Let's change it up. Instead of doing a Chargers only mock let's do 1 for all 32 teams. Well, 31, since New England can't follow the rules. To add in another curveball I'm going to show you what I would do and what I think will happen. I draft for best player available but also take into account need. Think of it like a mixed drink. Whiskey, best player available, with a splash for water, the need.
What I think will happen
There's no point to even tune in April 28th because this is exactly what is going to happen.
1. Los Angeles Rams-Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Someone is trading up to 1 to draft a QB and before the most recent trade I thought it would be the 49ers. No, I don't think he's worth it. But the NFL repeatedly reaches for quarterbacks and this year is no change.
2. Cleveland Browns-Jared Goff, QB, California
The new brass gets their QB of the future and since they're so analytic-y they understand if you want to hit on the QB position then you better draft 1 in the 1st round.
3. San Diego Chargers-Deforest Buckner, DL, Oregon
This will be veryyyy tempting for Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens to come up and draft either Tunsil or Ramsey but I think San Diego will eventually stay home and take Buckner. Sources have mentioned that Buckner is the top player on the Chargers board. In a recent interview on ESPN, general manager Tom Telesco made it a point to mention investing in the defense early on.
4. Dallas Cowboys-Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Cowboys can go a bunch of different directions here but I'm guessing they value the flashier Jack higher than Bosa.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars-Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
Joey Bosa will be tempting here but I believe that Gus Bradley will continue to follow the Seahawk blueprint and this pick finally gives him 2 legit safeties on defense like he had in Seattle.
6. Baltimore Ravens-Laremy Tunsil, LT, Ole Miss
Eugene Monroe is only 28 but has yet to play a full season in Baltimore. Jon Harbaugh said there will be competition at left tackle this offseason. This is likely Tunsil's floor in the draft.
7. San Francisco 49ers-Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Chip Kelly starts us off with the 1st real curveball of the draft.
8. Philadelphia Eagles-Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State
New head coach attempts to take pressure off of whomever the quarterback may be by taking someone that can do this.
This was a 65 yard TD up the middle pic.twitter.com/gnoS2ISuKr— KP (@KP_Show) April 12, 2016
His 3rd 50+ yard run pic.twitter.com/9YxJvVLHxO
— KP (@KP_Show) April 12, 2016
His 3rd 50+ yard run pic.twitter.com/9YxJvVLHxO— KP (@KP_Show) April 12, 2016
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Joey Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
This is both best player available and need for Tampa. A corner is too rich here and Bosa gives them a good starter right away.
10. New York Giants-Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
The Giants invested heavily in their front 4 and this pick will come down between a pair of tackles or Treadwell. Treadwell is the "safe" pick despite his 40 time.
11. Chicago Bears-Leornard Floyd, LB, Georgia
He's athletic and he's versatile.
12. New Orleans-Kevin Dodd, Edge rusher, Clemson
I'm so sorry, Saints fans.
13. Miami Dolphins-Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
Again, new head coach, trying to establish a new personality on the team. I actually like the idea of Henry in Miami with Adam Gase.
14. Oakland Raiders-Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
The Raiders are going to roll the dice and now that they're a competent franchise that all of a sudden makes good decisions, this move will work out for them. Nkemdiche won't have to worry about a double team playing along side Khalil Mack.
15. Tennessee Titans-Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
In attempt to protect their franchise QB the Titans trade down and take the Stanley. Stanley gives the team flexibility to leave Taylor Lewan on the left side with his experience at right tackle.
16. Detroit Lions-Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
The good news is we'll be able to make fun of the Lions.
17. Atlanta Falcons-Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
I think Lee has a ways to go before he's a 1st round talent but his speed and athleticism brings an element to the Falcons that the staff just can't pass up, ala Bobby Wagner.
18. Indianapolis Colts-Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
This might seem high for some when talking about Butler but the Colts pass up yet another chance to protect their QB and snag a versatile defensive tackle.
19. Buffalo Bills-Emmanuel Ogbah, Edge Rusher, Oklahoma State
Rex gon' Rex.
20. New York Jets-Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
Defensive minded coaches stick to what they know and here the Jets draft the 1st corner of the day. Apple shouldn't be, but his size and speed will get him drafted here.
21. Denver Broncos-Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
John Elway trades up with Washington and in front of the Texans to grab his QB of the future in Cook. The 4th and final QB of the 1st round.
22. Houston Texans-Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Trying to make life easier on whomever the QB is next year the Texans get a receiver that is a stud with the ball in his hands.
