For my first mock draft, I did a simple one round mock with no trades. This time, we’ve got two rounds and interesting trade scenarios, one involving the Buffalo Bills.
1: Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss: The Titans could pick Jalen Ramsey or trade down, but their asking price will be too steep and Tunsil is a blue chip prospect. This pick would help protect their investment in Marcus Mariota.
2: TRADE – Los Angeles Rams (From Cleveland Browns) – Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State: The Browns should draft a quarterback, but they claim to be sticking to their money-ball approach and getting the best value. In this case, their best value would be to steal picks from the Rams who desperately need a quarterback. Rams may overpay, but they will get their franchise quarterback.
3: San Diego Chargers – Jared Goff, Quarterback, California: Phil Rivers is good, but the Chargers are terrible. It is time for a full rebuild, and to start grooming Rivers’ replacement.
4: Dallas Cowboys – Jalen Ramsey Defensive Back, Florida State: The Cowboys miss on a possible future franchise quarterback to learn from Tony Romo after Wentz and Goff get picked right in front of them, so they take the best player available and arguably the best player in the draft in Jalen Ramsey to help solidify their defense.
5: Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, Linebacker, UCLA: The Jaguars showed a lot of promise on offense in 2015, so this pick should go towards the defensive side of the ball. With Myles Jack, they would get the best defensive player available in a position of need.
6: Baltimore Ravens – Ezekiel Elliot, Running back, Ohio State: The Ravens could go in a lot of directions. They need offensive line help, pass rushers, and have holes in the secondary. However, Ozzie Newsome loves drafting talent over need and Elliot’s talent may be too much to pass up here for Baltimore. Current running back Justin Forsett is solid, but is not getting any younger.
7: San Francisco 49ers – Joey Bosa, Edge Rusher, Ohio State: Chip Kelly is hard to predict when it comes to the draft, but Joey Bosa fills a glaring need at pass rusher for the 49ers.
8: Philadelphia Eagles – Vernon Hargreaves, Defensive Back, Florida: The Eagles made the smart move in trading Byron Maxwell to Miami, but they still need corners. Hargreaves would be a great pick here.
9: TRADE – New Orleans Saints (From Tampa Bay Buccaneers)- DeForest Buckner, Defensive Lineman, Oregon: After Buckner surprisingly falls to number nine, the Saints cannot stand by and let someone else take him. They are desperate for help on defense and Buckner is one of the best players in the draft.
10: New York Giants- Kevin Dodd, Edge Rusher, Clemson: The Giants have spent the offseason heavily investing in what won them Super Bowls, their defensive line. They will continue that trend here and select Kevin Dodd to help out on the edges with Jason Pierre Paul and Oliver Vernon.
11: Chicago Bears- Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame: The Bears seem to always need offensive line help, and this year they will address that need in the first round.
12: TRADE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (From New Orleans Saints) – Eli Apple, Defensive Back, Ohio State: The Buccaneers would have loved to take Hargreaves at nine overall if the Eagles had not selected him, so they will trade down and get another corner back in Eli Apple.
13: Miami Dolphins – William Jackson III, Defensive Back, Houston: The Dolphins traded for Byron Maxwell who should start for them, but they still need secondary help after cutting Brent Grimes. William Jackson III makes sense for them.
14: Oakland Raiders – Reggie Ragland, Linebacker, Alabama: Putting Ragland on the inside to free up more room for Khalil Mack would be a smart move by Oakland.
15: TRADE- Cleveland Browns (From Los Angeles Rams)- Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss: Josh Gordon still has not been activated from his suspension, and the Browns will need someone to play along side him if and when he returns.
16: Detroit Lions – Will Fuller, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame: The Lions would have loved to get Treadwell here, but Fuller would be a great pick for them as well to help Matthew Stafford in the absence of recently retired Calvin Johnson.
17: Atlanta Falcons – Leonard Floyd, Edge Rusher, Georgia: The Falcons would get some serious speed coming off the edges with a tandem of Leonard Floyd and Vic Beasley.
18: Indianapolis Colts – Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State: Priority number one: Protect Andrew Luck. The Colts cannot afford to lose Luck for multiple games again.
19: TRADE – Denver Broncos (From Buffalo Bills) – Paxton Lynch, Quarterback, Memphis: The Broncos sneak in front of the Jets to steal Paxton Lynch and get their long term solution at quarterback after failing to obtain a solid veteran starter in free agency.
