Clough: 2016 NFL Mock Draft

Clough: 2016 NFL Mock Draft

The Browns have settled for their quarterback, and it appears the Broncos are close to doing the same. That leaves the Rams with the greatest motivation to move up in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Kevin Clough

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. 

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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