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NFL Mock Draft 2016: No First Round Quarterbacks

Blasphemy!

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This season has been topsy turvy to say the least and frankly, it is hard to make a definitive statement about most of the teams in the NFL, especially the Eagles. Even so, with getting deeper into the season, mock drafts will do a lot to speak not only to team needs at this point but also help readers become aware of some of the premier prospects in college football right now. But no quarterbacks? Surely, I must be daft. Well, I am a bit of a dim bulb, but I assure you the quarterbacks in this years class have been greatly overrated to this point and none of them warrant a first round selection. Important to understand these mocks are not a reflection of what I think will happen, but more what I think each team should do.

*Draft order made using current odds for the first overall pick

  1. Detroit Lions- Andrew Billings, Defensive Tackle, Baylor: The Lions took a huge hit on the field losing Ndmukong Suh and Nick Fairley to free agency. Their defense has become much softer and the whole team has suffered as a result. Obviously, a team picking first has issues on both sides of the ball, but the Lions would be smart to take someone who can bring physicality back to the inside of their front seven. Billings is a monstrous presence at defensive tackle with legendary strength. The Lions could go in a lot of directions here, but picking an elite interior disruptor could be the best bet.
  2. Jacksonvile Jaguars- Robert Nkemdiche, Defensive Tackle, Ole Miss: Two defensive tackles going in the first two picks may be a bit new, but it would be far from a mistake. Nkemdiche is an athletic freak with the ability to move all along the defensive line. He has some rawness, but his pure ability is truly awesome. The Jaguars will likely have a new coach after this season and he will want an athletic freak on a defense where there is very little athleticism up front. Nkemdiche will change that.
  3. New Orleans Saints- Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State: THREE defensive linemen to start the draft. Probably displaying how much the lack there of can hurt a team. Bosa is a very strong and explosive defensive end. While he may not have the upside that a lineman like Nkemdiche has, Bosa is polished and very disruptive. The Saints need to infuse more physicality into their front seven and Bosa is a step in the right direction.
  4. San Fransisco 49ers- Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame: The Niners are wrought with issues this season, but it stands out how porous their offensive line is and that has residual affects on the rest of the offense, especially the quarterback. Ronnie Stanley is an incredibly clean offensive tackle prospect with flaws that are few and far between. He will immediately pay dividends for San Francisco and keep whoever the quarterback is in 2016 very happy.
  5. Chicago Bears- Jalen Ramsey, Defensive Back, Florida State: The Bears have a lot of needs on both sides of the ball, but adding athletes to their secondary is imperative. Ramsey is an elite athlete with great size, instincts and physicality and can play any secondary position at a high level. The NFL might value Ramsey most at cornerback where his length and athleticism give him the potential to be one of the best in the game.
  6. Houston Texans- Kenny Clark, Defensive Lineman, UCLA: For one of the most offensively inept teams in the NFL, it only makes sense to give them another defensive lineman in the first round... With few other places for them to go here, taking an impacting defensive linemen only makes sense. When teams can put all of their focus on stopping JJ Watt without having to worry about another threat on a defensive line (until/if Clowney is healthy), that is a serious problem. Clark is athletic with a high motor, violent hands and good burst off the line. He would be another athletic piece on the Texans defensive line and he should make the defense a lot less one dimensional.
  7. Miami Dolphins- Vernon Hargreaves III, Cornerback, Florida: The Dolphins have been a tremendous disappointment this season with no letdown being greater than how bad their defense has been. They need talent at every level of the unit, but this is a great opportunity to draft the best pure cover corner in the draft. Hargreaves has a slighter build, but he has elite footwork and instincts in coverage. He is a true blue chip talent at the position and would bring youth and talent to the Miami secondary.
  8. Tennesee Titans- Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss: The Titans hit big when they drafted Marcus Mariota in 2015, but now they need to focus on keeping him upright. Their line has some pieces, but they could stand to add another talented offensive tackle to bookend with Taylor Lewan. Tunsil has a limitless ceiling, but could use a bit of polish to his game. Tunsil would upgrade the line on day one and he has room to grow into a start player.
  9. Kansas City Chiefs- Myles Jack, ILB, UCLA: The Chiefs biggest need is behind center, but in the meantime they can add a potentially elite linebacker whilst there is no top tier quarterback available. Jack is an athletic freak with great instincts in coverage and attacking the line of scrimmage. If he can fully recover from a knee injury suffered a few weeks ago, the Chiefs could have a great player on their hands.
