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Way-Too-Early 2017 NFL Mock Draft


It is never too early is it? With the 2016 NFL Draft wrapping up this afternoon, we are going to get a quick start on the 2017 NFL Draft. Obviously, we have no idea how next year’s NFL season will turn out, so the draft order is random. Looking at the prospects for next year’s class, it appears this is a very talented group. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson looks like the early favorite to go number one after a stellar sophomore campaign. Running backs Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook both have dominated since their freshman years of school and both appear to be first round selections. I’m sure these picks will change in the future, but it is never too early. It will be interesting to see this mock a year from now following the 2017 NFL Draft. Well, let’s get started.

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2016 NFL Draft 1st Round Grades

2016 NFL Draft 1st Round Grades:

 

1.) Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff, QB, Cal

GRADE: C+

I wasn’t very impressed with Goff in college or at the combine. I think this trade/pick will kill the Los Angeles franchise in a couple years.

 

2.) Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

GRADE: C-

This pick might be even worse than the first selection of this draft. Wentz has not competed against good competition and will struggle in the NFL.

 

3.) San Diego Chargers – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

GRADE: B+

I have always thought Bosa was underrated during the draft process. I think he will be a very good pass rusher in the NFL. I don’t have any complaints with this pick.

 

4.) Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

GRADE: C+

I could not believe Dallas passed on Jalen Ramsey. Zeke is going to dominate behind that offensive line, but Ramsey filled a much bigger need.

 

5.) Jacksonville Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

GRADE: A+

Jalen Ramsey is the best player in this draft. Jacksonville needs a lot of help in their secondary. The Jaguars lucked out with him falling to number 5!

 

6.) Baltimore Ravens – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

GRADE: A-

I think Tunsil is a better prospect, but Stanley is not too far off and is a much safer pick. Baltimore needs help on the offensive line and Stanley will help on day one.

 

7.) San Francisco 49ers – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

GRADE: B

I like Buckner and think he has a ton of potential. I’m not sure this was the biggest need for the 49ers, but it was a solid pick at number seven.

 

8.) Tennessee Titans* – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

GRADE: B-

I understand that Tunsil may be a risk, but I’m not the biggest fan of Conklin. He’s an average tackle and I think Tennessee may be reaching. I would grade them lower, but they need a lot of help on their line, so it was not

(*Trade with Cleveland)

 

9.) Chicago Bears* – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

GRADE: B

I was not a huge fan of Floyd initially, but he has impressed me over the course of the last few months. I think this is a solid pick that will help the Chicago pass rush early next season.

(*Trade with Tampa Bay)

 

10.) New York Giants – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

GRADE: B-

Eli Apple is a great cornerback. I think Vernon Hargreaves would have been a much smarter pick with him still on board.

 

11.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers* – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

GRADE: A

Although he is not the most athletic cornerback in the draft, it is hard to argue that Hargreaves isn’t the most skilled. This a very good pick for the Bucs, even after moving back two spots in the first round.

(*Trade with Chicago)

 

12.) New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankins, DE, Louisville

GRADE: B

Rankins is a tremendous pass rusher. He can play all over the defensive line using his athleticism. The Saints need so much help on defense, so this a good selection.

 

13.) Miami Dolphins – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

GRADE: A

There’s no doubt in Tunsil’s skill on the field. Off the field, he draws many red flags. The Dolphins needed some help on their line, but they definitely had more. Overall, this is a good pick because Tunsil can easily become the best player of this draft.

 

14.) Oakland Raiders – Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

GRADE: B-

I thought this was a bit of a reach. Joseph has some serious skill, but the Raiders could have moved back a couple picks to get him. This may be a good pick in a couple years, but I think they took him way too high.

 

15.) Cleveland Browns* – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

GRADE: B

I’m a huge Coleman fan as I have him as the best receiver in the class. Cleveland needs so much help, so this will definitely help their offense. How ironic it is that RG3 gets a Baylor receiver?

(*Trade with Tennessee)

 

16.) Detroit Lions – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

GRADE: A-

I think Decker is one of the most underrated players in this draft. He was a 3 year starter at Ohio State and dominated during his career. The Lions need help up front, and Decker will help in the passing and rushing game.

 

17.) Atlanta Falcons – Keanu Neal, S, Florida

GRADE B-

I never would have predicted two safeties drafted in the first round, let alone the top twenty. I thought Shaq Lawson would have been a better selection to pair with former teammate Vic Beasley.

