2016 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Quarter-Season Predictions

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterOctober 5, 2015

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Quarter-Season Predictions

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    If you read this title and thought, "It's way too early for a mock draft," well, just try to have fun and enjoy this for the entertainment purposes. But if you saw this article and were instantly excited about the future of your favorite team, then you're the folks I'm writing for. The people who are already watching the Cal Bears while wearing their Chicago Bears hoodie to see if Jared Goff is the kind of quarterback you can build around. If you're watching Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott and not thinking about the Heisman, but wondering how he'd look running behind the Miami Dolphins offensive line, then you're my kind of people.

    How does a mock draft in October work? The draft order is based on Super Bowl odds, and I've included seniors and those underclassmen (redshirt sophomores, juniors) who I've heard are interested in the NFL at this time. This is a class dominated by juniors, and I'm not predicting or advising any of them to leave college for the pros.

    So how about team needs? This is a snapshot of what each team looks like right and takes into account age, injuries, salary cap and upcoming free agents. Some positions might not seem like a need today, but they could be thanks to player losses in free agency.

    And a big reminder. An all-caps REMINDER: The draft order is not based on any kind of prediction. They're simply the most recent Vegas Insider Super Bowl odds. After Week 8 I'll start using current standings for draft order.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Pick: EDGE Joey Bosa, Ohio State

    Imagine Joey Bosa on one side and Dante Fowler, Jr. on the other. That's dangerous. And unfair. And it's a reality in Jacksonville if the Jaguars hold onto the first pick in the draft.

    The top-ranked players in this class—quarterback Jared Goff, linebacker Jaylon Smith—aren't big needs with this current roster as it's unlikely Blake Bortles would be jettisoned no matter how the team finishes this year. That makes a pick like Bosa, who can play defensive end or defensive tackle in Gus Bradley's scheme, both a value and a fit for the team's rebuilding defense.

2. Chicago Bears

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    The Pick: QB Jared Goff, California

    It's perhaps not the most popular opinion I'll have there, but Jay Cutler is playing pretty well for the Chicago Bears when healthy. But that doesn't mean the new regime in Chicago, led by general manager Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox, should bypass the opportunity to draft a young franchise quarterback. There's still the fact of Cutler's huge contract ($16 million of the contract becomes guaranteed on March 11, 2016, per Spotrac) and his turnovers. 

    Jared Goff doesn't turn the ball over. He's agile in the pocket, incredibly poised under pressure and has the arm to make the throws that many "system quarterbacks" don't get to show in college. Goff does play in a funky offense, but the Bear Raid has him throwing deep outs and timing routes that have prepared him for the NFL. And as a three-year starter, he's making play calls at the line of scrimmage and is allowed to run the offense from the line. That alone eases my concerns about the scheme. And the rest of Goff's profile is picture-perfect.

3. Cleveland Browns

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    The Pick: T Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

    The Cleveland Browns cannot afford to draft a quarterback in the early first round if they don't value one at that spot. The worst thing they could do is reaching on a quarterback and setting the franchise back another four or five years.

    Instead, the Browns should follow the Seattle Seahawks' method and build the team while waiting for the right quarterback. And with right tackle Mitch Schwartz a free agent and left tackle Joe Thomas turning 31 years old this year, the Browns would be wise to draft Ronnie Stanley and let him ease into the role, replacing Thomas while learning the ropes on the right side.

    Stanley needs to gain some strength in the NFL, but he reminds me of Tyron Smith coming out of USC in that way. He's already a top-tier athlete and mover with a patient, controlled pass set. Strength can be added. The natural movement skills Stanley brings to the table cannot.

4. Washington

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    The Pick: LB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

    General manager Scot McCloughan is going to build this team in his image. He did that in the 2015 NFL draft by adding Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith and Matt Jones as key building blocks that will aide in creating a team that can run the football and stop the run. With the team's first pick in 2016, McCloughan will go back to that idea with linebacker Jaylon Smith.

    Maybe this is too simplistic, but McCloughan's two stops before Washington were San Francisco and Seattle. There he had Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Bobby Wagner. And it's no secret that McCloughan coveted Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony, according to ESPN.com's Seth Wickersham, who spent time with McCloughan for a feature before he was hired in Washington. McCloughan likes athletic linebackers, and Smith is the best one I've seen since Willis was at Ole Miss.