  10. Baltimore Ravens- Mackenzie Alexander, Cornerback, Clemson: The Ravens defense needs help and especially in their secondary. Outside of Jimmy Smith, the group is completely devoid of talent. Alexander is a physical man cover corner who could step in and start immediately. He does not have great ball skills, but everything else is there for the cornerback.
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Ethan Pocic, Offensive Lineman, LSU: The Buccaneers need to make an investment in protecting their franchise quarterback. Their offensive line is a mess at almost every position and they should upgrade it as much as they can. Pocic is a name that has flown under the radar, strangely, because he has paved the way for Leonard Fournette's Heisman-worthy season. Pocic has done most of his damage at center, but he can play anywhere along the inside of the offensive line. He is incredibly physical and smart. He would immediately upgrade the Bucs line and Jameis Winston would be grateful.
  12. Oakland Raiders- Jaylon Smith, Linebacker, Notre Dame: The Raiders are seemingly undergoing a renaissance on both sides of the ball. An influx of youth and athletic ability has Oakland looking like a new football team and the future looks bright. However, the defense could stand to add more athletes and Smith seems like an obvious choice. Jaylon has an aggressive, always around the ball mentality and is outstanding in coverage. He needs to improve working through traffic, but defensive Coordinator and former Seattle Linebacking coach, Ken Norton, will see flashes of KJ Wright in Jaylon Smith and fall in love.
  13. Cleveland Browns- Corey Coleman, Wide Receiver, Baylor: The Browns have shown a lot of potential on offense this year and can continue to build by adding an explosive player like Corey Coleman. The Baylor wide receiver may be listed small, but he plays as big as any receiver in this class. He has incredible athletic ability and can win down the field and at the catch point. He is producing at an insane level this season, scoring a touchdown on 42% of his catches. Coleman has the makings of a star and would be a huge addition to a promising Browns offense.
  14. Washington Football Team- Karl Joseph, S, WVU: Washington has done a very good job adding physicality and athleticism to their front seven, but they could stand to upgrade their secondary. Karl Joseph is recovering from a knee injury, but the senior safety led the country in interceptions before getting hurt, with five. Joseph may be undersized, but his athletic ability, instincts and aggressiveness will remind GM Scot Mcloughan of a certain safety he took for the Seahawks in the first round of 2010
  15. Philadelphia Eagles- A'Shawn Robinson, Defensinve Lineman, Alabama: WHAT?! NOT A GUARD?! Alright, relax and here me out. Yes the Eagles need to upgrade the inside of their offensive line, but the value of getting a talented defensive lineman far outweighs getting an interior offensive lineman. The Eagles will likely lose Cedric Thorton and Vinny Curry to free agency after the season and could stand to add another talent to the trenches. Robinson is an athletic and incredibly physical defender who will impact on passing and running downs. His presence will free up space for linebackers as well as take attention off of the great Fletcher Cox. It may not seem like the obvious choice now, but Robinson would be a smart addition.
  16. New York Giants- Emmanuel Ogbah, Edge Defender, Oklahoma State: With Jason Pierre Paul's future with the Giants going up in smoke (and sulphur), the Giants need to look forward to drafting another piece for their defensive line. Rookie Owamagbe Odighizuwa has lots of potential, but he has not seen the field and the Giants need more than just one edge player to revitalize their defensive line. Ogbah would give the Giants another freak athlete on the edge and though he is a bit raw, provides a bright future for what would be a young unit.
  17. San Diego Chargers- Vadal Alexander, Offensive Line, LSU: The Chargers have a lot of née pieces in place, but need to add more talent to their offensive line in order for the team to truly take off. Alexander is a mammoth of a man who can play guard or tackle. His physicality fits well into the teams philosophy and he would look pretty damn good next to DJ Fluker.
  18. St. Louis Rams- Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss: The Rams offense has a lot of complementary wide receivers, a stud running back and a quarterback who likes to trust his receivers with the ball in the air. Treadwell, therefor, is perfect to take over as a true number one threat for the offense. The third year player is incredibly physical with a strong pair of hands and an aggressive mentality after the catch. Treadwell needs to improve his positioning with the ball in the air and could stand to become a better route runner, but his skill set lends itself to being a very good player. He would finally fill the need at lead receiver that the Rams have been looking for for years.
  19. Buffalo Bills- Jason Spriggs, Offensive Tackle, Indiana: The Bills are having a strong season so far, but could definitely use more talent along their offensive line. Spriggs, a converted tight end, has great size and athletic ability for the position. He needs to improve his technique, but he has the tools and mentality to play offensive line at a high level.
