2016 NFL Draft Do-over: Prescott goes Number 1 Overall
Updated: Oct 13, 2020
Redrafting previous years’ drafts is always a fun exercise and we thought we would start with a redraft of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Answering the question of whether a rookie gets offered a fifth-year extension or not is a question that all NFL franchises have to decide on a yearly basis, so what better time to have a draft do-over than four years after the original picks are sent in?
(Real life draft trades are still included and not undone for the sake of this exercise).
*Only 31 picks due to Patriots forfeiture
1. Rams – DAK PRESCOTT. Jared Goff may have taken the Rams to a Superbowl but is inconsistent and is an uninspiring leader. We went with Prescott over Wentz here simply because of the durability issues that Wentz has had during his time in Philly. (Original pick: Jared Goff).
2. Eagles – CARSON WENTZ. The Eagles stick with Wentz who may have gotten a Superbowl win if an injury had not opened the door to allow an inspired Nick Foles to lead the City of Brotherly Love to its first title of the Superbowl era. (Original pick: Carson Wentz).
3. (SD) Chargers – JOEY BOSA. Bosa has been a huge success since being in the league and is a cornerstone piece for the recently relocated Los Angeles club. (Original pick: Joey Bosa).
4. Cowboys – MICHAEL THOMAS. This is a controversial one. Zeke Elliott has been a league leading back from the moment he set foot onto the professional gridiron, but his inflated contract could leave America’s Team hamstrung in the long run. The jury is out as to whether he will go down as an all-time great and unless you know for sure: do not spend a top 10 pick on a running back. Michael Thomas would have negated the need to trade away their 2019 1st rounder for Amari Cooper and given Dallas a true All-World receiver for years to come. (Original pick: Ezekiel Elliott).
5. Jaguars – JALEN RAMSEY. In spite of what we know now and after his tumultuous exit from Jacksonville, the Jags made an excellent pick at this juncture and took one of the best defensive backs in the game. Why twist from that? (Original pick: Jalen Ramsey).
6. Ravens – LAREMY TUNSIL. Tunsil suffered a slide on draft day due to a controversial video that surfaced of him smoking from a bong whilst wearing a gas mask. He only had himself to blame for this fall, but he has nevertheless turned into one of the premier pass protectors in football. We could have just as easily stuck with Ronnie Stanley here – a fine servant for Baltimore – but where is the fun in that? (Original pick: Ronnie Stanley).
7. 49ers – CHRIS JONES. DeForest Buckner was a fine pick by the Niners, but Chris Jones is arguably the best 3-tech in the league not named Aaron Donald. (Original pick: DeForest Buckner).
8. Titans – RONNIE STANLEY. Jack Conklin is a notch below Stanley in ability, so the real-life Raven gets the nod here. (Original pick: Jack Conklin).
9. Bears – DEION JONES. Despite decent coverage skills for a linebacker, Leonard Floyd has been an underwhelming pick for the Bears after being taken so highly. Jones on the other hand, was taken by the Falcons in the second round and despite some injury issues, has been to the Pro-Bowl and was named to the Pro Football Writers All-Rookie team in 2016. (Original pick: Leonard Floyd).
10. Giants – XAVIEN HOWARD. Howard is a top 10 corner in the NFL, but less recognised than many of his inferior peers. Eli Apple on the other hand has been a monumental bust in the league. The Giants were lucky to recoup a 4th rounder for him but reported disruptive behaviour and immaturity issues have since since him fail to make much of an impact wherever he has been. Apple is now a free agent. (Original pick: Eli Apple).
11. Bucs – JACK CONKLIN. The Bucs were a difficult one to re draft as there we no obvious corners worth taking at this juncture. Conklin stays in the top half of round 1 more due to need than worth. (Original pick: Vernon Hargreaves).
12. 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).
13. Dolphins – KEVIN BYARD. Quietly, Byard has been one of the top safeties in the game over the past 4 seasons. The Dolphins draft a replacement for Isa Abdul-Quddus with this pick. (Original pick: Laremy Tunsil).
14. 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. (Original pick: Karl Joseph).
