NFL Betting: Early First Round Mock Draft For Non-Playoffs Teams

Jake Walker

Friday, January 15, 2016 1:29 AM GMT

In this article we make an early first round mock draft based on which players would help fill the biggest need for the team's that missed the playoffs and improve their NFL odds for next season.

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There will be changes in the coming months, or even next week, as some underclassmen usually make last-minute decisions and some teams haven't named their coaches.  

 

1. Tennessee Titans - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
The Titans allowed an NFL-worst 54 sacks, so they obviously need to do a better job protecting Marcus Mariota next season. The Titans might resign free agent right tackle Byron Bell, but Tunsil is a good choice to go No. 1.

 

2. Cleveland Browns - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Browns need a quarterback, as new head coach Hue Jackson wants the team to move on from Johnny Manziel because of his off-field antics but their new approach based on analytics suggest that will rahter play it safe and draft Joey Bosa, a versatile DE with strenght and quickness.

 

3. San Diego Chargers - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Right tackle Joe Barksdale will become a free agent and left tackle King Dunlap was average at best over the past three seasons, so drafting a young lineman with a huge upside makes sense for the Chargers.

 

4. Dallas Cowboys - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Wide receiver is not a position that the Cowboys have to address, but they won't waste the opportunity to add a player that can make an immediate impact. Laquon Treadwell could give this team another elite weapons on the outside along Dez Bryant. 

 

5. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
The Jaguars ranked 29th in the NFL in passing yards allowed last season and Jalen Ramsey is a versatile defensive back that has excelled at safety and cornerback.

 

6. Baltimore Ravens - Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
The Ravens might not need a left tackle because they have Eugene Monroe, but he has been injured constantly and Decker was dominant in his junior year and he has a lot of potential at left tackle.

 

7. San Francisco 49ers - Jared Goff, QB, California
Blaine Gabbert played well for the 49ers but their new head coach Chip Kelly might give Colin Kaepernick another or chance or prefer to draft Jared Goff, who seems to be one of the most NFL-ready prospects.

 

8. Miami Dolphins - Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
The Dolphins have to improve their defense and they should turn to Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland, who led the best defense in college football and has a winning mentality, which can help Miami beat the NFL odds.

 

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
The Buccaneers need to fix their secondary and Vernon Hargreaves III is one of the top cornerbacks available, even after his poor performance in the Citrus Bowl against Michigan.

 

10. New York Giants - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
The Giants have to address their defensive line, even if Jason Pierre-Paul returns, and DeForest Buckner is the likely the second-best pass rusher on the board after Joey Bossa. 

 

11. Chicago Bears - Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Myles Jack was a two-way star at UCLA, thriving at both linebacker and running back. Jack's elite athleticism is hard to find and drafting would ensure that the Bears will enjoy a dramatic upgrade at key positions. 

 

12. New Orleans Saints - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
The Saints struggled on defense last season, ranking 31st in the NFL in passing and rushing yards allowed, so they need a lot of help, and Shaq Lawson is a strong defense end that combines quickness and power. 

 

13. Philadelphia Eagles - Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
The Eagles ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and adding someone like Andrew Billings might not fix that right away but it's certainly a good start because he can play nose tackle.

 

14. Oakland Raiders - Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
Mackensie Alexander was one of the most dominant cornerbacks last season and his presence would be an upgrade over D.J. Hayden, who has struggled with injuries and irregular play during the first three years of his career.

 

15. Los Angeles Rams - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The Rams might be looking for a franchise quarterback because Nick Foles and Case Keenum struggled last season and they might turn to Carson Wentz, who returned from a wrist injury to lead North Dakota State to the FCS championship. Wentz displayed arm talent, accuracy, has size and athleticism. The level of competition that he faced might be a cause for concern but the skills are there.   

 

16. Detroit Lions - Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been sacked 89 times over the last two seasons, so this team certainly needs to improve their pass protection. Jack Conklin would improve Detroit's pass protection and help their ground game, which ranked last in the league with just 1,335 rushing yards.  

 

17. Atlanta Falcons - Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama
The Atlanta front seven ranked last in the NFL with just 19 sacks, so an interior pass-rusher like Jarran Reed might help this team. Reed was moved around the defensive line at Alabama,  so it's a fact that he is a versatile player.

 

18. Indianapolis Colts - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Ezekiel Elliott is the best available player at running back, one of the areas of weakness for the Colts. Elliot would also help Andrew Luck as an additional weapon for the passing game, which could make this team is a solid NFL pick next year. 

 

19. Buffalo Bills - Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
Robert Nkemdiche's off-field issues after his arrest for marijuana possession before the Sugar Bowl have hurt his draft stock but his versatility on defense would appeal to Rex Ryan.  

 

20. New York Jets - Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
The Jets managed 39 sacks last season and linebacker Leonard Floyd can help the team's pass-rush, especially because he has already played on a 3-4 scheme at Georgia.