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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Jared Goff goes from Golden Bears to Chicago Bears
By Dane Brugler | NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst
September 28, 2015 11:19 am ET
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is under contract through the year 2020, but priority No. 1 this off-season for the franchise should be to find a way out of the deal. And if that happens, it will open the door for Chicago to go after a quarterback in the draft. The Bears, who are currently winless at 0-3, appear headed for a top-five draft pick, putting them in the Jared Goff mix.
Team needs will change, the draft order won't end up this way and the prospects below will help and hurt themselves throughout the 2015 season. But if the draft was held tomorrow, here's how it might play out:
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Buccaneers invested heavily on the offensive side in last year's draft, but that theme should switch to defense in the 2016 class. Bosa isn't the quick-twitch edge rusher that most teams covet, but he is more well-rounded than most 20-year olds with a great blend of power, quickness and smarts.
2. Chicago Bears -- Jared Goff, QB, California
The Bears are currently locked into a long-term deal with Jay Cutler, but if they're able to find a way out of that contract, Goff should be priority number one in the draft. The Cal passer might not have elite physical tools, but he's off-the-charts above the neck.
Is Jared Goff the answer at QB for Chicago? (USATSI)
Is Jared Goff the answer at QB for Chicago? (USATSI)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi
The Jaguars' coaching staff and front office value versatility on the defensive line and Nkemdiche offers just that with his athletic ability to line up inside as a three technique or outside at end. He isn't yet a polished product, but his potential is enticing.
4. New Orleans Saints -- Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
The Saints have scored 19+ points in each of the first three games, but the defense is averaging 28 points to opponents this season. New Orleans has invested in the secondary via free agency and the draft, but there are still holes that need filled.
5. Cleveland Browns -- Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
The No. 1 goal in Cleveland is to get the quarterback position figured out because the front office knows the organization won't win without a winner under center. Is Cook the answer? Maybe. His skill-set reminds scouts of a mix of Carson Palmer and Ryan Tannehill.
6. Washington Redskins -- Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
The Redskins are definitely a team in the market for a quarterback, but with Goff and Cook off the board in this scenario, Washington's focus turns to landing the most impactful player available. Smith is a twitchy athlete who can do it all and affect the game more than most traditional linebackers.
7. Oakland Raiders -- Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
Oakland has some momentum as a team on the rise and a big reason for that is the promise of recent first round picks Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. Can the Raiders nail the first round three straight years? Tunsil is a plug-and-play left tackle with tremendous body control for a player his size.
8. Tennessee Titans -- Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Time will tell if rookie Jeremiah Poutasi is the long-term answer at right tackle, but he is ideally-suited inside at guard. Stanley needs some mechanical work, but he is a dancing bear with excellent athleticism for his size.
9. San Francisco 49ers -- Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
The San Francisco roster has been weakened the last few seasons, especially on defense. It will be tough for any player to replace the impact Aldon Smith made for the 49ers, but Floyd has similar athleticism off the edge to threaten the pocket.
10. Houston Texans -- DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
With Goff and Cook off the board in this mock, would Bill O'Brien pull the trigger on Christian Hackenberg, his former quarterback at Penn State? It's possible, but assuming he doesn't, Buckner would give Houston a terrific bookend defensive end with J.J. Watt.
11. St. Louis Rams -- Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
The Rams currently have two former Florida Gators on the cornerback depth chart (Janoris Jenkins, Marcus Roberson) so why not one more? Hargreaves is a sticky cover man with the toughness to match up as a run defender and play above his measureables.
12. New York Giants -- Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Prince Amukamara is a free agent after the season and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has struggled to stay healthy for a full season so cornerback looks like a potential off-season need for the Giants. Fuller is still developing, but the raw traits are a great foundation.
13. Baltimore Ravens -- Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
The Ravens had almost 400 yards on offense this past weekend, but only 36 yards rushing as Baltimore continues to struggle on the ground. Elliott has rushed for 100+ rushing yards in nine straight games and has the skill-set to be an impact starter at the NFL level.
14. Minnesota Vikings -- Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
With Cordarrelle Patterson a non-factor on offense, the Vikings need to find that go-to weapon for Teddy Bridgewater. Treadwell won't be a target who consistently creates separation, but with his body control and ballskills, he doesn't need to – think of a less dynamic version of Dez Bryant.