 

18.) Indianapolis Colts – Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

GRADE: A

The Colts need so much help protecting Andrew Luck. I really like Kelly because he can play center or guard. He is a good player that fills a huge need.

 

19.) Buffalo Bills – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

GRADE: A-

Shaq Lawson has no business falling this far. Arguably the best defensive end in college football last season, he has a ton of potential. The Bills definitely stole this pick!

 

20.) New York Jets – Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State

GRADE: B+

Darron Lee is a freak athlete that flies all over the football field. The Jets have many needs with linebacker being one of them. Lee is probably the best available, so I think this is a good selection.

 

21.) Houston Texans* – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

GRADE: C

I’m assuming Houston moved up one pick to get their choice of receiver in fear of Minnesota moving up. I thought they would choose Doctson or Treadwell, but Fuller? He might have been a good second round pick, but this was really shocking to me.

(*Trade with Washington)

 

22.) Washington Redskins* –  Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

GRADE: B+

Doctson is arguably the best receiver in the draft. I was shocked that Washington didn’t go defensive line, but many of those players are falling. Doctson will help Cousins out a lot with his size and skill. Solid pick by Washington.

(*Trade with Houston)

 

23.) Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

GRADE: A-

I’m not buying all this “he’s too slow” talk at all. Watching the film, Treadwell can play. This is a good pick that will help Teddy Bridgewater out down the road.

 

24.) Cincinnati Bengals – William Jackson III, CB, Houston

GRADE: B+

William Jackson III is a very good cornerback. The Bengals wanted a receiver, but the top four are already gone. Jackson III will fit well in Cincinnati and eventually be their starting cornerback.

 

25.) Pittsburgh Steelers – Artie Burns, CB, Miami

GRADE: B

Artie Burns is a freak athlete. The Steelers need a ton of help in their secondary, and Burns will help right away.

 

26.) Denver Broncos – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

GRADE: A-

I think Paxton Lynch will be the best quarterback in this class. Denver, with no quarterbacks on their roster worth starting, need to make a move fast. I think Lynch will be a very good quarterback in the NFL.

 

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

GRADE: B-

The Packers need help on the defensive line with BJ Raji taking a year off. I think the Packers could have gotten a better defensive tackle.

 

28.) San Francisco 49ers* – Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford

GRADE: C-

This trade made no sense at all. Garnett would have been available in the second round. The need is serious, but this was too much.

(*Trade with Kansas City)

 

29.) Arizona Cardinals – Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss

GRADE: A-

I love this pick for the Cardinals. They are willing to roll the dice a little, and it worked out a couple years ago with Tyrann Mathieu. This could be the biggest steal of the draft if Nkemdiche gets everything together.

 

30.) Carolina Panthers – Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

GRADE: C+

This pick was not smart for Carolina. With Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short, did Carolina make this pick? The secondary needed to be addressed rather than defensive tackle.

 

31.) Seattle Seahawks – Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M

GRADE: B

Germain Ifedi is a solid offensive tackle. The Seahawks need help on their offensive line, so this pick makes a lot of sense. Seattle will need to protect Russell Wilson to get back to the Super Bowl.

 

OTHER THOUGHTS:

1.) I cannot believe that Myles Jack was not picked. Although recovering from a knee injury, Jack is going to be a stud. I think Dallas will pick him up in the 2nd round.

2.) Jalen Ramsey to the Jaguars was the best pick on the first round while Joshua Garnett to the 49ers was the worst.

3.) Robert Nkemdiche is the biggest hit/miss player of this draft.

4.) One of the biggest surprises was Houston passing on Josh Doctson to pick Will Fuller.

5.) Finally, how did Laremy Tunsil fall so far?!?!