23. Minnesota Vikings-Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
The Vikings have options here. They could go tackle, receiver, or linebacker. Because Mike Zimmer is smarter than you they get Joseph and now will have the best safety duo in the league in the matter of a couple years. Good job, NFL!
24. Cincinnati Bengals-Mike Thomas, WR, Ohio State
The Bengals replace a savvy route runner with another savvy route runner.
Mike Thomas is 1a route runner in the class. His head fakes/jab steps are everything. Creates so much separation pic.twitter.com/Nf7l6kgQpZ— KP (@KP_Show) April 12, 2016
This pick is almost too good to be true, but congratulations, Bengals fans.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers, Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
The Steelers select their tackle of the future in Decker.
26. Seattle Seahawks, Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State
This is why we can't have nice things. The Seahawks lose Bruce Irvin and somehow upgrade along the defensive front. Imagine the sub package with Jones and Michael Bennett rushing from the interior.
27. Green Bay Packers, Jarran Reed, NT, Alabama
The Packers were a below average run defense and take an immovable object to shore up the middle of their defense.
28. Kansas City Chiefs, Shaq Lawson, Edge Rusher, Clemson
With Justin Houston's season in jeopardy, Tamba Hali nearing the end of his career, and Dee Ford not being very good, the Chiefs get a top 10 player in the draft after other teams are scared off by his shoulder injury.
29. Arizona Cardinals, William Jackson, CB, Houston
The Cardinals could certainly go pass rusher here but corner is a need and Jackson fits what Arizona wants to do on defense.
30. Carolina Panthers, Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
The Panthers added depth in free agency along the offensive line but Spriggs' athleticism is going to push him into the 1st round. Spriggs may take some lumps along the way but there's not going to be a pass rusher or safety that the Panthers are comfortable with here.
31. Washington Redskins, Keanu Neal, S, Florida
The NFL seems to be really high on Neal. He was invited to the draft for a reason. Washington gets a big hitter and adds a physical presence to the secondary.
What I would do
|Team||Player/Position||5 words or less analysis|
|LA Rams||Jalen Ramsey/DB||Best player in the draft|
|Cleveland Browns||Ezekiel Elliot/RB||Taking pressure off my QB|
|San Diego Chargers||Deforest Buckner/DL||Can finally stop the run|
|Dallas Cowboys||Shaq Lawson/Edge||Great compliment to Lawrence|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Karl Joseph/S||Whewwwwww. Trust me. He good|
|Baltimore Ravens||Larmey Tunsil/OT||BPA/protecting my QB|
|San Francisco 49ers||Myles Jack/LB||Chip Kelly. Pac-12. Duh.|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Joey Bosa/Edge||Helps run Defense. Bye Barwin|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Cody Whitehair/OL||You're welcome, Jameis.|
|New York Giants||Josh Doctson/WR||Quite the WR duo now|
|Chicago Bears||Chris Jones/DL||Take BPA but also need|
|New Orleans Saints||Robert Nkemdiche/DL||If they're smart, they'll do this|
|Miami Dolphins||Taylor Decker/OT||Big upgrade and easy choice|
|Oakland Raiders||Derrick Henry/RB||Imagine him with space|
|Tennessee Titans||Mike Thomas/WR||Get a true #1 WR|
|Detroit Lions||Jon Bullard/DL||I'm just taking BPA here|
|Atlanta Falcons||Vernon Butler/DL||Finally draft a good DL|
|Indianapolis Colts||Ryan Kelly/C||A no brainer for Luck|
|Buffalo Bills||Su'a Cravens/S||Nickel LB that can blitz|
|New York Jets||William Jackson/CB||Upgrade at a preimum position|
|Washington Redskins||Kenny Clark/DT||Fixing a terrible run defense|
|Houston Texans||Laquon Treadwell/WR||Dream scenario here for Houston|
|Minnesota Vikings||Sterling Shepard/WR||Gives Teddy a security blanket|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Darron Lee/LB||I *have* to get athletic|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Vernon Hargreaves/CB||Their CBs are terrible|
|Seattle Seahawks||Nick Martin/C||Investing in your OL, weird|
|Green Bay Packers||Corey Coleman/WR||Just imagine him with Rodgers|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Darian Thompson/S||Nice pair with Berry|
|Arizona Cardinals||Mackensie Alexander/CB||I really like this fit|
|Carolina Panthers||Ronnie Stanley/OT||A reach, but have to|
|Denver Broncos||Reggie Ragland/ILB||Like this fit, too|
Next week I'll do 2 rounds. Then the week of the draft I'll do 3 rounds.