After a groundbreaking trade between the Rams and Titans where Los Angeles moved up to the number 1 pick, everyone’s mock draft’s shifted dramatically. This probably isn’t how the draft will play out, but it should give casual fans a solid idea of where the top prospects could land.
1.Los Angeles-Jared Goff,QB,California
The Rams gave up a king's ransom to move up 14 spots with Tennessee, so they better get this right. Goff is the only QB in this class that I would consider drafting in round 1. His pocket presence, mobility, and accuracy are NFL caliber. His arm strength is average, but he overcomes that with a fantastic football IQ. He could be the perfect QB to lead Los Angeles’ young roster.
2.Philadelphia-Carson Wentz,QB,North Dakota State
I think Wentz is the QB that Jeff Fisher and Les Snead will fall in love with. Wentz is an athletic QB with a large frame and a big arm. His football IQ and work ethic are fantastic. He likely needs a redshirt year in order to become a productive QB, but unlike most rookie QB’s, he could actually get in Philadelphia.
3.San Diego-Laremy Tunsil,OT,Mississippi
In my opinion, Tunsil is the best left tackle prospect since Joe Thomas in 2006. His mobility, strength and nastiness will make him an elite tackle in a league with a dearth of quality tackles. San Diego has invested heavily in the offensive line recently, but Tunsil is too good to pass up at 3.
4.Dallas-Jalen Ramsey,DB,Florida State
Ramsey is the best prospect in this class and a game-changing talent for any defense. Whatever position you believe Ramsey belongs at, there is no doubting his talent, athleticism, and physicality. Ramsey and last year’s first round pick Byron Jones team up to create one of the most athletic secondary tandems in NFL history.
Jack's season was cut short with a torn ACL, but he was PFF’s top rated linebacker in coverage and the most dynamic linebacker in this class. His medical recheck caused some concerns, but he’s too rare of a talent to pass up.
6.Baltimore-Joey Bosa,DE,Ohio State
Bosa has drawn some comparisons to JJ Watt and while they are not exactly accurate, they’re warranted. Bosa is the one of the draft’s better run defenders with some upside as a pass rusher. Baltimore gets a much needed boost to their struggling defense.
7.San Francisco-Paxton Lynch,QB,Memphis
Chip Kelly’s overblown ego will probably tell him that he can fix Colin Kaepernick, but Kaepernick is already beyond repair. Because he can’t, Kelly will compensate by over drafting a QB this year. Lynch is 6’7 with a cannon for an arm and the most potential of any QB in this class. He needs some developing, but his potential and fantastic fit in Chip Kelly’s scheme boost him all the way into the top 10.
8.Cleveland-Ezekiel Elliott,RB,Ohio State
Elliott is a dynamic running back with great vision, burst, and acceleration. Despite drafting Duke Johnson last year, Elliott is a game changer. He can help Cleveland in the short term as they continue their ongoing quest for a franchise quarterback.
9.Tampa Bay-DeForest Buckner,DT,Oregon
Buckner is a massive defensive lineman at 6’7, 287 pounds. He uses his hands well to disengage from opposing offensive tackles, despite his enormous frame. Buckner is a better prospect than fellow Duck Arik Armstead, who went 17th last year. Tampa Bay has a need on the defensive line, and Buckner is the best DL available.
10.NY Giants-Ronnie Stanley,OT,Notre Dame
Stanley’s work ethic and power are questionable, but his pass blocking skills are elite. His mobility and technique are rare for a left tackle prospect. He and Ereck Flowers can be a fantastic tackle tandem for years to come.
If Shaq Lawson falls out of the top 10, Ryan Pace and Jon Fox should pounce on the talented Clemson Tiger, despite the addition of Akiem Hicks in free agency. Lawson was an absolute monster on Clemson’s dominant defense that carried the Tigers all the way to the CFB playoff. He is a fantastic athlete with high character and video game numbers. His combine was outstanding, as his 4.70 40 yard dash, 1.64 10 yard split and 10-foot broad jump show off his speed and explosion. Lawson’s 12.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss were 3rd in the nation. Lawson can play as an outside linebacker opposite Pernell McPhee or as a defensive end.He would be a great fit in Chicago’s up and coming defense.
12.New Orleans-Sheldon Rankins,DT,Louisville
New Orleans defense was horrid last season. Rankins shouldn’t slide out of the top 10, but concerns about his size slide him down the board. He has the potential to be the best interior pass rusher in this year's class, as his explosiveness and athleticism make him a rare talent.
13.Miami-Vernon Hargreaves III,CB,Florida
I wouldn’t take Hargreaves III in round one, but he looked very fluid in position drills at the combine. His size may concern teams, but Miami needs a CB opposite Byron Maxwell after releasing longtime franchise mainstay Brett Grimes.
