2016 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Rounds 2 and 3 Projections

Justis Mosqueda@justisfootballFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Rounds 2 and 3 Projections

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    Day 1 of the 2016 NFL draft was packed full of more excitement than the entire 2015 draft combined. If it wasn't the San Diego Chargers shocking the world by taking Joey Bosa with the third overall pick, it was the strange fall of Laremy Tunsil to the Miami Dolphins in the mid-first round and Myles Jack's drop out of the first round altogether.

    Now 31 picks into the draft, by the end of Friday, 98 names will have been called in Chicago. While it was evident Thursday that projections matter little once teams are on the clock, mock drafts are still helpful for seeing who may be available around which picks.

    Sixty-seven players will be drafted Friday, and we have educated guesses on all the selections. Two teamsthe Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriotswill be making the first picks of their draft classes on Day 2, possibly the most important day of the draft in terms of boom-or-bust potential.

32. Cleveland Browns: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

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    When is Myles Jack going to come off the board? No one expected 31 teams would turn down the opportunity to draft Jack, one of the most athletic linebackers in recent memory. On paper, he can play any role in a two-point stance in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

    Doctors clearly did not co-sign Jack's health, but it's within reason to assume teams would be more willing to take risks in the second round.

    The analytical Cleveland Browns decide to go with the best player available here after calculating how often teams re-sign second-round selections. Maybe Jack's cartilage issue means he's a one-contract player, but one deal from a potential Pro Bowler is better than most teams get out of Day 2 selections.

33. Tennessee Titans: A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

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    A'Shawn Robinson is one of three Alabama front-seven players who were not selected in the first round. He's a giant at 6'4" and 307 pounds, but it's hard to find a fit for him in the NFL. At Alabama, he was a 5-technique, but that role is a one- or two-down slot for most teams in the league.

    If you can't rush the passer, it's hard to find playing time in the NFL. Robinson is a project run defender who is best suited as a true 3-4 defensive end. He has potential, but he's not a Pro Bowl guy.

    The Tennessee Titans have their penetrator in Jurrell Casey, and Robinson can be the run-stuffer opposite Casey on their front line.

34. Dallas Cowboys: Andrew Billings, DL, Baylor

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    Baylor's Andrew Billings, one of the strongest players from college football, was a semi-surprising slip out of the first round. Billings' best trait is his upper-body strength, which does raise some questions.

    Is he a nose tackle in an under tackle's body? Is he just a two- or one-down run-first under tackle? Is he worth playing in nickel?

    He's 20 years old, but his perceived upside is likely why he's still on the board. The Dallas Cowboys could use him as a nose tackle to free up room for Tyrone Crawford.

35. San Diego Chargers: Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama

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    Like his teammate A'Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed was left without a partner after the first day of the draft.

    The Alabama nose guard is good for what he is, but he has a limited skill set. He's a great run defender who can play nose guard or shade positions in the NFL, but he's never going to be a pass-rusher. He doesn't have the legs for it.

    If a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers decided it wanted to move up to fill a massive nose tackle need on its roster, Reed is the best option. After taking Joey Bosa in the first round, the San Diego Chargers keep dumping assets into their defensive line with this selection.

36. Baltimore Ravens: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

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    Reggie Ragland was considered by some to be the best healthy off-the-ball linebacker in this draft class. Unfortunately, a report of an enlarged aorta, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, forced him out of the first round.

    In Nick Saban's 3-4 defense, he played in a true NFL system. The issue is Ragland was moved to the defensive line on some nickel downs, and it wasn't because he was a dynamic pass-rusher.

    He's a bit of a liability in coverage, and in 2016, that can be a big deal. Ragland is your classic linebacker who found himself in the wrong era, but if he plays for a team that can allow him to play in a phone booth, he'll be a steal.

    The last time an Alabama linebacker fell, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, a former Crimson Tide player, stole C.J. Mosley. We're in a position to see history repeat itself.

37. Kansas City Chiefs: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

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    What do you do with an undersized cornerback prospect who didn't have to backpedal in college, had great feet but didn't run an ideal 40-yard dash time (4.47 seconds)? This is the Mackensie Alexander question. The Clemson cornerback has been a star for two years, but his offseason hasn't served him well.

    Will a team play him in the slot? Will a zone team take a shot at him in the second round? The 5'10" cornerback is more of a fantasy than a reality in terms of an NFL transition, but he can be a two-contract starter for a team if it can refine him.

    After missing out on the first round, the Kansas City Chiefs take Alexander to pair with Marcus Peters to make the NFL's best young duo at the position.

38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

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    Noah Spence failed two drugs tests at Ohio State, which led to a ban from the Big Ten Conference. Since 2013, he hasn't face an NFL-caliber offensive tackle. That said, he dominated the FCS after his transfer to Eastern Kentucky.

