NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Post-Combine Mock

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With the NFL Combine wrapped up, it’s time for another 2016 NFL Mock Draft. Players have begun to solidify their draft position with their workouts, or in the unfortunate case of some others, fall due to their injury status or poor performance in the combine drills. So without further ado, my NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Post-Combine Mock.

(All Offensive, Defensive and line rankings come via Football Outsiders DVOA)

  1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss. With their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota under center, the Titans need to give him better protection along their offensive line. Last season, Tennessee had the worst offensive line in terms of pass protection, according to Football Outsiders, and adding one of the best blockers in the draft will help shore up Mariota’s blindside for years to come.
  2. Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State. At this point, it’s all but set in stone that the Browns are going to take a quarterback, but which one between Wentz and Jared Goff, remains to be seen. Hue Jackson, though, may have given a hint when mentioning how QBs’ hand size matters in the NFL. While Wentz played against inferior competition in the FCS, his hand size should translate better to the NFL than Goff’s, and after a great performance at the combine, he’s the Browns selection here.
  3. San Diego Chargers: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon. After ranking near the bottom of the NFL in most defensive categories, the Chargers need to upgrade their defensive front. While Joey Bosa might be the best pass rusher in the draft, he’s more of 4-3 DE, whereas the Chargers run a 3-4. Buckner, according to scouts, fits better in the Chargers system, and with 9.5 sacks and 16.0 TFL last season, he’s an easy selection for San Diego here.
  4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State. Jerry Jones has said he isn’t going to take a QB with this selection, and although drafting Ezekiel Elliott to replace the departed DeMarco Murray may be tempting, the Cowboys need to draft defense with this pick. With Greg Hardy leaving via free agency, and Randy Gregory’s status up in the air, Dallas nabs the best pure pass rusher in the draft in Bosa, who had 5.0 sacks and 16.0 tackles for a loss this past year at Ohio State.
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State. If Ramsey is available with this selection, there’s no chance the Jaguars aren’t taking him. The Jaguars ranked No. 31 in the NFL against the pass last season and need a big upgrade in their defensive backfield. Ramsey, deemed by many as the best player in this year’s draft, would be an immediate upgrade for the Jaguars’ secondary.
  6. Baltimore Ravens: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is a big fan of taking the best player available and with Jack falling into their lap, the Ravens select their eventual replacement for the aging Terrell Suggs. While Jack suffered an season-ending injury earlier this year, he’s a surefire talent – 87 tackles and 8.0 tackles for a loss (TFL) last season – and can make plays all over the field.
  7. San Francisco 49ers: Jared Goff, QB, California. With Colin Kaepernick demanding a trade, Chip Kelly will be looking for a new QB for the 49ers in this year’s draft. Goff can certainty sling it, as set numerous school records at Cal, throwing for 4700+ yards and 43 touchdowns his junior year with the Bears and has the accuracy and pocket presence to succeed in Kelly’s system. Goff might be the best QB Kelly’s had in the NFL so far.
  8. Miami Dolphins: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida. With a pass defense that ranked in the bottom third of the NFL last season and Brett Grimes on the wrong side of the 30, the Dolphins need to improve their secondary. Hargreaves, who had four interceptions and four passes defended this past season with the Gators, would give the Dolphins an elite cover corner to be their No. 1 CB.
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky. With a mediocre pass rush last season, the Buccaneers need an upgrade off the edge, and Spence, who had putting up 11.5 sacks and 22.5 TFL with the Colonels this past year, provides a perfect and talented fit. Spence comes with a number of red flags, mainly he was kicked out off of Ohio State two year’s ago, but he’s performed well at the Senior Bowl and now the combine, enough to warrant a Top 10 selection.
  10. New York Giants: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson. With Jason Pierre-Paul a big unknown for next season, the Giants need to add another pass rusher to a much-maligned defensive line. Lawson dominated along the Clemson front-seven, posting 9.5 sacks and 22.5 TFL this season, and would be a suitable replacement for JPP, should the Giants opt to not re-sign him.
  11. Chicago Bears: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State. Bears fans will clamor to take Ezekiel Elliott as a replacement for Forte here, but Chicago has huge needs on defense it cannot ignore. Lee made plays all over the field for the Buckeyes this past season, with 11.0 TFL, 4.5 sacks and 2 passes defended, and has been shooting up draft boards after posting 4.43 40 at the combine.
  12. New Orleans Saints: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor. The Saints’ defense ranked last in the NFL last season, and heading into the offseason, a number of positions need an upgrade. Billings, who stands at 6’1” and 310 lbs., can help fill a lot of those holes up the middle as he posted 14.0 TFL and 5.5 sacks this past season at Baylor.
  13. Philadelphia Eagles: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame. After re-signing Sam Bradford, the Eagles can turn their attention to other needs and look for a developmental QB in the later rounds. The Eagles O-line was in the bottom third of the NFL against the pass and needs an upgrade at tackle. Stanley played both tackle positions for the Fighting Irish, and should start for Philadelphia from day one.
  14. Oakland Raiders: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson. D.J. Hayden hasn’t lived up to his first round selection, so the Raiders, who ranked No. 16 in the NFL against the pass, will look to address the cornerback position in the draft. There are questions surrounding Alexander, as scouts think he may have come out too early, but he shut down top-flight competition this season, earning himself a 2015 All-ACC First Team nod.
