Welcome to the Armchair All-Americans collaborative mock draft. Each NFL writer was assigned an NFL team to study and determine how best to help their team in the NFL draft. We held our own live draft and here are the results.

  1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, Cal

The Rams made a huge gamble, trading the farm for the number one overall pick. The Rams have a promising young team, behind Aaron Donald and a dominant defensive line and Offensive Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley. The Rams need a quarterback, and the most pro ready quarterback in the draft is California kid Jared Goff. Goff has great accuracy on the deep ball, with fantastic pocket mobility. As far as pro comparisons, think of Matt Ryan if he develops right. By taking Goff, the Rams could be finding the franchise quarterback they so desperately need. –Dee Candellaria

2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota

Although the Eagles spent over $20 million this offseason to sign quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, they clearly do not view either as the long-term answer at the position, as they traded a ransom of draft picks to the Browns for the ability to select whichever quarterback the Rams do not. I do believe the Eagles prefer Carson Wentz to Jared Goff, so they will likely be pleased when the Rams choose Goff and they can get the quarterback they believe can be their franchise leader. –Ryan Raigrodski

3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

Although San Diego needs help on the offensive line protecting their franchise quarterback, San Diego needs even more help filling the hole in the secondary Eric Weddle left. Ramsey is simply one of the best athletes in the draft playing anywhere in the secondary and he has the athleticism to develop into a solid NFL defensive back. Standing at 6’1’’ and weighing 200 pounds, Ramsey will be the perfect addition to San Diego’s defense, helping Jason Verrett dominate the secondary. –Sebastian Orellanda

4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DL, Ohio State

Bosa! Bosa! Bosa! What’s that you hear? It’s the sound of Cowboys fans rejoicing, as their team doesn’t reach on a secondary player or a mediocre quarterback. For whatever reason, Wentz and Goff have rocketed up draft boards while a guy like Joey Bosa has slipped a little. Just a few months ago, he might’ve gone No. 1. Now, the Cowboys get him at No. 4: a 6’5″, 269 pound woolly mammoth of a man destined to have a long career in the NFL. He’s not the replacement for Romo. He’s not going to make up for Claiborne and others. Instead, Joey Bosa will be a 12 year vet for Dallas, wreaking havoc on Wentz-led Eagles and others for years to come. Oh, I hear it again… Bosa! –Mac Gushanas

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Wow wow we wow, can you cay “defensive upgrade?” Last season, Jacksonville saw some of the best offensive numbers since the days of Jimmy Smith and Fred Taylor, and it quickly became evident that GM Dave Caldwell was just a few pieces away from finally finishing his masterpiece of a rebuild. The addition of Myles Jack, paired with the debut of Dante Fowler Jr. (who will also be looking to prove himself after an ACL tear robbed him of his rookie season) to a newly restructured defense featuring lots fresh faces hot off of the free agent market, sets up for what could possibly be a well-rounded, competitive Jaguars football team in 2016. The AFC South is going to be a wild ride this year, y’all. -Evan Ertel

6. Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

This pick lines up perfectly for the Ravens, as offensive tackle is a huge need and Tunsil is the best player remaining. Although there has been talk of Tunsil slipping down draft boards, the Ole Miss product’s physical tools make him impossible to overlook for Baltimore. With Jalen Ramsey already taken at number three, this is a no brainer. –Parker Say

7. San Fransisco 49ers: Vernon Hargreaves III, DB, Florida

The ideal situation for the 49ers would be trading down a couple spots to collect a couple later draft assets as Hargreaves would still be available. Even if he wasn’t, Eli Apple would be on the board and the 49ers are in massive need of corner backs. He was an elite cornerback in the SEC who went up against the best the SEC had to offer. He was a superstar and consistently took on one-on-one challenges allowing his teammates to worry about everyone else on the field. He was one of the major reasons why Florida’s defense was so strong. He has the potential to be a Pro Bowl cornerback with his great hands and outstanding footwork.-Trevor Goldstein