15. Browns – EZEKIEL ELLIOTT. Zeke’s fall lasts no longer than the Browns at number 15. Whilst 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 is not worth the 15th overall pick and Isaiah Crowell was never a true lead back. The selection of Elliott begins the rebuild in an alternate reality. (Original pick: Corey Coleman).
16. 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).
17. Falcons – KEANU NEAL. A second pick on the bounce that remains the same. Good value even with the injury issues. (Original pick: Keanu Neal).
18. Colts – RYAN KELLY. Three on the spin remain the same! Kelly is an integral part of one of the top O-lines in the NFL. An important and wise draft choice. (Original pick: Ryan Kelly).
19. Bills – YANNICK NGAKOUE. Shaq Lawson underwhelmed in Buffalo and Yannick Ngakoue has delivered beyond all expectations as one of the leading sack artists in the NFL since being drafted by Jacksonville in the third round. (Original pick: Shaq Lawson).
20. Jets – CORY LITTLETON. Unheralded within the national consensus, Littleton has been an exceptional playmaker for the Rams before leaving for Oakland this off season. Littleton was undrafted in 2016 but became a second-team All-Pro selection in 2018 and was named to the Pro-Bowl. (Original pick: Darron Lee).
21. Texans – TYREEK HILL. Will Fuller has been okay for Houston but is injury prone and Tyreek Hill is an elite and durable version of Fuller. (Original pick: Will Fuller).
22. Redskins – DERRICK HENRY. Robert Kelley rumbled for a cumbersome 704 yards in 2016 for Washington. Need we say anymore? (Original pick: Josh Doctson).
23. Vikings – CODY WHITEHAIR. This pick may still have been a receiver as we were yet to discover what Adam Theilen was about to turn into, but hindsight is golden and the Vikings address a terrible offensive line that was headlined by Branson Fusco and simply could not protect poor old Sam Bradford. (Original pick: Laquon Treadwell).
24. Bengals – WILLIAM JACKSON III. Injuries have derailed the cornerback recently, but he was a solid draft pick by Cincy on what, at the time, was a roster with few holes coming off a playoff appearance. (Original pick: William Jackson).
25. Steelers – JAVON HARGRAVE. Hargrave was taken by the Steelers a couple of rounds later but jumps up to round 1 in their re-draft. Artie Burns was the pick here in reality and whilst Burns has had bright spots in his career, he has never played to the consistent level of a first round pick. (Original pick: Artie Burns).
26. Broncos – JARED GOFF. Goff’s fall is finally ended. We are still not sure whether he should ever have been a first rounder, but he is an All-Universe player in comparison to monumental bust Paxton Lynch. (Original pick: Paxton Lynch).
27. Packers – KENNY CLARK. Clever organisations usually make clever picks. A Green Bay do-over is not needed as Kenny Clark has been a key cog and Pro-Bowler during his time in Titletown so far. (Original pick: Kenny Clark).
28. 49ers – TYLER BOYD. San Francisco addressed their O-line with this pick and took Joshua Garnett but were crying out for playmakers at the time on a roster suffering from a dearth of offensive talent. Boyd is the fourth receiver off the board in what was a weak, but top-heavy draft class. (Original pick: Joshua Garnett).
29. Cardinals – MATT IOANNIDIS. Robert Nkemdiche was a first round bust, taken due to his athletic profile. In this scenario, the Cardinals get a pass rusher who has been a solid and stable presence for the Redskins ever since her was drafted. (Original pick: Robert Nkemdiche).
30. Panthers – SHELDON RANKINS. A fall to the back end of the first frame sees Rankins drafted instead of Vernon Butler. A like-for-like upgrade. (Original pick: Vernon Butler).
31. Seahawks – MATT JUDON. Judon was a steal for Baltimore in round 5 but goes to Seattle here as a replacement for Bruce Irvin. (Original pick: Germain Ifedi).
Just missed out on Round 1: DT Jarran Reed, LB Joe Schobert, WR Will Fuller, CB Kendall Fuller, G Joe Thuney, CB James Bradberry, LB Jaylon Smith