15. Miami Dolphins -- Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
The Dolphins are currently using a committee at middle linebacker with Kelvin Sheppard and Zach Vigil, but Ragland, who plays the Dont'a Hightower role for Nick Saban, would give them a more permanent option.
16. New York Jets -- Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Jack was almost a lock to leave school early for the 2016 NFL Draft, but a knee injury that ends his 2015 season at UCLA puts his future in question. Nonetheless, if he declares and rehabs well, Jack still projects as a first round prospect.
17. San Diego Chargers -- Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
Arguably the best run defender at the college level, Clark is now the leader of the Bruins' defense with Myles Jack going down with an injury. He is a perfect fit for the Chargers three-man front rotation.
18. Detroit Lions -- Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
While Riley Rieff has one of the offensive tackle spots locked down for the Lions, the other side isn't nearly as secure. Conklin isn't a quick-twitch blocker, but he is a quick-thinker with the core strength that makes it impossible for rushers to go through him.
19. Buffalo Bills -- Su'a Cravens, LB/SS, USC
The Bills have one of the NFL's best defenses, especially in the front seven, but safety is a position that could use an upgrade. A player in the Kam Chancellor mold, Cravens does it all for the USC defense, lining up at linebacker, safety and even some snaps as a cornerback.
20. Philadelphia Eagles -- Jordan Jenkins, DE/OLB, Georgia
The Marcus Smith experiment hasn't worked in Philadelphia and Chip Kelly would love to add a dynamic pass rush threat to his defense. Jenkins isn't as explosive as his Leonard Floyd, but he has more of a power element and can wear different hats for the Eagles' defense.
21. Atlanta Falcons -- Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
While he's not on Aaron Donald's level, Day will be dinged during the draft process for similar reasons with his lack of height, length and growth potential for an interior player. But he has rare athleticism for the position and Dan Quinn can use him up front to create interior pressure.
22. Indianapolis Colts -- A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
The Colts need to get better and add depth in the trenches on both offense and defense. Robinson has played several roles in Nick Saban's multiple defensive front, making him an ideal fit for Indianapolis' scheme.
23. Kansas City Chiefs -- Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
With Eric Fisher struggling and Donald Stephenson eligible for free agency after the season, offensive tackle could be the top priority this off-season for the Chiefs. Decker's height can hinder him at times, but he moves well laterally with a balanced anchor to handle any type of rusher.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
The Steelers drafted two cornerbacks in the top four rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft, but Doran Grant has been cut already and Senquez Golson was shelved due to injury. White is a good-sized cornerback with the athleticism and toughness for the NFL.
25. Carolina Panthers -- Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
The Panthers have invested several high draft picks in recent years to upgrade the front-seven and that might continue in the 2016 class. Calhoun has steadily developed the last four seasons in East Lansing and would give Carolina another pass rusher for the rotation.
26. Cincinnati Bengals -- Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor
The Bengals had high hopes for Margus Hunt, but his development stalled once Mike Zimmer left for the Minnesota Vikings. Oakman has similar issues, but is already further along in his development than Hunt was at this stage of his career.
27. Seattle Seahawks -- Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
With Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette hitting free agency after the 2015 season, Michael Thomas would give the Seahawks a dependable X, Y and Z with Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and Thomas.
28. Denver Broncos -- Max Tuerk, OC, USC
NFL scouts seem split on Tuerk and his pro projection, but some see him as a top-40 player. And the Broncos' need at center is substantial enough that this wouldn't be a reach for that offense.
29. Dallas Cowboys -- Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
The Cowboys were ready to draft Ryan Shazier in the 2014 NFL Draft before he was drafted the pick before so Lee, who replaced Shazier at SAM linebacker for the Buckeyes, will likely be high on Dallas' draft board.
30. Arizona Cardinals -- Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
The Cardinals allowed former first round pick Dan Williams to leave via free agency last off-season, losing a key piece to the run defense. Billings would provide a legitimate replacement at the nose as a tough two-down run stuffer.
31. New England Patriots -- pick forfeited
32. Green Bay Packers -- Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
Opposing rushers are averaging 5.3 yards per carry against the Packers this season, which ranks near the bottom of the league. Washington is a stout run defender who has improved every season since he arrived in Columbus.
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I don't think that I agree with this call. I think that we will be quite happy with our DT's by the end of the year. They have been pretty solid thus far. I wouldn't be surprised if we look for another DE next year, however. Aside from DE, I think that our early picks will focus on OL, TE, and LB, unless we make moves in free agency to address those areas.
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