Tom’s 2016 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

 

Pick Team Player Position College
1. Los Angeles Rams (from TEN) Jared Goff QB California
2. Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland) Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
3. San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey CB Florida State
4. Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
5. Jacksonville Jaguars DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
6. Baltimore Ravens Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
7. San Francisco 49ers Laremy Tunsil T Mississippi
8. Cleveland Browns (from PHI) Ronnie Stanley T Notre Dame
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
10. New York Giants Myles Jack LB UCLA
11. Chicago Bears Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
12. New Orleans Saints Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
13. Miami Dolphins (from PHI) Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia
14. Oakland Raiders Mackenzie Alexander CB Clemson
15 Tennessee Titans Karl Joseph S West Virginia
16. Detroit Lions Robert Nkemdiche DT/DE Ole Miss
17. Atlanta Falcons Darron Lee OLB Ohio State
18. Indianapolis Colts Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
19. Buffalo Bills A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
20. New York Jets Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
21. Washington Redskins Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
22. Houston Texans Will Fuller WR Notre Dame
23. Minnesota Vikings Josh Doctson WR TCU
24. Cincinnati Bengals Corey Coleman WR Baylor
25. Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple CB Ohio State
26. Seattle Seahawks Cody Whitehair G Kansas State
27. Green Bay Packers Jarran Reed DT Alabama
28. Kansas City Chiefs Laquon Treadwell WR Mississippi
29. Arizona Cardinals Ryan Kelly c Alabama
30. Carolina Panthers Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma State
31. Denver Broncos Connor Cook QB Michigan State

16 Bold Predictions for the 2016 NFL Draft

16 Bold Predictions of the 2016 NFL Draft

For this list, I will be making 16 early predictions for draft day and the players in this draft class. This may include stat leaders, Super Bowl victories, and other predictions. Anything is possible once these players begin their careers in the NFL. We have seen many first round busts and several late-round selections that turn into All-Pro players. It will be fun to look back at my predictions in the future and see how accurate I am! Let’s begin!

 

1.) Paxton Lynch will finish with more career yards/touchdowns than Carson Wentz or Jared Goff.

2.) Jaylon Smith will get drafted by the New England Patriots.

3.) Kevin Dodd will lead all rookies in sacks next season.

4.) Ezekiel Elliott will rush for 1500+ yards in his rookie season.

5.) Christian Hackenberg will be a surprise first round selection tonight in Chicago.

6.) Although he has off-the-field issues, Robert Nkemdiche will still be a first round pick.

7.) Corey Coleman will be a Pro Bowl receiver next season.

8.) The Chicago Bears will trade up for DeForest Buckner.

9.) Joey Bosa will fall in the top 10 in comparison to Leonard Williams last year.

10.) Braxton Miller will play for the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.

11.) Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will finish their careers with 0 combined Super Bowl wins.

12.) Eli Apple will lead all rookies in interceptions next season.

13.) The Denver Broncos will draft a quarterback in the first round.

14.) The Seattle Seahawks will trade out of the first round.

15.) Ronnie Stanley will finish his career with more twice as many Pro Bowl selections than Laremy Tunsil.

16.) Derrick Henry will be out of the league in 3 seasons due to injuries.

 

Comment your thoughts or you own predictions for everything regarding the NFL draft!

2016 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Final Edition)

2016 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (4-28-16)

After a long three months of the offseason, the 2016 NFL Draft has arrived. For my final edition of mock drafts, I will include the second round of selections. Wow, hasn’t it been a crazy month of April? We had the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles trade up for the first and second overall picks, respectively. Assuming they both take quarterbacks, which will wind up going number one? Will we see another trade in the top 10 during the draft? Well, without waiting any longer, let’s dive into my final mock draft of the offseason. It has been a lot of fun leading up to this day and I hope you enjoy my mock!

 

