With the 2016 NFL Draft set to begin on Thursday night, there is one thing that you can count on. Expect the unexpected. Each and every year, the NFL Draft gurus put together their mock drafts, certain that they know what they are talking about. Heck, we do the same thing here at DSN.
Then, all of a sudden, a trade is made or a team selects a player that nobody expected, and just like that, every mock draft in the world is blown up.
So, here at DSN, we have already published our final mock drafts, now is a chance to get BOLD. Here are 5 Bold ‘Locally Flavored’ Predictions for the 2016 NFL Draft. Don’t worry, we tried to keep it Lions/Local friendly to keep your interest.
Oh, by the way, No. 5 may blow your mind!
Robert Nkemdiche will be on the board when the Lions select in Round 2
Pretty much every scout agrees that Robert Nkemdiche is one of the most talented players who will be available in the 2016 NFL Draft. That being said, his off the field issues are a red flag and NFL teams will have to think long and hard before selecting him.
I predict that teams will continue to pass on Nkemdiche and that he will be available when the Lions select in Round 2. The big question will be whether or not Bob Quinn is willing to roll the dice on a player with character issues.
Connor Cook will get drafted in Round 1
In my opinion, Connor Cook is not a 1st Round talent and will never be more than an average quarterback in the NFL. But, there is no position on a football team more important than the quarterback and very few teams around the league are satisfied with what they currently have.
Look for Cook to get drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 31st overall pick of the first round.
Jack Conklin will go #8 to the Browns
Ever since the Cleveland Browns traded down from No. 2 to No. 8 in the draft, there has been speculation that the guy they wanted all along would still be available. That player, in my opinion, is none other than Michigan State’s own Jack Conklin.
Though I think that Conklin will struggle to play left tackle in the NFL, he could be a solid right tackle for years to come but definitely not worth a top 10 pick.
7 players from the Big Ten will be selected in Round 1
By the time the 1st Round of the 2016 NFL Draft is in the books, there will have been seven players selected from the Big Ten. Of those seven players, five will be from Ohio State and two will be from Michigan State.
4th Overall – Ezekiel Elliott (OSU)
5th Overall – Joey Bosa (OSU)
8th Overall – Jack Conklin (MSU)
14th Overall – Eli Apple (OSU)
15th Overall – Taylor Decker (OSU)
17th Overall – Darron Lee (OSU)
31st Overall – Connor Cook (MSU)
The Lions will trade down in Round 1 and draft Ryan Kelly
The Detroit Lions currently hold the No. 16 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but by the time that pick rolls around, Bob Quinn will have traded down in the first round.
Specifically, I expect the Lions to trade down into the mid 20’s and then select the guy they wanted all along, center Ryan Kelly from the University of Alabama. The Lions had one of the worst centers in the NFL in 2015 in Travis Swanson, and Kelly would step right in and anchor and offensive line that has to be better in 2016 if the offense want to have success.