Clough: 2016 NFL Mock Draft

Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a lot of shuffling that has taken place with numerous NFL teams. And once again, that shuffling has been fixated on the quarterback position. Cleveland did the unthinkable (but yet, not for Cleveland), and signed free agent quarterback Robert Griffin III. For now he is the starter in Cleveland, but it makes the drafting of Carson Wentz or any quarterback at the number two spot very unlikely. The 49ers and Broncos are close to agreeing on a trade for beleaguered quarterback Colin Kaepernick. And in all likelihood, once that trade is completed Ryan Fitzpatrick will sign with the Jets.

Cleveland ultimately chose RG3 over Carson Wentz. So why would Cleveland stay at the number 2 spot?

If all of these moves come to fruition, it would make for a very different draft that most mock experts had not anticipated. The Rams would still be left with Case Keenum as their starting quarterback, and despite their recent “commitments” to Keenum, there is no way the Rams do not, at the very least, contemplate making a move for quarterback. But at number 15, they would run the risk of missing out on the top three quarterbacks in the draft (Wentz, Jared Goff, and Paxton Lynch). Head coach Jeff Fisher has been burned many times in the draft, and he can not afford to miss out again, not if he wants to keep his job beyond 2016.

So what will the Rams do? The St. Louis Rams could never find that next great signal caller once Kurt Warner left. The new Los Angeles Rams should be as aggressive as possible. Which means a big trade is brewing in this year’s NFL Draft.

Round 1

1. Tennessee: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2. Los Angeles: Carson Wentz, QB, ND State
3. San Diego: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
4. Dallas: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
5. Jacksonville: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA
6. Baltimore: La’Quon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
7. San Francisco: Jared Goff, QB, California
8. Philadelphia: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
9. Tampa Bay: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
10. New York G: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
11. Chicago: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
12. New Orleans: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
13. Miami: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
14. Oakland: Ronnie Staley, OT, Notre Dame
15. Cleveland: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
16. Detroit: Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss
17. Atlanta: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
18. Indianapolis: MacKenzie Alexander, CB, Clemson
19. Buffalo: Emmanual Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
20. New York J: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
21. Washington: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
22. Houston: Adolphus Thompson, DT, Ohio State
23. Minnesota: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
24. Cincinnati: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
25. Pittsburgh: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
26. Seattle: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
27. Green Bay: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
28. Kansas City: Max Turek, C, USC
29. Arizona: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
30. Denver: Jarren Reed, DT, Alabama
31. Carolina: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State


Los Angeles trades their 1st pick (15th overall), 1st pick (2017), 2nd pick (2016), 4th round (2017) to Cleveland for their 1st pick (2nd overall), 5th pick (2017)

Round 2

32. Cleveland: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
33. Tennessee: Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn
34. Dallas: Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
35. San Diego: Vadal Alexander, G, LSU
36. Baltimore: Su’a Cravens, S/LB, USC
37. San Francisco: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
38. Jacksonville: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor
39. Tampa Bay: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
40. New York G: Germain Ifredi, G/T, Texas A&M
41. Chicago Bears: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
42. Miami Dolphins: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
43. Cleveland: Keanu Neal, S, Florida
44. Oakland: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
45. Los Angeles: Kenny Lawler, WR, California
46. Detroit: Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
47. New Orleans: Denver Kirkland, G/OT, Arkansas
48. Indianapolis: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
49. Buffalo: Shilique Calhoun, DE/OLB, Michigan State
50. Atlanta: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
51. New York J: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
52. Houston: Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri
53. Washington: William Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
54. Minnesota: Austin Johnson, DE/DT, Penn State
55. Cincinnati: Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
56. Seattle: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
57. Green Bay: Nick Martin, G/C, Notre Dame
58. Pittsburgh: Austin Hooper, TE, Indiana
59. Kansas City: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
60. New England: Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame
61. New England: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
62. Carolina: Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
63. Denver: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas