2016 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Monday, April 25, 2016. Major changes. Round 7 added.
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  1. Tennessee Titans: Jeremy Cash, S, Duke
    I had the Titans upgrading their cornerback situation atop Round 2. The other position in the secondary needs to be addressed as well.

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  2. Cleveland Browns: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
    The Browns told Robert Griffin that he would be competing with a young quarterback, so someone like Connor Cook could be an option on Day 2. Cook has some leadership issues, otherwise he’d be going a round earlier than this.

  3. San Diego Chargers: Shilique Calhoun, DE/OLB, Michigan State
    The Chargers spent a second-round pick on Jeremiah Attaochu recently, but they’ll have to use an early choice on another rush linebacker soon, given that Melvin Ingram will be hitting free agency soon.

    Pick change; previously Nick Martin, C

  4. Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
    The Cowboys will consider Dak Prescott in the second half of Day 2. They want a solid backup as well as a successor for Tony Romo. As a Hall of Fame running back once said, this is killing two stones with one bird.

    Pick change; previously Javon Hargrave, DT



  5. San Francisco 49ers: Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
    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.

  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jordan Jenkins, DE/OLB, Georgia
    If the Jaguars don’t draft Joey Bosa at No. 5 overall, they’ll likely be searching for an edge rusher at this juncture. They really don’t have much in terms of an exterior pass rush.

    Pick change; previously Jalen Mills, S

  7. Baltimore Ravens: Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
    The Ravens are considering DeForest Buckner with the sixth pick, as they need help up front, especially in the wake of Chris Canty’s departure.

    Pick change; previously Alex Collins, RB

  8. New York Giants: Sheldon Day, DE/DT, Notre Dame
    The Giants signed Damon “Snacks” Harrison in free agency, but they still don’t possess a defensive tackle who specializes in rushing the passer.

    Pick change; previously Kyler Fackrell, OLB



  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: Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
    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: James Bradberry, CB, Samford
    The Buccaneers might have the weakest group of cornerbacks in the NFL. Alterraun Verner was an abomination this past season, while Johnthan Banks has only been marginally better, but only by default. This is an area that absolutely must be addressed this offseason. And no, signing Brent Grimes doesn’t count as addressing the position.

  12. Oakland Raiders: Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
    The Raiders brought back Donald Penn, which was a key move, but it wouldn’t hurt them if they manged to find a successor at some point in the middle rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft. Besides, depth on the offensive line is important, as the Packers discovered this past year.

    Pick change; previously Deion Jones, LB



  13. Tennessee Titans: Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Boise State
    Teams are always looking for solid pass-rushing depth, and the Titans have none behind Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.

  14. Cleveland Browns: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
    The Browns lost Travis Benjamin to free agency. That left just Josh Gordon as a viable receiving option, and now it’s sounding like Gordon won’t be playing for a while in the wake of his recent failed drug test. Check out the Disaster Grades for more on Gordon.

  15. New Orleans Saints: Deion Jones, LB, LSU
    The Saints need to continue upgrading their defense, as they need help on all three levels. They have to improve upon Dannell Ellerbe, who was horrible last year.

  16. Philadelphia Eagles: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
    The Eagles could use a play-making threat out of the slot. Chris Givens was signed, but he’s not any sort of long-term answer.

  17. Buffalo Bills: Adolphus Washington, DE/DT, Ohio State
    Kyle Williams, who turns 33 this offseason, is due $7 million in 2016, so the Bills could part ways with him.

  18. Atlanta Falcons: Bronson Kaufusi, DE/DT, BYU
    The Falcons desperately need to upgrade their pass rush. I mentioned someone like Shaq Lawson in Round 1. Bronson Kaufusi makes a ton of sense here as well.

  19. Indianapolis Colts: KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
    Vontae Davis is coming off a down year, and yet he was still Indianapolis’ best cornerback by a wide margin. Help here is definitely needed.

  20. New York Jets: Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
    As of this writing, Ryan Fitzpatrick is still on the open market. Charlie Campbell reported that the Jets have been scouting quarterbacks hard this offseason, perhaps well aware that some team would outbid them for Fitzpatrick (or knowing he’d ask for too much money). With that in mind, Cardale Jones is a strong possibility here. From the sound of it, Jones will be chosen in the second day, and he projects as a great fit for Chan Gailey’s offense.



  21. Washington Redskins: T.J. Green, S, Clemson
    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.

  22. Houston Texans: Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
    The Texans need to replace Jared Crick, so here’s a viable candidate to start in his spot going forward.

  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: Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
    The Bengals need to bolster the interior of their defensive line, as Domata Peko is no longer the same player he once was. There should be a couple of defensive tackles to choose from toward the end of the first few rounds.



  25. Green Bay Packers: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
    Jaylon Smith’s medical recheck went terribly, and some teams now list him as a sixth- or seventh-round prospect. It’s unfortunate, but perhaps some team will take a chance on him at the end of Day 2.

    Pick change; previously Shilique Calhoun, DE/OLB

  26. Pittsburgh Steelers: Willie Henry, DT, Michigan
    The Steelers are going to consider a nose tackle in the first round to replace Steve McLendon. If they wait on one, this is certainly a possibility.

    Pick change; previously Miles Killebrew, S

  27. Seattle Seahawks: Connor McGovern, G, Missouri
    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: Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State
    The Cardinals might just have the best team in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have holes on their roster. In fact, they have a big need at inside linebacker.

    Pick change; previously Kevin Hogan, QB

  30. Carolina Panthers: Harlan Miller, CB, SE Louisiana
    The Panthers lost Josh Norman to the Redskins – go here for the Josh Norman signing grade – so they’ll have to take a cornerback in the first two rounds of the draft.

    Pick change; previously Leonte Carroo, WR

  31. Denver Broncos: Hassan Ridgeway, NT, Texas
    The Broncos had a nice pair of starting defensive ends in Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson, but the latter has signed elsewhere. A better nose tackle is also a possibility.

    Pick change; previously Dak Prescott, QB



  32. Detroit Lions: Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
    The Lions had some solid cornerback play last year, but they lost one player at the position in Rashean Mathis, who announced his retirement. Depth is needed.

  33. New England Patriots: Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan
    The Patriots acquired Jonathan Cooper, but they’re fooling themselves if they believe he’s the answer to their blocking woes.

  34. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
    The Seahawks have Thomas Rawls set to take over for Marshawn Lynch, but depth is needed behind him.

  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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