Divisional Playoffs Two-Round Mock Draft

Written by Matt LaPan on January 13, 2016

mock-headerAfter a wild week of Wild Card playoff games, teams are in full preparation for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. For most teams, the season is over and draft preparation is in full swing. With the Senior Bowl fast approaching, the draft order is sure to be turned on its head after players perform well for scouts in Mobile, Alabama.  Before then, let’s take a look at who teams could be looking at.

1) Tennessee Titans: 2015 Record – 3-13

Laremy Tunsil – OT – Mississippi

The Titans need to invest in protecting Marcus Mariota. They currently have Taylor Lewan at left tackle, but adding Tunsil would solidify left tackle for the foreseeable future while greatly improving right tackle with Lewan. Tunsil is a dominant blocker in both the run and pass game with a nasty streak that makes him an ideal fit for a NFL left tackle.

2) Cleveland Browns: 2015 Record – 3-13

Paxton Lynch – QB – Memphis

The Johnny Manziel experiment needs to come to an end in Cleveland. With a new coach on the way, the Browns need to hit the reset button at quarterback. Lynch has a NFL-caliber arm with the ability to elevate the players around him. While this might be high for Lynch, the Browns are desperate for a quarterback and need to jump on the opportunity to get a starting quarterback.

3) San Diego Chargers: 2015 Record – 4-12

Joey Bosa – EDGE – Ohio State

The Chargers get arguably the top prospect in the entire 2016 NFL Draft class in Bosa. He has the size, strength and explosiveness off the line of scrimmage to be a top NFL performer. He bends the edge well, uses his hands to get separation and has a very good motor. Bosa makes plays in the run and pass game, something the Chargers are in desperate need of.

4) Dallas Cowboys: 2015 Record – 4-12

Jalen Ramsey – DB – Florida State

The Cowboys hit a home run with Byron Jones in 2015. His ability to play cornerback or safety was huge for Dallas, but they are still in need of defensive back help. Ramsey has the ability to play cornerback, but is best fit to become a safety in the NFL. He has size, speed and fluid hips which allow him to change direction with ease. He would pair nicely with Jones and Barry Church to complete the Cowboys defensive backfield.

5) Jacksonville Jaguars: 2015 Record – 5-11

Vernon Hargreaves III – CB – Florida

The Jaguars had a large group of complementary cornerbacks, but lacked a true number one. The addition of Hargreaves will bring his athletic style and great ball skills to a team in need of an upgrade at cornerback. He has the attitude, footwork and ball skills to become a number one, and is hard for Jacksonville to pass on.

6) Baltimore Ravens: 2015 Record – 5-11

Ronnie Stanley – OT – Notre Dame

The Ravens need help in the run game and the pass game when it comes to left tackle. They could upgrade at two positions with the selection of Stanley. He allows an upgrade at left tackle while moving current left tackle Kelechi Osemele in to left guard. This helps Baltimore protect Joe Flacco while opening holes in the run game.

Stanley is a long, lean tackle with a violent initial punch and a great anchor. He has room to grow into his massive frame, which will make him an even better tackle going forward.

7) San Francisco 49ers: 2015 Record – 5-11

Jared Goff – QB – California

The 49ers, much like the Cleveland Browns, are in the midst of resetting their team. That process needs to start with the selection of their new quarterback. Going with Cal quarterback Jared Goff gives them a quarterback with the arm to make NFL throws and the brains to read NFL defenses. Goff manipulates the pocket well and sets his feet to deliver a strong pass. He is an upgrade over any current quarterback on the 49ers roster, and will help get the 49ers back into their winning ways.

8) Miami Dolphins: 2015 Record – 6-10

Mackensie Alexander – CB – Clemson

Another physical, confident cornerback goes off the board in the top-10. Alexander was recently hampered in the National Championship game with a hamstring injury, but he is still a worthy top-10 pick. He has good size and is extremely physical at the line of scrimmage. He is an ideal press coverage player who would help improve Miami’s pass defense that ranked 21st in the NFL.

9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2015 Record – 6-10

Shaw Lawson – EDGE – Clemson

The Buccaneers took big strides in 2015, and can improve even more in 2016 with increased defensive pressure. Adding a strong defensive talent such as Lawson will bring a toughness to their defensive line while increasing their pass rush. Lawson is active, explosive and has the ability to dominate both the run and pass game.

10) New York Giants: 2015 Record – 6-10

Myles Jack – LB – UCLA

The Giants need a major overhaul of their linebackers. With no true playmaker on their roster at linebacker, Jack is the perfect fit. Even though Jack is recovering from a knee injury, he is a stout, explosive player who is built for the changing role of a NFL linebacker. He is strong going forward with great instincts while having very good coverage skills on both tight ends and receivers. He is extremely athletic and strong, making him a great NFL linebacker prospect.

11) Chicago Bears: 2015 Record – 6-10

Reggie Ragland – LB – Alabama

Much like the Giants, the Bears are in need of a playmaker at linebacker. They can get one of the most consistent, tough players in the 1st round. Ragland is the heart of a dominant Alabama defense and plays with terrific instincts. He is physical in the hole and gets into rush lanes in a hurry. He is a great fit to help a lack-luster defense.

