TGS pre-Combine mock draft, part 1

The NFL draft is only — only? — nine weeks away. Here, ladies and gentleman, is exactly what will happen on April 28, 2016.

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1. Tennessee Titans: Oregon DE DeForest Buckner — I just don’t think Tennessee needs to use another top pick on an offensive tackle and instead needs to add a game-changer on defense. If they don’t think Buckner can shine as a 4-3 end, they could also take Joey Bosa or make a deal.

2. Cleveland Browns: Cal QB Jared Goff — I just think Goff is more prepared to excel early than Carson Wentz, which is probably something that will tempt the panicky Browns.

3. San Diego Chargers: Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil — I think the Chargers would gamble here on getting a defensive player with their next pick in a draft filled with great front-seven defenders. Instead, they can shore up that mess of an offensive line with arguably the best player in this class.

4. Dallas Cowboys: North Dakota St. QB Carson Wentz — This is probably going to be a popular potential trade-up spot. But if the Cowboys stick, it might be time to finally pull the trigger on Tony Romo’s likely successor.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey — It’s time to bring in a defensive playmaker.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Ohio State DE Joey Bosa — The stud pass-rusher was tailor-made to play in Baltimore.

7. San Francisco 49ers: UCLA LB Myles Jack — Paxton Lynch would be a temptation here for the quarterback-needy 49ers, but I think they’ll wait and go with the clear top player available on D.

8. Miami Dolphins: Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith — He’s obviously coming back from a major injury, but the Dolphins have the depth to give Smith some time.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves — Just keep building up that defense with best players available, man. With the top pass-rushing options gone, Hargreaves makes the most sense here.

10. New York Giants: Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott — New York needs to keep adding support for Eli Manning, and that running game just hasn’t been very good in a long time.

11. Chicago Bears: Georgia LB Leonard Floyd — Could be a long-term leader for a defense that has lacked that in recent years. Reggie Ragland makes a lot of sense too, but Floyd may have more playmaking potential.

12. New Orleans Saints: Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson — New Orleans has to be thinking best defensive player available unless that player is a safety.

13. Philadelphia Eagles: Memphis QB Paxton Lynch — Let the quarterback competition begin.

14. Oakland Raiders: Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander — With Charles Woodson gone and nobody else standing out in the secondary, this makes too much sense.

15. Los Angeles Rams: Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell — I’m gambling that they find their quarterback before this and have shifted their attention to adding weapons.

16. Detroit Lions: Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley — Good value here, and a chance to give Matthew Stafford some much-needed support while moving Riley Reiff out of the left tackle spot ASAP.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.