2016 NFL Mock Draft: Final Mock 7 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 1-16
Our new 2016 NFL Mock Draft features picks in all 7 rounds. We will picks 1-253 one last time.
Chris Ransom Last Updated: April 26, 2016 with updates every Tuesday leading up to Draft Day.
Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, California
- The Rams gave up the fifteenth pick, both of their second rounders, and their third round pick for this pick, and also received a fourth and sixth rounder from the Titans. I'm torn on whether the Rams go with Goff or Wentz at 1. Goff is my favorite of the two, and I could honestly see either one going to the Rams. I gave the Rams Carson Wentz at 15 last week prior to this trade, but now the Rams get Goff here.
- California quarterback Jared Goff is my favorite quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft at 6-4 215 lbs. Goff played in all 4 offensive schemes as a freshman showing the ability to manage a balanced run first offense, a west coast offense that opens up the deep passing game, a vertical offense that stretches the field, or a shotgun spread offense. His father Jeff Goff was a catcher on the Pittsburgh Pirates for one season. Even though Goff made a majority of throws in a spread offense during the 2014 season, he can make throws in any offensive scheme if you watch his 2013 tape.
- Goff is amazing at reading progressions and is arguably the best quarterback at reading progressions in the 2016 NFL Draft. This guy can remain in the pocket and go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 when scanning targets downfield. He rarely stares at his wide receivers.
- Goff is the only quarterback among the 2016 first round picks with three consecutive seasons of over 3,500 passing yards. Goff posted 3,508 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and a 123.18 passer rating in 2013 as a freshman before posting 3,973 passing yards, 35 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and a 147.59 passer rating as a sophomore. Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty, East Carolina's Shane Carden, Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, and Colorado State's Garrett Grayson were the only quarterbacks with more passing yards than Goff in 2014. Goff threw more passing yards than Jameis Winston who was the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
- Goff improved on his 2014 numbers in 2015. Goff had 4,719 passing yards, 43 passing touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. Exclude his 5 interception game against Utah and he only has 8 interceptions on the year. California may have lost to Utah, UCLA, USC, and Oregon, but coming back to win against Arizona State solidified his status as the top quarterback in my 2016 NFL Mock Draft when you take his 64.5 completion percentage and 3.7 GPA into account.
- Goff was the president of the Delta Omega fraternity at California for two seasons. Matt Leinart was a frat boy at USC and Goff is a frat boy with Matt Barkley's facial appearance without the party lifestyle Leinart lived at USC. The worst case scenario with Goff is that he only knows the spread offense and becomes like Leinart once he gets drafted in the NFL. The best case scenario is he's another Aaron Rodgers clone.
- I think the latter is a better comparison as Goff resembles Aaron Rodgers more than Leinart. The thing that separates Goff from a guy like Matt Leinart is that there are not photos of him posing with women on the internet that make scouts question his integrity and commitment to football.
- Besides being president of a fraternity, Goff is also an academic scholar off the field. Goff had a 3.6 GPA as a true freshman. He posted a 3.9 GPA as a true sophomore. To top that off, Goff's breakout 2014 helped him break California passing records set by Craig Morton, Steve Bartowski, and Aaron Rodgers. I would take this guy in the top 5 and if I were a GM running a quarterback needy team I'd make sure to take Jared Goff with a top 5 pick.
Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
- In the 2016 MLS Super Draft the Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids traded out of the top 2 picks. History has repeated itself one week away from the 2016 NFL Draft as the Eagles now own the second pick in the draft. Sam Bradford stayed healthy in 2015, but he's a one year option. Chase Daniel will always be a backup at best, so Philadelphia moves up for Carson Wentz and get their quarterback of the future.
- Wentz has the ability to play in any type offense whether it be a shotgun spread, vertical offense with a deep passing game, a west coast offense, or a balanced run first offense. Having that comprehensive ability to play in any offensive scheme is a huge asset for Carson Wentz.
- Carson Wentz lost running back John Crockett to the 2015 NFL Draft. Wentz had to rely on his passing without a strong running game during his senior season.
- Carson Wentz had 198 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns, and no interceptions against Montana in North Dakota State's opener. He did even better against Weber State with 281 passing yard, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown, and no interceptions.
- He finished his season with 1,651 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 6 rushing touchdowns, 23 total touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. Wentz went 5 games without an interception with Northern Iowa being the only team to intercept him in 2015.
