While not boasting fancy terms such as Cinderellas and bracket-busters, the NFL draft matches the hype of the month blow-for-blow with the draft process forging ahead.
The most notable term in NFL land these days is "stock," the almighty "S" word that folks slap on prospects whenever something at all happens to them, whether it's a workout, pro day or any endless other tornado of factors that form the summary.
Rest assured that stocks have continued to move and shuffle the board even with the globe's attention elsewhere. Here's a review via a mock based on team need and prospect value with a closer look on three notable risers.
2016 NFL Mock Draft
|1||Tennessee Titans||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|2||Cleveland Browns||Jared Goff||QB||California|
|3||San Diego Chargers||Jalen Ramsey||CB/S||Florida State|
|4||Dallas Cowboys||Myles Jack||LB||UCLA|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Joey Bosa||DL||Ohio State|
|8||Philadelphia Eagles||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Darron Lee||LB||Ohio State|
|10||New York Giants||DeForest Buckner||DE||Oregon|
|11||Chicago Bears||Reggie Ragland||LB||Alabama|
|12||New Orleans Saints||Noah Spence||DE/LB||Eastern Kentucky|
|13||Miami Dolphins||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|14||Oakland Raiders||Mackensie Alexander||CB||Clemson|
|15||Los Angeles Rams||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota State|
|16||Detroit Lions||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State|
|17||Atlanta Falcons||Shaq Lawson||LB||Clemson|
|18||Indianapolis Colts||A'Shawn Robinson||DT||Alabama|
|19||Buffalo Bills||Paxton Lynch||QB||Memphis|
|20||New York Jets||Jonathan Bullard||DE||Florida|
|22||Houston Texans||Robert Nkemdiche||DL||Ole Miss|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Josh Doctson||WR||TCU|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
|25||Pittsburgh Steelers||Eli Apple||CB||Ohio State|
|26||Seattle Seahawks||Leonard Floyd||LB||Georgia|
|27||Green Bay Packers||Sheldon Rankins||DT||Louisville|
|28||Kansas City Chiefs||Michael Thomas||WR||Ohio State|
|29||Arizona Cardinals||Emmanuel Ogbah||DE||Oklahoma St.|
|30||Carolina Panthers||Kevin Dodd||DE||Clemson|
|31||Denver Broncos||Jason Spriggs||OT||Indiana|
Notable Stock Risers
3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
Normally, a guy as highly thought of as Florida State's Jalen Ramsey doesn't get a mention as a stock-riser because he can't really climb much higher.
A talent like Ramsey can, though, especially with folks using the draft process to realize just how special of a prospect he really is.
NFL.com's Chad Reuter noted Ramsey could go first off the board to the Tennessee Titans. It's something the organization seemed to reinforce with comments on the Florida State product:
Chances seem strong the Titans still grab an offensive lineman to protect Marcus Mariota, but it's easy to see why some consider Ramsey the top pick.
Coming in at 6'1" and 209 pounds, he can play any spot in the defensive secondary and do so quite well. With his elite athleticism, length and smarts, he can play physical at the line with bigger receivers or drop back into deep center and track like a safety.
The description makes perfect sense for the San Diego Chargers, the first team in the order that can't pass up Ramsey. After losing Eric Weddle this offseason, the Chargers can add Ramsey to a secondary that already boasts Jason Verrett and begin to build something special.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Folks didn't hear much about Ohio State's Darron Lee before the NFL draft process really got into the meat of the schedule because it was easy to look at his measurements and move on to the next guy.
Fair enough. Most NFL linebackers don't come in around 6'1" and 232 pounds and find success.
Lee might, though.
He is an absolute burner, one of the most freakish athletes in the draft after running a 4.47 40-yard dash at the combine, a time better than most wideouts. He has a great knack for tracking the football too, prompting folks who spoke with Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to label him as an immediate starter:
Redshirt sophomore started all 28 games in 2014-'15. "Run, see, hit type guy," one scout said. "Little bit like Myles Jack. Very athletic. Little undersized. 4-3 'Will' or 3-4 inside backer. Immediate nickel backer." Had 12 sacks, 27 ½ tackles for loss and three interceptions. "More of a finesse guy than anything," another scout said. "Has to be covered up. He goes out and plays on the slot a lot. First-round talent."
It's jarring praise for a guy who wasn't even in the first-round conversation before the end of the season.
So it goes, though. Nickel 'backers are more important than ever, and Lee has the upside to be one of the league's best, which is why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won't bat an eye at grabbing him.
Tampa Bay has a lot of work to do on that side of the ball after ranking 16th against the pass last year and giving up 26.1 points per game, the 26th mark in the league. Letting Lee learn from Lavonte David and using the rookie properly could lead to big things for the unit.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
The globe seems obsessed with Baylor's Corey Coleman right now because he ran a fast dash time at his pro day, but TCU's Josh Doctson's stock is rising quietly too.
Why not? It's a somewhat weak wideout class, and Doctson doesn't flash pretty numbers in drills. Yet he's a guy at 6'2" and 202 pounds with sticky hands and elite route-running abilities—traits that folks continue to realize more and more as the process continues.
"He killed it at the combine and that really helped him. He was first round before that, now he might have moved up a few spots," a scout told Mark Eckel of NJ.com. "Don't be surprised if he goes before [Laquon] Treadwell."
The Minnesota Vikings won't ignore Doctson's ability to climb the ladder and get the ball at the point of attack after a crisp route. A quarterback can depend on him in a pinch.
With Cordarrelle Patterson looking like a bust and only Stefon Diggs and Jarius Wright as starters, the Vikings should select Doctson as they attempt to surround Teddy Bridgewater with more talent.
Boasting so many pro-ready skills, Doctson has a chance to end up as Minnesota's No. 1 wideout as a rookie once he develops chemistry with his new quarterback.