2016 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2

Last update: Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Changes for bowl results.
Next update: Next week. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

The order of this 2016 NFL Mock Draft based on the current NFL Draft Order.

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  1. Cleveland Browns: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
    The Browns have to use an early-round pick on a receiver eventually, right? They can’t keep going with retreads. A new starter across from Travis Benjamin is needed.

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    Pick change; previously Michael Thomas, WR

  2. Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
    The Titans have struggled to run the ball all year, as all of their running backs have disappointed. They’ll have to explore other options at the position. Luckily, Derrick Henry should be available atop Round 2.

  3. Dallas Cowboys: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
    Jerry Jones has said many stupid things recently, but he was right on the money when he stated that his team had to find a quality backup quarterback this offseason. Dallas has nothing behind Tony Romo, and it wouldn’t hurt to grab a future replacement for him either.

    Per Charlie Campbell, Carson Wentz is drawing first-round consideration, so the Cowboys are getting a steal here.

  4. San Francisco 49ers: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
    The 49ers struggled for many reasons in 2015. Poor play at right tackle was one of them. Anthony Davis unexpectedly retired, so that opened up a huge hole across from Joe Staley.

    Pick change; previously Corey Coleman, WR



  5. San Diego Chargers: Germain Ifedi, OT/G, Texas A&M
    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.

    Pick change; previously Jason Spriggs, OT

  6. Miami Dolphins: William Jackson, CB, Houston
    Miami’s secondary is a mess, as everyone took note in the Monday night loss to the Giants. The front office will have to find help at both cornerback and safety, so here’s the best-available player from either position.

  7. Baltimore Ravens: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
    Steve Smith previously announced that this will be his final season, so the Ravens will need a new starting receiver to go along with Breshad Perriman. Smith has since decided to try to return from his torn Achilles, but either way, Baltimore can’t count on him being there in 2016.

  8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Shilique Calhoun, DE/OLB, Michigan State
    The Jaguars could add an edge rusher or two, as Chris Clemons has completely fallen off.

    Pick change; previously Carl Nassib, DE/OLB



  9. New York Giants: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
    Whether it was Michael Strahan, or Osi Umenyiora, or Justin Tuck, or a two-handed Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants always had a terrific pass rush. That’s not the case anymore, as the Giants are in the bottom five in terms of sacks.

    Pick change; previously Jerald Hawkins, OT

  10. New Orleans Saints: Carl Nassib, DE/OLB, Penn State
    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 toimprove its ability to get to the quarterback.

    Pick change; previously Shilique Calhoun, DE/OLB

  11. St. Louis Rams: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
    The Rams have to overhaul their entire receiving corps, save for Tavon Austin. Tyler Boyd has some off-the-field concerns, but St. Louis won’t care about those.

  12. Detroit Lions: Adolphus Washington, DE/DT, Ohio State
    An upgrade for the defensive interior is obviously needed, as the Lions failed to replace Ndamukong Suh last offseason.

    Pick change; previously Jerald Hawkins, OT



  13. Chicago Bears: Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
    The Bears need as much defensive help as possible as they continue to transition into their new 3-4 scheme. The defensive line is comprised of mediocre players, at best, so this is an area the front office will have to upgrade this offseason.

  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Desmond King, CB, Iowa
    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.

  15. Buffalo Bills: Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
    The Bills have a couple of disappointing young linemen in guard John Miller and right tackle Cyrus Kouandjio. Both have struggled mightily thus far.

    Pick change; previously Jonathan Allen, DE/DT

  16. Oakland Raiders: Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson
    Despite his age, Charles Woodson is somehow playing like one of the top safeties in the NFL. Unfortunately for the Raiders, Woodson announced that he will retire after this season.



  17. St. Louis Rams: Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
    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.

  18. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
    The Colts need to stop screwing around and fix Andrew Luck’s offensive line, which has been an abomination for far too long. Its performance throughout this season has been an embarrassment. The tackles are fine, but every position on the interior has to be upgraded.

  19. 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.

  20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Denver Kirkland, G/OT, Arkansas
    A couple of things here: First, this is 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. Second, guard Ramon Foster will also be hitting the open market in March.

    Pick change; previously Kevon Seymour, CB



  21. 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.

  22. Washington Redskins: Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
    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.

  23. Seattle Seahawks: Shawn Oakman, DE/DT, Baylor
    No one should’ve been surprised that Shawn Oakman returned to school for 2015, 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: Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
    Chris Ivory has slowed down following a hot start. He’s an impending free agent in March, so the Jets may have to use a second-day selection on a running back.

    Pick change; previously Jordan Jenkins, DE/OLB



  25. Minnesota Vikings: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
    Harrison Smith might be the best safety in the NFL. However, the Vikings have nothing else at the position, and the last time I checked, most teams start two players there. Minnesota could be searching for help next to Smith come April. It’s also worth noting that Smith will be a free agent in March 2017, so some insurance isn’t a bad idea.

  26. Green Bay Packers: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
    Sticking with the theme of finding help for Aaron Rodgers, the Packers definitely could use an upgrade at tight end. Richard Rodgers is a hero for catching that Hail Mary, but hasn’t done much else.

    Pick change; previously Yannick Ngakoue, DE/OLB

  27. Kansas City Chiefs: Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri
    Derrick Johnson’s return to the lineup has been huge for Kansas City’s defense, but the team has a weakness right next to Johnson. Also, it needs to be considered that Johnson just turned 33, so he doesn’t have many dominant years left.

  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. Denver Broncos: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
    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, and he spent his time dropping passes in losses to Oakland and Pittsburgh. The Broncos could use a better tight end to properly replace Julius Thomas.

    Pick change; previously Hunter Henry, TE

  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.

  31. New England Patriots: Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
    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.

  32. Carolina Panthers: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
    The Panthers could use some interior defensive line depth, especially with some contracts expiring soon.



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