14.Oakland-William Jackson III,CB,Houston
Jackson III has been a late riser during the draft process. His length, speed, and ball skills are fantastic. Jackson led the nation with 23 passes defended last season. He can add a new element to Oakland’s defense after the loss of future hall of famer Charles Woodson.
15.Tennessee-Jack Conklin,OT,Michigan State
Tennessee was rumored to have loved Laremy Tunsil, but since they moved down, they take the best offensive tackle available. Conklin is nasty, technically sound tackle who won’t wow you in any way, but he gets the job done. He can slide right in at RT opposite Taylor Lewan.
Dodd inserted himself into the 1st round conversation with a stellar 2015 season. A lot of draftniks believe he’s a better prospect than Shaq Lawson. His power, tenacity and athleticism can be a fantastic complement to Ziggy Ansah on the defensive line.
Floyd has length and athleticism give him potential as a pass rusher, but his best fit in the NFL might be inside. He can add some much needed speed to Atlanta’s defense.
If Indianapolis wants to protect franchise savior Andrew Luck, they need to add talent on the offensive line. Kelly is one of the most athletic centers in this class. His pass blocking prowess and run blocking capability make him a day 1 starter in Indianapolis.
19.Buffalo-Darron Lee,OLB,Ohio State
Lee dominated the combine, as his 4.47 40 yard dash, 35.5 inch vertical, 11-foot broad jump and 4.20 short shuttle was the best among linebackers at the NFL combine. Rex Ryan never passes up the opportunity to add a playmaker to his defense, and Lee is one of the better linebackers in this class.
20.NY Jets-Germain Ifedi,OT,Texas A&M
Ifedi is a big, mauling offensive tackle with a unique frame at 6’6, 324 pounds. His technique is poor, but his potential is enormous. The Jets have very few needs, but they could use a developmental tackle to eventually replace Ryan Clady.
Neal is a perfect Scot McGloughlan prospect. His size, toughness, explosiveness and desire to annihilate any ball carrier in his path make him a unique prospect. He could go a lot earlier than most people expect.
Doctson is my WR 1, and recent reports say that he could be the first WR off the board. His ability to high point the football is unparalleled among wideouts in this class. He has the size, speed, hands, and route-running ability to adequately complement DeAndre Hopkins in Houston.
23.Minnesota-Will Fuller,WR,Notre Dame
After losing Mike Wallace, Teddy Bridgewater could use a deep threat to pair with Stefon Diggs. Fuller is very one-dimensional, but he’s awfully good at his one dimension. Fuller drops a lot of questionable balls, but he has elite speed and route running ability.
Treadwell tested terribly in Indianapolis, dropping his stock into the late first round. Similar to Alshon Jeffery and Dez Bryant, Treadwell lacks elite speed, but he beats corners with explosiveness, power, and footwork. He can make an instant impact alongside AJ Green in Cincinnati.
After Steve McLendon left in free agency, Pittsburgh could use a dominant nose tackle. Billing is extremely raw, but his power and athleticism give him loads of potential.
26.Seattle-Vernon Butler,DT,Louisiana Tech
Despite Seattle’s porous offensive line, they have always gone against the grain in the 1st round. Butler is a big, physical tackle who is a bit raw but combines strength, toughness and athleticism. He could step in tomorrow and start at 1 technique for the Seahawks.
27.Green Bay-Jarran Reed,DT,Alabama
What Green Bay really needs is an offensive rebirth, but they “settle” for Jarran Reed. Reed is an immovable object at the line of scrimmage who is stout against the run. He is a perfect fit for Green Bay’s odd defensive front.
28.Kansas City-Eli Apple,CB,Ohio State
Apple is very raw, but he displays necessary length and athleticism to be an elite corner in the NFL. After losing Sean Smith in free agency, Kansas City grabs another talented corner to put alongside rookie stud Marcus Peters.
29.Arizona-Karl Joseph,S,West Virginia
Arizona’s defense clearly took a step back after the loss of Tyrann Mathieu to a torn ACL. So, Bruce Arians gets a Mathieu clone in WVU’s Joseph. Joseph is a dynamo, destroying everyone in his path. He’s coming off a torn ACL, but he should be back in time for training camp.
Henry is built like a greek god at 6’3, 240 pounds. His championship pedigree and mature attitude, as well as his elite ability, will be enticing to a Panthers team fresh off being blown out in Super Bowl 50.
Spriggs is a converted tight end who is already excellent in pass protection. LT Russell Okung injury prone, but his acquisition gives the uber-athletic Spriggs the unique opportunity to hone his skills on the bench for the Super Bowl champs as he develops into a premier NFL left tackle.
*New England’s first round pick was forfeited due to the Deflategate scandal.
Notable omissions: DT Chris Jones, OT Taylor Decker, WR Corey Coleman, DT A’Shawn Robinson, OG Cody Whitehair