James Arthur from SEN America’s SEN NFL Podcast has put together a first round mock draft for 2016. Here are his #1 to #15 selections.
Pick 16- Detroit
A’Shawn Robinson- DT, Alabama
Perfect size for a 3 technique in the NFL. He plays the run with power and length. Not the quickest to close and tackle but is adequate. Pass rushing he uses great moves with strong hands and quickness to beat undersized guards and centres. Time will tell if he can beat NFL level lineman as easily. Effort can be a problem, he doesn’t play with the highest motor. If coached well at Detroit his best football can certainly be in front of him. Detroit have shown the ability to develop good DT’s over the years, it should be a good fit.
Corey Coleman- WR, Baylor
Coleman isn’t the biggest guy on the field but he plays with toughness and speed. He does his best work on deep routes and has elite speed that NFL corners will have a tough time with. He high points the ball and takes down tough catches. If he gets in the open field and can be tough to tackle due to his running style. He needs to work on his repertoire of routes but playing opposite of Julio Jones will help him to draw single coverage and, in turn, create big plays downfield.
Jack Conklin- OT, Michigan State
Conklin is what you want play Right Tackle for your team. He’s big, mean and tough. Great size and strength. Will move players with power when lined up heads up and blows players up on slant blocks. In pass pro his foot quickness can be a problem. He has good technique and always places his hands inside of the quicker rushers to try and stagger there speed. It’s about time the Colts get Andrew Luck some protection and a running game. A great pick here.
Taylor Decker- OT, Ohio State
Much like previously picked Conklin, Decker has a nasty demeanour and a blocks with a chip on his shoulder. He is slow off his snap but makes up for it with great effort and tenacity. He will not come in and dominate from the get go. With some good coaching and development and can be a great right tackle of even a guard. He’s too big, smart and mean to not take a chance on.
Pick 20- New York Jets
Kevin Dodd- DE/OLB, Clemson
Dodd is a twitched-up fast edge rusher. He makes plays by shooting gaps against the run making it very tough for OT’s to block him. He is an excellent pass rusher that can use his hands and also bend and wraps the edge. He looks like the complete package being a great blend of speed, length and size. However, he doesn’t have a lot of experience which could hinder him.
Pick 21- Washington
Ryan Kelly- C, Alabama
A three year starter on the most dominant college team. Kelly has all the tools. He’s smart, tough and strong. He can come in and be a day one starter. He has a high ceiling and his floor isn’t very low. The Redskins need to solidify the offensive line so Kirk Cousins can continue to flourish. Kelly is a great place to start and is probably the safest pick in the draft.
Pick 22- Houston
Laquan Treadwell- WR, Ole Miss
Treadwell is a big, strong and competitive receiver. He lacks top line speed but runs terrific routes and plays the ball high with strong hands. Pairing him with Deandre Hopkins will create a great due for new QB Brock Osweiller to throw too.
Pick 23- Minnesota
Will Fuller- WR, Notre Dame
The Vikings need speed on the offence. It’s time to find out whether Bridgewater can get the ball downfield. Fuller has elite speed and acceleration. His hands can be inconsistent and his route running isn’t quite there yet. Despite that he could be a serious playmaker for a team that lacks big plays. With defences trying to stop Adrian Peterson, Fuller could make some plays for them.
Pick 24- Cincinnati
Braxton Miller- WR, Ohio State
The Bengals need a replacement for Muhamad Sanu. Miller is the perfect player for that role. After being a starting QB he successfully moved to WR. He is best suited to the slot where can use his quickness to out run defenders and get into space. He is electric when he gets space breaking tackles and making defenders miss. A great fit for the Bengals who will use him at RB, WR and perhaps QB.
Pick 25- Pittsburgh
Mackensie Alexander- CB, Clemson
Ideally suited to the Nickel Alexander is a fluid runner and displays great toughness. Rarely challenged in games which led to zero career interceptions. Tackles well in space and is aggressive. Time will tell how he works in the NFL.
Pick 26- Seattle
Sheldon Rankins- DT, Louisville
Rankins is a very complete player. He is quick off the ball and had great leg strength which makes him a very good run stopper. Plays with excellent effort and is prone to making big plays. His versatility to play 3 tech and DE makes him a perfect fit for Pete Carols hybrid system.
Pick 27- Green Bay
Josh Perry- MLB, Ohio State
Perry is a tough “slammer” at linebacker. He plays downhill against the run and can square up a running back with ease. One of the best tacklers in college. Not the greatest in pass coverage but can handle the tight-end and running backs that don’t have elite speed. Overall a very reliable and solid player who could start at MLB and allow Clay Mathews to return to playing the edge.
Pick 28- Kansas City
Kyler Fackrell- OLB, Utah State
Fackrell is a perfect fit for the Chiefs. He dominates TE’s in the run game with his quick and powerful hands. Has great backside pursuit chasing down runs to the opposite side. Very versatile in the passing game with the ability to both cover and rush. The Chiefs could use him to help fill in for an ageing Tamba Hali.
Pick 29- Arizona
Shaq Lawson- OLB, Clemson
The Cardinals biggest weakness last season was a pass rusher. Trading for Chandler Jones was a good start but adding Lawson could turn their defence into an even more dominant unit. Lawson is stout and thick. He uses intelligence to beat tackles and has terrific technique when rushing the passer. Overall he will be a great compliment to Jones and Calais Campbell.
Pick 30- Carolina
Miles Kellebrew- S, Southern Utah
Roman Harper is ageing and his position is very important to the Panthers defence. Kellebrew is an outstanding “box” safety who is an explosive tackler and has excellent speed and aggressiveness. Didn’t cover a lot in his college scheme but has the speed and quickness to handle TE’s and some slot receivers.
Pick 31- Denver
Connor Cook- QB, Michigan State
Cook is perfect for Gary Kubiak’s system. He is very comfortable throwing on the run to both sides of his body and can operate under centre and in the gun. The Broncos currently don’t have a QB on their roster and need one desperately. Retaining C.J Anderson and with a dominant defence all they need is a game manager. Cook can be that and more. He has a powerful arm and great accuracy on short and intermediate throws. A perfect fit for a team desperate for a starting QB.