12) New Orleans Saints: 2015 Record – 7-9

Deforest Buckner – DL – Oregon

The Saints invested in their linebackers in 2015 by drafting Stephone Anthony and Hau’oli Kikaha. This year they need to invest on the players on the defensive front by selecting the top remaining player. Buckner can play anywhere on the defensive line – combining size and speed to be disruptive on all downs. He has great strength and plays the leverage game very well.

13) Philadelphia Eagles: 2015 Record – 7-9

Leonard Floyd – EDGE – Georgia

With good talent on the defensive line, the Eagles need to add some outside pressure to complement that talent. Even with a new coach soon coming into the fold, they need to add an outside presence and Floyd is the guy. He is long and lean and uses good leverage to get to the passer. HE combines speed and quickness off the line to get past opposing tackles, but will need some refining to become a true NFL pass rusher.

14) Oakland Raiders: 2015 Record – 7-9

Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio State

The Raiders offense took huge strides with Derek Carr and Amari Cooper in 2015, they need to continue to infuse youth to keep on the right path. They do that by adding Decker to play left tackle. He has good length and uses a strong anchor to keep his quarterback clean. He has great athleticism for a tackle, and uses that for a quick kick-step to get back and block speed rushers. He could allow even more time for Carr, which would help the Raiders continue to grow.

15) Los Angeles Rams: 2015 Record – 7-9

Laquon Treadwell – WR – Mississippi

Treadwell will be the new marquee player in Los Angeles as the newest member of the LA Rams in 2016. He has the size, route running ability and explosive play ability to help a Rams receiving group that was arguably the worst collection of wide receivers in the NFL in 2015. He is not blazing fast, but is still a threat to take any catch the distance. A huge upgrade for whoever is under center in LA next year.

16) Detroit Lions: 2015 Record – 7-9

Robert Nkemdiche – DL – Mississippi

Once a top-three prospect, off field issues have dropped Nkemdiche down the board. If a team can contain those issues, he is an athletic freak that could play a major role in the NFL. He is quick off the snap, changes direction extremely well and has the speed to run down ball carriers. This is a risk/reward factor, but Nkemdiche is worth the risk here.

17) Atlanta Falcons: 2015 Record – 8-8

Jarran Reed – DL – Alabama

Dan Quinn is still in the process of rebuilding the Falcons’ defense, and adding Reed into the fold will bring another tough player with good pass rushing ability. He has great hand and explodes off the line of scrimmage. He will help the Falcons defensive line take the next step in their rebuilding process.

18) Indianapolis Colts: 2015 Record – 8-8

Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan State

The Colts got a hard lesson on what can happen if Andrew Luck is not protected during the 2015 season. They are in desperate need of offensive line help. Conklin brings a toughness and very good pass blocking ability to the table. He anchors well and uses great lower body strength to play well in both the run and pass game.

19) Buffalo Bills: 2015 Record – 8-8

A’Shawn Robinson – DL – Alabama

The Bills have a very strong defensive line, but need to start adding some youth into the fold. Robinson has the ability to play multiple spots on the line, something that Rex Ryan covets in defensive players. He has a ton of experience and swallows blockers to free up linebackers. A great fit in Ryan’s defense.

20) New York Jets: 2015 Record – 10-6

Emmanuel Ogbah – EDGE – Oklahoma State

Todd Bowles’ defense is built around creating pressure. The Jets need a boost in that area, and can get it with Ogbah. He is a relentless pass rusher with great strength and the ideal build. He has good versatility, allowing different looks along the defense.

21) Washington Redskins: 2015 Record – 9-7

Andrew Billings – DL – Baylor

Billings declared late in the process, and brings another explosive athlete to the defensive group in the 2016 NFL Draft. He is bursts off the line of scrimmage with great hand placement and leg drive. He can sometimes get too far into pass rushing mode, missing run plays, but overall is a great fit to a Washington defense that could use some youth and pressure from the defensive line.

22) Houston Texans: 2015 Record – 9-7

Carson Wentz – QB – North Dakota State

It was brutally obvious that the Texans need a new quarterback in their Wild Card weekend loss. Wentz is the guy to take over for Bill O’Brien. Wentz has a strong arm, great accuracy and reads the field extremely well. He has been competing against lower competition, so his transition could be tough, but the skills are there for Wentz to be a NFL quarterback,

23) Minnesota Vikings: 2015 Record – 11-5

Michael Thomas – WR – Ohio State

The Vikings found a solid possession receiver in Stephon Diggs in the 2015 NFL Draft, in 2016 they get their deep threat in Thomas. Size, speed and solid ball skills. Thomas fights for every ball and does a great job adjusting his body to get to deep passes. He would add another complement to a growing offense under Teddy Bridgewater.

24) Cincinnati Bengals: 2015 Record – 12-4

Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor

The Bengals will likely need to rework their receivers group this offseason. Getting a solid receiver such as Coleman will fit extremely well with AJ Green. Coleman runs very good routes and is extremely dangerous in the open field. He has a great ability to find the end zone, and will help the Bengals as they try to get over the hump in the playoffs.

