NFL Mock Draft 2016: Pre-Pro Day Predictions for 1st-Round Prospects

Michelle Bruton@@michelle_nflFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2016

Ohio State defensive back Eli Apple runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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The NFL combine has come and gone and given scouts one piece of the puzzle in evaluating 2016 draft prospects.

Now, the next tool they can use to assess prospects is on the horizon, as pro day workouts will begin on March 3 and continue through April 6.

Prior to the start of pro days, we'll do another mock draft based on the information we have so far, including the combine, and take a look at where prospects stand.

Though the pro day workouts won't necessarily hurt a prospect who had a great season last year and a good workout at the combine, some prospects who are on the edge can really help their chances with a good pro day workout. 


1Tennessee TitansLaremy TunsilOTOle Miss
2Cleveland BrownsCarson WentzQBNorth Dakota St.
3San Diego ChargersJalen RamseyCB/SFlorida State
4Dallas CowboysMyles JackOLBUCLA
5Jacksonville JaguarsJoey BosaDEOhio State
6Baltimore RavensRonnie StanleyOTNotre Dame
7San Francisco 49ersJared GoffQBCal
8Miami DolphinsVernon Hargreaves IIICBFlorida
9Tampa Bay BuccaneersDeForest BucknerDEOregon
10New York GiantsShaq LawsonDEClemson
11Chicago BearsNoah SpenceDEEastern Kentucky
12New Orleans SaintsA'Shawn RobinsonDTAlabama
13Philadelphia EaglesPaxton LynchQBMemphis
14Oakland RaidersMackensie AlexanderCBClemson
15Los Angeles RamsLaquon TreadwellWROle Miss
16Detroit LionsTaylor DeckerOTOhio State
17Atlanta FalconsDarron LeeOLBOhio State
18Indianapolis ColtsJack ConklinOTMichigan State
19Buffalo BillsRobert NkemdicheDLOle Miss
20New York JetsLeonard FloydOLBGeorgia
21WashingtonSheldon RankinsDTLouisville
22Houston TexansConnor CookQBMichigan State
23Minnesota VikingsCody WhitehairOGKansas State
24Cincinnati BengalsCorey ColemanWRBaylor
25Pittsburgh SteelersEli AppleCBOhio State
26Seattle SeahawksShon ColemanOTAuburn
27Green Bay PackersReggie RaglandILBAlabama
28Kansas City ChiefsJarran ReedDTAlabama
29Arizona CardinalsVernon ButlerDTLouisiana Tech
30Carolina PanthersKevin DoddDEClemson
31Denver BroncosAndrew BillingsDTBaylor
Michelle Bruton's picks


Breaking Down 1st-Round Combine Standouts Before Pro Days

Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

L.G. Patterson/Associated Press

Cornerback Eli Apple already had a first-round ranking by CBS Sports heading into the combine, and he did nothing to damage that possibility with his impressive performance.  

Apple was a top performer in the 40-yard dash, per the NFL's combine results, running it in 4.40 seconds.

He demonstrated impressive fluidity in his hips and, in true Odell Beckham Jr. style, had an eye-popping one-handed catch

Apple gave scouts something to mull over at the combine and will attempt to convince them even further that he deserves a first-round selection at Ohio State's pro day on March 11.

Given his experience playing in both man and zone coverages, and his athleticism and physicality, Apple seems like an obvious target for the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 25 overall. 


Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State ranks defensive back Jalen Ramsey as the No. 3 overall prospect, and he lived up to that billing with his combine performance. 

Ramsey was a top performer in the 40-yard dash, per the NFL's combine results, completing the drill in 4.41 seconds. In addition to his size, Ramsey also showed off his athleticism with a 41.5-inch vertical jump and an 11'3" broad jump.

"He has above-average anticipation, vision and instincts, seeing the field extremely well with uncanny awareness and timing to create turnovers and get his hands on the ball," Dane Brugler of noted. 

Now there's no question that Ramsey is the top defender in this class. 

Ramsey makes a ton of sense for the San Diego Chargers, who will likely have to replace Eric Weddle this offseason. He can play both cornerback and safety, and is a rare talent. 


Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

One of the many Buckeyes who could be drafted in the first round, Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee had an impressive outing at the combine, showing off his athleticism with impressive results: 4.47-second 40, 35.5-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump.

Lee, a hybrid safety/linebacker, is an intriguing choice for many teams in the first round but could be especially so for the Atlanta Falcons at 17th overall. 

"Considering the recent success teams have enjoyed with athletic hybrids at WLB (see Arizona and Deone Bucannon), Lee made a lot of money with his strong performance in Indianapolis,"'s Bucky Brooks wrote of Lee after the combine. 

Lee will have another opportunity to show the Falcons and other teams looking at linebackers in Round 1 what he can do at Ohio State's pro day on March 11. 


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