2016 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Week 13 Breakdown

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2015

Sep 26, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) lines up versus the Western Michigan Broncos at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 38-12. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
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It's been a rough week for the Cleveland Browns, losing in heartbreaking fashion Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens and then suffering a blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. 

But it hasn't been all bad news for the Browns lately. 

The Tennessee Titans' victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon bumped the Browns up to the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Browns Schedule
Week 14SF
Week 15at SEA
Week 16at KC
Week 17PIT

As the only team with just two wins this season, the Browns now control their own destiny for the top pick.

If the Browns lose next week against the San Francisco 49ers, they may have the top pick wrapped up, as their final three games will come against playoff contenders. 

2016 NFL Mock Draft
1Cleveland BrownsJoey BosaDLOhio State
2Tennessee TitansLaremy TunsilOTOle Miss
3San Diego ChargersRonnie StanleyOTNotre Dame
4Dallas CowboysJaylon SmithLBNotre Dame
5Jacksonville JaguarsRobert NkemdicheDLOle Miss
6Baltimore RavensJalen RamseyCB/SFlorida State
7New Orleans SaintsDeForest BucknerDLOregon
8Detroit LionsTaylor DeckerOTOhio State
9San Francisco 49ersPaxton LynchQBMemphis
10St. Louis RamsJared GoffQBCalifornia
11Miami DolphinsMyles JackLBUCLA
12New York GiantsShaq LawsonDEClemson
13Oakland RaidersVernon HargreavesCBFlorida
14Philadelphia EaglesJarran ReedDLAlabama
15Chicago BearsEmmanuel OgbahDEOklahoma State
16Tampa Bay BuccaneersShilique CalhounDEMichigan State
17Atlanta FalconsA'Shawn RobinsonDTAlabama
18Houston TexansConnor CookQBMichigan State
19Buffalo BillsReggie RaglandLBAlabama
20Pittsburgh SteelersMackensie AlexanderCBClemson
21Washington RedskinsAndrew BillingsDTBaylor
22Indianapolis ColtsDarron LeeLBOhio State
23New York JetsEzekiel ElliottRBOhio State
24Seattle SeahawksJack ConklinOTMichigan State
25Kansas City ChiefsLaquon TreadwellWROle Miss
26Minnesota VikingsMichael ThomasWROhio State
27Green Bay PackersEli AppleCBOhio State
28Cincinnati BengalsSheldon RankinsDTLouisville
29Arizona CardinalsNoah SpenceDE/LBEastern Kentucky
30New England Patriotsno pick
31Denver BroncosJonathan BullardDLFlorida
32Carolina PanthersCorey ColemanWRBaylor

Notable Picks

1. Cleveland Browns: Joey Bosa

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The Johnny Manziel debate will likely continue long into the offseason, leading Browns fans to hope for another savior in this year's draft. 

Even if the Browns decide they've had enough of Johnny Football's antics, this isn't the year to need a quarterback while sitting at No. 1. 

Paxton Lynch and Jared Goff have garnered the most praise among the quarterbacks in this class, but neither has earned No. 1 pick status. 

Bleacher Report's Justis Mosqueda recently wrote about Lynch, stating he believes the Memphis quarterback is the best signal-caller in this class, but falls short of earning elite status as a prospect. 

Without a quarterback worthy of selection at No. 1, the Browns can keep Joey Bosa in Ohio, giving a significant boost to their defensive front seven.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Ramsey

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Jalen Ramsey #8 of the Florida State Seminoles in action against the South Florida Bulls during the game at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14. (P
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The Ravens secondary isn't a glaring issue, but a talent like Jalen Ramsey may be tough for Baltimore to pass up. 

Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb are both under contract for at least two more years, according to Spotrac, but Ramsey has the skills to fill the Ravens' need at free safety. 

ESPN's Todd McShay praised Ramsey's versatility in his most recent big board, saying he's "fast enough to play in center field or the slot and savvy enough to be a force against the run."

The Ravens have long been known for loving versatile defenders at all levels of the defense, making Ramsey a likely target for general manager Ozzie Newsome.

12. New York Giants: Shaq Lawson

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After Sunday's overtime loss to the New York Jets, it feels as though the Giants' season is starting to slip away. Amazingly, they're still in the hunt for the NFC East title, but given the way this team is playing, a playoff berth likely brings nothing more than a worse draft pick. 

One of the major issues in New York has been defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's inability to create any type of consistent pass rush with his front seven personnel.

The Giants managed three sacks against the Jets, bringing their season total to 15. Only the Atlanta Falcons have taken down the quarterback fewer times this season, per Pro-Football-Reference.com. 

This isn't a great draft class to be looking for an edge-rusher, as the drop-off is steep after Joey Bosa. However, Shaq Lawson is among a small group who could land in the first round. Clemson Football noted Lawson's prowess:

Shaq Lawson leads the nation in TFL (22.5), three TFL more than any other player in the nation. #Clemson

— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) December 6, 2015

Lawson is a true three-down lineman who may remind Giants fans of Justin Tuck. 

Like Tuck, Lawson doesn't often win with speed and athleticism, but he knows how to work his way into the backfield with his strength and solid technique.

24. Seattle Seahawks: Jack Conklin

Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (74) celebrates the win over the Oregon Ducks after a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Despite quarterback Russell Wilson's mobility, Seattle has already surrendered 39 sacks this season.  

Left tackle Russell Okung may be the only member of the Seahawks offensive line who can feel safe about his job security for the 2016 season, as major changes are likely coming this offseason. 

Right tackle Garry Gilliam has been one of the primary weak links on the line, earning a pass-block grade of just 36.2 from Pro Football Focus (50 is average). 

Michigan State right tackle Jack Conklin is only a junior, but he is coming off a stellar season and is a candidate to declare early for the draft. Conklin recently received honors for his play this season, as Freep Sports reported:

#Spartans offensive linemen Jack Allen and Jack Conklin named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media.

— Freep Sports (@freepsports) December 1, 2015

While Conklin may not have the athleticism many NFL teams prefer in a left tackle prospect, he would fit nicely at right tackle opposite Okung in Seattle. 


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