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2016 NFL Mock Draft with NFL Comparisons
Published at 4/9/2016 5:56:51 PM
Comparisons are based off of playing style and body type not NFL expectations.
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Lee is a rangy, sideline-to-sideline LB who has a knack for finding the football, and taking the perfect angle to the ball. Dan Quinn likes speed on his defense Lee gives him just that.
NFL Comparison: Kwon Alexander
Andrew Luck spent most of the 2015 season on the sidelines, if Indy wants to get back to the playoffs they need to make sure that doesn't happen again. Conklin is a very technically sound blocker who lacks athleticism. He can recover when beaten and has good power.
NFL Comparison: Riley Reiff
Rex Ryan's defense needs help up front after the release of Mario Williams. Lawson is a natural fit as a 3-4 OLB. Lawson knows how to set the edge against the run. His size makes him a great run defender. Lacks the hip flexibility to consistently turn the corner as an edge rusher.
NFL Comparison: Courtney Upshaw
Todd Bowles's defense could use an outside pass rusher, and he might be getting the best one in the draft. Spence spent most of his college career at Ohio State before failing 2 different drug tests. He then transferred to Eastern Kentucky. Spence also may have some trouble setting the edge as a run defender. All of that being said, Spence is an insanely gifted pass rusher. He has multiple moves to get to the QB and has a high football IQ. Spence fits best as a 3-4 OLB. Spence has taken responsibility for his actions and has worked hard to show teams those problems are in his past.
NFL Comparison: Whitney Mercilus
The Redskins could use a big man upfront. Billings is a big, powerful nose tackle who has playmaking potential at the next level. He plays with great pad level, and leverage. Billings has the ability to be an elite run stuffer at the next level. He's still young and is very raw as a pass rusher and he lacks athleticism.
NFL Comparison: Chris Baker
Brock Osweiler could use a quick, speedy receiver to compliment DeAndre Hopkins, and there's none better than Corey Coleman. Coleman is quick off the line. He has quick feet, and can get over the top of almost any corner. Despite his small stature, Coleman knows how to win 50-50 balls. Coleman has had a problem with drops, and ran a limited number of routes in college.
NFL Comparison: John Brown
Teddy Bridgewater needs weapons in the passing game, Doctson addresses that need. Doctson is a true redzone threat who knows how to win jump balls by using his length. Doctson has strong hands, and good acceleration, but doesn't have high end speed. He needs to work on his route running, and needs to add weight to beat press at the next level.
NFL Comparison: Terrance Williams
After the departures of both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati could use another wide receiver opposite AJ Green. Will Fuller is a fast receiver who excels at running deep routes. He knows what to do when the ball is in his hands, and he always knows where he is on the field. Fuller is a body catcher who does not have natural hands. He will leave you scratching your head at times because of drops.
NFL Comparison: Ted Ginn Jr.
The Steelers secondary is by far their biggest need. Apple gives them the long, speedy, tough corner they've been missing since Ike Taylor. Apple is a big corner with speed, and the ability to play the ball in the air. Apple is a willing run defender that rarely loses contain. He's been praised for his work ethic and improvement in technique. Apple can at times be inconsistent as a tackler, and gets caught holding too often. Apple is a big physical corner, with speed.
NFL Comparison: Trumaine Johnson
Decker fills the hole left by the departure of Russell Okung. Decker has good size and strength to play at the next level. Plays upright and needs to work on his footwork.
NFL Comparison: Sebastian Vollmer
After the retirement of BJ Raji the Packers need another interior defensive lineman. Reed is a strong player who knows how to play with leverage. He has the ability to eat up blocks. Reed closes gaps, and finds the ball quickly with great instincts. He can shed blocks easily. The biggest knock on Reed is that he is not an effective pass rusher, he will need to be taken off the field on third downs.
NFL Comparison: Michael Brockers
With Sean Smith now in Oakland, the Chiefs secondary has a hole opposite of Marcus Peters. Jackson is a long corner with impressive speed. He has good ball skills, and instincts. Jackson is also a threat to take interceptions to the house. Jackson is not an aggressive run defender, and he needs to play with more strength in press coverage at the next level.
NFL Comparison: Phillip Gaines
The Cardinals could use a nickel corner and Alexander is the ideal nickel corner. Alexander is an aggressive player that isn't afraid to get physical. Alexander didn't allow a single touchdown in college. He has great instincts and knows how to read a receiver. Alexander is a smaller corner, who was rarely targeted in college, this lead to him never recording an interception.
NFL Comparison: Desmond Trufant
After the release of Roman Harper, the Panthers have a hole to fill in their secondary. Bell is a good coverage safety with great instincts and reaction time. Bell always knows where he is supposed to be and is rarely out of position. He's had trouble losing the receiver when he tries to read the QBs eyes. He lacks power when tackling in run defense.
NFL Comparison: Kurt Coleman
Despite what John Elway says Mark Sanchez is not the answer at QB. At 6'7" Lynch is a tall QB. Lynch has quick feet, and is a more than capable scrambler. He has a quick release, and good arm strength when he transfers his weight. Has shown good leadership, and makes good decisions. Lynch needs to improve his accuracy on the run. He also needs to be more consistent with his footwork, and be quicker going through his progressions.
NFL Comparison: Brock Osweiler