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All-Out Blitz’s Final 2016 NFL Mock Draft (First Round Only)

April 27, 2016 • Ben Heck • Front Page, Lists, NFL Draft, Off-Season

With the 2016 NFL Draft set to kick off on Thursday night, here’s our final collaborative one-round Mock Draft.

The AOB Staff Selectors:

Ben Heck

Johnny Ulecka

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

Tennessee has been active in making upgrades on the offensive side of the ball this month (RB DeMarco Murray, WR Rishard Matthews, C/G Ben Jones). With dire help needed in stopping the pass, missing out on the freakishly powerful and athletic Joey Bosa (6’5″/275) is not something you want to do if you’re Tennessee. Bosa is a 4-3 DE (Tennessee has a 3-4 defense), but he can translate his game to a 3-4 OLB if selected by Tennessee at No. 1. (Ben)

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

Philadelphia made a bold move trading everything but the kitchen sink in order to move up from No. 8 to No. 2 in the draft, ensuring they can snag either Goff or Wentz. Selecting Wentz at No. 2 could finally solve Philadelphia’s long-term quarterback situation, and give head coach Doug Pederson his franchise quarterback despite the amount of money invested in Sam Bradford. (Johnny)

3. San Diego Chargers: CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

At one point in time, Ramsey was projected to go No. 1 overall by some experts. But he won’t drop out of the top five, there’s too much talent for him to drop far. San Diego has no business drafting Laremy Tunsil at No. 3, and they could use all the help in the secondary , especially with leader Eric Weddle now in Baltimore. He’ll fit in well with Jason Verrett at corner. (Ben)

4. Dallas Cowboys: DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State

Dallas is in need of some pass-rush help with the suspensions of Randy Gregory, DeMarcus Lawrence and the loss of Greg Hardy to free agency. That is a collective loss of a trio of top defensive ends. Bosa provides a needed boost to the position, and at one point was even projected to go No. 1 overall by many. (Johnny)

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida

It’s interesting having two cornerbacks go in the top five. Jacksonville would love to get their hands on Ramsey, but Florida standout Hargreaves III is a nice consolation prize. The 5’11″/199 cornerback is a great, physical cover corner and has the ability to make open-field tackles. Should be a nice addition to an up-and-coming team such as Jacksonville. (Ben)

6. Baltimore Ravens: OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss

Eugene Monroe is not getting any younger and when a player of Tunsil’s caliber is on the board at No. 6 you cannot pass him up. He provides Baltimore with a future LT to protect franchise quarterback Joe Flacco. (Johnny)

7. San Francisco 49ers: QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis

Obviously new head coach Chip Kelly will need to make this team feel like his own, and with the Colin Kaepernick rumors continuing to swirl it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see a third quarterback come off the board at No. 7. Lynch seems to be the clear-cut No. 3 QB in this year’s class. (Ben)

8. Cleveland Browns (from PHI): DL DeForest Buckner, Oregon

Cleveland moved down and collected some extra picks for first-year head coach Hue Jackson to assemble his type of team. Buckner is a defensive lineman who can play just about every position on the line, and is a sure-fire top 10 talent. (Johnny)

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OLB Myles Jack, UCLA

Jack’s injury seems to be a reason to worry, but I don’t think it’s enough to keep him out of the top 10. He’s clearly the best linebacker in the draft, and is versatile. Jack is one of the most athletic defenders in this year’s class, and could line up all over the field at the next level. He’ll be a big-time playmaker at the next level, barring injury, no matter who drafts him. (Ben)

10. New York Giants: OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

Keeping Eli Manning upright is the key to success, and New York will look to add even more youth to an offensive line that already possesses young players (T Ereck Flowers and G Justin Pugh). Stanley is a player who can play both guard and tackle in this league and immediately upgrades the offensive line for New York. (Johnny)

11. Chicago Bears: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

I’ve heard a few things about Elliott possibly going to the Cowboys, but I think taking him 10-15 is a little more reasonable. The 225-pound Elliott is an intense runner who just put up 1,800+ yards on the ground at Ohio State in 2015. His blocking and pass-catching skills could use some work at the next level, but as a runner he’s the best back on the board. (Ben)

12. New Orleans Saints: DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville

New Orleans struggled mightily last season against the run, and Rankins would provide them an aggressive defensive tackle that has the ability to play three downs for the Saints. (Johnny)

13. Miami Dolphins (from PHI): ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama

Miami has stated that they are comfortable with the running backs they currently have on the roster, which leads offensive line and linebacker as two of the big needs that will need to be addressed in the draft. Ragland is the top inside linebacker in the draft and is an immediate upgrade for Miami. (Ben)

14. Oakland Raiders: CB Eli Apple, Ohio State

The Raiders need some playmakers to the back end of their defense, as D.J. Hayden and T.J. Carrie haven’t shown ability to be starters and Oakland could certainly use the athleticism of Apple. (Johnny)

