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17. Indianapolis Colts – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

A reach? Maybe. Spriggs is highly intriguing as he has the physical tools be considered an elite prospect. With that in mind, there are some question marks on his transition to an NFL style offense, coming from Indiana. If Spriggs has a solid pre-draft process this isn’t out of the question. The Colts could plug him in at RT tomorrow and it’s a serious upgrade.

18. St. Louis Rams – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

The Rams could pull the trigger on a QB here but if they don’t love Connor Cook, Carson Wentz, or Christian Hackenberg they could probably land one of them in round 2 (also have two picks in the second to maneuver). Alexander gives the Rams an upgrade in the secondary and many will be intrigued by his upside.

19. Atlanta Falcons – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

Nkemdiche will likely be one of the most talked about prospects leading up to the draft and for good reason. He’s flashed top five-ten ability but has maintained that level of play consistently. Combine that with his off-the-field issues and you have a classic draft ‘slide’. Atlanta could be the floor for Nkemdiche but that’s dependent on how he interviews and whether he can stay clean.

20. New York Jets – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

I have to admit I missed on Floyd on first pass. He underwhelmed me a bit in a couple of games and I wrote him off. Since, I’ve seen the stuff of a top 20 pass rusher off the edge and this is a great fit.

TWEET: Floyd done at UGA

21. Washington – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

I don’t know how Treadwell made it down this far, other than a complete miss on my part. However, everyone else’s loss is Washington’s gain. WR doesn’t appear a huge need for Washington but it could get interesting in the offseason with the contracts of Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson.

TWEET: Treadwell sounds like he’s headed to the 2016 NFL Draft

22. Houston Texans – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

A couple of Sparty QB’s battling it out for the starting QB gig in Houston. Brian Hoyer’s concussions could be cause for concern for his long-term future and Bill O’Brien has shown his propensity for a quick trigger at the position. Those factors could point to the Texans looking for Hoyer’s replacement early in the draft.

23. Minnesota Vikings – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

Stefon Diggs was a find but there’s not much at that position outside of Diggs. I loved Patterson coming out of Tennessee but I think I can chalk that one up as a miss. You can chalk this one up as a steal if it plays out this way in the upcoming draft. I’ve been on record with my Mike Thomas love, teaming him Teddy Bridgewater will be a wild success.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

Pittsburgh has needed a CB for a long while. Every year I mock them one in the first round, and every year they go elsewhere. So will give it a shot again.

25. Kansas City Chiefs – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Another pick I could have went multiple directions on. For the time being, I think the Chiefs look to upgrade the tackle spot…Eric Fisher hasn’t panned out as a LT and I think it’s fine to assume he won’t at this point. Conklin is a guy I’m not sure is a LT either but I’m going with it.

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26. Seattle Seahawks – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

I haven’t been Taylor Decker’s biggest proponent and probably won’t be heading closer to the draft. This may be his sweet spot. Falling to a team like Seattle could be best case scenario for both team and player. Decker should see early playing time, and while I see him taking his lumps he should develop into a solid starter in this offense – don’t see him as more than that but the floor his high.

27. Green Bay Packers – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA

I would have loved for one of the OL to fall down their way but they didn’t. Kenny Clark gives them a stable force in the middle of the defense that they’ve been missing with the inconsistencies of B.J. Raji.

28. Denver Broncos – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

A bit of a head scratcher no doubt but this team has this luxury. With the defense looking solid heading into 2016, the glaring need is on the offensive line. With Jack Conklin and Taylor Decker going a couple picks ahead, no sense in reaching here. Elliott is as complete a back as we’ve seen in a very long time. He gives Brock Osweiler a guy to turn and hand it off to 20+ times a game and won’t have to worry about him in the passing game.

TWEET: Elliott played his last game at the ‘Shoe

29. Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

As a Browns fan, I absolutely hate this pick. Cincinnati has made an art form of sitting back and plucking off top talent in recent drafts. If they could somehow land Corey Coleman I would be sick. Teaming Coleman with A.J. Green is a nightmare for opposing defenses.

TWEET: Coleman headed to the draft

30. Arizona Cardinals – Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky

Bruce Arians has shown he’s not afraid to take a shot on a guy with off-field issues…Spence has a lengthy record with that. That said, he’s a standout pass rusher that would have been a top 15 pick had he stayed clean at OSU.

New England Patriots – PICK FORFEITED

31. Carolina Panthers – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

I’m not as high on Lawson as many but I can’t see him making it out of the first round. Carolina nabs him before any has a chance at getting a steal in the second.

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  • reggie

    Great Mock. A lot of players not on most mock’s right now that I can see moving up. For Lions DeForrest Buckner is one of my favorite players for them.,..especially since I can see them selecting 10-13th with another win. Possibly 2. Having him play strong side and move inside as well would be Austin’s (If he is still here) dream player.
    Some might say over kill but I am not one with Jarran Reed. I love the large run stuffing DT in Round 2. We are weak in the middle and that is never good. Reed and Buckner would go a large way in respectability. Pharoh Cooper I was dreaming would fall to Lions in Round 3 or 4 but I was dreaming probably.
    Calhoun could not argue with mid 2nd to late 2nd for his range right now. Conklin I will wait until after Alabama to comment. I think he is under rated. and can stay at LT in the same way that Roos, Whitehurst, Tait all stayed at LT…with physical play, intelligence, and great leverage and proper technique. He is not an elite athlete but is tall, long armed, and experienced. We will see how he plays verse the best as he does not get that in the Big Ten this season…but did do well verse Bosa when they lined up.

    • bradc11

      Thanks Reggie…I was a little worried about doubling up on the DL but the value was too good. When I watch the Lions I see a lack of strength in the middle. Pairing Reed, Buckner and Ansah gives them a lot of versatility. I just finished watching Cooper as I was posting this last night…think I may be a little low on him.

      I plan on going back to focus on Conklin. I’ve watched so many live MSU games/practices but haven’t fully focused on him. I’ll wait for the Alabama contest because that will be great tape to evaluate. He definitely got the best of Bosa in their 1:1 matchups

      • Reggie

        I will do same with Conklin. I did so with purpose over Ohio State, Penn State, and Iowa and was impressed. You never notice him due to him doing his job. Alabama will be the defining game for him. No problem doubling up as long as it is players of that talent level. We need it

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