

2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, Calif.

For several weeks, Carson Wentz has become the hit looped by many analysts. The North Dakota State player has a leadership and size that appeals to NFL franchises. But Hue Jackson often performed with pure pocket passers (Palmer, Dalton). Jared Goff therefore has a good chance of getting out of the hat.

3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

The defensive line would probably need new blood, with relative pressure in 2015 (32 sacks). But Jalen Ramsey seems to be the best player available, in a role that Eric Weddle should leave vacant.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

A certain number of positions still remain to be considered on the Texan side. But Jason Garrett cannot remain dependent on Tony Romo indefinitely. The Cowboys must find a plan B, while allowing a player from the second university division to gradually harden up in the big league.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Hard not to see the Jags drafting a defenseman. A pass rusher or inside lineman can be picked up later, due to the depth of those positions. Obtaining a linebacker as complete as Myles Jack is however not guaranteed.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Vernon Hargreaves III, BC, Florida

At this position, he would probably not be the best player available. But the Ravens need to boost a struggling defensive backfield in recent months, and could be tempted by a player as explosive as Hargreaves.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

During his first year with the Eagles, Chip Kelly drafted an offensive player (Lane Johnson) to start his term. In San Francisco, the offensive needs are numerous, and the receiver position is one of them. If he is not very fast, Laquon Treadwell has the size to interest Kelly and would be quite complementary to Torrey Smith, becoming a perfect possession player.

8. Miami Dolphins: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Pure talent, Joey Bosa is struggling to convince that he is the best player in this draft. Like Leonard Williams, last year, he could therefore slip into a sufficiently excited franchise. And when you know that Stephen Ross loves shiny things…

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

His run for 40 yards at the Combine has cooled more than one, but his good first step still makes him a potentially formidable defensive end. Jacquies Smith and William Gholston may have shown good things, the defense of Tampa must regain its aggressiveness of yesteryear.

10. New York Giants: Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville

In search of a pass rusher and an interior lineman, the Giants could do a double blow by recovering such a powerful player. Its ability to undermine opposing blocks would provide more breaches to Steve Spagnuolo’s players. Provided that his health problems are well and truly settled…

11. Chicago Bears: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Chicago has the most pressing needs on both sides of the line. But in an essentially defensive class, Vic Fangio will undoubtedly be keen to choose the players who will make up his defensive line, which was not completely the case last season.

12. New Orleans Saints: Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

Although the defensive backfield has changed, the difficulties remain the same. As much to strengthen the defensive line, with an interior lineman capable of rushing, thanks to his explosiveness and his speed of execution.

13. Philadelphia Eagles: Mackensie Alexander, BC, Clemson

Sam Bradford’s extension could push the Eagles to wait until the second round to draft a quarterback. Defensively, the signing of Byron Maxwell certainly did not help everything last year, and the arrival of reinforcements on the cover would not be negligible.

14. Oakland Raiders: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

With the replacement of Khalil Mack on the defensive line, the arrival of a strong side linebacker would make sense. Lee’s speed and versatility would be a real plus to strengthen the Californian defensive squad.

15. Los Angeles Rams: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Despite the negotiations around a contract extension for Jeff Fisher, the head coach is expected at the turn and must finally advance his aerial attack. Paxton Lynch has a size similar to that of Nick Foles, and has a game that has often relied on the explosiveness of its receivers.

16. Detroit Lions: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

Haloti Ngata at the end of the course, Tyrunn Walker announced on departure, the Lions will have to strengthen a defensive line which is no longer really scary. Alabama’s main defensive force in 2015, Robinson is good at punching holes in the opposing pocket.

17. Atlanta Falcons: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

The defense lacks playmakers but the attack is too dependent on two players. With Doctson, Atlanta would again recover a three-headed monster, after the trio that took them to the conference finals in 2012.

18. Indianapolis Colts: Ronnie Stanley, OL, Notre Dame

When will the Colts finally strengthen the offensive line? Pushing back the deadline too much, Andrew Luck played most of the season in the stands. Ronnie Stanley would be a perfect complement to Anthony Castonzo, who many believe is more effective as a right tackle.

19. Buffalo Bills: Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia

Rex Ryan rarely got us used to drafting offensive players in the first round. In addition, the Bills have a dire need for edge rushers, given the low pressure put on opposing quarterbacks in 2015. A free electron, Floyd has an atypical physique but real abilities to rush or even cover. An important fact when you know Rex Ryan’s obsession with defending well against Tom Brady.

20. New York Jets: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

In addition to being a free agent, Chris Ivory has experienced some physical glitches and dips in form during the season. So the time has come to find a replacement? A player as complete as Elliott should in any case satisfy a ground game lover like Chan Gailey.

21. Washington Redskins: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

After improving the lines, Washington should finally consider the second defensive curtain. Ragland isn’t the flashiest player in this class, but he is a tackle machine and chase specialist. Still it is necessary that it is very well surrounded, like in Alabama.

22. Houston Texans: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

Alfred Blue didn’t show bad things last year, but Houston needs an impact player in the offensive backfield after Foster’s repeated injuries. Often seen as a « straight », Henry has a slightly richer palette, although underused in university.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Jack Conklin, OL, Michigan State

Sullivan’s and Loadholt’s injuries remain big question marks, and Teddy Bridgewater is set to take on more responsibility in the coming months. Convincing during the Combine, Conklin is versatile, being an effective formation tackle on the ground game.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

Domata Peko is not getting any younger, and the franchise must find him a worthy successor. Billings is undoubtedly the most intriguing prospect, both for the power of his size and the amazing speed that goes with it.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, BC, Ohio State

With a lot of cornerbacks at the end of the contract, Pittsburgh must renew the position. Apple has the potential for a shutdown corner, despite some indiscipline, characterized by interference.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

A need, and one of the best players available. Taylor Decker has leadership that is sure to please Pete Carroll. Also not to underestimate his impact on the ground game, the identity of the Seahawks in recent years.

27. Green Bay Packers: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

Aaron Rodgers needs more protection and more reliable targets. By taking Hunter Henry, the Packers would respond to this double equation, even if Richard Rodgers did not deserve in 2015.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State

A tackle by training, Whitehair is expected to pass guard among the pros. He can even help out in the center if the need arises. In short, a valuable player on a porous offensive line last year.

29. Arizona Cardinals: Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama

Arizona has done very well despite a defensive line in decline and too dependent on Calais Campbell. Jarran Reed often forces double-teams and is a poison on the run stop. Good news when you face Todd Gurley, Carlos Hyde or Thomas Rawls twice a year…

30. Carolina Panthers: William Jackson III, BC, Houston

After Cortland Finnegan and Charles Tillman, make way for youth to support Josh Norman! Disciplined in his placement, and skilled at inducing turnovers, Jackson would fit perfectly into Sean McDermott’s system.

31. Denver Broncos: Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida

The departure of Malik Jackson seems inevitable, a few days before the free agency. But with Jonathan Bullard, Wade Phillips would have something to feast on, with one of the best first steps of this draft.

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