Pete’s Mock Draft: Picks six through ten

Peter Holland Jr./ Staff Writer

With only six weeks until the 2016 NFL Draft, it’s only best to countdown the days by making a first round mock draft. Before spring break, I gave the first five overall and projected whom the team should pick. Now it’s time for numbers six through ten.

6. Baltimore Ravens (5-11) Ronnie Stanley Offensive Tackle Notre Dame 6’5 315

Injuries played a huge role in the Raven’s losing season, including their quarterback Joe Flacco. Stanley could be a steal for the Ravens, and their young offensive line unit. His main strength is run blocking and can put a pass rusher on their backs, then get to the next level to block the linebackers. If the Ravens pick Stanley, most likely they would start him at right tackle and develop him to be their left tackle in the future.

7. San Francisco 49ers (5-11) Jared Goff Quarterback University of California-Berkley 6’4 205

Yes, Colin Kaepernick is still on the 49ers roster. However, it is pretty clear that they are moving forward with the struggling QB. In comes Jared Goff from CAL. For starters he doesn’t have to leave the Northern California region since Cal-Berkley is not too far away.

Goff is a day one starter, and could fit in any NFL system. Despite his 9 inch hands, which is the smallest hands in this year’s quarterback class, his deep ball throws and excellent football makes up for his small hands. Look for first year Head Coach Chip Kelly build this team around Goff if the Niners pick him.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9) Laquan Treadwell Wide Receiver Ole Miss 6’3 216

The number eight pick was originally for the Miami Dolphins, but during free agency, both teams settled on a trade in which the Eagles sent cornerback Byron Maxwell and middle linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Dolphins in exchange of switching five spots in the first round of the draft.

So now the Dolphins currently hold the number 13 pick. As for the Eagles, this is basically a rebuild mode after they went on a release spree to the overpaid players that didn’t produce. The Eagles need more weapons for Sam Bradford, who received a two-year extension earlier this month.  

Treadwell has the whole package to be the Eagle’s deep threat. His great hands, dynamics skill set and size is everything the Eagles are looking for. He is worth trading up five spots.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) Noah Spence Defensive End Eastern Kentucky University 6’2 251

The Bucs have no pass rushers whatsoever, and drafting a defensive end makes more sense for Tampa Bay. Drafting Spence this high might be a reach due to his time playing in a small school like Eastern Kentucky, or the baggage he carried back at Ohio State University, where he was dismissed.

Yet, his production on the field still remains. With 63 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback hurries last season at EKU, not to mention one of the most talk about player by scouts after his showcase during the Senior Bowl, Spence could be one of the biggest steals this year.

10. New York Giants (6-10) Myles Jack Linebacker UCLA 6’1 225

Jack could arguably be the best all-around athlete in this year’s draft class, and something the Giants could use after resigning Jason Pierre-Paul and bringing Olivier Vernon from Miami during Free Agency to solve their pass rusher problem.

Now the next need is linebacker help, that’s where Jack comes in. Back at UCLA, he was everywhere on the field as a linebacker and running back. Last season was a down year for the former Bruin due to his season-ending knee injury he sustained earlier last season.

Good news is that whoever picks him, he will be ready for training camp this year. The Giants were one of the worst defenses in the NFL. It’s not surprising that the main focus is bringing in defensive players. Jack can play anywhere in the linebacker position because of his speed and instincts.

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