The Philly Sports Network Full NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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So far we’ve published two Eagles mock drafts, but to get a better understanding of who the Eagles may pick at number 13, it’s important to be conscious of the teams drafting both before and after to establish an idea of who may or may not be available..so here is our first full NFL Mock Draft.

1. Tennessee Titans: OLE MISS OT Laremy Tunsil
Many things go into building a contender. The Titans, last year, acquired one of those things in QB Marcus Mariota, and this year they would be wise to grab someone to protect him. Tunsil is the best offensive lineman in the draft and with the next team with a need for talent at the position being five picks down the road, this is a no brainer for the Titans who have no reason not to take Tunsil.

Comparison: Joe Staley

2. Cleveland Browns: CALIFORNIA QB Jared Goff

Hue Jackson will have a big decision as there are three intriguing quarterbacks in this years class, but Goff is the most pro ready and the safest pick. Risky quarterback picks have not been to kind to the Browns in recent years and with the Manziel saga now effectively buried, Cleveland is still looking for the man to lead their franchise and Goff is likely to have the most immediate impact.

Comparison: Teddy Bridgewater

3. San Diego Chargers: OHIO STATE DE Joey Bosa

The Chargers have their franchise quarterback, they have a young promising running back, and they have a go to option in the passing game. It is time to address the Defense for San Diego and Bosa may be the best player in the draft when all is said and done.

Comparison: Jared Allen

4. Dallas Cowboys: OREGON DE DeForest Buckner

The Cowboys will think long and hard about selecting a replacement for Romo, but in the end, they will decide against it and instead look to replace the outgoing DE Greg Hardy.

Comparison: Calais Campbell

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: FLORIDA STATE FS/CB: Jalen Ramsey

Gus Bradley will keep feeding the Defense to go along with what has been an increasingly impressive Offense.  A player of Ramsey’s talent will go a long way in finally ending the Jaguars long rebuild.

Comparison: Ed Reed

6. Baltimore Ravens: NOTRE DAME OT: Ronnie Stanley

The Ravens got a mulligan on last year and now they look to build some protection for franchise quarterback Joe Flacco. Stanley will be on the radar of many teams down the order with Philadelphia definitely being one of them. Baltimore suffered a beating this season as their line failed to protect the Quarterback leading to ultimately what became a disaster..they’d be smart to take Stanley at number 6.

Comparison: Tyron Smith

7. San Francisco 49ers: ALABAMA DT A’Shawn Robinson

The Niners could well draft a quarterback here, but because Goff is already taken, Chip Kelly and GM Trent Baalke will instead aim to build the Defense up and go ahead with Kaepernick to lead Kelly’s up tempo offense.

Comparison: Kawann Short

8. Miami Dolphins: FLORIDA CB Vernon Hargreaves

The Dolphins were a surprise disappointment in 2015. They have talent all over the roster and with no major holes, should be comfortable with settling for the best player available. Hargreaves could quickly develop into a shutdown corner and is the most impressive corner in this years draft.

Comparison: Josh Norman

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CLEMSON CB Mackenzie Alexander

The Buccaneers are a team that could make a big leap in 2016 with new HC Dirk Koetter. The selection of promising cornerbacks would help solidify what is an already talented Defense. There’s no real Offensive need and the pass rush is coming along nicely, leading to the Bucs decision to take the Clemson corner.

Comparison: Chris Harris Jr.

10. New York Giants: UCLA LB Myles Jack

The Giants Defense last year was a disaster. They simply have to improve and because there is no one real glaring weakness (they’re all pretty big), they’d have no excuse not to take the best defensive player available. Jack missed last season due to an injury but he has one of the higher upsides in this draft and is surely worth taking a risk on.

Comparison: Sean Lee

11. Chicago Bears: NOTRE DAME LB Jaylon Smith

If it was not for Jeremy Langford bursting onto the scene last year, Ezekiel Elliot might have been the pick here. Instead the Bears look at their past at guys like Urlacher and Lance Briggs, and decide to build the Defense around the linebacking core. Smith, although injured, could be the captain of the Bears Defense sooner rather than later.

Comparison: NaVorro Bowman

12. New Orleans Saints: CLEMSON DE Shaq Lawson

With Brees getting older, the Saints need to capitalize on the last few opportunities they have left to contend. Lawson would provide a solid addition to a pretty weak pass rush.

Comparison: Ziggy Ansah

13. Philadelphia Eagles: NORTH DAKOTA STATE QB Carson Wentz

The more and more I watch Wentz, the more I like him. Paxton Lynch and Wentz are pretty similar in their build and abilities, but in the end, I have a feeling Roseman and Doug Pederson fall in love with the all-around talent of Wentz. There is a chance Wentz gets snatched up well before this, however in this mock, the Eagles get (hopefully) their franchise quarterback.

Sam Bradford’s future is likely not a factor here. IF Pederson is going to “groom” a Quarterback then it’s not exactly the worst decision to sit him behind a former number one overall pick and the second most accurate Quarterback in the NFL last season. If Bradford does have a future elsewhere then Wentz does have an incredibly focused coaching group to support him. IF the Eagles take a Quarterback at 13, it is a risk…but one that could pay off massively. Be it this upcoming season or one down the line.

