1. Tennessee Titans - Laremy Tunsil OT, Ole' Miss.
Team needs: OG/OC/ILB/NT/S
2016 free agents: Sammie Lee Hill, Al Woods, Zach Brown, Byron Bell
A popular mock draft pick for the Titans if they stay with the first overall pick is Laremy Tunsil who many, myself included, believe is the best prospect in this draft class. It would allow Tennessee to move 2014 11th overall pick Taylor Lewan to the right side, and move 2015 3rd round pick Jeremiah Poutasi permanently to left guard.
New Titans GM Jon Robinson has basically stated that the first overall pick is on the trading block. Without a need for a LT or a QB Tennessee will most likely auction off that pick to the highest bidder. After trading back the Titans will likely be looking at the best available CB's, and are rumored to really like Jalen Ramsey. Lesser needs would include a replacement for Zach Brown and an upgrade over free agent Sammie Lee Hill at NT.
Laremy Tunsil is one of the best offensive tackle prospects to come along in a while, drawing comparisons to Ravens HOF'er Jonathan Ogden because of the combination of his size and power mixed with his speed and agility. Tunsil could be a cornerstone LT for the next decade+.
2. Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz QB, North Dakota State
2016 free agents:Tashaun Gipson, Mitchell Schwartz,Travis Benjamin
It's a forgone conclusion that the Browns will take a QB here, and rumor has it that they very much prefer Carson Wentz to Jared Goff.
Carson Wentz has a big frame at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds with good athleticism and mobility both within the pocket or on the run, and has solid arm strength to make all the NFL throws. As with most QB's who come from the college ranks, especially those who play in the bowl subdivision, Wentz needs to do a better job of reading defenses. Specifically in his case, Wentz needs to have a better internal clock and learn to throw the ball away when the play is over, as evidenced by his 10 career fumbles lost.
3. San Diego Chargers: DeForest Buckner DE/DT, Oregon
2016 free agents:Eric Weddle, Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd, Joe Barksdale, Kendell Reyes
The top player on San Diego's draft board will likely be Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil could replace free agent Joe Barksdale at RT, and move over to LT when King Dunlap's contract is up. Unfortunately he's not available. Elsewhere the Chargers could take Jalen Ramsey to replace Eric Weddle, but their biggest need is to upgrade an anemic pass-rush from their defensive line.
DeForest Buckner is better than his former teammate and 49ers 2015 1st round pick Arik Armstead and has been compared to Arizona DE Calais Campbell, widely regarded as one of the best 3-4 DE's in the NFL.
4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa DE/DT, Ohio State
2016 free agents:Greg Hardy, Rolando McClain, Jeremy Mincey, Ron Leary
The Cowboys, whose staff coached at the Senior Bowl, is just one of the teams that have become enamored with Carson Wentz. They need a long-term option to backup the ever-brittle 36 year old Tony Romo, although it's likely that they will go after RG3 or Johnny Manziel once he is released.
Dallas will likely use this pick on defense. They need help practically everywhere. They would've taken Ryan Shazier in 2014 had the Steelers not selected him one pick before they were on the clock, and still find themselves in the market for a play-making, athletic rover with the speed to cover sideline-to-sideline, especially given Rolando McClain's free agency and Sean Lee's numerous injury issues, and will certainly have Myles Jack high on their draft board. Many consider Joey Bosa as the highest rated pass-rusher in this draft class, and with Greg Hardy's pending free agency Bosa could be in play for Dallas, especially given Randy Gregory's four game suspension.
Joey Bosa has the size and power to play 5-technique, the speed and agility to play 3-4 OLB, and enough combination off everything to slide into the 3-tech on obvious passing downs. Bosa is practically a pass-rushing Swiss Army knife that could be used in any defensive scheme.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack LB, UCLA
Team needs: OT/DT/DE/OC/CB
2016 free agents: Marcedes Lewis, Stefen Wisniewski, Brian Anger, Andre Branch, Chad Henne
The Jags have one of, if not the, worst secondaries in the NFL. Someone like Jalen Ramsey will appeal to HC Gus Bradley because of his elite size and athleticism, but rumors are that the Jags would prefer to upgrade the pass-rush, but with Joey Bosa and DeForest Buckner already off of the board they'll have to upgrade their pass-rush from the LB position.
Myles Jack can blitz the edge with speed and he can cover sideline-to-sideline similar in the mold of Ryan Shazier. Unlike Jaylon Smith, Myles Jack's knee injury occurred early enough in the season that Jack is expected to be a full participant in training camp. Jack is one of the top five players in this draft class when healthy and his coverage skills are on par with the likes of Tampa Bay's Lavonte David.
6. Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Ramsey CB/S, Florida State
Team needs: WR/OLB/S/RB
2016 free agents: Courtney Upshaw, Kelechi Osemele, Justin Tucker
The Ravens have several age, injury, and depth issues to address, and as usual will likely take the best player available instead of reaching for a need. Rumor has it that Jalen Ramsey is on top of their draft board, but the Ravens will likely consider Ronnie Stanley to replace an injury-plagued Eugene Monroe or, if available, DeForest Buckner to replace Chris Canty.
There are rumors that NFL teams are split on their opinions of Jalen Ramsey, but everyone agrees that he's an elite prospect, especially after a strong combine. Part of problem is whether or not his permanent position is at cornerback or safety. As a CB Ramsey excels in tight man coverage but has issues playing off-man or zone, and would work best as a boundary CB in a press heavy scheme similar to the way that the Seahawks use Richard Sherman. As a safety he could be a ballhawking center-fielder, and while he is considered an elite prospect at safety he's not on-par with the likes of an Earl Thomas. The Raven will likely use him at CB to replace an injury-plagued Lardarius Webb who may be a cap casualty.
7. San Fransisco 49ers: Laquon Treadwell WR, Ole' Miss.
2016 free agents:Anquan Boldin, Alex Boone, Ian Williams, Phil Dawson
The hiring of Chip Kelly as head coach may have spared, or simply delayed the inevitable, Colin Kaepernick from meeting the chopping block this offseason. He's actually a good fit for Kelly's offense and Kelly's hubris will likely come into play, believing that he can revive Kaepernick's career. Of course Kelly could very well be the trading partner for the Titans to acquire his QB, or could simply take Jared Goff here.
