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2016 Mock Draft: Haynie Picks 1-34

Jess Haynie



Fantasy Football Blog - Fantasy Football Mock Draft 1.0: What Cowboys Went Where?

I like to wait until the dust settles from free agency before doing mock drafts. Well, it would seem that time has come.

A couple of things you should know before you start reading:

  • Please comment with your thoughts on my picks. If you're a fan of another team I really value your insider perspective and will use it to make my next mocks better.
  • These are predictions of what teams WILL do and not necessarily what they SHOULD.
  • I don't get into predicting trades. It's too much of a crapshoot to spend mental energy on.

1. Titans

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

It's not often that a pick is this easy when it doesn't involve a quarterback, but Tennessee and Tunsil are a virtual lock.

2. Browns

 Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota St.

The Browns signed RG3 but are still likely to bring in a rookie for competition and their long-term prospects. Wentz has more upside than Jared Goff.
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3. Chargers

Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida St.

Ramsey is the consensus as the best overall defensive player in the draft and fills a big need for San Diego.

4. Cowboys

Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

The Jason Garrett/Stephen Jones era is all about acquiring the best talent over filling needs. Despite their issues at DE, Dallas takes Jack with the long term in view.

5. Jaguars

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio St.

Jacksonville pairs Bosa with last year's pick, Dante Fowler, for a hopefully dynamic duo.

6. Ravens

DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

Buckner has the potential to be a freak as a 3-4 DE, which Baltimore just so happens to play.

7. 49ers

Jared Goff, QB, California

Colin Kaepernick is still there but the situation seems too toxic to last. The Niners will be happy to land Goff and move on.

8. Eagles

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio St.

To the chagrin of Cowboys fans everywhere, Philly takes the elusive Elliott to help them chase that elusive Super Bowl win.

9. Bucs

Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma St.

Tampa's front office seems to like numbers and Ogbah has them where it counts; 22.5 sacks the last two years and a 4.63 40-yard dash.

10. Giants

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

New York has an older quarterback to protect and an average group of running backs to work with. They follow the Cowboys' example and take their third offensive lineman in four years.

11. Bears

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Chicago will be thrilled to have Hargreaves slide to them at this pick. He's better than many people think and fills their biggest need.

12. Saints

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

New Orleans' receivers have plenty of speed already but no size, which makes Treadwell a good counterbalance.

13. Dolphins

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Miami replaces Olivier Vernon with a kid who will probably be far more productive than Vernon ever was.

14. Raiders

Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

Liking bigger and more physical corners, Oakland takes Apple and tries to teach him how to avoid penalties.

15. Rams

Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

I'm not sold on Paxton Lynch and I don't think Jeff Fisher will be, either. Ragland fills the void left by James Laurinaitis' departure.

16. Lions

A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

Having lost their top two defensive tackles to free agency over the last few years, Detroit gets some big help with Robinson.

17. Falcons

Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Needing help all over their defense, Atlanta takes the linebacker who who had the fastest 40 at the combine.

18. Colts

Jack Conklin, OL, Michigan St.

After a miserable 2015 season, Indy gets back to basics and builds around Andrew Luck in the most fundamental way possible.

19. Bills

Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

The Ryan boys are desperate and don't mind taking chances on suspect characters. Nkemdiche is this year's Randy Gregory but doesn't have to wait as long to hear his name.

20. Jets

Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia

They will be ecstatic in New York to land Floyd this far down the board. Some have him going in the #8-12 range.

21. Washington

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

Aaron Donald has helped lift the stigma a little on smallish defensive tackles, helping a guy like Rankins get taken this high.

22. Texans

Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

After putting up a reported 4.38 40-yard time at his pro day, the 6'3" Thomas zooms past the other receivers on the board.

23. Vikings

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Minnesota seems sure to take a receiver and will have good ones to pick from. Doctson has the best upside of the remaining options.

24. Bengals

Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

The knock on Dodd is that he benefited from playing opposite Shaq Lawson in college. Teaming him up with Carlos Dunlap should alleviate that concern.

