2016 NFL Mock Draft February 26

  1. Tennessee Titans- Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

The Titans would prefer to take a defensive player, but would settle for Tunsil if they don’t find any takers to trade down. He would help protect Marcus Mariota, because the Titans allowed the most sacks in the NFL last season. Getting protection for Mariota is a priority for the Titans this offseason. Tunsil is as responsible as anyone for the success at Ole Miss the past few years. He did miss seven games this season due to a suspension for receiving extra benefits.

  1. Cleveland Browns- Jared Goff, QB, Cal

Cleveland is going to try to move on from Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown certainly isn’t the answer. Goff has been atop draft boards all year and is the best quarterback prospect. He has good arm strength and accuracy. Goff needs to improve his footwork in the pocket and polish his decision-making skills, but he is the most pro-ready quarterback.

DeForest Buckner is starting to get some love from NFL scouts. Photo courtesy cbssports.com.

  1. San Diego Chargers- DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

The Chargers only had 32 sacks last year and will look to improve their pass rush. Joey Bosa was mocked here, but Buckner may fit the Charger’s defense better. He will be able to play that 3-4 defensive end role that will be perfect for San Diego.

  1. Dallas Cowboys- Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State

Dallas reportedly has Jalen Ramsey at the top of their board. He can help out their secondary immediately and can play multiple positions. The Cowboys don’t have a good pass rush, but could have a much improved secondary if they choose to select Ramsey.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The Jaguars have one of the worst pass defenses in the league. They need a better pass rush and secondary help. Bosa has been falling in mock drafts and Jacksonville will get a steal at pick number five. He only had 5 sacks this season at Ohio State, but was suspended for the opener against Virginia Tech and was double and triple teamed the rest of the season. He has a chance to get back into the top three with a good combine.

  1. Baltimore Ravens- Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Hargreaves was the best shut down corner back in college football last season and can start on a team from day one. The Ravens were absolutely terrible against the pass and need to upgrade the secondary by any means necessary. Corner Jimmy Smith and safety Matt Elam are solid, but the rest of the players in the secondary did not play well and the Ravens need secondary help to be successful.

  1. San Francisco 49ers- Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

The 49ers need a quarterback unless Chip Kelly decides to go with Colin Kaepernick . Kelly has shown that he wants to prove that his system wins games, not the players in the system. Wentz is very talented and has shot up draft boards, but is from North Dakota State, an FCS school, and has a lot to prove. If Wentz succeeds in the NFL, Kelly can take the credit, which is all he really wants anyways.

Myles Jack played both ways at UCLA and can use his athletic ability in the pros. Photo courtesy NFL.com.

     8.Miami Dolphins- Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Myles Jack had a season ending injury at UCLA this year, but is an elite athlete and should be able to recover fully. Jack was athletic enough to play both ways in college, which means he will fit in with the other NFL athletes. The Dolphins need help at linebacker to improve an underachieving defense last season.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky

The Buccaneers need a better pass rush and can get a great edge rusher with Noah Spence. Spence was a star at Ohio State before being kicked out of school for repeated failed drug tests. He wound up at Eastern Kentucky and now finds himself as a top edge rusher in the draft class. Spence will be able to improve his stock at the combine with good interviews.

10. New York Giants- Emmanuel Ogbah

The Giants will be looking to upgrade every level of the defense before next season. They only had 23 sacks so they will probably start rebuilding with the defensive line. Emmanuel Ogbah had a great senior season, with only two games without a half-sack, and can provide a good pass rusher for the Giants.

11. Chicago Bears- Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

Jaylon Smith has the same potential as Myles Jack, making this a great linebacker class. Smith was a tackling machine at Notre Dame. He is also very athletic like Jack. The Bears could use help at linebacker making this a great pick.

  1. New Orleans Saints- A’Shawn Robinson, DT/DE, Alabama

Robinson was really good at stopping the run at Alabama and has great gap integrity. The Saints had one of the worst defenses in the league and need help everywhere so fixing the rush defense is a good start.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles- Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

The Eagles are reportedly fine with keeping Sam Bradford for next season. Their next objective is to acquire talent at the skill positions because Chip Kelly depleted the talent at those positions. Treadwell is the top receiver in the class and has great hands and the quickness to get open at the pro level.

  1. Oakland Raiders- Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Stanley fell in my last mock draft due to concerns about his work ethic, but he is so talented that he most likely won’t drop too far into the first round. Notre Dame had a wide receiver playing running back last season, who played very well, mostly in part to Ronnie Stanley’s blocking ability. Stanley will also be able to protect Derek Carr, which will be a priority for the Raiders.