    Those dots may be too easy to connect, but if Smith is on the board when Washington picks, he's the perfect prospect for the scouting profile McCloughan has showed throughout his career.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    The Pick: T Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss

    Protect Jameis Winston. That should be the plan as the Buccaneers head into the 2016 offseason.

    Go back to Florida State and look at Winston's freshman season—the year FSU went undefeated and won the national title while Winston took home the Heisman. When he's protected in the pocket, he's a different passer. Winston has targets to work with—a lot of them—but doesn't have the protection up front to work through his progressions.

    Laremy Tunsil will change that. Donovan Smith (tackle) and Ali Marpet (guard) are current rookies the team can build a foundation around, but Smith projected as a better right tackle coming out of Penn State, and Tunsil is a top-tier left tackle reminiscent of a healthy Branden Albert in his ability to clear out on the run and shut down the corner in his pass sets.

6. Detroit Lions

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    The Pick: DL Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

    Fans might not want to admit it, but this team really misses Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley at defensive tackle. Even with Ezekiel Ansah becoming a force off the edge, the lack of interior pass rush really haunts this defense. And Haloti Ngata is not going to be that guy at this stage of his career. It's time for general manager Martin Mayhew to use a draft pick on defense.

    Robert Nkemdiche is a special athlete. He has the quickness of an edge-rusher and the size of a 3-technique defensive tackle. And while he hasn't taken over games at Ole Miss like Suh did at Nebraska, he's also not been given as many opportunities while playing 5-technique in the Rebels defense. What he does have is a ridiculous first step and the tenacity to make plays all over the backfield.

7. New Orleans Saints

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    The Pick: CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

    The desire to draft a young quarterback to eventually replace Drew Brees is strong, but the New Orleans Saints can't get caught pressuring the pick of a quarterback. Instead, the front office has to look at this as the total rebuild that it is and simply draft the best player on the board at a position of need. That's Jalen Ramsey, and boy is he a good one.

    Ramsey and Florida's Vernon Hargreaves have an identical grade, but Ramsey's 6'1", 204-pound frame gives him the edge over the 5'11" Hargreaves. The Saints don't have a cornerback with his blend of size, speed and instincts at the corner position. And if Ramsey isn't comfortable at cornerback after spending just the 2015 season there, he can line up at free safety and play nickel cornerback while continuing to change the style and athleticism of this defense.

8. San Francisco 49ers

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    The Pick: CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida

    General manager Trent Baalke hasn't used early draft picks on true cornerbacks, opting instead for guys like Jimmie Ward who can play free safety and nickel cornerback. It's time, though, and Vernon Hargreaves has the skills and instincts on the edge to become the No. 1 cornerback the 49ers have lacked for so long.

    Hargreaves doesn't fit the Baalke mold at cornerback. He's 5'11", 194 pounds and doesn't have the long arms or great length to take on supersized wide receivers. But he has super-smooth technique and sees the field better than any cornerback in college football. Hargreaves is the Darrelle Revis of the NCAA right now, and he'd be a starter for San Francisco in the top corner slot right away.

9. Tennessee Titans

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    The Pick: DL Kenny Clark, UCLA

    Is the name Kenny Clark a surprise to you? Don't let it be. Scouts know that this UCLA nose tackle has all the tools to be a top-10 pick come late April.

    Clark, at 6'3" and 308 pounds, has the agility to shake blockers and get a pass rush on the inside, but also has the meat to anchor the defensive line in the run game. And when you look at the Titans' hybrid defense and their potential needs, putting Clark next to Jurrell Casey would be a dream come true for defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

    Impressively, the Titans have few real needs, which sets them up perfectly for a "best player available" pick like this one.

10. St. Louis Rams

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    The Pick: WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

    The St. Louis Rams don't lack for talent at wide receiver, but they also do not have many needs on the roster. A top-tier cornerback would make sense, but there is no cornerback ranked with a first-round grade still on the board. And with Kenny Britt always a question mark, a big-bodied receiver capable of being the No. 1 for Nick Foles is a good investment.

    Enter Laquon Treadwell.

    Treadwell has that Alshon Jeffery thing going for him with a big frame (6'2", 229 lbs) and the ability to beat cornerbacks without great speed. He's super physical at the catch point, though, and can be a deep threat thanks to his jump-ball ability. 

11. Houston Texans

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    The Pick: QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

    It's lazy to automatically connect Christian Hackenberg to Bill O'Brien. But the current Penn State quarterback was recruited to Happy Valley by the current Houston Texans head coach, and the two did make things look easy in Hackenberg's true freshman season. But these things rarely work out, right?