25. Steelers

William Jackson, CB, Houston

Cornerback is clearly their biggest need and Jackson provides good value for Pittsburgh at this spot.

26. Seahawks

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

Jason Spriggs may have more upside but Seattle needs someone ready to help right away. Decker is a strong run blocker and that's the key to Seattle's offense.

27. Packers

Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

They love ballhawks in Green Bay and Fuller is that. He could be a steal this far down the board coming off an injury year.

28. Chiefs

 Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

This is a little high for Alexander for KC needs a corner badly and would be waiting too long for their next pick.

29. Cardinals

Keanu Neal, S, Florida

There's a steep drop off from Neal to the next best safety, so Arizona covers a big need here.

30. Panthers

Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

Good upside for the 30th pick. Michael Oher was their worst offensive lineman last year and an upgrade is needed.

31. Broncos

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Until Denver makes some other move at quarterback this offseason you have to go with Lynch.

32. Browns

Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

Combining Fuller's speed with the hopeful return of Josh Gordon could do wonders for their offense.

33. Titans

Noah Spence, DE, Eastern KY

After helping their own QB in the first round, Tennessee looks to attack opposing QBs with their next pick.

34. Cowboys

Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

Nassib's leadership and work ethic are things that tickle Jason Garrett's fancy. Leading the nation in sacks last year doesn't hurt, either. Nassib's size gives him inside-outside flexibility, which Dallas also likes.


And there you have it!  I'll be looking at the Cowboys picks in more detail over the next few days, going in depth as to why I made the decisions that I did. Be on the lookout for those articles.


Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

  • Bryson Treece

    If those are our first 2 picks, then I'd say that we screwed the pooch, badly. Jack is okay, but I just don't think we need a top-5 pick going to a LB. I don't know much about Nassib though, so I can't comment there. I do like the pick at #31 – Lynch to the Broncos is a smart choice. I think he'll do better in their system than most.

    • Jess Haynie

      More on this coming tomorrow's article, but Jack at #4 is the Zack Martin pick of this draft. It's not our biggest need right now, like guard wasn't in 2014, but it's a long-term view on a guy who fits our scheme beautifully and can be a key piece for the next decade. As for the 2nd Round pick, who would you want that wasn't already off the board in the mock?

      • dale

        i believe the kidd out of Alabama is better than Jack, Ragland if were talking linebackers and he is pro ready…I do not want another yr like last yr…are we putting to much into Tony Romo anyway? Get the QB Geof from California pure passer and can think he will pick up the system, no offense but I give Romo 2-3 yrs at best…..

        • Jess Haynie

          What makes you think Ragland is better than Jack given where both are rated? Seems like everyone disagrees.

  • Zac Fields

    On paper Nassib seems like a heck of a pick.

    I'm also not high on Myles Jack, but without accounting for trade scenarios it is probably the BPA pick at #4 especially with the knowledge that the Cowboys aren't high on Bosa.

    If those were the first 3 picks, I would take just about any trade to drop back to #7 or #9 and target someone like Hargreaves or even Zeke Elliott. Then of course you all know I'm 100% comfortable with taking Goff, too, so there's that. lol

    • Jess Haynie

      I'm with you on the trade back unless they think Jack is truly elite. If so then grab it while you can because you're not getting elite talent in the #7-#12 range unless you can snag Elliott.

  • Bryson Treece

    I see your point on Jack, but still. And I like Hargreaves III, but not at #4. At #4, without a trade down because it's no certainly that the guy you want will be there, I'd have to go either Elliott or Goff. With Ramsey off the board, there's no one else good for #4 in my mind. So my order is: 1. Ramsey, 2. Elliott, 3. Goff, 4. Jack.

  • Sean Martin

    Yeah gotta go with the QB before Jack, And I like Jack a lot, and agree with your points in that adding him hopefully helps the defense for the next 10 years, but at the same time he's an injury prone LB that was selected above a potential franchise QB if we pull the trigger on him.

