W,ith the 2016 NFL draft coming up within the next two weeks, here is Ronin News’ first mock draft for the first round. This is based on our opinion, some picks may be unorthodox. We feel that these players are the best for each team succeeding.
1: Tennessee Titans select: Jalen Ramsey, DB, FSU. Ramsey is an amazing talent that can cover all over the field. He brings a physicality that is needed on the young and athletic Titans Defense. It would make sense for the Titans to select a franchise tackle on the other hand. But they have drafted two offensive lineman within the past three years in the first round. I do not see a need to do so again. Maybe they decide to do so and build the great wall of Appalachia, but good luck with JJ Watt.
2: Cleveland Browns select: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State. The Browns finally need to hit the nail on the head with drafting a quarterback. Wentz is a small school product, but that is a high risk high reward pick. He may turn into an amazing QB, but he may not as well. It is just sad to see them constantly falter with the Browns drafting of offensive talent minus offensive line. They did draft Josh Gordon, but he is selling Porsches and can't pass a drug test. When he comes back onto the field, maybe Wentz could possibly win the 2016 Rookie of the year.
3: San Diego Chargers select: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss. Most mock drafts have Tunsil going to the Titans at first overall. I think the Chargers have to get Rivers some sort of protection. Rivers is very talented, but having Von Miller, Khalil Mack, Justin Houston, Bruce Irvin, and a bunch of other pass rushers. He is bound to be hit a lot and throw ill-managed interceptions. Drafting Tunsil will also help NCAA stud Melvin Gordon.
4: Dallas Cowboys select: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida. He is very athletic and mostly is a man CB but was forced to play a lot of zone his final year as a Gator. He would be a stud next to Byron Jones. It would give the Cowboy fans something to hope rather than relying on having Morris Claiborne in the rotation.
5: Jacksonville Jaguars select: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA. Jack is that sideline to sideline linebacker that would help the Jags finally improve their team and get more than 5 wins a season. This past off-season the Jags have gotten better at multiple positions, but having athletic linebackers like Jack and Telvin Smith could help them win more games. Off hand, lets hope Gus Bradley doesn’t get fired. He will change that team around.
6: Baltimore Ravens select: Mackenzie Alexander, CB, Clemson. The Ravens have had a secondary for a number of years. Even though Alexander is 5’11", he is a very good coverage corner that will give the Ravens a nice zest to their defensive.
7: San Francisco 49ers select: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State. Lee is an incredibly athletic linebacker that might give the 49ers that defense regain their form during Patrick Willis’ tenure. He can cover, tackle, and has great instincts. Lee is also 4.4 40 fast. That is faster than 86% of the wideouts invited to this years combine.
8: Philadelphia Eagles select: Jared Goff, QB, California. I feel that he is the best player for the Eagles and let him rest for a couple seasons and probably start a bunch of games because Bradford gets hurt. Goff is a good player, and will be even better if he sits for a couple of seasons.
9: Tampa Bay Buccaneers select: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State. In a division that is very hard to have consistent success, games are won defensively. The Buccaneers have some good defenders and having Ogbah will make their team better. Ogbah is that pass rusher that the Buccaneers need to strip sack Cam Newton. He is strong and very fast for an edge rusher. He would succeed in the NFC South.
10: New York Giants select: Ronnie Stanley, LT, Notre Dame. Stanley is a good edition for the Giants to give Eli some time to complete his passes and win more games. He is great in run and pass protection and they need a player like that since Justin Pugh was mostly a bust.
11: Chicago Bears select: Joey Bosa ,DE, Ohio State. Bosa is considered one of the best players in the draft. I consider him inconsistent due to his off the field antics and the Bears would like to draft him to boost their defensive line to stay competitive in the challenging NFC North. Bosa is disruptive and a smaller version of JJ Watt. Maybe he can become a very dominate defensive lineman.
12: New Orleans Saints select: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville. Rankins can plug the middle as a DT and help the Saints defense immensely. The Saints have struggled on defense for years and Rankins can surely help that defense.
13: Miami Dolphins select: Ezekeil Elliot, HB, Ohio State. All other halfbacks on the Dolphins worthwhile are gone. Elliot is a great runner and has confidence that could help the Dolphins establish their success in the AFC East. Ryan Tannehill needs a running back that can help him.
14: Oakland Raiders select: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor. The Raiders are an up and coming team. They are slowly getting the components to be a very relevant team in the AFC West. Coleman gives Derek Carr another playmaker that reminds me of Randall Cobb. Coleman is an inch taller than Cobb and ran a 4.37 40 yard dash and can catch nearly everything thrown at him.
15: Los Angeles Rams select: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis. Lynch has big arm and nice mobility for such a large man (6-7, 244). He can bring that physicality to the position that the Rams need.They need to give Gurley and Austin someone who can help that offense.
