Peter Wiseman’s Mock Draft – 2016

1. Tennessee Titans  

Laremy Tunsil, LT, Ole Miss

Grabbing the most complete Tackle in the draft makes perfect sense for a team with a plethora of young offensive weapons in need of a boost.  Tunsil should immediately open up holes for the Titans young running game and add stability to an offensive line who is entrusted with protecting Marcus Mariota.

2. Cleveland Browns  

 Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Last year the Browns showed a change in draft  strategy as they invested a majority of their top picks on defense. This year they need to stick with a (best player available) mindset in this draft. They could do much worse than adding a pass rusher with a non-stop motor. Joey Bosa’s killer instinct should help make this defense a devastating force for years to come.

3. San Diego Chargers  

  Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Bolstering their offensive line will be a twofold blessing for the Chargers. It will definitely help keep Philip Rivers window open for a while longer and it should boost last year’s first round pick Melvin Gordon in the running game. Stanley has been NFL ready since last year and is prepared to make an immediate impact  on this offense.

4. Dallas Cowboys  

  Carson Wentz, QB, NDSU

This franchise has been wanting to pull the trigger on a quarterback for sometime now. With Tony Romo’s injury history and one of the league’s best offensive lines, this pick could pay dividends evensooner than this team hopes. Wentz is a long shot but everyone one knows that is exactly how the Cowboys like it. Landing here should give him some time to mature and the weapons he needs to succeed when given the chance.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars  

  Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

The Jaguars have glaring holes all over their defense. They will get a quick jump on filling them by adding an extremely versatile and athletic player to their backfield. With his fluid speed, ridiculous ball skills and passion for the game, Ramsey may just be the best player in this draft and the most well rounded corner to come out of college this decade. He should be a breath of fresh air and an instant gamechanger for a unit that is urgently in need of a spark.

6. Baltimore Ravens 

 Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Last year’s Ravens defense was an embarrassment to the team’s proud history.  Adding a powerful big bodied defender who has the ability to bring the heat in so many different ways should help them take a big step in bringing back respectability to the organization. It’s scary to think that Lawson plays even larger than his 6’3, 270 pound frame and that he is equally good against the pass and the run.

7. San Fransisco 49ers  

  Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

This team needs help at linebacker and at running back. Chip Kelly fills each of these holes by adding the most versatile player in the draft and bolstering his team on both sides of the ball. If the 49ers cut this guy loose and let him be the sideline to sideline nemesis he desires to be, they could find themselves with one of the biggest finds of this draft. Jack is aggressive to the point of being vicious and this team could use a taste of the furociousness to help them get back on track. He scored 7 touchdowns as a running back and has experience as a punt returner.

8. Miami Dolphins 

 Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

This selection adds an extremely aggressive player to the Dolphins biggest area of need. Hargreaves is very consistent and his speed and instinct make him dangerous as shown by his 10 picks over the last three years. His athleticism makes him a good fit for a team that is looking for a big time playmaker on defense.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers   

 Laquan Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Last year the Bucs had the first overall pick and selected Jameis Winston as their franchise quarterback. This year they will get him another weapon that will help make this offense even more potent. He already has the ability to split a defense and the hands to make the tough catch in tight coverage. Learning next to Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson will give him some time to develop his skills at a pace that could set him up to be great.

10. New York Giants  

  DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

This year the Giants have struggled to be dominant up front. This pick should help them reestablish that form. At 6’7 and 300 pounds, Buckner is long and athletic and that same disruptive defender they’ve had so much success with in the past. His presence should immediately make those around him better and make life miserable for opposing quarterbacks.

11. Chicago Bears   

  Jaylon Smith, ILB, Bears

Chicago has had some great middle linebackers in the past and they add another one right here. Smith has the potential to help bring the “glory” back to this Bears defense and will be a great centerpiece for them to build around for years to come. He plays with passion and has the versatility to man any of the linebacker positions.

12. New Orleans Saints 

 A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

The Saints need to shore up a defense that has become a glaring weakness. This pick makes them immediately stronger in the middle. Robinson thrives on pushing the pocket back toward the quarterback. He also has very quick feet which allow him excellent pursuit in the run game.

13. Philadelphia Eagles  

  Jared Goff, QB, California 

Goff may not have the same upside as  the other quarterbacks in this draft but as of right now he is the the most complete and NFL ready. The Eagles have a ton of talent at the other skill positions on offense. They need a passer that can step right in and lead them. He has great vision and the ability to make every throw.

14. Oakland Raiders 

 Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

Its only a matter of time before the Raiders develop into one of the most frightening teams in the league. Adding Reed to that mix makes their defense that much scarier. He’s a space eating monster in the middle with a knack for making his teammates better. That’s a scary thought when the Raiders already possess a devastating d-line.

