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2016 Mock Draft: Haynie Picks 1-34

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.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

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!

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