Written by: jzenk42

Mock Draft

April 28, 2016

1. Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee): Jared Goff, QB, California

The Rams dealt a number of picks to move up to No. 1 in order to draft Goff. Nick Foles was not any good last season. If Los Angeles thinks Goff will be one of the top quarterbacks in the draft soon, then there is no such thing as paying too much. He will have the benefit of having one of the best running backs in the NFL at his disposal. He does not need to be great early on as the Rams have a very good defense.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

You don’t trade a number of draft picks to move up to draft anything but a quarterback. Sam Bradford didn’t cut it last year, and the Eagles are high on Wentz. They paid a steep price, but if they think Wentz is their guy, then it could end up being a good deal. I don’t believe Wentz will start early on, but when he does get his chance, he will have a solid cast around him, which includes Demarco Murray and Jordan Matthews.

3. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi

San Diego needs an offensive lineman in the worst way. Last year’s top pick Melvin Gordon constantly had very little room to work with last year as evidenced by the Chargers averaging a league-worst 3.5 yards per carry and the Bolts were sacked 40 times a year ago. San Diego has a number of needs, but offensive line needs to be addressed early in the draft. If the Chargers pass on Tunsil tonight, three other names to watch are Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey, Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley and Oregon’s DeForest Buckner.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State

There has been a lot of buzz about either Ohio State product, Ezekiel Elliott or Joey Bosa, going in this spot, but I have Dallas taking the prospect who I feel is the best in the draft. Ramsey and last year’s first round pick, Byron Jones, could turn out to be a terrific duo in the secondary. Elliott is intriguing and running behind that great offensive line could be dynamic. Dallas chose not to re-sign Greg Hardy and both DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory have been suspended for the first four games next season, so the Cowboys need a pass rusher in the worst way, so Bosa would make sense as well.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

I was debating either Bosa or Myles Jack for the Jaguars, but ended up going with Bosa. Jacksonville needs to shore up the defense and Bosa could team up with last year’s first round pick Dante Fowler Jr., and have a potentially potent pass rush. Bosa is a well-rounded defensive end, equally good at stopping the run and rushing the quarterback. If they are not concerned about Jack’s injury, though, I could very easily see the Jaguars taking the UCLA linebacker.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Baltimore needs an offensive tackle with the Eugene Monroe experiment having been a disaster. He would step in and become the starting left tackle from day one, starting opposite Ricky Wagner. If Baltimore does not take him, they could very easily take Jack or DeForest Buckner.

7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

If he is on the board, it just makes sense. With Chip Kelly running the show in San Francisco, Buckner seems like a logical pick. In Philadelphia, Kelly took nine Pac-12 players out of 21 picks. Buckner constantly was facing double and triple teams at Oregon, but still managed to register an impressive 10.5 sacks. Despite his height (6-8), he plays low and is a great fit for the 49ers 3-4 defense.

8. Cleveland Browns: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

I know, I will get ripped for this one, but call this a gut feeling on my part. This is my surprise first round pick. Despite what the Cleveland front office and coaches say, I don’t know if they feel Robert Griffin III is “the guy.” I mean, after all, they only gave him a two-year deal. I think Cleveland takes a quarterback early, whether it is Lynch or a trade down to take Connor Cook. Myles Jack would make sense here, as he would be the best player available, according to most. If Griffin pans out, then Lynch may become expendable, but that is a big “if.” Cleveland has not had a good starting quarterback since their re-birth in 1999 and you cannot win in the NFL without a capable one.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

If this were to happen, once again, the Buccaneers draft an in-state player in the first round. Tampa Bay gave up 31 passing touchdowns a season ago and Hargreaves could pair with new free agent acquisition Brent Grimes to try to trim down that number considerably. He is the No. 1 cornerback in this class (if you consider Ramsey a safety) and would it fit in nicely in the Tampa Bay defense.

10. New York Giants: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Elliott is in play at No. 4 and No. 8. but ultimately lands at No. 10 to the Giants. Not many running backs end up being drafted this high, but Todd Gurley went No. 10 last year and proved to be well worth the selection. New York does not have one go-to running back at the moment. Rashad Jennings leads the Giants rushing attack, but he had less than 200 carries and fewer than 900 yards rushing last year. He is also 31. Elliott is easily the best running back in this draft class and will not get past Miami at No. 13 and I doubt he gets out of the top 10.

11. Chicago Bears: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

The Bears get a potential steal here. I think he is the second best player in this draft, only behind Ramsey. Chicago addressed their need at inside linebacker in free agency with the signing of Danny Trevathan, and they are looking at an outside linebacker to play along side Trevathan. Jack is an athletic freak and would be top five if teams were not scared off by his knee. Shaq Lawson and Leonard Floyd could also be in play for Chicago here.

12. New Orleans Saints: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

New Orleans needs to add a pass rusher in this year’s draft and Floyd fits that mold. He is terrific size and athleticism and has great upside. He will have to add 15 more pounds or so for when trying to get past the big offensive tackles in the NFL, but he has a variety of pass rush moves and would fit in nicely in the Saints defense. Drew Brees is not getting any younger, so if Lynch gets past the Browns at No. 8, he could be in play for the Saints here since they have started rebuild mode.

13. Miami Dolphins: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

Miami got rid of Brent Grimes (and his wife) this offseason, so Miami is in need of a cornerback. With Hargreaves coming off the board at No. 9, the Dolphins turn to Apple to fill the void. Jack Conklin and Apple’s college teammate Taylor Decker could be in play, but Miami used free agency to sign a few offensive linemen and other needs, including Mario Williams, as well. Apple is a good fit and would start immediately for the Fins.

14. Oakland Raiders: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

I think the Raiders would prefer a cornerback here, but both Hargreaves and Apple are off the board and Rankins has moved up draft boards recently. I originally had Rankins going a few spots higher, but he settles in at No. 14 in this mock. Oakland took care of many needs in free agency this year and now will turn to the defensive line and secondary. Robert Nkemdiche also could be in play here.

15. Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

The Titans are finally on the clock after picking up this pick when trading down from No. 1. When having the top pick, Tennessee was thinking about taking Tunsil, but now they get to choose between the two Big Ten offensive tackles, Conklin and Decker. Either would be good choices to help protect the franchise quarterback, Marcus Mariota.

16. Detroit Lions: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Lawson could very easily go higher. I am a big fan of his and the Lions could get a steal at No. 16. Lawson and Ezekiel Ansah would be a terror for opposing quarterbacks and the Lions need to pressure the opposing quarterback with Aaron Rodgers in the division. I could see Nkemdiche also possibly being a target for Detroit here.

17. Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State

Not surprisingly since Dan Quinn is the head coach, Atlanta is building defense first. After using its first two picks in 2015 to draft defense, I think Lee is the pick here. He has terrific athleticism and pass rushing ability. He is an ideal fit for the Falcons and I do not see him getting past Atlanta.

18. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

Indianapolis needs help all around the offensive line. He is a good fit at right tackle and would start right away opposite Anthony Castonzo. Indianapolis also has a gaping hole at center, so watch out for Alabama’s Ryan Kelly, as he is rising up draft boards fast.

19. Buffalo Bills: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

Buffalo is completely depleted at linebacker and Ragland is the top inside linebacker in this draft class and would make an instant impact. He is a perfect fit for a Rex Ryan defense. He is not the fastest, but does everything else well. Nkemdiche could go here as well.

20. New York Jets: Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Mississippi

The Ole’ Miss product has loads of talent, but he comes with a lot of baggage, which makes him fall to No. 20 in the first place. With Muhammad Wilkerson’s future with the Jets up in the air, Nkemdiche would be nice selection for the Jets. New York could also look at a cornerback here like Artie Burns or William Jackson III.

21. Washington Redskins: Jerran Reed, DT, Alabama

Reed is a force in the middle, arguably the best run stuffer in the draft. He is versatile, as he could be a 4-3 defensive tackle or in either position in the 3-4 defense. Washington is another team that could look at drafting Kelly if he is there. The Redskins also could take West Virginia safety Karl Joseph.

22. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

The Texans gave a nice big contract to quarterback Brock Osweiler in order to try to help bring them to the next level. Houston also went out and signed running back Lamar Miller, which gives the Texans a weapon to go along with stud wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Coleman would give Osweiler another weapon at his disposal and help take pressure of Hopkins, which would make this offense even more lethal to go along with an already top notch defense.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi

There are not many holes on the Vikings roster, but wide receiver is one of them. He has loads of talent, as he was a 5-star receiver coming out of high school. He does not have blazing speed, but he is great at high pointing the ball and catching it with his strong hands. He would be a very good complement to 2015 draft pick Stefon Diggs and his big play capabilities. Minnesota could also look at TCU’s Josh Doctson in this spot.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

The Bengals are rumored to be big fans of the TCU wide receiver. After losing Mohamed Sanu in free agency to the Falcons, Cincinnati needs to find a receiver to line up opposite A.J. Green. Doctson has great ball skills and terrific leaping ability to go along with having arguably the best hands in the draft. They may think Doctson may go to Minnesota, so it would not surprise me to see the Bengals trade in front of the Vikings for him.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

The Steelers are in need of a No. 1 cornerback they have lacked for years, so they could choose either Artie Burns or William Jackson III, but I will have them taking Robinson to help form a solid defensive line. Pittsburgh has lacked a great nose tackle since the glory days of Casey Hampton, so picking Robinson makes sense. They could go defensive back here as well with one of the two aforementioned corners.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

Dodd was the “other” Clemson defensive end, but he is a very good prospect as well. Dodd had 12 sacks in 2015, compared to 12.5 for Lawson. He had a great game for the Tigers in the National Championship game against Alabama, recording five tackles for loss and three sacks. Seattle will need a replacement for Bruce Irvin, who left for Oakland in free agency. The Seahawks also could look at Kelly or Texas A&M’s Germain Ifedi to help the offensive line.

27. Green Bay Packers: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

B.J. Raji’s abrupt retirement made nose tackle a high priority going into the draft. Billings is a big space eater who has the ability to dominate games. Billings could very easily go before the Packers pick, but he falls into their lap at No. 27. Louisiana Tech’s Vernon Butler or Eastern Kentucky’s Noah Spence could also be possibilities at this spot.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

The fast-rising Notre Dame receiver could land on the Chiefs, who are looking for a receiver to team up with Jeremy Maclin. He is a dynamic playmaker with good ball skills who caught 30 touchdowns in 29 career starts. He and Maclin could be a solid receiving duo to go along with one of the best tight ends in the NFL in Travis Kelce. Kansas City could also go Butler in this scenario.

29. Arizona Cardinals: Artie Burns, CB, Miami (FL)

Burns is raw, but has a lot of potential. He can play both outside and in the slot as a cornerback. The drop-off after Patrick Peterson is enormous, so Burns could step in and possibly earn a starting spot right away. William Jackson III is another cornerback who the Cardinals could draft here.

30. Carolina Panthers: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

The good thing about Carolina making the decision to pull the franchise tag from All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman recently is that it can look to the draft to try to fill the big shoes left by him. They find a possible replacement in Jackson, who has good size for the position and will be able to match up with the big receivers in the NFL. Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander could also be the selection here.

31. Denver Broncos: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

Denver finally gets its quarterback. After losing Osweiler to the Texans in free agency, the Broncos would start Mark Sanchez at quarterback if the season started today. Yes, Mark Sanchez. Now Sanchez could still start out the season as the starter, even if Cook is drafted, but the rookie would start by mid-season. However, Denver might have to trade up since other QB needy teams like San Francisco could trade up to nab a quarterback right in front of them.

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Written by: jzenk42

Final Green Bay Packers mock draft

April 27, 2016

It is almost draft time and that means it is time for my final Packers mock draft. Green Bay has two main positions of need in linebacker and defensive line, but depth proved to be a concern last year and Ted Thompson will look to improve that tomorrow.

1. Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor (previous: Billings)

I am a huge fan of Billings. I think he could start from day one. The loss of Raji to retirement makes nose tackle a huge priority during the draft. I like Letroy Guion, but he is more of a rotational player. He has good size and has great power and quickness. He is a tough player to project where he goes. I have seen him go in the middle of the first and I have seen him go in the second round. If Billings is there at 27, Thompson should draft him without hesitation.

2. Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech (previous: Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State)

Another player whose draft projections are all over the place is Clark. He has boom-or-bust potential. He was a four-year starter for the Red Raiders, including being an All-Big 12 selection the last three. He has a nice skill set, but needs to be more consistent. In Green Bay, he would not have to start right away, but could start in 2017 with three starting offensive linemen being free agents. Thompson is always looking ahead to future years when drafting as well, so expect the Packers to select multiple offensive linemen.

3. Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame (previous: Smith)

I have predicted Smith to the Packers in both of my mocks before, so why change now? When healthy, Smith is arguably the best player in this draft. However, it remains to be seen if he will ever be fully healthy again. It has already been announced that the Notre Dame product will miss the 2016 season and it is unclear whether he will ever play again. He is the ultimate boom-or-bust pick, but with nine selections in this year’s draft and being one of the top teams in the NFL already, Green Bay can afford to make this pick. He is an athletic freak with great speed and explosiveness, at least pre-injury. He is a tremendous tackler and can play both inside and outside linebacker. If he were to come back anywhere near what he was before his injury, this is a great selection.

4a. Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State (previous: Haeg)

I mentioned earlier that Green Bay has three starting linemen who are free agents in 2017, including left tackle David Bakhtiari. He is a two-time All-American for the Bison and held his own during Senior Bowl practices. An NFL scot told NFLDraftScout.com, “Joe has the feet of a dancer out there, setting up and cutting off rushers with his natural quicks.” He has nice upside and he could sit for a year and end up starting if two of the offensive linemen bolt for more money next offseason.

4b. Joe Schobert, ILB, Wisconsin (previous: Schobert)

Joe “The Show” is one of the players who I have had going to the Packers in every single mock. Thompson has watched Schobert closely this offseason, including going to Wisconsin’s pro day on the first day of free agency. Schobert was a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Lombardi awards as well as winning the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year award, given to the Big Ten's top linebacker. He ranked fourth in college football with 14.5 tackles for loss and sixth in the nation with 9.5 sacks. He is always around the ball and would be a nice fit in Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense.

4c. Antonio Morrison, ILB, Florida (previous: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor)

With the Packers drafting Smith, Green Bay will need to take another linebacker since he will be out for 2016. Morrison is great talent, but he has an injury history, which will knock him down a round or two. He also was suspended for the 2013 opener for two run-ins with the law. He has solid speed as well as tremendous work habits. He was one of the leaders of the Gators, as evidenced by him being a two-time captain.

5. David Onyemata, DE, Manitoba (previous: Michael Jordan, CB, Missouri Western)

Onyemata is an extremely raw prospect. Green Bay sent a scout to watch him have his pro day in Canada. The measurables and talent are there and if the Packers can coach him up, he could become a very solid player. He is an interesting prospect and he will have every chance of making the final roster.

6. Michael Jordan, CB, Missouri Western (previous: Onyemata)

This is my guy. I am always going to have him going to Green Bay. He is a ball hawk, who may not have great speed, like a Micah Hyde. He seems like a Thompson pick. It’s not like he never played against great competition, either. He went up against current Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown, and held him in check. Thompson has made a living out of finding late round or undrafted cornerbacks, and Jordan could be the same way. Let’s just hope this Jordan plays football better than the “other” Jordan played baseball.

7. Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon (previous: Watt)

Adams is a short quarterback, which will push him down the board, even with the success of Russell Wilson. He threw for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns in three years at Eastern Washington. Then, Adams transferred to Oregon and took over last year’s No. 2 selection Marcus Mariota. The Duck then went onto throw for 2,643 yards and 26 touchdowns. With Scott Tolzien moving onto Indianapolis, I think Green Bay may take another quarterback to be the No. 3 quarterback and hope he becomes something and then deal him for a draft pick later on. Hey, it worked for Ron Wolf with Mark Brunell, Matt Hasselbeck and Aaron Brooks.

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Final 2016 NFL Mock Draft

April 26, 2016
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It’s almost here folks and all the guessing is just about done. Who is your team going to grab is truly anyone’s guess and I’m sure there will be a few trades that will change the order up considerably but right now here is my last guess at what might happen starting Thursday.

1. LA Rams: Jared Goff QB California….Perfect story of the Cal kid coming to LA and being a star. For what they gave up it better work out that way.

2. Philadelphia: Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State….Talented player but a head scratcher as I’m not sure why they signed Bradford and Daniel. Lot of money tied up in QB. Maybe they shock the world and draft Ezekiel Elliott as they were rumored to like him.

3. San Diego: Jalen Ramsey CB Florida State…..Arguably the most talented player in the draft and should excel for the Chargers early and often.

4. Dallas: Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State….Need a cornerstone player and the defensive ends are too risky to draft this high. Elliott can help Dallas control the clock which helps the defense too.

5. Jacksonville: Myles Jack OLB UCLA….some injury risk is a concern but Jags cleared and if healthy should make Jags defense (with Fowler from last year) significantly better.

6. Baltimore: Joey Bosa DE Ohio State….Time for the Ravens to retool the defense and get some playmakers. With the structure in place in Baltimore, Bosa should stay on right path and make immediate impact.

7. San Francisco: Vernon Hargreaves III Florida…No QB worth the pick so might as well get the best pure corner in the draft.

8. Cleveland: Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss….most ready tackle that can start day one and might allow them to move Joe Thomas for even more picks.

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9. Tampa Bay: DeForest Buckner DE Oregon…..more talented then Armstead his teammate last year and brings a Too Tall Jones quality to the defensive line.

10. NY Giants: Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame…..Eli needs time and the offensive line needs help. Nothing like a talented offensive tackle from Notre Dame to help fix that.

