In making this mock draft I used the most current NFL odds used in Las Vegas to determine draft order. So, no. I am not making any predictions on the outcome of the NFL season. I left that up to the experts. Second I cross referenced best player available versus need. I hope you enjoy this 2016 NFL Mock draft let me know what you think.
❶ Odds: 200/1
OSU DT/DE Joey Bosa Bosa is the rare prospect whose stock could go wire to wire as the consensus overall pick. OT Joeckell has been a bust and the 2016 is loaded with highend OTs but the Jags will ultimately opt to add a base end opposite of last year’s first rounder, DE/OLB Dante Fowler, Jr.
❷ NFL Odds: 75/1
Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg Rex Ryan always has a defense but he has never had a QB. Hackenberg has flaws, mainly touch, but teams will fall in love with his prototypical size and cannon of an arm. Although there are a ton of QBs coming out in 2016 they all have flaws. Hackenberg’s look like the most easily correctable.
❸ NFL Odds: 75/1
Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III Tennessee has a lot of holes. They take the best player available.
❹ NFL Odds: 60/1
Ole’ Miss WR LaQuon Treadwell VJax will be a FA in 2017. This gives TB two huge, athletic twin tower targets for Winston.
❺ NFL Odds: 50/1
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – SEPTEMBER 13: Ronnie Stanley #78 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish moves to block during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley Even after a couple of quality drafts, the Raiders are still a bad team with enough holes to BPA. The future is still bright as the Raiders are young at two of the three premium positions in football (QB, DE & OT).
Current LT, Donald Penn, is due for an extension but he also on the wrong side of 30. Based on recent history it is highly unlikely that McKenzie will sign Penn to a mega-extension despite playing at a high level, top 10 NFL OT. The Raiders have money to burn, perhaps it might be smart to give Penn the extension, draft Stanley as his successor, let Stanley start his career at RT and when he eventually wins the battle at LT Penn can finish his career on the right. #Winning!
❻ NFL Odds: 50/1
Ohio State QB Cardale Jones The Browns look to end their carousel at QB by drafting the local prospect with a huge following. I think Cook has the higher ceiling but the fan base might riot if they pass on the Buckeye.
❼ NFL Odds: 50/1
MSU QB Connor Cook The Jets solidify the QB position by taking the gritty QB whose familiar with playing in the cold and wind.
❽ NFL Odds: 40/1
Ole’ Miss OT Laremy Tunsil LT Matt Kalil cannot stay healthy and both RT Loadholt and LT Kalil will be FAs in 2017.
❾ NFL Odds: 40/1
Oklahoma St. DE Emmanuel Ogbah The Dolphins select an edge rusher to either pair opposite of Cameron Wake or succeed him in 2017 when he becomes a 34 year old FA. DEs also go higher than expected.
❿ NFL Odds: 40/1
California QB Jared Goff Picking this high Washington will be moving on from RGIII. Goff could be a bit of a reach at this point in the draft but if you don’t have a QB you can’t win.
⓫ NFL Odds: 40/1
OSU OT Taylor Decker The Panthers need to shore up their offensive line to protect the franchise QB that they just signed to a long-term contract.
⓬ NFL Odds: 40/1
Michigan State OT Jack Conklin The Panthers will be desperate at the OT position in 2016.
⓭ NFL Odds: 40/1
Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith Atlanta gets the defensive field general they need.
⓮ NFL Odds: 35/1
Alabama MLB Reggie Ragland The Chiefs are already doing the background research on Ragland. He’s a stout fire hydrant in the middle and could learn from ILB Derrick Johnson who is getting long in the tooth.
⓯ NFL Odds: 35/1
UCLA LB Myles Jack The Cards get more range and speed at LB.
⓰ NFL Odds: 30/1
Alabama DE/DT A’Shawn Robinson DE Crick is a FA in 2016. A 34 DL of Watt, Wilfork and A’Shawn is quite formidable.
⓱ NFL Odds: 30/1
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliot As talented as Dallas’ Offensive line is, a special RB behind THAT OL could put the Cowboys over the top.
⓲ NFL Odds: 28/1
Florida State S/CB Jalen Ramsey Both Janoris and Trumaine are FAs in 2016.
⓳ NFL Odds: 25/1
Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller The Lions will have a hole in their secondary.
⓴ NFL Odds: 25/1
Baylor DE Shawn Oakman JPP’s eventual successor? We all know how the Giants LOVE 43 DEs.
bA NFL Odds: 25/1
Ole’ Miss DE/DT Robert Nkemdiche Tremendously athletic but an underperformer.
bB NFL Odds: 20/1
Arkansas TE Henry Hunter TE Heath Miller will be a 33 free agent and his doppleganger just got drafted. He gone.
bC NFL Odds: 45/1
Michigan State OLB/DE Shilique Calhoun Perfect fit for Fangio’s 34 and the edge rusher they desperately need.
bD NFL Odds: 18/1
Alabama TE OJ Howard The Colts surround Luck with yet another weapon.
bE NFL Odds: 18/1
Tennessee CB Cameron Sutton Cincy CB Leon Hall will be a FA in 2016 and on the wrong side of 30.
bF NFL Odds: 15/1
Oregon DE/DL DeForest Buckner Oregon connection. Steal at this point in the draft.
bG NFL Odds: 14/1
Pitt WR Tyler Boyd BPA. Plus, a big WR is a need.
bH NFL Odds: 8/1
bI NFL Odds: 7/1
UCLA DT Kenny Clark BPA.
cJ NFL Odds: 5.5/1
LSU OT/OG Vadal Alexander SF likes OL that can bully people. Vadal fits the mold and potentially could be a plug and play player at either RT or RG.
cA NFL Odds: 5/1
OT Germain Ifedi Seattle must address it’s OL. Okung could walk and their OL is already porous.
cB NFL Odds: 5/1
USC ILB S’ua Cravens Cravens plays the hybrid S/OLB role for the Trojans. His coverage skills, athleticism and range transition nicely into an ILB. Both ILBs Marshall and Trevathan will be FAs in 2016.