2016 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2

Last update: Thursday, April 28, 2016. 4:00 p.m. Major changes.
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The order of this 2016 NFL Mock Draft based on the current NFL Draft Order.

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  1. Cleveland Browns: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
    I don't think Paxton Lynch will be available when the Browns are scheduled to be on the clock. The Jets and Chiefs could both take him, or perhaps the Broncos could move up ahead of Kansas City. Thus, the Browns will have to plot a trade of their own, which is very feasible because they happen to have extra picks. Leaping the Chiefs and swapping choices with the Packers makes a ton of sense.

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  2. Tennessee Titans: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
    The Titans were going to select Jalen Ramsey had they not traded out of the top spot. They desperately need cornerback help, and Xavien Howard is one of a couple of possibilities atop Round 2.

  3. Dallas Cowboys: Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky
    With Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory serving four-game suspensions and being another incident away from a much longer sentence, the Cowboys almost have to address their pass rush early. They could be interested in Noah Spence and his superb athleticism.

    Pick change; previously Kevin Dodd, DE

  4. San Diego Chargers: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
    If the Chargers end up passing on Jalen Ramsey, they'll almost certainly target a safety on the second day of the draft. They could be interested in Karl Joseph, who has been receiving some first-round buzz recently.

  5. Baltimore Ravens: William Jackson, CB, Houston
    The Ravens are probably going to pass on Vernon Hargreaves at No. 6 because they believe they can land a talented cornerback at this juncture. And that's exactly what has happened, as William Jackson is talented enough to be a first-round pick. I've actually had trouble slotting corners - namely Jackson and Kendall Fuller - into my first round.

  6. San Francisco 49ers: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
    The 49ers have shown interest in Mackensie Alexander, who could be the pick at this spot. Cornerback isn't the biggest need, but Alexander could just be too good to pass up.

    By the way, special thanks to Mackensie Alexander for publishing his Draft Diary on this site. It's a great read if you haven't checked it out yet.

  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Artie Burns, CB, Miami
    A number of cornerbacks are expected to go off the board atop the second round, and that includes Artie Burns. The Jaguars will certainly be interested in one, and Burns has the size they covet.

  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Keanu Neal, S, Florida
    The Buccaneers managed to re-sign Chris Conte, but they still need another safety to go along with a cornerback they're surely bound to draft. Keanu Neal could be chosen at the end of the first round, so he's a steal at this juncture.

  9. New York Giants: Jonathan Bullard, DE/DT, Florida
    The Giants addressed their offensive line in the first round. They can work on the other side of the trenches here, as they need an interior pass-rusher.

  10. Chicago Bears: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
    The Bears had the chance to grab Vernon Hargreaves in this mock, but passed on him. I don't think they'd do the same thing here if they happened to have Kendall Fuller fall into their laps.

  11. Miami Dolphins: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
    The Dolphins addressed their secondary in the first round, so they can opt for an interior offensive lineman at this spot. Upgrading the guard position is a must; Jason Spriggs or Branden Albert could slide to guard.

    Pick change; previously Germain Ifedi, OT/G

  12. Tennessee Titans: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
    With extra picks in the second round, the Titans can bolster some areas on their roster, such as the defensive line. Kenny Clark is one of the better players available.

  13. Oakland Raiders: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
    Darian Thompson had a rough Combine, but as Tony Pauline reported, Thompson was dealing with an illness. The Raiders like Thompson, as they need a safety to go along with the newly acquired Reggie Nelson.

  14. Tennessee Titans: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
    With three second-round choices, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Titans used one of them to grab a successor for Delanie Walker, who turns 32 in August.

  15. Detroit Lions: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
    Emmanuel Ogbah fits the Bill Parcells-Bill Belichick prototype almost perfectly for a defensive end. The Lions need a player at that position, so I imagine they'd love to land Ogbah in the middle of Round 2.