Comparison: Poor man’s Cam Newton

14. Oakland Raiders: ALABAMA ILB Reggie Ragland

Khalil Mack looked like a stud selection two years ago and the Raiders are officially on their way to becoming a very formidable team. Getting a thumper like Ragland and pairing him with a pass rusher like Mack would make it difficult for teams to get any type of Offense going against them.

Comparison: Brandon Spikes

15. Los Angeles Rams: MEMPHIS QB Paxton Lynch

The Rams, maybe other than the Browns, is the most quarterback needy team in the draft. They should be very happy that Lynch fell into their lap this late in the first round.

Comparison: Blake Bortles

16. Detroit Lions: OLE MISS WR Laquon Treadwell

Now that Calvin Johnson has retired, the Lions need to replace him. Treadwell is not Megatron, but he could be a steal at 16.

Comparison: Alshon Jeffrey

17. Atlanta Falcons: OLE MISS DE/DT Robert Nkemdiche

The Falcons and coach Dan Quinn select the most intriguing player in the draft in Nkemdiche. The Ole Miss product could be a game changing talent or a guy who had all the talent in the world but never could put it together.

Comparison: Michael Bennett

18. Indianapolis Colts: MICHIGAN STATE OT Jake Conklin

There have been reports that quarterback Andrew Luck is in for a monster contract extension. The logical decision here would be to grab a guy who can protect their franchise investment.

Comparison: Doug Free

19. Buffalo Bills: OHIO STATE OT Taylor Decker

The Bills may be without LeSean McCoy for a period of time due to his off the field issues, but it does not hurt to build the offensive line. Tyrod Taylor is a smaller quarterback and it would be wise to select a player who could help him stay healthy.

Comparison: Jake Long

20. New York Jets: OHIO STATE LB Darron Lee

The Jets need their Defense to lead them instead of Chris Ivory and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Lee is a versatile linebacker who can rush the passer and help stuff the run.

Comparison: Daryl Washington

21. Washington Redskins: BAYLOR DT Andrew Billings

The Redskins have a solid opportunity to build on their surprise NFC East title. Billings could turn out to be a quality steal at this stage in the draft, and he has the ability to free up the pass rush for guys like Ryan Kerrigan.

Comparison: Star Lotulelei

22. Houston Texans: OHIO STATE HB Ezekiel Elliot

Honestly, Elliot will probably be gone by this time in the draft but according to this mock, the Texans grab a future star. Arian Foster carried this team for many years and it is time for a stud like Elliot to take over.

Comparison: Arian Foster

23. Minnesota Vikings: BAYLOR WR Corey Coleman

Coleman was a star last season with Baylor and it is time for the Vikings to build their Offense. In a couple of years the duo of Stefon Diggs and Coleman could be one of the better ones in the league.

Comparison: T.Y. Hilton

24. Cincinnati Bengals: OHIO STATE WR Michael Thomas

Now that we know Andy Dalton has the makeup of a top starter in the league, he is going to need more weapons. Thomas will not light the world on fire but he will certainly draw single coverages playing across A.J. Green and he could turn into a vital part of the Bengals going forward.

Comparison: Allen Hurns

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: ALABAMA DT Jarran Reed

 The Steelers Offense may be the best in the NFL, the defense, on the other hand could use some more pieces. Reed is a plus run stopping defensive tackle who could play nose tackle for Keith Butler’s 3-4 Defense.

Comparison: Bennie Logan

26. Seattle Seahawks: AUBURN OT Shon Coleman

Russell Okung is probably on his way out and the Seahawks would be smart to find his replacement. Coleman or Indiana’s Jason Spriggs could go here.

Comparison: Brandon Albert

27. Green Bay Packers: GEORGIA OLB Leonard Floyd

Finally the first “edge rusher” comes off the board. Floyd has a pretty high ceiling and the Packers could afford to focus on Defense here while Jordy Nelson returns to the Offense.

Comparison: Vic Beasley

28. Kansas City Chiefs: TCU WR Josh Doctson

Playing in TCU’s up tempo spread certainly aided to the breakout of Doctson, but he may still have enough to squeak into the first round. Doctson was a touchdown machine and he fits perfectly with a team that two years ago did not have a wide receiver catch a pass in the end zone.

Comparison: James Jones

29. Arizona Cardinals: OHIO STATE CB Eli Apple

The addition of Apple could add to an already impressive secondary. A pass rusher could be an option also, however, the combination of Apple and Patrick Peterson will be too tempting to pass up.

Comparison: Stephen Gilmore

30. Carolina Panthers: Eastern Kentucky DE Noah Spence

Some have Spence in the top ten and others have him in the third round. The Panthers miss out on the top four wide receivers so they instead go for the high risk, high reward pass rusher.

Comparison: Vinny Curry

31Denver Broncos: KANSAS STATE G Cody Whitehair

As Manning presumably rides off into the sunset after the Super Bowl victory, the Broncos will probably turn to Brock Osweiler. Whitehair is an impressive interior lineman prospect that could help the Broncos in their quest to repeat.

Comparison: Marshal Yanda

 

 

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