2016 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Major changes.
Next update: Next week. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

The order of this 2016 NFL Mock Draft based on the NFL Power Rankings.

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  1. Cleveland Browns: Yannick Ngakoue, DE/OLB, Maryland
    It wouldn’t hurt if the Browns added another pass-rusher, given that their edge players all are having issues getting to the quarterback this season.

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  2. Tennessee Titans: Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
    The Titans found some help for Marcus Mariota. Now, it’s time to upgrade the defense. The secondary in particular needs some work, as Tennessee needs better safety play to beat Andrew Luck.

  3. San Diego Chargers: Dan Voltz, C, Wisconsin
    The Chargers said goodbye to Nick Hardwick this 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. New Orleans Saints: Desmond King, CB, Iowa
    The Saints have to bolster their secondary. They need to do everything in their power to get Brandon Browner off the field.



  5. San Francisco 49ers: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
    The 49ers passed on quarterbacks in the opening two rounds, but they could take a signal-caller of the future here, as it’s dangerous to go into 2016 with just Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert.

    Pick change; previously Zack Sanchez, CB

  6. Dallas Cowboys: Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri
    The Cowboys will probably be looking for a linebacker at some point. Rolando McClain is an impending free agent, while Sean Lee has an extensive injury history.

    Pick change; previously Cameron Sutton, CB

  7. Philadelphia Eagles: Travin Duval, WR, LSU
    Jordan Matthews can’t stop dropping passes, while Nelson Agholor hasn’t done anything yet. The Eagles could add another receiver to the mix.

  8. St. Louis Rams: Kevon Seymour, CB, USC
    Trumaine Johnson is an impending free agent, so the Rams could explore the cornerback position early in the 2016 NFL Draft.



  9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Carl Lawson, DE/OLB, Auburn
    The Jaguars could add an edge rusher or two, as Chris Clemons has completely fallen off.

    Pick change; previously Vonn Bell, S

  10. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Jones, DE/DT, Mississippi State
    Chris Canty doesn’t have many years ahead of him in the NFL, and the Ravens need to bolster their pass rush. They can do so by addressing their defensive line, finding a third player to go along with Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan.

    Pick change; previously Cordrea Tankersley, CB

  11. Philadelphia Eagles: Tyler Johnstone, OT, Oregon
    Chip Kelly screwed up big time by letting go of both Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans this offseason, and he’s now paying the price. Meanwhile, Jason Peters doesn’t have much more left in the tank.

    Pick change; previously Alex Redmond, G

  12. Oakland Raiders: Nate Andrews, S, Florida State
    Despite his age, Charles Woodson is somehow playing like one of the top safeties in the NFL. As remarkable as this is, Woodson can’t last much longer, so here’s a future replacement.



  13. Chicago Bears: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
    Martellus Bennett hasn’t taken to Adam Gase’s system, so he’s not expected to be back next year, given his high salary. The Bears will be in the market for a new tight end.

    Pick change; previously Tyler Johnstone, OT

  14. Miami Dolphins: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
    As mentioned in the previous round, the Dolphins need help all over their secondary. The cornerback poisition is a problem, as Brent Grimes is no longer the same player.

    Pick change; previously Miles Killebrew, S

  15. New York Giants: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
    With some impending free agents on the horizon at cornerback, the Giants could use a mid-round selection on the position.

    Pick change; previously Maurice Canady, CB

  16. Houston Texans: Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
    It’s amazing that DeAndre Hopkins is so productive, considering that there’s no one drawing attention across from him. The Texans want that to change.

    Pick change; previously Karl Joseph, S



  17. Buffalo Bills: Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
    A second defensive tackle, as the Bills already needed depth with Kyle Williams on the roster.

    Pick change; previously Vernon Butler, DT

  18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah
    It’s a sad day when Chris Conte is your top safety. The Buccaneers absolutely have to do something about this.

    Pick change; previously Jeremy Cash, S

  19. Atlanta Falcons: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
    With Roddy White on his way out soon, the Falcons will need to find a third receiver to go along with Julio Jones and Leonard Hankerson.

  20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Germain Ifedi, OT/G, Texas A&M
    Here’s some insurance for Kelvin Beachum, who tore his ACL. On top of being hurt, Beachum is an impending free agent, so it’s unclear if he’ll be back next year.

    Pick change; previously Kyle Murphy, OT



  21. Washington Redskins: Jeremy Cash, S, Duke
    Here’s a 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 Nick Martin, C

  22. Indianapolis Colts: Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
    Here’s more help for the interior of Indianapolis’ offensive line. It’s imperative that they upgrade Andrew Luck’s protection.

    Pick change; previously Max Tuerk, C

  23. New York Jets: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
    Chris Ivory had a great start to his season, but he hasn’t run as well recently. He’s a type of running back that usually doesn’t last very long, and it may not even matter to the Jets because he’s an impending free agent anyway.

  24. Seattle Seahawks: Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
    Here’s more help for Seattle’s offensive line. It goes without saying that the team will be so much more potent offensively if Russell Wilson’s blocking improves.

    Pick change; previously Sheldon Day, DT



  25. Kansas City Chiefs: Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida
    The Chiefs need a receiver besides Jeremy Maclin. When Maclin left the game against the Chargers, the offense looked pretty lost for a while.

    Pick change; previously Rashard Higgins, WR

  26. Minnesota Vikings: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
    The Vikings could stand to benefit adding some depth to the interior of their defensive front.

  27. Green Bay Packers: Joshua Perry, DE/OLB, Ohio State
    Even if the Packers move Clay Matthews back outside, they’ll still need some pass-rushing depth, as Julius Peppers won’t be around much longer.

    Pick change; previously Tyler Matakevich, ILB

  28. Cincinnati Bengals: De’Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State
    Andy Dalton has enjoyed having more weapons to throw to, but there’s a chance he could lose some this offseason, as Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu will both be impending free agents. The Bengals don’t have much depth at receiver, as we saw last year, so they’ll probably have to spend multiple resources on improving this area.

  29. Arizona Cardinals: Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor
    Someone to push D.J. Humphries, perhaps? Humphries hasn’t looked like he can play in the NFL at all.

  30. New England Patriots: Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
    Considering the poor pass protection Tom Brady has endured this season, Bill Belichick may want to spend an early selection on a blocker.

    Pick change; previously Denver Kirkland, OT

  31. Denver Broncos: Max Tuerk, C, USC
    Denver’s offensive line hasn’t blocked well at all this season. John Elway will need to find Peyton Manning (or Brock Osweiler?) better blocking next offseason.

    Pick change; previously Isaac Seumalo, C

  32. Carolina Panthers: Denver Kirkland, OT, Arkansas
    Four of the five Carolina offensive linemen have blocked very well this year. The exception is the blind-side protector, Michael Oher. The Panthers could target a potential upgrade early in the draft.

    Pick change; previously Parker Ehinger, OT



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