  • RJ Ochoa

    I think I want Jack before a QB. He's so versatile. That's what this defense is all about… Versatility.

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  • RJ Ochoa

    I think I want Jack before a QB. He's so versatile. That's what this defense is all about… Versatility.

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  • Sean Martin

    That's just a hard comparison to make, Ragland will be a hell of a player, and is ready to be a really solid, hard-hitting linebacker from the start of training camp. Jack is ready to do that along with play some safety and running back. I'll let the pro scouts handle this one haha…

  • Bryson Treece

    That Jack can play RB or LB means squat to me. It does not help his valuation. Every snap he plays taxes him so playing both sides just means he'll do both half assed, instead of playing one really well. Myles Jack as a LB/RB is a non-argument. And the NFL tends to agree with this.

  • Sean Martin

    Well we know he's not a RB at the NFL level, but it just speaks to his athletic ability that he can do both. They also say that LBs and RBs have to have similar skill sets, as both positions require seeing the holes in the front and attacking them.

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  • Bryson Treece

    Yes, that's all true, but the one key difference between them is the deal breaker for me on considering that ability… Ball carriers just look for the hole and to get through it, but tackles have to be able to take the right angle. We've seen far too much bad tackling these last few years only to bring in a guy because he has all this athleticism only to find out he can't do job #1 – tackle the ball carrier. If he's taken top-5, he shouldn't miss most tackles. It's high expectations for a pick like this, just like people are still down on Mo Claiborne after he had a 2015 season worth keeping him around for; he's still not living up to his draft pick. Just my 2 cents.

  • Sean Martin

    Makes sense, I honestly haven't watched enough of Jack with my own eyes to tell you one way or another if he is as sound of a tackler as we would like.

  • Robert Bass

    dear Jessie— Although i can understand your reasoning in selecting Myles Jack…lets just say the knee does not check out…and as you posted…Ramsey is already taken…the cowboys lets say dont want Bosa…and they are not interested in Tunsil..nor do they think either QB is worth a #4 pick..which scenario makes more sense..selecting Elliot or trading back?..and if trading back is the option considering the lack of elite talent in this years draft….what would be the likelihood a partner could be found on draft day?…is #4 still too rich for Elliot?…then would any of us be out of our mind choosing Spence at #4…all things considered from my novice and lowly level of making a good pick…i still would select Elliot…he has the least amount of risk at #4…and lastly..does anyone truly believe that Bosa was holding back this year to protect his draft status?…i sure dont…thank you for your consideration in this matter..sincerely Robert

    • Jess Haynie

      Great stuff, Robert! Thanks for the response. On Elliott… I'm not a fan of spending such a high pick on any RB and paying them $5M/year for the next four seasons. I think we've built and offensive line that can get league-leading production out of solid and bargain-priced rushers. However, if Ramsey's gone and Jack's knee is bad then Elliott may be the only truly elite talent left at #4. I'm not going to freak out if they take him. On Spence… I'm worried about him as a 4-3 end. Think he's too small and is more of a 3-4 OLB. I wouldn't want him so high in the draft. On Bosa… Lots of people believe that he was holding back. However, they said the same about Jadaveon Clowney and it's not like he's set the league on fire since entering. There are lots of reason for concern with Bosa and I'm hoping Dallas has a better option in mind.

  • Robert Bass

    Hey Jess how is it going?…..tell me what you think about the possibility of cowboys pulling the trigger and selecting either Wentz or Goff or lynch at 4?…we know we have to begin the journey preparing for Romo's departure…Do you think Wentz or Goff or Lynch…rate in top 5?….it is a lot of money for whoever gets taken at 4….I wish there was a better predictor
    for NFL QB success out of college….i do have a good predictor for selecting a QB….if there is a way to measure how fast a QB can decipher their options from the time the ball is snapped up to 2.5 sec afterward….that is the one main quality that Romo has and he has stated such..anyway thanks for the good read..sincerely Robert

    • Jess Haynie

      The "QB at #4" question is the biggest x-factor in this draft and also the thing we'll have the least certainty of until it does/doesn't happen. Only the Cowboys know how much they believe in one of these rookies as the future of the franchise. Romo is still here and that provides them security to pass on QB this year if they aren't completely in love with one of the prospects. As you said, the ability to predict QB success in the NFL is very slim. I am probably going to do an article before the draft about just how ugly the history of drafted quarterbacks is, especially for those clamoring for us to take one in the middle rounds. The odds are very much against you.