    Doug Marronne and the Buffalo Bills drafted EJ Manuel instead of his old college quarterback Ryan Nassib. Chip Kelly didn't trade the farm to go up and get Marcus Mariota. Pete Carroll passed on Taylor Mays for Earl Thomas. 

    Those are all examples of when it didn't work. This is an example of when it should. O'Brien needs Hackenberg, and based on his play this season, Hackenberg needs O'Brien. Some may scoff at the idea that he's still a first-rounder, but Hackenberg has the arm talent (strength, accuracy, mechanics) and showed production and decision-making as a true freshman in a pro-style offense. That's enough to convince NFL teams that he's the type of passer you can build around.

12. San Diego Chargers

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    The Pick: EDGE Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

    The San Diego Chargers have built a team that's capable of challenging for the AFC West title. But to truly win the division—to push the Denver Broncos—they need more of a pass rush. That's something rivals in Kansas City and Oakland both have, but the Chargers haven't found that premier pass-rusher yet. Round 1 of the 2016 draft can change that.

    Jordan Jenkins has been a star since he stepped onto the field at Georgia. And with NFL size (6'2", 252 lbs) and the tools to bend the edge, Jenkins' ranking inside my top 15 makes him a great value for the Chargers at No. 12 overall. Plug him in on defense and you have a building block with Jason Verrett to build around.

13. Oakland Raiders

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    The Pick: LB Myles Jack, UCLA

    It wasn't long ago that folks were calling for Reggie McKenzie's job. Now the Raiders general manager has dominated two straight drafts and has Oakland in great shape with young building blocks at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive end. But now it's time to keep drafting for top talent and not getting suckered into drafting for need. 

    Myles Jack has made a name for himself at UCLA with his two-way play on offense (running back) and defense, but in Oakland he would be the "Mike" linebacker the defense can revolve around with elite pass-rushers Khalil Mack and Aldon Smith coming off the edge. And while a cornerback is a true need for Oakland, there isn't a player worth drafting at this spot currently, which makes the middle linebacker spot an even more obvious draft pick.

14. New York Jets

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    The Pick: T Jack Conklin, Michigan State

    The 3-1 New York Jets look to be further ahead in their rebuild than anyone expected, at least through the first month of the season. To stay on track, and to keep building a team that can eventually compete with the New England Patriots, another strong draft is needed.

    Everyone would love a quarterback here, but with Goff and Hackenberg off the board, I don't see any passer with the value to draft in Round 1. Connor Cook of Michigan State is probably closer to an early Round 2 player at this stage, and the other top passers all have holes in their game that would keep them out of this spot.

    So forgetting quarterback, offensive tackle quickly becomes a smart pick. Of course, the Jets proved in the 2015 draft that they will go with the most talented player on their board, but at pick No. 14, Jack Conklin is my highest-rated player, and he fills a need as the eventual replacement for D'Brickashaw Ferguson at left tackle.

15. Miami Dolphins

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    The Pick: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

    The Miami Dolphins are a dumpster fire heading into the Week 5 bye after their trip to London. With a 1-3 record and a head coach under fire, big changes could be coming to South Beach. 

    The frustrating thing for fans, and even analysts, is that the Dolphins have a lot of talent. You can build around quarterback Ryan Tannehill and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The key for the front office is to shape the rest of the roster to support the high-paid stars. On offense, that means getting a running back they trust enough to use.

    Lamar Miller has been good when given the ball, but it would be a surprise if he sticks around in free agency given his lack of touches and use. Of course, that could change with a new head coach, but in early October, the writing is on the wall for Miller to get good money elsewhere. Which opens the door for a dual-threat running back with power, speed and the juice in the open field to create big plays on his own.

    Ezekiel Elliott has the strength to run between the tackles, but his open-field speed and the skills he brings as a receiver make him a truly dangerous prospect and the type of back you can frame an offense around.

16. Baltimore Ravens

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    The Pick: WR Mike Williams, Clemson

    Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams is a top-10 prospect, and the No. 1 wide receiver on my big board, but a fractured neck suffered in Week 1 has kept him out for the last month and could cost him the season. That makes him a value at No. 16, and the talent Williams showed before injury makes him a steal and Day 1 starter in Baltimore.