11. Chicago: Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville….wrecking ball in the middle of the line for Vic Fangio’s defense.

12. New Orleans: A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama….Saints defense needs to help offense out or every game they need to score 45 points. Robinson will help collapse the pocket and cause QBs to think twice.

13. Miami: Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson….not sure some of the negative scouting I read on him. His injury in the National Title game was the difference in the outcome. Alexander has makings of a special corner.

14. Oakland: Shaq Lawson DE Clemson…Some help for Mack on defense. Lawson is a high character guy that should start day one and help Del Rio build a defense similar to what he left in Denver.

15. Tennessee: Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia…the team will all the picks can add to the offensive line in other rounds and instead get a disruptive force that might have folks starting thinking the Freak is back.

16. Detroit: Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss….Never recovered from the loss of Suh and if focused Robert has the skills to be special.

The other half of round one

17. Atlanta: Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama

18. Indianapolis: William Jackson III Houston

19. Buffalo: Jarran Reed DT Alabama

20. NY Jets: Paxton Lynch QB Memphis

21. Washington: Andrew Billings DT Baylor

22. Houston: Darron Lee OLB Ohio State

23. Minnesota: Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss

24. Cincinnati: Eli Apple CB Ohio State

25. Pittsburgh: Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech

26. Seattle: Taylor Decker OT Ohio State

27. Green Bay: Jack Conklin OT Michigan State

28. Kansas City: Cody Whitehair OG Kansas State

29. Arizona: Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky

30. Carolina: Josh Doctson WR TCU

31. Denver: Connor Cook QB Michigan State

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Written by: Pat Schuster

Dallas Cowboys Final Mock Draft

April 26, 2016
Running right to the Dallas Cowboys.

Well, Christmas is almost here and all the gifts are ready to be unwrapped over the next few days and what happens after the first two picks is anyone’s guess. Here is my educated guess from all my research what I think might happen over draft weekend for the Dallas Cowboys.

Round 1 – Pick 4. Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State.

With the depth much stronger at defensive line then running back the Cowboys need to hit on a cornerstone player for the franchise and Elliott can more than pick up where DeMarco left off. The pick likely will be Ramsey if available but the feeling I get is the Chargers let Eric Weddle walk for a reason. Pairing with McFadden and Morris, the Cowboys now can control the ball and help the defense especially in the first four games when they’ll be with both defensive ends.

Round 2 – Pick 3 Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma State

With the Cowboys in dire straits when it comes to defensive ends for the first four games it’s a blessing that the depth of the draft is on the defensive line. Ogbah is a little stiff at times for some but has shown flashes that get you excited too. He will be relied on heavy for the first quarter of the year and then get to be part of the rotation with the return of Lawrence and Gregory.

Look how happy he is when he heard the Dallas Cowboys selected him.
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Round 3 – Pick 4 Kenny Clark DT UCLA

The Cowboys corners will look a lot better with a strong push upfront and Kenny Clark has ability to get on the field early and often in their scheme. Immediate upgrade over Nick Hayden and if he can simply take those snaps this year the defense is already better for it.

A new member to the Jones family.
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Round 4 – Pick 3 Cyrus Jones CB Alabama

One of my favorite players in the draft and will Claiborne and Carr only signed for 2016, Cyrus can help in sub packages early and make an immediate impact on special teams. Could develop to be the starting corner opposite Scandrick in 2017 at worse will take over as the nickel corner. Cyrus fits the defensive scheme of the Cowboys very nicely.

Round 4 – Pick 37 Jalen Mills S LSU

Tough player who has ability to play both corner and safety and will prove to be invaluable to the Cowboys in the future and with the addition of Mills and Jones the secondary in the future may go from a liability to a strength.

Round 6 – Pick 14 Kevin Hogan QB Stanford

Dallas lost the chance to draft Tony Romo’s eventual replacement but instead with this pick will get one of the more polished game ready quarterbacks coming out. Hogan’s intelligence is off the charts and has the look of a twelve year number two quarterback who with a little bit of time might just develop into a front line starter. The only “flaw” I’ve heard scouts say about him is he throws like Phillip Rivers and who among wouldn’t want a poor man’s version of Phillip Rivers on their team. Hogan is a steal and hopefully he’s playing with a star on his helmet.

Round 6 – Pick 37 Kolby Listenbee WR TCU

When Dez went down it was obvious that the team lacked a real homerun threat that scared people down field. Kolby won’t scare anyone in the slot but will demand attention downfield with his speed. Should compete for final wide receiver spot and if not likely land on practice squad for some seasoning for a year or two.

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Round 6 – Pick 41 Bryce Williams TE East Carolina

With Gavin Escobar out for likely most of 2016, the Cowboys have little behind Witten when it comes to receiving at tight end. Williams is a hybrid tight end/wide receiver and is similar in size and skill set to what Escobar brings to the table. Likely will get stashed away on practice squad but could surprise in camp and push for a final roster spot.

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Round 6 – Pick 42 Spencer Drango OG Baylor

Spencer will be a great steal at this point and battle and likely beat out Joe Looney for the final OL slot. With Ronald Leary likely moving on after this season (if not traded during the draft) Drango should develop to be the number one back up to Collins, Martin and Frederick.

