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NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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1. Los Angeles Rams: 7-9 (Trade with Tennessee)

The Pick: Jared Goff, QB, Cal

The Los Angeles Rams traded a king’s ransom for the No. 1 overall pick and the only reason they would do that is to pick a quarterback. Goff is the best quarterback in this draft; therefore, he is the obvious pick. Goff’s pocket presence and pinpoint accuracy are exactly what the Rams need as they move to a new city.

2. Philadelphia Eagles: 7-9 (Trade with Cleveland)

The Pick: Carson Wentz QB, North Dakota State

Just like the Rams, Philadelphia trades a lot of valuable resources to move to the top of the draft for a quarterback. Carson Wentz is seen by most as the No. 2 quarterback in this draft and that is why the Eagles will likely pick him here. The Eagles have three viable quarterbacks on their roster, which will give them the opportunity to allow Wentz to sit and grow as a quarterback.

3. San Diego Chargers: 4-12

The Pick: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

The San Diego Chargers were the big winners when the Rams and Eagles traded up because they get their pick of the litter from skill-position players. Jalen Ramsey is the best defensive talent in this draft and he fits a position of need for San Diego. Ramsey can replace Eric Weddle and give the Chargers a great presence in their secondary.

4. Dallas Cowboys: 4-12

The Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Rumors are swirling that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prefers Ezekiel Elliott at pick No. 4 and even though he has been overuled before (Johnny Manziel), he gets what he wants here. Elliott may be the best player in this draft and he would allow the Cowboys to return to their 2014 form.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: 5-11

The Pick: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The Jacksonville Jaguars need help on the edge and Joey Bosa is the best edge defender in this draft. Opposite of Dante Fowler, picking Bosa would give Jacksonville a young and talented tandem at defensive end. Bosa is a fantastic run defender who can use his length and strength to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

6. Baltimore Ravens: 5-11

The Pick: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome may be the best drafter in the NFL and he lucks into the best player in the draft at No. 6. Laremy Tunsil is a once-in-a-decade type of talent at offensive tackle and he will play at a high level for 10 years in Baltimore.

7. San Francisco 49ers: 5-11

The Pick: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

The San Francisco 49ers picks a tall and strong defensive lineman from Oregon last year in Arik Armstead and they repeat history by selecting DeForest Buckner here. As good as Armstead is, Buckner is even better as he utilized his frame and strength extremely well to go along with being a perfect fit in San Francisco’s defense.

8. Cleveland Browns: 3-13 (Trade with Philadelphia)

The Pick: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

In the surprise pick of the top-10, the Cleveland Browns select Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin. The Browns desperately need to upgrade their right tackle position and Conklin may be the man for the job. Conklin doesn’t have great feet, but he has the toughness, strength and length to perform well on the right side.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 6-10

The Pick: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Vernon Hargreaves is the best pure cover cornerback in this draft class, but his lack of height and length limit his ability to defend in jump ball situations. He has the quickness, hip fluidity and speed to be a nuisance to opposing wide receivers.

10. New York Giants: 6-10

The Pick: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

The New York Giants selected an offensive tackle in the top 10 last year and they want to give him a bookend this year. Ronnie Stanley is much better suited to play on the left side than Ereck Flowers, which would allow Flowers to play at a more natural position. Stanley has elite movement skills for a left tackle and he can mirror any edge rusher.

 11. Chicago Bears: 6-10

The Pick: Myles Jack, Linebacker, UCLA

The Chicago Bears have been known for having fantastic linebackers throughout their history and they potentially grab their next great one with Myles Jack. The Bears did sign Danny Trevathan, but that shouldn’t preclude them from selecting a top-five talent in this draft class.

12. New Orleans Saints: 7-9

The Pick: Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville

While others get more publicity, Sheldon Rankins is the best pure defensive tackle in this draft class. Rankins utilizes great hands and closing speed to make plays in opposing backfields. He isn’t on the level of Aaron Donald, but he is a fantastic player in his own right and the New Orleans Saints will be happy they picked him.

13. Miami Dolphins: 6-10 (Trade with Philadelphia)

The Pick: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

With Brent Grimes (and his wife Miko) gone, the Miami Dolphins need to upgrade their cornerback position. William Jackson III would be able to make an immediate impact there for the Dolphins. He has the length, height, movement and ball skills to develop into a very good cornerback in the NFL.

14. Oakland Raiders: 7-9

The Pick: Leonard Floyd, Edge, Georgia

The Oakland Raiders love speed on their defense and Leonard Floyd has that in spades. The edge defender has the speed to bend around the edge and get to quarterbacks. He would be a great option opposite of Khalil Mack. Floyd also has the versatility to play inside linebacker; therefore, if he doesn’t work out on the edge, the Raiders can easily move him inside.

15.Tennessee Titans: 3-13 (Trade with Los Angeles)

The Pick: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

The Tennessee Titans were likely hoping that Ronnie Stanely would fall to No. 15, but Ohio State’s Taylor Decker is a nice consolations prize. He has the length and strength to make an impact in the run game and his footwork is good enough to survive at tackle. He would be a solid player for a decade in Tennessee.

