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Brett Casella’s 2016 NFL Mock Draft Day 2

ROUND TWO

 

#32: Cleveland Browns – DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky

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Noah Spence has the talent to be a first round selection, if not top ten. Unfortunately, off-field issues caused his stock to fall, but he is a risk worth taking in the second round.

 

#33: Tennessee Titans – C Ryan Kelly, Alabama

The Titans continue to beef up their offensive line by selecting the best center in this year’s draft.

 

#34: Dallas Cowboys – DE Jonathan Bullard, Florida

The Cowboys pass rush was anemic last year, and losing Greg Hardy isn’t going to make things better. Bullard is a versatile defensive end who can slide inside to rush the QB on passing downs.

 

#35: San Diego Chargers – OT Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

The Chargers shouldn’t feel bad about passing up on Laremy Tunsil in the first round, as they land a quality offensive tackle here.

 

#36: Baltimore Ravens – CB Mackenzie Alexander, Clemson

With 30-year old Ladarius Webb currently operating as the team’s second cornerback, Ozzie Newsome would do jumping jacks if Mackenzie Alexander fell to them in the second.

 

#37: San Francisco – G Joshua Garnett, Stanford

With the departure of Alex Boone in free agency, the 49ers have a hole to fill at the guard position.

 

#38: Jacksonville Jaguars – CB Artie Burns, Miami

The Jaguars secondary was one of the worst in the league last year. Prince Amukamara was a good free agency addition, but has played only one full season in his five-year career.

 

#39: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter recently stated that he wishes he had more speed in his receiving corps. Enter Will Fuller, who ran a 4.32 at this year’s scouting combine.

 

#40: New York Giants – LB Su’a Cravens, USC

The Giants are in desperate need of a linebacker and a safety, and Cravens can play both. He possesses the unique size and skillset needed to excel as a hybrid defender.

 

#41: Chicago Bears – DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State

Chris Jones has the size, strength, and skillset to play in any defensive scheme. He would provide an immediate upgrade to a subpar defensive line.

 

#42: Miami Dolphins – DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

The Dolphins lost Olivier Vernon to free agency, but Emmanuel Ogbah can help replace some his pass rushing production.

 

#43: Tennessee Titans – DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

Once upon a time, Robert Nkemdiche was in discussion for the first overall pick. Unfortunately, some character concerns will likely cause him to drop to the second round. With six picks in the top 76, the Titans can afford to take a gamble here.

 

#44: Oakland Raiders – S Keanu Neal, Florida

Oakland continues to bolster their secondary by pairing Keanu Neal with recently-acquired safety Reggie Jackson.MichaelThomas

 

#45: Tennessee Titans – WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State

The Titans have plenty of holes on their roster, but few are more glaring than the need for a wide receiver. Michael Thomas adds a big play dimension that this offense currently lacks.

 

#46: Detroit Lions – T Jason Spriggs, Indiana

Much of the Lions offensive woes can be blamed on their line, which failed to open up lanes for their running backs and gave up nearly three sacks per game.

 

#47: New Orleans Saints – LB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

Jaylon Smith might not be able to play in 2016, but if he can make a full recovery from his gruesome knee injury, the Saints might have the steal of the draft.

 

#48: Indianapolis Colts – C Nick Martin, Notre Dame

Andrew Luck took a beating last season, missing nine games due to injuries to his shoulder and kidneys. With a mega-contract on the way, the Colts need to do everything they can to keep him healthy.

 

#49: Buffalo Bills – QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

Though Tyrod Taylor played well last season, the Bills front office isn’t sold on him as their franchise quarterback. Prescott may be a bit of the reach in the second, but that’s what QB-needy teams do in the draft.

 

#50: Atlanta Falcons – TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas

The Atlanta Falcons passing offense looked lost last year when they weren’t force-feeding the ball to Julio Jones. Hunter Henry is the best tight end in the draft, and will immediately provide Matt Ryan with a reliable option when he can’t go to his favorite target.

 

#51: New York Jets – CB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech

The Jets stacked defensive line helped mask the deficiencies of their back seven last year. After cutting Antonio Cromartie, New York is in search of a second cornerback.Christian-Hackenberg

 

#52: Houston Texans – QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

Bill O’Brien coached Christian Hackenberg during his freshman year, and hasn’t had a better quarterback since. The Texans gave Brock Osweiler a big contract this offseason, but don’t be surprised if they draft their backup plan.

 

#53: Washington Redskins – S T.J. Green, Clemson

After signing Josh Norman, the Redskins look to continue shoring up their secondary. Green is a physical specimen with speed, length, and great ball skills (he was a former wide receiver).

