2016 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Friday, April 15, 2016. Major changes for the Rams-Titans trade.
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  1. Tennessee Titans: Alex McCalister, DE/OLB, Florida
    Teams are always looking for solid pass-rushing depth, and the Titans have none behind Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.

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    Pick change; previously Will Redmond, CB

  2. Cleveland Browns: Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
    The Browns have a new front office, so there’s no obligation to keep Justin Gilbert on the roster. They need a cornerback, as Tramon Williams can’t really start much longer.

    Pick change; previously Le’Raven Clark, OT

  3. San Diego Chargers: Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
    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 Graham Glasgow, C

  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: Connor McGovern, G, Missouri
    The 49ers have multiple holes on the offensive line that need to be addressed in order to protect their new quarterback. The guard situation is dire in the wake of Alex Boone’s departure.

    Pick change; previously Adolphus Washington, DT

  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: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
    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.

    Pick change; previously Zack Sanchez, CB

  8. New York Giants: Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State
    Here’s some much-needed help on the offensive line. John Jerry is a major liability and needs to be replaced.

    Pick change; previously C.J. Prosise, RB



  9. Chicago Bears: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn 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 Connor Cook, QB

  10. Miami Dolphins: C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
    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 Daniel Lasco, RB

  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sheldon Day, DE/DT, Notre Dame
    The Buccaneers drafted an edge rusher in the first round, but they also need some help in the interior to go along with Gerald McCoy.

    Pick change; previously Karl Joseph, S

  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. Tennessee Titans: Jalen Mills, S, LSU
    The Titans added a cornerback a round earlier, but they still have to find another defensive back. Safety is a big need as well.

  14. Philadelphia Eagles: Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
    Lane Johnson will move to the blind side once Jason Peters moves on, so the Eagles will need to find someone to take Johnson’s current spot.

    Pick change; previously Zack Sanchez, CB

  15. New Orleans Saints: Jason Fanaika, DE, Utah
    The Saints can continue to upgrade their horrible defensive line, as they really don’t have any edge rushers of note after Cameron Jordan. In a division comprised of Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston, New Orleans will have to improve its ability to get to the quarterback.

    Pick change; previously Joshua Perry, 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.

  17. Buffalo Bills: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
    Robert Woods is currently the starter across from Sammy Watkins, which is something that absolutely needs to change.

    Pick change; previously Pharoh Cooper, WR

  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: Blake Martinez, LB, Stanford
    The Colts lost Jerrell Freeman to the Bears this offseason, so they’ll be looking to find a replacement in the first few rounds of the draft.

    Pick change; previously Jalen Mills, S

  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: Jeremy Cash, S, Duke
    Here’s another potential upgrade for Washington’s woeful secondary. A couple of early or mid-round picks in the 2016 NFL Draft could certainly be used on defensive backs.

    Pick change; previously Jaylon Smith, LB

  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: Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
    Pacman Jones was terrific this past season, but with he and Leon Hall both older than 30, the Bengals will have to find some young blood at cornerback.

    Pick change; previously Leontee Carroo, WR



  25. Green Bay Packers: Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State
    The Packers have needed help at inside linebacker for quite some time, and that’s magnified now with Clay Matthews moving back outside.

    Pick change; previously Joshua Perry, LB

  26. Pittsburgh Steelers: Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah
    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 Jeremy Cash, S

  27. Seattle Seahawks: Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State
    The Seahawks lost Bruce Irvin this offseason, and they currently don’t have a viable replacement. They could find one in the first few rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Joe Haeg, OT

  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: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
    Jonathan Stewart doesn’t have many more years remaining in Carolina, so here’s an attempt to obtain a running back for the future.

    Pick change; previously Willie Beavers, 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: Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State
    The Lions have announced that Riley Reiff will return next year, but will he be around much longer than that? A long-term plan is needed for a team that struggled mightily to block last season.

    Pick change; previously Jihad Ward, DT

  33. New England Patriots: Jordan Jenkins, DE/OLB, Georgia
    The Patriots acquired a second-day pick for Chandler Jones, which I posted grades for in the NFL Free Agent Signing Grades page. So, why not replace Jones here? New England will have to address its pass rush.

  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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