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The Official Baltimore Beatdown 2016 Mock Draft 1.0

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The Beatdown staff locked ourselves into a virtual room and hammered out what the NFL will definitely look like. At least, until we change our minds for 2.0.

Lights, Cameras, PICK 'EM. The Beatdown staff has the lineup.
Lights, Cameras, PICK 'EM. The Beatdown staff has the lineup.

Welcome to the definitive, dare we say predictive, 2016 NFL Mock Draft by the Baltimore Beatdown staff. We had a very specific method to compile our picks and create a mathematical consensus on what these picks would look like. While there was a widespread discrepancy on names matching teams, we had a few very interesting nearly-unanimous decisions:

  • Wentz was the vast majority pick for Cleveland.
  • Goff was heavily favored for Sand Francisco.
  • Cook was heavily favored for Denver.
  • There was one trade which Beatdown writers foresaw, and it involved the Ravens.
  • Alabama and Ohio State are well represented.
So, while we seem to think alike for QB placements, we were all over the NFL map for the rest. Yet, there was a way to reach consensus. Lock us in a virtual room and threaten lives and season tickets. Seriously, we hope that you'll find some sense in this list; if not, there's always 2.0.

SPOILER: Baltimore does not get Jalen Ramsey. Or Batman.

Enjoy, and please comment below!




1

Titans

Laremy Tunsil, T, Ole Miss

The Titans double down by selecting the draft's best offensive lineman to protect the future of their team, Marcus Mariota. As a rookie, the young quarterback looked sharp, but was constantly on his back thanks to some shoddy blocking. It's a chalk pick, but a good one nonetheless. - N. Beaucage

2

Browns


Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Wentz was almost a full consensus pick amongst the Beatdown staff. Clearly, Cleveland needs to start from scratch at QB and this strong armed prospect seems to be new coach Hugh Jackson's type. Wentz compares favorably to Cam Newton. Coming from a small school, he has some bust potential but the risk is worth the reward since CLE needs a top QB to compete in the rough and tumble AFCN.                                                                                                 -C. Brown, V. Lericos

3

Chargers

Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

By some accounts, Ramsey is the best player in his class. San Diego will be thrilled to nab the best secondary prospect in recent memory. While Tunsil would've filled a more pressing are of need for San Diego, Ramsey is a pretty great consolation prize, and he will help San Diego's secondary in the wake of Eric Weddle's departure.

-N. Beaucage

4

Cowboys

Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Recently, the Cowboys' defense has been rather stagnant, for lack of a better word. While the group has been solid, no one player has really stood out as a game changer for Dallas. With Jack, the Cowboys get a versatile and athletic linebacker with massive potential. Jerry Jones covets marketable players and Jack fits the bill with his unique playmaking ability. Jack is also a perfect scheme fit at weakside linebacker for the Cowboys defense.

-N. Beaucage, V. Lericos

5

Jaguars

Joey Bosa, LB, Ohio State

Jaguars Coach Gus Bradley has one season to make it all work, and at this spot, he will not pass on a major playmaker to bolster his front four. Even though their larger needs are more in the middle of the D, he will not be able let go of this dynamic addition.

-C. Brown

6 (from BAL)

49ers

Jared Goff, QB, California

Chip Kelly gets his man, Ozzie Newsome gets his way. With the threat of other teams willing to pitch in and trade up for a shot at this young prodigy, the 49ers desperately give the Ravens a pick for their spot in order to solidify this bay-area star for greatness on Sundays. With just the right amount of athleticism for Kelly's offense, and a great arm, Goff is set up for sucess down the road.

--C. Brown

7 (from SF)

RAVENS

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

The Ravens look to upgrade their secondary, with the best true cornerback in the draft. Hargreaves will team with Jimmy Smith to form a lockdown tandem for the next 5+ years. The Ravens trade down in classic Ozzie fashion to reap maximum value, knowing that the drop off from the Top 2 CBs is much steeper than the Top 2 pass rushers. VH3 is a perfect compliment to Jimmy Smith with his change of direction to shadow shifty WRs while Jimmy uses his size to stifle bigger targets. Hargreaves represents the necessary ballhawking corner to enable the Ravens to revive their interception totals.

-Y. Weiss, V. Lericos

8

Eagles

Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State

Elliott is definitely the best offensive talent in this draft. The Eagles will be thrilled to land a running back who will almost certainly become one of the league's best in a few years' time. Since the Eagles don't neccesarily need a pass rusher or top defensive prospect, the team can certainly afford the premium on this elite running back.

--N. Beaucage

9

Buccaneers

Shaq Lawson, LB, Clemson

The Beatdown writers see Tampa Bay going more traditional Tampa, even with a new offensive-oriented coach, in their choice to take the dominant hybrid defensive end/pass rusher from Clemson. Their attention could fully turn to offense after adding this cornerstone who could anchor the D for years to come.

-C. Brown

10

NYG

Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame

The Giants simply will not pass up the chance to take a tackle of this caliber, whom some say is the best on the board. The simple strategy of keeping Eli upright will pay dividends, and this is the young man who can deliver on that plan.

-C. Brown

...AND THE REST OF THE PICKS:

11

CHI

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

12

NO

Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville

13

MIA

Jack Conklin, T, Michigan State

14

OAK

William Jackson III, CB, Houston

15

LA

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

16

DET

A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

17

ATL

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

18

IND

Taylor Decker, T, Ohio State

19

BUFF

Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

20

NYJ

Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky

21

WAS

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

22

HOU

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

23

MIN

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

24

CIN

Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

25

PITT

Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama

26

SEA

Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

27

GB

Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

28

KC

Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

29

ARZ

Emmanuel Ogbah, OLB, Oklahoma State

30

CAR

Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

31

DEN

Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

Photo credits (in order of appearance): NFL.com, Bleacherreport.com, CBSsports.com, Buckeyextra.dispatch.com (2),  scout.com, Foxsports.com, Tigernet.com, Todayspigskin.com