Spartan Nation 2016 NFL Mock Draft

Jack Conklin at the 2016 NFL Combine.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.
Jack Conklin at the 2016 NFL Combine. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

Five of my friends who are NFL scouts (or personnel/MGMT people) agreed to give me their mock drafts again this year. They represent five different teams. This is their MOCK DRAFTS, not mine. A few years ago we were the ONLY media MOCK draft that had Tim Tebow being picked in the first round and Jimmy Clausen NOT. Seemingly every year we get some great tid bits of knowledge like that.

This is what they think will happen based on what they are hearing. It is NOT what they would do. For example four of the five gentlemen all had Carson Wentz rated higher than Jared Goff, but all five had the Rams picking Goff.

We do not consider trades, but all five, yes; all five had Cleveland trading their eighth pick, because they are all hearing that the Browns are shopping the choice. That is fascinating. Also all five though that MULTIPLE teams are trying to trade out of the lower part of the first round. One last additional note is that all five had only two QB’s rated in the first round. Four of the five thought Paxton Lynch at 31 with the Broncos need and being the last pick of that round would go.

I will keep each of their identities confidential as you can imagine that their respective teams wouldn’t appreciate their participation in this endeavor. All I asked from them was that they give me their MOCK DRAFT. I weighed all lists and put them in the appropriate order. I didn’t have them make their team’s pick (that is why a fifth person is added) and I didn’t add comments as that may reveal their identity.
This list is not the order that I think they will be drafted, it is simply five men who get paid to do this for a living and who they think teams will pick. We did not let them add where or when they thought trades would occur. Again NO TRADES are factored in. I weighed each of their picks and the list is based upon their consensus and drafts. Here it is:

  1. Rams Jared Goff QB CAL
  2. Eagles Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
  3. Chargers Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
  4. Cowboys Ezekiel Elliot RB Ohio State
  5. Jaguars Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
  6. Ravens Jalen Ramsey CB Florida State
  7. 49ers Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
  8. Browns DeForest Buckner DL Oregon
  9. Buccaneers Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida
  10. Giants Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
  11. Bears Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
  12. Saints Leonard Floyd OLB UGA
  13. Dolphins Eli Apple CB Ohio State
  14. Raiders Myles Jack LB UCLA
  15. Titans Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
  16. Lions A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
  17. Falcons Kevin Dodd DL Clemson
  18. Colts Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
  19. Bills Robert Nkemidichie DT Ole Miss
  20. Jets Noah Spence DE EKU
  21. Redskins Jarran Reed DT Alabama
  22. Texans Will Fuller WR Notre Dame
  23. Vikings Josh Doctson WR TCU
  24. Bengals Corey Coleman WR Baylor
  25. Steelers Sheldon Rankings DT Louisville
  26. Seahawks Darron Lee LB LB Ohio State
  27. Packers Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
  28. Chiefs Artie Burns CB Miami, FL
  29. Cardinals William Jackson III CB Houston
  30. Panthers Mackenzie Alexander CB Clemson
  31. Broncos Paxton Lynch QB Memphis

For my own personal use I have asked every year who they think are the “Elite” players. In the NFL draft NO ONE is a can’t miss when nearly 50% of first rounders are considered a failure. The most they have ever agreed on is four players. The lowest is one. This year there are four consensus names. The criteria for picking an elite player is this: If your owner told you that you would get a 10 million dollar bonus or be fired and owe him 10 million dollars on ONE pick, regardless of need, who is the most sure fire can’t miss player in this draft.

So for the tenth straight year, that was the Spartan Nation NFL MOCK draft. Thanks for reading.


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