It’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? That is, if you’re a football-starved fan needing your NFL fix as the calendar turns to spring. With that in mind, Robert Waugh provides DraftAmerica with his analysis of the 2016 NFL Draft, a mock list that not only includes projected picks, but possible trades and compensation as well.
2016 NFL Mock Draft
By Robert Waugh
Special to DraftAmerica
(*-See below for further analysis/official trade compensation)
# Team Player
1 Los Angeles (from TEN) Jared Goff, QB, Cal
2 Philadelphia (from CLE) Carson Wentz, QB, ND St.
3 San Diego Jalen Ramsey, DB, FSU
4 Dallas Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
5 Jacksonville Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA
6 Baltimore Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
7 San Francisco Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
8 Chicago (from CLE via PHI/MIA)* Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
9 Tampa Bay DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
10 New York Giants Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
11 Cleveland (from CHI)* Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
12 New Orleans Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
13 Miami (from PHI) Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
14 Oakland Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St.
15 Tennessee (from LA) Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
16 Detroit William Jackson III, CB, Houston
17 Atlanta Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
18 Indianapolis Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio St.
19 Buffalo A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
20 New York Jets Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio St.
21 Cincinnati (from WSH)* Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
22 Houston Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
23 Minnesota Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
24 Washington (from CIN)* Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
25 Pittsburgh Eli Apple, CB, Ohio St.
26 Seattle Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas St.
27 Green Bay Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
28 Kansas City Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
29 Arizona Noah Spence, DE, E. Kentucky
30 Carolina Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
31 New England (from DEN)* Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
*Bears acquire the 8th and 176th overall picks for Elliott. They have been the dark horse team linked to Elliott. As the Giants are also interested, the Bears need to leapfrog New York and find a more physical version of Matt Forte who can carry the mail for years to come.
*Browns get the 11th and 72nd picks from Chicago.
*Receiver is arguably the biggest need for the Bengals. Houston and Minnesota could both be looking for WRs, so Cincinnati jumps both to get its man.
*Washington, which gets picks 122 and 199, is still able to fill its biggest need despite dropping three spots.
*The Patriots rarely trade up, but they also don’t often have the NFL taking away draft picks. New England hops into the first round to grab a player at a position of need, but mostly so they can pull one over on the NFL. Take that, Roger Goodell! (Denver receives picks 60, 61, and 204.)