No words need to be wasted with a faux introduction. If you missed Part I, click here. Here are picks 11-20.
11.) Chicago Bears: A'Shawn Robinson (DE/DT--Alabama) via C.Nelson42
Bear Mock Draft Rationale:
With the host city officially on the clock, I'd like to start with a recap of the present state of the Bears' organization.
GM Ryan Pace and HC John Fox are in their second year on the job in Chicago, and we have seen the team overhauled in a big way in a short amount of time. Last year (Pace's first at the GM level) the Bears acquired Phrenell McPhee as their ‘big ticket' acquisition to build their new base 3-4 system around, then remained active in the second wave of free agency signing players to aid the swap without committing big dollars to any given player. Now in their first full offseason at the helm the tandem has again been active, signing several players, including ILBs Danny Trevathan and Jerrel Freeman, OT Bobbie Masse, C/Gs Manny Ramirez and Ted Larson, and DE Akiem Hicks, to go along with the 13 free agents they retained from their 2015 roster, including Tracy Porter and several key special teams players.
With most of the glaring holes filled, the Bears have the ability to follow Pace's preferred draft style; BPA. As I see it, the biggest needs for this roster are a 5T DE, S, CB, EDGE, and LT. I'll be honest, I was tempted to try and trade up (when I saw Dallas was in the market to move back) and snag Buckner, but I channeled my inner Pace and held firm, letting the draft come to me (and after seeing what the Rams gave up for the 4th pick I'm glad I played it cool as it was a bit too steep for me). My next pick would have been Hargreaves, but he was swiped up by the Eagles. Stanly would have been another good option to strengthen the OL and provide competition at LT for Charles Leno, but that also was not meant to be.
So, with the 11th pick of the 1st round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select: A'Shawn Robinson, DT/DE, Alabama. I thought long and hard about several other players, including Lawson, Floyd, and Alexander, but when it came down to it I just didn't like the scheme fit/value for those players enough. It may be a slight reach for Robinson here, but from my view he can at the very least become a starter in the base 3-4 to strengthen the run D (which he was known for at ‘Bama) and help keep the LBs clean, plus push the pocket from time to time on a rotational basis. He also has enough physical ability and potential that I feel Vic Fangio and crew can help him develop some pass rush moves, thus adding more upside to the pick down the road and making him someone the defense can be built around, along will McPhee, Eddie Goldman, and Adrian Amos.
12.) New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins (DT--Louisville) via Lionlocker
The Saints last year we're notoriously atrocious on defense, ranking last or second to last in numerous defensive categories. Was the scheme the problem or was it coaching? Either way Rob Ryan is out the door and Dennis Allen is the new defensive coordinator. He will most likely run a hybrid scheme consisting of 4-3 and 3-4 looks.
So the key here in drafting a defensive player is versatility. Although the Saints do have secondary problems the best way to hide an ugly secondary is a pass rush and with Cam Jordan, newly signed Nick Fairley and hopefully Hau'oli Kikaha can improve but I see a spot here for Sheldon Rankins whom is a defensive tackle but also has played defensive end numerous times.
Rankins has the versatility to play in any defensive system although he is smaller for a typical interior defensive lineman he has a knack for shedding blockers and the ability to take on multiple blockers and he's incredibly explosive he can be a pass rusher and shut down the run. This pick may seem a risk and a bit of a reach because of his stature and overall size but I think the versatility he offers as well as his pass rush technique and his stoutness (If that's a word) against the run give me every hope to believe he'll be a star in this league and he won't be a bust like another Louisville defensive linemen *cough* *cough* Amobi Okoye*cough**cough*.
13.) Miami Dolphins: Eli Apple (CB--Ohio State) via Free2shred00
I had a co-worker last year who is a huge Miami Dolphins fan. During the first half of last season, he and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out whose team was the worst team in the NFL, his Dolphins or my Texans. It was truly the most pathetic game of one-upsmanship that has likely ever been played. Especially considering that the correct answer was neither team (because lolTitanslol). During these depressing therapy sessions, I felt like I learned quite a bit about the Dolphins. So my volunteering to generally manage that team in this one-round mock draft was very much on - porpoise.