 

#54: Minnesota Vikings – OT Shon Coleman, Auburn

Shon Coleman overcame leukemia to become one of the best offensive tackles in the country, and will help strengthen an offensive line committed to protecting their quarterback.

 

braxtonMiller#55: Cincinnati Bengals – WR Braxton Miller, Ohio State

After losing both Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones this offseason, the Bengals offense is in desperate need of a wide receiver. The former quarterback will need some refinement in order to be a productive receiver, but his athletic ability warrants the second-round selection.

 

#56: Seattle Seahawks – RB Derrick Henry, Alabama

With Marshawn Lynch retiring and the possibility that Rawls may not be 100% for the start of this season, this pick makes a lot of sense. Henry is a big, bruising back that can wear defenses down and grind the clock late in the game.

 

#57: Green Bay Packers – DE Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

The two-time All American can contribute early as a pass rushing specialist, and eventually develop into a full-time starter if he improves his ability to stuff the run.

 

#58: Pittsburgh Steelers – DT Kenny Clark, UCLA

The former wrestler knows how to win at the point of attack and would be a plug-and-play option in Pittsburgh’s defensive line rotation.

 

#59: Kansas City Chiefs – LB Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

Jordan Jenkins played both outside linebacker spots in the Bulldogs 3-4 defense. While he is not an elite pass rusher, he is a great candidate to fill in for Justin Houston next season, and be the eventual long-term replacement for Tamba Hali.

 

#60: New England Patriots – WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

Sterling Shepard is a supremely polished route runner, which is needed to play receiver in New England’s offense. He is a guy who can dominate in the slot at the next level.

 

#61: New England Patriots – OT Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech

If you watched the AFC Championship Game, you know that the Patriots need to tighten up their offensive line.

 

#62: Carolina Panthers – S Darian Thompson, Boise State

Darian was twice named to the All American team, and set a Boise State record with 19 interceptions over the course of his career.

 

#63: Denver Broncos – DT Sheldon Day, Notre Dame

Sheldon Day is one of the best interior pass rushers in this class, but concerns about his size could cause him to fall. The Broncos will happily take him at the end of the second in an effort to replace Malik Jackson’s production.

 

ROUND THREE

 

 

#64: Tennessee Titans – LB Kamalei Correa, Boise State

Correa is the perfect fit as an outside linebacker in Tennessee’s 3-4 defense. Raw pass rushing skills, but teams will love his athleticism and motor.cardale-jones

 

#65: Cleveland Browns – QB Cardale Jones, Ohio State

Cardale Jones has a big arm and a ton of upside. With Griffin and McCown competing for the starting job in Cleveland, Cardale has time to develop under QB whisperer Hue Jackson.

 

#66: San Diego Chargers – S Vonn Bell, Ohio State

Vonn Bell has the potential to become a day one starter after Eric Weddle’s departure left a gaping hole San Diego’s already-struggling secondary.

 

#67: Dallas Cowboys – WR Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh

With defensive pieces already added in rounds one and two, the Cowboys can focus on drafting a wide receiver to line up opposite Dez Bryant.

 

#68: San Francisco – CB Sean Davis, Maryland

Big, athletic, strong cornerback who plays physical and isn’t afraid to defend against the run. San Francisco will love him in their secondary.

 

#69: Jacksonville Jaguars – LB Deion Jones, LSU

Jones may not be a day one starter, but he fits the athletic linebacker mold that Gus Bradley loved in Seattle.

 

#70: Baltimore Ravens – LB Kyler Fackrell, Utah State

Fackrell is an outside linebacker best suited for a 3-4 system – such as the Ravens. Has it all: length, athleticism, pass rushing ability, coverage skills, and plays with a high motor. Could go in the second round.

 

#71: New York Giants – WR Leonte Carroo, Rutgers

After missing nearly two full seasons, the Giants can’t be supremely confident that Victor Cruz makes a full recovery. Leonte Carroo would be a good second receiver if he can’t, and a great third receiver if he can.JeremyCash

#72: Chicago Bears – S Jeremy Cash, Duke

With this pick, the Bears have now improved all three levels of their defense.

 

#73: Miami Dolphins – Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech

Dixon is a great pick up in the third round for a team in need of a running back.

 

#74: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Xavien Howard, Baylor

The Buccaneers are in need of a cornerback, and Howard provides good value in the third round.

 

#75: Oakland Raiders – DT Austin Johnson, Penn State

Austin Johnson caused all kinds of problems in the running game last year, racking up 75 tackles as an interior tackle. The Raiders would be more than happy to add him to their already good defensive line.