    Pick change; previously Vonn Bell, S

  16. New Orleans Saints: A'Shawn Robinson, DE/DT, Alabama
    The Saints have discussed the need for defensive tackle help, so they're expected to address the position in the first couple of rounds.

    It might be surprising to see A'Shawn Robinson in the second round, but he interviewed poorly, and his passion for football is highly questionable.

  17. Indianapolis Colts: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
    The Colts lost Coby Fleener in free agency, and while they still have Dwayne Allen, they tried to sign a tight end in free agency, so they may want to find another talented player at the position.

  18. Buffalo Bills: Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
    Defensive tackle is a big need, as the declining Kyle Williams won't be on the roster much longer. I've underrated Austin Johnson, who appears to be a sure second-round pick.

  19. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Simmons, S, Boston College
    William Moore was too injury-prone to rely upon, so the Falcons parted ways with him this offseason. All they have now are a couple of mediocre players at safety, so they could use a dynamic play-maker at the position.

  20. New York Jets: Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State
    One of New York's biggest needs is at inside linebacker, and they even needed one prior to Demario Davis' departure. Kyler Fackrell has the length the Jets prefer at linebacker.

  21. Houston Texans: Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
    The Texans lost Ben Jones this offseason, but they won't miss him that much because of his mediocre play. That said, the center position will need to be addressed on the second day of the draft.

  22. Washington Redskins: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
    The Redskins have been linked to Michael Thomas, who would address a need at the receiver position that will be prevalent in the near future. DeSean Jackson will be an impending free agent after 2016, so Washington will have to replace him.

  23. Minnesota Vikings: Chris Jones, DE/DT, Mississippi State
    Defensive tackle isn't a huge need right now, but the Vikings have some expiring contracts soon at the position, so perhaps they'd like to take a prospect who fits exactly what they're looking for.

  24. Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
    Back-to-back receivers? Well, the Bengals did select consecutive offensive tackles in the 2015 NFL Draft, so there's definitely a history of this sort of strategy. Besides, I don't think Andy Dalton will complain about another weapon.

    Pick change; previously Emmanuel Ogbah, DE

  25. Seattle Seahawks: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
    It's sounding like Derrick Henry could drop this far. There's some concern about Alabama running backs after several of them have flopped. The Patriots won't mind, as Henry is everything they're looking for from an athleticism perspective.

  26. Green Bay Packers: Jihad Ward, DE/DT, Illinois
    This will make more sense in the final mock, but Jihad Ward would be another nice piece the Packers could add to their mediocre defensive front. Ward will complement the final mock's first-rounder rather well.

  27. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jeremy Cash, S, Duke
    The Steelers are going to have a hole at one of the safety spots next year. Michael Mitchell has played well, but Will Allen is a 34-year-old impending free agent. Shamarko Thomas can't get on the field, so I'm not sure he'll be in Pittsburgh's future plans if the team can obtain a talented safety early in the 2016 NFL Draft.

  28. Kansas City Chiefs: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
    The Chiefs need a capable receiver besides Jeremy Maclin. When Maclin left the game against the Chargers, the offense looked pretty lost for a while.

  29. New England Patriots: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
    The Patriots need a new running back to pair with Dion Lewis, and Kenneth Dixon is the prototype prospect Bill Belichick often covets.

  30. New England Patriots: Le'Raven Clark, OT/G, Texas Tech
    Bill Belichick loves versatile offensive linemen. Le'Raven Clark can play four positions up front. He'll compete at guard this year and then eventually start at one of the tackle spots.

  31. Carolina Panthers: Su'a Cravens, S/LB, USC
    Per our Pro Day Results page, Tony Pauline reported that the Panthers have scary levels of interest in Su'a Cravens. I initially was confused, given that Carolina drafted a similar-type player last year in Shaq Thompson. However, Thompson is more linebacker, while Cravens is more of a safety, so it would make sense for the team to have two interchangeable linebacker-safety hybrids.

  32. Denver Broncos: Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State
    The Broncos have some issues on their offensive line that need to be addressed. Losing Evan Mathis was absolutely huge.

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