Pick Team Player Position College
1. Los Angeles Rams (from TEN) Jared Goff QB California
2. Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland) Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
3. San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey CB Florida State
4. Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
5. Jacksonville Jaguars DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
6. Tennessee Titans (from BAL)* Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
7. San Francisco 49ers Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia
8. Cleveland Browns (from PHI) Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
10. New York Giants Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
11. Chicago Bears Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
12. New Orleans Saints Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
13. Miami Dolphins (from PHI) Darron Lee OLB Ohio State
14. Oakland Raiders Myles Jack OLB UCLA
15 Baltimore Ravens (from TEN)* Eli Apple CB Ohio State
16. Detroit Lions Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
17. Atlanta Falcons Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
18. Indianapolis Colts Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
19. Buffalo Bills Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama
20. New York Jets Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
21. Minnesota Vikings (from WAS) Josh Doctson WR TCU
22. Houston Texans Will Fuller WR Notre Dame
23. Washington Redskins (from MIN) Andrew Billings DT Baylor
24. Cincinnati Bengals Corey Coleman WR Baylor
25. Pittsburgh Steelers William Jackson CB Houston
26. Seattle Seahawks Chris Jones DT Mississippi State
27. Green Bay Packers Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
28. Kansas City Chiefs Mackenzie Alexander CB Clemson
29. Arizona Cardinals Ryan Kelly C Alabama
30. Carolina Panthers Artie Burns CB Miami
31. Denver Broncos Christian Hackenberg QB Penn State
32. Cleveland Browns Jason Spriggs OT Indiana
33. Baltimore Ravens (from TEN)* Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky
34. Dallas Cowboys Karl Joseph S West Virginia
35. San Diego Chargers A’Shawn Robinson DD Alabama
36. Baltimore Ravens Germain Ifedi OT Texas A&M
37 San Francisco 49ers Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
38. Jacksonville Jaguars Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Keanu Neal S Florida
40. New York Giants Derrick Henry RB Alabama
41. Chicago Bears Robert Nkemdiche DE Ole Miss
42. Miami Dolphins Xavier Howard CB Baylor
43. Baltimore Ravens (from TEN)* Michael Thomas WR Ohio State
44. Oakland Raiders Vonn Bell S Ohio State
45. Tennessee Titans (from LAR) Jonathan Bullard DE Florida
46. Detroit Lions Darian Thompson S Boise State
47. New Orleans Saints Connor Cook QB Michigan State
48. Indianapolis Colts Cody Whitehair G Kansas State
49. Buffalo Bills Austin Johnson DT Penn State
50. Atlanta Falcons Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma State
51. New York Jets Kamalei Correa OLB Boise State
52. Houston Texans Braxton Miller WR Ohio State
53. Washington Redskins Nick Martin C Notre Dame
54. Minnesota Vikings Le’Raven Clark OT Texas A&M
55. Cincinnati Bengals Kenny Clark DT UCLA
56. Seattle Seahawks Joshua Garnett OG Stanford
57. Green Bay Packers Hunter Henry TE Arkansas
58. Pittsburgh Steelers TJ Green S Clemson
59. Kansas City Chiefs Tyler Boyd WR Pittsburgh
60. New England Patriots Jaylon Smith OLB Notre Dame
61. New England Patriots Sterling Shepard WR Oklahoma
62. Carolina Panthers Su’a Cravens OLB USC
63. Cleveland Browns (from DEN) Cardale Jones QB Ohio State

 

Discussion of the Top 10

 

1.) Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee)

The Pick: Jared Goff, QB, California

Discussion: While trading up to number one, it has been obvious that Goff would go number one. Making the move to Los Angeles, the Rams start fresh with a quarterback from the area.

 

2.) Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland)

The Pick: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Discussion: The Eagles rolled the dice and will take FCS quarterback Carson Wentz. Although recently signing Sam Bradford, Wentz will compete and be the future of an Eagles team that is desperate for a quarterback.

 

3.) San Diego Chargers

The Pick: Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State

Discussion: Jalen Ramsey is the best player in the draft. With more issues with Laremy Tunsil, the Charges make this a quick selection.

 

4.) Dallas Cowboys

The Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Discussion: The Cowboys are in an interesting spot. If Ramsey is there, they will pick him. If not, it will be Elliott. If Zeke gets an opportunity behind the Dallas offensive line with Tony Romo returning at quarterback, he may push for 2000.

 

5.) Jacksonville Jaguars

The Pick: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Discussion: DeForest Buckner is one of the most explosive players in the draft. He will cause havoc all over the defensive line that will help a struggling Jacksonville defense.

 

6.) Tennessee Titans (from Baltimore)

The Pick: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Discussion: The first trade of draft day. Tennessee trades back up with Baltimore to select the player they initially wanted. If this trade occurs, it may be one of the best moves in recent years.

 

7.) San Francisco 49ers

The Pick: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

Discussion: San Francisco needs help on the defensive front. Leonard Floyd is a player that will compete day one and put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

 

8.) Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)

The Pick: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Discussion: I think Joey Bosa will drop in the first one. It may seem shocking, but we saw the same scenario last year with Leonard Williams. Bosa is a good player that will definitely improve the Browns defense.

 

9.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Pick: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Discussion: After a dominating college football season, Shaq Lawson deserves to be a top 10 selection. Tampa Bay needs help on the defensive line to pair alongside Gerald McCoy.

 

10.) New York Giants

The Pick: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Discussion: To round out the top 10, the Giants select arguably the best tackle in the draft. Eli Manning needs serious help and the entire offense will benefit with Stanley’s presence.