Well there you have it let’s see how close I am with these selections and feel free to shoot me a tweet during the NFL Draft at @ftballdialogue or follow us on Facebook

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2016 NFL Draft Big Board

April 26, 2016
1Jared GoffQBCalifornia6/4215
2Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss6/5310
3Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State6/5237
4Jalen RamseyFSFlorida State6/1209
5Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State6/1225
6Joey BosaDEOhio State6/5269
7DeForest BucknerDEOregon6/7291
8Myles JackOLBUCLA6/1245
9Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame6/6312
10Vernon Hargreaves IIICBFlorida5/10204
11Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss6/2221
12Darron LeeOLBOhio State6/1232
13Shaq LawsonDEClemson6/3269
14Sheldon RankinsDTLouisville6/1299
15Reggie RaglandILBAlabama6/1247
16Eli AppleCBOhio State6/1199
17A'Shawn RobinsonDTAlabama6/4307
18Jack ConklinOTMichigan State6/6308
19Jarran ReedDTAlabama6/3307
20Andrew BillingsDTBaylor6/1311
21William Jackson IIICBHouston6/1189
22Taylor DeckerOTOhio State6/7310
23Corey ColemanWRBaylor5/11194
24Leonard FloydOLBGeorgia6/6244
Vernon Butler
DTLouisiana Tech6/4323
26Ryan KellyCAlabama6/4311
27Mackensie AlexanderCBClemson5/10190
28Will FullerWRNotre Dame6/1186
29Emmanuel OgbahDEOklahoma State6/4273
30Noah SpenceDEEastern Kentucky6/2251
31Josh DoctsonWRTCU6/2202
32Kevin DoddDEClemson6/5277
33Paxton LynchQBMemphis6/7244
34Jason SpriggsOTIndiana6/6301
35Robert NkemdicheDTOle Miss6/3294
36Kenny ClarkDTUCLA6/3314
37Cody WhitehairOGKansas State6/4301
38Derrick HenryRBAlabama6/3247
39Connor CookQBMichigan State6/4217
40Joshua PerryOLBOhio State6/4254
41Jonathan BullardDEFlorida6/3285
42Germain IfediOTTexas A&M6/6324
43Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh6/1197
44Austin JohnsonDTPenn State6/4314
45Michael ThomasWROhio State6/3212
46Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech5/11187
47Vonn BellSSOhio State5/11199
48Vadal AlexanderOGLSU6/5326
49Jaylon SmithOLBNotre Dame6/2223
50Shilique CalhounDEMichigan State6/4251
51Shon ColemanOTAuburn6/5307
52Hunter HenryTEArkansas6/5250
53Jeremy CashSSDuke6/1212
54Kentrell BrothersILBMissouri6/1245
55Adolphus WashingtonDTOhio State6/3301
56Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina5/11203
57Su'a CravensOLBSouthern California6/1226
58Artie BurnsCBMiami (Fla.)6/1193
59Joshua GarnettOGStanford6/4312
60Devontae BookerRBUtah5/11219
61Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech6/5316
62Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech5/10215
63Nick MartinCNotre Dame6/4299
64Xavien HowardCBBaylor6/1201
65Roberto AguayoKFlorida State6/1207
66Sterling ShepardWROklahoma5/10194
67Jalen MillsFSLSU6/1191
68Carl NassibDEPenn State6/7277
69Kamalei CorreaOLBBoise State6/3243
70Braxton MillerWROhio State6/1201
71Christian HackenbergQBPenn State6/4223
72Christian WestermanOGArizona State6/3298
73Austin HooperTEStanford6/4254
74Chris JonesDTMississippi State6/6310
75Alex CollinsRBArkansas5/10217
76Rashard HigginsWRColorado State6/1196
77Charles TapperDEOklahoma6/3271
78Jerald HawkinsOTLSU6/6305
79Cyrus JonesCBAlabama5/10197
80Karl JosephSSWest Virginia5/10205
81Landon TurnerOGNorth Carolina6/4330
82Dominique AlexanderILBOklahoma6/1232
83Jordan HowardRBIndiana6/1230
84Kyler FackrellOLBUtah State6/5245
85Sebastian TretolaOGArkansas6/4314
86Leonte CarrooWRRutgers6/1211
87Will RedmondCBMississippi State5/11182
88John TheusOTGeorgia6/6313
89T.J. GreenFSClemson6/2209
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93Kenny LawlerWRCalifornia6/2203
94Deion JonesOLBLSU6/1222
95Maurice CanadyCBVirginia6/1193
96Darian ThompsonFSBoise State6/2208
97Jordan PaytonWRUCLA6/1207
98Kyle MurphyOTStanford6/6305
99Zack SanchezCBOklahoma5/11185
100Tyler MatakevichILBTemple6/1238
101Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU6/1197
102Maliek CollinsDTNebraska6/2311
103Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama6/1210
104Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6/3220
105Dak PrescottQBMississippi State6/2226
106Connor McGovernOGMissouri6/4306
107Max TuerkCSouthern California6/5298
108Jordan JenkinsOLBGeorgia6/3259
109Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina6/5247
110Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State6/1206
111Bronson KaufusiDEBrigham Young6/6285
112Miles KillebrewSSSouthern Utah6/2217
113Jason FanaikaDEUtah6/2271
114Nick VigilILBUtah State6/2239
115Paul PerkinsRBUCLA5/10208
116Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State6/6304
117D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech5/11193
118Bralon AddisonWROregon5/9197
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121Jonathan JonesCBAuburn5/9186
122Sheldon DayDTNotre Dame6/1293
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128Eric MurrayCBMinnesota5/11199
129Daniel LascoRBCalifornia6/1209
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132Matt JudonDEGrand Valley State6/3275
133Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6/1198
134Scooby Wright IIIILBArizona6/1239
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136Paul McRobertsWRSoutheast Missouri State6/2202
137Keanu NealFSFlorida6/1211
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141Eric StrikerOLBOklahoma5/11227
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153Briean Boddy-CalhounCBMinnesota5/9193
154Tom HackettPUtah5/10198
155Willie BeaversOTWestern Michigan6/5321
156Temarrick HemingwayTESouth Carolina State6/5244
157Austin BlytheCIowa6/2298
158James BradberryCBSamford6/1211
159Ben BrauneckerTEHarvard6/3250
160Morgan BurnsCBKansas State5/10200
161Josh FergusonRBIllinois5/9198
162Thomas DuarteWRUCLA6/2231
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164Kevin HoganQBStanford6/3218
165Tavon YoungCBTemple5/9183
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214Avery YoungOTAuburn6/5328
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224KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame5/11192
225Trae ElstonSSOle Miss5/11195
226Parker EhingerOGCincinnati6/6310
227Antwione WilliamsOLBGeorgia Southern6/3247
228Pearce SlaterOTSan Diego State6/7329
229Kavon FrazierFSCentral Michigan6/1217
230Derek WattFBWisconsin6/2234
231Stephen WeatherlyDEVanderbilt6/4267
232Ian SeauOLBNevada6/2259
233Deiondre' HallCBNorthern Iowa6/2199
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235Tre MaddenRBSouthern California6/1223
236Jack AllenCMichigan State6/1294
237Cody KesslerQBSouthern California6/1220
238Tanner McEvoyTEWisconsin6/6231
239Juston BurrisCBNC State6/1212
240Luther MaddyDTVirginia Tech6/1287
241Clayton FejedelemFSIllinois6/1200
242Curt MaggittOLBTennessee6/3247
243David J. GrinnageTENC State6/5248
244Chris BrownInjuredWRNotre Dame6/2194
245Kyle FriendOGTemple6/1295
246Chris SwainFBNavy6/1247
247D.J. FosterRBArizona State5/10193
248LeShaun SimsCBSouthern Utah6/1203
249Nick RichterOTRichmond6/5304
250Luke RhodesILBWilliam & Mary6/2239
251Montese OvertonOLBEast Carolina6/2223
252Jordan WalshOGIowa6/3290
253Brian PooleCBFlorida5/10213
254Ricardo LouisWRAuburn6/2215
255Quinton JeffersonDTMaryland6/4291
256Lawrence ThomasDEMichigan State6/3286
257Derrick KindredSSTCU5/10207
258Nate SudfeldQBIndiana6/6234
259Caleb BenenochOTUCLA6/5311
260Travis GreeneRBBowling Green5/10192
261Mike HiltonCBOle Miss5/8179
262Alex EricksonWRWisconsin6/1197
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265Josh ForrestILBKentucky6/3249
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268Demarcus AyersWRHouston5/9182
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273Ron ThompsonDESyracuse6/3253
274Trevon StewartFSHouston5/9195
275Darrell GreeneOGSan Diego State6/3321
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284Antonio MorrisonILBFlorida6/1232
285Joe GoreOTClemson6/5300
286T.T. BarberOLBMiddle Tennessee6/1230
287Michael CaputoSSWisconsin6/1205
288Brandon AllenQBArkansas6/1217
289Dean LowryDENorthwestern6/6296
290Doug MiddletonFSAppalachian State6/1209
291Andy JanovichFBNebraska6/1238
292LaQuan McGowanOGBaylor6/6405
293Halapoulivaati VaitaiOTTCU6/6320
294Steve LongaOLBRutgers6/1241
295Delvon SimmonsDTSouthern California6/5295
296Mike JordanCBMissouri Western State6/1200
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298Tevin CarterSSUtah6/1218
299Joel StaveQBWisconsin6/5236
300Sean PriceTESouth Florida6/2249