- Wentz can play in any offensive scheme whether its a balanced run first offense, shotgun spread, vertical offense, or a west coast offense. His release was much quicker in 2015 and that led to him getting a 2016 Senior Bowl invite despite missing the rest of the season with a broken shoulder after going on injured reserve following North Dakota State's first six games.
- Carson Wentz led his North Dakota State team to two consecutive FCS Championships. He also threw 6 touchdowns and 1 interception during Senior Bowl practice week having the best practice during Senior Bowl week since Phillip Rivers in 2004. Wentz showed he has short, medium, and deep ball accuracy in the passing game just like California's Jared Goff.
- Some teams thought he did better than Jared Goff at the 2016 NFL Combine. Wentz went 63/65 at North Dakota State's Pro Day, but struggled to throw the ball effectively when it was wet. Wentz has showcased a quick learning rate that enables him to adapt as well as the intangibles that you look for in a Pro Bowl quarterback.
San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, SS, Florida State
- San Diego should go with either Laremy Tunsil or Jalen Ramsey at 3. I think they should take Tunsil with King Dunlap turning 31 in September. In the end they will take Jalen Ramsey though because releasing Dunlap costs the Chargers over 4 million in cap room with his salary for 2016 going into effect. Plus Ramsey is the best overall player on my draft board.
- Jalen Ramsey has the versatility to play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, nickel cornerback, strong safety, or free safety in the NFL. Ramsey was also a two position player in high school as he played both wide receiver and cornerback in high school prior to being a 5 star recruit. Unlike those undersized defensive backs who lack upside, Ramsey looks like a sure fire starter at 6-1 209 lbs with speed, versatility, coverage, tackling, and hands that wow NFL scouts.
- Jalen Ramsey had minor issues with his zone coverage heading into 2015. Ramsey has corrected those issues and looks really outstanding in zone now plus he ended the regular season with 10 deflections in 2015. Ramsey could play nickel corner in man coverage, free safety in zone, blitz as a strong safety, or blitz as a nickel corner. He just offers so much and is the missing piece the Jaguars secondary is looking for.
- Jalen Ramsey has the versatility to play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, nickel cornerback, strong safety, or free safety in the NFL. Ramsey was also a two position player in high school as he played both wide receiver and cornerback in high school prior to being a 5 star recruit. Unlike those undersized defensive backs who lack upside, Ramsey looks like a sure fire starter at 6-1 204 lbs with speed, versatility, coverage, tackling, and hands that wow NFL scouts.
- Ramsey was the first freshman to line up as a #1 field cornerback for Florida State since Deion Sanders. Ramsey started half of the season at free safety in 2013 before moving to strong safety for the 2014 where he absolutely dominated.
- As a freshman Ramsey did alright at cornerback and free safety. He led the Seminoles with 27 tackles on passing plays as a true freshman while getting 49 total tackles as a true freshman. In 2014, he led Florida State's secondary by starting all 14 games at strong safety with 76 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, and 12 deflections from pass breakups after only posting 1 deflection as a true freshman. Jalen Ramsey had 52 total tackles and 10 deflections from pass breakups in 2015 without P.J. Williams and Ronald Darby playing next to him at cornerback.
- Ramsey isn't the fastest cornerback, but he rarely misses tackles and has the football IQ to play the cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 schemes in the NFL. Right now Ramsey is the best player on secondary that you can get in the first round.
- I think Ramsey is the best strong safety prospect since Eric Berry coming out of Tennessee. Berry had the exact same versatility and skill set as Ramsey coming out of Tennessee back in 2010. That's the biggest reason why Berry went in the top 5 back in 2010. Ramsey ran an excellent 40 time and he looked excellent in the coverage drills at the 2016 NFL Combine so I think he's locked himself into the top 3 now.
- Jalen Ramsey dominated Florida State's Pro Day. He already had individual workouts with every team in the top 5. After rewatching Ramsey's tape and determining his potential through my excel table charts I gave Ramsey my highest draft grade among any secondary prospect dating back to 2010 with a final 98/99 potential grade.
- Ramsey got a higher grade than Eric Berry 96, Patrick Peterson 95, and Joe Haden 93. All of those defensive backs were extremely skilled coming out of College, but Ramsey could easily be the best Seminole since Deion Sanders and the first defensive back to line up at all 4 defensive back roles since someone like Woodson or Lott. Ramsey is a special prospect and has potential to be a modern day Rod Woodson or Ronnie Lott type of player at defensive back.
