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NFL DRAFT

By Casey McLaughlin and Aaron Gershon

In the coming weeks, staff members of Front Row Sports News will be sharing who they feel each team will draft in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft. Bear in mind that these are only speculations based off of what we have seen throughout the college football season, as well as what we have heard in the news.

Team Needs (draft order):

1: Tennessee Titans

2015 record: 3-13

Top Need: Offensive Line

Other Needs: Cornerback, Safety, Defensive End, Running Back

 

2.Cleveland Browns

2015 record: 3-13

Top Need: Quarterback

Other Needs: Defense Line, Wide Receiver, Inside Linebacker

 

3: San Diego Chargers

2015 record: 4-12

Top Need: Defense Line

Other Needs: Safety, Wide Receiver, Offensive line

 

4: Dallas Cowboys

2015 record: 4-12

Top Need: Cornerback

Other Needs: Running Back, Quarterback, Nose Tackle

 

5: Jacksonville Jaguars

2015 record: 5-11

Top Need: Cornerback

Other Needs: Safety, Center, Outside Linebacker

 

6: Baltimore Ravens

2015 record: 5-11

Top Need: Offensive Line

Other Needs: Cornerback, Outside Linebacker, Wide Receiver

 

7: San Francisco 49ers

2015 record: 5-11

Top Need: Quarterback

Other Needs: Inside Linebacker, Offensive Tackle, Wide Receiver

 

8: Miami Dolphins

2015 record: 6-10

Top Need: Cornerback

Other Needs: Inside Linebacker, offensive tackle, OG

 

9: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2015 record: 6-10

Top Need: Defensive End

Other Needs: Cornerback, Safety, OL

 

10: New York Giants

2015 record: 6-10

Top Need: Defensive End

Other Needs: Linebacker, Defensive Back, Wide Receiver

 

11: Chicago Bears

2015 Record: 6-10

Top Need: Outside Linebacker

Other Needs: OT, Nose Tackle, Quarterback

 

12: New Orleans Saints

2015 Record: 7-9

Top Need: Defense Line

Other Needs: Outside Linebacker, Cornerback, OG,

 

13: Philadelphia Eagles

2015 Record: 7-9

Top Need: Quarterback

Other Needs: Offensive Line, Safety, Pass Rusher

 

14: Oakland Raiders

2015 Record: 7-9

Top Need: Cornerback

Other Needs: Safety, OF, Inside Linebacker

 

15: Los Angeles Rams

2015 Record: 7-9

Top Need: Quarterback

Other Needs: Wide Receiver, Center, Defense Back

 

16: Detroit Lions

2015 Record: 7-9

Top Need: Offense Tackle

Other Needs: Wide Receiver, Cornerback, Inside Linebacker

 

17: Atlanta Falcons

2015 Record: 8-8

Top Need: Pass Rusher

Other Needs: Safety, Inside Linebacker, defensive end

 

18: Indianapolis Colts

2015 Record: 8-8

Top Need: Offensive Line

Other Needs: Outside Linebacker, Safety, Free Safety

 

19: Buffalo Bills

2015 Record: 8-8

Top Need: RT

Other Needs: Defense Line, Wide Receiver, Linebacker, Kicker

 

20: New York Jets

2015 Record: 10-6

Top Need: Edge Rusher

Other Needs: Offensive Line, Tight End, Running Back (depends on if ivory stays), Quarterback (If Fitz Leaves)

 

21: Washington Redskins

2015 Record: 9-7

Top Needs: Center

Other Needs: Nose Tackle, Wide Receiver Cornerback

 

22: Houston Texans

2015 Record: 9-7

Top Need: Quarterback

Other Needs: Defense End, Running Back, Tight End

 

23: Minnesota Vikings

2015 Record: 11-5

Top Need: Offense Tackle

Other Needs: Offense Guard, Wide Receiver, Safety

 

24: Cincinnati Bengals

2015 Record: 12-4

Top Need: Wide Receiver

Other Needs: Nose Tackle, Linebacker, Center

 