    Spence didn't test like a great athlete at the combine, which is concerning for a tweener prospect. In a weak pass-rushing class, he's the best option on the board, but drafting an edge defender at face value when he has a drug history is risky.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars are in a must-win season, and their only true pass-rusher, Dante Fowler Jr., is coming off a knee injury that caused him to miss his entire rookie season.

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kevin Dodd, DE Clemson

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    Kevin Dodd had a productive postseason run for the Clemson Tigers, but the soon-to-be 24-year-old was rarely talked about before the ACC Championship Game. He has a nice swipe move as a pass-rusher, but his short stint with success will remind some of Cardale Jones' with Ohio State in 2014.

    Dodd is a long defensive end (6'5" with 34-inch arms) who can be a solid one-contract player for a team, but he's not going to be more than a six-sack-a-year guy. On Day 2, you learn to accept taking players with that fate.

    You can improve your pass defense in one of two ways: (1) bring in talented defensive backs or (2) bring in talented pass-rushers. After going with a cornerback in the first round, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers focus on a defensive end in the second.

40. New York Giants: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

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    Michael Thomas is the forgotten Ohio State Buckeye in a class full of Urban Meyer's players.

    Of the top receivers in the draft class, Thomas, at 6'3", is the tallest. Despite sharing the ball with multiple first-round picks over the last two years, he still managed to post 18 receiving touchdowns with the team.

    Besides Odell Beckham Jr., the New York Giants have no significant receiver on their roster. After using their first-round pick on the defensive side of the ball, they now bring in a wideout to help quarterback Eli Manning.

41. Chicago Bears: Cody Whitehair, OT/IOL, Kansas State

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    Cody Whitehair was a great left tackle for Kansas State, but many think he's a zone guard in the NFL. He's agile for his size, but checking in at 6'4" flat will disqualify him from playing bookend for plenty of franchises.

    At the Senior Bowl, he began his transition inside to guard, where he spent the entire week. Do not be surprised if he's a center prospect for teams on Day 2.

    With the Chicago Bears, Whitehair might be able to compete for a starting left tackle job. If not, he and Kyle Long can be the interior offensive linemen the franchise can build its running back through for years.

42. Miami Dolphins: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

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    Derrick Henry, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, is a question mark for some evaluators.

    There are some who see a giant running back who can be the hammer of an offense, as Henry stands at 6'3" and 247 pounds. Others see him as a back who never had to create past the line of scrimmage behind Alabama's offensive line, and he has 603 collegiate carries on his resume already.

    The truth is somewhere in between, which is why he wasn't selected in the first round. The Miami Dolphins need a running back, and after stealing Laremy Tunsil, drafting Henry seems like a logical choice.

43. Tennessee Titans: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

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    If you were just going off buzzwords, Emmanuel Ogbah would be a first-round pick. Productive, long and explosive are all boxes he checks off. He finished second in FBS in sacks in 2015, has a 6'4", 273-pound frame and ran a 4.63-second 40-yard dash at the combine.

    On film, though, he's closer to Kareem Martin than a Pro Bowl pass-rusher. In the NFL, he has the potential to be a linear pass-rusher, but he's going to need to be an effort player from the moment he's drafted.

    The Tennessee Titans need more pass-rushing depth overall. Ogbah can be a situational player early on, where he can ease into a starting role.

44. Oakland Raiders: Su'a Cravens, S/LB, USC

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    A few years ago, the Seattle Seahawks popularized tall cornerbacks. It wasn't the first time a team had gone after long cornerbacks, but because of their success, they were everywhere. Every team was looking for the next Richard Sherman.

    Right now, the Arizona Cardinals have a great defensive back unit with Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson and Deone Bucannon. Bucannon entered the league as a strong safety wearing No. 20, but he has transitioned into a hybrid linebacker role in the Cardinals' 3-4 defense. Another player cut from a similar cloth is Mark Barron, who went from a strong safety in Tampa Bay to an outside linebacker in the Rams' 4-3 defense.

    These players, who were moved only because of injuries of their linebacker teammates, are called "moneybackers." That's the new trend in the NFL since the league typically pulls a "Sam" linebacker off the field for a defensive back in sub-packages. Su'a Cravens of USC, who played both safety and linebacker for the Trojans, is the best player in this mold after Myles Jack of UCLA.

    Cravens, a 20-year-old, posted 34.5 tackles for a loss in Los Angeles along with nine interceptions in his college career. The Oakland Raiders welcome the hybrid linebacker with open arms.

45: Tennessee Titans: Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State

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    Chris Jones, a former super-recruit, began his college career as a freshman All-American. He then disappeared for stretches his sophomore season but rebounded as a junior. He has all the talent to be a Muhammad Wilkerson type of defensive lineman, but he's going to be only as good as he wants to be.

    Effort is a clear issue, but think of Jones like Ra'Shede Hageman, a second-round pick from the 2014 draft class. He can play any role on the interior defensive line on paper.