Joe Philbin was likely the root of many of the team's problems. Of course with the hiring of Adam Gase to take over the team's head coaching duties, we should see a whole new Dolphins offense come week 1 this year. Between this and the fact that the Dolphins have been trying very hard to acquire defensive talent as of late (free agency, trading for remnants of Chip Kelly's failed experiment in Philly, more free agency), I feel that the Dolphins should be primed to spend some early draft capital on the offensive side of the ball.
In my old co-worker's expert opinion (because as you and I know it is an indisputable fact that we fans are always 100% correct about these things), the offensive line has been the most consistently bad thing that the Dolphins management has failed to address over the past few years. And considering that Gase has some actually decent players on offense - specifically at QB (Tannehill), TE (Jordan) and WR (Landry, Stills, Parker) - AND that I believe that (with a good O-line) you can make an above average player out of just about any RB outside of the first round, it seemed to me that drafting an offensive lineman would likely be the best decision of my entire life as Manager of the Generals for the Miami Dolphins.
You know, until I texted my co-worker and he made me aware that the Dolphins released Brent Grimes this offseason. Nothing to see here... Just a slight misstep, I'm sure all GMs make these mistakes.
And considering that the best cornerback on their roster is Byron Maxwell, a player that was recently acquired in the previously mentioned trade with Philly (after signing last offseason with the Eagles for stupid money), I'd be inclined to agree with my old co-worker that O-line is in fact not the most glaring hole that the Dolphins need addressed in the first round.
So in that case, with the 13th overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins select Eli Apple, CB out of Ohio State. Full disclosure, I'm not a draftnik and I don't watch a lot of college ball, so I'm getting my info from draft articles, but it seems that Apple might be a better fit for the Dolphins than the only remaining first round CB talent, Mackensie Alexander. Apple stands 6'1" and weighs 199 lbs. He also ran a 4.40 and has experience playing in both zone and man defenses. Considering the list of WRs that the Dolphins will have to face twice a year from now on into eternity, I'd say that these physical gifts are musts. Between physical specimens like Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, and overall talents like Sammy Watkins, Nate Washington and Keshawn Martin, large and physical cornerbacks with the skill set to play in both man and zone schemes are an absolute must. And while Apple does have some growing room with regards to both penalties and his penchant to sometimes play too aggressively, he should have plenty of talent and physicality to learn on the job opposite of Byron Maxwell.
Well, maybe their front seven will keep their secondary from having to do anything? Let's hope for that.
14.) Oakland Raiders: Jack Conklin (OT--Michigan State) via BostonianToro
The biggest glaring need for the Raiders is safety. Looking at the draft board we have now and the BPA, I think the Raiders can get a SOLID safety with the 13th pick of the second round with at least one of the big 3 safeties (Bell, Neal or Joseph) available. So what direction should we go? One name jumped out at me: Ben Heeney... yep, I said Ben Heeney. I/MLB, BEN HEENEY. Looking at the BPA, I see the name Reggie Ragland and I think, this is the upgrade that is needed. Most mocks have Ragland going here. A lot of people might think ILB will go in the first for the Raiders. Lofton was released; they have no depth here at all. With the 22nd ranked defense, this seems smart, but look at the numbers at the end: 13th defense against the run, 9 games held the opponents to under 100 yards, 4 times holding them to under 45 yards. The problem is not stuffing the run, which is what Ragland excels at. It is the secondary which can be helped in the second.
So I figured let us look at Derek Carr and how we can make him better. He has a fairly solid run game, and Amari Cooper. He can get a good TE in the 3rd. Then I was thinking OT, and Jack Conklin looks like a great fit. The more I read into it over at Silver and Black Pride, the general consensus was that OT was either a touch and go or a serious issue. They just signed Kelechi Osemele for what looks like tackle money, even though he is a guard. They did resign Penn to a 2 year contract, but all the guaranteed money is in the 1st year, and he is getting older. The center of the O-Line is solid and with Penn (maybe?) and Watson, they should be able to give Carr a solid pocket to step up into. The O-line allowed 33 sacks last year, but they need to look to the future at LT for their franchise QB and give themselves depth in case of injury. They face the Denver and Kansas City defense twice each year, so protecting Carr is Priority #1. Conklin has VERY solid technique, is 6-6 and 308 lbs., very efficient as a run blocker, and is like a 2 ton truck with plat tires when it comes to pass blocking. Once he gets where he wants, he can't be moved. A 5.00 second 40 yard dash for a OT is just icing on the cake. This should set the Raiders' offense up for a long time.
