Streaming the first round tonight with quick updates on each pick. If you need someone to watch the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft with tonight, I'm your guy! --Mike B.
1. Los Angeles Rams. Jared Goff, QB, Cal. This pick is a huge gamble, but one that could pay off in the long-run if he develops. He's one of the top quarterback prospects in this year's draft, and the Rams need a new quarterback to build around. They have a nearly complete team, and have finished 7-9 regularly in recent years. This is a safe place for a first year quarterback to fall. Decent pick for the Rams.
2. Philadelphia Eagles. Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota. Part of me likes this pick, but then again, I don't get the move. Wentz is a fine player and will have a successful NFL career. The Eagles had a chance at numerous top tier players here, and take a dive on a quarterback even though they have Sam Bradford in the fold. Still, Wentz could be the face of this franchise for years to come. This pick has a ton of upside, but is definitely a risk. Still, it makes sense.
3. San Diego Chargers. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State. WOW. The Chargers just snagged one of the best defensive talents in the draft. This is an intriguing pick for them, and I think he adds another to piece to their defense. This could be a unit on the rise. I'd have prefered an OT or CB here, but Bosa will be a stud in the NFL. Nice pick.
4. Dallas Cowboys. Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State. Dallas just snagged the best offensive skill player on the board. I'm surprised that they didn't grab Ramsey here, but Zeke gives them a clear upgrade in the running game. Decent pick for Dallas. Runningback value is back! Still, with the Cowboys signing Alfred Morris, should they have waited on one?
5. Jacksonville Jaguars. Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State. The Jaguars already have some solid pieces on defense, and just drafted one of the best defensive players (arguably the best player in general) in the 2016 draft. I like this pick. The Jacksonville defense will be stacked in 2016.
6. Baltimore Ravens. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame. The Ravens need help at offensive tackle, and Stanley or Tunsil both make a ton of sense over here. The big surprise here is Stanley over Tunsil. Then again, Stanley has no character concerns, and there are questions about Tunsil at the moment. Either way, a tackle makes sense here.
7. San Francisco 49ers. DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon. An Oregon guy for Chip Kelly. Last year they drafted his college teammate, Arik Armstead. This pick confuses me a tiny bit because they need help on offense, but Buckner is a stud defensive talent who may be better than Bosa in a few seasons.
8. Tennessee Titans. Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State. Browns traded back, just like I projected. The Titans, on the other hand, trade up and skip Tunsil, the tackle they were originally targeting. Instead, they draft Jak Conklin, the Tackle from Michigan State. Either way, the Titans upgrade at a position of need.
9. Chicago Bears. Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia. The Bears get one of the best outside linebackers in college football with this pick. He's a solid pick for Chicago. A bit higher than anticipated, and a surprise over Myles Jack, but good pick that fills a need.
10. New York Giants. Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State. This is a decent pick for the Giants; cornerback was an area I figured they might target in this draft. Even though it might be a bit high on Apple, I think this will be a decent long-term pick. Apple should transition nicely into the NFL. He might be a reach here, but he has upside long-term and should improve. Still, Apple struggles with penalties, and Hargreaves might have been an option here. Still, I will trust the Giants to get their guy.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida. After the Apple selection, the Buccaneers got the second best cornerback in the draft, following Ramsey. I know some teams didn't like Hargreaves too much, but he should be a good fit in Tampa. Solid, solid pick for Tampa. Trade back and still get your guy. He's inconsistent, but he has nice upside.
12. New Orleans Saints. Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville. Great pick for the Saints. They were praying for Buckner to fall most likely, but Rankins is a great option here. This is a special defensive class, and Rankins is a special defensive player. Solid, solid pick for the Saints.
13. Miami Dolphins. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss. The Dolphins jut got one of the best offensive takles in the draft to protect Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill can't throw touchdown passes and improve if he's picking himself up off of the turf every snap. Tunsil gives them a lot of value here. Great pick for Miami.
14. Oakland Raiders. Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia. Joseph was the best defensive back left on the board. I had him rated a bit lower, but he's a value at 14. Hard hitting safety, and the Raiders biggest needs are on defense. Decent pick for Oakland. They just replaced Charles Woodson.
