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17. St. Louis Rams – Desmond King, CB, Iowa

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King may be a long shot to declare for the draft but if he does things get real interesting at the CB position. King’s had a monstrous year for the Hawkeyes but that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given what he’s done since stepping foot on campus. If King declares, I’d look for him to be in the discussion in the 10-20 range – he’s that good.

18. Chicago Bears – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Myles Jack to Chicago makes too much sense for me to talk much about it. He’s a jack of all LBer that should make an immediate impact at a huge position of need for the Bears. Enough said.

19. Seattle Seahawks – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

The Seahawks offensive line has been offensive this year. Russell Okung may not be back next year to add to their OL misery. The jury is out for me on Conklin but I’ll go with consensus on this one.

20. New York Jets – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

I love Corey Coleman – who doesn’t. I think this is too low for him and I don’t know that the team makes a ton of sense but I’m not letting him fall out of the top 20.

21. Indianapolis Colts – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Frank Gore can’t have much left in the tank. Just too much wear and tear to rely on him to be your bellcow back. Since Luck’s entered the league he’s had a substandard run game. Finally, the Colts fill this need with someone Luck can grow with. In doing so, Ryan Grigson (if he’s around) gets what he thought he was getting when he traded away a 1st round pick for Trent Richardson.

22. Buffalo Bills – Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson 

The Bills will be tempted to take Taylor Decker here but the combination of Jayron Kearse’s upside and production may be too much for Rex to pass on.

23. New York Giants – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

White fell into the Giants lap. While you could argue a safety opposition Landon Collins is a bigger need there’s no way the Giants could pass on White to take a flier on a safety at this spot. White is a freakish athlete that has grown leaps and bounds in terms of technique in the last two years.

24. Atlanta Falcons – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

I think this could be the bargain of the draft if Mike Thomas falls down to the 24th spot. Thomas is big, physical, runs great routes and has deceptive speed. Did I mention an incredible set of hands. That pretty well checks all the boxes. Good luck doubling Julio Jones with Thomas running opposite him.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA

The position may not make a ton of sense but the player does. Steve McClendon is a free agent this offseason and I’m not sure they are willing to ride Daniel McCullers as a FT starter if McClendon isn’t inked.

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26. Green Bay Packers – Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

It’s time. The Packers pull the trigger on a TE early in the draft and this one could pay huge dividends. For my money Butt is the best TE in CFB as he does it all – and most it really well. Jim Harbaugh’s TE of the past have fared pretty well at the next level, so it’s time for TT to take a shot at the underclassman.

27. Minnesota Vikings – Denver Kirkland, OG, Arkansas

I’m two games in on Kirkland and call me impressed. I think he’s an NFL guard that has major upside. I fully expected to see a road grader but I found much more. Kirkland holds his own in pass protection. By the time the draft rolls around, Kirkland could be a pipe dream for a team drafting this late.

28. Denver Broncos – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

I love Taylor Decker the player but love the person more. Having spent time around OSU, Decker is one of those standout leaders. Having been coached by the best offensive line coach in the country (for my money) I think Decker transitions nicely to the NFL and could start day one for the Broncos.

29. Arizona Cardinals – Noah Spence, LB, Eastern Kentucky

Counting Spence, that’d make 5 Buckeyes (or former Buckeyes) in round one. If Adolphus Washington, Darron Lee, Vonn Bell, Eli Apple or Jeremy Cash slide into the first frame we can add to that magnificent number. Anyways, Spence to the Cards is a homerun in my book. Bruce Arians isn’t afraid to take a risk on someone with a questionable past and Spence has first round talent at a position of need. Pretty cut and dry.

30. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

Count me as a big Jonathan Allen fan, so he’s finding his way into the first 2016 NFL Mock Draft. I think he’s just scratching the surface of how good he can be. The Bengals don’t have a ton of holes but DE could be a position they look to upgrade for the future. If not, they may look at the WR position at this spot.

31. Carolina Panthers – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

I’d love to give Cam a LT but they go BPA here and take Lawson off the board. I’m not as wild about Lawson as many are but he’s a nice player that should fit in nicely on the Panthers defense.

32. New England Patriots – PICK FORFEITED

The Next Fifteen: Germain Ifedi, Reggie Ragland, Leonard Floyd, Jonathan Bullard, Adolphus Washington, Shilique Calhoun, Jason Spriggs, Su’a Cravens, William Jackson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Tyler Boyd, Vonn Bell, Josh Doctson, Cordrea Tankersley, Jeremy Cash, Kendall Fuller

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  • metalhead65

    yeah maybe the bears would have thought about taking him before his knee injury but he will not be the impact player they need now that that has happened to him. I would take the best corner available when they pick or why not pick the best offensive lineman even though that is not a glaring need it couldn’t hurt.

    • bradc11

      Too good a value to drop any further than that range. His knee will be fine…he’ll have had plenty of time to recover and I fully expect him to show well during pre-draft workouts. Corner makes sense but I don’t value anyone that was left on the board near the value of Jack.

  • reggie

    Brad!!! Glad to have you back. Always love reading a mock that goes outside the social norm. Lions I am torn on with Robert Nkemdiche. I think the guy has elite play but I worry about his functional strength as I see him go sideways way too often and be pushed out of the run play. I am not sure I would take him over A’Shawn Robinson, DeForrest Buckner, or Emmanuel Oghab but its early and I cannot argue DL being a need. It would be hard to pass on Vernon Hargreaves there as well. Its too bad Lions will not get a LT but that is highly realistic where they are selecting. If the went DT in Round 1 I would hope in Round 2 that they get Su’a Cravens or Kendall Fuller. Though Oghab might be my choice

    • bradc11

      Good hearing from you Reggie. I have to admit I’m a bit torn on Nkemdiche as well. He’s so disruptive at times but can be wiped out of plays over long stretches…I worry about that in the NFL. I was very close to going Hargreaves there, pairing him with Slay would be nice for the next ten years. Hey you keep winning and we’ll have a whole group of new prospects to debate.

      • Reggoe

        Agree completely on Sudfeld by the way in other article. Wish Lions could get him Round 3 or 4 this season.

        Hargreaves is a beast. Would love him in Detroit. Shocked with you and Browns passing on QB’s but this group is falling like the Hindenburg

        • bradc11

          It was tough for me not to go QB and that is likely to change. My only thought was whether Bosa was too good to pass up…that’s a question mark for me. I think out of the QB group I would go with Paxton Lynch…a ton of upside and he’s built for the Cleveland weather. You are likely to see him in my next mock for the Browns. Sudfeld is a top 50 guy for me in this draft…I’ll have an article out on him next week.