Ryan McCrystal’s Mock Draft – Updated February 5
1. Titans – Laremy Tunsil – OT – Ole Miss
When the statuesque Mettenberger was under center the rate at which the Titans offensive line allowed sacks decreased by 21 percent, compared to Mariota. So don’t buy into the storyline that the Titans line was awful. It was mostly Mariota’s fault. That said, having Tunsil and Lewan as bookend tackles is awfully intriguing.
2. Browns – Joey Bosa – DL – Ohio State
I’ll be surprised if the Browns take a quarterback. The analytical approach to the draft isn’t going to lead them to a quarterback unless a superstar is there. With so many holes to fill, grabbing an elite prospect like Bosa is the far safer route.
3. Chargers – DeForest Buckner – DE – Oregon
Buckner is a step below Bosa, but not by much. It’s tough to find pass-rushers who can win with strength and speed, which is what makes both Bosa and Buckner special.
4. Cowboys – Myles Jack – LB – UCLA
Rolando McClain is a free agent, Sean Lee is injury prone. The Cowboys strength is their defense but there are enough reasons to be concerned about the linebacker position to snap the versatile Jack.
5. Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey – DB – Florida State
Whether he ends up at cornerback or safety is irrelevant—Ramsey is a massive upgrade at either position in Jacksonville.
6. Ravens – Jaylon Smith – LB – Notre Dame
If Smith is healthy, this could be a steal even at No. 6. Ozzie Newsome values linebackers and even if it isn’t a glaring need, Smith may be too good to pass up.
7. 49ers – Ronnie Stanley – OT – Notre Dame
Desperately reach for a quarterback, or take the safe route? Chip Kelly has proven he can win without elite QB play, so addressing the offensive line makes more sense.
8. Dolphins – Noah Spence – LB – Eastern Kentucky
Olivier Vernon will be tough to retain for financial reasons, which could push the Dolphins to address their pass-rush in the draft. Off-field issues are behind Spence and he’s solidly in the top half of the first round now.
9. Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves – CB – Florida
The Bucs secondary was a mess. This may be a slight reach for Hargreaves, but if fills a glaring hole.
10. Giants – A’Shawn Robinson – DT – Alabama
Defensive tackle isn’t the the glaring need but Giants GM Jerry Reese heavily favors addressing the offensive and defensive line in the draft.
12. Saints – Kevin Dodd – DE – Clemson
Shaq Lawson gets more attention, but Dodd was actually the more productive pass-rusher for Clemson this season.
13. Eagles – Jared Goff – QB – California
The Eagles are reversing course from Chip Kelly and taking a far more traditional approach. That puts them among the candidates to grab the first QB they see.
14. Raiders – Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio State
Even if free agent Donald Penn returns, he’ll be turning 33. The Raiders need to maintain a strong offensive line to protect Derek Carr.
15. Rams – Carson Wentz – QB – North Dakota State
Everyone’s falling in love with Wentz’s tools at the combine, but he’s still a developmental prospect. He’s a good value for Rams at 15, but any higher would be tough to justify.
16. Lions – Sheldon Rankins – DT – Louisville
Replacing Calvin Johnson is a need, but so is replacing Ndamukong Suh, which they failed to do last offseason.