2016 NFL Mock Draft 6.0: Post-Free Agency Edition

With NFL Free Agency well underway, teams have begun to fill some of the draft needs, or in the case of the Cleveland Browns, create a slew of new ones. So based on signings in NFL Free Agency, here’s my 2016 NFL Mock Draft 6.0: Post-Free Agency Edition.

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

  1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss. Last season, Tennessee had the worst offensive line in terms of pass protection, according to Football Outsiders, and after finding their QB of the future in Marcus Mariota in last year’s draft, the Titans need to improve his protection this offseason. Tunsil is regarded by many as the best player in the draft, and should shore up Mariota’s blindside protection from day one.
  2. Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State. Signing RGIII may have turned some heads, but it certainly won’t stop the Browns from taking a QB in the draft. Wentz’s stock has been on the rise, and after a great pro-day and combine performance he’s considered by many as the best QB in the draft. Wentz has all the tools to succeed at the NFL-level and could finally be the franchise QB the Browns have been searching for.
  3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State. The Chargers defense was not good last year, ranking No. 22 in the NFL against the pass and No. 32 against the rush. And with Eric Weddle leaving via free agency, the Chargers have a number of needs to address on the defensive side of the ball. Ramsey can play either safety or corner and with 22 passes defender over his last two years at FSU, Ramsey would give the Chargers a much-needed playmaker in their secondary.
  4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State. Ezekiel Elliott or Jared Goff might be tempting for Jerry Jones here, but with Greg Hardy gone and Randy Gregory a big question mark, the Cowboys need to find replacements along their defensive line. Bosa, who had 5.0 sacks and 16.0 tackles, is the best pure pass rusher in the draft and would give Rod Marinelli a force off the edge.
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA. After adding Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson in free agency, the Jaguars further solidify their defense by drafting Jack, an absolute stud who had 87 tackles and 8.0 tackles for a loss (TFL) last season, can make plays all over the field and should fully recovered from injury by the beginning of the 2016 season.
  6. Baltimore Ravens: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome tends to take the best player available, and with Buckner, who perfectly fits in the Ravens 3-4 defense, still on the board, Newsome nabs the next great Baltimore defender. Buckner had 9.5 sacks and 16.0 TFL last season with the Ducks and should slot right into the Ravens defense, filling the void left by Chris Canty.
  7. San Francisco 49ers: Jared Goff, QB, California. Even though it looks like the 49ers will keep Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco will still be looking for their franchise QB via the draft. Goff, who’s from the bay area, threw 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.
  8. Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami): Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State. While the Eagles may be gunning for Wentz or Goff to fall to them, if they don’t, Elliott would be a good plan B. While he may not be Todd Gurley, Elliott rushed for 1821 yards and 23 touchdowns this past season with the Buckeyes and would immediately improve upon the Eagles combo of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews at running back.
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida. With the No. 26 ranked pass defense in the NFL last season, Tampa Bay’s looking to improve its secondary this offseason, doing so here with the selection of Hargreaves. Hargreaves had 4 INTs and 4 passes defended this past year with the Gators and would give the Bucs a lockdown No. 1 corner.
  10. New York Giants: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame. The Giants drafted a OT, Ereck Flowers, in the first round last year, but he struggled for much of the 2015 season, and after cutting Will Beatty, the Giants need to shore up their offensive line. Stanley played both tackle positions for the Fighting Irish, and would slide right in and protect Eli Manning for the foreseeable future.
  11. Chicago Bears: Sheldon Rankings, DT, Louisville. After upgrading their linebackers via free agency, the Bears continue to upgrade a defense that was terrible last season, finishing No. 31 against the run and No. 23 against the pass. Rankins, 5.0 sacks and 13.0 TFL this past season with the Cardinal, would slide into the middle of the Bears defensive line and vastly improve Chicago’s run defense.
  12. New Orleans Saints: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor. After ranking last in the NFL this past season. the Saints’ defense is in need of a number of upgrades. Billings, had 14.0 TFL and 5.5 sacks this past season with the Bears and can help fill a lot of those holes up the middle with his physical, 6’1” and 310 lbs. frame.
  13. Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia): Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State. The Dolphins were among the worst teams in the NFL against the pass last season and even after trading for Byron Maxwell, Miami still needs help in its secondary. Apple’s starred in the Buckeyes top-ranked defense, totaling 1 INT and 7 passes defended this past season, and would vastly improve the Dolphins secondary.
  14. Oakland Raiders: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama. The Raiders improved a lot on defense this past season, and after adding Sean Smith and Bruce Irvin via free agency, are just a piece or two away from having a top-flight defense. One of those pieces is an ILB, and Ragland, who had 102 tackles and 6.5 TFL this past year with the Crimson Tide, would give the Raiders a talented, physical linebacker to captain their defense.
  15. St. Louis Rams: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis. The Rams will certainly try to trade up to land either Wentz or Goff, but if they’re unable to, Lynch certainly isn’t that bad of a consolation prize. While Lynch may need a little time to develop, he passed for 3778 yards and 28 touchdowns this past season with the Tigers and has all the physical tools to succeed in the NFL.
