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NFL Draft: Predicting the First Two Rounds

With the draft about a week away, it’s time to post my final mock draft for this draft cycle. This mock draft, I made each pick and trade as if I was the General Manager of each team where I picked off need. I restricted myself by drafting based of position and selecting the best available player at each position instead of picking who I thought was the best available player. Overall I made very few trades, the trades I did make were where I thought a team and a player matched up extremely well.

The most active team was Chicago as they made two trades. The Bears are extremely desperate for young, controllable talent on both sides of the ball. They were able to get the quarterback of the future and did so without mortgaging the future. The Cowboys pick up a talented running back to replace DeMarco Murray. The biggest winner from this draft for me is the New Orleans Saints who used all three picks to select starting caliber players at really good values.

There were several teams I wanted to trade up or down for, but was unable to due to a lack of trade partners or assets. These teams just selected the best player available if the draft spot wasn’t worth the player that was right for the team.

My next NFL piece will be a review of the draft. Until then enjoy both my final mock and the real draft.

Round 1

1.      Tampa Bay-Jameis Winston QB, Florida State
2.      Trade: Tennessee receives 2015 1st (6), 3rd, 2016 1stJets Receives 2015 1st (2), 2016 4thJets-Marcus Mariota QB, Oregon
3.      Jacksonville-Dante Fowler Jr. DE, Florida
4.      Oakland-Kevin White WR, West Virgina
5.      Washington-Leonard Williams DE, USC
6.      Trade: Jets Receives 2015 1st (2), 2016 4thTennessee receives 2015 1st (6), 3rd, 2016 1stTennessee-Vic Beasley DE/OLB, Clemson
7.      Trade: San Francisco Receives 2015 1st (7), 2016 4thChicago Receives 2015 1st (15), 2nd (46), 2016 3rdSan Francisco-Amari Cooper WR, Alabama
8.      Atlanta-Randy Gregory DE/OLB, Nebraska
9.      New York Giants-Brandon Schreff OT, Iowa
10.  St. Louis-Devante Parker WR, Louisville
11.  Minnesota-Trae Waynes CB, Michigan St.
12.  Cleveland-Shane Ray DE, Missouri
13.  New Orleans-Arik Armstesd DE, Oregon
14.  Miami-Andrus Peat OT, Stanford
15.  Trade: Chicago Receives 2015 1st (15), 2nd (46), 2016 3rdSan Francisco Receives 2015 1st (7), 2016 4thChicago-Danny Shelton DT, Washington
16.  Houston-La’el Collins OT, LSU
17.  San Diego-Todd Gurley RB, UGA
18.  Kansas City-Cameron Erving OC/G, Florida St.
19.  Cleveland (from Buffalo)-Bershad Perriman WR, UCF
20.  Philadelphia-Landon Collins S, Alabama
21.  Cincinnati-Marcus Peters CB, Washington
22.  Pittsburgh-Eddie Goldman DL, Florida St.
23.  Detroit-Malcolm Brown DT, Texas
24.  Arizona- Melvin Gordon III RB, Wisconsin
25.  Carolina-TJ Clemmings OT, Pittsburgh
26.  Baltimore-Dorial Green-Beckham WR, Missouri
27.  Dallas- Marcus Peters CB, Washington
28.  Denver-Carl Davis DT, Iowa
29.  Indianapolis-Cedric Ogbuehi OT, Texas A&M
30.  Green Bay-Kevin Johnson CB, Wake Forest
31.  New Orleans (from Seattle)- Maxx Williams TE, Minnesota
32.  Trade: Minnesota Receives-2015 1st (32)New England Receives-2015 3rd, 2016 2ndMinnesota- Nelson Agohlor, WR, USC
Round 2
33.  Tennessee Jaelen Strong WR, Arizona St.
34.  Tampa Bay-Brad Dupree OLB, Kentucky
35.  Oakland- Eli Harold OLB, Virginia
36.  Jacksonville-Jaelen Strong WR, Arizona St.
37.  New York Jets-Mike Bennett DT, Ohio St.
38.  Washington- Jake Fisher OT, Oregon
39.  Chicago- Brett Hundley QB, UCLA
40.  New York Giants- Bryce Petty QB, Baylor
41.  St. Louis- Lanken Tomlinson OG, Duke
42.  Atlanta- Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE, UCLA
43.  Cleveland-Byron Jones CB, Connecticut
44.  New Orleans- Hau’Oli Kikaha OLB, Washington
45.  Minnesota- Eric Kendricks ILB, UCLA
46.  Chicago( from San Francisco)- Denzel Perryman ILB, Miami
47.  Miami- Devin Smith WR, Ohio St.
48.  Trade:Seattle Receives: 2015 2nd (48), 6thSan Diego Receives: 2015 2nd (63), 4thSeattle-Devin Funchess WR, Michigan
49.  Trade:Chicago Receives: 2015 2nd (49)Kansas City Receives: 2015 4th, 2016 San Francisco 3rdChicago-Shaq Thompson OLB, Washington
50.  Buffalo- P.J. Williams CB, Florida St.
51.  Houston- Rashad Greene WR, Florida St.
52.  Philadelphia- Eric Rowe CB, Utah
53.  Cincinnati- Mario Edwards Jr. DE, Florida St.
54.  Detroit- P.J. Dawson OLB, TCU
55.  Arizona-Sammie Coates WR, Auburn
56.  Pittsburgh- Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise St.
57.  Carolina-Ronald Darby CB, Florida St.
58.  Baltimore-Benardrick McKinney OLB, Mississippi St.
59.  Denver-A.J. Cann OG, South Carolina
60.  Dallas-Tevin Coleman RB, Indiana
61.  Indianapolis- Tre Jackson OG, Florida St.
62.  Green Bay-Danielle Hunter DE, LSU
63.  San Diego (from Seattle)-Jalen Collins CB, LSU
64.  New England-Grady Jarrett DT, Clemson