15. St. Louis Rams 

 Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

The Rams need a franchise quarterback to help tie together all of the talented pieces of their offense. Cook gives them that piece. He has great vision, can make all the throws with tremendous accuracy and can hurt you with his legs if he feels the need.

16. Detroit Lions 

 Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor

The Lions need to repair their defensive line and this is exactly the guy to do it. Billings is a massive run stopper who also has  a quick enough burst to get through the line and pummel opposing quarterbacks before they have a chance to react. He plays downhill consistently and disruptivly and has tremendous vision and drive.

17. Atlanta Falcons  

 Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

Rarely does the perfect piece fall to the exact perfect spot in the draft. That may be what this ambitious tackler becomes for a Falcons defense that will be built around its linebackers. Ragland has that old school mentality but can also bring the heat whenever he needs to and will fit nicely alongside Vic Beasley in Coach Quinn’s defense.

18. Indianapolis Colts 

 Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio St

The Colts need a young stud at running back who will take some of the pressure off of Andrew Luck. Elliott may be one of the most complete backs to come out of the draft in a long time. He uses fluid moves to cut through defenses and is a threat to take it to the house any time he touches the ball, regardless of whether he goes outside or right up the middle.

19. Buffalo Bills

 Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss 

For all the negatives on this guy, the Bills could get an absolute steal. Critics complain that his production doesn’t match up to his potential. However, there is no doubt that Nkimdiche changes games with his explosive burst and could be exactly what this team needs to take their defensive unit straight to the top.

20. New York Jets 

 Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

What would you get if you put Jason Whitten’s style of play in Rob Gronkowski’s body? You get a prototypical tight end who isn’t always going to be flashy and seldom makes mistakes. You add Henry’s consistency to an offense that already has two big play receivers and that will spell trouble for Jets opponents all season long.

21. Washington Redskins 
 Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State 

With an offense that came out of nowhere in 2015 it would make sense to solidify the line. Conklin has the ability to make this squad better right away by providing protection for Kirk Cousins and by opening up holes for a running game that tends toward inconsistentency.

22. Houston Texans 

 Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

Something about this guy makes me believe he can be extremely special even in an NFL that is trending away from workhorse running backs. In a league full of defenses who have to be focused on the pass, Henry is an old school bruiser who has the speed and agility to hit the holes and the power to punish anyone who fills them. The Texans lack consistency at the running back position, and this bruiser can offer them plenty more than that.

23. Minnesota Vikings 

 Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis 

The Vikings have tons of talent in their receiving core and have been looking for a quarterback who can finally uncover it. Lynch has the versatility to finally make that happen. He possesses the ability to make plays with his arm and legs and would be a perfect fit for a team that already has one of the premier rushing attacks in the league.

24. Cincinnati Bengals  

 Josh Doctson, WR TCU  

 Wide Receiver seems to be a strong point for the Bengals, but with the injuries they’ve had and with A.J.Green as the only one currently under contract, it could be a huge boost to this offense to bring in a young Dynamo like Doctson who has the size and fluidity to be a touchdown machine in this league.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers  

 
Mackenzie Alexander, CB, Clemson 

Alexander will bring some of the fire back to a Pittsburgh defense who has cooled off in recent years. He doesn’t fit all of the measurables of an NFL corner but there is no mistake that he has the heart. That’s exactly what the Steelees need. A player who can escalate the level of intensity of this young squad.

26. Seattle Seahawks 

 Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

The Seahawks love to be overpowering and dominant on defense. Dodd would help add to that legacy as he gives them another unstoppable force up front. It’s frightening how well this non-stop competitor fits in with the Seahawks system. He should be ready to go from day one and will only get better as he gains experience.

27. Green Bay Packers 

 Jonathan Bullard, DT, Florida

Every year the Packers are trying to get stronger up front and this year won’t be any different. Bullard should give them another force on the line and insurance against one of their big men leaving in free agency. This kid may not be completely polished but he “brings it” every game and comes at you with pride and passion.

28. Kansas City Chiefs 

 Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma St.

The Chiefs suffocating defense just got stronger as they add a guy who can make a mess of offensive lines. Ogbah’s presence should make a squad who has been top three in points allowed over the last two years even harder to deal with. The new “Nigerian Nightmare” brings the inescapeability of a heat seeking missile and will help open up the Chiefs defensive back field to the possibility of even more big plays.

29. Arizona Cardinals 

 Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

The Cardinals could use a solid center to anchor their offense as they continue to establish themselves as a winner. Kelly will not only bring the skills but the attitude that could help them get over that last hump.

30 Carolina Panthers 
 Jeremy Cash, S, Duke

The Panthers already have a ton of playmakers on defense and with this pick they add even more strength to their backfield. Cash is a tackling machine who will bring pop to a very strong Carolina run stopping unit.

31. Denver Broncos 

 Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA

The Broncos add a big disruptive force to the front of a defense that is known for causing problems to opposing teams around the league. It’s a scary  thought that this defense could actually improve in 2016.

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