25: Pittsburgh Steelers

2015 Record: 10-6

Top Need: Cornerback

Other Needs: Safety, OG, Outside Linebacker, Tight End

 

26: Seattle Seahawks

2015 Record: 10-6

Top Need: Offense Tackle

Other Needs: Cornerback, Wide Receiver, Nose Tackle

 

27: Green Bay Packers

2015 Record: 10-6

Top Need: Inside Linebacker

Other Needs: Outside Linebacker, OT, Tight End

 

28: Kansas City Chiefs

2015 Record: 11-5

Top Need: OL

Other Needs: Wide Receiver, D Line, Outside Linebacker

 

29: Arizona Cardinals

2015 Record: 13-3

Top Need: Safety

Other Needs: Outside Linebacker, Cornerback, Tight End

 

30: Carolina Panthers

2015 Record: 15-1

Top Need: Offense Tackle

Other Needs: Defensive End, Defensive Back, Running Back

 

31: Denver Broncos

2015 Record: 13-3

Top Need: OT

Other Needs: Quarterback, Offense Guard, Tight End

 

*Note that the New England Patriots forfeited the first round pick as consequence for Deflate Gate*

 

Picks:

 

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The Pick: Laremy Tunsil OT OLE MISS

No argument here. The Titans are in desperate need of a skilled offensive lineman. The Titans have something going with Mariota at Quarterback, but cannot proceed with their plans without depth on the offensive line. Laremy Tunsil has the necessary size and strength to succeed at the next level.

The Pick: Laremy Tunsil OT OLE MISS

The Titans offensive line struggled all season in 2015 as Quarterback Marcus Mariota was welcomed to the NFL with hard hit after hard hit. In order to protect their franchise Quarterback the Titans need to build up a strong O Line and the 305 pound Laremy Tunsil out of  Ole Miss is the perfect guy to build around.

Cleveland Browns:

The Pick: Carson Wentz Quarterback North Dakota State

The Browns have a pretty bad history in the draft. Furthermore the Browns have found very little success at the Quarterback position. That being said, Carson Wentz appears to be the real deal. In Baseball scouts talk about 5 tool talents, Carson Wentz can do it all. He is big, mobile, smart, and has a great strong arm. A cultural change is brewing in Cleveland. He could be a big part of it.

The Pick: Carson Wentz Quarterback North Dakota State

Quarterback always seems to be a position of need for the Browns. With the team planning to cut the troubled Johnny Manziel by March 9th the Browns will look to the draft to again hope to draft their franchise Quarterback. Carson Wentz a Division 1 double A quarterback is a very mobile Quarterback who could fit well under new head coach Hue Jackson and could finally be the QB the Browns are looking for.

San Diego Chargers:

The Pick: Joey Bosa Defense End/OLB Ohio State

The Chargers have never had a shutdown defense. This year they struggled even more. Joey Bosa is an explosive talent that can get to the Quarterback quickly and effectively. Joey Bosa could potentially go number one if Tennessee feels that their defense needs more work than their offense.

The Pick: Joey Bosa Defense End/OLB Ohio State

The Chargers pass rush stunk in 2015 and with O Line being a key need for them  Laremy Tunsil the number one O Linemen in this year’s draft projected to go number one to Tennessee it gives the Chargers a chance to upgrade their pass rush with the extremely talented Joey Bosa.

Dallas Cowboys:

The Pick: DeForest Buckner DE/DT Oregon

The Cowboys defense has lost a step from their monster year two years ago. A large part of that is the lack of pressure they are able to put on the Quarterback. Greg Hardy was a failed experiment. Buckner will provide a solid presence on a struggling defensive line.

The Pick: Jalen Ramsey Safety/Cornerback Florida State

The Cowboys need major help at the Cornerback position and picking up a player who can play both safety and cornerback could really help out their secondary Jalen Ramsey seems to almost too perfect of a fit for the Dallas Cowboys as he should be on the board at number four.