20: New York Jets – Sheldon Rankins, Defensive Lineman, Louisville: The Jets get a steal in Rankins this late and help replace Damon Harrison on the defensive line.
21: Washington – Andrew Billings, Defensive Lineman, Baylor: Washington need a nose tackle, and Billings is a perfect fit.
22: Houston Texans – Chris Jones, Defensive Lineman, Mississippi: Jones is a raw talent with huge upside. Who better to team him up with than JJ Watt, Vince Wilfork, and Jadeveon Clowney to get the most out of his abilities?
23: Minnesota Vikings – Corey Coleman, Wide Receiver, Baylor: Pairing a speedy receiver like Coleman with Stefon Diggs would be a big help for Teddy Bridgewater.
24: Cincinnati Bengals – A’Shawn Robinson, Defensive Lineman, Alabama: The Bengals would be able to fill a need and get great value by stealing A’Shawn Robinson this late in the draft.
25: Pittsburgh Steelers – Mackensie Alexander, Defensive Back, Clemson: The Steelers have the best offense in football, so this pick needs to be on defense. Alexander would help them at arguably their biggest position of need, cornerback.
26: Seattle Seahawks – Cody Whitehair, Guard, Kansas State: The Seahawks need offensive line help to protect Russell Wilson and to get back to their roots as a run first offense.
27: Green Bay Packers – Derron Lee, Linebacker, Ohio State: With Clay Matthews moving back to outside linebacker, the Packers need someone to man the middle. Lee would be a nice pick for them here.
28: Kansas City Chiefs – Josh Doctson, Wide Receiver, TCU: Jeremy Maclin was a great addition to the Chiefs passing game last season, but they need more than just Maclin at receiver. They could also use Doctson’s height and ability to high point the football.
29: Arizona Cardinals – Hunter Henry, Tight End, Arkansas: Bruce Arians loves to throw the football, so adding an athletic tight end to an already prolific offense would be a great pick.
30: Carolina Panthers – Shaq Lawson, Edge Rusher, Clemson: The Panthers need pass rushers, and getting Shaq Lawson this late would be a steal.
31: TRADE: Buffalo Bills (From Denver Broncos) – Noah Spence, Edge Rusher, Eastern Kentucky: Character concerns aside, because that is where they will probably be put, getting a talent like Spence at a position of need after trading down would be tremendous for Buffalo.
32: Cleveland Browns – Artie Burns, Defensive Back, Miami: The Browns need help in a lot of places, but adding Burns to a secondary with Joe Haden would be a smart idea.
33: Tennessee Titans – Jarran Reed, Defensive Lineman, Alabama: Adding Reed this late would be a major steal for Tennessee. He would provide them with the help they need on defense.
34: Dallas Cowboys – Derrick Henry, Running Back, Alabama: Dallas passed on Elliot in the first round, but they get a three-down back to run behind the best offensive line in football in the second round. Henry would split carries with Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, but not for long.
35: San Diego Chargers – Emmanuel Ogbah, Edge Rusher, Oklahoma State: The Chargers defense is deplorable. They need pass rushers, and Ogbah is the best one available. He also fits well into a 3-4 scheme.
36: Baltimore Ravens – Taylor Decker, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State: The Ravens need to get better on offense and keep Joe Flacco healthy. Decker makes sense here.
37: San Francisco 49ers – Sterling Shepard, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma: Shepard will fit well as a slot receiver while Torrey Smith takes the top off of defenses.
38: Jacksonville Jaguars – Vernon Butler, Defensive Lineman, Louisiana Tech: The Jaguars will continue to add on defense, and get a steal with Butler this late.
39: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Le’Raven Clark, Offensive Tackle, Texas Tech: Keeping Jameis Winston upright needs to be the Buccaneers’ main priority.
40: New York Giants – Tyler Boyd, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh: With Victor Cruz returning to the slot and Odell Beckham Jr. demanding double coverage, the Giants need a replacement for Reuben Randle on the outside that can get open in single coverage and relieve some of the pressure off of Beckham.
41: Chicago Bears – Su’a Cravens, Linebacker, USC: Cravens is considered a “tweener” that can play strong safety and outside linebacker. The Bears will use him more as a linebacker.
42: Miami Dolphins – Joshua Garnett, Guard, Stanford: Miami still needs bodies up front to protect Ryan Tannehill.
43: TRADE – Cleveland Browns (From Los Angeles Rams) – Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver, Ohio State: Even though the Browns took Treadwell in the first round, Josh Gordon’s future is uncertain. They’ll need as many receivers as they can get to help Robert Griffin III. If Gordon comes back, then the Browns will have three serviceable wide receivers.