Laquon Treadwell is rumored to run a 4.65 40 a which would make him more Alshon Jeffery than Mike Evans, so he skipped running the 40 at the combine and instead will wait until his pro day in which he hopes to run in the 4.5's. Treadwell came back nicely from a nasty leg injury suffered during his sophomore season. He provides a big target with a huge catch radius but a lack of separation speed could see him tumble out of the first round if that projected 40 time is in the 4.6's. Here he would provide a replacement for 35 year old free agent Anquan Boldin.
8. Miami Dolphins: Vernon Hargreaves CB, Florida
Team needs: DE/RB/LB/CB/SS
2016 free agents:Louis Delmas, Lamar Miller, Rishard Matthews, Kelvin Sheppard
Miami's pick should come down to DE or CB, unless Myles Jack is available, which could be swayed by whether or not they keep a 33 year old Cameron Wake who will be returning from a torn Achilles. The Dolphins have to have more at CB besides a soon-to-be 33 year old Brent Grimes. There's an outside chance that the Dolphins could take Ezekiel Elliot if they fail to re-sign or replace Lamar Miller in free agency.
Vernon Hargreaves is an elite cover CB, with smooth acceleration and blanket coverage skills. While he's only 5-foot-11, and not the 6-foot and above type that is all the rage in today's NFL, he's still an elite prospect despite falling off at the tail end of last season.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaq Lawson DE, Clemson
Team needs: DE/DT/CB/OT/RB/S
2016 free agents:Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey, Mike Jenkins, Chris Conte
As with the Dolphins, the Bucs will likely be looking at the available CB's and DE's, and the Bucs would probably give a lot of consideration to Ronnie Stanley. The only dependable pass-rusher on Tampa's roster is Gerald McCoy, and Alterraun Verner has been a massive free agent bust.
Clemson's Shaq Lawson is a physical freak. He uses his excellent size and speed to rush the passer and hold the edge against the run. He got the better of fellow first round pick Ronnie Stanley when Clemson played Notre Dame. Lawson is also still considered extremely raw in terms of technique and will be a bit of a wildcard come draft night, and his stock will be all over the map.
10. New York Giants: Ronnie Stanley OT, Notre Dame
2016 free agents:Prince Amukamara, Jason Pierre-Paul, Robert Ayers, Cullen Jenkins, Hakeem Nicks
The Giants finished the season with the worst pass defense in the NFL. For the most part it's a failure in all three levels of the defense, but the Giants trademark for so long was it's dominating, fierce defensive line. That's no longer the case. An athletic freak at DE like Emmanuel Ogbah or Shaq Lawson would make sense.
Ronnie Stanley is a steal here and will likely be too valuable for the Giants to pass up, despite their glaring needs on the defense. He has elite athleticism to mirror defenders with ease and an ideal frame at 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds. Stanley would provide a massive upgrade at RT over recently released William Beatty, or they could keep him on the left side and put 2015 first round pick Erik Flowers at RT.
11. Chicago Bears: Noah Spence DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky
2016 free agents: Matt Forte, Will Montgomery, Jarvis Jenkins, Ryan Mundy
Chicago will likely continue to rebuild the defense unless an elite OT prospect slips. They need upgrades at both inside linebacker spots as well as another outside linebacker to pair with Pernell McPhee. If Ronnie Stanley isn't available I'd imagine that HC John Fox would be willing to gamble on Noah Spence.
Noah Spence was exiled from the Big10 for multiple failed drugs tests and landed at Eastern Kentucky where, after an arrest for public drunkenness, he is said to have been a model citizen. While there he continued to develop his pass-rushing prowess and is now considered one of the top pass-rushers in this draft class, showing impressive first-step explosiveness and power while at the Senior Bowl. If teams are at ease with his off-the-field past Spence could come off of the board even earlier than this. A mediocre combine coupled with rumors of poor interviews could send Spence tumbling down draft boards and into the back half of the first round, although his pro day went much better.
12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins DT, Louisville
2016 free agents:Ben Watson, Kevin Williams, Kai Forbath, Chris Owens, Rafael Bush
The Saints had major issues in the secondary but will get Jairus Byrd, Keenan Lewis, Delvin Breaux, and 2015 third-round rookie P.J. Williams back from injury. They need another DE to pair with Cameron Jordan and a replacement for free agent Kevin Williams, who will be 36 years old before the start of the 2016 season.
Sheldon Rankins flew largely under the radar until the Senior Bowl where, before having to leave early because of a minor knee injury, he was being compared to Aaron Donald. He continued his ascent at the combine, looking incredibly smooth in the drills, especially the 3-cone agility test. He's become the top-rated 3-tech in this draft class.
13. Philadelphia Eagles: Jared Goff QB, Cal
Team needs: QB/OT/OG/DE/S
2016 free agents: Cedric Thornton, Walter Thurmond, Nolan Carroll
Philly recently re-signed Sam Bradford to a 2-year, $36 million dollar deal so it may seem unlikely that they would spend a first round pick on a QB, but that was a desperation, back-against-the-wall move and shouldn't stop them from investing in the position for the long-term, especially with Jared Goff available.
Despite being a little undersized, Jared Goff can make every NFL throw. He has accuracy, pocket awareness, and the ability to read defenses. Because of the spread offense at Cal, Goff will likely still need time to adjust to the pro level but he is more NFL ready than Paxon Lynch and Carson Wentz, as he showed at the combine.
14. Oakland Raiders: Mackenzie Alexander CB, Clemson
2016 free agents:Donald Penn, Justin Tuck, Charles Woodson(retirement), Aldon Smith, Khalif Barnes
The Raiders are finally starting to show signs of life after what seems like forever in the NFL basement, but they still need a lot of help moving forward. Perhaps the biggest need will be at LT, where not only Donald Penn but also Khalif Barnes is a free agent as well. They could use replacements for Aldon Smith and Justin Tuck at DE, but did spend a 2015 second round pick on Mario Edwards jr. The Raiders could take a CB to upgrade a woeful secondary.