8. Cleveland Browns: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

The Browns new front office, led by Paul DePodesta, and new head coach Hue Jackson are one for one on major moves. Their decision to trade down from the No. 2 spot was brilliant. They retained a high draft pick in the 2016 draft and were able to grab a boatload of future picks, which will be necessary, as the Browns rebuild will require much more than just a solid quarterback. Their second big decision comes here. The temptation to take Ezekiel Elliott would be massive in this scenario, given that the section of their fan base that cares as much or more about Ohio State would rush to the team store to buy jerseys. However, history tells us that taking running backs this early is a losing proposition. Buckner is the best player on the board and he’ll be a massive step towards repairing the 30th ranked run defense in the NFL. –Coleman Cox

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Tampa Bay’s greatest need is edge rushers, and they don’t come much more NFL-ready than 6’3″, 275 pound Lawson. He is the best player on the board, but also one of the best players in the draft. Lawson had 12.5 sacks in 15 games last season and the Bucs finished just 14th in team sacks last season even though they were second overall in total tackles. Lawson doesn’t have great length, but he makes up for it in explosiveness off the line, and his ability to find and bring down the quarterback in the pocket is second to none. Many of the snaps that Lawson got were against teams in the ACC running pro-style offenses, and this adds up to valuable experience that will help Lawson contribute immediately to the team. –Joseph Patton

10. New York Giants: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

The G-Men cannot afford to have Marshall Newhouse starting at tackle for them this year, given Eli Manning’s shall we say, mobility challenges. Ronnie Stanley is the number two OT in the draft behind Laremy Tunsil. It’s a toss up whether the Giants go for Stanley or for Michigan State product Jack Conklin, but if either one of them is still on the board at pick No. 10, the Giants have to go offensive tackle. If both are on the board, like they are here, the smart money is to go with the quicker Stanley. –Ross Mulkerrin

11. Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia

DAHHH Bears(22nd in total team sacks last season) need a pass rusher, and Leonard Floyd fits the bill perfectly. He can find his way in between tackles or around the outside and this makes him a valuable talent in any defense. Floyd was listed at just 6’4″, 220 pounds before last season at Georgia, but he is incredibly quick, recording a 4.60 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. His height and weight recorded just before that 4.6 were measured as 6’5″, 244 pounds, meaning that he is working on making his body ready for the rigors of being an NFL linebacker. Floyd’s 4.5 sacks and 74 total tackles last season in 13 games against NFL talent is just the type of young talent Chicago is looking for. –Joseph Patton

12. New Orleans Saints: A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

The Saints have had a fantastic passing attack for years thanks to Drew Brees, but have not had the superstar defense to back it up. Last year, the Saints finished 31st in rushing defense. That does not equate to success. A’Shawn Robinson is the kind of space-eating defensive tackle this draft is full of. At Alabama, he helped create a fearsome front seven that no team wanted to run against. He possesses pure power, the kind that finesse guards won’t be to handle. Robinson would be a day one starter in New Orleans. –Andrew Stephens

13. Miami Dolphins: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

With no clear number one running back on the roster and no offensive line help available at this point in the draft, the Dolphins will make the fan base happy and draft a new face of the franchise. Adding Elliot to an already stacked stable of skill position players with Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills, will certainly give Tannehill and the offense a nice boost. Elliot is the type of player who can do it all and will be a true steal for Miami at 13. Bottomline is that Elliot is really the only possible pick if he’s available at 13 and is a game changing player who can help finally get this franchise out of the mediocrity that has plagued them since Dan Marino’s retirement. –Daniel Fredella

14. Oakland Raiders: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

In today’s sub-package NFL, you need linebackers who can cover. Darron Lee is an explosive athlete. Despite being 6’1,” 230 pounds, Lee ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the Combine. He also had a vertical leap of 35.5 inches and a 11’1″ broad jump. His ability to pursue sideline to sideline will really help an Oakland team with a big need at linebacker. This is especially true if Oakland continues to shift to a 3-4 defense, where Lee can play inside with Malcolm Smith while Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin attack off the edges. –Grant Baker

15. Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

The Titans are coming into this draft looking to build an offense around the young Marcus Mariota. Before they upgrade their current cast of skill players, they need to build a wall around Mariota. They will follow the Patriots model when they decided to build their offense around Tom Brady. In order to do this, the Titans need to take the best available Left Tackle at this point in the draft. Jack Conklin is the most pro-ready tackle at this point in the draft. –Jacob Walker

16. Detroit Lions: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State

With the 16th pick in the 2016 NFL draft the Detroit Lions select… Chris Jones, Defensive Tackle out of Mississippi State University. With the exiting of Ndamukong Suh, the Lions needed a presence upfront.  Although they also have needs along the offensive line the talent on the board at Tackle is not worthy of a first round pick. Jones shows great power in his hands and upper body and can battle through wash-down blocks. By watching tape on this kid our experts began to notice the “sneaky lateral foot movement” which came from his high school basketball career. Jones fills the gap that the Lions thought they had wrapped up for years to come. –Aaron Socha

17. Atlanta Falcons: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

With an already potent offensive attack led by Davonta Freeman and Julio Jones, Atlanta will look to solidify their defense. Ragland is an experienced leader who will step right in and contribute from day one. Pairing him with the newly-acquired Courtney Upshaw (another Alabama product) should give the Falcons a better chance at slowing down the Panthers’ and Saints’ juggernaut offenses. –Patrick Steen

18. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

Andrew Luck has taken the most hits of any QB over the last four seasons, and that’s despite missing nine games last year. Protecting Luck has got to be the Colts’ biggest priority and that starts with getting a right tackle. Taylor Decker can come in and start at right tackle immediately and would create a solid bookend on that line across from Anthony Castonzo. –David Howman

19. Buffalo Bills: Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama

The Bills have the pieces to be a playoff team in 2016. With New England facing Deflategate fallout, Miami rebuilding, and the Jets quarterback uncertainty, this could be the year for the Bills. Buffalo needs help along their defensive line, and this draft is a good way to get help there. Jarran Reed is fantastic against the run with great hand usage. I think he’s underrated against the pass, and I see a lot of Michael Brockers in his game. Reed is also a very smart football player, and I think he can learn and understand Rex Ryan’s schemes. –Joe Stephens

20. New York Jets: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

The Jets have built a team that can contend for a playoff berth, now they need a quarterback to lead them. Ryan Fitzpatrick is 33 years old, and refusing to accept the Jets contact offer. By drafting Lynch, the Jets get their quarterback of the future and gain tremendous leverage over Fitzpatrick. Lynch has tremendous measurables, but still possesses good mobility. He has elite arm strength as well, but he played in a spread “pick and stick” system at Memphis. By resigning Fitzpatrick and drafting Lynch, the Jets can let Fitzpatrick lead the team for a year or two while Lynch learns, then can let Lynch take the reigns. –Grant Baker

21. Washington Redskins: Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville

While most defensive tackles focus on stopping the run, Sheldon Rankins gets after the quarterback. Rankins possesses great power, allowing him to bullrush. Despite being 300 pounds, Rankins has quick feet and powerful hands, allowing him to pulverize finnesse blockers. Rankins is also very instinctive, showing the ability to sniff out screens and diagnose plays. –Grant Baker

22. Houston Texans: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

With the Texans lacking a consistent second option to DeAndre Hopkins, they take TCU WR Josh Doctson. Doctson will help them get a good amount of one-on-one deep balls while the safety is worried about Hopkins on the other side. Doctson can also go up and get just about any jump ball in the endzone and can help finish off drives for TD’s. –Tyler King

23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Despite the brutal end to its season, Minnesota proved in 2015 that it deserves a spot among the league’s best teams. Of the few holes on this roster, receiver is easily the most glaring. In an ideal scenario, the Vikings are able to keep TCU’s Josh Doctson in purple and line him up out wide with Stefon Diggs playing in the slot. However, Treadwell is not a bad consolation prize. He is listed at 6’3″ (an inch shorter than Doctson) but about 20 lbs. heavier and could have an immediate impact on a team that may be just one playmaker away from an outside shot at a Super Bowl. –Spencer Barnes

