2016 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Major changes.
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  1. Tennessee Titans: Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
    The Titans had major issues at cornerback this past season, so even if they spend the first pick on Jalen Ramsey, I don’t think they’ll be done addressing this position.

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  2. Cleveland Browns: Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
    Negotiations between the Browns and Mitchell Schwartz came to a close with Schwartz moving on. 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.

  4. Dallas Cowboys: Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
    The Cowboys didn’t have the greatest depth at defensive tackle this past season, so perhaps this is one area they’ll fix.



  5. San Francisco 49ers: Adolphus Washington, DE/DT, Ohio State
    Adolphus Washington drops because of numerous character concerns, but the 49ers would gladly take a chance on him at this juncture, as he fits all the qualities they look for. Some help on the defensive line is needed as well.

    Pick change; previously Vadal Alexander, G

  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
    The Jaguars signed Tashaun Gipson this offseason, but they may not be done at safety. John Cyprien has struggled at the other spot, so here’s some needed competition.

  7. Baltimore Ravens: Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
    The Ravens added Eric Weddle via free agency, which was a nice move. However, they also need help at cornerback, and there’s no way Jalen Ramsey is sliding to No. 6.

  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.

  10. Miami Dolphins: Daniel Lasco, RB, California
    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.

  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.

  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.

  15. New Orleans Saints: Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio 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.

    Pick change; previously Blake Martinez, LB

  16. Philadelphia Eagles: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
    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 Austin Johnson, DT

  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.

  18. Atlanta Falcons: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
    It’s about time the Falcons finally obtain a replacement for Tony Gonzalez. Matt Ryan has been terrible in the red zone ever since Gonzalez’s departure.

  19. Indianapolis Colts: Jalen Mills, S, LSU
    Indianapolis’ best safety is a guy who just turned 35 this offseason. The team is in desperate need of some young blood at the position.

    Pick change; previously Nick Vigil, LB

  20. New York Jets: Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn
    The Jets will have to find a long-term answer at left tackle soon, given that D’Brickashaw Ferguson will be 33 at some point during the 2016 campaign. In the meantime, an upgrade at right tackle would be welcome, as Breno Giacomini struggled last year.



  21. Washington Redskins: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
    Inside linebacker is definitely a position of weakness for the Redskins. They could take a chance on Jaylon Smith, who is very high-risk, high-reward. Smith is one of the top talents in this class, but he may never play in the NFL because of nerve damage in his knee.

    Pick change; previously Jalen Mills, S

  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.

  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: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
    Even though the two receivers the Bengals lost were overrated – and currently overpaid – they still need a ton of help at the position. As a result, they could double dip at receiver.



  25. Green Bay Packers: Yannick Ngakoue, DE/OLB, Maryland
    Even with Clay Matthews moving back outside, an edge rusher will be looked at. Julius Peppers won’t be around much longer, and Nick Perry hasn’t really done anything, so the Packers could be selecting a future starter with this choice.

    Pick change; previously Joshua Perry, LB

  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.

  27. Seattle Seahawks: Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State
    The Seahawks will make a big mistake if they don’t add multiple linemen this offseason to improve their pedestrian blocking.

    Pick change; previously Joshua Garnett, G

  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: Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
    Everyone saw how much the two Carolina tackles struggled in the Super Bowl. Something must be done about this.

    Pick change; previously Joe Haeg, OT

  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.



  32. Detroit Lions: Jihad Ward, DE/DT, Illinois
    The Lions obviously need a big boost at defensive tackle after failing to properly replace Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley last offseason.

    Pick change; previously Willie Beavers, OT

  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: James Bradberry, CB, Samford
    Seattle’s latest mid-round tall cornerback, James Bradberry could help an ailing secondary that couldn’t stop Cam Newton in the divisional round.

  35. Denver Broncos: Tyler Matakevich, ILB, Temple
    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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