 

#76: Tennessee Titans – DT Adolphus Washington, Ohio State

Washington is an athletic, agile big man who can add pass rushing value to the Titans defensive line.

 

#77: Cleveland Browns – WR Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina

Cooper is shifty in space and can bring a big-play element to the Browns offense. At the very least, he can fill in as their return specialist after losing Travis Benjamin.ChristianWesterman

 

#78: New Orleans Saints – G Christian Westerman, Arizona State

The Saints have yet to find a replacement at guard after cutting Jahri Evans this off-season.

 

#79: Philadelphia Eagles – DE Carl Nassib, Penn State

Nassib was a bit of a late bloomer, but he is a long, instinctive defensive end who plays with great motor. Tons of upside in this pick for the Eagles.

 

#80: Buffalo Bills – WR Rashard Higgins, Colorado State

Higgins was one of the most productive receivers in the country in 2014 and would immediately be the second-best wide receiver on the Bills roster.

 

#81: Atlanta Falcons – DT Maliek Collins, Nebraska

Collins is a 3-technique player who would be a great fit for Atlanta’s 4-3 defense, especially after losing Paul Soliai.

 

#82: Indianapolis Colts – RB Jordan Howard, Indiana

Since drafting Andrew Luck, the Colts have yet to produce a 1,000-yard rusher. They need to balance out their offense by improving their running game, and their current starting running back turns 33 this offseason.

 

#83: New York Jets – LB Joshua Perry, Ohio State

Joshua Perry is a very good run-stopper with limited coverage skills. Playing ILB in the Jets 3-4 scheme will allow him to play to his strengths and mask his weaknesses.

 

#84: Washington Redskins – WR Charone Peake, Clemson

The Redskins two leading receivers turn 30 this year, and both stand below 6-feet tall. It’s time for Washington to start looking ahead to the future.

 

#85: Houston Texans – G Vadal Alexander, LSU

After losing Brandon Brooks, Houston has a hole at their guard spot, and Vadal Alexander is the best option on the board.

 

#86: Minnesota Vikings – TE Austin Hooper, Stanford

The theme of this draft for Minnesota is pretty clear: get Teddy Bridgewater some help.

 

#87: Cincinnati Bengals – DB Jalen Mills, LSU

With Leon Hall still a free agent, Mills could slide in as Cincinnati’s slot corner.

 

nick-vannett#88: Green Bay Packers – TE Nick Vannett, Ohio State

The Packers haven’t had a reliable tight end since Jermichael Finley, and they can’t put all of their eggs in the Jared Cook basket.

 

#89: Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Cyrus Jones, Alabama

He is slightly undersized and doesn’t posses the speed you want in an outside cornerback, but teams will be attracted to his ability to defend the run and return punts.

 

#90: Seattle Seahawks – C Max Tuerk, USC

The Seahawks add another offensive lineman in an effort to finally get Russell Wilson some adequate protection.

 

#91: New England Patriots – RB Alex Collins, Arkansas

Bill Belichick can’t get enough running backs, and Collins is a big, talented player who could replace Blount as the Patriots enforcer in the backfield.

 

#92: Arizona Cardinals – G Landon Turner, North Carolina

After dealing Jonathan Cooper to New England, Arizona is left with two aging guards

 

#93: Carolina Panthers – T Jerald Hawkins, LSU

David Gettleman is publically standing behind right tackle Mike Remmers, but the image of Von Miller terrorizing Cam Newton is still fresh in his mind. Hawkins can provide depth to the offensive line and maybe compete for a starting job.

 

#94: Denver Broncos – S Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah

The Broncos are in need of safety depth after seeing David Bruton Jr. leave for the Redskins in free agency. At the very least, Killebrew will provide value on special teams.DevontaeBooker

#95: Detroit Lions (compensatory pick) – RB Devontae Booker, Utah

Booker would immediately upgrade what was the league’s worst rushing offense in 2015.

 

#96: New England Patriots (compensatory pick) – G Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas

Tretola isn’t the most athletic offensive lineman in the draft, but he possesses the size, strength, and demeanor coveted by power run teams.

 

#97: Seattle Seahawks (compensatory pick) – WR Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

Malcolm Mitchell could step in and immediately become Russell Wilson’s go-to vertical receiver.

 

#98: Denver Broncos (compensatory pick) – QB Brandon Allen, Arkansas

As of now, the Broncos have no long-term quarterback solution. Allen is slightly undersized and didn’t play in a pro-style offense, but he has some great attributes that make him worth a third-round flyer.

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