15.) Dallas Cowboys: Noah Spence (DE/OLB--Eastern Kentucky) via El Torito
First, I want to address the trade. Some people here have not been terribly fond of this move.
To begin, let's take a look at the trade value chart.
As you can see, the 4th overall pick is worth 1,800 points. That is a tall order. The 15th overall pick is worth 1,100. That is a good start and it is pretty automatic that a swap of first round picks is the only way to begin this process. I also received the 45th pick, worth 460 this year with there only being 31 first round picks. This brings our total to 1,560. We are left with a difference of 240 points. El Torito decided it was worth next year's first round pick to make up the difference and "pay the penance" of moving up 11 spots.
El Torito's original offer was to add next year's second rounder in, but he ultimately decided that was "selling the farm." When I checked in on the status of the trade, ET asked if would consider taking on Nick Foles and his contract instead of taking the 2nd round pick. I will admit I wanted that pick some kind of awful, but decided to look at the trade with Foles involved.
I was unsure of where to find the cap number for the Cowboys, so I went to FanSpeak's "Manage the Cap" simulator. I was given a current cap number of $17M+ in space. That was more than enough space to eat the contract of Foles. Now, a $8.5M cap hit seems out of the question. How could you justify paying more in one season that the great Brain Hoyer will receive over his entire tenure with our Houston Texans? You can justify it by having a your star QB miss 12 games last year with not one, but two, broken collar bones. Your other QBs on the roster are Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers. Basically, if Tony Romo goes down again this year....we are getting another top 5 pick next year. This seems like a no-brainer.
Here comes the part of this equation that hit me like my first attempt at stats in college, Dallas does not have $17M in cap space. In fact, the Dallas Cowboys have $9.9M in cap space. Take away the basic $5M for rookie salaries and I am in a bit of a spot with just under $5M in cap space. Foles' cap hit increases to $12.3 million next year, though only $1 mil of dead cap on a cut. So it could actually be a decent trade because Dallas gets expensive but proven insurance that it can walk away from next year for not too much hassle, or it can work out a deal with Foles to make it a 3 year deal from now with less of a cap hit. If that works it could make sense to bridge a rookie QB.
Further, Kellen Moore is only getting paid $1.4 mil over 2 years, but it saves some money to cut him and costs none to trade (cap hit is $232k this year) so it helps a bit, but barely - because Kellen helps a bit, but barely. Seeing as how I am the GM, not the person over our cap situation, I will have to hope that Foles renegotiates or restructures his contract. The numbers are not impossible to figure out. I am not very keen to the ways of moving cap numbers, but we see it done every year and I believe it is possible. This move gives Dallas a relatively young, experienced backup that will, hopefully not see the field this season. If the Dallas brass doesn't believe that this year's crop of signal-callers is the answer, this is a move that nets them plenty of draft capital to move and go get the guys they think will turn this team around.
With the backup QB addressed in Dallas, we turn our attention to the other side of the ball. Dallas' D is easily the second weakest spot on the team, just behind Romo's collar bone. The ideal pick would've been to take Jalen Ramsey at 1.4, but the haul received for the 4th pick was too much to pass up. Orlando Scandrick is coming off an injury. Sean Lee is as reliable as Arian Foster was for Houston. J.J. Wilcox is the bright spot between the two safety positions, and that brings me to the Greg Hardy experiment.
