NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Laremy Tunsil #78 of the Mississippi Rebels celebrate his touchdown with teammates during the second quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The NFL Draft is less than a month away, and PewterReport.com offers up its second of three full, first-round mock drafts. Teams are finishing up free agency and are in the process of wrapping up college pro days and scheduling visits with the top draft prospects as they narrow their draft boards. Take a look at what PewterReport.com thinks could happen in the first round and see if you agree.
1. TENNESSEE – LT Laremy Tunsil – Mississipi
The Titans need to protect quarterback Marcus Mariota better than they did last season where the rookie took a ton of hits and finished the season on the sidelines wearing a baseball cap and holding a clipboard. Tunsil is the best tackle in the draft and new Titans general manager Jon Robinson will give Mariota the blindside protection he needs with the Ole Miss standout. Robinson will give Jalen Ramsey significant consideration but the team needs to protect Mariota better in 2016 than they did in 2015 and Tunsil is the man for the job.
2. CLEVELAND – QB Carson Wentz – North Dakota State
The Browns are in desperate need to find a franchise quarterback after the Johnny Manziel debacle, and hope Wentz can be the elusive leader under center the team has been desperate for. Paxton Lynch or even Jared Goff could be in play here but Wentz is thought to have the most upside my many. With Robert Griffin III recently signed, and Josh McCown still under contract, there is no pressure for Wentz to step in a be a savior.
3. SAN DIEGO – DE DeForest Buckner – Oregon
San Diego will look long and hard at FSU’s Jalen Ramsey, but will opt for a west coast defensive line stud in Buckner who will help to improve their defense overall. Buckner was a 3-4 defensive end, but can be a five-technique DE or a three-technique DT in a 4-3 scheme.
4. DALLAS –DB Jalen Ramsey – Florida State
Ramsey could actually be in play for the No. 1 overall pick by the Titans, and Tennessee will look long and hard at the FSU standout who blew people away with his NFL Combine performance and most recently at his FSU pro day. Ramsey is one of the most versatile defensive players in the draft and one source told PewterReport.com he looks like a bigger Tyrann Mathieu. Dallas can’t believe their fortune when they see Ramsey on the board and will field a number of calls from teams coveting the former FSU star.
FSU DB Jalen Ramsey – Photo by: Getty Images
5. JACKSONVILLE – CB Vernon Hargreaves III – Florida
Hargreaves, who some expect to slip somewhat in the draft after a disappointing end to his final season at Florida, will stay in state, and join his fellow Tampa Bay area native and formerGator teammate Donte Fowler Jr. who was the Jags No. 1 pick in 2015. The film doesn’t lie, and Hargreaves, despite being less than ideal size-wise, is one of the best cover corners in this year’s draft. The Jaguars went on a spending spree in free agency in hopes of saving Gus Bradley’s job which is on the line. Jacksonville would love to see Ramsey fall and with that being highly unlikely, they take their next top rated defensive back.
6. BALTIMORE – OT Ronnie Stanley – Notre Dame
Keeping quarterback Joe Flacco upright in 2016 will be a priority for the Ravens, and Ronnie Stanley should step in and be an impact starter for Baltimore. Many scouts think the difference between Stanley and Tunsil isn’t very big, and getting Stanley might one day be looked at as a steal.
7. SAN FRANCISCO – QB Jared Goff – California
New Eagles coach Chip Kelly never had the quarterback he wanted in Philadelphia but gets his guy in Goff at No. 7. The talented Cal product will be right at home in the other Bay area and could end up being the better quarterback between he and Wentz, who could go to Cleveland.
8. PHILADELPHIA –DE Joey Bosa – Ohio State
The Eagles flipped spots with the Dolphins in the DeMarco Murray trade and won’t be able to pass on Ohio State’s talented defensive end. The tough-nosed pass rusher will immediately become a fan favorite in Philly and should step in and be an impact starter.
9. TAMPA BAY – DT Sheldon Rankins – Louisville
The Bucs would love to have Ramsey, Jameis Winston’s former teammate, on their roster but unless they are willing to give up multiple draft picks to move up, Tampa Bay will look to Rankins to add depth and team up with Gerald McCoy to form one of the league’s best 1-2 punches at defensive tackle, especially with Stanley, Bosa and Hargreaves off the board. Rankins has been compared to Pro Bowler Aaron Donald, and while those are big shoes to fill, the former Louisville star looks the part with his quick get-off and first step.
