2016 NFL Draft simulation, taking Jalen Ramsey first

Sep 13, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (5) steps up to the line during the game against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (5) steps up to the line during the game against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports /

The Tennessee Titans have a huge draft coming up, and there have been more than a fair share of 2016 NFL Mock Drafts come out in the last few weeks. While many of them address the Titans first round pick, rarely do we get a second round pick or more.

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On top of that, you don’t know if the mock draft makers are deliberately letting some players fall to teams they want to talk about rather than guessing what actually may happen. Well, that is where Fanspeak comes in.

For those of you that don’t know, Fanspeak has a draft simulator full with trade possibilities both up and down. However, for this exercise I won’t include any of those because I don’t want to get too complicated.

A huge benefit of this is that it forces the computer to pick the other 30 picks in the first round based off of need and value for those teams. So, this is an unbiased look at what the Titans could actually get in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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  • Preface

    I have already shown how the Titans can draft Laremy Tunsil and find some really good options at defensive back in the later rounds. That was without trades, but now I believe that there is a chance with someone as open minded as Jon Robinson, the Titans could move down and then also back up.

    Meaning, that if they trade down with someone they can wait until players like Laremy Tunsil, Myles Jack, Jared Goff, and/or Carson Wentz are taken before they move back up to grab Jalen Ramsey.

    So, lets look at how the Titans could manage this.

    1st round, pick 4: Jalen Ramsey CB/S, FSU

    So, I started by trading down to seven and grabbing picks in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds. I then used the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round picks I got from the San Francisco 49ers to trade back up with the Dallas Cowboys, grabbing their 4th overall pick and their 3rd round pick. So, I ultimately traded down to grab an extra 3rd round pick.

    I’m not sure where Ramsey will play on this defense yet, that will be determined by the rest of the 2016 NFL Draft.

    2nd round: Vernon Hargreaves III CB, Florida

    Well that didn’t take long. For some reason the 8th ranked player on the composite draft board ended up falling to the second round. While I was ready to pull the trigger on Jack Conklin who fell to the second round, he was taken by the Cleveland Browns with the 32nd pick.

    I have no idea how I grabbed the best pure cornerback in this draft class with the 34th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft but this would be a franchise changing move. Now the Titans can play Jalen Ramsey as the roving free safety and use Hargreaves at cornerback.

    3rd round: Tyler Boyd WR, Pitt

    The Tennessee Titans need an outside receiver who can run consistent routes for Marcus Mariota and who is find getting a large volume of touches over the middle. If Boyd falls to the third round then the Titans have to jump on him.

    He is 6’1″ 200 lb. with a great catch radius, and he has the chance to be the ultimate “#2” wide receiver in an offense. With DGB on the outside providing the big shot opportunity, Boyd on the other side defining consistency, Kendall Wright in the slot providing some explosion, and Delanie Walker being one of the best tight ends in the league, the Tennessee Titans offense just got a lot better.

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    3rd round pick (the bonus pick from the Cowboys): Robert Nkemdiche DL, Ole Miss

    Fanspeak says that he will fall to the third round and with this bonus pick from the trade we were more than happy to make, the Titans take a chance on one of the biggest boom or bust players in this draft and solidify their defensive line.

    I believe that Nkemdiche can play nose tackle, 3-4 defensive end, 1-tech in a 4-3, and even some defensive end in a 4-3 sub package. If the Titans want him to slowly work his way into the lineup, they can rotate him between RDE and NT in this system behind veterans.

    The Titans front three plus edge rushers now looks like this:

    ROLB: Derrick Morgan

    RDE:  DaQuan Jones/Robert Nkemdiche

    NT: Al Woods/Robert Nkemdiche

    LDE: Jurrell Casey

    LOLB: Brian Orakpo

    4th round pick: Austin Hooper TE, Stanford

    While the Tennessee Titans are looking at the tight end from UCLA right now, but they never expected Austin Hooper to fall to the 4th round in the NFL Draft. I have to assume that if he is there that an old tight end like Mike Mularkey will pound the table for him, and rightfully so.

    Hooper is the perfect tight end for this offense that will seemingly be much more run heavy in 2016. He can make great contested catches and he can be a great second tight end abusing corners and linebackers in coverage when the attention is shifted elsewhere.

    5th round pick: Jonathan Williams RB, Arkansas

    I won’t go into the special teams-type players I took after this, because I am already almost a reasonable limit of words now. However, this one had to be mentioned.

    Williams was poised to be a top-50 player heading into his final year in Arkansas, but an injury forced him to miss the season. From a pure talent perspective this is an absolute steal. Williams can come in and be the third running back on this team next year and try to touch the ball around 100 times.

    With DeMarco Murray leading the way and David Cobb or Dexter McCluster behind him, Williams can get healthy and learn and next year they can take some of the load off of Murray if they are worried about him breaking down. If Murray is disappointing all together then Williams even has the chance to be the bell-cow running back heading into his second year.