Mock Draft Season – New York Jets Mock Draft 1.0 (JM)

Joe Malfa kicks off TOJ’s mock draft season with his prediction for the first round in the 2016 NFL Draft

We are now just 10 days away from the 2016 NFL draft, and with that, the writers here at TOJ will be releasing their personal 1st round mock drafts. First up, Joe Malfa. Click here for more NFL Draft coverage!

  1. Rams: Jared Goff, QB, Cal – In the aftermath of the blockbuster trade between the Titans and the Rams, I think the Rams will walk away with the most pro-ready QB in the draft class. Wentz may have more of an upside, but Goff can come in, play right away, and be the face of a franchise.
  2. Browns: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio St. – Now, this is where I deviate from the majority. The Browns have holes to fill all over the place, particularly on the defensive line, and I believe Hue Jackson will aim to take the best player available. They are set to begin a long-term rebuild that will likely include a couple more top-5 picks . They should wait to spend one of those picks on a QB that is more of a sure-thing than Wentz, and begin to satisfy other needs with this year’s pick (if they do not trade out, which is a distinct possibility) .
  3. Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, LT, Ole Miss – The Chargers’ two biggest needs are at DB and OT, and Ramsey and Tunsil are both there for the taking. I think they opt for the LT that can be a mainstay for the next decade and keep Rivers upright for the remainder of his career.
  4. Cowboys: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota St. – Jerry Jones wanted to take Johnny Manziel a couple of years ago to replace Romo. Thankfully his son talked him out of it, but the fact that he considered Manziel showed that he was ready to spend a 1st-round pick on Romo’s successor. Romo, if healthy, should have another three years left, and that seems like the right amount of time to let a guy like Wentz marinate under a future Hall of Fame QB.
  5. Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida St. – Freak athlete and special talent that can help the Jaguars in the one area where they still need a lot of help. Some believed he might have gone 1st to the Titans, so the Jaguars benefit from the way the board breaks and end up with arguably the most talented player in the draft.
  6. Ravens: Deforest Buckner, DE, Oregon – Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil will not be around forever. Buckner can fill a major gap on the defensive line, and he has the potential to be a double-digit sack guy in the mold of Muhammad Wilkerson.
  7. 49ers: Ronnie Staley, OT, Notre Dame – I have no idea as to what goes on in Chip Kelly’s head, but the most logical option here seems to be a tackle that can bolster a weak offensive line. I was tempted to put Ezekiel Elliott here because he would be dangerous in Kelly’s offense with Kaepernick, but it seems like Kaepernick will eventually be in Denver.
  8. Eagles: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio St. – Doug Pederson built his offense in Kansas City around a strong stable of RBs. Elliott fits the scheme and fills a need.
  9. Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida – I personally believe Hargreaves is a better corner than Ramsey, but it is Ramsey’s overall athleticism lands him at #5. The Bucs will land one of the major steals in this draft.
  10. Giants: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA – I mentioned that Hargreaves will be a major steal, but this pick will be the biggest steal of the 1st round. The case can be made for Jack as the best defensive talent in the 1st round, but his knee injury and the way the board breaks could have the Giants licking their chops here at 10. He improves what may be one of the weakest linebacker groups in the league, and, like I said, may be the most talented defensive player in the draft.
  11. Bears: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama – The Bears have been among the worst against the run over the last few years, so it makes sense to take a prototypical run stopper here in A’Shawn Robinson.
  12. Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville – I tend to steer clear of looking at the mock drafts of others as I formulate my own, but it seemed like Rankins was the pick for the Saints in every mock I saw. I am personally not high on Rankins, but he fills a need and fits the profile of a player that can rise up draft boards after a strong Senior Bowl.
  13. Dolphins: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St. – If the Dolphins want Ryan Tannehill to develop, they need to do a better job of protecting him and Conklin may be the best tackle remaining.
  14. Raiders: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama – The Raiders seem poised to take that next step and compete for the AFC West crown. A defensive quarterback that can start from Day 1 will be a tremendous add for a defense that already features Khalil Mack.
  15. Titans: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio St. – The Titans would have taken Tunsil with the 1st pick, so they will still end up with a tackle to provide more protection for Marcus Mariota.
  16. Lions: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss – There are holes elsewhere, but when you have a gunslinger like Matthew Stafford, the first order of business will be replacing Megatron.
  17. Falcons: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia – Dan Quinn loves pass rushers. He already got one last year in Vic Beasley, but the Falcons defense was so bereft of talent that he will look to add another sack artist this season.
  18. Colts: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson – The Colts can’t possibly make another poor draft decision by passing on a defensive player again, can they? They add a much needed pass rusher here.
  19. Bills: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss – Does he have some character issues? Yes, but Rex will not pass on a talent like Nkemdiche.
  20. Jets: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky – For all of the talk about the Jets moving up, or the Jets drafting Paxton Lynch, I think they will stay right where they are and draft one of the best pure pass rushers in this draft. Hopefully his character issues are behind him.
  21. Redskins: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama – Out goes Terrance Knighton, in comes Jarran Reed. The Redskins will need to improve defensively, particularly upfront, if they want to repeat as NFC East champs.
  22. Texans: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame – And here goes the run on WRs. The Texans need someone to complement Deandre Hopkins, and I believe Fuller is that guy.
  23. Vikings: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor – If Teddy Bridgewater is going to progress, he needs weapons. With two of the top WRs gone, the Vikings do not hesitate to get their young QB a new toy.
  24. Bengals: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU – The free agency period left the cupboard empty at WR for the Bengals. A.J. Green is among the best WRs in the league, but that’s it. Doctson has the tools to be a solid 2nd option alongside Green.
  25. Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio St. – The defensive overhaul for the Steelers continues with the lanky, physical, athletic CB out of Ohio St.
  26. Seahawks: Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech – The Seahawks went from one of the best offensive lines in the league to one of the worst. Clark has all of the tools and talent necessary to be an effective starter — he just needs to be coached up a bit.
  27. Packers: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio St. – Here it is — the 5th and final Ohio St. player taken in the 1st round. The Packers could use his athleticism on the defensive side of the ball.
  28. Chiefs: William Jackson III, CB, Houston – With Sean Smith in Oakland, the Chiefs will look for help opposite Marcus Peters.
  29. Cardinals: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson – The Cardinals could use some help at CB as well, opposite Patrick Peterson.
  30. Panthers: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama – Henry is a good fit here because he is a powerful back that can wear teams down along with Stewart and Newton.
  31. Broncos: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis – Lynch falls into the John Elway’s lap at 31.