It’s mock draft season. Which means, it’s time to speculate on where your favorite college football player will land in the 2016 NFL draft. I’m not doing a typical mock draft. However, I do have thoughts.
I’ve been a fan of the NFL for close to 30 years now. I’ve only started paying attention to the draft though, since 1999. That was the first year without Dave Wannstedt’s influence in the Bears draft. Mark Hatley, the Bears VP of personnel (effective “GM”) had himself some nifty drafts, including drafting Brian Urlacher.
Many people will tell you the draft is “hit or miss”, and this is certainly true, but for many reasons. The biggest, is they have not figured out a way to effectively measure what is inside a person’s heart, their level of desire, or their will to be great. Some teams are better than others at putting talent on the field year in and year out. Those teams have multiple championships. You rarely see them passing on talent.
I’m going to make it easy for them and list 5 prospects that should go in the top 10. There may be reasons that they fall out of the top 10, but it is not because of lack of talent.
Laremy Tunsil, OT- Mississippi: Tunsil is arguably the best player in the draft. An athletic young man with exceptional feet, and is technically sound. It’s a slam dunk. Even more so if you let your QB get sacked 40+ times last season.
Jalen Ramsey, CB- FSU: Ramsey had himself a day at the NFL combine. He put up pretty impressive numbers, ran fast, did all the drills with dexterity. He’s not only the best cornerback in the draft, he could play safety, or even linebacker. He reminds me a little (don’t go crazy) of Sean Taylor.
Joey Bosa, DE- OSU: Bosa is in the mold of a JJ Watt. He has impressive hand technique, and is a polished pass rusher. He seems a little too laid back for me, personally. If he slides, I think that might be why. When it comes to game time though, it seems like he has one goal: to get to the QB and put him on the ground.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB- OSU: Elliott has been showcasing his skills for years now. He is the best overall running back in the draft. Scouts are impressed with how he moves and factors into the game without the ball in his hands. He reminds me a lot of Adrian Peterson.
DeForest Buckner, DE- Oregon: Buckner is one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the draft. He can play end or tackle in either 3-4 or 4-3 fronts. Mike Mayock thinks very highly of him, and so do I.
So there it is. If you see a mock draft with any of these players outside the top 10, question the writer’s sanity!