16: Detroit Lions select: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon. In this scenario, that means Buckner goes to Detroit, which could clearly use a disruptive 6-7, 291-pound behemoth revamp their defensive line. Ansah is a monster and pairing him with Buckner could give the Lions what they need defensively.
17: Atlanta Falcons select: Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia. An extremely athletic hybrid defender that will help make the Falcons to become a defensive powerhouse with the brilliance of their head coach Dan Quinn, Floyd is thinner than lost players of his position but he has the range and ability to succeed in the NFL.
18: Indianapolis Colts select: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama. The Colts need defense, really badly. Ragland helps their interior offense and could help with his run stopping ability. Plugging Ragland into the middle of the Colts defense would have the dual benefit of shutting down some of those rushing lanes.
19: Buffalo Bills select: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson. Rex Ryan loves his defense. The Bills struggled to stop the pass in 2015, amounting to only 21 sacks. Lawson is an all-down disruptor who had 25.5 tackles for a loss during his tenure at Clemson. Lawson gives Ryan something that the Bills have as a void with the departure of Mario Williams.
20: New York Jets select: Jack Conklin, T, Michigan State. At 6’5” Conklin is one inch shorter than D'Brickashaw Ferguson who recently retired. He is faster and more athletic than Ferguson. Conklin ran a 5.00 40 yard dash while Ferguson ran 5.1. Conklin is a sound pass protector but will struggle with elite edge rushers. He is an above average run blocker that could help Matt Forte and Geno, Petty, and/or Fitzmagic if he is to return to New York.
21: Washington Redskins select: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU. At 6’2” Doctson is a great option for Cousins to throw to then get paid 100+ million. Doctson ran a 4.5 40 yard dash which isn’t the fastest, but Doctson is a good route runner and helps the skins passing attack with his strong hands and the ability to not drop balls.
22: Houston Texans select: Laquan Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss. The Texans really need playmakers on offense besides Deandre Hopkins and recently added Lamar Miller. Treadwell is that player that can help JJ Watt get a ring.
23: Minnesota Vikings select: Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State. The vikings have a sub-par offensive line regarding pass protection. Whitehair brings the interior protection that is necessary for the protection of Teddy Bridgewater.
24: Cincinnati Bengals select: Will Fuller, WR, Norte Dame. The fastest wideout at the combine (4.32 in the 40), he could make defenses pay for doubling WR A.J. Green and/or TE Tyler Eifert. Fuller also fills a big hole after Cincinnati lost WRs Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency.
25: Pittsburgh Steelers select: William Jackson III, CB, Houston. The Steelers need corners badly. It has been a trend for a long time. Jackson is a physical corner that can anticipate routes and is an all purpose corner who can even stop the run. Although, his major con is a lack of elite agility.
26: Seattle Seahawks select: Taylor Decker, OL, Ohio State. The 4th OSU player taken in the first round Decker is a great player that gives Russell Wilson some needed Protection. The Seahawks need to not listen to Tom Cable and draft a defensive lineman for the offensive line.
27: Green Bay Packers select: Noah Spence, DE/LB, Eastern Kentucky. Spence might not be the fastest player at his position. Spence ran a 4.8 in the combine but shares similar stats to Von Miller and Khalil Mack. The Packers need a sack artists that can help Clay Mathews on the outside. If Ragland was not taken by the Colts this would've been the perfect pick for the Packers.
28: Kansas City Chiefs select: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State. The Chiefs have a chance to win the AFC West by establishing a lockdown defense. Apple is very athletic and a lanky defender who is a smaller Sean Smith. Bolstering their secondary is necessary after losing Sean Smith to the Raiders in free agency.
29: Arizona Cardinals select: Jaylon Smith, LB, Norte Dame. Jaylon is a high risk pick. Bruce Arians is the bold coach that would select him in the first round. Jaylon was very athletic before his injury. The Cardinals defense would be explosive with Deon Washington, Smith, and possibly Daryl Washington, Smith can do whatever you ask of him.
30: Carolina Panthers select: Germain Ifedi, OL, Texas A&M. The panthers had an amazing season last year, but the biggest issue what the lack of protection for Cam, even though he is a mutant who plays days after a major car crash. He still needs protection and the super bowl showed the world exactly why. Ifedi is a versatile offensive lineman that can block to bolster the run and passing game of the Panthers.
31: Denver Broncos select: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi. Since the Broncos cannot get a QB that is first round worthy, Elway goes with defense. Nkemdiche is a great pick for the Broncos in order to retain their dominance in the AFC they need a DT like Nkemdiche that fills the role left vacant by Malik Jackson. Nkemdiche is very athletic for his slim frame of 294 pounds and draws a comparison to Sharrif Floyd of the Minnesota Vikings.