NFL Draft Predictions


Written by Ryan Forbes, The Woodgrove Outlander

With over 300 prospects and only 224 draft spots, most college football players have waited all their lives to hear their name called. This is the first step in the legacy in players where the future is unknown; where number-two picks can turn into the next Ryan Leaf, and where seventh rounders can become someone like Tom Brady. Here are my predictions for the 2016 NFL Draft.

  1. Rams – Jared Goff – Rams trading up to get a lineman seems highly unlikely now, so Goff has a shot to be the first Quarterback drafted number one by the Rams since Sam Bradford in 2010.
  2. Eagles– Carson Wentz – Eagles join the Rams club in trading up for a Quarterback , but with Bradford wanting, it’s highly unlikely that the Eagles won’t take a Quarterback at number two.
  3. Chargers – Jalen Ramsey – Ramsey is a complete athlete; from his speed to his vertical, he can terrorize receivers. This is essential to the Chargers after losing Weddle.
  4. Cowboys – Joey Bosa – Bosa has the ability and potential to become the next J.J. Watt, and the Cowboys can definitely use that help on the defense.
  5. Jaguars – Laremy Tunsil – Tunsil had a high chance at the number one pick before the Rams/ Titans trade, so the Jaguars might get the steal of the draft at number five.
  6. Ravens – Deforest Buckner – Buckner’s athletic ability can help this weak Ravens team back to the playoffs.
  7. 49ers – Myles Jack – With the losses of Chris Borland, Aldon Smith, and Patrick Willis, the Niners could use a linebacker to pair with Navarro Bowman.
  8. Browns– Ezekiel Elliot – The Browns haven’t had a good running game since Trent Richardson in 2012. Elliot and RGIII can revolutionize the Browns offense.
  9. Buccaneers –Vernon Hargreaves – Even after signing Brent Grimes, the Buccaneers could use even more help in the secondary. Hargreaves can provide that.
  10. Giants – Ronnie Stanley – Stanley can really help this Giants offensive line and buy more time for Manning in the pocket.
  11. Bears – Leonard Floyd – Bears really need help on defense, and Floyd could rejuvenate this defense.
  12. Saints – Sheldon Rankins – The Saints had one of the worst defensive years in the history of the franchise. They need all the help they can get on the defensive side.
  13. Dolphins – Eli Apple – With the loss of Brent Grimes, the Dolphins could use some help on the defensive side of the ball.
  14. Raiders – Robert Nkemdiche – With his impressive combine performance, Nkemdiche can really help stop the run for the Raiders.
  15. Titans – Jack Conklin – Titans traded a number one pick to the Rams, giving up getting Laremy Tunsil. They can still get a good lineman in Conklin to protect Mariota and Murray.
  16. Lions – Kevin Dodd – The Lions have to make a decision between offensive line and defensive line. Defense wins championships.
  17. Falcons – Reggie Ragland – Ragland can plug some holes in the linebacker spots for the Falcons this year.
  18. Colts – Taylor Decker – Hasselback saved the Colts last year after Andrew Luck’s injuries, but with Hasselback’s retirement, the Colts need to protect Luck.
  19. Bills – Shaq Lawson– Lawson is a perfect fit to fill Mario Williams spot and could lead the Bills to the playoffs.
  20. Jets – Paxton Lynch – With Fitzpatrick in the no man’s land of free agency, Lynch can be the backup plan for this organization.
  21. Redskins – A’Shawn Robinson – Robinson can fill the holes on this Redskins defense that barely scraped by to make the playoffs.
  22. Texans – Will Fuller – Fuller was a potential second rounder before the combine. His very impressive combine performance shot him up to a first round pick. He would pair well with Deandre Hopkins.
  23. Vikings – Laquon Treadwell – Treadwell can be the reliable receiver that Bridgewater and the Vikings are looking for.
  24. Bengals – Corey Coleman – With Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu leaving the Bengals, they benefit from a receiver like Coleman.
  25. Steelers – Mackenzie Alexander – The Steelers secondary is most definitely the weakest part of their team other than their kicker, and they need a corner like Alexander.
  26. Seahawks – Noah Spence – Spence is a perfect fit for Pete Carroll’s defense and can replace Bruce Irvin.
  27. Packers – Andrew Billings – With B.J. Raji’s hiatus from football, the Packers need another reliable run stuffer.
  28. Chiefs – William Jackson III – Although Marcus Peters was a star in his rookie year, Jackson can replace Sean Smith.
  29. Cardinals – Artie Burns – His size and speed in the secondary can improve this already strong Cardinals defense.
  30. Panthers – Emmanuel Ogbah – Ogbah can help out an already talented Panthers defense with his ability to rush the quarterback.
  31. Broncos – Chris Jones – Jones is a good player to fill Malik Jackson’s hole in the defense, but don’t be surprised if the Broncos trade up to get Paxton Lynch.