10. NEW YORK GIANTS – LB Myles Jack – UCLA
Jack could be off the board if the Jaguars decide he is their man, but if not, the Giants would have a hard time passing on the UCLA standout. Jack still hasn’t run his 40-yard time as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired right knee. NFL teams have called him an athletic freak and love his potential as a coverage linebacker.
11. CHICAGO – RB Ezekiel Elliott – Ohio State
The Bears need help at defensive tackle and A’Shawn Robinson would be a nice complement to last year’s solid rookie pick Eddie Goldman, but Elliott is too tempting to pass up as the Bears and head coach John Robinson think they can replace Matt Forte’s production with the talented running back from Ohio State.
12. NEW ORLEANS – WR Laquon Treadwell – Mississippi
Drew Brees’ long-time trusted receiver Marques Colston was released this offseason, but Treadwell offers New Orleans the same type of big receiver that will complement speedster Brandin Cooks. Treadwell is a highly competitive, physical receiver in the Colston mold.
13. MIAMI – OT Jack Conklin – Michigan State
The Dolphins have holes to fill all over the roster, but can’t pass up an opportunity to give Ryan Tannehill a blindside protector. Conklin started at left tackle at Michigan State, but might be better suited on the right side in the NFL. Miami will consider corners Eli Apple and others to replace Brent Grimes who was released, but eventually decide shoring up the offensive line is too critical to pass up.
14. OAKLAND – DT Robert Nkemdiche – Mississippi
The Raiders have a history of drafting controversial players, with some working out but many not. They will gamble on the talented, but possibly troubled, Nkemdiche and keep their fingers crossed. He’s a top 5 talent athletically, but is not the producer his talent indicates he should be.
15. LOS ANGELES – QB Paxton Lynch – Memphis
Jeff Fisher and the Rams moved west and decide to draft a shiny new toy in Lynch. While not the top-rated quarterback in the draft, Lynch isn’t too far off from Goff and Wentz according to most scouts and has Ben Roethlisberger size. Fisher knows that he needs a stud quarterback to win in the NFL.
16. DETROIT – DE Shaq Lawson – Clemson
Detroit was a dumpster fire to star the season in 2015, but caught fire late to win seven games. Yet it was too little too late to save jobs in the front office, especially G.M. Martin Mayhew’s. Can Lawson break the curse of recent so-so Clemson pass rushers?
17. ATLANTA – LB Reggie Ragland – Alabama
Dan Quinn is a defensive-minded head coach and it must have pained him to see Atlanta struggle at times on that side of the ball. Ragland is a safe pick, and potentially a very good one. He excels at stuffing the run and making plays at the line of scrimmage.
18. INDIANAPOLIS – OT Taylor Decker – Ohio State
The Colts went through quarterbacks in 2015 like Leonardo DiCaprio goes through girlfriends. Decker should be able to help that from happening in 2016. Andrew Luck approves this message.
19. BUFFALO – DE Noah Spence – Eastern Kentucky
With Mario Williams moving on to the Dolphins, the Bills and Rex Ryan take a gamble on Spence, who reportedly didn’t interview well at the NFL Scoutin Combine, giving some teams cause for concern. Ryan and his brother, Rob, believe they can get the best from the talented Spence.
Georgia DE/LB Leonard Floyd – Photo by: Getty Images
20. NEW YORK JETS – LB Leonard Floyd – Georgia
Watching Floyd’s highlight reel, the Georgia Bulldog standout looks like Top 10 pick. But when watching the full tape you can see weaknesses, such as his ability to hold up against the run. However, there’s no argument over Floyd’s athletic ability and the Jets can’t wait to use it defensively.
21. WASHINGTON – DL A’Shawn Robinson – Alabama
It will pain Redskins head coach Jay Gruden to pass on some talented offensive players but seeing Robinson fall to No. 21 will be too much to pass on and the Redskins immediately get better in the middle with the former Crimson Tide star.