15. Cleveland Browns. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor. I worry about this pick a little. I love Coleman as a prospect, but he needs a location where he can be coached up. I worry about his lack of effort on many plays when he's not the #1 or #2 option. That being said, if anyone can fix him, Hue Jackson can. I worry about him as a surefire #1, but I do believe that Hue Jackson is a coach that can fix his problems. This will be either the best or worst pick in the first round.
16. Detroit Lions. Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State. Love this pick for Detroit. I had them going offensive tackle because Matt Stafford needs help staying on his feet. He's not the best tackle in this draft but he is still a solid, solid option. I like this pick for Detroit.
17. Atlanta Falcons. Keanu Neal, S, Florida. This pick surprises me a little; I expected linebacker. I think if he can improve his coverage skills, or transition to linebacker, he could be a value pick. Definitely a lot of upside here. Do they move him to linebacker?
18. Indianapolis Colts. Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama. This pick makes a ton of sense for Indy. Andrew Luck needs protection, and Kelly can play center and both guards. The Indianapolis Colts just became a way better football team. Brilliant pick for the Colts.
19. Buffalo Bills. Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson. This is a Rex Ryan pick through and through. They pass up a quarterback and grab the best defensive line talent available. I like this move; gives the Bills one more year to see whether they have an answer at QB, and Lawson will be an immediate upgrade.
20. New York Jets. Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State. What? I was expecting Paxton Lynch here. Lee is a good linebacker though, and upgrades the Jets defense even more. Granted, they still need help at quarterback, but this is an interesting pick. I'm unsure on it myself.
21. Houston Texans. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame. The Texans just got a huge big-play threat to pair with DeAndre Hopkins. He struggles with drops at times, and that worries me. However, as a complementary receiver in Houston, he's not a bad option. He has a ton of speed, which helps.
22. Washington Redskins. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU. The Redskins just got arguably the best WR in the draft, and traded back a spot to get him. Great move for the Redskins. He's a superior player to both Fuller and Coleman if you ask me.
23. Minnesota Vikings. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss. With this pick the Vikings got a top 2 WR in the draft. Great pick for the Vikings; they need help at WR, and Treadwell gives them that. He was the top WR on most draft boards heading into this draft process.
24. Cincinnati Bengals. William Jackson III, CB, Houston. I'm mixed on this pick. Cincinnati had bigger holes elsewhere, but Jackson fills a long term need at corner. I worry about it since they had other needs, but it's a decent depth move. Jackson has a ton of upside at cornerback, so he offers long-term value.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers. Artie Burns, CB, Miami. 25th overall, and the Steelers get the guy they've been targeting all along. I like this move a lot for the Steelers. They need secondary help now, and Burns gives them it. Smart move.
26. Denver Broncos. Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis. The Broncos trade up to get Lynch. This is a great move. They're a Superbowl team that just lost their starting quarterback to retirement. This is a decent move by the Denver front office. Lynch could be develop quickly in Denver.
27. Green Bay Packers. Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA. The Packers needed help on defense, and added a decent defensive line prospect here. While Jack may have been a better fit, Clark is a decent pick for the Packers here. He's only 20, which gives him plenty of time to develop. Plus, Raji is taking a season off so he fills that hole.
28. San Francisco 49ers. Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford. The 49ers traded back into the first round to select Garnett. I like the pick, but I don't like trading back into the first for him. This pick makes me worry a bit. Garnett has a lot of upside, but this is a really risky move. They reached for need here.
29. Arizona Cardinals. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss. This is the draft's biggest gamble pick so far. Nkemdiche has a ton of talent, but also a ton of question marks. If he pans out and stays clean off the field he's a steal. Nice gamble for Arizona.
30. Carolina Panthers. Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech. Butler is a guy with a ton of upside from a smaller program. He's one of the better defensive tackle prospects in this draft and fits here. The Panthers have a better need at defensive back here, but Butler is a nice piece for them.
31. Seattle Seahawks. Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M. Ifedi is an outstanding offensive tackle prospect who can also play guard in the NFL. The Seahawks need offensive line help, and Ifedi is a guy that an be a stud when motivated. Pete Carroll is the type of coach that could help him develop into a stud guard or tackle in the NFL. Good pick.
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