Mirador Predicts NFL Draft Ahead of Round One Thursday


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Local Marin Catholic and Cal product Jared Goff is projected to be the overall first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, Quarterback, California

Ting: The Rams pulled off arguably the biggest draft trade in NFL history, moving up all the way from 15 to one for six draft picks in the first three rounds of the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts. Reports out of Los Angeles suggest the Rams prefer Cal standout Jared Goff over North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. Goff has intelligence and accuracy, and has the traits to flourish at the NFL level.

2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, Quarterback,

Clark: After signing QB Sam Bradford to a short-year deal, it was a surprise that the Eagles moved up six spots. However, Bradford was too up-and-down for the Eagles and didn’t show he could be a franchise quarterback as he was expected to be when he was drafted in 2010. QB Carson Wentz has all the intangibles to be a franchise quarterback: He can make all the throws and has NFL size.

3. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Florida State

Thomas: Talented offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil would fit perfectly in the Chargers offense. Last years’ starters proved to be unsuccessful in regard to protecting Philip Rivers. As Rivers continues to age, the gap for championship contention could be closing. With the addition of Tunsil, a young and promising prospect, they could lengthen that gap. The Charges have the playmakers at receiver to become an elite offense; now they just need to limit the pressure getting to Rivers.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State

Ting: The Cowboys’ experiment of having Randy Gregory and Greg Hardy at defensive end failed miserably, as Gregory will be suspended for the first four games of next season due to a failed drug test, and Hardy is now unemployed after being a headache off the field. The Cowboys need pass rush help, and Bosa fits the bill. A prototypical 4-3 defensive end will be a great fit in defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s scheme. Jerry Jones may be tempted to grab Jalen Ramsey here, but defensive end is a much larger need at this juncture.Jacksonville

5. Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback, Florida State

Clark: To say the least, Jacksonville’s secondary struggled last year and the Jaguars are in need of a playmaker badly. The indisputable best defensive back in this draft is Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey could complete the Jaguars’ secondary with the recent acquisitions of Prince Amukamara and Tashuan Gipson in free agency.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Myles Jack, Outside Linebacker, UCLA

Thomas: The raving question surrounding Myles Jack is about his medical conditions. Jack could potentially fall anywhere from pick number seven to a pick later in the first round. The Ravens are one solid defensive away from resuming their defensive prowess. If Jack does end up falling out of that top five, the Ravens would have to take a good look at him. Jack would provide the Ravens with a great pass rusher off the edge.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle Notre Dame

Ting: It won’t matter who is playing quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers if their offensive line doesn’t improve. A unit that surrendered the second most sacks in the NFL desperately needs help, especially after Alex Boone jumped to Minnesota. Stanley may not be a prototypical right tackle for most NFL schemes, but Chip Kelly prefers his tackles to be interchangeable.

8. Cleveland Browns: DeForest Buckner, Defensive Tackle, Oregon

Clark: After trading their second overall pick it’s obvious that the Browns will not go with a QB and will give Robert Griffin III a shot. The Browns need to go with the best player on the board and go with Deforest Buckner. The 6-foot-7-inch, 285-pound defensive end can get after the quarterback making offensive tackles look silly.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback, Florida

Ting: The Buccaneers’ secondary was abysmal last season, as Alterraun Verner still hasn’t lived up to the four-year contract he signed in 2014 and Jonathan Banks continues to regress. Hargreaves is the best pure cover corner in this draft, with freaky-smooth footwork and hip rotation. The one knack on Hargreaves is his height, (5 feet 10 inches.), but his 39-inch vertical and tremendous ball skills should compensate for his size.

10. New York Giants: JT Darron Lee, Ohio State, Outside Linebacker

Thomas: The New York Giants need to fill up their defense with playmakers. And with the athleticism and mobility that Lee possess, he would be a great asset for this team. The linebacker out of Ohio State also has the size needed to excel in his position. A lot of people are sleeping on Lee going this early; however, this addition would give the Giants immediate help to their defense. This is a defense that ended up last in the NFL in total yardage on the defensive side of the ball.

11. Chicago Bears: Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Ohio State

Ting: General Manager Ryan Pace has repeatedly stated he plans to take the best player available, and Ezekiel Elliott is a top ten talent and would go earlier if the running back position was not as devalued as it is now. Elliott is just a hair behind Rams’ stud Todd Gurley, and will help fill a void left by Matt Forte who departed from Chicago this offseason.

12. New Orleans Saints: A’Shawn Robinson, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

Clark: The Saints’ defense was by far the worst defense in the NFL last year, giving up 30 points per game. Their run defense allowed 130 yards per game, second to last in the NFL. The Saints need a run stopper now and A’shawn Robinson could make an early impact for the Saints. Robinson has the Defensive Tackle body weighing in at 320 pounds. Robinson will attract double teams and will open up tackling opportunities for his teammates.

13. Miami Dolphins: JT Shaq Lawson, Defensive End, Clemson

Thomas: As Cameron Wake and Mario Williams continue to age, they need to start looking for a future defensive reliability. Lawson could be a day one starter for this Dolphins team. He was a monster of the edge for the Clemson Tigers in 2015 and has the potential to give NFL offensive line coaches nightmares. This is a lineman with a 6-foot-3-inch, 270-pound frame who came in first in the 40-yard dash at the combine at 4.43 seconds.