- Jameis Winston said he would take a paycut to play with Jalen Ramsey, who was teammates with Winston at Florida State. With the Rams and Browns both taking quarterbacks in the top 2, Jalen Ramsey becomes the pick for San Diego at 3.
Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, RE, Ohio State
- Dallas will have an abundance of options if they end up with the fourth overall pick in 2016. Defensive end seems like the most likely route though with the team releasing Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory being suspended for the first four games, and Joey Bosa still on the board. I'm guessing Bosa is the #1 overall prospect on the Cowboys draft board.
- Bosa had issues with relying on swim moves to get to the quarterback. Bosa showed he could adapt and generate rip moves with strong games against Penn State and Rutgers in 2015. Joey Bosa had 5 sacks and 16 tackles for a loss in 2015 during Ohio State's regular season. Delivering a knockout hit on Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock while being double teamed by Michigan's left tackle and left guard to get a sack also helped his draft stock.
- Bosa is a pretty complete defensive end with 13.5 sacks as he helped Ohio State win the first College Football Playoff in NCAA history. His play on the field in 2014 has Ohio State as the #1 ranked team in the preseason polls entering the 2015 College Football Season. Bosa has the versatility to play right end or left end in the 4-3 or the 3-4 at the defensive end position. Bosa weighed 6-6 296 lbs after winning the College Football Playoffs, but he dropped over 20 lbs and now weighs in at 6-5 269 lbs.
- Bosa appears to be a sure thing. Ohio State's defensive end can play the 5 technique, 6 technique, 7 technique, 8 technique, or 9 technique at the next level. He's lined up against offensive tackles in the 4 technique, but has struggled in the 4 technique when attempting to rush the quarterback. That's why Dallas has to take Bosa with Hardy not getting re-signed by Dallas.
- Joey Bosa did an awesome job at Ohio State's Pro Day. He showed the intangibles to start at 4-3 right end right away and possesses a quick learning rate. Dallas brought Bosa and his teammate Ezekiel Elliott in for an individual workout. Bosa seems like a slam dunk of a pick for the Dallas at 4 if he's there. While there have been reports that the Cowboys weren't impressed with either Bosa or Elliott which promoted them to sign Alfred Morris, I am not buying that. If Bosa is there he will be the pick despite these smokescreens even though you could make a case for Myles Jack as a 4-3 left outside linebacker with this pick.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, LOLB, UCLA
- Jacksonville will have Dante Fowler at the LEO at 4-3 right end. I think Jared Odrick will move over to 4-3 left end. Jacksonville also brought in Malik Jackson at defensive tackle, Prince Amukamara as a field cornerback, and Tashaun Gipson as a free safety. Jacksonville addressed most of their needs through Free Agency.
- Myles Jack impressed at UCLA's Pro Day. The San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Baltimore Ravens all came away impressed with Jack. Not only does he have the versatility to play anywhere at linebacker in the 4-3 or the 3-4, he's also versatile enough to play anywhere on the secondary as well as he possesses exceptional man coverage and zone coverage for a linebacker prospect.
- The Jaguars still need a left outside linebacker to compliment right outside linebacker Telvin Smith and middle linebacker Paul Posluszney. Myles Jack makes total sense here with the fifth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil, LT, Ole Miss
- Taking Laremy Tunsil and moving Eugene Monroe to left guard where Kelechi Osmele played makes complete sense. It gives Flacco a much better blindside.
- Both Laremy Tunsil and Jalen Ramsey dominated their Pro Days. Ramsey may be the better player, but protecting Joe Flacco is the top priority and getting a franchise left tackle like Laremy Tunsil is the far bigger need.
- Baltimore needs to maximize their ability up front in the trenches. The 6-5 305 lb Laremy Tunsil gives the Ravens the flexibility to upgrade every position on the offensive line as well as a blue chip left tackle who could be a Orlando Pace type player if he can stay healthy and stay out of trouble while making good choices. Tunsil isolated the nations top pass rushing sack artist in Emmanuel Ogbah and that makes him hands down the top prospect in this draft simply based on the level of competition he played. Tunsil gave Myles Garrett the top prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft from Texas A&M similar VIP treatment up in the trenches.