    The Breshad Perriman pick was weird when it happened in Round 1 last year, and it's not looking good now with Perriman's injuries keeping him off the field. But team Perriman and Williams up on the edge, and you have serious speed to take advantage of one of the game's top downfield passers in Joe Flacco. And when healthy, Williams has all the tools to be a true No. 1 receiver, which allows Perriman to fill out that role he's better suited for as a No. 2.

17. Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Pick: T Taylor Decker, Ohio State

    Can we all agree that Eric Fisher is not any good? If we can, it makes explaining this pick so much easier.

    Fisher isn't good, and left tackle Donald Stephenson is a free agent after this season. And while it's possible Stephenson is back, GM John Dorsey does not have a history of paying offensive linemen in free agency (Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz, Jon Asamoah and Rodney Hudson all nod as they read this). That makes the use of a first-round pick on an offensive lineman likely in Kansas City if the draft shakes out like this.

    Taylor Decker can play left tackle in the NFL, and you'll get a Taylor Lewan vibe from watching how he finishes blocks in the run game and how well he moves in space protecting the edge. And like Lewan, he could spend his rookie season at right tackle while learning the NFL.

18. New York Giants

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    The Pick: DL DeForest Buckner, Oregon 

    DeForest Buckner entered the 2015 season as a potential top-10 pick, and while his stock has slid a little, he's also being keyed on more as offenses don't have to worry about Arik Armstead on the other side of him. The fact remains that Buckner is very good against the run and athletic enough to get pressure on quarterbacks from a 3-technique position. And as he's showing at Oregon, he can play outside in a 5-technique and control the edge.

    Buckner next to Johnathan Hankins? That has to be music to the ears of Giants fans.

19. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    The Pick: S/LB Su'a Cravens, USC

    During Thursday's night game against the Baltimore Ravens, I tweeted about how the Pittsburgh Steelers have really drafted well outside of being able to find defensive backs. That's the theory behind selecting USC's phenomenal safety/linebacker Su'a Cravens.

    Some will see this as replacing Troy Polamalu with what looks like his little brother, and that definitely makes sense, but Cravens can also do something that guys like Deone Bucannon, Calvin Pryor and Jaquiski Tartt are doing—play nickel linebacker and base-package safety. That allows the defense to limit substitutions and gives them a chess piece that can match up with the supersized tight ends and dynamic slot receivers the NFL trots out. 

    Cravens at strong safety isn't a sure thing yet—he has to show the fluid movement to transition against NFL speed—but the big nickel linebacker hybrid role is perfect for him.

20. Dallas Cowboys

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    The Pick: WR Tyler Boyd, Pitt

    The loss of Dez Bryant to injury early this season has exposed a weakness on an otherwise rock-solid roster. The Dallas Cowboys need more depth, and more youth, at wide receiver. And Pitt's Tyler Boyd is sitting here waiting for them to call his name. 

    Boyd is a phenomenal run-after-catch receiver, but also has the size (6'2") to make plays above the field. He's quick enough to do his work from the slot, which would be a welcome addition with Bryant and Terrance Williams lined up on the outside.

    Some may want a cornerback here or a young quarterback to groom behind Tony Romo, but Boyd is a top-tier talent still on the board and fills a need for the Cowboys as they move into the stage of roster building where you focus on the current year and the next year's needs.

21. Carolina Panthers

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    The Pick: FS Jayron Kearse, Clemson

    A left tackle would look good here, but there isn't a player of value on the board for the Carolina Panthers. General manager Dave Gettleman can take comfort in drafting an absolute freak to bolster an up-and-coming secondary instead.

    Jayron Kearse is the 6'5" free safety from Clemson. He's the nephew of NFL legend Jevon Kearse and the cousin of former first-rounder Phillip Buchanon. He has NFL bloodlines and the film to make him a first-rounder in late April.

    Kearse has to show he can run with NFL receivers, but what I've seen thus far makes him look like a special center fielder with the range to cover in single-high situations and the body to come down into the box and attack against the run.

22. Minnesota Vikings

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    The Pick: WR Josh Doctson, TCU

    The Minnesota Vikings have a young stud in quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer have to go into the offseason thinking of ways to build a better offense around him. 

    Week 4 against the Denver Broncos showed that the team is close, but help is needed on the offensive line and at wide receiver. With no lineman worth drafting still on the board at No. 22, the need at wide receiver gets filled with Josh Doctson from TCU.

