2016 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

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With just two weeks left in the NFL season, it’s time for another 2016 NFL Mock Draft. The Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans are battling it out for the No. 1 overall selection with the San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers not too far behind. Just a little over 4 months away, the 2016 NFL Draft promises to be a good one, with some very good prospects including Joey Bosa, Laremy Tunsil and Jalen Ramsey.

  1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss. Having found their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota in last year’s draft, the Titans now need to give him some protection along the offensive line. The Titans have the second worst offensive line in terms of pass protection, according to Football Outsiders, and adding one of the best blockers in the draft will help shore up their line.
  2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California. The Johnny Manziel experiment is over. The Browns need to turn the reigns over at QB, and while there’s no surefire prospect in the 2016 draft, Goff is the best of the bunch. Coming from the spread, Goff might take a little time to adjust to the NFL, but with some tutelage from Josh McCown, the Browns could finally have their franchise QB.
  3. Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State. The Ravens are among the worst teams in football against the pass, ranking 30th in pass defense according to Football Outsiders. Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens front office need to shore up the Ravens secondary, and Ramsey, who can play both CB and S, should do the trick.
  4. San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State. The Chargers defense has been absolutely awful this season, among the worst in football against the pass and the rush. So adding the best defensive player available, and maybe the best player in the draft, in Joey Bosa, should begin to help shore up the Chargers defense.
  5. Dallas Cowboys: Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame. As tempted as Jerry Jones will be to take a QB/RB here, the Cowboys have more problems than just Tony Romo going down with injury. The Cowboys defense could use some more playmakers, and adding Smith, who had 113 tackles with the Fighting Irish this season, would give the Cowboys another force off the edge.
  6. San Francisco 49ers: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis. Blaine Gabbert is not the quarterback of the future in San Francisco and the 49ers will look to find one in the draft. The 6’6” Lynch is a physical specimen that has rocketed up draft boards with his play this season at Memphis and has all the physical tools to be a franchise QB at the next level.
  7. Detroit Lions: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss. With Haloti Ngata on the back-end of his career, the Lions need to find a replacement in the trenches. While Nkemdiche was suspended for the Sugar Bowl, the Ole Miss product is a talented and versatile defensive lineman that would give the Lions are one-two punch along their front seven with Ezekiel Ansah.
  8. New Orleans Saints: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida. The Saints have the worst pass defense in the NFL according to Football Outsiders, and it needs some vast improvement. A standout on the Florida defense, Hargreaves III is an impressive corner who had four interceptions and 31 tackles this season with the Gators. He’ll immediately give the Saints the secondary help they so desperately need.
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson. Another team with a big need in their secondary, the Jaguars rank No. 27 in the NFL in pass defense per Football Outsiders. While Alexander is just a redshirt sophomore, he’s shut down top-flight competition and earned himself a 2015 All-ACC First Team nod.
  10. Miami Dolphins: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA. The Dolphins could use a lot of help on defense and drafting the best player available in Jack, would give the Dolphins an incredibly talented linebacker. While Jack suffered an season-ending injury earlier in the season, he’s a surefire talent who should be healthy by the draft.
  11. Chicago Bears: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon. While Bears fans will clamor for a QB to replace Jay Cutler here, Chicago needs to continue building and improving their defense. The Bears defense has been lackluster at best this season, and adding a legitimate pass rusher in Buckner, who had 9.5 sacks and 16.0 TFL this season, will do wonders for the Bears.
  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame. The Buccaneers offensive line has played pretty poorly this season, and to help with Jameis Winston’s development, Tampa Bay needs to add a few pieces there. Stanley, a possible top-10 pick, could protect Winston’s blindside for years to come.
  13. New York Giants: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State. With Jason Pierre-Paul’s status up in the air for next season, the Giants will look to add another pass rusher to a much-maligned defensive line. Ogbah had 13.0 sacks and 17.5 TFL with the Cowboys this season and could replace Paul as a force off the edge.
  14. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State. The Colts need to do a better job of protecting Andrew Luck, and their offensive line has been a constant shuffle this season. Decker could come in right away and fill in a tackle spot, protecting the Colts’ most valuable asset.