Because Mackenzie Alexander is only a redshirt sophomore he will likely experience serious growing pains as he adjusts to the NFL, but three seasons from now he could very well be regarded as not only the best CB from this draft class but one of the best CB's in the NFL. His man-coverage skills are elite, but with absolutely zero experience with zone coverage Alexander will likely be relegated to slot CB during his rookie season.
15. Los Angeles Rams: Paxton Lynch QB, Memphis
2016 free agents: Brian Quick, Nick Fairley, Janoris Jenkins, Mark Barron
In 2012 the St. Louis Rams accepted a King's Ransom from the Washington Redskins for the right to move up and draft Robert Griffin III, now will the new Los Angeles Rams give one up for the right to select Carson Wentz or Jared Goff? Moving into a new stadium and in a new city, the Rams will need to make a splash to draw interest from a fickle L.A. fan base. With one of, if not the, best defensive lines in the NFL and a potent running game, a franchise QB may be all that stands between the Rams becoming legitimate contenders in the NFL.
Paxton Lynch's season did not finish as expected and as such he has lost ground to Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. He has all the tools necessary to succeed at the pro level but is still incredibly raw, and at this stage he compares to Blake Bortles when Bortles was coming out of UCF.
16. Detroit Lions: Vernon Butler DT, Louisiana Tech
Team needs: DT/DE/OT/S/OC/CB
2016 free agents: Haloti Ngata, Jason Jones, Manuel Ramirez, James Ihedigbo, Josh Wilson
Without a doubt the Lions have to do more to protect Matthew Stafford. After having invested early picks on Riley Reiff, Larry Warford, and Laken Tomlinson, the Lions need another OT regardless of whether or not they move Reiff to a more natural position of RT. After losing Ndamukong Suh in free agency the Lions have to replenish their pass-rush at DT, regardless of whether or not they re-sign Haloti Ngata, as well as finding a long-term starter opposite of Ziggy Ansah. Of course after Calvin Johnson's retirement, the Lions will need to find his replacement somewhere.
The Lions are rumored to love Vernon Butler. With a powerful 6-foot-3, 315 pounds frame and the quick-twitch athleticism of a much smaller 3-technique DT, Butler is scheme versatile and after putting on a clinic at the Senior Bowl has firmly secured his place in the first round.
17. Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee OLB, Ohio State
2016 free agents:Chris Chester, Kroy Biermann, Jake Long,Tony Moeaki, Phillip Wheeler
It's likely that the Falcons will use this pick to continue to rebuild their awful defense, but unfortunately there isn't a safety worthy of this pick. They could also use a rusher opposite of Vic Beasley, but will likely take advantage of a very good crop of linebackers. Atlanta could take a WR here, and they are rumored to love Will Fuller, as a replacement for Roddy White.
Darron Lee was one of the clear combine winners. He was able to add weight to his frame and checked in at 6-foot-1 and 232 pounds, which was good because there were concerns that he would be in the 220's. Lee also blazed a 4.47 40 yard dash and looked smooth in drills. Despite being considered raw, Darron Lee showed teams that he is worthy of a top-20 selection.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Jack Conklin OT/OG, Michigan State
2016 free agents:Greg Toler, Dwight Lowery, Adam Vinatieri, Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener
Indy has to do a better job of protecting their golden boy Andrew Luck. If the Colts can't draft an offensive lineman to help Luck, the next best thing would be a workhorse to take the pressure off of him like Ezekiel Elliot. They're also rumored to want to upgrade at the NT position, and that the Colts really like Andrew Billings if they go that route.
A former walk-on, Jack Conklin is the classic blue-collar, mauler type in the run game with excellent strength but is not a great athlete, and needs to work on his lateral athleticism. Conklin would be better served playing RT or possibly OG in the NFL, but after a great combine his stock is definitely on the rise.
19. Buffalo Bills: Leonard Floyd OLB, Georgia
2016 free agents: Nigel Bradham, Richie Incognito, Ron Brooks
Who would've thought it would have taken Rex Ryan to finally right the ship in Buffalo? With a seemingly solid roster the Bills can afford to go with the best player available.They do need offensive line help and another WR to pair with Sammy Watkins. The Bills will also be switching defensive schemes and transitioning to Ryan's hybrid 3-4 defense and will need players who fit his scheme.
Leonard Floyd could be the ultimate Swiss Army knife of this draft class. During his time at UGA Floyd has played both inside and outside linebacker as well as the "Star" position which is basically the nickel safety position. He has a lightning-quick first step and can bend the edge with speed, and Floyd has a great inside counter move as well. Add to that the experience he gained this past season with dropping into coverage and Floyd is an ideal candidate to play LB in the modern pass-happy NFL. He does have trouble shedding blockers but has gotten remarkably better converting speed-to-power in the pass-rush. Floyd was one of the big winners of the combine, checking in 2 inches taller and 14 heavier than his listed weight at Georgia at 6-foot-6 and 244 pounds, and proceeded to look smooth in the drills and running a 4.60 40.
20. New York Jets: Emmanuel Ogbah DE/OLB, Oklahoma State
Team needs: QB/OT/OG/WR/RB/ILB
2016 free agents:Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chris Ivory, Demario Davis, Willie Colon
The Jets biggest issues are on offense, where they have a lack of playmakers outside of Brandon Marshall and capable players to block for them, but the best value would be to continue to upgrade an already stout defense. At ILB, Demario Davis is a free agent who needs to be replaced anyway and David Harris has been in rapid decline for years. On the outside they don't have much besides Lorenzo Mauldin with a 35 year old Calvin Pace set for free agency.
Emmanuel Ogbah had and amazing combine. He has a great combination of size and speed, measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 273 pounds, Ogbah blazed a 4.63 40 time and had the fastest 10-yard split(1.59) of any defensive lineman. Despite only putting up 20 reps on the bench press, Ogbah's overall performance has secured himself in the first round.