    There are just too many talented defensive linemen in this draft class, and the Tennessee Titans have too many draft picks. At some point, they are going to take slipping talents. You can never have too many defensive linemen.

46. Detroit Lions: Jonathan Bullard, DL/DE, Florida

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    Jonathan Bullard is an Allen Bailey clone. Is he a run defender? Is he a pass-rusher? The lines are blurred, but he's explosive.

    The one issue with Bullard is he lives and dies by the sword. If his first step is clean, he's in the backfield and a guard has no chance of catching him. When he doesn't come off the line instantly, he tends to stand up, making his anticipatory mistake a problem.

    He needs development, but he can be an impact defensive lineman. Pairing him next to Ezekiel Ansah is a deadly combination.

47. New Orleans Saints: Kamalei Correa, DE/LB, Boise State

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    Kamalei Correa was a big producer for the Boise State Broncos the last two seasons, posting 28 tackles for a loss and 18 sacks.

    When teams started to declare him as the top defensive threat in Boise State's front seven, though, his impact was minimized by offensive schemes. He had about half as many splash plays in 2015 as a known threat as he did in 2014.

    Athletically, he's a twitchy tweener, but he may not be a full-time pass-rusher in the NFL. Some will compare him to Clay Matthews, but he's closer to a Kyle Van Noy type of off-the-ball linebacker prospect who can sub in as a defensive end in nickel looks.

    The entire New Orleans Saints' draft mentality should follow as such: Take the best defender on the board.

48. Indianapolis Colts: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

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    If Jason Spriggs ever consistently stops an inside pass-rushing move, he's going to be a starting-caliber offensive tackle. He's like a raw version of Lane Johnson. At the Senior Bowl, he was clearly the best offensive tackle of the group.

    If a team needs a developmental tackle prospect, he's the best left on the board. He was a sleeper candidate to go in the first round, and after the Seattle Seahawks passed him up, he's going to fall into someone else's lap on Day 2.

    Landing an in-state talent like Spriggs to protect Andrew Luck for the next four years is what the Indianapolis Colts fantasized about heading into draft week.

49. Buffalo Bills: Austin Johnson, DL, Penn State

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    Austin Johnson may not record 10 sacks in his NFL career, but he's a quality football player. At 6'4" and 314 pounds, the former Nittany Lion is best projected as a nose tackle prospect. He can play either nose guard in a 3-4 defense or a shade role in a 4-3 defense, but, again, don't expect him to contribute in the passing game.

    He may be a two-down player, but he's going to be felt on those two downs as a run-first defender. The Buffalo Bills are going to get interesting in terms of their cap situation on the defensive line. Preparing a year or two early may save them in the long run.

50. Atlanta Falcons: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma

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    If you're a fan of college football, looking at the receivers who came off the board in the first round, you have to be shocked Sterling Shepard is still available.

    While Shepard was a great college receiver, the NFL hasn't valued slot guys in the way it probably should have. Looking at players like Randall Cobb, Victor Cruz and Wes Welker, it's the role at the position that most often has "steals."

    Like those players, Shepard is going to be a steal in this class. As a route-runner, no one in this draft can match him. He's only 5'10", but it's hard to overlook how much his career totals of 3,482 receiving yards and 26 receiving touchdowns impacted the Oklahoma program.

    Mohamed Sanu and Shepard would be big upgrades for Matt Ryan. Other than Julio Jones, the team hasn't fielded a dangerous receiver since Roddy White's decline began.

51. New York Jets: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

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    When Jaylon Smith was healthy, he was a top prospect.

    He needed some work on reads, as he lost his eyes in the backfield too often, but athletically, he had the upside of a Derrick Johnson type of off-the-ball linebacker. In a 3-4 or 4-3, he had the chance to play any role, even as a pass-rusher.

    Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury during his bowl game. Due to the nerve damage, there's concern about whether he will ever return to his full potential. The second round is the time for him to come off the board, and the New York Jets would be a great fit.

52. Houston Texans: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

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    In a weak draft class for tight end prospects, Arkansas' Hunter Henry is the best option.

    He's not a stellar athlete, but he has strong, consistent hands, and he's able to "feel" space. Spacial awareness for non-athlete tight ends can be the most important trait for pass-catchers. Think of Jason Witten or Antonio Gates producing despite losing a step over the years.

    Henry is a classic starting tight end for a team that has a hole at the position. He was also the John Mackey Award winner for the 2015 season.

    The Houston Texans have added a quarterback, running back, receiver and offensive lineman this offseason, and Henry gives them their tight end.

53. Washington Redskins: Nick Martin, IOL, Notre Dame

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    Yes, Nick Martin is the brother of Zack Martin, the Pro Bowl guard of the Dallas Cowboys. The younger Martin is likely the second center off the board, behind Ryan Kelly of Alabama, in a deep class at the position. That said, he's not limited to the position.

    In a zone scheme, you can see Martin sliding a spot over to left or right guard like his brother plays in the NFL. Think of him as an agile, fluid blocker, even if he is just under 300 pounds.