  15. Oakland Raiders: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor. With the top three corners off the board, the Raiders can take the best player available with this pick, adding to the middle of their defensive line. Billings posted 5.5 sacks and 14.0 tackles for a loss with the Bears this season, impressing on a stout Baylor defensive line.
  16. Philadelphia Eagles: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia. You never know what Chip Kelly’s going to do, but the Eagles should continue to add to a defense that could use some improvement against the run. Floyd’s an athletic linebacker who had 68 tackles and 10.5 TFL with the Bulldogs and should give Kelly another outside presence on defense.
  17. Buffalo Bills: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama. Under Rex Ryan, the Bills defense has actually fallen off a bit, especially against the run where the Bills rank No. 28 per Football Outsiders. Ragland led Alabama’s punishing defense and could do the same in Buffalo, filling the hole left by Kiko Alonso.
  18. St. Louis Rams: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss. If Treadwell is available when the Rams are on the clock, you might as well just pencil him in. The Rams don’t have a No. 1 WR on their roster, and Treadwell, who had 76 receptions for 1,082 yards and 8 touchdowns this year, would give the Rams just that.
  19. Atlanta Falcons: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson. The Falcons rank dead last in the NFL in sacks, and have had trouble conjuring up a pass rush for much of the season. Enter Lawson, who had 9.5 sacks and 22.5 TFL this season for Clemson, and would give the Falcons a complement for Vic Beasley.
  20. New York Jets: Connor Cook, QB, New York Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t the long-term answer at quarterback for the Jets, and neither is Geno Smith. But with Fitzpatrick at the helm, the Jets can draft Cook and allow him to learn the ropes under Fitzpatrick so he can take the reigns when he’s ready.
  21. Washington: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama. With their franchise QB under center, Washington can focus on other needs, such as improving their defensive line and run defense. Robinson, 3.5 sacks and 7.5 TFL this year, anchors an Alabama defense that’s among the best against the run in the nation and would step right in on Washington’s defensive line.
  22. Houston Texans: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State. The Texans need to find their quarterback of the future and as tempted as Bill O’Brien might be to take Christian Hackenberg here, he’d be a huge reach here. Wentz, the top FCS quarterback, is moving up draft boards, similar to Joe Flacco, and has all the tools to be an NFL quarterback.
  23. Kansas City Chiefs: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State. Former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher is looking like a bust along the Chiefs offensive line, which is among the leagues worst. An All-Big Ten offensive lineman, Conklin would help improve Alex Smith and the Chiefs pass protection.
  24. Minnesota Vikings: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor. With Conklin off the board, the Vikings look for a wide receiver to give Teddy Bridgewater another target. Coleman put up jaw-dropping numbers at Baylor this season with four different quarterbacks and should slide right in as Minnesota’s No. 1 WR alongside Stefon Diggs.
  25. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M. While a bit of the reach, the Seahawks pass protection was among the worst in the league this season. Ifedi can play either tackle spot and will help shore up a line that’s allowed 39 sacks, and would probably have allowed more if not for Russell Wilson’s mobility.
  26. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU. With the 21st ranked pass defense in the NFL according to Football Outsiders, the Steelers need some secondary help. White’s a talented corner who had six passes defended this season and should help improve a poor secondary.
  27. Green Bay Packers: Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky. The Packers front seven could use some improvement and adding Spence, a former Buckeye, would give Green Bay another presence off the edge. Spence was kicked out of Ohio State, but has since performed amicably – 11.5 sacks and 22.5 TFL – and turned himself around, most recently receiving an invite to the Senior Bowl.
  28. Denver Broncos: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana. The Broncos offensive line is aging and has performed poorly this season, so an injection of youth is in order. Spriggs was one of six finalists for the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best interior lineman, and should slide right in and protect whoever is under center for the Broncos.
  29. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State. The Bengals don’t really have surefire No. 2 WR behind A.J. Green and haven’t since T.J. Houshmandzadeh. While Thomas struggled in the Buckeye offense a bit this year, he’d give Andy Dalton another big, playmaking target down field.
  30. Arizona Cardinals: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State. While not the biggest need for the Cardinals, if Elliot falls this far, he’ll be too much for Bruce Arians to pass up. With Chris Johnson on the tail end of his career, and David Johnson still a bit of an unknown, Elliott would give the Cardinals a No. 1 back.
  31. New England Patriots: Pick Forfeited
  32. Carolina Panthers: Vadal Alexander, OT, LSU. The Panthers offensive line could use some improvement, especially at both tackle positions. Vandal, a four-year starter on the Tigers offensive line, was named All-SEC first team after playing more than 700 snaps this season on LSU’s offensive line.

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