Pre-Combine Three-Round Mock Draft

Written by Matt LaPan on February 18, 2016

1) Tennessee Titans: 2015 Record – 3-13

Laremy Tunsil – OT – Mississippi

The Titans are in a great spot to get their franchise left tackle with Tunsil. Protecting their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota should be top priority, and this pick proves that the team is doing just that.

2) Cleveland Browns: 2015 Record – 3-13

Jared Goff – QB – California

The Browns have so many needs to fill that it is hard to know where to start. Getting the quarterback of the future is a good start. Goff can make all the throws needed in the NFL, and should give a solid foundation to the rebuilding Browns.

3) San Diego Chargers: 2015 Record – 4-12

Joey Bosa – EDGE – Ohio State

Bosa is arguably the best player in the draft, and is too good for the Chargers to pass on. He brings a solid defensive presence and can get after the quarterback. His presence alone should lift some of the Chargers defenders around him.

4) Dallas Cowboys: 2015 Record – 4-12

Jalen Ramsey – DB – Florida State

After hitting on a prospect such as Byron Jones in 2015, the Cowboys go back into the defensive backfield and take another athletic defensive back. Ramsey can play cornerback, but will likely transition to safety in the NFL. His addition will help add to a struggling defensive backfield in Dallas.

5) Jacksonville Jaguars: 2015 Record – 5-11

DeForest Buckner – DL – Oregon

The Jaguars are another team with a lot of needs to fill. They get a true disruptive force up front with Buckner. He can play anywhere along the defensive line, and make plays from any spot. He will bring a playmaking ability to a Jaguars front that is in need of a playmaker.

6) Baltimore Ravens: 2015 Record – 5-11

Ronnie Stanley – OT – Notre Dame

Protecting Joe Flacco is priority number one for the Ravens. Adding Stanley with secure the left tackle spot that was not good in 2015. This will allow for Flacco, or any other quarterback that might need to pay in 2016, to have enough time for big plays to develop.

7) San Francisco 49ers: 2015 Record – 5-11

Laquon Treadwell – WR – Mississippi

With Chip Kelly in the fold, it appears the 49ers will stay put at quarterback with Colin Kaepernick. They will need to get him some more solid weapons if they want him to succeed. Treadwell is a long strider with good quickness in and out of his breaks. He is a danger to take any pass and turn it into a big play. He is also a solid blocker on the outside, something that is important in a Kelly offense.

8) Miami Dolphins: 2015 Record – 6-10

Vernon Hargreaves III – CB – Florida

The Miami defense is due for an upgrade in 2016 and they start the process with a solid outside defender. Hargreaves has the ability to be a top corner on most teams – showing good footwork, fluid hips and great ball skills.

9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2015 Record – 6-10

Noah Spence – EDGE – Eastern Kentucky

Spence greatly helped his stock with a huge week at the Senior Bowl. His skills have never been a question, but he shined both on and off the field in Mobile, according to reports. He brings a speed rush and relentless pursuit that the Tampa Bay defense needs.

10) New York Giants: 2015 Record – 6-10

Reggie Ragland – LB – Alabama

The Giants are in need of a linebacker, and they have their run of the top linebackers at 10. They go with Ragland to solidify their run defense. He was one of the top performers at Senior Bowl practices, and has the size, speed, toughness and experience to excel from day one in the NFL.

11) Chicago Bears: 2015 Record – 6-10

Myles Jack – LB – UCLA

The Bears do not get Ragland, but end up with an equally impressive linebacker. Jack is athletic, strong and has great instincts. He can make plays all over the field. If his medicals all check out, he is a great selection at 11.

12) New Orleans Saints: 2015 Record – 7-9

Sheldon Rankins – DL – Louisville

Rankins was another top performer at the Senior Bowl before suffering an injury. With that likely to check out, he can bring a disruptive presence to the interior of the New Orleans defensive line. He is quick off the ball and plays with heavy hands, getting into the backfield with ease.

13) Philadelphia Eagles: 2015 Record – 7-9

Jaylon Smith – LB – Notre Dame

Despite a gruesome injury, Smith’s ability in some of the best in this entire draft class. The Eagles take a major chance with this pick, but it will work for them in the long-term. Philadelphia fans might hate the pick now, but in time it will work.

14) Oakland Raiders: 2015 Record – 7-9

Mackensie Alexander – CB – Clemson

The Raiders have built a strong offense, and are in the midst of building a good defense. They do need improved cornerback play, however. Alexander has the size, toughness and confidence to excel in the NFL, and should be exactly what Oakland needs.

15) LA Rams: 2015 Record – 7-9

Carson Wentz – QB – North Dakota State

The Rams quarterback play was anything but strong in 2015. They have the ability to draft Wentz, who might be the best quarterback in this class in the long run. Wentz will likely not be a star from day one, but his skill set and ability to read the field make him a perfect long-term option for LA.

