Carle’s NFL Mock Draft

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April is here, and that means the NFL Draft is right around the corner. Free Agency has settled down, and teams now know their needs in order to put their best possible team on the field. The draft is returning to Chicago, which was a surprise because last year was the first in a while to not be hosted at Radio City Music Hall, in New York. One note to realize for the first round. New England will not have a pick due to the “Deflategate” incidents. There are 31 picks in round one. The stage is set, Tennessee is on the clock.

  1. Tennessee Titans – Needs: OT,CB,S,DE – Pick: Laremy Tunsil,OT
  2. Cleveland Browns – Needs: QB,WR,DL,ILB,OL- Pick: Carson Wentz,QB, The Browns will have a big choice between the D-line and quarterback on their first pick. While many will say since they just signed RG3 and they should draft Joey Bosa from OSU, Wentz will make a nice fit into Hue Jackson’s offense.

    Photo by USATSI, via, of Carson Wentz
    Photo by USATSI, via, of Carson Wentz
  3. San Diego Chargers – Needs: DL,S,TE,OL – Pick: Jalen Ramsey, CB/S
  4. Dallas Cowboys – Needs: CB,QB,RB,DT – Pick: Joey Bosa, DE, Running backs are a dime a dozen, so the Cowboys will look to Bosa and pass on Elliot in round one.
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Needs: CB,C,OLB,OG – Pick: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, The Florida native would be a terrific pickup for a this Jacksonville Secondary.
  6. Baltimore Ravens – Needs: OL,CB,OLB,WR – Pick: Myles Jack, LB
  7. San Francisco 49ers – Needs: QB,ILB,OT,OG,WR – Pick: Jared Goff, QB
  8. Philadelphia Eagles – Needs: RB,OL,DT/DE,WR – Pick: Ezekiel Elliot, RB The explosive back from Ohio State is a must get for the Eagles future ground game after the departure of DeMarco Murray.
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Needs: CB,OT,S,DE – Pick: DeForest Buckner, DE
  10. New York Giants – Needs: LB,WR,OL,RB,S – Pick: Ronnie Stanley, OT Stanley will give Eli Manning much needed protection from the Tackle position.
  11. Chicago Bears – Needs: DE,OL,CB,DL – Pick: Shaq Lawson, DE
  12. New Orleans Saints – Needs: DL,OLB,CB,OG – Pick: Sheldon Rankins, DT
  13. Miami Dolphins – Needs: CB,OT,OG,DE – Pick: Eli Apple, CB
  14. Oakland Raiders – Needs: OT,CB,ILB,S,RB – Pick: Leonard Floyd, OLB
  15. Las Angeles Rams – Needs: QB,WR,C,DB – Pick: Laquon Treadwell, WR Treadwell will give Nick Foles a valuable weapon and deep threat that the Rams need.
  16. Detroit Lions – Needs: OT,CB,ILB,DL – Pick: A’Shawn Robinson, DT
  17. Atlanta Falcons – Needs: DL,S,ILB,OG – Pick: Darron Lee, OLB
  18. Indianapolis Colts – Needs: OL,OLB,CB,FS – Pick: Jack Conklin,OT Conklin would give an often banged up Andrew Luck great protection.
  19. Buffalo Bills Needs: RT,DL,WR,LB,K – Pick: Kevin Dodd, DE
  20. New York Jets -Needs: DL,OL,TE,CB – Pick: Reggie Ragland, ILB
  21. Washington Redskins – Needs: C,DL,WR,CB – Pick: Jaylon Smith, OLB Even with his injury, Smith has proved in combine workouts that he has the athletic skills to be a factor for teams such as the Redskins.
  22. Houston Texans – Needs: DE,WR,OL,TE – Pick: Corey Coleman, WR
  23. Minnesota Vikings – Needs: WR,OT,OG,P – Pick: Josh Doctson, WR
  24. Cincinnati Bengals – Needs: WR,NT,LB,C – Pick: Will Fuller, WR The Irish wideout would be a compliment to AJ Green, and add a key weapon to Andy Dalton’s arsenal after the departure of Sanu, and Jones.

    Photo by, of Wideout Will Fuller from Notre Dame
    Photo by, of Notre Dame’s Will Fuller
  25.  Pittsburgh Steelers – Needs: CB,S,OG,OLB – Pick: Mackensie Alexander, CB
  26. Seattle Seahawks – Needs: CB,OT,OG,DL – Pick: Robert Nkemdiche, DE
  27. Green Bay Packers – Needs: ILB,OLB,OT,TE – Pick: Taylor Decker, OT
  28. Kansas City Chiefs – Needs: OLB,QB,WR,DL – Pick: Paxton Lynch, QB
  29. Arizona Cardinals – Needs: S,OLB,CB,TE – Pick: Darian Thompson, S
  30. Carolina Panthers – Needs: OT,DE,DB,RB – Pick: Derrick Henry, RB With the surprise late first round pick, Henry will give the Panther offense another weapon for Cam Newton.
  31. Denver Broncos – Needs: QB,OL,DL,LB – Pick: Connor Cook,QB This may be a shock to many readers as Cook has not shown much 1st round skills. Although the Broncos are desperate for a QB, they could trade up.

More things could happen in the 1st round. Trade could occur, and there could be picks that may not make much sense. The Draft is a chance for teams to rebuild, or strengthen themselves. So come Draft Day the excietment in the NFL will be at its pinnacle. For the 2016 NFL Draft has begun, and the Tennessee Titans are now on the clock.