    Offensive line coach Bill Callahan worked with Nick's brother in Dallas and now has a need at center. A Day 1 starter, Martin could be the missing link in Washington.

54. Minnesota Vikings: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh

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    In 2015, Pittsburgh's offense ran through Tyler Boyd. He caught 91 balls for 926 yards and carried the ball 40 times for 349 yards.

    Boyd will remind fans of Keenan Allen, a solid receiver who isn't spectacular at any one trait athletically but can be a No. 1 target in rhythm offenses and an elite No. 2 option in any system. After Boyd caught 85 balls as a freshman, don't expect his NFL transition to take much time.

    Laquon Treadwell wasn't the end of Minnesota's improvement to its receiver unit. Boyd helps turn a weakness into a positive in two selections.

55. Cincinnati Bengals: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State

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    Safety is the weakest position across the board in the NFL, and Vonn Bell, one of the "other" Ohio State Buckeyes defenders, is an immediate starter at the position. As a sophomore, Bell had 91 tackles and six interceptions, leading to some first-round hype, but his junior season slowed down his draft momentum a bit.

    A net-neutral player in terms of impact, that's a positive for Bell relative to the rest of the league. Finding a consistent starter in the second round should be viewed as a "hit."

    Bell can come in and start next to George Iloka early on.

56. Seattle Seahawks: T.J. Green, CB, Clemson

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    Over the years, we've seen college teams play their best athletes in the secondary at safety. If it wasn't Jalen Ramsey early on in his Florida State career, it was Jaylen Watkins at Florida or even Damarious Randall last year from Arizona State. The same can be said this year about T.J. Green of Clemson.

    While the college football world was enamored with Mackensie Alexander, a smaller, step-slower cornerback, or Jayron Kearse, who has the frame of Kam Chancellor, it was Green who tested the best in offseason drills, running a 4.34-second 40-yard dash. On paper, he's not too far away from a Byron Jones type of project hybrid safety-corner.

    The Seattle Seahawks have a type at cornerback, and Green is up their alley.

57. Green Bay Packers: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

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    Two years ago, Braxton Miller was a Day 2 quarterback prospect. After a shoulder issue, he decided to transition to wide receiver for his final season in college football. With only 26 receptions in college, it's hard to call him anything but raw at the position, but he does have the upside of a Percy Harvin receiver.

    He's a playmaker with the ball in his hands, and he saw more carries in 2015 than he did catches. For a team that needs a Tavon Austin type—a motioning receiver who can carry the rock on fly patterns or as a return man—Miller is worth the effort in developing.

    With no deep threat in their offense in 2015, the Green Bay Packers decide to make the move for a game-changer.

58. Pittsburgh Steelers: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

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    Tall cornerbacks are at a premium in today's NFL, and Xavien Howard is 6'0". Unfortunately, he has shorter arms for a long defensive back, and he isn't a great on-paper athlete. In many ways, he's this year's Quinten Rollins, who had the same questions coming out of Miami of Ohio last draft class and was still selected 62nd overall.

    Howard has ball skills and instincts to make up for his paper speed. In a man scheme, he's not ideal, but in a zone defense, where he's able to rely on his eyes more than his feet, he can develop into a starting-caliber cornerback.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't in a position to call the cornerback position solidified after one selection. They need two long-term starters on the outside.

59. Kansas City Chiefs: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

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    Shilique Calhoun is a streaky pass-rusher, but pass-rushers are like quarterbacks. If you're taking one in the second round, he's a developmental prospect or a gamble to begin with. Calhoun has shown flashes since his sophomore season, when he beat first-round tackle Andrus Peat one-on-one, but he hasn't improved much since then.

    He's a speed-rusher who may be a rotational player to begin his career, but if he is able to play more violently in the NFL, he can be a full-time starter. At 24 years old, there are questions about his age, but two-thirds of the NFL has brought in a new general manager over the last five seasons. From a one-contract perspective, he's worthy of a Day 2 pick.

    With Tamba Hali 32 years old, Justin Houston's injury and Dee Ford not developing as fast as the team would have expected, a new face needs to be added to the pass-rushing competition in Kansas City.

60. New England Patriots: Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

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    Le'Raven Clark was a Freshman All-American as a guard for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He started off his college career hot, but in that Air Raid offense, it's hard for offensive tackles to develop. In a system which is as far from "pro-style" as you can imagine, the 23-year-old is a blue-chip recruit in terms of raw ability.

    When his feet are right, he displayed a great anchor to go along with 36-inch arms. Given time with a quality offensive line coach, Clark could develop into a franchise left tackle, but he's going to take some elbow grease.

    The New England Patriots have always looked a year early at positions. With uncertainty at offensive tackle, don't be surprised if they take Clark in the second round to develop on the bench for a season.