16) Detroit Lions: 2015 Record – 7-9

A’Shawn Robinson – DL – Alabama

Robinson has the ability to make plays for the Lions, despite having less than ideal athleticism. He does a good job getting off blocks and swallows blockers in the middle. He will a big need for the Lions, and should add some toughness to the Detroit defense.

17) Atlanta Falcons: 2015 Record – 8-8

Shaq Lawson – EDGE – Clemson

The Falcons defense needs more playmakers. They get just that in Lawson. He is quick off the ball, plays with great leverage and is relentless. He should be a favorite in Dan Quinn’s defense, and has a chance to make a big impact from day one.

18) Indianapolis Colts: 2015 Record – 8-8

Robert Nkemdiche – DL – Mississippi

After once being considered a lock in the top-5, Nkemdiche has taken a fall due to off-field issues. He is still an athletic freak who is extremely disruptive in both the run and pass game. The Colts defense continued to struggle up front in 2015, and need to improve. Bringing in a player with the ceiling of Nkemdiche will do just that.

19) Buffalo Bills: 2015 Record – 8-8

Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio State

The Bills have nearly their entire tackle group in flux going into this offseason. Adding a player who can become the starting left tackle from day one is a major plus. Decker has great length and strength and sets a solid anchor.

20) New York Jets: 2015 Record – 10-6

Darron Lee – LB – Ohio State

The Jets get a near perfect fit with Lee. He is an athletic playmaker who should excel in Todd Bowles’ defense. He has the speed to make plays all over the field, and the agility to get after the quarterback.

21) Washington Redskins: 2015 Record – 9-7

Eli Apple – CB – Ohio State

The Redskins made major strides in 2015, improving their defense will help them make more in 2016. Apple is a solid cornerback with good ball skills. He uses quick feet to stay with opposing receivers, and should be an upgrade for Washington at cornerback.

22) Houston Texans: 2015 Record – 9-7

Paxton Lynch – QB – Memphis

Many believe Bill O’Brien will wait for a later selection to select a quarterback (maybe Christian Hackenberg). The Texans cannot wait around and take the chance, however. They get a chance at one of the top quarterbacks in the class with Lynch on the board still. He has the size, arm strength and decision making to drastically improve the Texans quarterback play right away. He is likely not a franchise savior in 2016, but should help a playoff team improve even further.

23) Minnesota Vikings: 2015 Record – 11-5

Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor

Coleman knows how to get open and how to get into the end zone. This is much needed for Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings passing offense. After having one of the worst passing offenses in the NFL, adding Coleman should improve that. This will also loosen up defenses, not allowing them to stack the box against the run as much.

24) Cincinnati Bengals: 2015 Record – 12-4

Andrew Billings – DL – Baylor

Billings is an extremely disruptive interior lineman that uses a quick, explosive first step to create havoc in both the run and pass game. He adds to a strong defense, and could help be one of the factors that gets the Bengals over the playoff hump.

25) Pittsburgh Steelers: 2015 Record – 10-6

Darian Thompson – S – Boise State

With an explosive offense, the Steelers need to focus on the defense in this draft. Thompson is tough, fast and sees the field extremely well. His addition fills a huge need and allows the defense to get more aggressive.

26) Seattle Seahawks: 2015 Record – 10-6

Jason Spriggs – OT – Indiana

The Seahawks offensive line was a disaster at times in 2015. Despite having a mobile quarterback in Russell Wilson, they still struggled to protect him. Spriggs is a long, athletic tackle that plays with a great toughness. He has a body and playing style that are ready for NFL play. He should slot in at either tackle spot from the moment he is selected.

27) Green Bay Packers: 2015 Record – 10-6

Jarran Reed – DL – Alabama

While the Packers have other needs on the defense, adding a player with the ability of Reed is too enticing to pass on. He plays with great strength and leverage, allowing others to make plays behind him. He does make his fair share of plays, however, proving to be a very difficult block.

28) Kansas City Chiefs: 2015 Record – 11-5

Jonathan Bullard – DL – Florida

The Chiefs defense has a lot of strengths, but were unable to generate enough pressure at the end of their season to make a difference. Bullard con do just that with an explosive first step and good leverage. He will allow for the solid edge rush of the Chiefs to have more solo blocks on them, helping the entire defense.

29) Arizona Cardinals: 2015 Record – 13-3

Leonard Floyd – EDGE – Georgia

The Cardinals were one of the better teams in the NFL in 2015. Their defense, however, is getting long in the tooth and needs an infusion of youth. Floyd is extremely athletic and presses the edge extremely well. He has the chance to become an instant impact on a team that should contend in the NFC once again.

30) Carolina Panthers: 2015 Record – 15-1

Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan State

Carolina was arguably the best team in the NFL until suffering defeat in the Super Bowl. Their offensive line had struggles going against a quick rush, and tackle was a glaring spot of weakness. Adding Conklin adds a tough player with good foot quickness and a relentless motor.

