Football Garbage Time Staff 2016 NFL Mock Draft – Part 2
By the Football Garbage Time Staff
In the last article, we, twelve writers from Football Garbage Time (Joey Alibro, Ricky Castro, Nicolas Freeman, Jason Johnson, Scott King, John Kirkland, Joanne Kong, Rob O’Connor, Michael Pattison, Bobby Pierson, Ryan Whitfield, and Ha Kung Wong) went though who we thought teams should take in picks 1 through 16 of the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, which we conducted live over four days on Twitter (feel free to check out the back and forth on Twitter by searching for #FGTMockDraft).
Today, in Part 2, we go through Picks 17 through 31 along with the reasoning for each pick by each writer.
Scott – Shaq Lawson – DE
- The Falcons have talent on offense, that’s not in question, but the defense needs help. My wife pulled me in to Kroy Biermann’s reality TV show, “Don’t be Tardy”, and I think he’s a great guy but he’s not bringing the sacks for the Falcons. They need a pass rush and, if Shaq Lawson from Clemson is there, they will run the card up to the stage. Any standout defensive player available will go to the Falcons here.
Joanne – Leonard Floyd – OLB
- Check out Joanne’s complete Indianapolis Colts 2016 Draft Analysis here!
Ryan – Laquon Treadwell – WR
- I love big bodied receivers who can win the fifty-fifty balls. Treadwell at 6’2 and 221 lbs., in addition to his high pointing abilities, is that guy. Match him up with a play maker/deep threat like Watkins and you’re talking about a great budding young WR duo in Buffalo.
Jason – Jason Spriggs – OT
- With Landon Floyd off the board, the Jets will look to fill the void of D’Brickashaw Ferguson, or at least build some depth along the O-line. Jason Spriggs does that. Big, physical and athletic (former tight end), Spriggs should be a starter come September.
Ricky – Andrew Billings – DT
- It’s hard to say whom the draft guru Scot McCloughan is going to go with but my bet would be defense. Billings has a great combination of size and speed to be a disruption against any O-Line in the league.
Joanne – Corey Coleman – WR
- Check out Joanne’s complete Houston Texans 2016 Draft Analysis here!
Scott – Josh Doctson – WR
- I’m not as sold on Bridgewater as others, but the Vikings seem to like him. Either way he needs someone to catch the ball. If there’s a good WR available, they’ll jump on him.
Michael – Emmanuel Ogbah – DE
- The Bengals are in need for a pass rusher and depth at the defensive line. It wouldn’t surprise me if they went with a DT or S with this pick, but Marvin Lewis hasn’t drafted an elite pass rusher for some time and Agbah is the obvious selection if he’s still there. Probably the most athletic DE left on the board, he’ll bring size, power and speed to an already well-balanced defense.
Ryan – Mackensie Alexander – CB
- The Steelers offense probably doesn’t need any more weapons….but its defense needs some help. Despite a better year then predicted, their passing D was abysmal. Averaging around 270 yards per game, they were 30th ranked against the pass last year. Adding a highly skilled, battling, athletic corner like Alexander should help them turn that D around.
Ryan – Joshua Garnett – OG
- The Seahawks need to bolster their offensive line. For a team who likes to run the ball, having a 6’4″ 312 lbs guard with a ton of strength moving the line will help the 2016 Seahawks. There are some concerns about lazy footwork and reacting slowly when he’s the pulling guard on run plays, but that’s something a top flight organization should be able to coach up.
Michael – Reggie Ragland – ILB
- With the 27th pick the Packers will take a need instead of best available. Reggie Ragland fits a hole the packers have been wanting to fill at ILB. He’s pro ready and should be able to step right in and allow Clay Matthews to have more freedom in the defense. Running back is another desperate need for the Pack but the likes of Derrick Henry, C.J. Prosise and Daniel Lasco are possible options in the late second round.
Ha Kung – William Jackson III – CB
- The Chiefs have been recently successful on the back of a strong defense and a solid, but conservative, offense. I don’t see things changing with this draft, as the Chiefs will look to repeat what they did in 2015 by filling the void left by CB Sean Smith. And CB William Jackson III is a great choice to pair with 2015 Rookie of the Year Marcus Peters. Jackson has good instincts when it comes to his location on the field and proved it by allowing just 40 percent of passes thrown his way to be completed over the last two years, intercepting five passes in 2015 and returning two of them for touchdowns. Jackson is 6′ tall, giving him good length, and showed good speed having one of the best 40 yard dash times at the Combine among cornerbacks (4.37 seconds). He’ll fit right in and he’s NFL ready.
Ricky – Ryan Kelly – C
- Arizona wants to keep what they had last year going. So why not shore up the O-Line with the best available center at this pick.
Jason – Kevin Dodd – DE
- The Panthers are in need of another pass rusher. Picking up Kevin Dodd here makes a lot of sense. His style fits in well with Sean McDermott’s schemes. The Panthers have shown a lot of interest in Dodd and he is still around when they pick, making this is a no-brainer.
Ricky – Hunter Henry – TE
- Since the Broncos aren’t in any rush to choose a QB at this point they’ll need another target for Mark Sanchez to throw to. Why not the 2015 winner of the John Mackey (best College TE) award? The last three years this award has produced very promising NFL TE’s (Tyler Eifert, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Nick O’Leary). Who is Nick O’Leary you ask? As of right now, he is on the Buffalo Bills roster as the 3rd string TE. Make no mistake about it, he will start at some point in his career. The only reason he hasn’t is because he couldn’t beat out Charles Clay. O’Leary is one tough dude. He survived a motorcycle crash with a car that made him hit a bus. Watch:
- With that being said, any dude winning the John Mackey award lately has to be drafted in the first round.
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