- Drafting Tunsil who only surrendered 2 sacks in his 3 year career at Ole Miss makes total sense here. Tunsil also did a phenomenal job run blocking as Ole Miss averaged 201 rushing yards per game in Tunsil's 7 starts at left tackle following his suspension. Tunsil also had 211 career pancake blocks from knocking down defenders in 27 career starts meaning he averaged 7.8 pancake blocks a game. Having Laremy Tunsil at left tackle, Eugene Monroe at left guard, Jeremy Zuttah at center, Marshall Yanda at right guard, and Ricky Wagner at right tackle gives the Ravens one of the best offensive lines in the NFL plus with Breshad Perriman healthy, the Ravens can rebound pretty quickly if everyone recovers from injuries.
San Francisco 49ers: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
- I'm not sure whether Colin Kaepernick stays or goes at this point. The 49ers should go Ronnie Stanley here and then take Dak Prescott or Cardale Jones in the second round. There's a rumor that the 49ers have a deal in place to move up for Carson Wentz at 4, but that would require the Eagles to take Laremy Tunsil or Ramsey at 2 assuming they passed on a quarterback. Since I got the Eagles going Wentz, at 2, the 49ers get Paxton Lynch in the wake of the rumors about them trading up for Wentz.
- Paxton Lynch threw 7 touchdowns in one half against SMU. Lynch finished his 2015 season with 3,778 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. The 6-7 245 lb Lynch completed 69 percent of his passes. His 11 inch hands, spiral with tremendous velocity, and cannon arm make Lynch a top quarterback prospect in 2016. Lynch may display the arm strength and accuracy that scouts look for, but he's not always consistent with his accuracy and his delivery sucks.
- Lynch has the best short accuracy of any quarterback in the draft. His medium passing game accuracy isn't as good as Goff's, but it's not bad. Lynch has awful deep ball accuracy and that explains his shaky delivery and inconsistent accuracy.
Cleveland Browns: Ronnie Stanley, RT, Notre Dame
- The Cleveland Browns move down to 8. They will either take Paxton Lynch or Ronnie Stanley depending on who the 49ers pass on at 7.
- The 6-5 315 lb Ronnie Stanley, began his first year at right tackle before switching to left tackle in 2014 where Stanley filled Zack Martin's starting left tackle spot on Notre Dame. Stanley has never missed a start in his 3 seasons at Notre Dame after being redshirted in 2012. In those 3 years he only gave up 3 career sacks and has outstanding hands, pass blocking, run blocking, zone blocking and footwork as a run blocker and pass blocker making him a great offensive tackle on prospect. Getting stronger as a pass blocker and a run blocker is the only thing Stanley needs to do at this point.
- His overall strength as a blocker needs to improve, but he's going to give Robert Griffin III more time in the pocket then Jack Conklin. Stanley has more than enough credentials to start out as a right tackle across from Joe Thomas and work his way into a left tackle role when the Browns and Thomas move on.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
- Now Hargreaves drops to Tampa Bay meaning the Buccaneers can get a defensive end in the second round or will try to trade back into the first for a 4-3 right end. At this point passing on Vernon Hargreaves III is not an option.
- Tampa Bay added Brent Grimes in Free Agency as a field cornerback. Putting Hargreaves next to him at the boundary without rushing Hargreaves into a #1 field cornerback role is the perfect scenario for Hargreaves.
- Hargreaves III had 11 deflections from pass breakups as a true freshman in 2013 and 13 deflections from pass breakups in 2014 before teams threw away from him in 2015.
- The 5-11 192 lb Hargreaves III has tremendous speed and athleticism. My big issue with him is that he misses tackles way too frequently despite having the versatility to play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, nickel cornerback, strong safety, or free safety. Hargreaves has yet to correct this issue in 2015 as he missed two tackles against the Tennessee Volunteers in a 28-27 win and he also missed a tackle in a 14-9 win over Kentucky.
- Even though he's missed tackles in 2015, Hargreaves has 4 interceptions and 2 deflections from pass breakups in 2015. Hargreaves also kept Laquon Treadwell to 42 receiving yards and didn't allow Treadwell to reach the end zone. Hargreaves III also did well against LSU wide receiver Travin Dural, Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North, and Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell That's gonna help his stock in a big way when you consider how talented those receivers are.