22. HOUSTON – RB Derrick Henry – Alabama
Henry is a bruiser and ran faster than most expected at the combine for a man his size. The Texans might be gambling a little taking Henry this high, but he could pay big dividends for Bill O’Brien’s offense. Houston turned the page on Arian Foster, so it’s time to draft his replacement.
23. MINNESOTA – WR Corey Coleman – Baylor
With the release of Mike Wallace last week in Minnesota, the Vikings can’t pass up a chance to add a talented speedy playmaker in Coleman, who was one of the most productive receivers in college football last season. Coleman is one of the fastest receivers in the draft and reminds some of Steve Smith.
Notre Dame WR Will Fuller – Photo by: Getty Images
24. CINCINNATI – WR Josh Doctson – TCU
The Bengals WR corps took a hit in free agency with the loss of Marvin Jones to the Lions and Mohamed Sanu. Doctson will immediately step in and start and at 6-2 with 4.5 speed and a great vertical, Doctson should fill the void left by Sanu and Jones.
25. PITTSBURGH – CB Eli Apple – Ohio State
Apple continues the string of Buckeyes being drafted in the first round as Mike Tomlin and the Steelers can’t believe he falls in their lap at No. 25. This young playmaker might be the best defensive back in the draft not named Jalen Ramsey.
26. SEATTLE – DT Jonathan Bullard – Florida
Gator fans know how good Bullard is, but was he overshadowed somewhat by a number of other players on Florida’s terrific defense last season. But the Seahawks were paying attention, and nab the versatile Bullard, who can play tackle and end, late in the first round.
27. GREEN BAY – DT Jarron Reed – Alabama
Reed’s stats won’t blow people away but his tape shows a very strong, gap-eating disruptive player who should continue to develop after just two seasons at Alabama. With B.J. Raji suddenly retiring, getting a big defensive tackle like Reed fills a big, immediate need.
28. KANSAS CITY – G Cody Whitehair – Kansas State
Whitehair could end up going higher but Andy Reid and the Chiefs will be thrilled to see the Kansas State standout still available when on the clock. Versatile, smart and dependable, Whitehair is a safe pick for the Chiefs.
29. ARIZONA – CB Mackensie Alexander – Clemson
Alexander may be one of the most confident players in the draft, and doesn’t mind mixing it up and jawing at opponents. But despite have excellent cover skills, not producing a single interception while in college was a red flag for many teams.
30. CAROLINA – DL – Kevin Dodd – Clemson
Dabo Swinney’s 2015 Clemson roster was filled with NFL talent but just not quite enough to win it all against Alabama. Dodd has been compared to Super Bowl 50 star Kony Ealy and the Panthers will be fine with Dodd if he can develop the same way as Ealy did over the last two seasons.
31. DENVER – QB Connor Cook – Michigan State
Cook has rubbed people the wrong way, his teammates included during his time at Michigan State, including not being voted a captain. However despite those issues, Cook is an excellent pocket passer with decent mobility and the Broncos take a shot with the last pick in the first round.
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If somehow Myles Jack is on the board and the Bucs pass on him I would be sick. Jack is a generational talent, clear cut elite prospect. Passing on guys like Myles Jack because they are not a “position of need” is what keeps bad teams bad.
I concur with that @calibucsfan…if Jack is still there at 9 by some miracle, we either take him or trade down for a king’s ransom to some team that will be getting a superstar…passing on him to take a DT would be terrible…
Speaking of which…as I scrolled through Bucs.com to review the list of our first round picks through time…some of which is very tough to read….my computer crashed as I got to Keith McCants…fitting I would say!
not to mention, if Bosa is sitting around at #8 and we don’t trade up one spot (a mid round pick or something) with Phily to get him, Licht should be fired…
You guys want Jack who is another LB who had zero sacks last yr who is a great cover guy? We need a 4-3 DE period! Not take a guy for a position we already have filled that’s like saying if Wentz is there take him
Rankins is a top need for us but more of an upgrade, taking a cover lb is not an upgrade over David or Daryl Smith
Not a top need I mean
So what your saying is draft need not best player available. Because drafting need has always works out so well for us in the past. Also, Wentz isn’t top 10 talent so the comparison doesn’t make sense. Any team that drafts any QB in this draft in the top 10 is drafting need over BPA.
I agree with you east boy, draft BPA. IF that’s Jack, then draft Jack. Don’t reach because of need.