14. Oakland Raiders: William Jackson III, Cornerback, Houston

Clark: Last time the Raiders picked a corner out of Houston it was a huge mistake. DJ Hayden has not produced since being drafted in 2013 for the Raiders and William Jackson III can replace him. Jackson is tall,  lengthy and fast—just what the Raiders like. After picking up Sean Smith in free agency, the Raiders could draft Jackson and wreak havoc for NFL quarterbacks.

15. Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle, Michigan State

Ting: The Titans made Marcus Mariota their franchise quarterback last off-season, and now they need to protect that investment. Mariota missed four games last year due to an injury, and the Titans need to do everything in their power to keep him upright. Conklin projects as a right tackle in the NFL, and along with Taylor Lewan the two will give Tennessee a formidable pair of young tackles.

16. Detroit Lions: Ryan Kelley, Center, Alabama

Thomas: One thing about this year’s draft is that it features many versatile and talented offensive linemen. Ryan Kelley out of Alabama could take up a day one starting spot at center, guard or tackle. Matthew Stafford needs an anchor on the offensive line that he can trust. With Kelley an experienced player out of Alabama, there’s no telling how well his career might turn out.

17. Atlanta Falcons: Leonard Floyd, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Clark: At this point the Falcons need to take the best player available, and that is Leonard Floyd. The Falcons are in a big need of a defensive end and Floyd can answer their hole. Floyd can flat out get after the passer. Floyd and Vic Beasley can be the center stones for an aging defense.

18. Indianapolis Colts: Noah Spence, Defensive End, Eastern Kentucky

Thomas: The addition of Spence in the first round would be ideal for Indianapolis. Spence is another talented pass rusher in this year’s draft who will step onto the field and make plays. Indianapolis could use another pass rusher to help the injury-prone Robert Mathis out a little bit.

19. Buffalo Bills: Reggie Ragland, Linebacker, Alabama

Ting: The Ryan brothers need playmakers on the second level of their defense. Reggie Ragland is a great run stuffer, and will not be a liability in coverage. Ragland will also have a lot of room to work with space eaters Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams in front of him.

20. New York Jets: Kevin Dodd, Defensive End, Clemson

Clark: After drafting Leonard Williams last year, the Jets can improve their front four if they draft Kevin Dodd. In spurts, Dodd has shown that he has an extreme amount of potential and can be a force to be reckoned with in the NFL.

21. Washington Redskins:JT Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss

Thomas: The trait that is intriguing about Treadwell is that he is a big play threat on almost every play. He would match up perfectly with a talented DeSean Jackson. Adding another elite playmaker would bolster this offense to the next level.

22. Houston Texans:  Corey Coleman Baylor

Clark: Deandre Hopkins showed us that he is an elite WR in this league. Now the Texans need someone who can line up across from him and make big plays. Jaelen Strong struggled his rookie season and showed us he is not capable of being a WR2 in the NFL. Coleman has extreme speed and big play ability.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Ting Josh Doctson WR TCU

Ting: Stefon Diggs was a nice pick-up, but the Maryland product is probably a number two receiver at best. Josh Doctson brings the size (6 foot 2 inches) and jump-ball ability the Vikings are looking for in a number-one wide receiver.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Will Fuller Wide Receiver Notre Dame

Thomas: It is clear that it is time for Andy Dalton to prove himself as an elite quarterback. And what better way to do that than to add a talented playmaker to your receiving staff. Fuller, as a physical receiver, would fit into the Bengals possessional system perfectly. When we look back, we could be considering Fuller as a huge first round steal.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, Cornerback, Ohio State

Ting: The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven’t filled the holes left in their secondary following the departures of Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor a year ago. Eli Apple is the best defensive back left on the board, and will be a day-one starter for the surging Steel Curtain.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Decker, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

Clark: Seattle needs to beef up its offensive line to protect Russell Wilson. Seattle’s offensive line was banged up last year and if Decker slides to 26 it’s a no-brainer to take him.

27. Green Bay Packers: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

Ting: With B.J Raji gone, the Packers could use a big body in the middle. Billings is a massive 311 pounds, and translates well into Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: JT Robert Nkemdiche, Defensive Tackle, Ole Miss

Thomas: If Nkemdiche falls down this much, you can’t not go with him. In the Chief’s position they should take the best player available. Nkemdiche is an athletic, big body that would be a great fit in the pass-rush heavy, Chiefs defense.

29. Arizona Cardinals: Mackensie Alexander CB, Clemson

Ting: The Arizona Cardinals have drafted very well in the last few years and have very few glaring needs on their roster. One area that could use some help is the secondary, as Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton had their way with the Cardinals’ passing defense later in the playoffs. Alexander’s zero collegiate interceptions is a concern, but he has the raw talent to develop into a solid starter for Arizona.

30. Carolina Panthers:X Artie Burns Miami CB

Clark: Losing Josh Norman was a surprise to many, so the Panthers need someone who can start in his place. Burns presents good size and good ball skills. There is a good chance he could start in the place of Norman, and have an impact in the 2016 season.

31. Denver Broncos: JT Cody Whitehair, Offensive Guard,  Kansas State

Thomas: With the retirement of Peyton Manning, it is time for the Broncos to look towards the future. This was a struggling unit up front at times last year, and the Broncos need to plug up the holes. Whitehair is another offensive lineman that is experienced, and could come in and contribute immediately.