Dallas has shown a willingness to turn a blind eye to off-field issues. My selection has had more than his fair share, but is an undeniable force on the defensive side of the ball. A standout on his team until his unfortunate circumstances landed him some time away from the school of his choice, this player will bring a disruptive force to replace the "production" of Greg Hardy. With this player, Dallas gets a guy that can play with his hand in the dirt or stand up to get after the QB. He possesses elite speed, power, and a dip'n'rip move that should make tackles have a hard time sleeping the night before a game.
His issues are well-documented, but his recovery and turnaround is what has NFL teams excited. He has been accountable for his actions and worked just as hard off the field as he has on the field to change his life and attack his problems. He can come in and hold down Randy Gregory's spot for 4 games, or he can stand up and be the rush linebacking force that he is. The speed of the game may take a year or two to get used to, but he should become a starter early in his career.
With the 15th overall pick in the 2016 BRB NFL Mock Draft, the Dallas Cowboys take DE/OLB Noah Spence from Eastern Kentucky.
16.) Detroit Lions: Laquon Treadwell (WR--Ole Miss) via Huggy The Bear
Ah, Detroit in April...children are crying, buildings are crumbling, gunshots ring out in the pollution-riddled air like a drumbeat...my god, what a terrible city. That is why, with the 16th pick, the Detroit Lions choose to RELOCATE to San Antonio, Texas.
Wait, what? That's not how this works? I actually have to force some young man not even of drinking age to become a citizen of Detroit? By god, what a cruel world we live in. Next you'll tell me i have to force him to watch The Walking Dead (filmed on location in Detroit) as part of his contract requirement (i hate that show). But that is the reality we are dealing with. People actually "live" in Detroit. It really makes you think...
So with that being said, with the 16th pick in the NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select Laquon Treadwell out of Ole Miss. I was originally going to select Jack Conklin here, but with him no longer available and no other OT prospects being worth the 16th pick in the draft, I see the perfect opportunity to select Meagatron's replacement. I know defensive lineman is another route i could go, but I feel I can find that later in the draft. Treadwell is my BPA, and he's at a position of need for the Detroit Lions.
Of course, Treadwell does not quite have Johnson's measurables. Not even close. But who does? What Treadwell does possess is the skill-set to come in and immediately become the number one receiver for Matt Stafford. Golden Tate is a solid No. 2 WR, they have a few very good option at slot receiver in Broyles, Kerley, and a few young guys, and of course the newly signed Marvin Jones, who exists for some reason.
No, signing Marvin Jones did not address the Lions' WR needs in my view. He is at best a good number 2 WR, which the Lions already have in Golden Tate. They need a big WR with great hands and instincts to carry the load for the WRs, which is where the 6'2" Treadwell fits in.
Treadwell is a big bodied receiver (6'2", 221 lbs.) with good length (33 3/8" arms, 9 1/2" hands) who possesses incredible football instincts. Much like our own DeAndre Hopkins, he doesn't have blazing speed or agility, with these being the only real knocks on him. For those who value a WR for their 40 time, Will Fuller seems the obvious pick here. But me? I prefer a prospect to possess, well, football skills.
Treadwell is an advanced route runner, and should have no problems at all with an NFL playbook. He is also quite adept at high-pointing the ball, and he is a pure hands catcher. He runs crisp routes and is not shy about blocking. He's a natural receiver, and he's only going to get better.
There is not a single real deficiency in his game from my view. I could not give less of a Hoyer about his "lack of speed." GMs have valued speed over skill time and time and TIME AND TIME again, and it absolutely baffles me. As the fake GM of Real Life Hell Lions, i'm not making that mistake. He'll likely never reach the God-like levels of Calvin Johnson, but I believe that Laquon Treadwell will be another DeAndre Hopkins like prospect where 2 years from now we all ask how the f*** he fell this far.
(Meanwhile, Isray lights up a celebratory crack pipe. Fuller is still available.)
17.) Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee (LB--Ohio State) via athens_murder
The 2015 season saw the Atlanta Falcons race to a promising start. The sky truly seemed to be the limit
for a squad on the heels of a fresh coaching change after two losing seasons. With defensive guru Dan
Quinn at the helm, not only was the defense swarming to the ball, but the offense was firing on all cylinders. Devonta Freeman was a small revelation, while the offense in general thrived, particularly in the red zone.