61. New England Patriots: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

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    The running back position hasn't been as devalued as we've been led to believe, but this particular draft class is weak. After Ezekiel Elliott and Derrick Henry, it's hard for college football fans to even muster up star ball-carriers.

    Kenneth Dixon of Louisiana Tech didn't play against great competition, but David Johnson was drafted from the FCS last season and did fine with the Arizona Cardinals as a rookie. Dixon is likely the third running back off the board in the 2016 draft, and he is underrated as a backfield pass-catcher. He's not Matt Forte, but he has a chance to be a long-term starter.

    With their second pick back-to-back, the Patriots take an immediate position of need. They tend to like backs who are dynamic pass-catchers, which is where Dixon should edge out other candidates.

62. Carolina Panthers: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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    Kendall Fuller was bothered by a knee injury which eventually ended his junior season at Virginia Tech, but he has been recovering since September and has a shot to play in Week 1. Despite a disappointing final year with the Hokies, he's still worthy of a high selection.

    Coming into the season, some believed he was the top cornerback in the class. He's best in man coverage, where he's aggressive. Fuller is going to win and lose battles, with both results swinging games early on in his career, but he has the physical attributes you'd ask for from a No. 1 corner.

    After losing Josh Norman, the Carolina Panthers need to bring in some talent in the defensive backfield.

63. Denver Broncos: Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State

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    For teams that like bigger linebacker prospects, Joshua Perry (6'4", 254 lbs) is going to be a coveted asset. The Ohio State Buckeye is almost 3-4 outside linebacker sized, and it shouldn't shock anyone if he does get a look at the position.

    In heavy blitzing defensive schemes, like in Tennessee or Green Bay, Perry is a prototypical 3-4 inside linebacker. If Kamalei Correa is off the board, Perry is the next prospect in line.

    After losing Danny Trevathan in free agency, the team can plug a hole with the addition of Perry as a 3-4 inside linebacker. For a championship team in terms of talent, avoiding holes is more important than swinging for the fences.

64. Tennessee Titans: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State

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    Playing two-high safety is almost a lost art if you look at incoming draft prospects. Most are either liabilities in coverage and are viewed as box defenders, while others are liabilities against the run and are viewed as single-high-only defenders.

    Darian Thompson is one of the few who is able to do it all.

    His versatility allowed Boise State to disguise its defenses, a big positive in the NFL, where graduate-level quarterbacking is seen pre-snap every play. Thompson is similar to George Iloka, another former Broncos safety.

65. Cleveland Browns: Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State

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    One year ago, many believed that if Cardale Jones had declared after a three-start postseason stretch, he would have been a first-round pick. An odd fit in Ohio State's offense, the aggressive passer was eventually benched for J.T. Barrett, an Alex Smith-like risk-adverse quarterback.

    As far as tools go, Jones has what North Dakota State's Carson Wentz and Penn State's Christian Hackenberg bring to the table, though he's a virtual afterthought in the draft media landscape. Some team will take the opportunity to refine the passer, and if it succeeds, it will have one of the steals of the draft in two or three years.

66. San Diego Chargers: Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

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    College football just isn't developing many pro-style bodies anymore, let alone starting NFL offensive tackles. Shon Coleman of Auburn has the potential to be one down the line, but his background may give some pause.

    He's going to be a 25-year-old during his rookie season, but he took some years off football as he beat leukemia, hardly something that should be held against him. Still, when looking at the age of peak athleticism, he should be entering his prime, which is worrisome for someone who is so raw. The lingering lack of success from Greg Robinson, who was drafted second overall out of that same Auburn system, may also worry teams.

67. Dallas Cowboys: Kyler Fackrell, EDGE/LB, Utah State

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    Kyler Fackrell is a former high school safety who was backed with first-round hype early in his career, before he missed a season due to injury. Since recovered, the 24-year-old will be frowned upon for his age.

    He's not truly a pass-rusher; rather, he's a drop end, which makes sense with his background. In a 3-4 scheme, he may be able to play any linebacker role. In a 4-3 defense, think of him as a do-everything edge defender who might be able to steal an interception or two on zone blitzes.

68. San Francisco 49ers: Javon Hargrave, DL, South Carolina State

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    You may be surprised that a prospect from South Carolina State is going this high, but if there's a Geno Atkins type of sack artist at defensive tackle this year, it's Javon Hargrave. At the FCS level, he dominated for years, even during his junior season when faced Clemson.

    After thrashing a lower level of competition, he was the player of the week at the East-West Shrine Game and he did well as a midweek invite to the Senior Bowl. At the combine, he proved his elite athleticism. If you take away his college uniform, he's a first-round pick.

69. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeremy Cash, S, Duke

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    There are a lot of teams in the NFL that need safety help. Jeremy Cash isn't a one-size-fits-all player, but he can be a solid box safety from Day 1.

    After transferring from Ohio State, he was a three-year starter for Duke, where he posted 38 tackles for a loss in his career. With three 100-tackle seasons under his belt, he was all over award watch lists and preseason All-American projections.

