2016 NFL Mock Draft: Quarterbacks go 1-2 after Eagles move up #NFLDraft


By Will Brinson, NFL Writer

So, yeah, the Browns staying put is out the window. Now it becomes about the quarterbacks. And what’s fascinating is we don’t know who either team is taking.

Although we have a pretty good idea. The Los Angeles Rams are a win-now team, and Jared Goff is the win-now quarterback. The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the rare teams who can afford to not play a quarterback right away, thanks to Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel being on the roster. Carson Wentz makes a ton of sense for them.

As for the price of the trade? Both the Rams and Eagles gave up way too much to move up. These two quarterbacks need to take them to the playoffs and make a Pro Bowl at some point for this to work out. And what makes it hard is the future first-round picks given up in exchange for the deals.

Because of what they gave up, the Eagles now have just one pick in the top 75 of this draft. They’re going to get a project quarterback, but they’re going to pay a price in roster depletion over the next two years.

Round 1


1. Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff, QB, California: The Rams can act like they don’t know who they want, but clearly they do if they decided to make the move. And Goff is the guy because this franchise is in win-now mode.

2. Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State: In a wild turn of events, No. 1 and No. 2 are locked in at this point. The Eagles believe they have their long-term quarterback and were willing to pay for it.

3. San Diego Chargers

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss: What a win for the Bolts, who sat on their hands and landed a franchise left tackle without having to do anything. With the Cowboys openly infatuated with Jalen Ramsey, they’ve got a lot of leverage too.

4. Dallas Cowboys

Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State: Reportedly the top player on their board falls to Jerry Jones at No. 4 in a tremendous win for a team looking to rejuvenate its defense.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State: The Jags need to improve their pass rush and suddenly Dante Fowler, Jr., and Bosa are bookending Malik Jackson. Look out AFC South.

6. Baltimore Ravens

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon: With the top two picks locked in, Ozzie Newsome has to be loving his position, guaranteed one of the four blue-chip players in this draft.

7. San Francisco 49ers

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame: The 49ers can pick up a franchise left tackle to protect whoever they’re going to use at quarterback whenever they figure out who they’re going to use.

8. Cleveland Browns

Myles Jack, LB, UCLA: With medical re-checks causing Jack’s stock to drop a little bit, the Browns can move down to No. 8, scoop up an incredible playmaker and give him a redshirt year or wait until he’s perfectly healthy. Now that’s Moneyball.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida: A fit that makes sense between player, draft slot and the Bucs’ need to rework their defense in the post-Lovie Smith era.

10. New York Giants

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: The Giants have a lot of running backs and no running back solution. Nabbing Elliott as a top-10 pick is an expensive proposition but well worth it given how he can quickly improve this offense.

11. Chicago Bears

Jack Conklin, OL, Michigan State: Protection for Jay Cutler is paramount and right now the Bears are slotting Bobby Massie or Charles Leno at left tackle to start the season. That’s no bueno.

12. New Orleans Saints

Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama: Big, bulky dude who can hold up blockers but also has a lot of surprising explosion in terms of his athleticism.

13. Miami Dolphins

Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson: Still have the Dolphins going with a younger defensive end prospect to help their depth and rotation at the position, not to mention the age (Mario Williams is 31 and Cameron Wake is 34).

14. Oakland Raiders

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson: Clemson defensive end run! Could easily see the Raiders going with a cornerback to improve the secondary. But maybe this is a thing where Reggie McKenzie loads up like crazy on pass rushers and turns Khalil Mack, Mario Edwards, Aldon Smith and Lawson loose to limit the time his secondary needs to cover.

15. Tennessee Titans

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State: You’d rather have Tunsil or Stanley, but for the haul the Titans landed in this trade, they’re willing to make a sacrifice down to Decker.

16. Detroit Lions

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss: They’ve got Golden Tate and Marvin Jones but no one to serve as a true red-zone threat. Treadwell does exactly that and isn’t forced to make speed a major issue.

17. Atlanta Falcons

Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State: The Falcons add a versatile linebacker who is capable of dropping into coverage, moving quickly to the ball and playing the modern roll of “defensive weapon.” Dan Quinn is nothing if not creative.

18. Indianapolis Colts

A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama: The Colts have to get bigger and more physical on both of their lines. The big man from Alabama takes care of the defensive side of the ball initially and will help them get better against the run as well.

19. Buffalo Bills

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis: This might still be too low for the only “available” quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft at this point. Lynch is a huge winner in the deal between the Eagles and Browns because his stock is on the rise.

20. New York Jets

Noah Spence, DL, Eastern Kentucky: Jets gamble on a highly thought of prospect with issues in the past and continue to plunder defensive linemen. The idea of a Muhammad Wilkerson trade still lingers.

21. Washington Redskins

Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama: Physical, tough-nosed linebacker who also doubles as a guy capable of picking up sacks, he’s a very nice fit for Scot McCloughan’s continued rebuild of this roster.

22. Houston Texans

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor: The Texans are a wideout short of totally revamping their offense. Brock Osweiler handing off to Lamar Miller and throwing to DeAndre Hopkins and Coleman’s got some umph to it.

23. Minnesota Vikings

Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame: The Vikings have to get a No. 1 for Teddy Bridgewater and if Fuller isn’t a No. 1, then he’s at least help for a depleted wide receiver corps in Minnesota.

24. Cincinnati Bengals

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU: Wideout run! It makes sense given how these teams are stacked (and it wouldn’t be stunning if someone moved above this crew to land one if they’re interested). Giving Andy Dalton a fellow Horned Frog is a logical move with the departure of Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers

Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State: Steal alert. Kevin Colbert stays true to his board and sits back as other positions are snagged. The result is a rebuilding piece for a depleted secondary.

26. Seattle Seahawks

Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State: The Seahawks need to improve their offensive line, especially on the interior, in a very bad way. Picking up Whitehair gives them some versatility and flexibility if they don’t want to keep going with defensive tackles on the interior.

27. Green Bay Packers

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville: Smallish in size but explosive as all get out, Rankins has a little bit of Aaron Donald factor going here (poor man’s version) and could be nice value for Ted Thompson this late.

28. Kansas City Chiefs

Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson: The Chiefs hit a home run when it came to cornerback last year with Marcus Peters and so they’re taking another stab at it with Alexander here.

29. Arizona Cardinals

William Jackson III, CB, Houston: More of a “that dude’s high on our board” pick than anything else.

30. Carolina Panthers

Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama: Taking a running back in the first round defies convention, but wouldn’t Henry be a top-10 pick five or six years ago? Dave Gettleman isn’t afraid to zig when everyone else is zagging.

31. Denver Broncos

Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State: Is this reminiscent of 2011 when we saw the quarterback value go through the roof? The Broncos need a quarterback and it might be cheaper to test one out in the first round than to deal with a Colin Kaepernick trade.

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