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2016 NFL Mock Draft — Xavier Cromartie’s First-Round Mock (10.0)

Author:
Xavier Cromartie
Air Date:
April 27, 2016

The following is the Xavier Cromartie / College Football Metrics FINAL mock draft for entry into The Huddle Report’s mock draft contest. The scoring is 1 point per player correctly predicted in the first round plus 2 points per player linked to the correct team.

New position labels:

9T = 9-technique = 3-4 OLB

7T = 7-technique = 4-3 DE

5T = 5-technique = 3-4 DE

3T = 3-technique = 4-3 DE

1T = 1-technique = 4-3 NT

0T = 0-technique = 3-4 NT

$LB = Moneybacker = the Deone Bucannon position

 

 

Round 1 (team/player/school/ + or – from last report/pick # last report)

 

  1. Los Angeles Rams (via TEN): QB Jared Goff (Cal) 1

Needs: QB, FS, WR, CB, MLB

Note that the goal of this mock is to match teams to players.

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (via CLE): QB Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) 2

Needs: CB, RB, 3T, QB, G

Whatever.

 

  1. San Diego Chargers: 5T DeForest Buckner (Oregon) (+) 7

Needs: FS, SS, 5T, C, TE

I don’t like putting a 5-tech this high, but it makes more sense than Ronnie Stanley.

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys: S Jalen Ramsey (Florida State) (-) 3

Needs: CB, RB, 7T, 3T, MLB

The best players are still on the board.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: WLB Myles Jack (UCLA) 5

Needs: MLB, SS, C, WR, SLB

“Myles Jack no matter what.”

 

  1. Baltimore Ravens: OT Laremy Tunsil (Mississippi) 6

Needs: 5T, CB, 9T, SS, G

They take the best player available.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers: OT Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) (+) 8

Needs: WR, CB, QB, MLB, RT

We could see Stanley at 3 and Buckner at 7 instead.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins (TRADE): RB Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State) (+) 13

Needs: RB, CB, G, WLB, TE

They trade up because the CBs at 13 aren’t appealing.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 7T Joey Bosa (Ohio State) (-) 4

Needs: 7T, WR, CB, RT, SLB

Floyd and Rankins are options here, but I can see Bosa sliding here easily.

 

  1. New York Giants: 9T Leonard Floyd (Georgia) 10

Needs: LT, SLB, MLB, 3T, FS

Hope he gets by the Bucs. I’ve had him near the top 10 all along.

 

  1. Chicago Bears: 3T Sheldon Rankins (Louisville) (+) 12

Needs: LT, 5T, CB, RB, WR

This area seems too early, but I’ll go with the top 10 buzz.

 

  1. New Orleans Saints: 3T Jarran Reed (Alabama) (-) 11

Needs: WR, 3T, 7T, WLB, G

I expect Reed to go in the 11-16 range.

 

  1. Cleveland Browns (TRADE): WR Laquon Treadwell (Mississippi) (-) 9

Needs: WR, FS, RT, 9T, RB

Sounds like he’s the guy they actually want.

 

  1. Oakland Raiders: CB Vernon Hargreaves (Florida) 14

Needs: MLB, FS, 3T, RB, CB

I’d like to put Ragland here out of need, but Hargreaves should be available.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans (via LA): OT Jack Conklin (Michigan State) 15

Needs: RT, FS, CB, MLB, TE

I don’t know if they go to 8 or 10 or stay here, but I have to give them Conklin.

 

  1. Detroit Lions: OT Taylor Decker (Ohio State) (+) 27

Needs: LT, SS, 3T, CB, 7T

They should take the chance to get an OT.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons: 3T Kenny Clark (UCLA) (+) NR

Needs: FS, SS, 3T, WLB, G

A bold break away from the consensus pick of Darron Lee.

 

  1. Indianapolis Colts: C Ryan Kelly (Alabama) (+) 29

Needs: 9T, C, 1T, RB, SS

It could be too early for Spence or Correa, so they should pounce on Kelly.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills: WLB Darron Lee (Ohio State) (-) 17

Needs: 7T, MLB, WR, QB, RT

Talk of Hackenberg here is the smokiest smoke that ever smoked.

 

  1. New York Jets: QB Paxton Lynch (Memphis) 20

Needs: QB, 9T, TE, G, 5T

They might have to move into the teens to get him. But I think he’s valued right around here at 20.

 

  1. Washington Pigskins: MLB Reggie Ragland (Alabama) (-) 19

Needs: MLB, 1T, WR, C, RB

They could go in a lot of directions, especially trading down. This pick matches need and value.

 

  1. Houston Texans: WR Will Fuller (Notre Dame) 22

Needs: WR, SS, 5T, TE, C

Here’s the area where you take the fast, upside WRs.

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings: WR Josh Doctson (Texas Christian) 23

Needs: WR, WLB, SS, 3T, CB

Maybe they do go BPA, but that’s Doctson here.

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: S Karl Joseph (West Virginia) (+) NR

Needs: WR, 1T, SS, 7T, CB

They could reach for a WR.

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB William Jackson (Houston) (-) 21

Needs: SS, CB, LT, 9T, 1T

Some sort of DB here.

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks: 7T Kevin Dodd (Clemson) (+) NR

Needs: LT, 3T, G, RT, CB

I’m not sure that the Seahawks will actually stick around and pick in round 1.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers: 5T Vernon Butler (Louisiana Tech) (-) 16

Needs: 5T, RB, LT, MLB, TE

I like this fit.

 

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Eli Apple (Ohio State) 28

Needs: CB, WR, G, 9T, 5T

This pick has been the same for a month.

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals: S Keanu Neal (Florida) (-) 25

Needs: CB, FS, C, 9T, WR

Ryan Kelly is likely gone by this point. The Cardinals love safeties and need DBs.

 

  1. Carolina Panthers: 3T A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama) (+) 31

Needs: CB, SS, 3T, 7T, LT

They seem to avoid taking DBs early in favor of big guys.

 

  1. Denver Broncos: 5T Chris Jones (Mississippi State) (+) NR

Needs: QB, G, 5T, WLB, RB

This guy has been hyped enough that I’ll put him in at the end.

 

Dynasty Rookie Draft analysis begins immediately after the draft on College Football Metrics.com. The first of 10-15 Dynasty Rookie Draft top 100+ (with IDP) rankings will hit immediately after the 2016 NFL Draft.

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About R.C. Fischer

R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics. 

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