With the twelfth (12th) pick of the 2016 BRB NFL Mock Draft, Lionlocker selects...
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*.
BostonianToro, consider yourself on the clock with your pick due to me by 10am CDT on Monday. Free has sent me his pick and write-up.
1. Tennessee Titans--Laremy Tunsil (OT--Ole Miss)
2. Cleveland Browns--Joey Bosa (DE--Ohio State)
3. San Diego Chargers--Jalen Ramsey (CB/S--FSU)
4. Los Angeles Rams--Carson Wentz (QB--NDSU)
5. Jacksonville Jaguars--Myles Jack (LB--UCLA)
6. Baltimore Ravens--DeForest Buckner (DL--Oregon)
7. San Francisco 49ers--Jared Goff (QB--California)
8. Philadelphia Eagles--Vernon Hargreaves III (CB--Florida)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Ronnie Stanley (OT--Notre Dame)
10. New York Giants--Ezekiel Elliott (HB--Ohowihateohio State)
11. Chicago Bears--A'Shawn Robinson (DE/DT--Alabama)
12. New Orleans Saints--Sheldon Rankins (DT--Louisville)
13. Miami Dolphins--Free2shred00
14. Oakland Raiders--BostonianToro
15. Dallas Cowboys--Roll.Texans.Roll (VIA TRADE)
16. Detroit Lions--Huggy The Bear
17. Atlanta Falcons--athens_murder
18. Indianapolis Colts--FreedomRide
19. Buffalo Bills--Texstros9495
20. New York Jets--Houstonkingo
21. Washington Redskins--whiteiron
22. Houston Texans--BRB Staff
23. Minnesota Vikings--King_of_the_Gridiron
24. Cincinnati Bengals--Summer of Watt
25. Pittsburgh Steelers--GannonNash
26. Seattle Seahawks--thepencilneck
27. Green Bay Packers--FeedEmToTheWolves1099
28. Kansas City Chiefs--Senor Stan
29. Arizona Cardinals--HovaFlow
30. Carolina Panthers--Vance87
31. Denver Broncos--viper17d