  16. Detroit Lions: Jack Conkin, OT, Michigan State. Protecting Matthew Stafford continues to be an issue for the Lions, who need to improve a mediocre offensive line. Conklin, an All-Big Ten Offensive Lineman, would be an immediate upgrade, shifting Riley Reiff to his more natural position, and upgrading Stafford’s protection.
  17. Atlanta Falcons: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson. After having the worst pass rush in the NFL last season, an edge rusher is at the top of the Falcons’ wish list. Lawson had 9.5 sacks and 22.5 TFL this season and would be a perfect pair with fellow Clemson Tiger Vic Beasley off the edge.
  18. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State. The Colts might have one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL under center, but with poor protection over the past few years, they’ve had trouble keeping him upright and healthy. Adding Decker, who was a mainstay along the Buckeyes offensive line the past four years, will begin to shore up the Colts offensive line.
  19. Buffalo Bills: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State. The Bills defense was less than stellar in Rex Ryan’s first season at the helm, ranking No. 18 in the NFL against the pass and No. 30 against the run. Upgrades are needed at a number of positions in the Bills front-seven including LB. Lee had 11.0 TFL, 4.5 sacks and 2 passes defended last season with the Buckeyes and will make plays all over the field for the Ryan brothers.
  20. New York Jets: Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky. A quarterback is certainly a possibility here, however what’s more likely is the Jets improve a pass rush that ranked No. 21 in the NFL last season. Spence has some red flags that may scare off some teams, but with 11.5 sacks and 22.5 TFL with the Colonels this past year, he would be a steal at No. 20.
  21. Washington: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama. Washington’s defense ranked No. 19 in the NFL against the pass and No. 22 against the run, and after losing Terrance Knighton to free agency, they need to find another interior presence along their defensive line. Robinson had 3.5 sacks and 7.5 TFL this past year, helping anchor a top-notch Alabama defense. He’d be an upgrade over the departed-Knighton.
  22. Houston Texans: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss. Having found their quarterback in free agency, the Texas can further his arsenal of offensive weapons with this selection. 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: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU. After signing Alex Boone to bolster their offensive line in free agency, the Vikings set their sights on finding another wideout for Teddy Bridgewater. Doctson dominated at TCU this past season, to the tune of 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns, and would give Bridgewater a great downfield threat.
  24. Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor. After losing Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones to free agency, the Bengals are in need to a No. 2 target alongside A.J. Green. Coleman had 74 receptions for 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns last season in Waco and would give the Bengals a nice 1-2 punch at wideout with Green to terrorize AFC North secondaries.
  25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson. While the Steelers’ defense was great against the run, their pass defense suffered with a poor secondary. And while Alexander may not have lit up the stat sheet at Clemson, he’s one of the best man-to-man cover corners in the draft, so much so, that some scouts have compared him to Josh Norman.
  26. Seattle Seahawks: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State. After losing three offensive lineman in free agency, including Russell Okung, improving an offensive line that ranked No. 30 in the NFL in pass protection is a must for the Seahawks. Whitehair was a 50-game starter at Kansas State and should fill right in at guard or tackle, vastly improving Russell Wilson’s protection.
  27. Green Bay Packers: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia. Clay Matthews is an absolute stud for Green Bay, but the Packers need to surround him with more talent in the front seven to prevent him from continually drawing double-teams. 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 to pair with Matthews.
  28. Kansas City Chiefs: William Jackson III, Houston. After losing Pro Bowler Sean Smith to its division rival in free agency, the Chiefs have a glaring need at corner alongside Marcus Peters. Jackson, at 6’0” and 189 lbs, is a big corner, who’d slide right in next to Peters in the Chiefs defense. While there are concerns about his competition at Houston, there’s no doubt he’s a playmaker, with 23 passes defended this past year for the Cougars.
  29. Arizona Cardinals: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State. Even after trading for Chandler Jones, Arizona’s pass rush, which ranked in the bottom third of the NFL, could still use some upgrades and an injection of youth. Ogbah had 13.0 sacks and 17.5 TFL with the Cowboys this season, and could slot in either as a DE or a 3-4 OLB in the Cardinals defense.
  30. New England Patriots: Pick Forfeited
  31. Carolina Panthers: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana. The Panthers offensive tackles were absolutely shredded by Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware in the Super Bowl and Carolina needs to find a left tackle of the future, instead of just a stop-gap. A four-year starter at Indiana, Spriggs allowed just four sacks in his junior and senior seasons, and would be an immediate upgrade for the Panthers at LT.
  32. Denver Broncos: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss. If the Broncos are able to work out a trade for Colin Kaepernick, instead of drafting a QB here, Denver can turn to their defense, which lost a number of players to free agency. Nkemdiche has some major red flags, but the Broncos can afford to take a risk on a player that’s among the most talented in the entire draft class, and would be a Top 10 pick if not for his character issues.

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