21. Washington Redskins: Andrew Billings DT, Baylor
2016 free agents:Alfred Morris, Kedric Golston, Keenan Robinson
The most unexpected of the 2015 playoff teams, Washington does have several needs to address including upgrades at both ILB positions as well as at safety. On the defensive line they need a long-term replacement for free agent Terrance Knighton as well as depth in general. Offensively they absolutely need an upgrade at OC.
Andrew Billings has been a personal favorite of mine since last season. As a high school senior he beat Olympic weightlifting champion Mark Henry's Texas state weightlifting record. At Baylor, he was virtually impossible to block one-on-one. He can play NT but still has the speed to chase down ball carriers 20 yards downfield.
22. Houston Texans: Ezekiel Elliot RB, Ohio State
2016 free agents:Shane Lechler, Brandon Brooks, Ben Jones, Jared Crick, T.J. Yates, Nick Novak
Unless the Texans want to roll the dice on Connor Cook and his maturity issues, they will have to try and fill needs at RB or DE. They would have taken Todd Gurley in 2015, and quite possibly Melvin Gordon too, so if he's available Ezekiel Elliot would be the likely pick as a long-term replacement for the oft-injured Arian Foster.
Ezekiel Elliot is a beast, with the ability to run over defenders or hit the hole with quickness and a second gear to break off runs for big gains. He exploded onto the national scene in his sophomore season during Ohio State's run to the National Championship. After an amazing combine Elliot could find himself going somewhere in the 10-20 range.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Cody Whitehair OT/OG, Kansas State
2016 free agents:Chad Greenway, Terrence Newman, Robert Blanton, Kendrick Ellis, Matt Asiata
If the Vikings could protect Teddy Bridgewater a little better they could be serious contenders some day. While they're at it, Minnesota could use a true number one WR. On the defensive side, Chad Greenway is a 32 year old free agent and they desperately need a SS to pair with Harrison Smith. The Vikings are rumored to love Cody Whitehair.
Cody Whitehair is being labeled as this year's Zach Martin. While not as physically imposing as most first round offensive linemen, and afflicted with relatively short arms, Whitehair plays with perfect technique and has an advanced pass-rush recognition which allows him to stays square and mirror defenders to the whistle.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Will Fuller WR, Notre Dame
Team needs: FS/SS/LB/WR/DT
2016 free agents:Leon Hall, Andre Smith, Reggie Nelson, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, George Iloka, Vincent Rey
Will Andy Dalton ever win a playoff game? With a loaded roster the Bengals will once again have the luxury of simply taking the best player available, although depending on free agency the Bengals could have needs at WR as well as both safety positions. While DT isn't a big need, it could still be addressed early in the 2016 draft. Brandon Thompson is a free agent, and more importantly Domata Peko has been in decline for a few years now.
Will Fuller blazed a 4.32 40 at the combine and made himself some money, especially considering how slow the rest of the field seemed to be. Despite his amazing combine, including catching everything thrown his way and looking very fluid in the drills, Fuller is a bit of a one-trick pony with a habit of drops in big moments.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple CB, Ohio State
Team needs: CB/SS/LT/LG/DL/QB2
2016 free agents:Kelvin Beachum, Ramon Foster, Steve McLendon, Willie Gay, Antwon Blake, Sean Spence, Brandon Boykin, Will Allen, Bruce Gradkowski, Darrius Heyward-Bey
"Oh no, not another Eli Apple to Steelers mock draft." Well before we get into the pick lets break down the needs and who the Steelers may be interested in here.
Outside of the obvious needs for help in the secondary the Steelers could find themselves having to rebuild the left side of their offensive line depending on the free agency of Kelvin Beachum and Ramon Foster. And after the retirement of long-time Roethlisberger safety-valve Heath Miller, the Steelers could be in the market for a TE as well, of course that depends on their faith in 2015 5th round pick Jesse James.
But with the offense fully loaded this pick will likely be used on defense. On the defensive line the Steelers could use an upgrade over free agent Steve McLendon at NT as well as depth behind Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt. If they were to go that route there are several very good options available, including Alabama standouts A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed, as well as the vastly underrated Kenny Clark from UCLA. In the aforementioned woeful secondary the Steelers will likely re-sign Willie Gay and Will Allen, having already re-signed Robert Golden, with an outside chance of Brandon Boykin, so while there is absolutely room for an upgrade it's not an absolute necessity.
Looking over the prospects that are available there are several that the Steelers would be highly interested in. It's unlikely that the Steelers will find a long-term replacement for Will Allen here, the value simply isn't there. There are rumors that several teams at the end of the first round are very high on Florida's Keanu Neal, and there are also mentions that the Steelers may be one of those teams, but there are several others players available with higher grades than Neal. The realistic pool should come down to Robinson, Reed, and CB's Eli Apple, William Jackson III, and Kendall Fuller.
Given that the Steelers have two very capable defensive linemen in Heyward and Tuitt, and the fact that they go into their nickel defense quite often, featuring only two down linemen, it may not make sense to draft a rotational player with their first round pick. Of course that could change if someone like Andrew Billings were available.
It seems as though, after not having spent a first round pick on a CB since Chad Scott was taken 24th overall in 1997, the Steelers will finally take a cornerback with their first pick. The question now becomes which one?
That very question has become highly contested here on BTSC. After a phenomenal showing at the combine, William Jackson is now getting first round consideration. He's got the length and speed, but played against lower level competition. Eli Apple is raw but has the upside and the OSU connection. Unfortunately because of a knee injury that robbed him of a majority of his final season Kendall Fuller was unable to participate at the combine, and we don't know whether we'll be getting the 2014 Kendall Fuller or something else.