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

The Bengals have lost a lot this year in free agency at the wide reciever position with Marvin Jones going to Detroit and Sanu heading to Atlanta. Cincinnati will need to give Dalton some speed to work with and I believe Coleman can be the man to fill that void. With A.J Green attracting each teams number one corner, Coleman has the speed and route running capabilities to trouble just about any team’s number two corner. Josh Doctson would be Cincinnati’s first option here, however I am sure they will gladly settle for Coleman. –John Phillip Morrone

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, DB, Ohio State

For the last few years, the Steelers have had an obvious weak spot, the defensive backfield. The last defensive back to be taken by Pittsburgh in the first round was Troy Polamalu in 2003. It’s finally time to invest in the secondary again, and Eli Apple is that guy. The only other blaring need for the Steelers in on the defensive line which is a position they should look to draft on Day 2. –Matt Martin

26. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

Ryan Kelly has shown to be one of the most dependable and intelligent centers in the college game over the last four years. Although the Seahawks are not in need of a center, Kelly possesses the talent to move anywhere on the offensive line where a hole may be prevalent. Specifically, Kelly will look to be slotted in the right guard position. After the loss of J.R. Sweezy and Russell Okung to free agency, the Seahawks will have a nice young man to fill in the slot and open up running lanes for Thomas Rawls in the upcoming seasons. –Hudson Morris

27. Green Bay Packers: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

The Packers will look to replace the hole left by the sudden retirement of DT BJ Raji. Standing at 6’4″ and weighing 321 pounds, Butler is exactly what Green Bay needs to sure up the middle of their defense. Look for the Packers to address offensive line issues and get an inside linebacker as the draft continues. –Daniel Fradella

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Mackenzie Alexander, CB, Clemson

The departure of corner back Sean Smith to Oakland leaves a glaring whole in Kansas City’s defense at the corner position opposite of Marcus Peters. Alexander is an easy replacement of Smith. He is an above average athlete with a long wingspan. He has future lockdown corner written all over him and he even possesses great ball skills as well. He is such a playmaker on defense that he often forced offenses to plan around him. The Chiefs would be big winners if Alexander fell to pick number 29. –Pearce Miller

29. Arizona Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

The Cardinals don’t really have any holes, but their pass rush could always improve. Getting Chandler Jones helped a lot, and the Cards have about a million OLB’s who do nothing but rush the passer, but the only threatening defensive lineman right now is Calais Campbell. Adding Robert Nkemdiche to that line would give the Cardinals such a stout defense. Plus, the Cardinals have experience in taking troubled but talented players like Tyrann Mathieu, straightening them out, and reaping the rewards. –David Howman

30. Carolina Panthers: Artie Burns, DB, Miami (FL)

The sudden departure of All-Pro CB Josh Norman leaves a void in the secondary for the reigning NFC Champions. Burns is a player who should be able to contribute from the get-go. Considering the current two starting CBs are Robert McClain and Bene Benwikere, snagging Burns seems like a pick based on both need and talent. –Patrick Steen

31. Denver Broncos: Germain Ifedi, OL, Texas A&M

Kevin Dodd is the best player available here, and John Elway’s time as GM has been marked by consistency and patience and a commitment to taking the best player available in the draft, regardless of team need. However, at a certain point, a team can only play so many pass rushers. With a talented rotation of at least four dominant pass rushers already splitting time for the Broncos, Elway will not waste his first round pick on another pass rusher, and go for team need. Ifedi is incredibly versatile and can fill an immediate hole playing guard. Ifedi also provides depth at tackle should there be any injuries, much like last year’s second round pick, Ty Sambrailo. Elway’s approach has served the Broncos well the last five years, but at some point you have to address the needs you have on the field. –Ross Mulkerrin

There you have it! Should there be no draft day trades of first round picks, this is guaranteed to be exactly how the first round plays out. Special thanks to Armchair draft guru Grant Baker for watching an insane amount of game film and helping the rest of us make the best informed choices we could.


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