So what happened? The offense that was once running so smoothly sputtered to a stall, plagued by interceptions, fumbles, dropped balls, bad snaps, and general ineptitude. In turn, what was once a swarming defense was suddenly exposed on all levels. While the problem with the offense (apart from a few positions) seemed to be largely scheme and execution, the defense suffered from a general lack of talent. Quinn deserves credit for being able to turn lemons into lemonade during the games that bookended the season, but his scheme is ultimately only as effective as the players in it, and the meat of the Falcons 2015 schedule made this painfully obvious.
For the Falcons, the 2016 NFL Draft boils down to who Quinn wants to bring to the fold to put his stamp on this defense. The good news is that the Falcons' defensive needs match up well with the depth in this year's draft. The bad news? The Falcons only have 5 picks in this year's draft, the least of any team, thanks to the Andy Levitre trade and someone's bright idea of piping crowd noise through the speakers at the Georgia Dome. This means Thomas Dimitroff and Co. must be efficient in finding the right players for Quinn's particular style of defense. For a defense as bereft of talent as the Falcons', this means crucial injections at every level.
Arguably the biggest holes in this defense are at LB, DE, and SS. In a defensive-laden draft, this affords them the opportunity to get as close to BPA as possible. So which way should the Falcons go? The answer lies in comparing the available players with the crucial tenets of Quinn's scheme. We know that he likes to run a fast, physical version of the 4-3 Under, with players that can get pressure on the quarterback and swarm to the ball once it leaves his hands. In contrast, the Falcons are coming of a year in which they were dead last in sacks and started replacement-level talent across the board at linebacker. So the front seven seems like the logical place to start.
Shaq Lawson is available here, and on the surface, he seems like the no-brainer pick. He was among the nation's leaders in both sacks and TFL at Clemson, and he has the size, intelligence, and motor to stay on the field in a variety of situations. The problem is that he is primarily a run stopper whose numbers benefited from effort-sacks and attention to his teammate Kevin Dodd on the other side of the line. Lawson lacks the hip flexion and first step needed to translate his success as a pass rusher to the next level. Now don't get me wrong, Lawson is a fantastic player. It's just that the Quinn needs D's that can get after the quarterback, not simply run-stoppers. The Falcons were average against the run last year, not terrible, and the recent acquisitions of Upshaw and Shelby should make them even better in that regard. In fact, I would argue Lawson is a very similar player to Upshaw. Therefore, I actually prefer Dodd over Lawson, as he is taller, longer, and possesses the bend and burst to be an effective edge rusher in the NFL. But the problem with Dodd is that he is unproven, and after these two, the drop off at DE is substantial.
So now we turn our attention to linebacker, where the Falcons could use both a field general for a Mike as well as a rangy, instinctive Will. Reggie Ragland fits the mold at Mike, but is a two-down thumper whose lack of speed would make him a reach in the first round for today's NFL. So that narrows it down to Darron Lee and Leonard Floyd. They both are very intriguing prospects, with the kind of speed and versatility that makes defensive coordinators give denim clad salutes. Lee's versatility hinges on his man coverage ability and his instinctual flow to the ball, while Floyd is excellent in space as well and able to use his length to rush the passer. So which one do you take?
When it comes down to it, Floyd is just too light and lanky for me. Sure, Lee is light too, but he uses it to
his advantage better as he seems to be a step quicker and slightly better in space, all while having a lower center of gravity that will help prevent him from getting stacked and pushed back at the point of attack. Lee has also shown the physicality required to take on blockers, even if his size isn't there yet. Additionally, he possesses elite instincts that cannot be overlooked and make his ceiling that much higher. Factor in his legitimate man coverage abilities and effectiveness as a gap blitzer, and you have the perfect addition to a defense looking to be as dominant as the one Quinn left. While some may argue that a speedy LB for Quinn's scheme can be found in later rounds (i.e., Deion Jones), sorting through the trash is what separates the men from the boys at LB, and it's not really something you can teach.