    Doctson, a player Bleacher Report's own Michael Felder told me is a mix of A.J. Green and Keenan Allen, could go much higher than this if he runs well in predraft workouts. He's fluid, big, physical at the catch point and has a diverse route tree coming out of TCU. All those traits add up to make him a slam dunk to become Bridgewater's go-to guy.

23. Buffalo Bills

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    The Pick: DL A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama

    When you look at the Buffalo Bills roster, you don't see many holes. And that's after they didn't have a first-round draft pick in 2015. Assuming the front office and coaches are content with letting Tyrod Taylor learn on the job for at least another year (they should), general manager Doug Whaley can go with a true best-player-available approach.

    The best player available is A'Shawn Robinson—a big, athletic defensive lineman from Alabama. Oddly enough, he's a fit here with nose tackle Kyle Williams getting older. Robinson can handle the tackle position next to Marcell Dareus while rotating in with Williams in 2016 before taking over as a starter in 2017.

24. Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Pick: EDGE Shaq Lawson, Clemson

    Let me first go on record as saying it's amazing that the smart people in Las Vegas have the Philadelphia Eagles this high in their Super Bowl odds. I'm guessing we'll see a huge change when another mock draft comes out in four weeks.

    That said, with the No. 24 pick in the draft, Chip Kelly can right a wrong from his first draft class and finally get the edge-rusher they hoped Marcus Smith would be. Shaq Lawson has size (he's around 270 pounds) and a nonstop motor. And as seen against Notre Dame, he has a nasty inside spin move while showing the speed-to-power conversion needed to play with his hand in the dirt or standing up off the tackle.

25. Atlanta Falcons

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    The Pick: Austin Johnson, Penn State

    The Atlanta Falcons are building a monster, with front-office duo Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff deserving a ton of credit for hiring Dan Quinn as head coach and then working all offseason to give him the kind of talent he needs to run his defense while letting offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have total control of that side of the ball.

    To continue building Quinn's kind of roster, the Falcons could look to bolster the interior of the defensive line. Penn State's Austin Johnson is just a junior, but he has the athleticism and strength to be an instant-impact nose tackle on a roster that lacks a stud there due to the transition from a 3-4 defense to Quinn's 4-3.

    Throw the Penn State tackle into the mix, and a defensive line of Vic Beasley, Ra'Shede Hageman and Johnson gives Atlanta something to build around.

26. Indianapolis Colts

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    The Pick: G/T Vadal Alexander, LSU

    The Indianapolis Colts have to draft an offensive lineman in Round 1. If they don't, Andrew Luck may retire on the spot. No more drafting slot receivers or hybrid pass-rushers. It has to be a lineman. Lucky for them, Vadal Alexander is a good value here.

    The big LSU lineman has played guard and right tackle in his career at Baton Rouge, making him a great fit in Indianapolis where Gosder Cherilus was paid like a Pro Bowler and lasted two seasons before being cut. Alexander is a big man (6'6", 320 lbs) that some may best project inside, but even if he's a right guard for the next 10 years, that's still filling a need for the Colts. 

    Expect a lot of money and/or draft picks to be thrown at offensive linemen by the Colts this offseason, but for owner Jim Irsay to truly build a lasting winner, his front office has to invest in young linemen in the draft. And in more than just the first round.

27. Cincinnati Bengals

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    The Pick: DL Andrew Billings, Baylor

    The lack of push from the middle of the Cincinnati Bengals defensive line is the only fault you'll find on the game film from most weeks of the 2015 season. A great run team may find the best way to gouge the defense is to pound the rock up the gut. To fix that, the Bengals should be paying a visit to Waco, Texas, this season.

    Forget his meme-worthy teammate Shawn Oakman. It's Andrew Billings that NFL teams should be falling in love with. The stout nose tackle has the strength to forklift blockers and the quickness to chase the ball between the tackles. And he's shown an ability to control the A-gaps while getting after quarterbacks by collapsing the pocket on passing downs.

28. Arizona Cardinals

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    The Pick: EDGE Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

    There is a lot to be excited about when you look at the Arizona Cardinals, but one area where the team has struggled is in getting an outside pass rush. John Abraham was the last edge defender there to really scare opposing offenses, and since he left it's been more of a blitz-based defense. Given the chance to add a marquee pass-rusher, you have to think GM Steve Keim would bite.

