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April 28, 2016

SCO NFL Mock Draft

by Charles Lott, Online Features Editor
The NFL season is well and truly over, putting the SCO fantasy football articles on hold until next year. But it's never too early to prepare for the future, so without further ado, here is the Silver Chips Online 2016 NFL Mock Draft.


Pick 1: Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff, QB, California

The Rams traded up for this pick in order to take a quarterback to replace Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick, and they prefer Goff to Wentz.


Pick 2: Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota St.

The Eagles followed the Rams in trading up to look for a franchise quarterback. They'd be happy with Wentz or Goff at number two.


Pick 3: San Diego Chargers

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

The Chargers desperately need an offensive line to defend Philip Rivers, and Tunsil is the best tackle out there.


Pick 4: Dallas Cowboys

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida St.

If Ramsey falls this far in the draft, the Cowboys will jump on him to replace aging cornerback Brandon Carr, who may yet be released by the team.


Pick 5: Jacksonville Jaguars

Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

Jack could be the most versatile defender in this year's draft, and adding him to a linebacking core of Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith would be impressive.


Pick 6: Baltimore Ravens

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio St.

The Ravens need to rejuvenate their pass rush, and Bosa would slot right into the spot recently vacated by veteran Chris Canty.


Pick 7: San Francisco 49ers

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

The 49ers would've loved a new quarterback with this pick, but will settle for a defensive end with an incredibly high ceiling and great size and physicality.


Pick 8: Cleveland Browns

Darron Lee, LB, Ohio St.

The Browns have a lot of holes to fill, and Lee could replace at least some of the tackling numbers that left with Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner.


Pick 9: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Alterraun Verner wasn't as good last year as he usually is, and the Bucs need a true cornerback one to pair him with.
The Eagles could target running back Ezekiel Elliott out of Ohio St. Courtesy of NFL.com
The Eagles could target running back Ezekiel Elliott out of Ohio St.


Pick 10: New York Giants

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio St.

Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen are quite possibly the worst running back duo in the NFL. If Ezekiel Elliott falls to the Giants, they'd be loathe not to grab him.


Pick 11: Chicago Bears

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Good offensive tackles are hard to come by, and the Bears don't have one at the moment. Stanley can immediately help at right tackle and move to left with coaching.


Pick 12: New Orleans Saints

Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

The Saints were gashed on the ground by their opposition this year, and Jarran Reed fits the bill at defensive tackle.


Pick 13: Miami Dolphins

Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia

Floyd would be among the best defensive players left on the board, and with second year prospects Jay Ajayi and Devante Parker solidifying the offense, defense is the way to go for the Dolphins in the first round.


Pick 14: Oakland Raiders

A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

The Raiders have done a good job of building their secondary and linebacking core through free agency, but could use a boost on the defensive line.


Pick 15: Tennessee Titans

Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

The Titans nab a great inside linebacker to play alongside breakout candidate Wesley Woodyard and solidify their front seven.


Pick 16: Detroit Lions

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Megatron left Detroit's offense in shambles when he announced his retirement, and Marvin Jones is not the solution, but Treadwell could be.


Pick 17: Atlanta Falcons

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

The Falcons need a speedy receiver to run across from Julio Jones, and Corey Coleman logged one of the best 40 yard dash times at this year's combine.


Pick 18: Indianapolis Colts

Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St.

The injuries to Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck, and Charlie Whitehurst show that the Colts need help on the o-line.


Pick 19: Buffalo Bills

Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

The Bills have finally found a quarterback, and have some solid offensive weapons, allowing them to pick the best remaining defender on the board, and a replacement for Jerry Hughes.


Pick 20: New York Jets

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

The New York Jets lost Damon "Snacks" Harrison to the Giants in free agency, and could opt to replace him in the first round this year.

Courtesy of NFL.com

Pick 21: Washington Redskins

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

The Redskins defense outside of Ryan Kerrigan didn't put nearly enough pressure on the quarterback, and a strong defensive end like Lawson can help step it up.


Pick 22: Houston Texans

Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

Brock Osweiler is being paid the big bucks to jumpstart the Texans offense, but he'll need another offensive weapon to get the job done.


Pick 23: Minnesota Vikings

Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

The Vikings have the makings of a top defense, and a strong edge rusher could be what they need to get to the next level.


Pick 24: Cincinnati Bengals

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones left in free agency, and the Bengals get Doctson to make up for it.


Pick 25: Pittsburgh Steelers

Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

The Steelers defensive group stood strong for most of last year, but William Gay won't live forever, and the secondary is definitely the weak point.


Pick 26: Seattle Seahawks

Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

The Seahawks defense is in its prime right now, but one of its oldest members is defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, who will soon need to be replaced.


Pick 27: Green Bay Packers

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

B.J. Raji is taking a hiatus from football, sending the Packers into a scramble to find his replacement. Rankins is that guy.


Pick 28: Kansas City Chiefs

Eli Apple, CB, Ohio St.

The Chiefs need a cornerback to play across from Marcus Peters now that Sean Smith has left for the division rival Raiders.


Pick 29: Arizona Cardinals

Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

Butler is a superior run stuffing defensive tackle, and would be a great match with ends Chandler Jones and Calais Campbell.


Pick 30: Carolina Panthers

William Jackson III, CB, Houston

Josh Norman is coming off of a huge year, but Charles Tillman needs replacing, as the aging corner has lost a step and can't keep up with opposing wideouts.


Pick 31: Denver Broncos

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Mark Sanchez is not a valid starter for this Broncos team. Lynch's size and athleticism make him an obvious replacement for the recently departed Brock Osweiler.

*The New England Patriots do not have a first round pick due to legal action following the "Deflategate" scandal.



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  • john on April 28, 2016 at 3:05 PM
    Few notes,
    Norman signed with the Skins
    You mentioned the niners qb's with Goff, not the rams
    Brandon Mebane already left for the Chargers
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