Pete’s Mock Draft: Picks sixteen through twenty

Peter Holland Jr./ Staff Writer

The NFL Draft is only four weeks away, and teams are attending pro days, and looking to bring in NFL prospects to their facilities and give them private workouts before making their official draft board. As we still in the middle of the first round pack, the five teams from number 16-20 could be crucial to them since these were the teams that were on the hunt last season in making the playoffs, but failed to execute. This draft could make a huge difference for these five NFL teams selecting in the mid-first round.

16. Detroit Lions (7-9) Corey Coleman Wide Receiver 5’11 185 Baylor University

The Lions took a huge blow during this off-season when their star wide receiver Calvin Johnson decided to retire after eight seasons with the struggling the team. Coleman may not wow lion’s fans with his size, however, his 4.41 speed he ran at his pro day, 40.5 inch. vertical and 129 inch. broad jump at the NFL combine makes up for the former All-American.  Coleman could possibly be one of the best deep threat receiver in this year’s draft. He may be undersize, but he plays big when he lines up outside. His incredible ball skills are at an elite NFL level and could make him the number one target for the Lions. With them being a pass happy team, Coleman would fit perfectly in their offensive scheme and could be rely upon for their starting quarterback Matthew Stafford.

17. Atlanta Falcons (8-8) Leonard Floyd Defensive End/Outside Linebacker 6’4 220 University of Georgia

Pass-rushers is must for the Falcons due to the fact that they finished last season with only 19 sacks, which is ranked dead last in the NFL. In comes pass rusher specialist Leonard Floyd from the Georgia Bulldogs. The reason I said pass rusher specialist is because he’s coming from a 3-4 scheme where he played outside linebacker. In his three seasons at UGA, he finished his career with 17 sacks and 182 total tackles. Floyd is a speedy pass rusher that can get off blocks and could get to the QB in less than six seconds. The Falcons might have a hard time deciding where to put the Atlanta native. Is he a defensive end or an outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense? Due to his 220-pound frame, I say he’s a true outside linebacker. Most likely, if he ends up with the Falcons, the coaches would probably put him in blitz packages and maybe line him up on the edge where he usually lines up back at UGA.

18. Indianapolis Colts (8-8) Taylor Decker Offensive Tackle 6’7 315 Ohio State University

Protecting Andrew Luck has always been an issue for the Colts. It won’t be surprising if the evaluators decide to draft the best offensive lineman available. Decker is a long and lengthy tackle that can’t be passed on. Decker, with a basketball background, has amazing footwork and low pad level when it comes to pass blocking. Most likely he might start off at right tackle while the coaches develop him to be a solid left tackle in the future.

19.Buffalo Bills (8-8) Shaq Lawson Defensive End 6’4 260 Clemson University

Look for the Bills’ front office to focus heavily on defense on this year’s draft. They could start with a defensive end now that former starter Mario Williams signed with the Miami Dolphins. Shaq Lawson is a beast at defensive end, and a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Having Lawson in a Bills uniform sounds like a Rex Ryan move knowing that he is a defensive minded head coach. If Lawson is available, look for the Bills to be on top of drafting the two time All-American.

20. New York Jets (10-6) Sheldon Rankins Defensive Lineman 6’2 287 University of Louisville

Speaking of defensive minded head coaches, the Jets’ Head Coach Todd Bowels might be looking to beef up his defensive line once again. With the team that was one game shy of clinching a playoff spot last season, the Jets could be one or two draft picks away of being a playoff contender again. Adding Rankins from Louisville could be another steal in this year’s draft. Not only that he fits their 3-4 scheme as a 3-technique defensive end, he is capable of lining up on the edge against any left tackle. He has incredible penetration when getting off blocks, and he is a disrupter when it comes to stopping the run. Look for the Jets to focus on the front seven, or get a quarterback.

1 Comment on "Pete’s Mock Draft: Picks sixteen through twenty"

  1. Coleman and Floyd wont be drafted in the 1st round

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