2016 NBA Playoff Predictions

With the NBA season coming to a close, it is finally time for the playoffs to begin. At the season finale, we witnessed Kobe play his final game and Golden State break the 95-96 Bulls record for wins in a regular season. The Warriors, trying to repeat as champions, will get all they get handle in the Western Conference, especially San Antonio. In the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, appear to be the favorites. Will LeBron finally be able to deliver a championship to Cleveland? Let’s find out in my NBA playoff predictions!

Eastern Conference Final Standings:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers (57-25)

2. Toronto Raptors (56-26)

3. Miami Heat (48-34)

4. Atlanta Hawks (48-34)

5. Boston Celtics (48-34)

6. Charlotte Hornets (48-34)

7. Indiana Pacers (45-37)

8. Detroit Pistons (44-38)

Western Conference Final Standings:

1. Golden State Warriors (73-9)

2. San Antonio Spurs (67-15)

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27)

4. Los Angeles Clippers (53-29)

5. Portland Trail Blazers (44-38)

6. Dallas Mavericks (42-40)

7. Memphis Grizzlies (42-40)

8. Houston Rockets (41-41)



FIRST ROUND: Eastern Conference:

(1.) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (8.) Detroit Pistons

This is an interesting matchup for Cleveland. With Andre Drummond down low, he will give the Cavs some trouble. Regardless, I see LeBron and company being able to take control of this series early.

Prediction: CLE 4-1

Confidence: High

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(2.) Toronto Raptors vs (7.) Indiana Pacers

After a strong start to the regular season, Indiana didn’t finish the season as expected. Meanwhile, the Raptors have played consistent basketball all season.

Prediction: TOR 4-2

Confidence: Medium

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(3.) Miami Heat vs (6.) Charlotte Hornets

The Miami Heat are a dark horse for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. With a balanced team and a strong bench, this team could make some noise down the stretch of the postseason.

Prediction: MIA 4-1

Confidence: High

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(4.) Atlanta Hawks vs (5.) Boston Celtics

This will be the best first round series in the Eastern Conference. Isaiah Thomas is one of the better guards in the NBA and plays with a lot of heart. The Hawks have a lot of experience and have been in this situation before.

Prediction: BOS 4-3

Confidence: Low


FIRST ROUND: Western Conference:

(1.) Golden State Warriors vs (8.) Houston Rockets

Golden State, coming off the best regular season in NBA history, has their sights set on another championship. Houston will struggle in this series with the lack of defense on the team.

Prediction: GSW: 4-1

Confidence: Very high

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(2.) San Antonio Spurs vs (7.) Memphis Grizzlies

The Spurs had an unappreciated season this year, in most part due to the success of Golden State. They are on a mission to get back to the finals, so expect a quick series here.

Prediction: SAS: 4-0

Confidence: Very High

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(3.) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (6.) Dallas Mavericks

The Thunder are back into the postseason after failing to do so last season. Dallas has been a consistent playoff team, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are anxious for a run.

Prediction: OKC 4-2

Confidence: High

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(4.) Los Angeles Clippers vs (5.) Portland Trail Blazers

The Clippers are looking to get over the hump this year in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Portland has had a tremendous season after losing all but one starter from the 2014-15 team.

Prediction: LAC 4-2

Confidence: Low


SECOND ROUND: Eastern Conference:

(1.) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (5.) Boston Celtics

The Celtics have always gave LeBron trouble in the postseason. LeBron, in contrary, has been able to take care of business in the postseason.

Prediction: CLE 4-1

Confidence: High

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(2.) Toronto Raptors vs (3.) Miami Heat

The Raptors have enjoyed one of their best seasons in several years. Miami, using their strong core of players, are able to get back to the conference finals since the LeBron era.

Prediction: MIA 4-2

Confidence: Low


SECOND ROUND: Western Conference:

(1.) Golden State Warriors vs (4.) Los Angeles Clippers

Golden State continues their winning ways following the first round. The Clippers, coming off a big upset in the playoffs over San Antonio last year, nearly do the same against the Warriors.

Prediction: GSW 4-3

Confidence: Medium

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(2.) San Antonio Spurs vs (3.) Oklahoma City Thunder

This is one of the best second round match-ups in recent years. San Antonio has a loaded roster and the best coach in the NBA. The Thunder, led by two top 5 players in the NBA, look to get back to the finals.