15. Tennessee Titans (from LA): OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State

There’s no question that offensive tackle should be the way to go for the Titans at No. 15, and if Conklin falls to them at this point in the draft I think they’d take him over Taylor Decker out of Ohio State. (Ben)

16. Detroit Lions: DT Jerran Reed, Alabama

The loss of Suh last season hurt the interior of Detroit’s defensive line. Reed provides stability to the position and gives them a force that they haven’t had since Suh. (Johnny)

17. Atlanta Falcons: DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson

Atlanta ranked 18th in passing defense and recorded just 19 sacks (last in NFL) a season ago. They need all the pass-rush help they can get their hands on. Pair Lawson with last year’s first-rounder Vic Beasley (who Atlanta hopes can have a breakout sophomore campaign in ’16), and you could have a nice duo off the edge in Atlanta. (Ben)

18. Indianapolis Colts: OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia

Colts are getting older at their OLB position with Mathis and Cole turning 35 and 34 this season, while former first round pick Werner was a bust and released. Floyd brings youth and athleticism to the defense. (Johnny)

19. Buffalo Bills: OLB Darron Lee, Ohio State

Head coach Rex Ryan is a defensive guy, so I have no doubts he’ll look to improve Buffalo’s weak pass defense (21 sacks last year). Lee is an athletic freak at 6’1″/235, and he has range at the outside linebacker position. He could turn into a sideline-to-sideline tackling machine at OLB in the NFL. (Ben)

20. New York Jets: OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State

D’Brickashaw Ferguson abruptly retired. The Jets traded for Ryan Clady but his injury history is very evident. Decker can provide the Jets with a capable lineman who can play inside or outside and protect whoever is under center in 2016. (Johnny)

21. Washington Redskins: OLB Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky

Washington just made a huge addition in signing cornerback Josh Norman to a lucrative five-year, $75 million contract, so I believe the focus at No. 21 should shift to adding pass-rush help to last year’s 25th-best passing defense. With Spencer still on the board at this position, I don’t think they can pass him up. (Ben)

22. Houston Texans: DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State

Houston is very thin on the defensive front, especially losing Jared Crick to free agency. Jones can provide another athletic player opposite All-Pro J.J. Watt and improve the depth at the position. (Johnny)

23. Minnesota Vikings: WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

There’s no question Minnesota’s biggest need is at receiver, and it would be a godsend if Treadwell, the draft’s top wideout, fell all the way to No. 23 for the Vikings. If he’s there, they’ll snag him. Detroit could be Minnesota’s biggest competition for WR at No. 16 if they decide not to strength its D-line. (Ben)

24. Cincinnati Bengals: WR Josh Doctson, TCU

Cincinnati lost wide receivers Marvin Lewis (DET) and Mohamed Sanu (ATL) via free agency, leaving a gaping hole behind AJ Green.  Doctson can step in and be a compliment to Green, with the ability to create space and make plays. (Johnny)

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: S Vonn Bell, Ohio State

Eli Apple out of Ohio State would have been my ideal pick for Pittsburgh at No. 25. Pittsburgh truly needs cornerback help, but safety help is just as important for Pittsburgh’s aging and depth-free secondary. Bell (5’11″/205) is one of the top safeties in this year’s class, and would be a welcome addition to Pittsburgh’s defense. (Ben)

26. Seattle Seahawks: C Ryan Kelly, Alabama

The interior offensive line was the weakness of Seattle’s line last season. Patrick Lewis was a surprise last season, while Kelly can provide stability at either guard or center for the Seahawks. (Johnny)

27. Green Bay Packers: DT A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama

Green Bay needs dire help along the interior of the defensive line, especially with B.J. Raji retiring earlier this off-season. Robinson, nicknamed “Man Child,” is a massive 6’3″/312 pounds and would help the Packers plug the middle of the field in running situations and assist in freeing up blitzing linebackers in passing situations. (Ben)

28. Kansas City Chiefs: CB William Jackson III, Houston

Kansas City’s defense was the key to their success last season, and Sean Smith leaving via free agency creates a need at CB for the Chiefs. Jackson has speed and quickness to be a starter right away for Kansas City. (Johnny)

29. Arizona Cardinals: DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson

Both offensively and defensively, Arizona exploded last year. Top five in both total offense and total defense. But if we were to pinpoint their biggest need, much like a number of other teams, it’s most certainly pass-rushing. (Ben)

30. Carolina Panthers: CB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech

The Josh Norman departure puts cornerback on the top of Carolina’s needs. While the Brandon Boykin signing helps, the Panthers need to add youth to the position. Fuller hurt his knee this season, but if not for that injury he’d be the top corner selected. The value Carolina gets here is tremendous. (Johnny)

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

Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler are out of the picture. Mark Sanchez is now slated as the 2016 starter, which is a little frightening if he doesn’t have depth behind him. With the top three QBs gone in the top 10, Denver should pull the trigger on Cook, the draft’s fourth-best QB, and let him sit behind Sanchez to begin the season. (Ben)

*Note: Patriots’ first-round pick was forfeited, leaving us with just 31 first-round picks this year.

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