by Grant Harmacek

Another blockbuster trade and a team climbs up the draft ladder to grab what they think will be the franchise-turning player. Last week it was the Los Angeles Rams dumping a dearth of draft picks on the Tennessee Titans for the first overall selection. Now, it’s the Chip Kelly-less (are we sure?) Philadelphia Eagles handing over a similar pile of picks for the second overall selection from the Cleveland Browns.

My initial reaction is that the Browns aren’t this smart. I think we all expected Cleveland to hem and haw, taking whatever quarterback the Rams didn’t just to ravage his almost NFL potential with the weights of a tortured city and hapless management, spitting him out with the rest of Cleveland’s 88 quarterback failures from the last two decades. That or they’d take a running back.

Instead, they have found the proverbial dance partner and moved away from an uncertain quarterback prospect to pile up dice rolls to gamble on potential players. Is this finally the start of sane and sound personnel decisions in the Sixth City? RGIII will tell us soon…

As for the Eagles, this feels like a Chip move, doesn’t it? Are we sure he doesn’t have some sort of automated sky net system still in control in Philly? Why would you pay that much for Sam Bradford only to turn around and pay that much to move up for another signal caller? Maybe the Eagles think that whomever the Rams don’t take will need two years to develop? Is Bradford being paid to be Brett Favre in the hopes this mystery quarterback is Aaron Rodgers?

The long shot scenario (my favorite) is that the Eagles have mortgaged the farm for… wait for it… the actual best player in the draft, Laremy Tunsil. Ta daa! If they paid they’re quarterback in Bradford, wouldn’t it make sense to go hard after protection for him? This sounds crazy to everyone. Well the crazies are the ones in charge if you ask me. Build a line. It all starts at the line. Sure you need a quarterback in the NFL but even a great quarterback can’t win on his back. A great line will make Sam Bradford look like he might be worth most of the contract he just signed and Tunsil is the best place to start. If Sam gets hit, like at all… it’s not good.

So it looks like the Eagles have no direction and the whole league is pissed at them for paying Sammy Band-aid so much, with Brock walking and whatnot, and now the only thing anyone can figure out is that they’re going hard for another spheroid slinger. My mock does not reflect it, but I hope they shock the world, make the sound football decision and take Tunsil.

 

Round 1 Pos Rank
PICK TEAM Player Pos. School Year Weight
   
1 LA from Tenn *Jared Goff QB 1 California Jr 215
2 Philadelphia from Cleveland Carson Wentz QB 2 North Dakota State Sr 237
3 San Diego *Laremy Tunsil OT 1 Ole Miss Jr 310
4 Dallas *Jalen Ramsey FS 1 Florida State Jr 209
5 Jacksonville *Joey Bosa DE 1 Ohio State Jr 269
6 Baltimore DeForest Buckner DE 2 Oregon Sr 291
7 San Francisco *Myles Jack OLB 1 UCLA Jr 245
8 Cleveland from Philadelphia and Miami *Vernon Hargreaves III CB 1 Florida Jr 204
9 Tampa Bay *Ronnie Stanley OT 2 Notre Dame rJr 312
10 New York Giants *Leonard Floyd OLB 3 Georgia rJr 244
11 Chicago *Ezekiel Elliott RB 1 Ohio State Jr 225
12 New Orleans *Jack Conklin OT 3 Michigan State rJr 308
13 Miami from Philadelphia *Shaq Lawson DE 3 Clemson rJr 269
14 Oakland *Laquon Treadwell WR 1 Ole Miss Jr 232
15 Tennessee from LA Ryan Kelly C 1 Alabama rSr 311
16 Detroit *Darron Lee OLB 2 Ohio State rSo 232
17 Atlanta Sheldon Rankins DT 1 Louisville Sr 299
18 Indianapolis Reggie Ragland ILB 1 Alabama Sr 247
19 Buffalo Taylor Decker OT 4 Ohio State Sr 310
20 New York Jets *Eli Apple CB 2 Ohio State rSo 199
21 Washington *A’Shawn Robinson DT 2 Alabama Jr 307
22 Houston *Corey Coleman WR 2 Baylor rJr 194
23 Minnesota *Andrew Billings DT 4 Baylor Jr 311
24 Cincinnati *Derrick Henry RB 2 Alabama Jr 247
25 Pittsburgh *Mackensie Alexander CB 3 Clemson rSo 190
26 Seattle Jarran Reed DT 3 Alabama Sr 307
27 Green Bay *Will Fuller WR 3 Notre Dame Jr 186
28 Kansas City William Jackson III CB 4 Houston Sr 189
29 Arizona Cody Whitehair OG 1 Kansas State rSr 301
30 Carolina Jason Spriggs OT 5 Indiana Sr 301
31 Denver *Robert Nkemdiche DT 5 Ole Miss Jr 294

 

NFL MOCK DRAFT 2016 V4.1

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