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NFL Draft Prospect Interview- UConn – NT Julian Campenni

April 21, 2016

This past week, I had the great pleasure to speak with a player, scholar and a gentleman in Julian Campenni, the starting nose tackle this past season for the University of Connecticut. Julian will be one of those players when in training camp that NFL teams just have to find a spot on their roster for him because he gives 110% and is coachable. He’s a “yes sir” kind of guy who brings his lunchbox and hard hat to work and doesn’t stop until the whistle is blown.

FD: What is your official height, weight and max bench?

JC: I am 6-0, 310 pounds and 31 reps.

FD: How much do you think the red-shirt year helped you?

JC: It was very beneficial for me helping me in so many ways to watch the older guys in front of me. I got the chance to sit, watch and learn from a guy like Kendall Reyes (currently with the Washington Redskins) and see the work he put in.

FD: What was your toughest class at the University of Connecticut?

JC: Statistics. I’m OK with numbers but that’s just too much numbers.

FD: If scouts want to see you at your best what film are you giving them?

JC: Houston my senior year and Central Florida and Temple my junior year

FD: What age did you start playing football?

JC: I was seven.

FD: Who was your favorite player growing up?

JC: Loved watching Warren Sapp

FD: Who was the best player you faced?

JC: Teddy Bridgewater

FD: Where was your favorite place to play on the road?

JC: Although I only played their once, Louisville was really cool. It was super loud and they had Teddy Bridgewater so it was a battle.

FD: What are your plans after football is over?

JC: Coach Poindexter has offered me a grad assistant spot so I may take that and then work at getting my masters.

FD: What are your plans during the draft?

JC: I’ll watch it will my family and just wait to see what my future holds.

FD: What the best advice you received as a player?

JC: Master your craft. What the coach meant was not just football but whatever you choose in life.

FD: Who was your role model growing up?

JC: My mother and my uncle. My uncle was like a father figure and a big brother to me. Always there for me whenever I needed him. My mother what can I say about her. She was amazing. She was the best as a single parent she did it all and just inspires me.

FD: Are you on twitter and if what’s your name?

JC:   @IMA_Beast_90

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NFL Draft Prospect Interview – Lock Haven University – CB Tyrai Anderson

April 19, 2016

FD: What is your official height, weight, forty and max bench?

TA: 6ft /183lbs/4.50 recorded at temples pro day/ bench press 225 for 12reps.

FD: Coming from a high school that produced LeSean McCoy and Ricky Watters, I have to ask did you play any football at that legendary school.

TA: I actually played all of my football at the original Bishop McDevitt there is a lot of great history and great players to come out of the school and I am very much honored to have played my football there. I got the opportunity to play with LeSean he's a good guy and a great athlete also I got the chance to meet Ricky he had some good words to share with my team my senior year. It's just always great to be able to hear from guys who have seen success at every level.

FD: What was the most challenging class during your time at Lock Haven University?

TA: My most challenging class at Lock Haven I would haft to say was Ballet it was a totally different type of class my teacher Jayme Host was very helpful she made me feel comfortable trying new things. At the conclusion of the course we had to perform a dance routine in front of the entire school that was the scariest part I was used to playing in front of large crowds but not in tights and dancing on my toes.

FD: Is there any meaning behind the number 8 you wore in college?