“Wentz isn’t a top ten talent?” who says you? Every expert has him in top ten if not top 5 every publication does too maybe you should read more and educate yourself
Going by grades, NFl.com has him graded out as the 11th best player. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/tracker?icampaign=draft-sub_nav_bar-drafteventpage-tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-grade
ESPN has him graded as the 10th best player. http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft
Going by grades, NFl.com has him graded as the 1th best player http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/tracker?icampaign=draft-sub_nav_bar-drafteventpage-tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-grade
ESPN has him graded as the 10th best player: http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft
Going by grade, ESPN has him graded out as 10th best player and NFL.com has him graded out as the 11th best player. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/tracker?icampaign=draft-sub_nav_bar-drafteventpage-tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-grade
He will go to either Cleveland, Dallas or SF
First @jongruden, I didn’t say I wanted Jack instead of a DE…pretty clearly said that if Bosa was still around at 8 Licht should trade up and get him. Second, Rankins isn’t getting any sacks from the Nose either – NTs don’t get sacks. Third, theres as much chance of Jack sliding to #9 as there is of Cleveland trading us their pick for Glennon. Fourth, saying that taking Jack is the same as taking Wentz…I honestly don’t know if you’re joking with that comment…
Anyway, this scenario will never happen so whatever….
Rankins had 7 sacks last yr and you can get pressure from the nose but more importantly what a great nose tackle does is shut down the run which can be equally important as a pass rusher on the edge, I don’t think nose is a need for us but more of an upgrade which we aren’t good enough to start doing that when we have Conte, McDougald, and J Smith, A Verner as projected starters
I can play this game too @jon…of his 7 sacks do you know how many came while he was playing NT….that’s right….
Now, more importantly, I never questioned the value of stopping the run…my retort about sacks was a direct reply to your comment that Jack is no good because he had no sacks last year….but you know what he did pretty well….that’s right….
See, I can do this too. But again, as this scenario has a snowball’s chance of materializing, it’s all irrelevant.
Intersting you do know we have David, Alexander and Smith so where do you put Jacks? He had zero sacks as a pass rusher so what does he do well again that will benefit us? ha I mean look at the players skill set and how we can use him but LB is our best position on the team so if you rush him from DE where he was unsuccesful last yr that makes no sense either
@jon, I understand the point you’re making about need versus BPA….it’s always the choice that we discuss at this time of year. And I get that LB is the one area on defense that doesn’t look terrible for us. I am confident that Mike Smith would be able to design a defense that made fantastic use of David, Alexander and Jack (and even Smith)…a good coach designs around his talent. Maybe – and I’m not going to tell Smith how to do his job (yet) – he would take one of our so-called safeties off the field more often and play with Jack as a rover – I have heard other teams suggesting Jack would play a similar role for them, despite their needs at LB. All I’m saying is – and again this is totally improbable – if Jack is there at (, we should take him and Mike Smith will be like a kid in a candy store with the defense he could create.
Jack won’t be there…but if he was you have to take him….unless Bosa or Ramsey somehow fell too….but none of the 3 will fall so an argument about nothing. My guess is Hargreaves and/or Stanley will be there, and we should take one of those.
Am I the only person that is sick and tired of looking at and depending on our nonexistent pass rush( because of our defense KIRK COUSINS got a deal out of the Deadskins) ??? If we don’t seriously address our d-line, our offense will have to outscore everybody. I know this isn’t reality, but I would except 5 – 6 additions (thru the draft) to our beloved squad. I love this site cause all of you guys keep me on my NFL toes as a fan and a wanna-be future GM. Can anybody tell me who were the cornerbacks and safties for the N.Y. Giants during those 2 Super Bowls that they had Tom Brady running for his life ? Don’t know and don’t care !!! All I want for Christmas this year are some offensive-hating d-line men…thanks in advance Santa. Go ‘Bucs !!!
*5 – 6 defensive additions
There’s no way if Jack is there that we pass on him. At that point the value and talent is too great to pass up. Our core would be sick.
Hey fellas, I’m done with the draft and especially mock drafts. Whatever the Bucs do, I will find out on draft night – and I can tell you in advance, I’m going to be down with it!