Prediction: SAS: 4-2

Confidence: Low


CONFERENCE FINALS: Eastern Conference:

(1.) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (3.) Miami Heat

LeBron faces his old team in the Eastern Conference finals. Dwyane Wade and company are trying to reach the finals again, but nothing is stopping The King from his sixth consecutive appearance in finals.

Prediction: CLE 4-2

Confidence: Medium

Difference of the Game: LeBron being able to score at the basket and receiving help from perimeter shooting.


CONFERENCE FINALS: Western Conference:

(1.) Golden State Warriors vs (2.) San Antonio Spurs

The most anticipated series on the entire playoffs comes true. Golden State, trying to continue their dream season, face off the most successful team of the past two decades, San Antonio. With Steph Curry being nearly unstoppable to stop this season, Coach Popovich finds a way.

Prediction: SAS 4-3

Confidence: Very, very low

Difference of the Game: Kawhi Leonard’s defense being enough to disrupt Curry.


NBA FINALS:

(1.) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (2.) San Antonio Spurs

LeBron faces his worst enemy in the finals yet again. Although healthy, Cleveland doesn’t have enough depth/coaching to match San Antonio’s scary team. Unless something crazy happens, expect a one-sided series.

Prediction: SAS 4-1

MVP Prediction: LaMarcus Aldridge

Confidence: Medium

Difference of the Game: Kawhi Leonard’s defense and LaMarcus Aldridge’s offense.

2016 NFL Mock Draft 4.0

2016 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (4-9-16)

To make this mock a little more interesting, I have incorporated a few trades that could take place in the first round. The Titans have been interested in moving down, and several teams have reached out to them for their offer. The question is, though, who would a team be willing to trade up for? Is Jalen Ramsey’s talent worth the gamble, or is Carson Wentz a popular pick? Let’s find out who moves up in the draft and who they select in my Mock Draft 4.0!

Pick Team Player Position College
1. Philadelphia Eagles (from TEN) Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
2. Cleveland Browns Jared Goff QB California
3. San Diego Chargers Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
4. Baltimore Ravens (from DAL) Jalen Ramsey S Florida State
5. Jacksonville Jaguars Myles Jack OLB UCLA
6. Dallas Cowboys (from BAL) Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
7. San Francisco 49ers Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida
8. Tennessee Titans (from PHI) Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
10. New York Giants Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
11. Chicago Bears Darron Lee OLB Ohio State
12. New Orleans Saints A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
13. Miami Dolphins (from PHI) Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
14. Oakland Raiders Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
15 Los Angeles Rams Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
16. Detroit Lions Mackenzie Alexander CB Clemson
17. Atlanta Falcons Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia
18. Indianapolis Colts Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
19. Buffalo Bills Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
20. New York Jets Noah Spence OLB Eastern Kentucky
21. Washington Redskins Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
22. Houston Texans Josh Doctson WR TCU
23. Minnesota Vikings Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
24. Cincinnati Bengals Corey Coleman WR Baylor
25. Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple CB Ohio State
26. Seattle Seahawks William Jackson III CB Houston
27. Green Bay Packers Jarran Reed DT Alabama
28. San Diego Charges (from KC) Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss
29. Arizona Cardinals Andrew Billings DT Baylor
30. Carolina Panthers Su’a Cravens OLB USC
31. Denver Broncos Connor Cook QB Michigan State

 

Discussion of the Top 10

 

1.) Philadelphia Eagles (from Tennessee)

The Pick: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Discussion: The 2016 NFL Draft starts out with a bang as the Eagles trade up for the number one overall pick. Although the Eagles just resigned Sam Bradford, Wentz is a player with potential that is worth the gamble for this pick.

 

2.) Cleveland Browns

The Pick: Jared Goff, QB, California

Discussion: The Browns want Wentz, but with him unavailable, they select the next best quarterback in this draft in Jared Goff. Like the Eagles, the Browns recently signed Robert Griffin III, but he may not be the long term answer. The Browns are desperate and are going to roll the dice with this pick.

 

3.) San Diego Chargers

The Pick: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Discussion: The Charges sit back and select one of the best players in the draft by picking Laremy Tunsil. With Tunsil protecting Phillip Rivers, the Chargers may be able to rebound in 2016.

