2016 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Major changes.
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  1. Tennessee Titans: Jalen Mills, S, LSU
    Here’s more much-needed help for Tennessee’s secondary. If the Titans plan on using Jalen Ramsey at cornerback, they’ll still have a big need at safety.

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  2. Cleveland Browns: Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
    Negotiations between the Browns and Mitchell Schwartz have not gone well, so if he leaves via free agency, the Browns will obviously need to find a new right tackle to block for their new quarterback.

  3. San Diego Chargers: Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan
    The Chargers said goodbye to Nick Hardwick last 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.

    Pick change; previously Ryan Kelly, C

  4. Dallas Cowboys: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
    Darren McFadden looked good this past season, 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: Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
    The 49ers wasted money on Torrey Smith, while Anquan Boldin doesn’t have much left. A new receiver is desperately needed.

  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Boise State
    The Jaguars will be looking to obtain another pass-rusher at some point to go along with Dante Fowler.

  7. Baltimore Ravens: Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn
    It sounds like the Ravens will be cutting Eugene Monroe in the near future. Here’s a potential replacement.

    Pick change; previously Zack Sanchez, CB

  8. New York Giants: C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
    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.



  9. Chicago Bears: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan 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 Cardale Jones, QB

  10. Miami Dolphins: Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas
    The Dolphins tried to sign C.J. Anderson, but failed. They clearly want a new running back to replace Lamar Miller, so here’s a possible solution.

    Pick change; previously Carl Nassib, DE

  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
    The Buccaneers managed to re-sign Chris Conte, but they still need another safety to go along with the cornerback they drafted in Round 2.

  12. Oakland Raiders: Deion Jones, LB, LSU
    I mocked Jaylon Smith to the Raiders in the past, but he’s not appealing now in the wake of recent reports about his injury. Regardless, a linebacker upgrade is needed.



  13. Los Angeles Rams: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
    The Rams appear to be content to just start Case Keenum, run the ball and play great defense, but they have to use a mid-round selection on a quarterback for the future.

    Pick change; previously Chris Jones, DE/DT

  14. Philadelphia Eagles: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
    I have the Eagles drafting Ezekiel Elliott in the first round, but they just as easily could take Vernon Hargreaves to improve their reeling secondary. If they don’t, they may opt to take a corner with their next selection.

    Pick change; previously Connor Cook, QB

  15. New Orleans Saints: Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State
    The Saints continue to address the defense, which has holes everywhere. This includes the linebacking corps, where help is needed next to Stephone Anthony.

  16. Philadelphia Eagles: Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
    The Eagles are moving back to the 4-3 – strange that they even switched to the 3-4 in the first place – which means they’ll need more defensive linemen for depth purposes.

    Pick change; previously Jeremy Cash, S

  17. Buffalo Bills: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
    Robert Woods is currently the starter across from Sammy Watkins, which is something that absolutely needs to change.

    Pick change; previously Shon Coleman, OT

  18. Atlanta Falcons: Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
    I have to believe the Falcons will be all over Javon Hargrave, who fits what they look for to a tee. They need depth at defensive tackle in the wake of Paul Soliai’s departure.

    Pick change; previously Jack Allen, C

  19. Indianapolis Colts: Alex McCalister, DE/OLB, Florida
    The Colts have several aging pass-rushers, so they should think about bringing in some young blood at the position.

  20. New York Jets: Tyler Matakevich, ILB, Temple
    It doesn’t appear as though Demario Davis is returning, but the Jets needed an upgrade over him anyway.

    Pick change; previously Jack Allen, C



  21. Washington Redskins: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
    Here’s another potential upgrade for Washington’s woeful secondary. A couple of early picks in the 2016 NFL Draft could certainly be used on defensive backs.

    Pick change; previously Graham Glasgow, C

  22. Houston Texans: T.J. Green, S, Clemson
    The Texans want to spend most of their selections upgrading the offense, but they’ll definitely pause and add a safety if they can find one for good value. That’s the case here.

    Pick change; previously Paul Perkins, RB

  23. Minnesota Vikings: Sean Davis, S, Maryland
    The Vikings have mentioned that they want to add another safety this offseason. Sean Davis fits exactly what Mike Zimmer is looking for from a defensive back.

  24. Cincinnati Bengals: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
    Defensive tackle is a big problem area for the Bengals, so it shouldn’t shock anyone if they grab two players at the position in the 2016 NFL Draft.



  25. Green Bay Packers: Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
    Eddie Lacy was so fat last year that the Packers want him to lose 30 pounds this offseason. Meanwhile, James Starks is an impending free agent. The Packers will be targeting a running back in the middle rounds.

  26. 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.

    Pick change; previously T.J. Green, S

  27. Seattle Seahawks: Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
    The Seahawks will make a big mistake if they don’t add multiple linemen this offseason to improve their pedestrian blocking.

  28. New England Patriots: Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State
    I’m sure Tom Brady is tired of throwing to pedestrian receivers. New England will have to give him a threat at wideout outside of Julian Edelman. Chris Hogan was added, but he’s not the type of receiver who can threaten defenses downfield.

  29. Arizona Cardinals: Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech
    Jeff Driskel seems like he’d fit well into Bruce Arians’ offense. Arians will have to look for a young quarterback to eventually supplant Carson Palmer, who had an epic meltdown in the playoffs.

  30. Carolina Panthers: Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
    Everyone saw how much the two Carolina tackles struggled in the Super Bowl. Something must be done about this.

  31. Denver Broncos: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
    Charlie Campbell reported that the Broncos like Dak Prescott, though it’s currently unclear how they feel about his brilliant decision to drink and drive. However, they took a chance on Shane Ray last year, so perhaps they’ll be content to obtain Prescott a round later than previously anticipated.

    Pick change; previously Tyler Matakevich, ILB



  32. Detroit Lions: Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
    Here’s another defensive lineman for the Lions, as they’ll need someone to replace Jason Jones if he leaves via free agency.

  33. New England Patriots: Jordan Jenkins, DE/OLB, Georgia
    Here’s another pass-rusher for the Patriots, as it might take more than one player to replace Chander Jones’ production.

  34. Seattle Seahawks: Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
    The Seahawks have Thomas Rawls set to take over for Marshawn Lynch, but depth is needed behind him.

  35. Denver Broncos: Beniquez Brown, ILB, Mississippi State
    Danny Trevathan signed with the Bears, while Brandon Marshall will head into free agency next spring. Help at inside linebacker is needed.



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