  • Robert Bass

    Jess….in my post…it was 2 point 5 or 2 and 1/2 secs..not 25 seconds….just making sure because decimal point may not be easy to read

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The 1 Player Cowboys Should Consider Trading Up For

Kevin Brady




The Dallas Cowboys enter the 2018 NFL Draft needing help in multiple areas. Of course, they could use new blood on the interior of their defensive line, in their linebacker corps, and in their receiver room. Their most important need to fill in the first round, however, seems to be left guard.

If the Cowboys could find an immediate starter at left guard, a dominant player who can function as an effective run blocker and allow Dak Prescott to trust his left side once again, their offense would be back in business. We typically think of the Cowboys offense, and their line in particular, as a strength. But down the stretch in 2017 that simply wasn't the case.

As I've discussed before, there should be realistic options available with the 19th overall selection, particularly Georgia guard Isiah Wynn. There is one player in this NFL Draft class they should consider moving up for if the price is right, though.

That player is Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson.

Make no mistake, Quenton Nelson is the best prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft class. He is a massive, yet athletic interior offensive lineman who cemented himself as the best guard in college football during his senior season with the Fighting Irish.

Nelson plays with an edge that you love from offensive linemen, especially from those you will be asking to run block often. He doesn't just open holes, he embarrasses defensive tackles. He doesn't just smartly use body positioning and footwork, he finishes his blocks and snatches souls. Plus, he shows the athleticism and agility to get to the second level to seal off linebackers.

Quenton Nelson works well in pass protection as well. Often labeled a weakness in his game coming out of high school, Nelson has shown vast improvements in his footwork, awareness, and balance in his pass set while at Notre Dame. He would be a day one starter in Dallas, and would take the Cowboys' offensive line back to their 2014-2016 form.

But how realistic is it that the Cowboys would move up for Nelson?

Well, not very realistic at all. In fact, I'd say it's more likely the Cowboys move back to take Will Hernandez or Isaiah Wynn than it is they give away future assets in such a Day Two-rich draft. If, for some reason, Quenton Nelson falls to around the 12th overall pick however, there could be an opening for the Cowboys to come up and snag him.

I don't condone trading up often whatsoever, but Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson leads a very short list of players I'd move up for if I were the Cowboys. Trading up for a guard seems like flawed logic, but considering the importance and impact he would have for this team, Quenton Nelson is well worth it.


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Sean’s Scout: Iowa LB Josey Jewell A Hard-Hitting Depth Option

Sean Martin



Sean's Scout: Iowa LB Josey Jewell A Hard-Hitting Option for Depth

Much of what the Dallas Cowboys do at the linebacker position this offseason will be determined by their confidence in Jaylon Smith, which has not wavered since drafting him in the second round in 2016 - making his NFL debut this season. With Anthony Hitchens set to hit free agency and Sean Lee not getting any younger though, the Cowboys could use an injection of youth at LB.

The 2017 Draft marked the first time the Cowboys did not select a linebacker since 2004 (!), making it that much more of a priority this offseason. Should they target a mid-round option with the ability to step in and contribute right away, Iowa's Josey Jewell makes a ton of sense.

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"Iowa LB Josey Jewell is an incredibly instinctive player, reacting to plays with a rare mix of balance, burst, and physicality against the run."

This film clip and quote comes from my full scouting report on Josey Jewell at Slant Sports. Playing primarily the MIKE position at Iowa, Jewell will fit best in the NFL at either WILL or SAM - with the versatility to provide depth at both.

