Mock Draft Friday: First-Round Mock 3.0 and Cowboys stick with defense - Jalen Ramsey

In this edition of Mock Draft Friday we got back to the full first-round mock, our third version since the start of the offseason. Once again, the Dallas Cowboys have a new pick ...

This week for Mock Draft Friday I'm doing my third complete First-Round mock draft, featuring all 31 teams with a first-round pick, including the Dallas Cowboys at No. 4. This mock takes into account pro days and free-agent signings in March. I'll post a new First-Round mock every other Friday up until the NFL Draft.

1. Tennessee: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Why? The Titans showed up en masse for his pro day. He tops every overall player ranking board I've seen. There is no compelling reason to flip here.  

2. Cleveland: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Why? The Browns actually face a hard decision here. If you look at rankings and scouting reports, there isn't much difference between Wentz and Jared Goff, the player I've had the Browns taking here in my first two mock drafts and I thought, by now, there would be some clear separation. But there isn't. So I looked at Hue Jackson's history. As a quarterbacks coach he's mentored Joe Flacco in Baltimore and Andy Dalton in Cincinnati. Sometimes, with head coaches looking to get the right guy to lead their team with a high pick, they lean on what they're used to. And I see more of Flacco and Dalton in Wentz's game than I do in Goff's game. So that became my tiebreaker and that's the reason I elevated Wentz to No. 2 overall.

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3. San Diego: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Why? Jack is sliding up draft board for two reasons — his versatility and the likelihood that he'll be healthy by training camp. He declared himself 80 percent healthy at his pro day. The Chargers are enamored. Jack recently told NFL.com that the Chargers envision him as a safety that can replace the departed Eric Weddle. Even if he can't, Jack is the best linebacker in the draft and his value lies in that skill along with his versatility. 

4. Dallas: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

Why? So unlike the past two mock drafts the Cowboys get the opportunity to decide on Ramsey. The choice here is between Ramsey and Ohio State defensive end Joe Bosa. Both fill a need and both can play immediately. I give the nod to Ramsey for a few reasons. First, Barry Church is entering a contract year and while that doesn't preclude the Cowboys from re-signing him, they have to consider the future at the position. In addition, J.J. Wilcox and Jeff Heath are in walk years so the need seems more pronounced there. Second, Ramsey might be the best corner or safety in this draft. Because he played both corner and safety at Florida State and played both at a high level, he's that rare combo safety that doesn't have to come off the field in specialty situations. He's even played some nickel, so he's actually more versatile than last year's first-round pick, Byron Jones. Third, there's this from Doug Farrar, a former Scout.com publisher who now writes about the league for SI.com: "First thought when I watched Jalen Ramsey's tape: 'Oh. They figured out a way to put Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor in the same guy.'" — @SI_DougFarrar

If that's the case, then that's a no-brainer pick for the Cowboys. ... though it's worth noting that in our above CowboysCast, we also talk about "getting comfortable'' with other ideas, including Joey Bosa.

5. Jacksonville: Vernon Hargreaves III, DB, Florida 

Why? I look at what the Jags have in the secondary and I think they need at least one more cover guy. Hargreaves fits the bill and he received a boost from his pro day. This could be Joey Bosa or DeForest Buckner, as the Jags are still in talent accumulation mode. 

6. Baltimore: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Why? I'm not sure the Ravens anticipate Bosa falling to No. 6. But he's the right physical fit for their 3-4 and he could spell Terrell Suggs, thereby extending Suggs' career and giving Bosa a great player to learn from. A rotation with Suggs, Bosa and Elvis Dumervil would definitely concern most teams.

7. San Francisco: Jared Goff, QB, Cal

Why? Some decisions are hard. Some are easy. This one is easy. Goff gets to stay in the Bay Area. Kelly gets his quarterback of the future. Problem solved.

8. Philadelphia: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Why? Trading DeMarco Murray to Tennessee opened up a spot in the rotation for the Eagles to take Elliott. Or, do you think going into the season with Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner is a good idea? Didn't think so. 

