Welcome to USA TODAY Sports’ 2016 NFL breeze tracker. Stay here around Thursday night for pick-by-pick research of a initial round:
1. Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee Titans) – Jared Goff, QB, California: The inclusive passer from a Bay Area is strictly tabbed as a newest heading male in Hollywood. Luckily for Goff, he will get a glorious ancillary cast, and reigning descent rookie of a year Todd Gurley will substantially consequence during slightest a co-starring purpose aside Goff for several years to come. Slot receiver Tavon Austin is another good actor who can take a 5-yard point a distance. Coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead have built a potentially widespread invulnerability and a coalescing descent line that has been usually stocked in a past dual drafts. The usually square that might be blank right now for Goff, who is arguably a many pro-ready passer in this draft, is a downfield receiving threat who can force defenses from loading adult to close down Gurley.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland Browns) – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State: Unlike Goff, Wentz joins Philly as a No. 3 quarterback, during slightest initially, behind veterans Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel. Regardless, a Eagles paid a complicated release to get into position for Wentz, so they apparently viewpoint him as a authorization face of a future, maybe a nearby destiny if Bradford army his approach out of city and Wentz proves he’s prepared for a burst from a Football Championship Subdivision to a pros. Wentz will be neat by dual former NFL quarterbacks, new manager Doug Pederson — he started in 1999 until then-rookie Donovan McNabb was prepared to play — and descent coordinator Frank Reich. Wentz also inherits a flattering good offense as a Eagles underline a plain organisation of blockers, a span of effective parsimonious ends (Zach Ertz and Brent Celek), dangerous-when-healthy RBs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles and a span of promising immature wideouts in Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor, final year’s initial rounder.
3. San Diego Chargers – Joey Bosa, DE/OLB, Ohio State: And ridicule drafts around a republic go adult in flames. Bosa will have to modify to outward linebacker in San Diego’s 3-4 scheme, nonetheless he consistently showed a kind of athleticism in pre-draft workouts that would advise he can hoop the transition. He should form a good tandem on a corner with Melvin Ingram while adding extract to a pass rush that gathered usually 32 sacks in 2015, ranking in a bottom entertain of a league. Bosa, whom many deliberate a best actor entrance out when a pre-draft routine began, is a high-revving actor who should also be rarely effective during interlude a run.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: This tells we how many Dallas missed 2014 rushing champ DeMarco Murray final year. Despite carrying proven RBs Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris in-house, a Cowboys opt for Elliott, a accord tip behind of a draft. He averaged scarcely 7 yards per lift during his three-year career with a Buckeyes and posted 1,800-plus yards a past dual seasons. But that’s not all. He’s got 55 catches over a past dual seasons and is an glorious pass protector. Now this three-down timber will be backing adult behind what is arguably a NFL’s best descent line. QB Tony Romo, 36, couldn’t ask for a improved further to assistance him mangle a Cowboys’ two-decade Super Bowl drought.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State: The initial defender off a house now has an ironclad claim he’s a draft’s tip defensive player. Ramsey joins a Jags invulnerability that authorised a many points in a AFC (448) in 2015. A former tracker star with uncertain jaunty ability, Ramsey has a flexibility to ensure anyone from container receivers to parsimonious ends. He can play press coverage or low safety. The usually strike on him was a medium ability to spin a turn over as he had usually 3 interceptions in 3 years with a Seminoles. He told me during a pre-draft talk he wants to play around a delegate and would also like a event to lapse kicks to yield him additional opportunities to get his hands on a ball.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame: He becomes this franchise’s tip collect in 16 years given RB Jamal Lewis was taken fifth altogether in 2000. GM Ozzie Newsome can usually wish Stanley can have an impact identical to another member of those Super Bowl Ravens, Hall-of-Fame LT Jonathan Ogden. Stanley, a former basketball player, has glorious feet and should fast settle himself as Joe Flacco’s new bodyguard, something that should positively interest to a quarterback as he recovers from ACL surgery. Stanley’s attainment could good meant obligatory LT Eugene Monroe will switch positions if he doesn’t finish adult switching teams.