In my personal opinion I believe that, given the choice in front of them, the Steelers would take Eli Apple. Never mind the whole Ohio State thing, Apple has got the size, the speed, and the experience playing in big moments and against top quality competition. Eli Apple also has experience playing in some zone concepts. And as a redshirt sophomore he's also got youth and less wear on his body. William Jackson may have been the combine darling as far as CB's go, but Apple wasn't far behind. He checked in at a solid 6-foot-even, and 199 pounds. After posting a very respectable 4.40 40 time, Eli Apple looked very fluid in the drills. However he is not without his flaws, as Apple is still considered raw and needs to refine his technique. It's unlikely that, because of the complexity of the Steelers defense, that any DB drafted is going to contribute much in his rookie season.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi OT, Texas A&M
2016 free agents:Russell Okung, J.R. Sweezy, Jermaine Kearse, Brandon Mebane, Ahtyba Rubin, Bruce Irvin
The biggest issue in Seattle is their inability to protect Russell Wilson. Also on offense they will most likely need to replace free agent Jermaine Kearse, who has already stated that he won't be giving the Seahawks a "hometown" discount.
With so many other players on the defense getting new contracts it's very likely that the Seahawks will let Bruce Irvin walk in free agency, who is rumored to be heading to Atlanta to reunite with Dan Quinn, so they will need someone to play the "OTTO" position, and either Darron Lee or Su'a Cravens would be a good fit.
Rumor has it that Seattle loves Germain Ifedi. The mammoth OT checked in at 6-foot-6 and 324 pounds with long 36-inch arms. He is a surprisingly good athlete for his size but ultimately his best position in the NFL may be at OG.
27. Green Bay Packers: Jason Spriggs OT, Indiana
2016 free agents: BJ Raji, Nick Perry, Mike Neal, Casey Hayward, James Starks, Mason Crosby, James Jones
The Packers have many needs in the front seven of their defense. They tried to play Clay Matthews everywhere but he's only one man. They did manage to re-sign Mike Daniels but need a long-term replacement for B.J. Raji and a do-over for first round bust Datone Jones. But the linchpin of the Packers playoff hopes is Aaron Rodgers, so getting him another weapon or some protection upfront is also a must.
Not surprisingly Jason Spriggs was a star of the combine. A former TE, Spriggs looked extremely fluid in his movements in the combines drills, and he topped all offensive linemen in the 40 with a time of 4.85. GM Ted Thompson loves versatile, athletic linemen like Spriggs.
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Jarran Reed DT, Alabama
Team needs: LT/RT/S/ILB/DL
2016 free agents: Sean Smith, Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Husain Abdullah, Donald Stephenson
K.C. needs to grab some offensive line help to protect Alex Smith. They also need another WR threat to go with injury-plagued Jeremy Macklin and promising 2015 rookie Chris Conley. Defensively they have serious depth issues on the line and at safety because of free agency.
At 6-foot-3, 315 pounds Jarran Reed is big and powerful, built like a tree and is practically an immovable object against the run. Unlike his fellow Alabama compatriot A'Shawn Robinson, there isn't much in the way of pass-rushing prowess with Reed, which will limit his appeal to strictly teams that employ a 3-4 defense.
New England Patriots: FORFEITED DUE TO DEFLATEGATE
Team Needs: CB/WR/ILB/OG/OC
2016 free agents:Ryan Wendell, LeGarrette Blount
The Patriots biggest issues are at WR and CB. Their WR corps are solid but pretty unspectacular, while they did practically nothing to replace Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner at CB.
29. Arizona Cardinals: Keanu Neal S, Florida
2016 free agents:Bob Massie, Sean Weatherspoon, Jerraud Powers, Rashad Johnson, Chris Johnson
Arizona will likely spend their first round pick on defense. They are looking to upgrade their pass-rush either at DE across from Calais Campbell, or at OLB across from Alex Okafor, and will need starters at safety because they are not expected to re-sign either Rashad Johnson or Jerraud Powers.
Rumor has it that there are several teams picking in the latter half of the first round and early in the second that are high on Florida's Keanu Neal. He has the optimum build for a safety with long arms, and can play free but has the violent hitting style of a strong safety. Neal is very similar in the mold of Cardinal's LB/S hybrid and 2014 first round pick Deone Bucannon but with better coverage ability.
30. Carolina Panthers: Kevin Dodd DE, Clemson
Team needs: LT/CB/S/DE/WR
2016 free agents: Charles Tillman, Mike Tolbert, Roman Harper, Amini Silatolu
The Panthers number one priority this offseason should be finding a long-term solution at LT because it's not Michael Oher. Unfortunately unless the Panthers trade up they will likely find better value at other positions. Another issue that Carolina will have to address is at CB. They franchise tagged Josh Norman but still have a ways to go to signing him to a long-term deal, but Carolina will likely replace 34 year old free agent Charles Tillman on the outside with Bene Benwikere but will still need a new nickel CB. At DE the Panthers will likely release the franchise all-time sack leader Charles Johnson for cap reasons.
That "other" DE from Clemson, Kevin Dodd is gaining some momentum as the better of the two between him and Shaq Lawson. While ranking second in the nation in tackles for loss with 23.5 behind Shaq Lawson, Dodd actually had more QB pressures. He definitely passes the eyeball test at 6-foot-5, 277 pounds, but some including myself are worried as to whether or not Dodd was a one-year wonder.
31. Denver Broncos: A'Shawn Robinson DT, Alabama
2016 free agents:Malik Jackson, Brock Osweiler, Danny Trevathan, Evan Mathis
Denver is working on a new contract for Malik Jackson, but with Von Miller either being franchised or signed to a long-term deal, Denver's cap situation is going to be tight. In addition to possibly needing a successor to Peyton Manning, provided that they do not re-sign Brock Osweiler, the Broncos have had several issues dealing with injury along the offensive line. A wildcard pick would be Hunter Henry as a long-term solution at TE.
Robinson is a little raw as a pass-rusher but the tools are there. He sports a powerful build with good first-step quickness and is almost impossible to block one-on-one. After a fairly pedestrian combine, one in which he lost weight to better run the 40 and and still only managed a 5.19, he tumbles to the end of the first round.
32. Cleveland Browns - Kamalei Correa DE/OLB, Boise State
The Browns were rumored to be shopping Paul Kruger, plus Barkevious Mingo has been a bust.
33. Tennessee Titans - Derek Henry RB, Alabama
Bishop Sankey has been a complete bust.