44: Oakland Raiders – Karl Joseph, Defensive Back, West Virginia: With Charles Woodson’s retirement, the Raiders need to find help at safety. Karl Joseph should come in and start right away.
45: TRADE – Cleveland Browns (From Los Angeles Rams) – Connor Cook, Quarterback, Michigan State: The Browns passed on opportunities to take Wentz and Goff in the first round, but land their franchise quarterback in round two. Cook can sit behind RGIII for a few seasons as Hue Jackson grooms him.
46: Detroit Lions – German Ifedi, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M: The Lions, like the Bears, always seem to need offensive line help. This year they will take a starter in the second round and help keep Matt Stafford healthy.
47: TRADE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (From New Orleans Saints) – Vonn Bell, Defensive Back, Ohio State: The Buccaneers need to keep adding to their secondary. Bell would help out at safety, a position of need for Tampa Bay.
48: Indianapolis Colts – Kamalei Correa, Edge Rusher, Boise State: The Colts should probably just keep drafting offensive lineman to protect Luck, but they also desperately need pass rushers. Correa would be an outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense.
49: Buffalo Bills – Keanu Neal, Defensive Back, Florida: Safety has flown under the radar as a position of need for the Bills. Corey Graham struggled last season, Bacarri Rambo is no longer on the team, Duke Williams is not very good, and how Aaron Williams will return from injury is a mystery.
50: Atlanta Falcons – Austin Hooper, Tight End, Stanford: The Falcons have struggled to find a tight end since Tony Gonzalez retired. They get their man here.
51: New York Jets – Rashard Robinson, Defensive Back, LSU: He has character concerns, but Robinson is a talented player who would do well in Todd Bowles’ defense.
52: Houston Texans – Jason Spriggs, Offensive Tackle, Indiana: The Texans have a need at tackle and it would behoove them to protect their large investment in Brock Osweiller.
53: Washington – Ryan Kelly, Center, Alabama: Washington needs a Center and Kelly is the best in the draft.
54: Minnesota Vikings – Christian Westerman, Guard, Arizona State: More help on offense to assist Teddy Brigdewater needs to be the plan in Minnesota. Westerman would help protect Bridgewater and clear lanes for Adrian Peterson.
55: Cincinnati Bengals – Jonathon Bullard, Defensive Lineman, Florida: The Bengals get more help on the defensive line and a steal in Bullard this late in the draft.
56: Seattle Seahawks – Braxton Miller, Wide Receiver, Ohio State: Braxton Miller has a lot of questions surrounding him. What position will he play? Will his talents translate into the NFL? Will he be just a gadget player? The Seahawks like taking guys like this, and Pete Carroll will find a role for him.
57: Green Bay Packers – Hassan Ridgeway, Defensive Lineman, Texas: The Packers need to keep building on defense. Ridgeway will help on the defensive line after BJ Raji’s retirement.
58: Pittsburgh Steelers – KeiVarae Russell, Defensive Back, Notre Dame: The Steelers need to keep adding to their secondary. Russell would be an improvement at safety.
59: Kansas City Chiefs – Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Mississippi State: How the Chiefs keep going into one season after another admitting playoff defeat with Alex Smith at the helm is ridiculous. They have a great defense, a tremendous running game, and Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce as pass catchers. Smith is holding this team back, and they draft his eventual replacement in Dak Prescott in the second round.
60: New England Patriots – Robert Nkemdiche, Defensive Lineman, Ole Miss: Bill Belichick will take a chance on Nkemdiche in hopes of the “Patriot Way” rubbing off on the troubled young talent.
61: New England Patriots – Devontae Booker, Running Back, Utah: Drafting Booker would allow the Patriots to no longer have to shuffle through and play a guessing game with running backs. They would have the three down back they have been lacking.
62: Carolina Panthers – Pharoh Cooper, Wide Receiver, South Carolina: The Panthers get Kelvin Benjamin back this season, but they still need a legitimate threat outside of him and Greg Olsen. Giving Cam Newton more weapons should be a priority for Carolina.
63: TRADE – Buffalo Bills (From Denver Broncos) – Cardale Jones, Quarterback, Ohio State: If the reports are true that the Bills are “enamored” with Cardale Jones, then this would be the time to take him. The talented quarterback could sit behind Tyrod Taylor for a few seasons and grow as a passer, if the Bills choose to go this route.