    It seems like Shilique Calhoun has been a first-round prospect for three years now, and he probably has been after flashing as a sophomore with 14 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. Calhoun even opted to bypass the 2015 NFL draft so he could improve as a player and help get Michigan State to the College Football Playoff as a senior. That decision looks good now, as the long (6'5", 250 lbs) edge-rusher has developed into a true three-down threat.

29. Denver Broncos

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    The Pick: LB Joshua Perry, Ohio State

    General manager John Elway has built a defense quarterbacks must hate to play against. And it makes sense that the Hall of Fame quarterback would do that—build a team that can hurt you in so many ways defensively. And as the team prepares for life after Peyton Manning, it's this defense that'll carry them. 

    There aren't many holes on the roster in Denver. You could argue for an offensive guard here, but another inside linebacker to play next to Brandon Marshall is a solid need too. Considering how often DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller are attacking the quarterback off the edge, the Broncos need reliable linebackers with the athleticism to cover a lot of ground, and Joshua Perry does that job well for Ohio State.

    A freak athlete at the position, Perry is accustomed to playing hash-to-hash and has the range to make plays all over the field as a run-stopper, in pass coverage and even in blitz packages. He's a great value at pick No. 29, too, and gives Elway's team another foundation piece on defense.

30. Seattle Seahawks

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    The Pick: WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State

    How good would a wide receiver with top-tier speed look streaking down the sideline to haul in a Russell Wilson deep ball? 

    That's what the Seattle Seahawks opened Super Bowl 49 with, but it's been missing from the playbook in 2015. A big-play threat like Michael Thomas of Ohio State could bring it back, though, while allowing Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham to work defenses underneath.

    The Seahawks may look to the offensive line with their first pick in the draft, but if general manager John Schneider wants value and impact, No. 3 from Ohio State is a great addition here.

31. Green Bay Packers

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    The Pick: LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama

    For the third straight year, we open mock draft season with the Green Bay Packers drafting a middle linebacker in Round 1. 

    I can't fault general manager Ted Thompson for the selection of Damarious Randall in Round 1 last year, as the former Arizona State safety is a starting outside cornerback and looking great, but eventually they will have to address the lack of a true inside linebacker.

    Reggie Ragland would be a plug-and-play starter at the Mike position. He's fast, position-versatile thanks to how Nick Saban moves him all over the field and a true three-down impact player. It would be unfair to see him locking down the inside run and eliminating tight ends while Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers tee off on quarterbacks for 17 weeks in 2016.

Round 2

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    2.1 Jacksonville: CB Cameron Sutton, Tennessee

    2.2 Chicago: SS Vonn Bell, Ohio State

    2.3 Cleveland: WR Kenny Lawler, California

    2.4 Washington: DL Adolphus Washington, Ohio State

    2.5 Tampa Bay: EDGE Leonard Floyd, Georgia

    2.6 Detroit: T Spencer Drango, Baylor

    2.7 New Orleans: QB Connor Cook, Michigan State

    2.8 San Francisco: WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame

    2.9 Tennessee: SS Jeremy Cash, Duke

    2.10 St. Louis: FS Darian Thompson, Boise State

    2.11 Houston: SS Karl Joseph, West Virginia

    2.12 San Diego: CB Tre'Davious White, LSU

    2.13 Oakland: DL Sheldon Day, Notre Dame

    2.14 New York Jets: LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri

    2.15 Miami: T Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

    2.16 Baltimore: EDGE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

    2.17 Kansas City: DL Chris Jones, Mississippi State

    2.18 New York Giants: RB Paul Perkins, UCLA

    2.19 Pittsburgh: TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas

    2.20 Dallas: DL Jarran Reed, Alabama

    2.21 Carolina: T Jason Spriggs, Indiana

    2.22 Minnesota: EDGE Jonathan Bullard, Florida

    2.23 Buffalo: G Christian Westerman, Arizona State

    2.24 St. Louis (from Eagles): TE O.J. Howard, Alabama

    2.25 Atlanta: CB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech

    2.26 Indianapolis: C Max Tuerk, USC

    2.27 Cincinnati: LB Eric Striker, Oklahoma

    2.28 Arizona: QB Cardale Jones, Ohio State

    2.29 Denver: DL Maliek Collins, Nebraska

    2.30 Seattle: RB Derrick Henry, Alabama

    2.31 New England: WR Braxton Miller, Ohio State

    2.32 Green Bay: DL Sheldon Rankins, Louisville


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