2016 NFL Re-draft: Prescott, Wentz, Bosa battle for top spot

  1. Bucs – Jack Conklin

The Bucs were a difficult one to re draft as there we no obvious corners worth taking at this juncture which was a clear position of need for them in 2016.

Conklin would find a spot on that O-line however and stays in the top half of round 1 more due to need than actual worth. (Original pick: Vernon Hargreaves).

  1. Saints – DeForest Buckner

It was a toss-up between Buckner and Yannick Ngakoue at this point. Buckner’s versatility along the line wins out. (Original pick: Sheldon Rankins).

  1. Dolphins – Kevin Byard

Quietly, Byard has been one of the top safeties in the game over the past four seasons. The Dolphins draft a replacement for Isa Abdul-Quddus with this pick. (Original pick: Laremy Tunsil).

  1. Raiders – Justin Simmons

Karl Joseph showed early promise but flamed out. Simmons completes back-to-back safety picks and goes two rounds higher than his real-life slot.

Simmons is another lesser known safety to the casual observer, but has flourished into a top-notch safety under the tutelage of Vic Fangio. He has always been excellent against the run, but also displayed elite coverage ability in 2019. (Original pick: Karl Joseph).

  1. Browns – Ezekiel Elliott

Zeke’s fall lasts no longer than the Browns at number 15. Whilst some may believe that this is still high for a running back, Cleveland were a car crash on offense the next season, going 1-15 with Cody Kessler at QB.

Jared Goff would still be an option if the draft fell like this, but is not worth the 15th overall pick. Isaiah Crowell was never a true lead back and so the selection of Elliott begins the rebuild in this alternate reality. (Original pick: Corey Coleman).

  1. Lions – Taylor Decker

Cody Whitehair was an option here, but the Lions seemed set with a solid set of guards at the time, so Decker remains the pick. (Original pick: Taylor Decker).

There are some big names coming up on page four – where does Jared Goff fall to?

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