7. San Francisco 49ers – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon: Appropriate that a initial collect of a Chip Kelly epoch is a Duck. Buckner is substantially an even improved awaiting than once-and-future teammate Arik Armstead, also a defensive finish whom a Niners took in a initial turn a year ago. Buckner, who’s used to a five-technique position he played in Oregon’s 3-4 defense, is an glorious run stuffer, effective pass rusher and can also use his 6-7 support to bat down copiousness of passes during a line of scrimmage.
8. Titans (from Miami Dolphins around Eagles and Browns) – Jack Conklin, T, Michigan State: The dual many active teams in this breeze from a trade perspective, Tennessee and Cleveland, do a understanding among themselves as a Titans, once owners of a No. 1 pick, get behind into a tip 10. And new GM Jon Robinson accomplishes his charge from ownership: find a approach to improved strengthen authorization QB Marcus Mariota, who suffered a span of knee injuries as a rookie that cost him personification time. Conklin is a mauler who’s expected to anchor a right side of a O-line while former initial rounder Taylor Lewan stays on Mariota’s blind side. Conklin should also severely raise a run restraint for an offense that expects to settle improved change after appropriation RB DeMarco Murray final month. The Titans’ belligerent diversion ranked 25th in 2015.
9. Chicago Bears (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia: The draft’s hometown group jumps adult dual slots in a trade with Tampa Bay to obstacle Floyd, an jaunty if slight (6-6, 244) pass rusher. Floyd has bomb moves and should easily element a Bears’ other outward backer, Pernell McPhee, a vital free-agent merger a year ago who’s some-more vigourous opposite a run. But Floyd is a kind of vigour actor who is needed for a group that usually had 35 sacks in 2015 and knows it contingency interrupt Aaron Rodgers to scratch behind to a tip of a NFC North standings.
10. New York Giants – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State: Apple heads to a Big Apple in hopes of augmenting a invulnerability that was a NFL’s misfortune opposite a pass in 2015. The Giants already had a span of plain corners in veterans Dominique Rodgers Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins, one of their big-ticket giveaway representative additions in March. But there wasn’t many abyss behind those two, and it’s needed to have 3 top-tier corners in a joining where defenses spend two-thirds of a time in a nickel formation. Apple’s distance (6-1, 199) should eventually concede him to male adult opposite jumbo NFC East targets like Dez Bryant, Jordan Matthews, Pierre Garcon and maybe even Redskins parsimonious finish Jordan Reed.
11. Buccaneers (from Bears) – Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida: The Bucs pick adult a actor who has good speed and can now urge a slot, nonetheless Hargreaves’ tallness (5-10) could be a obstacle in a multiplication with soaring pass catchers like Julio Jones, Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess and Coby Fleener. Still, he ought to have some space in that dialect as maestro Pro Bowl CB Brent Grimes is expected to pull many of those assignments in 2016.
12. New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville: The invulnerability that authorised a many points (476) in a joining final year gets evident assistance on a line. Rankins is usually 6-1, 299, nonetheless he’s really discerning for an interior defender and can stop using backs in their marks nonetheless is sleazy adequate to get after quarterbacks — always a pivotal charge in a multiplication with so many effective passers.
13. Dolphins (from Eagles) – Laremy Tunsil, T, Mississippi: Quite a breeze night decrease for Tunsil, who was shown on Twitter holding a bong strike usually mins before a breeze kicked off. Still, Miami motionless his value — Tunsil was ranked as a No. 1 altogether actor in some quarters — was too good to pass up. He also seems like a bit of a oppulance given cost Branden Albert plays left tackle and RT Ja’Wuan James was picked in a initial turn dual years ago. Still, a Dolphins clearly remained loyal to their house and get a actor who will strengthen QB Ryan Tannehill and should assistance a 23rd-ranked belligerent game.
14. Oakland Raiders – Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia: Clearly a Silver Black weren’t dissuaded by Joseph’s 2015 knee injury, that singular him to 4 games. But he had 5 INTs in that tiny representation size. He should be a acquire further for a group that mislaid S Charles Woodson to retirement. And Joseph’s forward desert on a margin notwithstanding his petite distance (5-10, 205) will remind Raiders fans of former NFL defensive actor of a year Bob Sanders.
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Note: New England Patriots were nude of their first-round collect for their purported purpose in Deflategate