Jacksonville Jaguars: 

The Pick: Jalen Ramsey Safety/Cornerback Florida State

The Jacksonville secondary has been developing in recent years. Ramsey is the hometown kid, playing ball at Florida State. Ramsey was the best corner in college football. Having a shutdown corner will really help a developing defense such as the Jaguar’s.

The Pick: DeForest Buckner DE/DT Oregon

The Jaguars defense took a huge hit when their first round pick Dante Fowler was lost to injury for the season. To bolster their pass rush the Jaguars could select DeForest Buckner who could make for a dangerous young tandem with Dante Fowler.

Baltimore Ravens: 

The Pick: Ronnie Staley OT Notre Dame

The Ravens need to protect their Quarterback. Joe Flacco is entering his prime and the Ravens need to maximize his talents. Staley will provide the Ravens with a large presence on the line as well as a strong tackle capable of protecting the Quarterback. The Ravens offensive line has been rather robust since the departure of Michael Oher. The addition of Staley will change this rhetoric almost instantly.

The Pick: Myles Jack Linebacker UCLA

The Ravens defense decimated by injuries struggled greatly in 2015. With Terrell Suggs near the end of his great career it’s time for the Ravens to start thinking about a long term replacement for Suggs and someone who can come in and turn around this struggling Defense. Myles Jack can kill two birds in one stone if still on the board at number six.

San Francisco 49ers:

The Pick: Jared Goff Quarterback California

Chip Kelly may prove to be the best thing to happen to the 49ers. I believe Colin Kaepernick will be the starter going into the season. The niners have the luxury of giving Goff time to develop at his own pace. That being said, the last Cal Quarterback to play in the NFL certainly made the most of it.

The Pick: Jared Goff Quarterback California

Chip Kelly was brought in as 49ers Head Coach partly to fix Colin Kaepernick and help him thrive. Yet with Colin seeming very unhappy he very well be released leaving the 49ers with a need at Quarterback who better to fill that void than Cal QB Jared Goff.

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The Pick: Vernon Hargreaves Cornerback Florida

This pick could go in one of two directions. I believe the Dolphins will decide that they want to give their front seven another chance to develop and add a linebacker in free agency. This would then allow them to fix the other major hole in their defense: Cornerback. If Eric Weddle leaves San Diego, which seems to be the story, I suspect that the Dolphins will make a run for his services.

The Pick: Vernon Hargreaves Cornerback Florida

The Dolphins secondary was a mess a year ago and the team very badly needs help in the secondary If the Dolphins draft Florida Corner Vernon Hargreaves they may just have a dynamic Cornerback Duo with Brent Grimes and Hargreaves.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

The Pick: Emmanuel Ogbah Defensive End Oklahoma State

The Buccaneers used to be known for their stout defenses. With a young Quarterback and a talent all across the board on the offensive side of the ball, I believe that the Buccaneers will try to improve their defense. Emmanuel Ogbah is a guy who can change the face of a team’s defense. He has the size and strength of a defensive tackle with the speed and quickness of an edge rusher. I really like this pick.

The Pick: Ronnie Staley OT Notre Dame

The Bucs offensive line improved in 2015 but can still use a bit of a joint by drafting Ronnie Staley out of Notre Dame a 315 pounder the Bucs O Line could become one of team’s biggest strengths as they can better protect mobile Quarterback Jameis Winston and block for star running back Doug Martin.

New York Giants: 

The Pick: Tyler Decker Offense Tackle Ohio State

The Giants offensive line is going through a positional reboot. Just the other day, the Giants released starters Geoff Schwartz and Will Beatty. Taylor Decker. provides the Giants with size, strength, and smarts. Eli Manning is always under constant pressure. With all the talent the Giants have on the offensive side of the ball, Manning has to be protected better. Tyler Decker provides the giants with the protection they need.

