MFST’s Round 1 NFL Mock Draft
The NFL Draft is days away and our NFL writers here at My Fantasy Sports Talk have unveiled our first round NFL Mock Draft. We’ve already seen two blockbuster trades go down involving the No.1 AND the No.2 overall pick and there will surely be more deals being made. This year’s first round only has 31 picks as the Patriots do not have a pick due to the lovely Deflategate ruling. Who will your team pick in Round 1?
|Round 1 NFL Mock Draft||Dan Schalk||Brandon Reid||Colin Anderson|
I do not agree with this pick, as Wentz to me, is a much better prospect. But Goff is more marketable in LA and that is what LA teams look for.
|Carson Wentz |
The Rams clearly moved up because they need a franchise QB. It will be Wentz or Goff. Everything points to Wentz at this moment.
The newly re-located LA Rams gave up a TON to move up for a QB. Goff is a SoCal native so there is a natural fit.
As a Cowboys fans and a believer in Wentz I do not want to see him in the NFC East, but the Eagles mortgaged their future and lack overall talent to support their new franchise QB.
The Eagles obviously traded up to take a QB. They will take Goff unless the Rams do. If that's the case they take Wentz..
The Eagles also gave up a ransom, 5 picks, to move up 6 spots to number 2. They're picking a QB, and if Goff is off the board, the city of brotherly love better love Wentz.
This is another pick I think will be traded, as rumors are rampant that the Chargers could get a haul for the 3rd selection. Tunsil is the premier OT in the draft.
|Jalen Ramsey |
The Chargers don’t need the O-line help, so they will draft who many say is the best athlete in the draft this year.
Oh how fortunes can change? A week ago Tunsil was the consensus number 1 pick, but this two pick slide could be a mutual benefit. Philip Rivers will help Tunsil adjust to the NFL, and the Chargers get their LT of the future.
This is the Cowboys best case scenario as I pointed out in my Cowboys mock draft.
I think the Cowboys go defense with this pick. Myles Jack is too good an athlete to fall very far. This is the safest pick for the Cowboys.
At one point considered the top player available, the Cowboys will begin to transform their D-Line into what they hope is equal to their O-Line.
Buckner is the better prospect than Bosa, and to me, it's not that close. The Jags need d-line help and Buckner's versatility will shine in Jacksonville.
|Laremy Tunsil |
This is a gift to the Jags. The Rams/Titans trade sent the consensus number one overall pick plummeting to 5th because of team needs. And the Jags need O-line help bad.
The Jags secondary could still use some upgrades even after free agency, and Ramsey is as plug and play as it gets.
The Ravens need d-line help and Bosa is the next best option who fits their scheme well.
|Joey Bosa |
The Ravens get back to having playmakers on defense. Bosa fits their style and flair perfectly.
The Ravens always draft for talent. Jack is the top LB in this draft, and will fit anywhere. CJ Mosley and Jack would make a great tandem.
The 49ers haven't been able to replace Patrick Willis, and Jack combined with an even healthier Navorro Bowman will be one of the best LB duos in the NFL.
The 49er’s were 4th worst sacking opposing QB’s last year. They will look to address that with this pick. I think Buckner will be the most sure thing left at this point.
The 49ers need help everywhere. O-Line is as good a place as any with Jack off the board.
I don't even think Cleveland knows who they want to take, but they should put as many weapons around RG3 as possible.
I orginially had Elliott going to Philly, which made a lot of sense. Since the pick was traded, I have no idea what Cleveland will do. I'm not sure a Draft Day scenario is going to happen for them and David Putney is not on the table. I say Cleveland makes a splash and adds a running back to RG3's attack.
The Browns made a smart call. Picking up 4 surplus picks (they did send this year's 4th to Philly as well) is building a team. Picking up a player who will be a cornerstone on the D-Line for years even after trading down is a coup.
The Bucs need help in the secondary and Hargreaves is the best pure corner in the draft.
The Bucs could use help all over the defensive side of the ball. They will start by getting their Darrelle Revis like corner back.
While sad they couldn't get Tunsil or Stanley, the Bucs invested a lot in "Famous Jameis" last year. This move will help solidify a shaky line.
I'm not sold on Ronnie Stanley as a pro and believe he will slip in the draft. Conklin is more refined and rising draft boards fast.
