2016 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2

Last update: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Major changes.
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The order of this 2016 NFL Mock Draft based on the NFL Power Rankings.

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  1. Cleveland Browns: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
    The Browns have to use an early-round pick on a receiver eventually, right? They can’t keep going with retreads.

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    Pick change; previously Josh Doctson, WR

  2. San Diego Chargers: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
    The Chargers couldn’t get Laremy Tunsil in the first round, so they’ll have to add a blocker at this juncture. Philip Rivers’ pass protection has been a mess this year, and it could be worse going forward with Joseph Barksdale bound to hit free agency. Meanwhile, blind-side protector King Dunlap hasn’t been able to stay in the lineup, thanks to numerous injuries. San Diego absolutely has to do something about its horrendous blocking.

  3. Tennessee Titans: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
    The Titans found help for their ailing secondary. Now, they need to build around Marcus Mariota by finding another play-maker for him. Justin Hunter has been a huge disappointment, while Kendall Wright will be a free agent after the 2016 season.

    Pick change; previously Corey Coleman, WR

  4. Baltimore Ravens: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
    Steve Smith announced that this will be his final season, so the Ravens will need a new starting receiver to go along with Breshad Perriman. Smith may decide to try to return from his torn Achilles, but either way, Baltimore can’t count on him being there in 2016. Tyler Boyd has some off-the-field concerns, but Baltimore won’t care about those.

    Pick change; previously Jonathan Allen, DE/DT



  5. New Orleans Saints: Carl Nassib, DE/OLB, Penn State
    The Saints can now look at the second level of their defense. 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 toimprove its ability to get to the quarterback.

  6. San Francisco 49ers: William Jackson, CB, Houston
    The 49ers lost both of their starting cornerbacks last offseason, so it’s not surprising that they’ve had poor showings from the remaining players at the position.

    Pick change; previously Jerald Hawkins, OT

  7. 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.

  8. Detroit Lions: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
    The Lions have a disappointing stable of running backs, including Ameer Abdullah, who is not an every-down player. We’ve seen teams spend consecutive second-round picks on running backs before (most recently, the Bengals), so Detroit could definitely consider Derrick Henry at this juncture.



  9. St. Louis Rams: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
    The Rams are so desperate at receiver that back-to-back wideouts are in play if they can get Laquon Treadwell in the first round.

    Pick change; previously Tyler Boyd, WR

  10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Su’a Cravens, S/LB, USC
    The Jaguars shouldn’t be too afraid to pick Su’a Cravens here, as they need to continue to bolster their sorry secondary. Their safety play has been atrocious.

    Pick change; previously William Jackson, CB

  11. New York Giants: Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
    The Giants spent an early pick last year on an offensive tackle, and they may do the same this offseason. New York may move on from the injury-prone Will Beatty, who has a cap of hit of more than $9 million next season.

    Pick change; previously Germain Ifedi, OT/G

  12. St. Louis Rams: Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
    The Rams signed Nick Fairley this past offseason, but Fairley will be a free agent again in March. If the front office doesn’t retain him, a second-day choice could be used on depth.



  13. Oakland Raiders: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
    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 Kentrell Brothers, LB

  14. Chicago Bears: Shilique Calhoun, DE/OLB, Michigan State
    The Bears need to bolster their defense. Willie Young hasn’t transitioned well into the 3-4, so like Jared Allen, he could be traded at some point. Chicago has to find a solid pass-rusher across from Pernell McPhee, and Leonard Floyd is the top prospect available.

  15. Miami Dolphins: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
    Miami’s secondary is a mess. 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 Jarran Reed, DT

  16. Atlanta Falcons: Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU
    I don’t trust these Atlanta linebackers, outside of Brooks Reed, so the Falcons could opt to strengthen this group during the offseason.



  17. Houston Texans: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
    Teams expect Christian Hackenberg to be chosen in the latter half of the second round. I’m sure the Texans would take a chance on him, given that Bill O’Brien got the most out of him when he was at Penn State.

  18. Buffalo Bills: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
    I’ve mentioned Mario Williams as someone who hasn’t played up to his potential. The same can be said for Kyle Williams, who turns 33 this offseason. Considering that he’s due $7 million in 2016, the Bills could part ways with him.

    Pick change; previously Emmanuel Ogbah, DE

  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
    The Buccaneers might have the weakest group of cornerbacks in the NFL. Alterraun Verner has been an abomination this season, while Johnthan Banks has only been marginally better, but only by default. This is an area that absolutely must be addressed this offseason.

    Pick change; previously Kendall Fuller, CB

  20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
    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 Hunter Henry, TE



  21. Washington Redskins: Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
    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 Darian Thompson, S

  22. Indianapolis Colts: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
    Vontae Davis is having one of his worst seasons in a while, yet he’s still the best corner the Colts have. That tells you how the dire the situation is for Indianapolis at the position.

    Pick change; previously Sebastian Tretola, G

  23. Seattle Seahawks: Shawn Oakman, DE/DT, Baylor
    No one should’ve been surprised that Shawn Oakman returned to school, given that he was widely viewed as a second-day project. In fact, one general manager has him as a fifth- to seventh-rounder. Oakman has loads of potential and athleticism, however, so if he can actually learn how to play football, he could sneak into the first round.

  24. New York Jets: Jordan Jenkins, DE/OLB, Georgia
    Here’s a linebacker for the Jets, one who can rush the quarterback from the exterior, which is something New York has had issues with in the past few years.



  25. Kansas City Chiefs: Jacoby Brissett, QB, N.C. State
    The next four-plus games will be crucial for Alex Smith (and also the fans) in Kansas City. Smith can save his job by playing well down the stretch and taking the team on a run into the playoffs (so far, so good). The fans, as a result, will be miserable because they’ll have to watch more of Smith’s dinks and dunks going forward. However, if Smith continues to struggle, the stubborn Andy Reid may be forced to abandon him. If so, a quarterback is in play at this juncture.

  26. Green Bay Packers: Anthony Zettel, DE/DT, Penn State
    Datone Jones has been playing better lately, but defensive end is still a position that could be addressed, given that Mike Daniels is an impending free agent.

    Pick change; previously Chris Jones, DE/DT

  27. Minnesota Vikings: Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas
    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 Cody Whitehair, G

  28. Cincinnati Bengals: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
    The Bengals have some issues at linebacker. Vontaze Burfict’s health is a concern. Vincent Rey is an impending free agent. A.J. Hawk doesn’t have much left in the tank. An early-round pick could be used on some help at the position.

  29. New England Patriots: Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
    The Patriots rush the passer well right now, but two of their top three edge defenders, Jabaal Sheard and Rob Ninkovich, will be free agents in March 2017. Here’s a pass-rusher who could start in his second season if both players move on.

  30. Arizona Cardinals: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
    The Cardinals have lacked a potent edge rusher for quite a while, so here’s their chance to upgrade the position. Noah Spence would be a first-round prospect if it wasn’t for his off-the-field issues. Arizona could take a chance on him, given how well the Tyrann Mathieu pick worked out.

    Pick change; previously Jack Allen, C

  31. Denver Broncos: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
    Owen Daniels has been a failure thus far – save for his inexplicable performance at Indianapolis – prompting John Elway to trade for Vernon Davis. The problem is, Davis hasn’t played well for two years now. The Broncos could use a better tight end to properly replace Julius Thomas.

    Pick change; previously O.J. Howard, TE

  32. Carolina Panthers: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
    The Panthers could use some interior defensive line depth, especially with some contracts expiring soon.



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