- His man coverage was decent, but inconsistent in 2014. Hargreaves III is much better in man coverage this season in 2015 as he is locking onto receivers. His zone coverage is effective against tall receivers, but weak against a speed receiver. Vernon Hargreaves III has corrected all of his question marks with press coverage. Hargreaves will do great in the cover 0 and cover 1 defenses, but he will need time, and you must be patient with him as he may struggle with some of those packages as a rookie. He should have an instant impact in a cover 2 defense with two safeties. Vernon Hargreaves III will be a dominant cornerback that can disable a #1 receiver or the deep passing game in a cover 3 scheme and will struggle in cover 4 schemes because speed receivers tend to do better against him rather than size receivers.
- Vernon Hargreaves III has trouble adjusting his hips at times. Despite this, Vernon Hargreaves III has the best footwork and speed among any cornerback in the 2016 NFL Draft.
- One thing I like about this cornerback is his ability to break up passes on a consistent basis. Hargreaves III beat out other Florida cornerbacks like Louchez Purifoy as a true freshman before having 11 deflections from pass breakups during his first season with the Florida Gators and in 2014 he improved on that with 13 deflections from pass breakups which was the best among cornerbacks in the entire SEC last season.
- Hargreaves may have been a field cornerback in coverage. The reality is he'll probably be better off starting at the boundary because he's missed some tackles against guys like Amari Cooper on tape and with a veteran like Grimes to show him the ropes, he will become a Pro Bowl corner. If Jonathan Banks recovers from his injury he will dominate at the nickel with Grimes and Hargreaves after having 10 deflections from pass breakups and 4 interceptions in 2014.
New York Giants: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
- I get the impression that the Giants are gonna keep J.T. Thomas at right outside linebacker and try Keenan Robinson at 4-3 middle linebacker.
- The Giants need to turn to offense. Laquon Treadwell may fill a bigger need at 10, but he's such a reach at this point. The Giants have 5 running backs on their depth chart, but none of them are true #1 running backs. That's what Ezekiel Elliott is.
- Elliott had 273 carries, 1,878 rushing yards, and 18 rushing touchdowns in 2014. This season Elliott had 262 carries, 1,821 rushing yards, and 23 rushing touchdowns in 2015. Elliott had 28 receptions for 220 receiving yards in 2014 and he nearly matched that as a pass catcher in 2015 with 27 receptions for 206 receiving yards.
- Elliott may be a headliner with his personality during interviews. He has done nothing illegal off the field in his entire College career and he never got suspended once. I'm not holding Elliott accountable for what he said after his one game against Michigan State. He didn't get enough touches plus he responded in a big way dropping 214 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns on the Michigan Wolverines when he got his 30 carries. Elliott is like Tom Brady in a sense because both Brady and Elliott play at an extremely high level.
- While I do feel like a disgrace for comparing a RB to Tom Brady, I'm talking about the players emotional state from a psychological perspective. Elliott is hungrier and more motivated to have a big game following a tough loss. Tom Brady has that same quality mentally. That's good because scouts want to see players that competitive when assessing NFL talent.
Chicago Bears: Jack Conklin, LT, Michigan State
- The Chicago Bears brought in Danny Trevathian and Jerrell Freeman as 3-4 middle linebackers during Free Agency. The Bears may have had Jack and Ragland ranked higher on their board, but Ronnie Stanley fills the biggest position of need at left tackle with this pick.
- Chicago has such a dire need at left tackle and cannot allow Corey Leno to be Jay Cutler's blindside. Some may consider Jack Conklin a reach at 11, but I believe he has top 10 talent. The reason I felt hesitant about mocking an offensive tackle before 11 was because the teams picking at 8-10 like the Eagles, Buccaneers, and Giants had bigger needs on defense. With Cleveland moving down to 8 Ronnie Stanley is essentially a top 10 pick on the 49ers or Browns meaning Conklin gets pushed up.
- Conklin had 65.5 pancake blocks where he knocked down defensive linemen in 2015. Conklin had 113.5 pancake blocks in 2014. Jack Conklin finished his career with 235 pancake blocks in 38 starts at Michigan State. Laremy Tunsil had 211 career pancake blocks in 27 starts at Ole Miss and Ronnie Stanley had 187 career knockdowns in 39 starts at Notre Dame.
