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2016 NFL Mock Draft March 4

  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.

3. 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.

Joey Bosa had similar combine numbers to J.J. Watt. Photo courtesy
  1. Dallas Cowboys- Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The Cowboys don’t have a great pass rush or secondary. I see them taking either Jalen Ramsey or Joey Bosa, but because Bosa’s numbers at the combine were much like J.J. Watt’s I think the Cowboys take Bosa.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State

The Jaguars have one of the worst pass defenses in the league. They need a better pass rush and secondary help. Optimally they would get Joey Bosa, but Ramsey had an impressive combine and would be a good fit for the Jaguars.

  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

     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- Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

The Buccaneers need a better pass rush and can get a strong defensive end in Emmanuel Ogbah. He was quick off of the ball for Oklahoma State last season and may have the ability to lead the Bucs in sacks next season. Ogbah had a great senior season, with only two games without a half-sack, and can provide a good pass rusher for the Giants.

10. New York Giants- Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia

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 pass rush. Floyd is a very athletic player who can get to the quarterback, but is also athletic enough to cover tight ends.

11. Chicago Bears- Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Getting Stanley at 11 would be a steal for the Bears. He is capable of becoming a cornerstone at left tackle for years in the NFL. Notre Dame had a wide receiver playing running back last season, who played very well, mostly in part to Ronnie Stanley’s blocking ability. The Bears can use him instead of Charles Leno at left tackle this season and protect Jay Cutler.

Some feel like A’Shawn Robinson’s stock fell at the combine, but his on the field results will prevail. Photo courtesy
  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- Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

Oakland finally has their offense on the right track. Now they need some defensive players to put with with Khalil Mack. Rankins can provide an inside pass rusher to go along side of Mack. The Raiders only need a little more help to reach the next level of making the playoffs and getting a good defensive tackle like Rankins helps them a lot.


  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- Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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. The Lions go up against Aaron Rodgers every year so getting a corner would provide an upgrade and help the Lions in their division.

  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.

Darron Lee impressed at the combine and his stock is now rising. Photo courtesy
  1. Indianapolis Colts- Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State

The Colts had a terrible defense last season and will want to get a play-maker on that side of the ball. Lee impressed at the combine with his speed, but he is also a good tackler and is able to provide a decent pass rusher for the Colts.

  1. Buffalo Bills- Noah Spence, DE/OLB, EKU

Spence has a lot of concerns about his character after failing numerous drug tests in college. This led him to finish his college career at Eastern Kentucky. He had a disappointing combine compared to other players fitting his build in previous years. Rex Ryan will know how to use him and won’t be afraid of the character concerns because he needs a pass rush.

  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- Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

If a suitable corner is available the Redskins will jump all over the opportunity and select the player. Alexander played really well for Clemson this season. His confidence is something that teams will love because he thinks he is the top corner in the class.

Derrik Henry showed good speed at the combine for his big size. Photo courtesy
  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-Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Teddy Bridgewater got sacked too many times for a team that primarily sticks to the run game. They need to protect their investment in Bridgewater, who has a chance to have a great year in the Viking’s new dome.

  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.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers- Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

The Steelers desperately need secondary help and will probably pick a corner back if they decide they don’t want to stash another linebacker on their depth chart. Apple was the best corner for Ohio State last season and would get playing time from day one with the Steelers.

  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.

  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.

William Jackson showed good speed and hands at the combine. Photo courtesy

30.Carolina Panthers- William Jackson, CB, Houston

The Panthers have a great defense, but could use someone to pair with Josh Norman. Jackson had a great combine, running a 4.3 second 40 yard dash and could make his way into the first round.

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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