  15. Los Angeles Rams: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis. The Rams need to find their QB of the future and with the Lynch still on the board, this one’s a no-brainer for Jeff Fisher and co. Lynch broke out this season with the Tigers, passing for 3778 yards and 28 touchdowns, and has all the physical tools to succeed at QB in the NFL.
  16. Detroit Lions: Jack Conkin, OT, Michigan State. With a deep WR class, the Lions can afford to wait to find a replacement for Calvin Johnson, and instead opt to shore up an offensive line that was in the bottom third of the NFL in both pass and run blocking. Conklin was a walk-on to the Michigan State program, but by his junior year was an All-Big Ten lineman, and would bring an immediate upgrade to Matthew Stafford’s protection.
  17. Atlanta Falcons: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama. With a defense that ranked in the bottom third of the NFL, the Falcons need a number of upgrades, with none other than a linebacker and a pass rusher at the top of the list. Ragland had 102 tackles and 6.5 TFL this past year with the Crimson Tide and would give Atlanta a hard-hitting captain in the middle of their defense.
  18. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State. One of these years the Colts are finally upgrade a poor, aging offensive line. Their line was a constant shuffle in front of Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck this season, and adding Decker will begin to shore up their protection and help keep Luck healthy in 2016.
  19. Buffalo Bills: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama. The Bills defense was at the bottom of the NFL this past year, with many of their troubles stemming from poor play along the defensive line. Robinson had 3.5 sacks and 7.5 TFL and helped anchor an Alabama defense that was among the best in the NCAA. He’ll be an upgrade along the Bills defensive line.
  20. New York Jets: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State. With Chris Ivory expected to leave town in free agent, and Bilal Powell and Steven Ridley set to hit free agency as well, the Jets are in the market for a RB. Elliott, who rushed for 1821 yards and 23 touchdowns this past season with the Buckeyes. Elliott an incredible talent who could step right in for the Jets and replace Ivory.
  21. Washington: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville. Washington’s defense ranked in the bottom half of the NFL against both the run and pass, and with Terrance Knighton expected to leave via free agency, Washington needs to bolster its defense line. Rankins had 5.0 sacks and 13.0 TFL this past season with the Cardinal and after dominating at the Senior Bowl, finds himself moving up NFL draft boards.
  22. Houston Texans: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss. With the top 3 quarterbacks off the board, the Texans are forced to turn to other needs and find their franchise QB later in the draft. There’s some concerns about Treadwell’s ability to gain separation against NFL competition, but with Jalen Strong facing a suspension, the Texans need to find another complement to DeAndre Hopkins. Treadwell, who had 76 receptions for 1,082 yards and 8 touchdowns this year, should do the trick.
  23. Minnesota Vikings: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State. The Vikings have a glaring need along their offensive line, which ranked in the bottom of the NFL in terms of pass protection. Whitehair was a 50-game starter at Kansas State and should fill right in at guard, protecting Teddy Bridgewater for years to come.
  24. Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor. The Bengals don’t really have surefire No. 2 WR behind A.J. Green and haven’t had one since T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Coleman would give Andy Dalton another playmaking target down field, especially important considering Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones are hitting free agency this offseason.
  25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State. While the Steelers’ defense was great against the run, their pass defense suffered with a poor secondary. Apple’s starred in the Buckeyes top-ranked defense these past two years, with 1 interception and 7 passes defended this past season, and would add much needed youth to an aging secondary.
  26. Seattle Seahawks: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana. Seattle’s protection of Russell Wilson was atrocious this past year, ranking No. 30 in the NFL. And with Russell Okung expected to command a lot of money in free agency, the Seahawks may let him walk and instead turn to the draft for a replacement. Spriggs had an impressive combine, and would give the Seahawks a young, dependable OT from day one.
  27. Green Bay Packers: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia. Clay Matthews is a big-time playmaker for Green Bay, but the Packers need to give him some help at the surrounding linebacker positions. Floyd had 4.5 sacks and 10.5 TFL last season with the Bulldogs, and would give the Packers more speed off the edge at OLB.
  28. Kansas City Chiefs: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama. With a number of free agent defenders, the Chiefs will have to look for a replacement or two via the draft. Reed helped anchor an stout Alabama front seven, and impressed at the combine. He’d help improve a Chiefs run defense that could use an upgrade, especially if they lose a few defensive linemen to free agency.
  29. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida. Arizona had one of the top defenses in the NFL last season but not only did their defensive line struggle to sustain a pass rush, ranking in the bottom third of the NFL, they’re also not getting any younger. Bullard was a monster off the edge for the Gators – 6.5 sacks and 18.5 TFL – and should slot right in along the Cardinals defensive line.
  30. New England Patriots: Pick Forfeited
  31. Carolina Panthers: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State. With Charles Johnson cut, and Kawann Short a free agent, the Panthers will be looking to add a pass rusher via the draft or free agency. Ogbah had 13.0 sacks and 17.5 TFL with the Cowboys this season and should help replace Johnson’s production off the edge.
  32. Denver Broncos: Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn. The Broncos offensive line was mediocre at best this season, and with a number of aging veterans, Denver could use an injection of youth. Coleman became a mainstay along the Tigers offensive line, starting every game each of the past two seasons and should vastly improve the Broncos protection of whoever is under center next season.
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