Some players made a lot of money after their Combine performance. Others made money after they showed off at their Pro Day. Then there were others who will benefit from NFL Free Agency. This is my Mock Draft, 2.0 – after players moved from team to team and cashed in on millions. Players at the top remained at the top, only the order may have shifted a bit.
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Tennessee Titans – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The general consensus is Laremy Tunsil would be the top pick. Bosa had a better Pro Day than Combine performance. Edge pass rushers are a basic need of every team.
Cleveland Browns – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Let me first say I don’t like this quarterback class. Wentz is the best of the lot with a great arm and all the intangibles. But he is going to Cleveland and he won’t make people forget Andrew Luck,
San Diego Chargers – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
The Chargers have many holes to fill. The thought was Jalen Ramsey would be the pick here to replace Eric Weddle. Tunsil falling to this spot makes it impossible to pass him by.
Dallas Cowboys – Jalen Ramsey, DB, FSU
Ramsey is the best safety to come out in some time. He immediately makes the Cowboys back line better. The Jaguars had hoped he would be available, but Jerry Jones gets a solid defensive player.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
The Jaguars get the best athlete in this draft. And they get a linebacker who will team with Telvin Smith to give the defense the fastest linebacker duo in the league.
Baltimore Ravens – Vernon Hargreaves, DB, Florida
Hargreaves is bigger than many scouts thought at the Combine and has proven he is a solid hitter and tackler. The Ravens defense is not the defense it used to be, Hargreaves gives them a player to build on.
San Francisco 49ers – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
I am inclined to think the team keeps Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers need playmakers and could find one in Treadwell, who is the best pass catcher in the draft. His size and skill reminds me of Terrell Owens.
Philadelphia Eagles – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
The Chip Kelly Era has ended in Philadelphia. Now, the Doug Pederson Era begins with the Eagles hoping to win now. Defense wins titles and Buckner is a disruptive force the unit could use.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mackensie Alexander, DB, Clemson
The Buccaneers have an offensive minded coach in Dirk Koetter and a need to improve the defense. Alexander may be the best cornerback in this draft. The secondary gets a major boost.
New York Giants – Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Spence is too good to pass up. The questions still persist about his past and his drug issues that got him kicked out of Ohio State. Spence may be the best pure pass rusher in this draft.
Chicago Bears – Leonard Floyd, OLB. Georgia
Defense is the name of the game in Chicago. A new commitment to speed and agility, which includes the signing in Danny Trevathan, Floyd can play at linebacker and on the edge on the line.
New Orleans Saints – A’Shawn Robinson, DE/DT, Alabama
The Saints need help all over the defense. This is a must for the Saints to compete for a playoff berth. Now that Rob Ryan is gone and everything is new in the Big Easy, Robinson gives the team a pass rusher.
Miami Dolphins – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
The Dolphins Adam Gase is about offense, which means Miami should be shoring up on offense. Ragland might be too much to pass up.
Oakland Raiders – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
I personally think Lawson could be another pass rushing terror in the mold of Kevin Greene. The Raiders did a great job in free agency on the offense and defense and take a hybrid pass rusher with great upside.
Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff, QB, California
The second best quarterback in this draft “falls” to Los Angeles, a team trying to create a buzz with its move from St. Louis. Picking Goff tells everyone Nick Foles is on a short leash.
Detroit Lions – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
If it weren’t for many questions off the field, Nkemdiche would be among the top five players picked in this draft. Being taken it No. 16 is generous and he could fall farther. The talent is there, but there is a risk.
Atlanta Falcons – Eli Apple, DB, Ohio State
While there was plenty for Roddy White to say as he left the Falcons about the offense, the defense still needs help. Apple is a solid defender and a fast riser on many draft board.
Indianapolis Colts – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
The run on offensive linemen won’t happen this year as there aren’t as many first round talents. Conklin got his lesson in the Big 10 and will help the Colts protect Andrew Luck from further injury.
Buffalo Bills – Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
For a team that was supposed to be a force under Rex Ryan, there are still plenty of needs on defense. Now that Buffalo released Mario Williams, Ogbah steps in with a chance to make an immediate impact.
New York Jets – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
The Jets get a bruising back to add to the offense. New York still has plenty of questions on offense, and lost Chris Ivory in free agency. Elliott becomes the bellcow this team needs to run effectively.
Washington Redskins – Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
You have to figure Redskins fans and management wanted Elliott to run the ball in DC. They won’t pull the trigger on Derrick Henry, but will take care of a need on defense. Reed was a terror inside for ‘Bama.
Houston Texans – Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Billings may wind up being one of those unsung players who is taken in the middle of the draft and becomes an All-Pro player. Houston solved its quarterback issue, now it loads up on defense.
Minnesota Vikings – Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
Minnesota has many ways it can use this pick. The offensive line still needs some help. Either a tackle or a guard make sense here. Whitehair is the best on the board. The Vikings are a team on the rise.
Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
After the team lost both Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones, a wide receiver is a must with this pick. Coleman is an electric pass catcher who will be a solid pick opposite AJ Green.
Pittsburgh Steelers – William Jackson III, Houston
Jackson is a great tackler and proved his ability against FSU in the post season. The Steelers have an obvious need in the secondary. Jackson is a perfect fit.
Seattle Seahawks – Taylor Decker, Tackle, Ohio State
I wonder if Seattle is thinking about replacing Marshawn Lynch? If so, Derrick Henry is a possibility. If not, the team can get a solid tackle to help protect against Russell Okung leaving.
Green Bay Packers – Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Many draft boards have Rankins rated higher than I do. He is a solid defensive tackle on a team that did not play great defense. The Packers are slowly rebuilding the defensive line. Rankins is a solid addition.
Kansas City Chiefs – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
If there was a player who helped himself at the Combine, it was Dodd, who was a second round pick before Indianapolis. The Chiefs may go running back, but they get depth to compete in the AFC West
Arizona Cardinals – Darren Lee, Linebacker, Ohio State
Arizona has few holes to fill and could look for a replacement for Larry Fitzgerald, who at some point will call it a career. Lee is a solid linebacker who provides depth and is too good to pass up.
Carolina Panthers – Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
There are other holes to hill in Carolina’s line-up, but Henry had a solid Combine and could be a late first round pick. He and Johnathan Stewart would be a great combination.
Denver Broncos – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
There was a thought the Broncos would use this pick to shore up the offensive live or maybe replace Malik Jackson. Even with the trade for Mark Sanchez, Denver must find the signal caller of the future.