I can just hear the boos and jeers now. You know, if people cared.
It is time to start thinking of the NFL Draft. No, I do not follow spring practice nor do I watch spring games. I think they are pointless unless someone has a major injury. Then many (including me) will be openly inquiring as to why they have such long spring practices and serious spring games. But I digress…
This is the first version of my mock draft. Meaning this will not resemble in the slightest what will actually happen on draft day. So here are my picks followed by a bit of an analysis (only a bit for now since why fully analyze something that’s probably almost completely wrong):
|1||Tennessee||Laremy Tunsil, T, Ole Miss|
|2||Cleveland||Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State|
|3||San Diego||Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky|
|4||Dallas||Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State|
|5||Jacksonville||Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida|
|6||Baltimore||Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame|
|7||San Francisco||Myles Jack, LB, UCLA|
|8||Miami||Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State|
|9||Tampa Bay||Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson|
|10||NY Giants||DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon|
|11||Chicago||A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama|
|12||New Orleans||Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson|
|13||Philadelphia||Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State|
|14||Oakland||Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford|
|15||Los Angeles||Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss|
|16||Detroit||Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor|
|17||Atlanta||Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech|
|18||Indianapolis||Taylor Decker, T, Ohio State|
|19||Buffalo||Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss|
|20||NY Jets||Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame|
|21||Washington||Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State|
|22||Houston||Jared Goff, QB, California|
|23||Minnesota||Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State|
|24||Cincinnati||Sheldon Rankins, DE, Louisville|
|25||Pittsburgh||Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia|
|26||Seattle||Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama|
|27||Green Bay||Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama|
|28||Kansas City||Jack Conklin, T, Michigan State|
|29||Arizona||Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State|
|30||Carolina||Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State|
|31||Denver||Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis|
A few notes:
- Laremy Tunsil is quickly becoming more and more of a consensus #1 pick. Not because he is the best player on the board (although he’s top 5). It has more to do with Tennessee desperately needing line help to protect Marcus Mariota (or Marioto as Commissioner Gingersnaps said).
- I don’t think the Browns can pass up Joey Bosa at the #2 spot. While they need a quarterback badly, when a chance at the best player in the draft comes up past the #1 spot then you take it unless you have a real good reason not to.
- Speaking of quarterbacks, I do not have a quarterback in the top 10. The first QB to be taken I believe will be Carson Wentz at #13 to Philadelphia. At this point it has become a bit of a pick’em between Wentz, Jared Goff, and Paxton Lynch as all three seem to have equal value at this point.
- Only two times that I can tell (Cleveland and San Francisco) need quarterbacks that are in the top 10. I could see a trade to move up and grab one but it’s not a big possibility at this point.
- Finally a reminder that New England does not get a first round pick because Tommy Boy broke his phone on purpose (Bad Tommy).
Right now it’s a crapshoot. I am sure you could look at any mock draft and compare it to what actually happens in the first round and show that most of them are very far off. A lot will be decided at the cattle call, er, I mean, combine. Many players have climbed the draft rankings and have fallen off the cliff just from those days at the combine alone.
In other news, we may end up getting the Pac-12 Network here in Canada. I don’t know in what form since there are regional networks inside one big network but it’s a good sign. The network has been authorized for distribution by the CRTC. I would say this means it’s just a matter of time before we all get it but that isn’t the case. Especially since every provider has a slightly different lineup of channels. Again, hopefully by the end of 2016, this becomes less of an issue (not less cost just less of an issue).