The Giants key to success is running the ball. They have a franchise QB, they have a slew of RB’s. They need a player to connect it all.
| Vernon Hargreaves
The Giants spent big bucks in free agency, but their secondary isn't there yet. Forget the height questions for Hargreaves, he was solid his whole career.
Floyd fits the Bears defensive scheme to a T even if at this point in the draft it could be considered a small reach.
The Bears need to get that swagger back on defense. There are several players they can go with here from DT’s to LB’s. An offensive player would bea surprise.
| Sheldon Rankins
Rankins will shore up the interior of a line that was one of the worst in the league last year. The Bears need help, and Rankins can deliver immediately.
The Saints need d-line help badly. Actually they need help badly in virtually every position on defense. Lawson is a start.
The Saints couldn’t stop the pass the last season. At all. They need to address that here. The question is do they see Eli Apple as the best corner left.
The second (but not last) Buckeye on the list goes to the Saints, who need anyone and everyone on D. Lee's measurables were off the charts at the combine, so even if fit is a question, he's the pick here.
|William Jackson III|
Tall corners with length don't last long in the draft, and the Dolphins have a need. Solid fit
|William Jackson III|
The Dolphins are good on defense, except in the backfield. Look for them to address the defensive backfield with this pick.
| Laquon Treadwell
The Dolphins need playmakers, so they grab the top wideout in the draft. People forget the horrific leg injury Treadwell suffered his sophomore year. A lot of players wouldn't have been able to play last year. He not only played, he dominated.
The Raiders are close to having an elite defense, and shoring up the ILB position is key.
The Raiders could use some help in the middle of the defense with the linebacker corp. Ragland can rush up the middle and add to Mack and Smith coming off the ends.
| Reggie Ragland
The Raiders continue to add pieces on defense. Ragland is NFL ready and will contribute early.
The Titans could very well move back into the Top 10, but offensive line will be the position of choice.
The Titans will still look to address the need to protect Mariota. The Titans were the most sacked team in the league last season. Tunsil and most likely Stanley will be gone. Next best offensive tackle is Conklin.
The Titans fleeced the Rams by trading down to 15, and they pick up a weapon for Mariota at the same time. Doctson might be the best high ball leaper in this class.
Much like his brother Zach, Martin will be thought of as a reach, but in the end will prove to be a solid pick. The Lions need a commander of their OL and Martin is that guy as a center.
I think the Lions need to add talent at the cornerback position more than any other position in my opinion. It looks like the best corner left at this point might be Alexander.
The Lions have always had questions along their O-Line. Decker can at least play right tackle, solidifying a weakness last year. At best he slides to left, allowing Reilly Reiff to move back to the right.
Kezmit predicted it and I agree.
I could see the Flacons be the first team to draft a WR in this draft, but they need linebacker help a little more. I can see them staying local and taking Floyd from Georgia.
| A'Shawn Robinson
The Falcons D still needs help. Robinson is a run stopper and a gap plugger. He will be in the rotation from day 1.
He could be the best pass rusher in the draft, but due to off-the-field concerns he will fall. The Colts can't afford to pass on his talent.
The Colts need to think about keeping their franchise QB upright and healthy. But they also need help on the defensive side of the ball too. So they will take the best player left on the board. By my count, that will be Sheldon Rankins.
Andrew Luck has been hit more than any QB since he came into the league. Anything the Colts can do to bolster this line, they should do.
Rumors of the Bills trading up is real, but they;ve been burned so many times before I doubt they do it. Take one of the best talents in the draft. His "off-the-field" issue have been overblown by the media.
Rex Ryan loves guys that will run through a wall for him, or in this case a window. Nkemdiche’s talent can’t fall much further than this in the 1st round.
| Shaq Lawson
Buffalo disappointed last year. Mario Williams left town, so Lawson steps up into his place. Look for him to be an upgrade in production as well.
The Jets will not give in to Ryan Fitzpatrick's demands, and rightfully so. Take the guy who could be even better.
When looking at the Jets needs, and considering you need to get 1st round talent out of the pick, I see them shoring up deficiencies in the linebacker corp.
| Eli Apple
The Jets have Revis Island on one half of the field, but the other corner remains a question mark. This pick could be huge if Apple can reach his ceiling.
Reed isn't an explosive pass rusher, but he can play the run with the best of them.
The Redskins end up doing the safe thing and take one of the best remaining D-line players in the draft.
| Will Fuller
The Redskins don't have many weapons, and Fuller can really stretch the field. Can Cousins get him the ball? Well that remains to be seen.