- Tunsil averaged 7.81 pancake blocks per game which is why he's the top offensive tackle in this draft when healthy. Conklin averaged 6.18 pancake blockers per game. Stanley averaged 4.79 pancake blocks per game. Ronnie Stanley may be a better pass blocker than Conklin, but Conklin averaged more pancake blocks per game and is a much stronger offensive lineman in terms of size and upper body strength.
- Chicago's offensive line will be much stronger with Conklin at left tackle, Bobby Massie at right tackle, and Kyle Long moving back to his natural position at right guard. Cutler needs that type of pass protection with Adam Gase gone.
New Orleans Saints: DeForest Buckner, LE, Oregon
- DeForest Buckner falls to 12. It's hard to see the Saints passing on Buckner at 12 if he slips to this pick.
- DeForest Buckner can play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 right end, or 3-4 left end. I think Bosa is the best defensive end in the 2016 NFL Draft, but Buckner is simply a better scheme fit for the San Diego Chargers. San Diego and Dallas both looked at Buckner at Oregon's Pro Day. San Diego came away impressed while Dallas seemed to have mixed feelings about him.
- DeForest Buckner had 45 solo tackles, 38 assisted tackles, 83 total tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, 6 quarterback hurries, and 5 deflections from pass breakups in 2015. Buckner had 11 3/4 hand size at the 2016 NFL Combine while weighing 6-7 291 lbs.
Miami Dolphins: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
- We knew the Dolphins would move down, but we weren't sure who was going to move up. Miami did trade for Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell. They also swapped picks with the Philadelphia meaning the Eagles have the eighth pick in the draft. Miami picks thirteenth and with Elliott there, it's hard to see Miami passing on Elliott.
- William Jackson III had 23 deflections from pass breakups in 2015. He had 10 deflections from pass breakups in 2014 and 7 in 2013 with 40 career deflections. Jackson ran a 4.37 at the 2016 NFL Combine, and is a clear riser because of this.
- William Jackson III is great in man and zone coverage, but struggles in press coverage. Jackson corrected his press coverage issues at Houston's Pro Day. Jackson did so well at Houston's Pro Day that he received an individual workout with the Miami Dolphins.
- Jackson had a better 40 time than Hargreaves and addressed his concerns in press coverage checking out more boxes as he has answered a ton of questions scouts have asked him in the draft process. That's why it makes sense for Miami to add Jackson as a #1 field cornerback with Byron Maxwell at boundary cornerback across from Jackson. Jackson has done so well during the draft process that I can see a team reaching for him when Hargreaves is there, but in this mock Tampa Bay goes with Hargreaves and the Miami Dolphins get William Jackson III.
Oakland Raiders: Reggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama
- Oakland's biggest need is at middle linebacker. Reggie Ragland is a slam dunk selection at this point.
- Reggie Ragland had 62 solo tackles, 42 assisted tackles, and 102 total tackles in 2015. Ragland is a beast at stopping the run and covering the opposing quarterback. I think he's a top 10 talent that could fall to Oakland's lap at 14. Ragland can play 4-3 inside linebacker or 4-3 outside linebacker on either side with his versatility plus, he's too good to pass on at this point.
Tennessee Titans: Jason Spriggs, LT, Indiana
- The Tennessee Titans can take Spriggs here and it won't be considered a reach at this spot. Spriggs dominated the 2016 Senior Bowl, he ran a 40 in under 5.00 seconds at 23 miles per hour. He pass protected for quarterback Nate Sudfield and did well as a run blocker for Jordan Howard.
- Tennessee needs a blindside for Marcus Mariota so they can move Taylor Lewan over to right tackle. Jason Spriggs is a true blindside who dominated Indiana's Pro Day. The reason Spriggs fell so far in my previous mocks is because he's a pure left tackle only. I've considered him a top 20 prospect since the 2016 NFL Combine, but a lot of the teams at that point didn't need a left tackle so early. Now the Titans need Spriggs here after moving down.
Detroit Lions: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
- Detroit needs a 4-3 defensive tackle. One guy they love is Vernon Butler.
- Butler had 28 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 50 total tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 8 quarterback hurries, 3 sacks, and 2 deflections from pass breakups in 2015.
- Vernon Butler now weighs 6-3 325 lbs. Butler dominated in Mobile, and is now big enough to be a 3-4 nose tackle as well as a 4-3 defensive tackle.