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2016 NFL Draft: Final Thoughts (Offense)

What are my final thoughts on the offensive prospects?

Josh Doctson. Tennessee Titan?
Josh Doctson. Tennessee Titan?
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- Cal's Jared Goff is the best quarterback prospect this year and it isn't close despite what other experts say. He has the best skill set to succeed over Carson Wentz.

- Speaking of Wentz, I'm not buying what he's selling. Some people have evoked the comparison to Joe Flacco due to the small school thing but not me. Yeah he has the physical talent but can he put it all together mentally at a much faster speed that is the NFL? The Senior Bowl was an encouraging sign but FCS is still FCS no matter how much parity has been spread out through the country.

- Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg has had a rough go of it as of late during the interview process. He has the best arm talent in this class. I worry about his future as the porous PSU OL likely has made him gunshy. Whichever team selects him needs to coach that David Carr syndrome out of him. Telling the truth of James Franklin's inadequacies as a coach to teams isn't a great look no matter how true it is (it's very true). Jay Cutler 2.0 (attitude issues included).

- I'm not buying Memphis QB Paxton Lynch's stock at all. He needs at least 2 years of coaching to get right in this league. Physically, he might be the most gifted but the mental aspect just isn't there.


- Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon. I'm a fan.

- Alabama's Derrick Henry. Is he Trent Richardson or contract year Mark Ingram? Sure he can bowl over and run over guys in college but in the NFL, it's whole another ball game. He runs far too upright for my tastes.

- If I were Jon Robinson and I just had to take a RB somewhere, I'd take a gander at Notre Dame's C.J. Prosise. He's basically what could've been D.J. Foster, except in reverse in terms of position changes.

- Ezekiel Elliott might be in for an interesting night as teams will go up and down the top 10 once the top two picks are out of the way. He's an excellent prospect and the best overall RB prospect I've seen since Adrian Peterson (the college version, obviously).

- Keep an eye out for Indiana via UAB RB Jordan Howard. He could be somebody to watch on Day 3.

- If I had to choose my favorite RB in this class right now, I'd go into the Pac-12 well and choose UCLA's Paul Perkins or Utah's Devontae Booker (the healthy version).


- TCU's Josh Doctson is the best overall receiver in the class and it isn't particularly close. It's a shame that he got injured really late in the year.

- I'm not a fan of either Baylor's Corey Coleman or Notre Dame's Will Fuller. Coleman looks the part of being just a system receiver (which I admit has been pretty adept at putting them into the league). Fuller is another Johnny come lately who blew away everyone at the Combine with his 40 time.

- While I admire Ole Miss Laquon Treadwell's toughness and character, the speed and athleticism just isn't there after the horrific injury he suffered at the end of 2014. He's still a first rounder though based on other attributes. Andre Johnson 2.0 perhaps?

- Ohio State's Michael Thomas = Martavis Bryant 2.0 (on the field wise).

- Big fan of both state of Oklahoma WRs Keyarris Garrett (Tulsa) and Sterling Shepard (OU). Garrett's speed isn't the greatest in the world but he can go up and get it. If Shepard was at least 2-3 inches taller, he'd be in the first round conversation. He dominated the Senior Bowl practices.

- An underdrafted receiver that might make a similar medium sized impact like KC's Chris Conley? None other than his former teammate in Malcolm Mitchell. He can also play in the secondary as well if receiver doesn't work out.

- A small school guy I've been tracking a lot is UMASS WR Tajae Sharpe.

- I hope the Titans draft/sign Illinois WR Geronimo Allison so we can make Geronimo puns all day.


- The tackle class is very top heavy and there isn't much depth behind the top five or so guys.

- Although Indiana's Jason Spriggs had an outstanding year and offseason process. I just don't get it.

- Yeah Texas Tech runs an Air Raid system but labelling Le'Raven Clark as just another system OT doesn't do justice to his talent. You can read over my previous mock drafts for my analysis of him.

- If I had to choose a tackle late to provide depth, I'd go with Ole Miss tackle Fahn Cooper. He played very well in place of Tunsil while he was suspended.

- It will be a very close two horse race between ND's Ronnie Stanley and Michigan State's Jack Conkin for being the second tackle off the board. Ohio State's Taylor Decker is lurking though.

- The guards that I like are Graham Glasgow (Michigan), Vadal Alexander (LSU), Sebastian Tretola (Arkansas), and Landon Turner (UNC)