34. Dallas Cowboys - William Jackson III CB, Houston
Brandon Carr is expected to be a cap casualty.
35. San Diego Chargers - Taylor Decker OT, Ohio State
Joseph Barksdale is a free agent.
36. Baltimore Ravens - Reggie Ragland ILB, Alabama
Darryl Smith was released.
37. San Fransisco 49ers - Connor Cook QB, Michigan State
GM Trent Baalke reportedly really likes Connor Cook and will make him a "priority" after their first pick.
38. Miami Dolphins - Joshua Garnett OG, Stanford
Miami needs upgrades at both OG spots and are rumored to really like Josh Garnett.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Johnathan Bullard DE/DT, Florida
Chris Clemons was released.
40. New York Giants - Vonn Bell S, Ohio State
The Giants need a safety to pair with Landon Collins.
41. Chicago Bears - Kendall Fuller CB, Virginia Tech
The Bears need a starter opposite of Kyle Fuller.
42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Kenny Clark DT, UCLA
T.B. needs another DT to pair with Gerald McCoy.
43. Los Angeles Rams (via Philadelphia Eagles) - Braxton Miller WR, Ohio State
Brian Quick is a free agent and a former second round bust.
44. Oakland Raiders - Darian Thompson FS, Boise State
Charles Woodson retired, Larry Asante is a free agent, and Oakland is rumored to like Darian Thompson.
45. Los Angeles Rams - Hunter Henry TE, Arkansas
Jared Cook was released.
46. Detroit Lions - Michael Thomas WR, Ohio State
Calvin Johnson retired.
47. New Orleans Saints - Josh Doctson WR, TCU
Marques Colston was released.
48. Indianapolis Colts - Austin Johnson NT, Penn State
Indy wants to upgrade at NT.
49. Buffalo Bills - Robert Nkemdiche DT/DE, Ole' Miss.
Nkemdiche is expected to have a "Randy Gregory-like fall" after performing poorly in combine interviews.
50. Atlanta Falcons - Corey Coleman WR, Baylor
Roddy White was released.
51. New York Jets - Le'Raven Clark OT, Texas Tech
Willie Colon is a free agent and the Jets may cut D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
52. Houston Texans - Christian Hackenberg QB, Penn State
Bill O'Brien gets his golden boy from Penn State.
53. Washington Redskins - Ryan Kelly OC, Alabama
The biggest reason for Washington's inconsistent running game is sub par play at OC.
54. Minnesota Vikings - Jeremy Cash S, Duke
The Vikings are targeting a safety early to pair with Harrison Smith.
55. Cincinnati Bengals - Adolphus Washington DT, Ohio State
Domata Peko is in decline and Brandon Thompson is a free agent.
56. Seattle Seahawks - Shilique Calhoun DE/OLB, Michigan State
Bruce Irvin is a free agent.
57. Green Bay Packers - Su'a Cravens LB/S, USC
G.B. needs a coverage ILB.
58. Pittsburgh Steelers - Austin Hooper TE, Stanford
There are a lot of knee-jerk reactions to Heath Miller's retiring within the mock draft community. Many have started to slot Hunter Henry to the Steelers at pick 25, the ones that don't have them taking a CB anyway. Given how the Steelers see 2015 5th round pick Jesse James they could invest in an early pick at the position but it's not a dire need, with the Steelers most likely wanting to see what they have in James after a full season with him as the go-to guy at the position. However, it shouldn't preclude the Steelers from spending a pick at the position if they feel the value is worth it, given that Jesse James is still very much an uncertainty.
At a tick under 6-foot-4, and 254 pounds, Austin Hooper did well at the combine. He had the third fastest 40 among TE's at 4.72 and was very solid in both the receiving and blocking drills. Hooper also checked in with the largest hands of any TE prospect at 10 5/8inchs. Where he really shined was in the interview process, where by all accounts is a very smart, high character guy who loves the game. During the media session he went out of his way to say that he had an interview scheduled with the Steelers, that he was aware Heath Miller retired, and even knew that Rob Branchflower was no longer with the team. Perhaps it was simple pandering but he sounds like a guy who wants to wear the Black 'n Gold.
59. Kansas City Chiefs - Tyler Boyd WR, Pittsburgh
K.C. needs another WR to pair with Jeremy Macklin and Chris Conley.
60. New England Patriots - Chris Jones DT, Mississippi State
Dominique Easley is always injured.
61. Arizona Cardinals - Jalen Mills CB/S, LSU
Arizona never replaced Antonio Cromartie.
62. Carolina Panthers - Sterling Shepard WR, Oklahoma
Ted Ginn will be a free agent in 2017 and the Panthers are rumored to really like Shepard's big-play ability.
63. Denver Broncos - Dak Prescott QB, Mississippi State
Even if Denver re-signs Brock Osweiler, he's been inconsistent in his handful of starts.
64. Tennessee Titans - Karl Joseph S, West Virginia
Tennessee released Michael Griffin.
65. Cleveland Browns - Shon Coleman OT, Auburn
Cam Erving will replace Alex Mack at OC, but the Browns will have holes at RG and RT.
66. San Diego Chargers - Sean Davis FS/CB, Maryland
Eric Weddle is not going to be re-signed.
67. Dallas Cowboys - Jihad Ward DT/DE, Illinois
Dallas showed a lot of interested in Jihad Ward while coaching him at the Senior Bowl.
68. San Fransisco 49ers - Jaylon Smith ILB, Notre Dame
The 49ers have a history of drafting and red-shirting injured players. After it was revealed at the combine that Jaylon Smith has nerve damage in his injured knee, which could effectively keep him off of the field for two years, he's likely going to be completely off of a lot of teams draft boards.
69. Miami Dolphins - Miles Killebrew SS/LB, Southern Utah
Miami showed a lot of interest in Killebrew at the Senior Bowl.
70. Jacksonville Jaguars - Graham Glascow OC/OG, Michigan
Stefen Wisniewski is a free agent. The Jags were very interested in Glascow at the Senior Bowl.