But before I go into hiatus until draft time, I want to share a couple of observations. I don’t know who the Bucs will pick at nine. But if they desire to trade down, Paxton Lynch at his pro day assured the Bucs a trade partner. According to the NFL pundits attending the workout, he locked up the 3rd QB to be taken in the 1st round.
There has been a lot of talk about whether Mike Glennon will be traded. I can’t say with an absolute certainty that he will, but it is telling that the Bucs have spent the time and money to send FO personnel to work out late round QBs Brandon Allen/Arkansas and Kevin Hogan/Stanford. You decide!
I think the Bucs are in position to have another good draft. I hope you guys get your favorite player. So see you on draft night and Go Bucs!
There should be a disclaimer “For entertainment purposes only. Do not consider the opinion expressed here as fact” with every one of the countless mock drafts offered up by virtually every sports media outlet. It’s just people making semi-educated guesses……..for fun JonnyG!
As usual, people making their predictions for us start leaning toward perceived positions of need and not the best player who may be there at the #9 slot. Of course we wouldn’t draft a QB or RB but no other position should be taboo. I suspect some would have us draft the fifth best defensive lineman if four were chosen ahead of us, and pass on the number one graded linebacker because we have two out of the eight on the roster who are any good. I’m sure Mike Smith could find a use for Miles Jack if he were the choice.
What I see in this and all of the other draft predictions is that there seems little difference between Sheldon Rankins at # 9 and the players chosen between 10 and 20. I’m usually not in favor of trading down, but this year, I think Licht should give it some consideration. In my view, after Tunsil, Ramsey, Jack, maybe Bosa and Stanley the pickings start to weaken. I don’t see a Warren Sapp or Simeon Rice in this group. Maybe an Eric Curry or Brian Price.
Entertainment purposes can be used for this publication just like when PR gave Luke Stocker Player of the Week Award for having 22 yds on 3 catches
I don’t know that it’s fair to think that the Bucs are going to have the same kind of draft that they had last year. That is a very high bar to expect every year. I suppose that it would be a successful draft if we end up getting a couple of starters, maybe three if Glennon is traded for a 2nd rounder? If that’s the case; This team should have realistic expectations of getting to .500 or pushing for a wild card spot. In Meathead I trust. I just hope that losing Jon Robinson doesn’t diminish their player evaluations too much.
I stay away from making bold predictions about draft. Last year I said I thought Winston was the guy over Maritoa, but I also said it’s just a humble opinion and I have no crystal ball. Some guys get so pissed off here and are so damn sure about this one or that one it cracks me up. We aren’t scouts and we don’t have a crystal ball. It’s fun to speculate but that’s all his is here. Anyways, I just hope they do something in this draft to fix The pass rush which really has been the Bucs biggest issue on defense over a decade. Rankins and McCoy could really pose teams problems in the middle IF they both stay healthy. Something McCoy hasn’t been able to de year in year out. I just hope we can get some talent rushing off the edge. It’s this defenses biggest need to me. We can argue all day if it’s the secondary or the pass rush. It’s like what came first chicken or the egg crap, the two go hand in hand. I think this secondary isn’t that bad, especially after adding Grimes. Lovie and his horrible secondary coaching and lack of pass rush was the biggest issue not lack of talent IMO. Anyways we should draft best player available I just hope at some point that player is a D.E. One that can come in and make an impact right away.
I think this is pretty good Mock Draft, except I still expect Elliott to be drafted before pick #9. I could see M. Jack falling past our spot.
I think Tampa has hit a home run with Shelton Rankins. Then Tampa can see if Jets or someone else wants to trade for Qb Mike Glennon. But let gats Rankins on board first-Go Bucs
I loved last year’s draft, so I will have faith in the Bucs mgmt to chose wisely. That said, I remember our dominant, Super Bowl winning defense and loved how our dline destroyed other teams. Would love to get back to that.
In a previous comment elsewhere I also said I did not see the Bucs passing on Miles Jack for Rankins. What I did not say was that this would mean that the Bucs did see him as the exceptional talent and had decided he had no long term potential for chronic injury problems. This is purely unknown on my part so it is just me having fun speculating. – Since you have produced this mock, Scott, do you have any “insider” bit of info that leads you to think the selection of Rankins is more likely? –
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