2016 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 1.0: Browns land QB Jared Goff

By Bucky Brooks |

NFL Media analyst

Published: Jan. 17, 2016 at 10:23 p.m.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    OT
    Mississippi
    Projected trade to Titans
    After watching Marcus Mariota take a pounding in the pocket, the Titans could elect to invest heavily in the offensive line to make sure their franchise quarterback thrives going forward.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    California
    Projected trade to Browns
    Hue Jackson's esteemed reputation as a quarterback developer could prompt the Browns to make the Cal standout their new quarterback of the future.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    OT
    Notre Dame
    Protecting Philip Rivers makes it imperative for the Chargers to upgrade their offensive line after surrendering 40 sacks in 2015.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    DE
    Ohio St.
    If the Cowboys move on from Greg Hardy, the Ohio State standout could be a nice replacement as a disruptive playmaker off the edge.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    CB
    Florida St.
    Projected trade to Jaguars
    A pass rusher makes sense at this spot, but it would be hard for Gus Bradley to bypass a dynamic defender with a knack for making splash plays.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    CB
    Florida
    The Ravens' cornerback woes could lead Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh to grab the a confident playmaker with exceptional cover skills.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    WR
    Mississippi
    With Chip Kelly intent on installing a fast-paced offense in San Francisco, the 49ers could set their sights on nabbing a WR1 to build the passing game around.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    OLB
    UCLA
    Projected trade to Dolphins
    Despite Jack's season-ending knee injury, the Dolphins could take a flyer on the UCLA star to add a new-school linebacker with superb playmaking skills to the mix.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    DE
    Clemson
    The elevation of Dirk Koetter ensures the offense will continue to roll in Tampa, but the Buccaneers need to add playmakers along the line to fix an underachieving defense.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    DE
    Oregon
    Buckner is the kind of long, rangy defender that GM Jerry Reese needs to shore up a Giants defense that's struggled getting stops in critical moments.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    ILB
    Alabama
    The Bears are missing a disruptive force in the middle of their defense. Ragland is an instinctive "sideline to sideline" tackling machine with a knack for finding the ball.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    DT
    Alabama
    After fielding one of the worst defenses in NFL history, the Saints must add disruptive players at every level. Robinson is a menacing interior defender with the size and strength to control the middle of the line.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    OT
    Michigan St.
    Projected trade to Eagles
    The Eagles have neglected the offensive line at the top of the draft for years, but Jason Peters' age and recent injuries could prompt the team to look for a successor on the edge.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    DT
    Mississippi
    Jack Del Rio is building a bully in Oakland, but he needs to add more destructive defensive linemen to the lineup to help All-Pro DE/OLB Khalil Mack thrive off the edges.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    QB
    North Dakota St.
     
    Projected trade to Rams
    The Rams must get a franchise quarterback to finally reach the postseason. Despite playing at a small school, Wentz has all of the tools to quickly develop into a high-level starter as a pro.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    DT
    Alabama
    The Lions could elect to add an energetic interior defender to eventually replace Haloti Ngata as the team's designated destructive force in the middle. Reed not only brings energy, but he is a rugged playmaker capable of wreaking havoc at the point of attack.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    OLB
    Notre Dame
    Smith's injury could limit his ability to contribute as a rookie, but Dan Quinn's desire to add energetic playmakers to the defense could make this a worthwhile gamble for the Falcons.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    OT
    Ohio St.
    After getting a reprieve following a disappointing campaign marred by an injury to Andrew Luck, Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano could make a concerted effort to upgrade the pass protection.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    DE
    Oklahoma St.
    Following a disappointing performance from the Bills' defense, Rex Ryan could turn to the draft to add a versatile defender with the potential to contribute as a run stopper or pass rusher from multiple spots.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OLB
    Ohio St.
    Todd Bowles' creativity as a schemer could make Lee a nice fit on a defense that places a premium on featuring "run-and-chase" playmakers.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    CB
    Clemson
    Redskins GM Scot McCloughan prefers long, rangy cover corners (5-foot-10 or taller), but Alexander's skills as an aggressive bump-and-run defender could entice the team to grab the Clemson standout early in the draft.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    RB
    Ohio St.
    With the Texans possibly moving on from Arian Foster, Elliott could be the guy Bill O'Brien elects to feature as the focal point of the running game.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    TCU
    For Teddy Bridgewater to grow as a franchise quarterback, the Vikings need to add another playmaker to the lineup to maximize the young passer's talents. Docston would be a nice complement to Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph on the perimeter.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    WR
    Baylor
    Given the impending free-agent status of Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones, the Bengals could view Coleman as a viable complement to A.J. Green as a WR2 based on his explosive speed, quickness and playmaking ability.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    Ohio St.
    The Steelers covet long, rangy corners with ball skills and instincts to thrive in a zone-based system. Apple is an intriguing prospect with a championship pedigree and a rapidly improving game.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    NT
    Baylor
    Pete Carroll continues to guide the Seahawks deep into the postseason behind a dominant defense that features a number of stalwarts along the front line. Billings is an active defender with Brandon Mebane-like skills as an interior playmaker.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    DT
    UCLA
    The potential loss of B.J. Raji could prompt Ted Thompson to look for an athletic replacement with a diverse set of skills. Clark fits the bill as an energetic defender capable of playing multiple interior spots.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    CB
    Virginia Tech
    The Chiefs' press-man scheme is ideally suited to Fuller's skills. Although the Virginia Tech standout missed a portion of the 2015 season with an injury, the Chiefs could view him as a young starter opposite Marcus Peters.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    OLB
    Georgia
    The Cardinals could use another pass rusher to complement Markus Golden on passing downs. Floyd is an explosive edge player with explosive first-step quickness and closing speed.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    DE
    Clemson
    Despite the Panthers' defensive dominance in 2015, the unit needs a young disruptive presence off the edge to alleviate the pressure on the linebackers and secondary in coverage. Dodd is a big-bodied athlete capable of wreaking havoc at the line of scrimmage.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    RB
    Alabama
    The Broncos have a couple of productive backs on the roster (C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman), but Henry is a unique one-cut runner with exceptional speed and athleticism for a big back.
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