With these two LB spots being ones of need for the Cowboys, Jewell would add a enforcing presence to the second level of this defense, the likes of which have been missing in Dallas for some time.

A square player with adequate power in his hands and above average movement ability, Jewell is a magnet for the football against the run.

"...Josey Jewell plays with the stopping power that NFL scouts absolutely love out of any front seven players. Asked to play a lot of MIKE linebacker at Iowa, Jewell will be a physical presence for any defense to add..."

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Jewell is not only comfortable around the line of scrimmage as a sure tackler, flashing the ability to shoot gaps with great burst and technique. Jewell may be far from a "pass rusher", but he does attack blockers similarly, coming downhill to disengage violently.

"Jewell plays with textbook technique in pass coverage as well, playing light on his feet with the balance to hang with shifty receivers throughout the down."

Jewell's vertical movement as a WILL linebacker also make him an ideal fit for the Cowboys, as he could develop quickly into a starter on Nickel packages - requiring him to be one of just two LBs on the field. scout Lance Zierlein actually compared Josey Jewell to Sean Lee in his own scouting report. Outplaying his own second round draft status, I believe Jewell has a chance to do the same as a valuable third round grade on my 2018 NFL Draft Board.

"While Josey Jewell’s Iowa tape left no questions about his ability to move backwards with ease and attack forward, his lateral movement leaves some concerns."

It was ultimately Jewell's limitations as a rangy defender that pushed him down into the third round for me, which is an ideal spot for the Dallas Cowboys to be targeting a linebacker in this 2018 Draft. Jewell's floor would make him a noticeable contributor to the Cowboys' defense in year one, a top 100 prospect that should be an NFL starter in the near future.

Tell us what you think about "Sean’s Scout: Iowa LB Josey Jewell A Hard-Hitting Depth Option" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Cowboys Draft: Would Dallas Consider A 1st Round CB?

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Draft: Would Dallas Consider A 1st

As has been talked about before, the Dallas Cowboys spent a plethora of draft capital on their secondary a year ago. By taking cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis with two of their top three picks, and then tripling down at corner with Marquez White on day three, the Cowboys overhauled their aging cornerback group.

While some fans still want the team to add another safety, drafting a cornerback in the first round seems out of the question.

Or is it?

Historically, 19th overall is a bit of an awkward place to be. In most drafts, teams are running out of first round grades, but drafting a player you've graded as a round two talent in the top 20 can feel like a reach. When put in situations such as these, teams like to trade back, acquire future assets, and feel more comfortable about where they're taking the player they want. The problem is, of course, that you need a team to want to move up to your spot.

Obviously there's a chance the Cowboys are completely cleaned out at receiver and linebacker by the time their on the clock. Regardless of the scenario, taking Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn is my plan A, but the team may feel differently.

I currently have four cornerbacks with first round, or late first-to-early second round grades. This list includes Ohio State's Denzel Ward, Louisville's Jaire Alexander, UCF's Mike Hughes, and Iowa's Josh Jackson. All four are deserving of first round consideration, but in the right situation, I'd have to think long and hard about taking the first three 19th overall.

All three are phenomenal players who should make an impact during their rookie seasons, but the question the Cowboys would have to ask themselves is: "do we have a place for this player?" Sunday Morning Wishlist: DAL Cowboys @ NY Giants 1

Awuzie looks like the CB1 of the future, and Lewis could be effective on the outside as well. Ward, Alexander, and Hughes are all shorter cornerbacks and wouldn't be too much of a change from what the Cowboys already have on the back-end. Still, Orlando Scandrick may be done in Dallas, and Anthony Brown provided more questions than answers during his Sophomore season.

The Cowboys could be put in a situation similar to that of the 2017 NFL Draft. When they finally got on the clock, they only had one first round grade remaining. That player was reportedly running back Dalvin Cook, and considering they had selected Ezekiel Elliott the year before, Cook wasn't ever an option.

I have to wonder that because of how last offseason went, if the Cowboys would even think of taking a cornerback early on in the 2018 NFL Draft.


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