Dan Quinn knows better than anybody that a quality defense isn't built overnight. You cannot simply plug in any rookie with double-digit sacks in college and expect to have a transformed defense. No, transformation comes from slowly building upon talented scheme fits with high ceilings. Quinn cannot be expected to replicate his defensive success from Seattle when the core of that defense is the absolute weakness of his current one. Lee will be his first attempt to put his own stamp on the team. While a tough schedule in 2016 means the Falcons probably won't be contending for a title, rest assured Dan Quinn has a plan to get them there.
18.) Indianapolis Colts: Cody Whitehair (OG--Kansas State) via FreedomRide
The Indianapolis Colts have a franchise quarterback. They hate him and want him to die. OK, that is perhaps slightly unfair, but one might be forgiven for concluding so upon reviewing the last three drafts by their GM.
Ryan Grigson looks like a Las Vegas escort service "arranger" and drafts like a man who watches too much ESPN. He knows just barely enough about football to realize he has a problem protecting Andrew Luck, the totally undeserved gift from heaven who was delivered by mistake to the Colts in 2012. Trouble is, Grigson's knowledge doesn't extend to knowing what to do about it.
Thus, in 2013, he resolutely went OL in the third and fourth rounds but sadly produced a backup guard and a mediocre center. Realizing his mistake in 2014, he went OL in the second round. This time he didn't totally whiff, taking Jack Mewhort, who is currently serving as one of two decent O-linemen for the Colts. The rest are a collection of turnstiles responsible for Luck's X-rays being featured in sports medicine textbooks.
Why didn't he use his 2014 first-round pick on a stud O-lineman to protect the franchise's greatest asset? Well, see, what had happened was, he had made this trade...
When Grigson does have a first-round pick, he neglects the big issue, taking long-shot bust Björn Werner with his first pick in 2013 (ignoring consensus stud C Travis Frederick) and blowing it on luxury pick WR Phillip Dorsett in 2015. Most of the remainder of the Colts' 2015 draft picks went to defense until a throwaway seventh spent on an OT.
This isn't getting it done, Ryan. You must do better. At this rate, there is a full body cast--or perhaps a different team's uniform--in your QB's future. But fear not; you are not alone. In the full spirit of AFC South collegiality, Battle Red Blog is here to help you. Herewith we offer the pick who will make it at least look like someone is trying to block J.J. Watt on those two occasions each year when he turns your boy Luck into a 6th grade kid, running to protect his lunch money from an 8th grade bully (OK, a kid with a neck beard, but you get the picture):
With the 18th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Cody Whitehair (OG--Kansas State).
Known on the Wildcats team as a tireless worker, Whitehair brings the experience of a 4-year starter in the Big 12 to the NFL. He has the versatility to play guard or tackle, having started at RT, LG and LT while at KSU, though he will probably be best at guard for the Colts, which he says he prefers. (The position, not the Colts. Let's be serious, for heaven's sake.) He could also play center for them, another position of severe need. Ideally, Whitehair would replace two starters on the Colts' line, but that is perhaps asking a bit much of the young man. Whatever position he fills, it will be an improvement for which Andrew Luck, and Frank Gore will be grateful.
(Not that Cody will make any difference in the long run, as Brock Osweiler's arrival in Houston ensures the Colts will not hang another AFCS championship banner for at least a decade. Oh, well, a few "AFCS Runner-Up" banners will still look nice in Lucas Oil. He can help earn those)
19.) Buffalo Bills: Emmanuel Ogbah (DE--Oklahoma State) via Texstros9495
The Buffalo Bills need help, and a lot of it. They are the only team in the NFL--check that, all of sports--that hasn't been to the playoffs in the 21st century. They have holes all over their team. They need help on the offensive line. They need help at wide receiver. They need help in healing fans from losing four Super Bowls in a row, even all these years later. It's time for Doug Whaley to hit a pick out of the park.
Perhaps the area the Bills need help most, though, is in the form of defensive end. Jerry Hughes is their only capable defensive end. As we all know, having one defensive end only works when that DE is J. J. Watt. Defensive tackle is a strong suit. The Bills can boast Marcell Dareus and (to a lesser extent) Kyle Williams as starters. Defensive end, though, is a problem. They're top backup is I.K. Enempkali, and he won't scare anyone...other than Geno Smith, of course. The rest of their backups consist of Cedric Reed, Jarius Wynn, and Lavar Edwards. In other words, even the Jaguars won't have a problem with that group.