70. Baltimore Ravens: Christian Westerman, IOL, Arizona State

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    A former blue-chip recruit, Christian Westerman was an elite guard at the college level. Though he's not talked about as such, he's on the level of Cody Whitehair of Kansas State and Joshua Garnett of Stanford. His biggest issue is that he's not a plus athlete in either a zone or gap scheme; he's more of a balanced player.

    In a zone scheme, your top guard is Whitehair, with Westerman right behind him. In a gap scheme, your top guard is Garnett, with Westerman right behind him. He's a potential two-contract starter as an interior offensive lineman. For a team thinking long-term, he's a perfect selection.

71. New York Giants: Deion Jones, LB, LSU

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    Deion Jones isn't for everyone. He needs the right home. Unless you have a designed role for a run-and-chase linebacker, he doesn't fit in your scheme. He was once even trucked by former Alabama quarterback Jake Coker.

    With that all out of the way, he's an explosive athlete who may be one of those moneybackers teams are looking for. At LSU's pro day, he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at 6'1" and 222 pounds. Maybe he's an enforcing safety, but his pure athleticism will have some franchise building around him early. The New York Giants have been looking for quality linebackers for the better part of this decade.

72. Chicago Bears: Jihad Ward, DL, Illinois

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    Before the Senior Bowl, no one had really mentioned Jihad Ward as a top-100 prospect. After people saw him work out in practices, though, he quickly was ranked as the second-best defensive end prospect at the event, behind only Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky.

    Why was he hidden for so long? He can't hold up at the point of attack against double-teams because of his long frame, as leverage is an issue, and he's not a pass-rusher off the edge. Unfortunately, that's how Illinois used him. In a two-gapping 3-4 defense, where Ward's length is going to be his most important trait, the 6'5" 297-pounder has a chance to be a much better professional than he was a collegiate lineman.

73. Miami Dolphins: Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State

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    If not for a knee injury that ended his final year at Mississippi State, Will Redmond could've been discussed as a first-round pick. He's not a giant cornerback who fits Cover 3 schemes, but he's a quick, efficient coverage back who compares similarly to Bradley Roby of the Denver Broncos.

    Roby was a first-round pick who has played both slotback and safety for the team. If a team isn't sold on Redmond's ability outside due to his 5'11" frame, there are other roles for him in the secondary. As a rookie, you can expect him to have a Casey Hayward-like first season in the NFL, if he plays in the slot.

74. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Carl Nassib, EDGE, Penn State

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    Carl Nassib is a lot of cliches rolled into one. He's a former walk-on who had to completely reshape his body to even see the field at Penn State, where he led the FBS in sacks (15.5) in 2015. His brother, Ryan Nassib, is an NFL quarterback with the New York Giants.

    There are times when the 6'7" 277-pounder loses balance, looking like he isn't used to his new body, but he's still productive. Day 2 pass-rushers are dart throws, and between Nassib's frame and sack numbers, someone has to take their shot at him before Day 3. If he's able to put it all together early in his rookie deal, the 23-year-old is going to be worth the investment.

75. Oakland Raiders: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

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    Devontae Booker, a junior college transfer, was a surprise return to Utah last season. After one year of production in major college football, Booker proved he had NFL talent, but he decided to come back for his senior year to prove it wasn't a fluke, and in this weak running back class, it's hard to claim he made a poor choice.

    Booker isn't special, but he's functional. At his peak, he can be a poor man's Arian Foster, a patient runner in a zone scheme. As long as he has recovered from the knee injury that ended his senior season, he's a fringe starting running back early in his first contract. 

76. Cleveland Browns: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

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    Christian Hackenberg peaked as a freshman at Penn State, when his head coach was Bill O'Brien (now with the Houston Texans) and his top receiver was Allen Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars). Since then, he hasn't lived up to the billing of a potential face of an NFL franchise.

    He has all of the tools of a Super Bowl champion, but he also has all of the outtakes of an NFL follies special. We haven't seen many young passers resurrect their careers after NFL success, let alone college success. He's a gamble, but in today's quarterback market, when players sign borderline $20 million per year contracts after a half a season of average play, it's worth the risk to at least kick the tires on a passer with any hope to play starting-caliber football on a rookie contract.

    The Browns keep taking their shots at a passer until they hit.

77. Cleveland Browns: Bronson Kaufusi, DL, BYU

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    Bronson Kaufusi experienced a giant rise over his senior season. He was a borderline draftable prospect as a junior, but his master-level expertise in hand usage was more consistent in his final year at BYU. He doesn't have the legs to consistently rush the passer, but he has the frame and technique to be a pest in the ground game. He's the son of a long-time coach, so this should be no surprise to anyone.

    He's a 5-technique defensive end, which is a two-down or even one-down role for the majority of modern 3-4 defenses, but after the first round, you're looking for players who can play within your own scheme, not transcendent talents. After spending two years on a mission, he's older than the other prospects on the board, but from a one-contract standpoint, he's worthy of a high selection.