TA: Coming in to lock haven I had the option to wear a few different numbers it came down to 9 which was my high school number or 8 so I decided to take a fresh start and new identity so I went with number 8 I love the number. Actually me and Noah Spence would Joke because he took 9 after me and when he went to Ohio state he wore 8, it's just something that we share in common and we thought was funny.

FD: What are your thoughts on playing special teams?

TA: I defiantly take pride in special teams I played them all four years at Lock Haven all while being a four year starter. I know that coming from a small school NFL teams will see me as a developmental player with the ability to be able to come in and make an impact on special teams and honestly that's my goal to take a year and grow and learn while getting my feet wet on special teams until it's my turn to show I can compete on defense in the secondary.

FD: Who was the best play you faced during your college career?

TA: I would say the best player I faced would haft to be Jon Schnaars WR out of ESU I say this because he has a unique ability to use his body and find creases in the defense to get open. I enjoyed playing against him he's a good competitor.

FD: What other sports did you play growing up?

TA: I played baseball basketball and I also ran track. I was a state and district champion in track and field we won the first and only state championship at Bishop McDevitt in 2010. It was a great experience and it helped me with football I learned how to become a more controlled runner even on my film you can see how relaxed I am and fluent my strides are a lot of it comes from track.

FD: Playing in a sense in the shadow of State College and Penn State, would you have ever wanted a shot at playing Penn State during your career?

TA: Yea I got the chance to play in two division one games in college but it would always be great to be able to play against Penn State on a big stage. But the thing is after being able to play against Division 1 WRs and players I learned that the stage is just bigger grant it there are a lot of great players who play division one like Braxton Miller and Noah guys like that you don't find everywhere but there are some great players who can play at a very high level who get stuck playing division 2 or 3 because they haven't been giving the chance to play division 1. My motto "line up" I'm confident I can play with any WR on any level.

FD: Who was your role model growing up?

TA: My Role model growing up was my father seeing how hard he worked always motivated I remember waking up at 3am just to go to work with my dad and put in the work on a daily basis with him. Probably one of the reasons why I'm so dedicated is because of those experiences till this day my dad is the same way pushing me and motivating me to be better in his own way. I appreciate him for that!

FD: What player do you try to model your game after?

TA: I watch a lot of Richard Sherman he is a great player he's not the most athletic but he is meticulous in the film room because he knows if you understand what the opposing team is doing you can anticipate and as a result of this you can make more plays being able to create the picture that you know the quarterback wants you see will cause you to be a playmaker and as you can see in Richards case he's a prow bowler and super bowl champ. If you’re not looking up to guys like that then you’re really can't respect the position.

FD: At what age did you start playing tackle football?

TA: I started playing around 6 my mom signed me up for the Harrisburg Packers and I quit but my cousin Brian refused to let me so he came over made me put my pads on and he tackled me so hard at the age of 6 me being able to take that hit from him made me realize I was tough enough so I went back out for the team and the rest is history.

FD: At what age will you let you sons start playing sports and will you let them play football?

TA: Kameron is actually starting to go through the athletic motions with my trainer Dave Brixius he's starting to learn lateral moments and explosive movements just by observing. He will be 6 soon so I am looking at putting him into a league and I'm pretty sure my youngest son Karson will follow in his steps. I'm excited they both have potential to be very great athletes.

FD: What is your best memory of your days at Lock Haven?

TA: My best memory would be 2013 when the students rushed the field and they broke down the goal post after we defeated Cheyenne to break the losing streak. Ever since then lock haven has been making great strides I'm confident Coach Taynor was the perfect piece to help the university get to a PSAC championship those guys work hard day in and day out .

FD: If the NFL asked for a game film of you at your best which film are you giving them?

TA: I'm going to show them any film from 2015 season I was the most least targeted player on our team I still managed to in 5games before I broke my arm intercept 2 passes 30tackles 7 balls defended and a blocked punt. The games in no order would be ESU/ IUP and Clarion I believe those games show that I have all the skills to be successful at the next level.

FD: Can we follow you on twitter if so what's your twitter address?

TA: Yes for sure @tyraianderson8

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Interview with NFL Draft Prospect Davonte Allen

April 18, 2016
Sharing another interview of upcoming draft prospect from our friends at Interviews and Blogs
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Examining the Packers schedule

April 15, 2016

Well, it is the dead time between the first few waves of free agency and the NFL Draft. There is not a whole lot to talk about going on for a bit. However, the schedule did officially come out yesterday. I thought it was a bit bizarre.

First off, I was a bit surprised Green Bay is not playing a home game to start. That is obviously not bizarre, but I thought Green Bay would get one of the marquee games of opening weekend. Maybe Seattle. Maybe Dallas. Nope, try at Jacksonville. The Jaguars will come in with a solid passing game, led by quarterback Blake Bortles and wide receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. However, Jacksonville has not been good in a long time and Green Bay should win going away.

I did, predict game two, though. For some reason, leagues like to delay the official home opener and play on the road for a week before officially opening a new stadium. That is what will happen this year as Green Bay will be the first team to play in the regular season at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Green Bay lost at Lambeau Field in week 17 last year to give the Vikings their first NFC North crown since 2009. This is the first time Green Bay has played two consecutive road games to start a season since 1924.

In an oddity, after that, Green Bay will not play another road game until playing Atlanta 42 days later. In that time period, the Packers will play four consecutive road games and a bye mixed in.

As of right now, the Packers have five nationally televised contests. Green Bay will play three Sunday Night Football games, at home against the New York Giants and road games against Washington and Minnesota as well as a Monday Night Football game at Philadelphia and Thursday Night Football at home against Chicago.

J.J. Watt makes his return to the state of Wisconsin Dec. 4 when Houston plays at Green Bay. This is the first time Watt will play at Lambeau Field as a member of the Texans. 

The final four games will define the Packers season. First off, Green Bay plays its nemesis, the Seattle Seahawks, at Lambeau Field Dec. 11. That game could have serious playoff implications.