The Pick: Emmanuel Ogbah Defensive End Oklahoma State

The Giants pass rush was god awful in 2015 and to get back to the New York Giant way the team needs a big time pass rusher if they can land Emmanuel Ogbah a speedy DE out of OKST he can help really help the Giants get to the Quarterback and get back to the Giants way of knocking down Quarterbacks and getting sacks.

Chicago Bears:

The Pick: Paxton Lynch Quarterback Memphis

Jay Cutler isn’t a bad Quarterback, but I suspect that his time in Chicago has an expiration date. Drafting Paxton Lynch ensures that he has time to develop at his own pace. The Bears have a good deal of talent on the offensive side of the ball. Resigning Alshon Jeffery and drafting Paxton Lynch while looking for a Running Back in the second round will make the Bears future bright again.

The Pick: Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss

With Alshon Jeffrey a free agent to be and last year’s first round draft pick Kevin White out of West Virginia coming off Injury the Bears can sure up their Wide Receiving core with the 6 foot three top ranked wide out in the draft Laquon Treadwell.

New Orleans Saints:

The Pick: Myles Jack Linebacker UCLA

Myles Jack is a talented Linebacker capable of doing it all. He can get to the Quarterback while being able to stuff the run. If Jack falls this low in the draft, the Saints will walk away with an absolute steal.

The Pick: A’Shawn Robinson DE/DT Alabama

The Saints defense was dreadful in 2015. The secondary was the biggest problem with the big name safeties and corners likely to be off the board by the Saints pick at number 12 the Saints can upgrade their defensive front which wasn’t very good either in 2015 A’Shawn Robinson can help the Saints upgrade their pass rush.

Philadelphia Eagles: 

The Pick: A’Shawn Robinson DE/DT Alabama

One thing the Eagles missed this past year was talent on the defensive line. Robinson is a versatile lineman capable of playing either on the inside or the outside. He has size, strength, speed, and quickness. The Eagles will be able to address two needs with this pick. I don’t think they will choose a new Quarterback as Sam Bradford will fit in nicely with the new system in place in Philly.

The Pick: Paxton Lynch Quarterback Memphis

Sam Bradford was not a fit in Philadelphia and with his contract expiring the Eagles will be searching for a new Quarterback Paxton Lynch would be a great fit if the Eagles choose to go draft to find their franchise quarterback.  

Oakland Raiders:

The Pick: Leonard Floyd DE/OLB Georgia

While the Raiders need to address the hole currently residing in their Safety position, Floyd is too good to pass up on. He will take a lot of added pressure off Khalil Mack allowing the defensive coordinator to have more creativity with Mack’s many talents.

The Pick: Leonard Floyd DE/OLB Georgia

The Raiders already have one superstar on their defense with Khalil Mack, and with Aldon Smith suspended for next season the Raiders will need a pass rusher to take his spot Leonard Floyd out of Georgia seems to be a great fit.

Los Angeles Rams:

The Pick: Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss

The Rams defense was arguably the best defense in the NFL last year. Nick Foles has talent at the QUarterback position. Adding Treadwell will give the Rams Quarterback, whoever it may be, a quick and explosive talent on the outside.

The Pick: Andrew Billings DT Baylor

With Nick Fairley and Michael Brockers contracts due to expire the Rams will be looking for a fellow defensive tackle to join all pro Aaron Donald. Andrew Billings would be a great addition to an already talented young defense Rams front.

Detroit Lions: 

The Pick: Andrew Billings DT Baylor

Taking Billings will fix the void currently sitting in the Lions Defensive line.

The Pick: Sheldon Rankings DT Louisville

The Lions failed to replace Ndamukong Suh last offseason and by drafting Sheldon Rankings the Lions can do just that.

Atlanta Falcons: 

The Pick: Sheldon Rankings DT Louisville

Robert Nkemdiche is too much of a character risk for the new Atlanta regime. Last year the Falcons were more focused and emphasize on defensive discipline. Rankings will provide the Falcons with a disciplined run stopper and pass rusher.