78. New Orleans Saints: Hassan Ridgeway, DL, Texas

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    In such a deep draft class on the interior defensive line, players like Hassan Ridgeway of Texas are being overlooked. In most classes, Ridgeway would be a sleeper first-round candidate, but in this one, he's a clear Day 2 selection.

    He has plenty of talent, but he has never put it together for a complete season. He had flashes against California and Oklahoma State, but with 17.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks in three years (two as a starter), his "splash play" impact is in question. He's a flexible prospect who, if nothing else, can play 5-technique for 3-4 schemes.

79. Philadelphia Eagles: Sean Davis, CB/S, Maryland

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    Sean Davis is a fairly interesting prospect from Maryland. When you watch his film, it screams "safety," based on some inefficiencies in his game. This offseason, though, he tested well enough to expect a team to try him out at cornerback before moving him to the middle of the field.

    When you look at the contracts being given to elite safeties compared to elite cornerbacks, you can tell how much the NFL values the position. Davis may be an above-average safety prospect, but he has the chance of flopping as an outside cornerback. As long as you have a plan in case he hits or misses outside, he's worthy of taking a hard swing at in Day 2. The NFL as a whole needs more athletic defensive backs.

80. Buffalo Bills: Joe Dahl, OT/IOL, Washington State

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    Joe Dahl is an agile offensive lineman from Washington State. The biggest issue with him, along with a prospect like Cody Whitehair of Kansas State, is which position he plays. At just a hair over 6'4", some might question Dahl's length as a bookend, but he was an All-Pac-12 left tackle during his senior season.

    He's fairly similar to David Bakhtiari coming out of Colorado, a left tackle prospect from the Pac-12 who many had pinned as an interior offensive lineman, even a top-end center prospect, because of his size. Dahl is a solid developmental, flexible piece of a zone blocking scheme.

81. Atlanta Falcons: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford

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    If you need a pass-catching tight end in this draft, Austin Hooper of Stanford might be your best option. In two seasons of playing time with the Cardinal, he put up a combined 937 yards and eight touchdowns—not stellar numbers, but he did enough on the field to warrant a Day 2 selection.

    Don't expect him to give you too much as a blocker, but if you want a hybrid pass-catcher who can play "seams to win," the Pac-12 target should be high on your list. In a year or two, he may develop into what everyone wanted Jared Cook to be.

82. Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Jenkins, EDGE, Georgia

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    While the rest of the world is focused on Leonard Floyd as a pass-rusher, Jordan Jenkins was an actual edge defender at Georgia, unlike his teammate. He's also two years younger than his linebacker counterpart. Jenkins probably won't put his hand in the dirt in the NFL, but he can be a decent 3-4 outside linebacker.

    Jenkins is the do-it-all type at the position. He's a quality run defender and effort pass-rusher. If he's not a mid- to low-end starter, then he's a guy who can get involved in a rotation in the front seven, the most heavily rotated unit in football, and contribute on special teams.

83. New York Jets: Yannick Ngakoue, EDGE, Maryland

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    Declaring after just his true junior season, Yannick Ngakoue is a young pass-rusher with potential. Some may see his 6'2", 252-pound frame as more of a Sam linebacker's, in which case he plays in an Anthony Barr type of role, but he deserves a look as a 3-4 outside linebacker after his 13-sack 2015 campaign.

    He's not going to wow with one specific trait, but he's a jack of all trades. If he ever develops a better first step, he's a fluid enough athlete to bend the edge and become a difference-maker in the NFL.

84. Washington Redskins: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas

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    As a freshman, Alex Collins cracked the 1,000-rushing yard mark. He repeated that in his sophomore and junior seasons. He's not incredibly explosive, but he's a consistent running back in a league that truly just asks for functional bodies at the position.

    When teammate Jonathan Williams missed the 2015 season, Collins took the reins with 271 carries as a junior. He wasn't a dynamic pass-catcher out of the backfield, but he can be a No. 1 running back if rotated with a third-down type of back. He'd fit nicely with current starter Matt Jones. 

85. Houston Texans: Sheldon Day, DL/EDGE, Notre Dame

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    Sheldon Day was highly productive at Notre Dame, posting 32 tackles for a loss in his career, but his size and athleticism has some questioning his impact at the next level. He's 6'1" and 293 pounds, and he's not an Aaron Donald-like athlete. At the Senior Bowl, he spent some time as a 4-3 defensive end.

    At times this offseason, he was even tested out in linebacker drills. The sweet spot for Day may be as an edge-setting 3-4 outside linebacker, similar to Courtney Upshaw, who was a second-round pick with the Baltimore Ravens before signing with the Atlanta Falcons this past offseason. If nothing else, he can be a solid zone-blitz defensive lineman in a 4-3 scheme.

