2016 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Thursday, Jan. 7, 2015. Major changes.
Next update: Next week. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

The order of this 2016 NFL Mock Draft based on the current NFL Draft Order.

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  1. Tennessee Titans: Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
    The Titans found some help for Marcus Mariota. Now, it’s time to upgrade the defense. The secondary in particular needs some work, as Tennessee needs better safety play to beat Andrew Luck.

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  2. Cleveland Browns: Carl Nassib, DE/OLB, Penn State
    If the Browns don’t opt for Joey Bosa at No. 2 overall, they’ll probably take an edge rusher on Day 2, as they definitely need to improve their pass rush.

    Pick change; previously Cardale Jones, QB

  3. San Diego Chargers: Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
    The Chargers said goodbye to Nick Hardwick this offseason. They’ve tried Chris Watt out as a replacement, but because he’s a natural guard at the center position, he was woeful in 2015 before landing on injured reserve. Here’s a solution.

  4. Dallas Cowboys: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
    Darren McFadden has looked good recently, but the Cowboys can’t really count on him for the long term. Here’s their running back of the future.



  5. San Francisco 49ers: Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU
    The 49ers could use help almost everywhere on defense. Perhaps they’ll focus on inside linebacker, a position that lost two Pro Bowl-caliber players to retirement the previous offseason.

    Pick change; previously Tyler Matakevich, ILB

  6. Miami Dolphins: Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
    Miami’s secondary is a mess, as everyone took note in the Monday night loss to the Giants. The front office will have to find help at both cornerback and safety, so here’s the best-available player from either position.

    Pick change; previously Cody Whitehair, G

  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia
    If the Jaguars plan on using Jalen Ramsey at safety, which they should, they’ll search for cornerback help later on in the draft. They need to continue bolstering their horrible secondary.

  8. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
    The Ravens have a notoriously awful secondary that has to be improved. Both the cornerback and safety positions must be bolstered.

    Pick change; previously Mackensie Alexander, CB



  9. Chicago Bears: Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
    Jay Cutler will probably be around for just one more year, so the Bears need to think about using an early draft choice on a successor.

    Pick change; previously Anthony Zettel, DE/DT

  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
    It’s sad times when Chris Conte is your top safety. The Buccaneers absolutely have to do something about this.

    Pick change; previously Nate Andrews, S

  11. New York Giants: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
    Tom Coughlin figured out that going with a rotation of Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen worked best, but it was already too late. It’s hard to count on Jennings for the long term, however, so here’s a potential running back of the future.

  12. Oakland Raiders: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
    The Raiders need to continue making upgrades to their defense. Their secondary in particular is pretty brutal, so multiple selections in the first three rounds can be used to potentially fix this problem.

    Pick change; previously Zack Sanchez, CB



  13. St. Louis Rams: Nate Andrews, S, Florida State
    The Rams will have some contract issues at safety next offseason, with Rodney McLeod and Mark Barron both set to hit the market.

    Pick change; previously Vonn Bell, S

  14. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Mills, S, LSU
    Walter Thurmond played well at safety this season, but happens to be an impending free agent in March. The Eagles need to fix the mess Chip Kelly created in the secondary.

  15. New Orleans Saints: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
    Ben Watson played well this past season, but is that sustainable? Given Watson’s age, I have my doubts. Watson is a free agent, anyway.

    Pick change; previously Will Redmond, CB

  16. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State
    Jordan Matthews can’t stop dropping passes, while Nelson Agholor hasn’t done anything yet. The Eagles could add another receiver to the mix to help out their new quarterback.

    Pick change; previously Travis Duval, WR



  17. Buffalo Bills: Aziz Shittu, DE, Stanford
    One of the reasons Buffalo’s defense declined this year was the poor play of Mario Williams. It’s difficult to imagine him being back, so here’s a replacement.

    Pick change; previously Charles Tapper, DE

  18. Atlanta Falcons: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
    Another weapon for Matt Ryan. When will the Falcons properly replace Tony Gonzalez?

    Pick change; previously James Cowser, DE/OLB

  19. Indianapolis Colts: Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas
    Here’s more help for the interior of Indianapolis’ offensive line. It’s imperative that they upgrade Andrew Luck’s protection.

  20. New York Jets: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
    I’m sure most teams won’t even have Dak Prescott on their boards, but the Jets might, as he makes sense for Chan Gailey’s offense. New York needs to bring in a quarterback of the future because Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the long-term answer.

    Pick change; previously Jordan Jenkins, DE/OLB



  21. Washington Redskins: Dan Voltz, C, Wisconsin
    One of the reasons Washington’s running game has been so erratic has been because the team has gotten poor play out of its center. This is the primary position the Redskins need to upgrade up front.

    Pick change; previously Jeremy Cash, S

  22. Houston Texans: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
    It’s amazing that DeAndre Hopkins is so productive, considering that there’s no one drawing attention across from him. The Texans want that to change.

  23. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevon Seymour, CB, USC
    Pittsburgh’s secondary is horrible right now, but there’s lots of potential with that unit if the team can find a No. 1 corner to play across from Ross Cockrell.

  24. Seattle Seahawks: Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
    With Jimmy Graham’s 2016 status in doubt, the Seahawks may use a mid-round choice on a tight end.



  25. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Jenkins, DE/OLB, Georgia
    Even if the Packers eventually move Clay Matthews back outside, they’ll still need some pass-rushing depth, as Julius Peppers won’t be around much longer.

    Pick change; previously Yannick Ngakoue, DE/OLB

  26. Kansas City Chiefs: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
    The Chiefs need a receiver besides Jeremy Maclin. When Maclin left the game against the Chargers, the offense looked pretty lost for a while.

  27. Minnesota Vikings: Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
    T.J. Clemmings might be Minnesota’s left tackle of the future, but the front office will have to look for a long-term left guard as well.

    Pick change; previously Sheldon Rankins, DT

  28. New England Patriots: John Theus, OT, Georgia
    Considering the poor pass protection Tom Brady has endured this season, Bill Belichick may want to spend an early selection on a blocker.

    Pick change; previously Spencer Drango, OT

  29. Cincinnati Bengals: Travin Duval, WR, LSU
    Andy Dalton has enjoyed having more weapons to throw to, but there’s a chance he could lose some this offseason, as Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu will both be impending free agents. The Bengals don’t have much depth at receiver, as we saw last year, so they’ll probably have to spend multiple resources on improving this area.

    Pick change; previously De’Runnya Wilson, WR

  30. Arizona Cardinals: Artie Burns, CB, Miami
    Tyrann Mathieu may not be ready for the 2016 season. Depth at cornerback was already needed.

    Pick change; previously Cordrea Tankersley, CB

  31. Denver Broncos: Anthony Zettel, DE/DT, Penn State
    The Broncos have a nice pair of starting defensive ends in Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson, but both will be free agents after the 2015 season. It’ll be difficult to retain both.

    Pick change; previously Dan Voltz, C

  32. Carolina Panthers: Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor
    Four of the five Carolina offensive linemen have blocked very well this year. The exception is right tackle Mike Remmers. The Panthers could target a potential upgrade early in the draft.

    Pick change; previously John Theus, OT



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