16. Detroit Lions: 7-9

The Pick: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

Ryan Kelly is one of the best talents in this draft, but you rarely hear analysts talk about him. Kelly has the ability to play in confined and open spaces. Kelly is the best center prospect to come out in quite some time and the Lions cash in on a potential All-Pro talent.

 17. Atlanta Falcons: 8-8

The Pick: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Darron Lee is a speedy linebacker who can make plays from a variety of places. He’s a new-age “Will” linebacker and he would fit Atlanta’s defense extremely well. Atlanta is dying for an influx of talent and linebacker, which makes drafting Lee a great way to go.

18. Indianapolis Colts: 8-8

The Pick: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

The Indianapolis Colts need some help at cornerback and Eli Apple is the best cornerback on the board. Apple has the length, speed and technique you want in a cornerback, especially for Indianapolis’ scheme. Apple needs to work on playing the ball, but he has big-time talent that can be developed.

19. Buffalo Bills: 8-8

The Pick: Shaq Lawson, Edge, Clemson

Shaq Lawson’s talent and athleticism warrant him to be selected before now, but a pesky shoulder issue from college may cause him to fall. The Buffalo Bills cash in and get a great talent on the outside with the former Clemson defensive end.

20. New York Jets: 10-6

The Pick: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

With the Ryan Fitzpatrick drama not ending anytime soon, the Jets need a contingency plan at quarterback. Paxton Lynch provides that while also being the quarterback of the future. Lynch may have the heighest ceiling of any quarterback in this draft.

21. Washington Redskins: 9-7

The Pick: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

The Washington Redskins have made it out of the awful NFC East and even though they made the playoffs, their team is full of holes. At this point, they decide to get the best player available at one of their needs with Jarran Reed. The Alabama defensive tackle is dominant against the run as he utilizes his length, strength and deceptive quickness to disrupt opposing running plays.

22. Houston Texans: 9-7

The Pick: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

The Houston Texans need to find a complement to DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver and Will Fuller could be the direction they go. Fuller is the only wide receiver in this class with dynamic speed and above average route-running ability. Fuller would stretch opposing defenses, which gives Hopkins more room to work underneath.

23. Minnesota Vikings: 11-5

The Pick: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

The Minnesota Vikings get the steal of the first round with former Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Teddy Bridgewater finally gets a bonafide No. 1 wide receiver, which should help his progression in the NFL. Treadwell is a bully on the football field who will physically dominate defensive backs in the NFL.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: 12-4

The Pick: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Marvin Jones left the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency and they replace him with a similar player in Josh Docston. The former TCU receiver is dominant at the catch point as he can sky over defenders to make circus style catches look easy. He would be a great complement to A.J. Green is Cincinnati.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: 10-6

The Pick: Artie Burns, CB, Miami

The Pittsburgh Steelers have done their due diligence on all the top cornerbacks in this draft class, which is why they go Artie Burns here. The Miami cornerback has the athleticism, length and size to play at a high level for a long time.

26. Seattle Seahawks: 10-6

The Pick: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State

When you talk about the interior defensive linemen class, Chris Jones may have the most potential. He is extremely long and he plays with great strength and surprising quickness. When he is on, he may be the most disruptive interior player in this draft; however, that is stymied with too many plays of him getting taken care of by player who are much less talented than him. The Seattle Seahawks will try to pull the talent out of him like they did with players like Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril.

27. Green Bay Packers: 10-6

The Pick: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

The run on defensive tackles has begun as the Green Bay Packers desperately need to improve their interior defensive line and Andrew Billings is the best one left on the board. The former powerlifter is a best in the middle of the defense where he uses his squatty frame and elite strength to press and shed offensive linemen all day long.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: 11-5

The Pick: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

Kevin Dodd has everything you want from a defensive end from a size perspective. On top of that, he has a variety of moves that he can use to get past offensive tackles and he is strong enough to consistently set the edge and make an impact in the run game. Dodd can eventually replace Tamba Hali for the Kansas City Chiefs.

29. Arizona Cardinals: 13-3

The Pick: Cody Whitehair, Interior Offensive Lineman, Kansas State

Cody Whitehair is one of the safest players in this draft, which makes him an enticing option for the Arizona Cardinals at the end of the first round. Whitehair can play any position on the offensive line and he can fill the hole the Cardinals have on their interior offensive line.

 30. New England Patriots: 12-3

The Pick: Forfeited. 

 31. Carolina Panthers: 14-1

The Pick: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

The Carolina Panthers lost the Super Bowl because they got dominated on the edge and they should look to improve that position in the first round. Jason Spriggs is the best offensive tackle on the board and he can take over for Mike Remmers on the right side.

32. Denver Broncos: 12-4

The Pick: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

The Denver Broncos desperately need a quarterback to develop for the future and Connor Cook may be the player they deem as the best option left. Cook has deadly accuracy with a clean pocket and a great arm to make any throw.


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John Owning is a NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has years of experience covering the NFL, NFL draft and NCAA football. John's work has been featured on the Bleacher Report and DraftBreakdown.com