31) Denver Broncos: 2015 Record – 12-4

Hunter Henry – TE – Arkansas

The Broncos offense might be very different in 2016. While they maintain their strong outside presence, with a new quarterback likely under center, they will need to add a safety valve. Henry can not only be that, but has the skills and hands to be another primary target for whoever is throwing the ball.

New England Patriots: 2015 Record – 12-4

Forfeit Pick Due To DeflateGate

Round 2:

32) Cleveland Browns: Michael Thomas – WR – Ohio State

33) Tennessee Titans: Ezekiel Elliott – RB – Ohio State

34) Dallas Cowboys: Derrick Henry – RB – Alabama

35) San Diego Chargers: Cody Whitehair – OG – Kansas State

36) Baltimore Ravens: Emmanuel Ogbah – EDGE – Oklahoma State

37) San Francisco 49ers: Kendall Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech

38) Jacksonville Jaguars: Vonn Bell – S – Ohio State

39) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vadal Alexander – OG – LSU

40) New York Giants: Kevin Dodd – EDGE – Clemson

41) Chicago Bears: Kenny Clark – DL – UCLA

42) Miami Dolphins: Shilique Calhoun – EDGE – Michigan State

43) LA Rams: Braxton Miller – WR – Ohio State

44) Oakland Raiders: Kentrell Brothers – LB – Missouri

45) LA Rams: Su’a Cravens – LB – USC

46) Detroit Lions: William Jackson III – CB – Houston

47) New Orleans Saints: Joshua Perry – LB – Ohio State

48) Indianapolis Colts: Jeremy Cash – S – Duke

49) Buffalo Bills: Josh Doctson – WR – TCU

50) Atlanta Falcons: Carl Nassib – EDGE – Penn State

51) New York Jets: Connor Cook – QB – Michigan State

52) Houston Texans: Kenneth Dixon – RB – Louisiana Tech

53) Washington Redskins: Ryan Kelly – C – Alabama

54) Minnesota Vikings: Shon Coleman – OT – Auburn

55) Cincinnati Bengals: Will Fuller – WR – Notre Dame

56) Seattle Seahawks: Vernon Butler – DL – Louisiana Tech

57) Green Bay Packers: Austin Hooper – TE – Stanford

58) Pittsburgh Steelers: Artie Burns – CB – Miami

59) Kansas City Chiefs: Sterling Shepard – WR – Oklahoma

60) New England Patriots: Tyler Boyd – WR – Pittsburgh

61) Arizona Cardinals: Nick Vannett – TE – Ohio State

62) Carolina Panthers: Austin Johnson – DL – Penn State

63) Denver Broncos: Adolphus Washington – DL – Ohio State

Round 3:

64) Tennessee Titans: Jalen Mills – S – LSU

65) Cleveland Browns: Chris Jones – DL – Mississippi State

66) San Diego Chargers: Pharoh Cooper – WR – South Carolina

67) Dallas Cowboys: Kyler Fackrell – EDGE – Utah State

68) San Francisco 49ers: Germain Ifedi – OT – Texas A&M

69) Jacksonville Jaguars: Nick Martin – C – Notre Dame

70) Baltimore Ravens: Leonte Carroo – WR – Rutgers

71) New York Giants: De’Runnya Wilson – WR – Mississippi State

72) Chicago Bears: Christian Hackenberg – QB – Penn State

73) Miami Dolphins: Sebastian Tretola – OG – Arkansas

74) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alex Collins – RB – Arkansas

75) Oakland Raiders: Le’Raven Clark – OT – Texas Tech

76) LA Rams: Jack Allen – C – Michigan State

77) Philadelphia Eagles: Miles Killebrew – S – Southern Utah

78) New Orleans Saints: Will Redmon – CB – Mississippi State

79) Philadelphia Eagles: Rashard Higgins – WR – Colorado State

80) Buffalo Bills: Bralon Addison – WR – Oregon

81) Atlanta Falcons: Dominique Alexander – LB – Oklahoma

82) Indianapolis Colts: Harlan Miller – CB – Southeastern Louisiana

83) New York Jets: Joshua Garnett – OG – Stanford

84) Washington Redskins: Landon Turner – OG – North Carolina

85) Houston Texans: Bronson Kaufusi – EDGE – BYU

86) Minnesota Vikings: Jerald Hawkins – OT – LSU

87) Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Matakevich – LB – Temple

88) Green Bay Packers: Scooby Wright III – LB – Arizona

89) Pittsburgh Steelers: Christian Westerman – OG – Arizona State

90) Seattle Seahawks: Devontae Booker – RB – Utah

91) Kansas City Chiefs: Deion Jones – LB – LSU

92) New England Patriots: Joe Haeg – OT – North Dakota State

93) Arizona Cardinals: Shawn Oakman – EDGE – Baylor

94) Carolina Panthers: Jordan Howard – RB – Indiana

95) Denver Broncos: John Theus – OT – Georgia

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