  20. Minnesota Vikings- Josh Doctson, Wide Receiver, TCU: The Vikings could upgrade a lot of positions on offense, but giving their young quarterback a dynamic jump ball receiver would do wonders for him and the offense. Doctson can do it all and would finally give Bridgewater a dependable target who can take over in the red zone.
  21. Indianapolis Colts- Taylor Decker, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State: The Colts are going through a rough season, as is Andrew Luck. This can be attributed mainly to Luck's erratic play due to the inability of his offensive line. The Colts have needed talent along their line for what seems like ages and they must address it soon. Decker has a pro ready skill set and while he provides little upside, he can step in immediately and be a very good play for the Colts.
  22. Dallas Cowboys- Ezekiel Elliot, Running Back, Ohio State: After having one of the best rushing attacks in the league a year ago, the Cowboys offense has gone stagnant due to the scrubs that have been thrown behind that offensive line this season. By adding an electric player like Elliot, the Cowboys would bring back a dynamic rushing offense and be able to keep defenses on their toes.
  23. New York Jets- Vonn Bell, Safety, Ohio State- The Jets have a lot of very good players on their defense, but could definitely improve their safety position. Bell is a disciplined safety with very good range and the ability to play in the box and defend the run. He would be an incredibly good compliment to Calvin Pryor and his discipline over the top would allow Pryor more freedom to roam underneath.
  24. Seattle Seahawks- Isaac Seumalo, Center, Oregon State: Staying in the Pacific Northwest, the Seahawks add a stud to their putrid offensive line. Seumalo is a polished, athletic and nasty offensive lineman and exactly the type of player Seattle needs to finally give Russell Wilson so stability up front.
  25. Pittsburgh Steelers- Jeremy Cash, Safety, Duke: The Steelers defense is gross. No other way around it. Any level of the defense that can be upgraded, should be. Cash is a rangy, intelligent and aggressive safety can make an impact all over the field. He does not possess elite athletic ability, but his instincts always keep him one step ahead of an offense. He is exactly the type of player the Steelers need in their secondary.
  26. Carolina Panthers- Kenny Lawler, Wide Receiver, California: The Panthers number one receiver this year is Ted Ginn. Let me say that one more time. The Panthers number one receiver this year is Ted Ginn. That is abysmal. It is amazing Cam Newton is playing as well as he is without a true threat at wide receiver. Give Cam a 6-3, red zone threat like Lawler and watch the Panthers passing offense take off.
  27. Cincinnati Bengals- Su'a Cravens, Linebacker, USC: The Bengals are enjoying a fantastic year and there isn't a position on the team that stands out as a major need. The best bet would be adding a rangy, versatile defender like Su'a Cravens. Cravens can play safety or linebacker and will be an asset in sub packages. He would be a great complimentary peace onto what is already a solid Bengals defense.
  28. Atlanta Falcons- Reggie Ragland, Linebacker, Alabama: The Falcons have enjoyed an awesome year under Dan Quinn so far and look like a whole new team on both sides of the ball. One area that stands out as a major need, still, is their middle linebacker spot. Paul Worrilow is just not an NFL caliber athlete and Quinn needs a player who can cover a lot of ground quickly at that position. Reggie Ragland is a good, not great athlete, but has incredible instincts to keep him ahead of the game. He works well in coverage and is incredibly instinctual  and physical attacking the line of scrimmage. He is exactly the brand of football player Atlanta is looking for on defense.
  29. Denver Broncos- Pat Elfein, Offensive Guard, Ohio State: The Broncos offense is going through a serious rough patch right now with a lot of factors involved. They would be smart to add youth to their offensive line,seeing as their best player, Evan Mathis, will be 34 come the offseason. Elfein is an athletic guard with good technique and attitude. He could step in immediately and help a seriously struggling Broncos offense.
  30. Arizona Cardinals- Kendall Fuller, Cornerback, Virginia Tech: The Cardinals are having a great season on both sides of the ball, but could still benefit from having another cornerback to play boundary opposite of Patrick Peterson. Fuller is intelligent, athletic and physical with NFL pedigree. He would upgrade an already stacked Cardinals secondary.
  31. New England Patriots (Forfeited)
  32. Green Bay Packers- Anthony Zettel, Defensive Lineman, Penn State: The Packers defense has been very solid this year, but with Mike Daniels potentially hitting free agency after this season, it would make sense to the Packers to add another athletic five technique to the mix. Zettel has a great skill set and is a very polished player. It would be a steal getting him this late in the draft.

It is still very early in the season, so everything is subject to change. In the meanwhile, be sure to tell me how much you hate these picks in the comments!