Acme Packing Company is conducting our third annual writer mock draft, and this morning marks the beginning of said mock, which we will release over the course of this week. The rules were simple: seven authors were assigned four or five teams apiece, and made the picks for each of those teams whenever they came up. We will pick the first three rounds of the draft.
Earning the honor of making the Green Bay Packers' selections was APC's Jon Barnett, though we will have to wait a few days to see where he goes with Ted Thompson's first-rounder.
Without further ado, here are the first two selections in APC's 2016 Mock Draft.
Round 1, Pick 1: Tennessee Titans select Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
Mike Vieth got the honor of drawing the Titans for the mock draft. Here is his discussion of his pick:
Picking Laremy Tunsil number one isn't as cut and dry as it might seem. The Titans have so many holes to patch that the best scenario would be to trade down and acquire as many picks as possible. Without a clear cut superstar in this draft, I doubt anyone pays to move up to the first overall pick. That left me to choose between Tunsil and S/CB Jalen Ramsey from Florida State. Ramsey would be a significant upgrade in one of the worst secondaries in the league but, at the end of the day, the Titans need to protect the face of the franchise, Marcus Mariota.
Tunsil would bring another potential good, young blocker to their offensive line. Tunsil will join Taylor Lewan, Chance Womack, and recently signed Ben Jones to solidify the front five. That group will have it's work cut out for them as the Titans gave up the most sacks in the league last year. Titans fans might be leary of taking an offensive lineman number one with the recent bust status of the last left tackle drafted number one, Kansas City's Eric Fisher, but they need to keep Mariota from taking too many hits and getting injured again. It's worth the risk.
Round 1, Pick 2: Cleveland Browns select Jared Goff, QB, California
APC's Tex Western is serving as the Browns' front office for the mock, and has the following to say about this selection:
Sure, Cleveland has tried and failed on two first-round quarterbacks in the past four drafts. Sure, they're now run by that guy who was portrayed by Jonah Hill in "Moneyball." Sure, there are some great talents available in the draft this year at other positions. None of that will matter if the Browns think there is a franchise quarterback in the draft - if that's the case, they're taking him.
Signing Robert Griffin III is a stop-gap at best, but one that allows them a little bit of time with their new quarterback. I believe that the Browns will sell themselves on Goff as the guy to turn the franchise around, narrowly giving him an edge over NDSU's Carson Wentz. Goff has the physical tools, the competition level in college, and the intelligence to be a top-flight quarterback in this league, and Hue Jackson will likely be pleased having a player to build around.
The Browns could in theory take a defensive player and wait for Connor Cook or Christian Hackenberg on day two of the draft, but Goff is a significantly better prospect than either of those two. With the top pick in the second round, they can easily address another need with a good player instead of missing out on one of the top QBs.
Stay tuned for the next four picks, which will be announced later today.