It all comes down to who the best defensive end in the draft who's available at #19 is. DeForest Buckner has been drafted. Joey Bosa and Noah Spence are both off the board. Luckily, defensive line is a strength in this draft class. No other team can be more relieved than the Bills.
Finding the right DE, though, is tough. The Bills could really consider two guys: Emmanuel Ogbah and Robert Nkemdiche. Doug Whaley cannot afford to whiff on a first-round pick the way he did with E. J. Manuel in 2013. The Bills didn't have a first round pick last year. Some view that as a positive, as that pick performed better than Johnny Manziel last year. Others view it as a negative, as the Bills didn't have a draft pick to further establish a team. Whaley needs to make the right decision and he cannot afford to draft a player that can very easily bust with his off-the-field antics.
So without further ado, with the 19th selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select Emmanuel Ogbah (DE--Oklahoma State).
Ogbah is the type of player the Bills want. He is a rush end and thus fits the Bills' scheme perfectly. Ogbah has also proven he can play against some of the best in the college level, as he was able to record tackles for loss and bat down passes against both Cody Whitehair and Laremy Tunsil. He had an excellent Combine performance, posting a 4.63 in the 40, performing 20 bench press reps, and having a 35.5" vertical. Ogbah, on paper, looks to be the best player to come out of Oklahoma State since Dez Bryant, but this one also appears to be able to catch balls at clutch moments.
(While the real Bills will probably end up drafting Nkemdiche instead, it would be wise for them to build a defensive line to wreck havoc on the AFC East and find a way to make it to the playoffs for the first time since the 20th century ended).
20.) New York Jets: Leonard Floyd (OLB--Georgia) via Houstonkingo
The New York Jets started the 2015-2016 season as a hot team, winning four of the first five games of the season. The Jets suddenly dropped several games, making their record 5-5 with 6 games left in the season. They were in a crossroads. Either they win at least four of the next six games to break .500 (with a possibility at playoffs) or get ready for the offseason. Coach Todd Bowels rallied his team to go on a five game win streak, but came up short of a playoff berth in his first year as the head coach. The New York Jets showed the potential and drive to be a playoff team in the future, but all this was before the offseason, where things didn't go completely to plan.
The Jets lost starters Damon Harrison (NT/DT), Chris Ivory (RB), Antonio Cromartie (CB), Calvin Pace (LB), and possibly Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB). Although several of those positions had been filled, a great majority of them are still questionable. The positions of focus should be; Quarterback, Linebacker (OLB/ILB), Nose Tackle, Tight End, and Offensive Tackle.
Currently the Jets need a quarterback and there are a few worth taking in the first round. Specifically, Connor Cook and Paxton Lynch. I don't believe the Jets will take Lynch because they need a guy that can play right away and isn't much of a project. Cook would be my choice for a QB with this pick, except in this draft the Jets do not draft a QB and instead a LB.
Leonard Floyd, from the University of Georgia, and Shaq Lawson, form Clemson, are the two OLBs that come to mind. The Jets as of right now would be staring Sheldon Richardson and Trevor Reilly at OLB, according to Ourlads.com's depth chart of the New York Jets. Sheldon Richardson should be playing where he belongs on the defensive line. If that move occurs, the Jets will most likely move Lorenzo Mauldin to ROLB, replacing Richardson, but the LOLB spot is still in question. Veteran Calvin Pace was cut by the team and Trevor Reilly doesn't seem like a suitable replacement.
Floyd is the pick to fill the LOLB spot because he is lighter/faster than Lawson and actually played the position in college (Lawson was a DE and possibly a ROLB). Floyd ran a 4.6 second 40 yard dash and showed quickness and explosiveness in his positional drills. He has great instincts as a pass rusher, which he showed at Georgia. Floyd can be a special player for the Jets behind that terrifying defensive line by making plays all over the field.