NFL Mock Draft 3.0: How Eagles-Browns trade affects the top 15

Cal quarterback Jared Goff is expected to be the top player off the board on Thursday night.

Another week, another major trade, another mock draft.

Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Rams gave up a haul of draft picks to move from No. 15 to No. 1. And today the Philadelphia Eagles have followed suit to move up to No. 2.

Here’s how we see the top 15 being affected after the second blockbuster pre-draft trade of the year:

1) Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff (QB, California) The Rams get the guy they reportedly have atop their draft boards—and bet a whack of future picks on.

2) Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz (QB, North Dakota State) Never mind the presence of Sam Bradford. The new Eagles brass move up to get their QB of the future, a guy with significant upside but who probably requires time to acclimate to the NFL considering the lower level of competition he played against at a non-FBS school.

3) San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey (CB/S, Florida State) The Chargers don’t seem to be in love with Laremy Tunsil, but could go instead with an athletic freak in the secondary who can be an immediate starter at either cornerback or safety. Some believe he’s the top player overall in this draft class.

4) Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa (DE, Ohio State) The Cowboys get a heralded pass rusher to beef up a unit that ranked in the bottom 10 in the league in sacks in 2015.

5) Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack (LB, UCLA) Just as they were in our first two mock drafts, the Jaguars are happy to stay at No. 5 to land Jack, who has as much upside as any prospect in this class—assuming his medical checks out.

6) Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil (OT, Ole Miss) It’s a big drop for Tunsil, but the Ravens would love this. They get the best offensive lineman in the draft to help extend Joe Flacco’s career.

7) San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner (DE, Oregon) With QBs going in the top two, the 49ers miss out on finding a Colin Kaepernick succession plan. But in this scenario Chip Kelly gets an Oregon guy with length and size to work in the trenches.

8) Cleveland Browns: Ronnie Stanley (OT, Notre Dame) The Browns have holes everywhere and are obviously looking to make multiple adds rather than trying to hit a home run at a marquee position. So they could grab Stanley here, which would free up a trade of Joe Thomas to continue their off-season-long house-cleaning.

9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves (CB, Florida) The Bucs add a starting-calibre player in the secondary, which allowed opposing teams to complete seven of 10 passes thrown in 2015—an NFL-worst number.

10) New York Giants: Leonard Floyd (LB, Georgia) As they did in our initial two mocks, the Giants add Floyd in order to provide speed at the second level of their defence and another third-down rusher to pair with Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul.

11) Chicago Bears: Jarran Reed (DT, Alabama) He’s a big front-line piece to bolster a defensive unit steadily improving under John Fox.

12) New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins (DT, Louisville) It’s no secret this team needs major upgrades on the defensive side of the ball, and Rankins gives them an impact rusher in the middle of their defence. Call it a good start.

13) Miami Dolphins: Ezekiel Elliott (RB, Ohio State) If this comes to pass, count the Dolphins as huge winners. Elliot gives them a top-notch runner and a dangerous receiver out of the backfield.

14) Oakland Raiders: Eli Apple (CB, Ohio State) It’s a run on Buckeyes! The Raiders have gotten much nastier on defence over the off-season, but they continue to upgrade by grabbing a potentially elite corner.

15) Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin (OT, Michigan State) The Titans love this scenario as they have legitimate options on defence (Eli Apple at corner for example), but they can address that later with all the Rams’ picks. Instead, they’ll focus on their original goal, which is to better protect Marcus Mariota. Landing a physical mauler who can start at right tackle in Conklin is a great way to start rebuilding the Titans’ organization.

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