The Pick: Robert Nkemdiche Defensive End/Tackle Ole Miss

The Falcons pass rush struggled in 2015 so the team will look to add depth to their D Line Robert Nkemdiche can play both Defensive End and Tackle making him a great fit for the Falcons.

Indianapolis Colts:

The Pick: Jake Conklin Offensive Tackle Michigan

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The Colts have to do a better job protecting the Quarterback. Jake Conklin is a guy who will provide the Colts with a big presence on the line. Both Quarterbacks last year took a beating. They have to protect the most valuable player on the field.

The Pick: Jake Conklin Offensive Tackle Michigan

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The Colts offensive line struggled in 2015 as Andrew Luck took hit after hit which eventually ended his season and backup Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck also took such a huge beating that he would get injured as well. Jake Conklin will help add depth to a weak Colts O Line.

Buffalo Bills:

The Pick: Robert Nkemdiche Defensive End/Tackle Ole Miss

Rex Ryan is known for taking the best defensive talent left on the board. Robert Nkemdiche is that guy. He will give the Bills versatility on the Defensive line. Ryan will have a great time utilizing Nkemdiche’s potential.

The Pick: Tyler Decker Offense Tackle Ohio State

The biggest need for the Bills going into the draft is offensive tackle. Their defense is very talented and with Rex Ryan as head coach they may be tempted to go defense here. What they should do however is adresses their big need at OT, with Tyler Decker out of Ohio State.

New York Jets: 

The Pick: Jaylon Smith Linebacker Notre Dame

Jaylon Smith is a top 10 talent. Teams are balking on him due to his recent injury. If he falls this far, the Jets have themselves a steal. The Jets lacked an edge rusher last season. Jaylon Smith has the size and strength to succeed at the next level. In addition, the Notre Dame system he is coming out of stresses character and leadership. Smith will fit in just fine in the big apple.

The Pick: Jaylon Smith Linebacker Notre Dame

The Jets biggest need going into this draft is a pass rusher. The defense Todd Bowles has assembled is already very talented but Jaylon Smith out of Notre Dame may just give them that pass rusher from the linebacker position that the team so badly needs.

Washington Redskins: 

The Pick: Ryan Kelly Center Alabama

The Redskins are in the market for a smart Center. Ryan Kelly is the right guy for them. Kelly played at the most prestigious college program and was a 2 year starter. The Redskins may hit a real homerun with this kid

The Pick: Su’a Cravens Safety/Linebacker USC

 The Redskins defense certainly had their ups and downs in 2015 yet did end up taking home a division title. To help sure up their defense drafting Su’a Cravens who can help improve their team’s secondary and rush defense would be a great addition.

Houston Texans:

The Pick: Ezekiel Elliott Running Back Ohio ST

Arian Foster is old and fragile. Ezekiel Elliott changes the face of the Texans rushing attack. Elliot is not only a skilled rusher, but a talented receiver. He skills are most similar to Matt Forte.

The Pick: Ezekiel Elliott Running Back Ohio ST

This pick is a no brainer for the Texans. With Arian Foster never able to stay on the field the Texans need a franchise running back and Ezekiel Elliot will be that guy for them for the future.

Minnesota Vikings: 

The Pick: Michael Thomas Wide Receiver Ohio ST

The Vikings need to add an offensive playmaker to the roster to complement the skills of Adrian Peterson. Michael Thomas is young man with a great deal of potential.

The Pick: Michael Thomas Wide Receiver Ohio ST

 The Vikings would love to get Teddy Bridgewater some new weapons in order to make a deeper playoff run than they did in 2015. Adding Michael Thomas gives Bridgewater another weapon to an already pretty talented offense.

Cincinnati Bengals: 

The Pick: Jarran Reed DT Alabama

One thing the Bengals could be missing next year is a dominant run stopper. Jarran Reed proved time and time again that he is ready for the pros and that he has the size and strength to dominate at the next level.