71. Baltimore Ravens - Charles Tapper DE/OLB, Oklahoma
Baltimore never replaced Pernell McPhee and Courtney Upshaw is a free agent.
72. Chicago Bears - Jerald Hawkins OT, LSU
Jermon Bushrod was released.
73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Artie Burns CB, Miami
Alterraun Verner has been a massive free agent bust.
74. New York Giants - Carl Nassib DE, Penn State
Jason Pierre-Paul and Robert Ayers are both free agents.
75. Oakland Raiders - Vadal Alexander OT/OG, LSU
Donald Penn and Khalif Barnes are both free agents.
76. Los Angeles Rams - Xavien Howard CB, Baylor
The Rams are not likely to re-sign Janoris Jenkins.
77. Philadelphia Eagles (via Detroit Lions) - Nick Martin OC/OG, Notre Dame
Chip Kelly created huge holes at OG.
78. New Orleans Saints - Deon Jones OLB, LSU
The Saints set a record for the number of passing TD's allowed in a season and need a WLB who can cover.
79. Philadelphia Eagles - Pharoh Cooper WR, South Carolina
Riley Cooper was released.
80. Buffalo Bills - Jayron Kearse S/LB, Clemson
Nigel Bradham is a free agent.
81. Atlanta Falcons - Joshua Perry OLB, Ohio State
Kroy Biermann and O'Brien Schofield are both free agents.
82. Indianapolis Colts - Jordan Jenkins OLB, Georgia
Indy needs to improve their pass-rush.
83. New York Jets - James Bradberry CB, Samford
Antonio Cromartie was released.
84. Washington Redskins - Will Redmond CB, Mississippi State
Washington needs a CB to pair with Bashaud Breeland.
85. Houston Texans - Maliek Collins DT, Nebraska
Jared Crick is a free agent.
86. Minnesota Vikings - Rashard Higgins WR, Colorado State
Mike Wallace has been a huge disappointment.
87. Cincinnati Bengals - Bronson Kaufusi DE, BYU
Wallace Gilberry is a free agent.
88. Green Bay Packers - Yannick Ngakoue OLB, Maryland
Nick Perry is a free agent.
89. Pittsburgh Steelers - Hassan Ridgeway DT, Texas
Even if the Steelers re-sign Steve McLendon, that shouldn't stop them from investing an early pick for competition and depth purposes.
Hassan Ridgeway isn't your classic NT. Originally a 250 pound outside rusher when recruited to play at Texas, he blossomed into a 6-foot-3 and 303 pounds immovable force at DT. On tape you can see the raw pass-rushing ability, he barrels into offensive linemen with power and has very active hands, but needs a lot of technique work. An injury-plagued junior season has caused his stock to drop but Ridgeway was getting late-1st round consideration before the season began.
90. Seattle Seahawks - Charon Peake WR, Clemson
Jermaine Kearse won't be giving any "hometown" discounts.
91. Kansas City Chiefs - Kentrell Brothers ILB, Missouri
Derrick Johnson is a 33 year old free agent.
92. New England Patriots - Joe Haeg OT/OG, North Dakota State
N.E. needs an upgrade over Shaq Mason and are rumored to really like Joe Haeg.
93. Arizona Cardinals - Scooby Wright III ILB, Arizona State
Sean Weatherspoon is an injury-plagued free agent and Kevin Minter can't cover.
94. Carolina Panthers - Javon Hargrave DT, South Carolina State
Dwan Edwards was released and Kawann Short will be a very expensive free agent in 2017.
95. Denver Broncos - Jerell Adams TE, South Carolina
Vernon Davis was a busted trade and is a free agent.
96. Cleveland Browns - Kenny Lawler WR, Cal
Even if Travis Benjamin is re-signed the Browns need another WR.
97. Tennessee Titans - Jack Allen OC, Michigan State
Brian Schwenke is injury-plagued.
98. Dallas Cowboys - Alex Collins RB, Arkansas
Jerry Jones bolsters the Dallas RB depth with someone from his alma mater.
99. San Diego Chargers - Max Tuerk OC, USC
The carousel at OC since Nick Hardwick's injury and subsequent retirement has been laughable.
100. Miami Dolphins - Kenneth Dixon RB, La. Tech
Lamar Miller is a free agent.
101. Jacksonville Jaguars - Landon Turner OG, North Carolina
Zane Beadles was released.
102. Baltimore Ravens - Leonte Carroo WR, Rutgers
36 year old Steve Smith is coming back from injury.
103. San Francisco 49ers - Dadi Lhomme Nicolas DE/OLB Virginia Tech
S.F. needs a pass-rusher opposite of Aaron Lynch.
104. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - C.J. Prosise RB, Notre Dame
Doug Martin is looking to "hit the jackpot" in free agency.
105. New York Giants - Rashard Robinson CB, LSU
Prince Amukamara is an injury-plagued free agent.
106. Chicago Bears - Jacoby Brissett QB, North Carolina State
Chicago is looking for a long-term replacement for Jay Cutler.
107. Los Angeles Rams - Christian Westerman OC, Arizona State
Tim Barnes is a free agent who needs to be replaced.
108. Detroit Lions - Joe Dahl OT, Washington State
Detroit has to protect Matt Stafford.
109. New Orleans Saints - Sebastian Tetola OG, Arkansas
Jahri Evans was released.
110. Philadelphia Eagles - Sheldon Day DT, Notre Dame
Philly needs players who can fit into Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense.
111. Oakland Raiders - Harlan Miller CB/S, Southeastern Louisiana
Larry Asante is a free agent.
112. Atlanta Falcons - Fahn Cooper OT, Ole' Miss.
Chris Chester and Ryan Schraeder are both free agents.
113. Indianapolis Colts - DeAndre Houston-Carson CB/S, William & Mary
Indy has a lot of issues in the secondary.
114. Buffalo Bills - Robert Aguayo K, Florida State
Dan Carpenter was 23/27 in fields goals and missed six extra points. Robert Aguayo is the first underclassman kicker to come out since Sebastian Janikowski, and is the best kicking prospect of his generation.
115. New York Jets - Dominique Alexander ILB, Oklahoma
Demario Davis is a free agent.