 

4.) Baltimore Ravens (from Dallas)

The Pick: Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State

Discussion: The second trade in the draft is the Ravens swapping picks with the Cowboys. With this pick, they select the best player in the draft, Jalen Ramsey. With the addition of Ramsey, the Raven’s defense would dramatically increase as they push for a postseason run this fall.

 

5.) Jacksonville Jaguars

The Pick: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

Discussion: Myles Jack is a popular pick for the Jaguars. Being the best linebacker in the draft, the Jaguars fill a big need with a tremendous athlete. Unless something unique happens, expect Jack to be suiting up for Jacksonville.

 

6.) Dallas Cowboys (from Baltimore)

The Pick: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Discussion: While moving back, the Cowboys draft a stud in Joey Bosa and receive more picks in later rounds. Bosa is a serious run stopper than will have an immediate effect for a Dallas defense that recently lose Greg Hardy.

 

7.) San Francisco 49ers

The Pick: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

Discussion: With the top two quarterbacks gone, the 49ers are forced to compete another season with Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. San Francisco selects Vernon Hargreaves III, one of the most underrated defense prospects in the draft. While they want a quarterback, the 49ers fill a need on the defensive side of the ball.

 

8.) Tennessee Titans (from Philadelphia)

The Pick: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Discussion: The Titans get just what they wanted: Moving out of the number one pick and Ronnie Stanley being available for their first round pick. While the Titans get a solid tackle for protecting Marcus Mariota, they also receive picks in the later rounds to fill more serious needs.

 

9.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Pick: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Discussion: With Gerald McCoy being the only serious threat on Tampa Bay’s defensive front, DeForest Buckner luckily falls to number nine. Bucker has a high motor that will pair well with McCoy on the defensive front.

 

10.) New York Giants

The Pick: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Discussion: The Giants have an interesting pick. With so many signings for the defense, the Giants could go a lot of directions with this pick. Jack Conklin is an underrated player that would help Eli Manning out significantly.

 

April Fool’s Mock Draft

APRIL FOOLS!!! I hope everyone is having fun on this day. Since it is draft season, it is only fitting that we make an April Fools Mock Draft to have a little fun. While all of these picks are very unlikely, it doesn’t hurt to play around on this holiday. I hope everyone enjoys our first ever April Fools Mock Draft! Tennessee, you are on the clock!!!!

 

1. Tennessee Titans: Oilers, Name, Houston

The titans elect to bring back their old name of the Oilers. They also contemplate of moving back to Houston. What does Tennessee have to offer?

2. Cleveland Browns: LeBron James, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

The Browns decide it is time to finally bring LeBron into the NFL. Can The King bring a title to his city in a different sport?

3. San Diego Chargers: Los Angeles, City, LA

The Chargers draft the city of Los Angeles. They feel it is time to make the switch and make good use of this draft pick.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Everyone in the NFL wants to see it: the best RB with the best line. Can AP surpass 2,500 yards?

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

Finally, the first rookie off the board. The Jaguars benefit in a major way with the best player dropping all the way to number 5.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Ray Lewis, LB, Retirement Home

The Ravens bring back one of the best LBs to play the game. Can the NFL rig another Super Bowl win for the city of Baltimore?

7. San Francisco 49ers: 2012 Roster, Every position, United States

What happened to the Niners? Their stacked team from the 2012 NFC Champions literally disappeared. Can they rebound in 2016 with their team back?

8. Philadelphia Eagles: DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans

The Eagles decide to give it one more go with Murray as their RB. I mean, why wouldn’t they draft a player who previously played for Dallas?

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The Bucs wanted Bosa to fall and got him. Thank God this is one of the crazier drafts.

10: New York Giants: David Tyree, WR, Unknown

The Giants feel it is time to bring back a player who made one of the best catches in the history of football. With Tyree back, OBJ will finally not be double covered each play.

11. Chicago Bears: Rex Grossman, QB, Free Agents

The Bears make news from drafting a QB that helped them win the NFC Championship almost 10 years ago. Can he beat out Cutler for the starting job?

12. New Orleans Saints: Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks

Drew Brees needs some help from his old friend. Graham is also rumored to play defense as well.

13. Miami Dolphins: 1972 Team Roster, All Positions, Who Knows

This roster could seriously help the Dolphins contend for an AFC East title.

14. Oakland Raiders: Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia

I MEAN HE RAN A 4.31 40 YD DASH!!!!