Paxton Lynch could be the new Los Angeles Rams’ quarterback. Photo courtesy nfl.com.

  1. Los Angeles Rams-Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

The Rams don’t have any good quarterbacks and may draft one here if they don’t believe they can find one in free agency. Lynch was at the top of some draft boards earlier in the year, but teams have doubts about his ability to handle pressure.

  1. Detroit Lions-Sheldon Rankins, DE, Louisville

The Lions still need inside help after losing Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairly last season. Rankins has been rising up draft boards and can start immediately for the Lions.

  1. Atlanta Falcons- Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Atlanta had a league low 19 sacks last season. They will be targeting pass rushers again this season. Lawson wasn’t really on anyone’s watch-list to be a first round pick, but had a terrific senior season at Clemson where he proved he can be a solid pass rusher at the NFL level. He will fit in well with former Clemson teammate Vic Beasley.

  1. Indianapolis Colts- Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

The Colts want to upgrade their offensive line and defense next season. Andrew Luck will have to be protected with his recent injuries. Conklin is used to blocking in a pro-style offense, which he did well at Michigan State last season.

Leonard Floyd is a very versatile player. Photo courtesy onlineathens.com.

  1. Buffalo Bills- Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia

Floyd is a very versatile player who can be a good pass rusher in the NFL as well as being a good cover linebacker. The Ryan brothers will want to improve the pass rush so that they can get the defense up to their standards.

  1. New York Jets- Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State

The rumors are that the Jets won’t keep Chris Ivory and instead will let him walk in free agency. To replace him they will need to take the first running back in the draft. Elliot is the best player available at this point and fills a need, making this the obvious choice for the Jets.

  1. Washington Redskins- Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

If a suitable corner is available the Redskins will jump all over the opportunity and select the player. Fuller would be a top 15 pick if he didn’t have a season ending knee injury and could be the best corner in the class when it is all said and done.

  1. Houston Texans- Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

The Texans will likely want to get Ezekiel Elliot, but with him gone they will have to settle with Derrick Henry. It would be most beneficial for the Texans to try to trade down and pick Henry a little later in the first or early second. Christian Hackenberg will be available in round two so no need to reach and draft him here. Henry is going to be the biggest running back in the NFL by listed weight, although Eddie Lacy may not be listed at the correct weight. Henry will provide a power run game for the Texans.

  1. Minnesota Vikings-Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Chad Greenway has said he wants to play one more year and then retire. He hasn’t been playing all that great anyways, so the Vikings will want to get another talented linebacker.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals- Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

The Bengals need to find a replacement for Domata Peko. He continues to get worse every season and the Bengals do nothing about it. Billings will be the steal of this draft. He is very quick off of the ball and reminds me of Aaron Donald. The Bengals can pair him next to Geno Atkins and have the best defensive line in the NFL.

Makensie Alexander finished out the season strong, making him look good for the NFL draft. Photo courtesy tigernet.com.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers- Makensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

The Steelers desperately need to upgrade their entire secondary. Alexander is moving up draft boards and could be a steal for the Steelers, pun intended, because that is what they always do in the draft.

  1. Seattle Seahawks- Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

The Seahawks don’t have too many needs. Thomas is a good receiver, but had a tendency to disappear at times this season. Russell Wilson will get the most out of Thomas.

  1. Green Bay Packers- Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

Clay Matthews is better at outside linebacker and the Packers have said they will move him back there next season. They will need to get a good inside linebacker this off-season and will hit the jackpot if they can get Ragland at 27. He will help the Packers stop the run next season.

Taylor Decker can be a steal at the end of the first round. Photo courtesy osu.edu.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs- Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

Decker would be an upgrade over Eric Fisher at tackle, but could play guard if he was needed to. He has been part of the reason Ezekiel Elliot has been so successful with his tremendous run blocking, but he is also a decent pass blocker. The Chiefs need to make sure Alex Smith gets sacked less as he gets older.

29.Arizona Cardinals- Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

The Cardinals need to improve their defense, as their offense was outstanding in 2015. Many scouts believe that Nkemdiche has character issues, but he has the talent to make an immediate impact in the NFL.

30.Carolina Panthers- Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

The Panthers have a great defense, but could use someone to pair with Josh Norman. Apple was the best corner on Ohio State and can be a viable option opposite of Norman.

31. Denver Broncos- Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

The Broncos could use some interior defensive line depth and Reed is one of many talented defensive tackles available.

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