9. Tampa Bay: Mackensie Alexander, DB, Clemson

Why? Somebody is going to reach and the Bucs are primed to do it because they need help in their secondary. Alexander isn't quite elite, based on the scouting reports I've seen. But he's plenty good, especially if the Bucs can carve out a nickel role for him. If Hargreaves somehow drops, the Bucs will pounce on him.

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10. New York Giants: LaQuon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Why? I'm not running from Treadwell even though he ran a 4.6 40 at his pro day. Plenty of receivers have had great careers without "elite speed." This guy catches the ball better than probably any other wide receiver in this draft. Eli Manning needs a new toy so he can get that third ring and stick it to Peyton.

11. Chicago: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Why? The value system changes a little bit with Elliott off the board. I don't think anyone values Derrick Henry enough to take him this high. So Lee moves up a few slots where he can fit nicely into the Bears 3-4 as an inside linebacker. And let me say how weird it is to see the Bears running a 3-4.

12. New Orleans: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

Why? No change here, though I am starting to warm to the idea of a wide receiver here. The Saints could use one.   

13. Miami: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Why? No reason to drop Lawson. He still makes a great deal of sense.

14. Oakland: DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon

Why? Buckner drops quite a bit from our last mock draft, but he drops to a place that needs his ability to eat space inside and get to the quarterback, so it works out nicely — for him and the Raiders.  

15. Los Angeles: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

Why? Let me just say that I have no real feel for what the Rams are going to do here. They could well jump up and take Paxton Lynch or Connor Cook here, just to get a young quarterback to build around. They could trade up to accomplish the same thing. But assuming they don't trade up or reach, taking a wide receiver like Coleman makes too much sense to pass it up.

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16. Detroit: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Why? Ragland remains the selection here and he has a great opportunity to make an impact, whether he starts right away or platoons. 

17. Atlanta: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

Why? Billings remains, to me, a great fit for Atlanta's interior defense. His pro day did nothing to hurt his draft stock.    

18. Indianapolis: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Why? The Colts, in my opinion, have not done enough to protect their investment in Andrew Luck. Stanley would be a great step in that direction.  

19. Buffalo: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Why? Yes, I know the Bills have some coin invested in Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel. But it's Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel. Lynch is a reach at this point but I could see the Bills doing it.

20. New York Jets: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Why? With Conklin and Taylor Decker to choose from, the Jets give Conklin the nod.    

21. Washington: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

Why? Rankins slides into a Redskins defense in need of interior help.      

22. Houston: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

Why? There are investments to protect in Houston now with Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller in town. Decker gives them a tool to do that now and in the future.

23. Minnesota: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

Why? I get less caught up in overall rankings once I get into the 20s of a mock draft. Ogbah is ranked lower than No. 23 in most player rankings, but he passed the eye test for me when I saw him last year and he can give Minnesota's pass rush an immediate boost.

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24. Cincinnati: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Why? Doctson slides into the Bengals offense as an immediate No. 3 receiver — and future No. 2.  

25. Pittsburgh: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

Why? Great value here for the Steelers, who could use a little more help in their secondary.

26. Seattle: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

Why? Smart, sensible pick for the Seahawks who can get immediate production from Reed.

27. Green Bay: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

Why? A new name to the first round, Butler feels like the perfect gap penetrator for Dom Capers' 3-4 scheme.

28. Kansas City: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

Why? The Chiefs desperately need another wide receiver. Fuller could make an impact quicker than the other receivers on this board, based on the need and the opportunity.

29. Arizona: Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss

Why? Nkemdiche's off-field issues are going to drop him a bit, and into the laps of a team that will find a way to use him.

30. Carolina: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

Why? No change here. He's the perfect fit for that offense. His pro day improved his stock, but not enough to see him moving up the board and out of the Panthers' wheelhouse. 

31. Denver: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

Why? Again, the Broncos are getting good value here, as some peg Floyd as a Top 20 guy.    

Note: The New England Patriots do not have a first-round pick this year due to the Deflategate saga.

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