Acme Packing Company's 2016 mock draft continues on with picks five and six in round one, as we release the first-round picks 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.
Round 1, Pick 7: San Francisco 49ers select Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Doug Moore was chosen to represent San Francisco in our mock, and here's what he has to say about the new 49ers quarterback:
As of this writing, it's been reported that the Niners are ready to trade Colin Kaeparnick to the Broncos as soon as Colin agrees to a contract restructure.* With that being said, San Francisco would badly need a quarterback. Blaine Gabbert proved to be decent when he took over last season, but he is in no way the long-term (or even really the short-term for that matter) solution for them. Wentz is easily a top quarterback prospect in this draft if not THE top prospect at the position. He has a lot of great tools, such as ridiculous arm strength, terrific vision & decision making to go along with his prototypical size. He is definitely the type of talent that Chip Kelly would love to have at the quarterback position. This pick makes nearly too much sense if this Wentz is available when San Francisco is on the clock.
* Editor's note: here's the latest on that, as of Monday night. Even if Kaepernick ends up not restructuring his deal and stays in San Francisco, a long-term QB project is hardly out of the question.
Round 1, Pick 8: Philadelphia Eagles select Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
With the pick is Jake Hyman, a Philly native:
Rarely do first-year corners make an immediate impact at the professional level, that's why the Eagles pass on Vernon Hargreaves. Jason Peters also is a thing at left tackle and Philadelphia has a dependable right tackle in Lane Johnson-making Ronnie Stanley a luxury. Ezekiel Elliott could be the best player on the board, but he's also an instant starter at a position of need.
DeMarco Murray was one of the biggest busts in Philadelphia Eagles' history. Now, the birds can immediately plug in a replacement in the Ohio State tailback. Elliott rushed for two-straight 1,800-yard seasons as a Buckeye and was one of the most imposing offensive presences in the nation. Sam Bradford isn't invoking fear in defenses and the Eagles' receiving corps is average. Tight end Zach Ertz is arguably the team's most desirable offensive weapon at the moment. Time to add another one.
Mock Draft Summary
|1.3||SD||Jalen Ramsey||DB||Florida State|
|1.4||DAL||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State|
|1.7||SF||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota State|
|1.8||PHI (via MIA)||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|