The Pick: Jarran Reed DT Alabama

The Bengals really need a nose tackle as Domata Peko is at the end of his career. Drafting Jarran Reed would greatly improve their D Line.

Pittsburgh Steelers: 

The Pick: Reggie Ragland Inside Linebacker Alabama

James Harrison is on the verge of retirement. Reggie Ragland can learn a lot from the talented linebacker. If Reggie Ragland is still on the board when it’s the Steelers turn to draft he would be an absolute steal. The Steelers would save some much needed cap room by drafting at the Linebacker position rather than signing a highly coveted free agency.

The Pick: Reggie Ragland Inside Linebacker Alabama

The Steelers Linebacker need is more on the outside rather than the inside but if Reggie Ragland is still on the board when it’s the Steelers turn to draft he would be a steal. The Steelers could possibly explore moving him or one of their veterans to the outside to fill that need rather than free agency.

Seattle Seahawks:

The Pick: Derrick Henry Running Back Alabama

Marshawn Lynch is hanging up his cleats- literally. Derrick Henry reminds me of Marshawn Lynch. Seattle has an excellent offensive line which leads me to believe that Derrick Henry will thrive in Seattle.

The Pick: Derrick Henry Running Back Alabama

With Marshawn Lynch retiring the Seahawks will be in need of a power back. Who better to fill that whole than the heisman trophy winning Derrick Henry

Green Bay Packers: 

The Pick: Kevin Dodd Edge Rusher Clemson

Kevin Dodd has size and strength. He is a very talented OLB/DE and can thrive in the Packers system.

The Pick: Darron Lee Linebacker Ohio ST:

The Packers are in need of a linebacker and with Darron Lee being a very talented inside linebacker that may just fall into their laps it seems like a no brainer for the Packers.

Kansas City Chiefs:

The Pick: Shaq Lawson Edge Rusher Clemson

Shaq lawson has a great deal of potential. He is a nice complement to Tamba Hali. He is young and has a lot of grooming still left in him.

The Pick: Kenny Clark Defensive Tackle UCLA

Coach Andy Reid loves winning ball games in the trenches both on the O Line and D Line Kenny Clark out of UCLA would help them out winning on the defense trenches.

Arizona Cardinals:

The Pick: Mackensie Alexander Cornerback Clemson

Mackensie Alexander is a shutdown corner. He has the necessary size, strength, and quickness to succeed in the NFL. The Cardinals like to play in 5 or even 6 back looks. Alexander will thrive against number 2 and 3 Wide Receivers playing opposite of Patrick Peterson.

The Pick: Keanu Neal Safety Florida:

The Cardinals need depth at the safety position yet the Safety position is pretty weak in this draft with Jalen Ramsey projected to go in the top 10 perhaps top 5 they may look to snag the second best safety in the draft Keanu Neal before it’s too late.

Carolina Panthers:  

The Pick: Keanu Neal Safety Florida:

Charles Tillman is aging. The Carolina Panthers enjoy staying young and developing their player. Keanu Neal has a lot of upside. He will learn from the system in place in Carolina.

The Pick: Mackensie Alexander Cornerback Clemson

With Charles Tillman set to become a free agent the NFC Champion Panthers will need a Corner to go along with All Pro Josh Norman. Mackenzie Alexander could be the perfect fit.

 

Denver Broncos:

The Pick: Noah Spence Edge Rusher Eastern Kentucky University

The possible departure of Vonn Miller and the continuous aging of Demarcus Ware may leave the Broncos rather thin in the edge rusher department. Noah Spence can fill that void and learn how to succeed from Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips.

The Pick: Hunter Henry Tight End Arkansas

With two old Tight Ends in Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis both at the end of their careers and Daniels a to be free agent the Broncos need a Tight End. Hunter Henry is the draft’s top tight end making him a perfect fit for the World Champion Denver Broncos.

 

Check back each week to see updated Mock Drafts as these picks are subject to change due to developments in free agency as well as different reports coming from the Combine.

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