Welcome to NFL Mock Draft Tuesday. You did not know it was Mock Draft Tuesday? Well, actually, neither did I. Turns out, there are a bunch of different mock drafts that were released in the last couple of days, so we are going to spend some time today taking a look at them.
The first mock draft that we will analyze today is the latest from SB Nation's Dan Kadar. Kadar updates his projections every week, taking a new look at what could happen in the first round of the NFL Draft. In this week's 2016 NFL Mock Draft, Kadar took into account some trades that he thinks could work this year.
This mock draft starts with the first five picks being fairly straight forward, with the number one overall pick being used by the Tennessee Titans to select Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, followed by the Cleveland Browns picking Cal quarterback Jared Goff and the San Diego Chargers selecting Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The Dallas Cowboys then pick Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa with the fourth overall selection, and the Jacksonville Jaguars using the fifth pick on UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.
Kadar's first trade then comes at the sixth overall pick, where the Los Angeles Rams move up to grab North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, swapping picks with the Baltimore Ravens, who move back tot he 15th overall spot.
The second trade comes with the Miami Dolphins moving back from the 13th position, a position that was already involved in a trade, when the Dolphins moved back from the 8th position, swapping first round picks with the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Philadelphia cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso. In Kadar's projection, he has the New York Jets jumping up to the 13th position to select Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.
Of course, this trade is a little hard to see happening, as it would give the Jets, Miami's AFC East division rivals, a better pick and, potentially, a franchise quarterback. However, the idea of falling back even more in the Draft, picking up extra selections later in the process, is one Miami should be considering.
The Dolphins, after the trade, use the 20th overall selection to pick Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander, a player often mocked to the Dolphins in the 13th spot. That could mean Miami drops back, adds extra picks, and still comes away with the player they wanted. About the pick, Kadar writes:
Dropping down this far after originally having the eighth overall pick is a risk for the Dolphins, but they can score with the depth of the cornerback class this year. Alexander is a high-upside corner with impressive football IQ. The Dolphins could slide back in the draft, acquire an extra pick or two, and still find a starting secondary player like Alexander at this point.
Alexander is a safe pick for the Dolphins. Even with the move back to the 20th overall selection, there are a couple of other players who could garner consideration over Alexander, including offensive tackle Jack Conklin from Michigan State (26th to the Seattle Seahawks) and defensive end Shaq Lawson from Clemson (29th to the Cleveland Browns in the third trade of the first round).