116. Houston Texans - Malcolm Mitchell WR, UGA
Jaelen Strong could start the season suspended for his recent marijuana possession charge.
117. Washington Redskins - Tyler Matakevich ILB, Temple
Keenan Robinson is a free agent who needs to be replaced.
118. Minnesota Vikings - Eric Striker OLB, Oklahoma
Chad Greenway is a 33 year old free agent.
119. Cincinnati Bengals - Josh Forrest ILB, Kentucky
Vincent Rey is a free agent.
120. Pittsburgh Steelers - Tyvis Powell S, Ohio State
At some point the Steelers have to try and find a long-term option at SS, either by drafting for the position or finding a free safety that would allow Mike Mitchell to move over to the strong safety position, something he may be better suited for anyway.
That "other" safety from Ohio State, it was Tyvis Powell and not Von Bell who was known for making the big plays in the biggest games. He sports a lanky 6-foot-3, 211 pounds frame with quickness and athleticism. At the combine he ran a 4.46 40. Powell would work best as a single-high safety, where his skills as a rangy cover man would be ideally suited. His big area for concern is in run support. He's the disinterested, lunging kind of defensive back that most DB's are known for but he's serviceable and can be coached up in that regard.
121. Seattle Seahawks - Deiondre' Hall CB, Northern Iowa
Seattle needs a dependable starter opposite of Richard Sherman.
122. Green Bay Packers - Nick Vannett TE, Ohio State
G.B. needs a better combo TE than Richard Rodgers.
123. Kansas City Chiefs - Maurice Canady CB, Virginia
Sean Smith is a free agent.
124. New England Patriots - Alex McCalister DE/OLB Florida
Jamie Collins, Chandler Jones, and Dont'a Hightower are all free agents in 2017.
125. Arizona Cardinals - Kyler Fackrell OLB, Utah State
Arizona needs to improve their pass-rush.
126. Carolina Panthers - Willie Beavers OT, Western Michigan
Michael Oher and Mike Remmers got abused by the Denver pass-rush.
127. Baltimore Ravens (via Denver Broncos) - Denver Kirkland OG/OT, Arkansas
Kelechi Osemele is a free agent and Eugene Monroe is injury-prone.
128. Tennessee Titans - Zack Sanchez CB, Oklahoma
Perrish Cox is the only dependable CB on the roster.
129. Cleveland Browns - Antonio Morrison ILB, Florida
Craig Robertson is a free agent.
130. San Fransisco 49ers (via San Diego Chargers) - Kyle Murphy OT, Stanford
S.F. has had a hole at RT since Anthony Davis retired.
131. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas Cowboys) - Jordan Howard RB, Indiana
Oakland is looking for depth at RB behind Latavius Murray.
132. Denver Broncos (via Baltimore Ravens) - Paul Perkins RB, UCLA
With so much uncertainty at QB, Denver should be transitioning into a run-heavy offense.
133. San Fransisco 49ers - Tyler Johnstone OG/OT, Oregon
Alex Boone is unlikely to re-sign.
134. Jacksonville Jaguars - Eric Murray CB, Minnesota
The Jags need a third CB to go with Aaron Colvin and Davon House.
135. Miami Dolphins - Spencer Drango OT/OG, Baylor
Miami needs upgrades at both OG spots.
136. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Cyrus Jones CB, Alabama
Sterling Moore is a free agent.
137. New York Giants - Nick Vigil ILB, Utah State
Jon Beason was released.
138. Chicago Bears - Elijah Shumate SS, Notre Dame
Antrel Rolle may be a cap casualty.
139. Detroit Lions - Jonathan Williams RB, Arkansas
Joique Bell was released.
140. New Orleans Saints - Kenyan Drake RB, Alabama
C.J. Spiller will likely be a cap casualty and the Saints are rumored to like Kenyan Drake.
141. Philadelphia Eagles - Cole Toner OT, Harvard
Jason Peters may be a cap casualty.
142. Oakland Raiders - Shawn Oakman DE, Baylor
Justin Tuck retired and Aldon Smith is suspended for a year.
143. Indianapolis Colts - Daniel Lasco RB, Cal
Frank Gore is 33 years old.
144. Buffalo Bills - Kevin Hogan QB, Stanford
The Bills need a backup plan for Tyrod Taylor and have shown interest in Kevin Hogan.
145. New York Jets - Tevin Carter SS, Utah
The Jets have shown a lot of interest in Tevin Carter.
146. Washington Redskins - Joe Thuney OT/OG/OC, N.C. State
Shawn Lauvao is injury-plagued and coming back from foot surgery.
147. Houston Texans - John Theus OG/OT, Georgia
Brandon Brooks and Ben Jones are both free agents.
148. Minnesota Vikings - Jake Brendel OG/OC, UCLA
Michael Harris is a free agent and Brandon Fusco needs to be replaced.
149. Cincinnati Bengals - Evan Boehm OC, Missouri
Cincy needs competition for Russell Bodine.
150. Kansas City Chiefs (via Seattle Seahawks) - T.J. Green FS, Clemson
Husain Abdullah and Tyvon Branch are both free agents.
151. Green Bay Packers - Kolby Listenbee WR, TCU
G.B. has several injury issues at WR.
152. Philadelphia Eagles (via Pittsburgh Steelers) - Nick Kwiatkoski ILB, West Virgina
DeMeco Ryans and Najee Goode were both released.
153. Kansas City Chiefs - Caleb Benenoch OT, UCLA
Eric Fisher has been a massive bust.
154. Houston Texans (via New England Patriots) - Tyler Higbee TE, Western Kentucky
Garrett Graham was released.
155. Arizona Cardinals - Willie Henry DT, Michigan
Arizona needs another DE across from Calais Campbell.
156. Carolina Panthers - D.J. White CB, Georgia Tech
Charles Tillman is a 34 year old free agent.
157. Detroit Lions (via Denver Broncos) - Matt Judon DE, Grand Valley State
Detroit is rumored to really like Matt Judon, who lead the nation in sacks last season with 20.