86. Minnesota Vikings: Maliek Collins, DL, Nebraska

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    Athletically, Maliek Collins has the skills to be a starting 3-technique defensive tackle. He's not Geno Atkins, but he may be a few years removed from Mike Daniels, should he even out some of his game.

    He's very fluid, but he doesn't hold up at the point of attack. He has the hips of a linebacker, but he needs to do a better job of embracing contact to be a three-down player. Early on, he's a pass-rushing specialist, though he can be much more than that. In other classes, he likely goes in the middle of the second round.

87. Cincinnati Bengals: Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State

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    A kicker? A kicker.

    Roberto Aguayo has been *the* specialist in college football since he won the Lou Groza Award as a freshman in 2013, when he was also an All-American. Outside of the shocking ending to the Georgia Tech game last season, his college career was virtually flawless.

    Mike Nugent is a fine field-goal kicker, but his accuracy came into question last season, so this is a good chance for the Bengals to try someone new.

88. Green Bay Packers: Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina

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    If Jerell Adams is the best pass-catching tight end in the draft class in three years, no one should be surprised. He has all of the buzzwords at the position: He's tall (6'5"); he has a basketball background; he ran a 4.64-second 40-yard dash at 247 pounds.

    Everything is a little inconsistent with him, from quick cutting to hands and blocking. If he puts it all together, though, he's a Jermichael Finley type of developmental athlete with a high upside.

89. Pittsburgh Steelers: Charles Tapper, EDGE, Oklahoma

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    Charles Tapper once ran down Amari Cooper from behind, but he was moved from an edge defender to a two-gapping interior defensive lineman. That hid his best trait, his explosion, during his last two years at Oklahoma.

    He's an absolute project, but Tapper has the athleticism of an elite pass-rushing prospect. In late Day 2 or early Day 3, he may be "the steal" at this positional group. If Jarvis Jones doesn't break out this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers need a backup plan.

90. Seattle Seahawks: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

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    Dak Prescott's best comparison is Alex Smith. While that doesn't seem like great praise, when you account for what Alex Smith is making—not to mention the rest of the quarterback market—nailing a game-manager on a rookie contract can be a piece you build a championship team around.

    Prescott is never going to be more than a net neutral quarterback, but the Denver Broncos just won a Super Bowl with a decrepit Peyton Manning behind center. The best quarterback in the history of the Mississippi State program deserves to battle for a starting job during his first deal. He won’t get that chance, officially speaking, with the Seahawks, but he could be one of the league’s more intriguing backup QBs for a team that currently has no one behind Russell Wilson.

91. New England Patriots: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina

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    Pharoh Cooper isn't for everybody. He's a 5'11" receiver who posted a 4.63-second 40-yard dash at his pro day after not running at the combine. He may be a limited player, but he's a consistent one.

    With 138 receptions, 2,163 receiving yards and 22 total touchdowns to his name, he was one of South Carolina's best players at the end of the Steve Spurrier era. His floor is that of a really talented kick returner. In some ways, you can make the case that between his return talent and 40 time, a drill which is generally overrated, he can be the next Jarvis Landry-type steal.

92. Arizona Cardinals: Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri

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    Every year, there are a few linebackers who tumble down boards when comparing their on-paper athleticism with their on-field production. This year, that player is Kentrell Brothers. He joins names like Chris Borland, who was a success in his one year in San Francisco, and Paul Dawson, who hasn't played in Cincinnati, as "those guys" in recent years.

    Brothers posted 357 tackles at Missouri, including 23.5 for a loss. He's a quality football player, and at the off-ball linebacker position, instincts can more than make up for playing speed.

    Is he going to be able to follow Rob Gronkowski downfield? No, but he's a quality inside linebacker prospect.

93. Carolina Panthers: Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State

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    Nick Vannett isn't a dynamic pass-catcher but will be a solid contributor at the tight end position. His fault may be a lack of identity, since he's not a true blocking tight end, either, but he's well-rounded. Availability is the best ability, and Vannett's traits likely mean he'll never leave the field once he becomes a starter.

    With only 585 receiving yards in college, he may appear to be "just a guy" on the surface, but many of the skill players on the field with him at Ohio State were future first-round picks. There's a good chance he'll have a better career in the NFL than he did in Columbus.

94. Seattle Seahawks: KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame

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    KeiVarae Russell, a 5'11", 192-pounder from Notre Dame, is an athlete in the secondary. He comes with some injury risk, as he fractured his right tibia in a game versus Boston College toward the end of his senior season.

    He also missed the 2014 season after being suspended for academic improprieties.

    Still, at this point in the draft, if he's available, the Seattle Seahawks would be wise to go into best-player-available mode and nab Russell.

Compensatory Picks

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    95. Detroit Lions: Alex McCalister, EDGE, Florida

    96. New England Patriots: Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford

    97. Seattle Seahawks: Tyrone Holmes, EDGE, Montana

    98. Denver Broncos: Joe Thuney, IOL/OT, North Carolina State

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