By Joshua M Hicks
By Staff Reporter
The 2016 NFL Draft talk has been buzzing around the city of Chicago and it is heating up as teams make deals to set themselves up in the best position possible to succeed.
The Los Angeles Rams started that process by trading with the Tennessee Titans for the first overall pick in the draft. The Philadelphia Eagles followed suit after trading with the Cleveland Browns for the second overall pick.
According to CBS Sports Mock Draft, the first two picks will most likely consist of the quarterback battle between University of California’s Jarred Golf and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. With the Rams in need of a leader under center, they will look for the best available QB to help lead the charge with Todd Gurley, second year running back who was drafted with the 10th pick by the Rams in last year’s draft. With the second pick, the Philadelphia Eagles have shown signs of using their pick to draft a QB, even though they have a loaded QB list featuring Sam Bradford and Chase Daniels.
The hometown Bears will be picking at number 11 and many critics believe there are a few prospects that can be beneficial to the team’s 3-4 defenses.
One player mentioned is Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson. Lawson finished last season with 53 tackles and 9.5 sacks. With the Bears in need of a pass rusher, they can use Lawson’s 4.8 second 40-yard dash speed to strengthen their attack against the opposing teams’ quarterbacks.
Another player on the board is Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. Floyd finished last season with 68 tackles and 4.5 sacks. The Bears can use his 4.65 second 40-yard dash speed to rush from behind the defensive line to attack opposing teams’ backfields, specifically coming from the outside.
According to CBS Sports, Derrick Henry from Alabama will be the first running back selected in this year’s draft. However, do not forget about another national college football champion: Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott.
Elliott has shown critics that he can be an iconic running back in the league, putting up 1,821 rushing yards on 289 rushing attempts and scoring 23 touchdowns last season, not to mention winning the 2015 CFB National Championship Offensive MVP.
Henry’s success this past season with winning the 2015 Heisman Trophy, along with breaking Alabama’s rushing record and winning the 2016 National Championship, has over-looked the success of Elliott, but it doesn’t mean that Elliott’s skillset is not worthy of leading the backfield of an NFL team.
The 2016 NFL Draft is April 28-30 at Roosevelt’s Auditorium Theatre.