25) Pittsburgh Steelers: 2015 Record – 10-6

Eli Apple – CB – Ohio State

The Steelers defensive backfield has been a problem throughout 2015. Getting a cornerback with great ball skills and fluid hips is a must – that is exactly what they are getting in Apple. He does not have ideal size, but he competes for every ball and makes a lot of plays. He instantly becomes a starter in Pittsburgh, helping a building defense.

26) Seattle Seahawks: 2015 Record – 10-6

Shon Coleman – OT – Auburn

Coleman’s story is a great one, but he is also a very good tackle prospect that would help Russell Wilson immensely. The Seahawks line struggled throughout the year, and Coleman’s ability to anchor and keep defenders to the outside is an instant upgrade.

27) Green Bay Packers: 2015 Record – 10-6

Kenny Clark – DL – UCLA

The Packers have a good amount of defensive needs, and take care of their defensive line with an extremely stout player in Clark. He swallows blockers and frees up other defenders, but still has the ability to stack and shed to make plays. He is an upgrade from B.J. Raji, and will help the Packers’ linebackers a great deal.

28) Kansas City Chiefs: 2015 Record – 11-5

Germain Ifedi – OT – Texas A&M

Eric Fisher and Jah Reed were not a horrible tackle combination in 2015, but the Chiefs could use an upgrade. Ifedi is a good pass blocker and a very good run blocker with strong legs and consistent hand strike. He brings it on every play, and would help the Chiefs offense continue to grow.

29) Denver Broncos: 2015 Record – 12-4

Jonathan Bullard – EDGE – Florida

It is hard to imagine the Denver defense getting stronger, but adding Bullard will fill a few potential holes in the defense. He also brings some youth to aging positions. Bullard has a good combination of size, speed and drive to get after the passer and be extremely effective on run plays. He is one of the most explosive players off the ball, taking a lightning-quick first step to disrupt opposing linemen.

30) Arizona Cardinals: 2015 Record – 13-3

Noah Spence – EDGE – Eastern Kentucky

There are plenty of red flags when it comes to Spence, but his skill makes him a 1st Round talent. He has great athleticism and hand strike, which combines to create a very strong rusher. He has some ability defending the pass as well. Spence has appeared to get past his old problems, making him a great pick at the end of the 1st round.

31) Carolina Panthers: 2015 Record – 14-1

Jason Spriggs – OT – Indiana

The Panthers need to continue to develop their offense following an extremely positive year. They can build on that by protecting Cam Newton a little better. This is where Spriggs can step in. He has the size, arm length and footwork to become an immediate starter. He will bring a stable presence to either tackle position for Carolina.

New England Patriots: 2015 Record – 12-4

Forfeit Pick


32) Cleveland Browns: Cody Whitehair – OG – Kansas State

33) Tennessee Titans: Ezekiel Elliott – RB – Ohio State

34) San Diego Chargers: Josh Doctson – WR – TCU

35) Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Simmons – DB – Boston College

36) Baltimore Ravens: Jayron Kearse – DB – Clemson

37) New Orleans Saints: Joshua Garnett – OG – Stanford

38) Dallas Cowboys: Derrick Henry – RB – Alabama

39) San Francisco 49ers: Will Fuller – WR – Notre Dame

40) Detroit Lions: Kendall Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech

41) Los Angeles Rams: Connor Cook – QB – Michigan State

42) Miami Dolphins: Jaylon Smith – LB – Notre Dame

43) New York Giants: Shilique Calhoun – EDGE – Michigan State

44) Oakland Raiders: Vonn Bell – S – Ohio State

45) Los Angeles Rams (From Philadelphia Eagles): Darron Lee – LB – Ohio State

46) Chicago Bears: Tyler Boyd – WR – Pittsburgh

47) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jerald Hawkins – OT – LSU

48) Atlanta Falcons: Hunter Henry – TE – Arkansas

49) Houston Texans: Jonathan Allen – DL – Alabama

50) Buffalo Bills: Leonte Carroo – WR – Rutgers

51) Pittsburgh Steelers: Jeremy Cash – S – Duke

52) Washington Redskins: Ryan Kelly – C – Alabama

53) Indianapolis Colts: Devontae Booker – RB – Utah

54) New York Jets: Jordan Leggett – TE – Clemson

55) Seattle Seahawks: Sterling Shepard – WR – Oklahoma

56) Kansas City Chiefs: Carl Nassib – DE – Penn State

57) Minnesota Vikings: Su’a Cravens – LB – USC

58) Green Bay Packers: Austin Hooper – TE – Stanford

59) Arizona Cardinals: Kenneth Dixon – RB – Louisiana Tech

60) Cincinnati Bengals: Austin Johnson – DL – Penn State

61) New England Patriots: William Jackson III – CB – Houston

62) Denver Broncos: Landon Turner – OG – North Carolina

63) Carolina Panthers: Pharoh Cooper – WR – South Carolina


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