The best TE in the draft, hands down. The Texans need one to compliment Hopkins on the outside.
The Texans need to get the Osweiler era off to the right start. They do that by sticking big bodies in front of him.
| Vonn Bell
Houston hasn't had a playmaker in the secondary since Glover Quin left. Bell brings a physical presence with decent range.
He's not my top WR, that goes to Sterling Shepard, but the Vikings need a possession receiver to compliment their other weapons, or lack thereof.
I am skeptical that the Vikings will take a receiver here, but the fact is they were the 2nd worst passing offense last season. We already know Doctson looks good in the purple.
| Emmanuel Ogbah
Ogbah has the potential to be a force on Minnesota's line for a while. He is loaded with upside, and could be a great fit for the Vikes.
The Bengals lost Marvin Jones and Marvin Sanu. Enter Treadwell, my No.2 WR.
The Bengals need to replace some off-season losses at receiver. They make the splash and take Treadwell. A.J. Green and LaQuon Treadwell. Think about it.
Floyd can rush the passer, and the Bengals can always use more pass rushing. Floyd should be a good fit.
The Steelers defense is not what it used to be, and getting a physical corner would help.
If Shaq does slip this far, I think this is a no brainer for the Steelers. They will definitely look to snag a defensive player with their 1st round pick.
| Karl Joseph
The Steelers need a safety to step in and fill the void left by Troy Polamalu. Joseph isn't the top safety in the draft, but he does hit like a freight train.
The Seahawks defense thrives off of rushing the passer, allowing their corners to live on an island. They struggled last season compared to their teams of old. They will look to upgrade in the draft.
I would say the Seahawks need a RB, but not with their 1st round pick. They will look to even further solidify their defensive front line.
If there is a team to make an upside play, it is Seattle. Burns fits the mold of Seattle's secondary, and after Frank Clark hut last year, they will be willing to gamble again.
With B.J. Raji taking a hiatus this season, Billings can come in and contribute right away.
The Packers weakness is on the front line of their defense. I look for them to spend their 1st round pick in this area.
| Ryan Kelly
O-Line is not exactly a pressing need for the Packers, but Kelly can start at center or provide depth for any interior line spot. The line has been racked with injuries the past few years, and you can never have enough quality depth.
The Chiefs need to replace Sean Smith who signed with the Raiders. Alexander is a solid choice.
This might not be the Chiefs strength, the passing game. I look at the roster and think they have to get more weapons on the outside. Will Fuller has explosive speed.
| Kevin Dodd
Dodd is a solid rotation piece that can earn playing time next year. Fit may be a concern in the Chiefs 3-4 scheme, but he should be able to play DE here and add to a solid rotation.
With Deone Bucannon making the switch to linebacker full-time, the Cards need an upgrade at safety. Neal can succeed in run defense and is formidable against the pass.
Best TE in the draft. The Cardinals need a TE and this stud from Arkansas could instantly add another huge weapon to Carson Palmer’s arsenal.
A good edge rusher who can slot opposite Chandler Jones in certain scenarios. Safety is a bigger need, but good teams don't reach.
The Panthers offensive line overachieved last season. Look for them to upgrade and build depth to protect their franchise QB.
Sometimes really good teams just have to go with someone that can come in and make a big difference right out of the gate. Shepard has versatility and could be a dangerous slot receiver if linked up with Cam.
Another weapon for Cam Newton? He will be chomping at the bit to whip the ball down field to this burner. That is a lot of draft capital being used on wideouts in the past three years, but the trio could be the most feared young WR core in the league.
If the Broncos don't move up to snag a QB (Lynch) then they will look elsewhere. Specifically, replacing Ryan Clady. Connor Cook is NOT a 1st round QB, but could be selected solely based on need and overdrafting.
Peyton who? Let’s end the QB controversy. The new sheriff is in town. My man from the University of Memphis, Paxton Lynch. We might look back in 3 years and say that Paxton Lynch was the best QB in the 2016 draft class. He might even win a Super Bowl in his rookie year, if drafted by the defending champs.
The Broncos won a Super Bowl with the corpse of Peyton Manning at the helm, but Mark Sanchez is not a long term answer. Lynch needs time to develop, but if Elway and Kubiak can get him the tutelage he needs, they may have a starter for years to come.
Disagree with our picks? Let us know where you think we were dead wrong in the comments below…
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