15. Los Angeles Rams: St. Louis, City, St. Louis

With the Chargers moving to LA, the Rams decide to leave ASAP. Going back to St. Louis seems like the best fit and the fans are overjoyed.

16. Detroit Lions: Calvin Johnson, WR, Retired

Just when Calvin thought he was out, the Lions re-draft him. Time will only tell until he retires again.

17. Atlanta Falcons: Michael Vick, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

With Matt Ryan playing terrible and the rest of the team sucking, the Falcons have no other choice to bring Vick back. I mean he has a 95 speed rating on Madden 04, how could you go wrong with that?
 
18. Indianapolis Colts: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

The Colts are so in need to protecting Luck. After 150+ times being sacked in his career, the Colts have no choice.

19. Buffalo Bills: Terry Tate (Office Linebacker), LB, Felcher & Sons

With a need at LB, the Bills will be looking for a stud. With Terry Tate on the board at the end of the first round, he is an easy pick. He has been knocking people around in the office for years and is ready to prove it on the field.

20. New York Jets: Tim Tebow, QB/LB/WR/TE/LT, Houston Texans:

The Jets take Tebow. The team regrets letting Tebow go a few years back, and will use him strictly in the wild cat. Todd Bowles was interviewed after the selection, saying he didn’t get Tebow for the attention, but for the sole purpose of winning football games. (After the camera was shut off, Bowles ran over to quarterback Geno Smith and hugged him.)

21. Washington Redskins: New Name, Nowhere, Unknown

The Redskins elect to get a new name that will be announced later this year.

22. Houston Texans: Jamarcus Russell, QB/LB, KFC/McDonalds

There’s no denying that Houston needs a QB. The Texans roll the dice and pick up former 1st overall pick JaMarcus Russell. Will he redeem himself this time around?

23. Minnesota Vikings: Dallas’s Oline, OL, Dallas Cowboys

After the Cowboys took away AP, the Vikings respond by drafting every lineman on the Cowboys roster. Oh wait, the Vikings don’t have a RB…

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

While Andy Dalton has failed yet again to win in the postseason, the Bengals bring back Carson Palmer. Palmer recently got his first career win in the playoffs and will hope to do the same for his former team.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Vernon Hargreaves/Mackenzie Alexander/Eli Apple, CBs, Florida/Clemson/Ohio State

The Steelers make history by drafting 3 players with one pick. Finally, the Steelers will have a secondary and be back in the Super Bowl.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Shaun Alexander, RB, Alabama

After the retirement of Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks bring back legend Shaun Alexander. Will they give HIM the ball at the 1 yard line?
27. Green Bay Packers: Dylan Favre, QB, Cedar Rapids Titans

Just when everyone thought Aaron Rodgers was the best in the NFL, the Packers shock the world and draft the nephew of former QB Brett Favre. Will Dylan pan out and be as good as his uncle?

28.San Diego Chargers: Manti Te’o, LB, San Diego Chargers

TRADE ALERT: Most NFL experts and fans question why the Chargers draft a player already on their roster, but picking him again, this time in the first round, will lock him up for good in the future.
29. Arizona Cardinals: Kurt Warner, QB, Hy-Vee

Athletic player? Tremendous arm? Great footwork? The Cardinals refuse to play mediocre football any longer. Without Palmer any longer, Warner not only will bring them back to the Super Bowl, but will also help to run Hy-Vee out of business. #FarewayForLife
30. Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

The Panthers pick the 5 star RB Fournette without any question. Taking a 20 year old running back to replace overrated backs Williams and Stewart will help clear up some cap room to pay Cam 50 million in a couple years. Though LSU is losing the #1 recruit, the Panthers have offered to pay Les Miles 2.3 million over the next 2 years. Miles will use this money to buy Tyrann Mathieu back to school.
31. Denver Broncos: Brett Favre, Offensive Coordinator/QB/LB/Jobless, Southern Miss

With terrible play at QB in the Super Bowl, the Broncos see no reason to bring a legend into their team. Adding Favre, the Broncos would have 3 HOF quarterbacks (Elway, Manning, and Favre). Moving Manning to coach will also boost the team.

32. New England Patriots:  Roger Goodell, Owner/GM/Coach/FB, NFL

TRADE ALERT: The Patriots trade up and somehow get the last pick of the 1st round. They also steal NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Will this prevent NE from getting caught cheating the next time?