Everything You Need to Know About the 2016 NFL Draft

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On April 28th at 8 p.m. the National Football League Draft will be aired. For those of you who don’t know how the draft works I will break it down for you: there are 32 NFL teams and seven rounds. It really is not a complicated process to understand from a viewer’s standpoint. For the coaches and the teams making picks during the draft it is a hectic and stressful process. They have to make decisions on the fly if another team drafts a player they had their eye on. In preparation, the draft media analysts make predictions in mock drafts using the players combine results along with their predicted potential to be a great player in the NFL. The main media analysts are Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis, Lance Zierlein and Charley Casserly. 

Going through the list of teams in their draft order they wrote down who they think would be the top overall pick and then went down the list making predictions for each team in the first round. For Round 1 pick one of the draft the Los Angeles Rams are setting their eyes on a quarterback and a wide receiver. The Rams traded with the Titans to have the first pick in the first round. Jeremiah, Zierlein and Casserly predicted in a mock draft QB Jared Goff from California. Goff is 6’4 at 215 lbs. He is Cal’s first ever freshman opening weekend starting QB. You can learn more about Goff and his success at Cal here.

Courtesy: San Diego Union-Tribune

Another team that traded up for the first round is the Philadelphia Eagles. They trade with the Browns to secure the second pick during round one of the draft. Jeremiah, Zierlein and Casserly again have the same player in mind when predicting whom the Rams will snag in the first round; another QB, Carson Wentz from North Dakota St. Wentz is 6’5 at 237 lbs who started seven games his senior year at North Dakota St. You can learn more about Wentz and his predicted success in the NFL here

Pick 3 of round 1 goes to the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers are looking for players to fill spots in their defensive and offensive lines. Laremy Tunsil is an Offensive Tackle from Mississippi and is predicted to go third to the Chargers or fifth to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last year during the draft Jameis Winston went first round to Tampa Bay Bucaneers making the Seminole football fan base ecstatic. This year a Nole you should keep your eyes on is our own Jalen Ramsey. Predicted by Jeremiah, Davis, Zierlein and Casserly to get picked up between the third and sixth round, Ramsey is most likely to go to the Dallas Cowboys.

Courtesy: Orlando Sentinel  

Ramsey has been a reliable player at Cornerback position. Filling his shoes here at Florida State is going to be a big job for whoever is expected to take his spot. Ramsey is not the only player form Florida State to enter into the draft. The other guys you should keep an eye out for are our beloved Kicker, Roberto Aguayo (don’t worry his little brother Rickey is filling in for him next year). The rest of the Noles in the draft are Lamarcus Brutus, Nile Lawrence-Stample, Giorgio Newberry, Reggie Northrup and Terrance Smith. The rest of Round 1 and the lineup for the rest of the rounds can be found here. Stay tuned for the draft aired on the NFL Network at 8 p.m. on April 28th.