Then, Green Bay ends the season with three straight games against its division, starting with a trip to Soldier Field in Chicago. It is the first time since 2006 that the Packers end the season with the three division opponents. The Christmas Eve date with Minnesota at Lambeau Field is the first game the Packers will play on Christmas Eve since the NFC North clinching victory in 2004 against the Vikings at the Metrodome. This will be the second time in three years that the Packers will play Detroit to end the year. In 2014, Green Bay won 30-20 at Lambeau Field to clinch the NFC North and a first round bye.

Obviously a lot can change, but it looks like a very favorable schedule for the Packers. I think Green Bay has a chance at the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the first time since 2011.


Sun., Aug. 7, vs. Indianapolis Colts (NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio), 7 p.m., ESPN

Fri. Aug. 12, vs. Cleveland Browns (Gold Pkg., Midwest Shrine Game), 7 p.m., Packers TV Network

Thu., Aug. 18, vs. Oakland Raiders (Bishop's Charities Game), 7 p.m., Packers TV Network

Fri. Aug. 26, at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m., Packers TV Network

Thu. Sept. 1, at Kansas City Chiefs, 7 p.m., Packers TV Network


Sun., Sept. 11, at Jacksonville Jaguars, 12 p.m., FOX

Sun., Sept. 18, at Minnesota Vikings, 7:30 p.m., NBC

Sun., Sept. 25, vs. DETROIT LIONS, 12 p.m., FOX

Sun., Oct. 2, BYE

Sun., Oct. 9, vs. NEW YORK GIANTS (Gold Pkg.), *7:30 p.m., NBC

Sun., Oct. 16, vs. DALLAS COWBOYS, *3:25 p.m., FOX

Thu., Oct. 20, vs. CHICAGO BEARS, 7:25 p.m., CBS/NFLN/Twitter

Sun., Oct. 30, at Atlanta Falcons, *12 p.m., FOX

Sun., Nov. 6, vs. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, *3:25 P.M., CBS

Sun., Nov. 13, at Tennessee Titans, *12 p.m., FOX

Sun., Nov. 20, at Washington Redskins, *7:30 p.m., NBC

Mon., Nov. 28, at Philadelphia Eagles, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Sun., Dec. 4, vs. HOUSTON TEXANS, *12 p.m., CBS

Sun., Dec. 11, vs. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, *3:25 p.m., FOX

Sun., Dec. 18, at Chicago Bears, *12 p.m., FOX

Sat., Dec. 24, vs. MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 12 p.m., FOX

Sun, Jan. 1, at Detroit Lions, *12 p.m., FOX

All times Central

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Mock 2.0 (The aftermath of the Rams trade)

April 14, 2016

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Well, Armageddon has finally hit and we now have things back to normal (i.e. a quarterback goes with the first pick) and now have new intrigue with what happens to teams in need of a quarterback like San Francisco, Cleveland, and Denver and to some degree the Cowboys and Eagles.

1. Los Angeles - from Tennessee (7-9) Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State..from North Dakota to LA.  How fast he adjust will determine how 2016 goes.

2. Cleveland (3-13) Jared Goff QB California...Should be a day one starter.

3. San Diego (4-12) Jalen Ramsey DB Florida St...The reason Eric Weddle was allowed to walk.   Future Pro Bowler.

4. Dallas (4-12) Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss...This move will give the Dallas Cowboys best O line ever.

5. Jacksonville (5-11) Myles Jack OLB UCLA...best prospect if healthy.

6. Baltimore (5-11) Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame...Flacco health matters most

7. San Francisco (5-11) Paxton Lynch QB Memphis...Chip gets his man.

8. Philadelphia - from Miami (6-10) Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State...The new RB in Philly

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9. Tampa Bay (6-10) Joey Bosa DE Ohio State...Plug and play.  Bosa will start day 1.

10. New York Giants (6-10) Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss.....Teams with Odell to give them a strong young duo

11. Chicago (6-10) DeForest Buckner DE Oregon...Perfect for the Vic Fangio defense,

12. New Orleans (7-9) Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida....Stud, shut down corner.  

13. Miami - from Philadelphia (7-9) Jack Conklin OT Michigan State.  Rebuilding of offensive line continues.

14. Oakland (7-9) Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama...Ideal mike linebacker for system and instant starter

15. Tennessee (3-13) Taylor Decker OT Ohio State...Still get their lead tackle for the offense.

16. Detroit (7-9) Corey Coleman WR Baylor...helps soften the loss of Calvin Johnson

17. Atlanta (8-8) Darron Lee OLB Ohio State.Upgrade of linebacking core is needed.

18. Indianapolis (8-8) Shaq Lawson DE Clemson...Defense, defense and defense is needed.

19. Buffalo (8-8) Eli Apple CB Ohio State...Could move into the second slot if not fills a hole in the secondary.

20. New York Jets (10-6) Connor Cook QB Michigan State....Enough Fitz we got our guy.

21. Washington* (9-7) Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville....helps replace Knighton

22. Houston* (9-7) Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss.   Rolls the dice on a top 10 talent with some weird off-field behavior.

23. Minnesota* (11-5) Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson...Some question speed but was difference maker on defense.

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24. Cincinnati* (12-4) Josh Doctson WR TCU...Soften the losses at wide receiver this off-season.

25. Pittsburgh* (10-6) A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama...big boy in the middle.  Perfect marriage.

26. Seattle* (10-6) Cody Whitehair OG Kansas State...O-line improvement is needed to go further in playoffs.

27. Green Bay* (10-6) Jarran Reed DT Alabama...BJ's replacement.

28. Kansas City* (11-5) Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky...Role the dice on a dangerous player who has to keep his nose clean.

29. New England* (12-4) -- Pick Forfeited for Deflategate

30. Arizona* (13-3) Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia..Need for pass rush was obvious.  Floyd with Jones gives them much needed shot in the arm.

31. Carolina* (15-1) Jason Spriggs OT Indiana..watch the Super Bowl and this pick is answered.

32. Denver* (12-4) Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma State..replenish the losses on defensive line.

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