1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston QB, Florida State
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Doug Martin, Lavonte David, Bobby Rainey
Teams Needs: QB/DE/LB/OG/OT
This pick is a done deal and it's going to be Jameis Winston. There are rumors that some within the organization prefer Mariota because of his clean off-the-field personality but ultimately this pick will be made by Lovie Smith who appears to be enamored with Jameis Winston.
2. Tennessee Titans - Marcus Mariota QB, Oregon
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Sammie Lee Hill, Kendall Wright, Shonn Greene, Zach Brown, Al Woods
Teams Needs: CB/QB/OLB/S/WR/RT
It sounds like Tennessee will either draft Marcus Mariota or trade this pick to the Browns for picks 12 and 19, or to Philly after they have traded some combination of pick 20 plus Sam Bradford and Fletcher Cox to the Browns. If they do stay here and pass on Mariota the likely pick will be Leonard Williams.
3. ***TRADE*** Atlanta Falcons (via Jacksonville Jaguars) - Dante Fowler jr. DE, Florida
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Julio Jones, Joe Hawley, Peter Konz, Paul Worrilow
Teams Needs: RT/DE/LB/OC/TE
It's too hard to predict every trade scenario but this one just makes too much sense. The GM Thomas Dimitroff has a history of trading up, having traded away a massive haul(5 draft picks) in 2011 for Julio Jones. The Falcons attempted to trade up last year from the sixth spot to third overall with the Jags so that they could get Jake Matthews, who fell to them anyway, but were rebuffed because the Jags didn't want to risk not being able to get Blake Bortles.
With Quinn installing the Seattle-style 4-3 defense, the Falcons need a pass-rushing DE/OLB hybrid to play the "LEO" position. It was Dan Quinn who recruited Dante Flower to Florida while he was serving as Florida's defensive coordinator, so he should know Fowler quite well.
This trade should only cost the Falcons their 1st and 2nd round picks.
4. Oakland Raiders - Leonard Williams DT/DE, USC
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Matt Schaub, Donald Penn, Justin Tuck, Charles Woodson
Teams Needs: LT/S/DE/DT/RB/ILB/WR
If the Raiders don't take Leonard Williams here, who is rumored to be lobbying to play in Oakland, they will take Amari Cooper or trade down.
5. Washington Redskins - Amari Cooper WR, Alabama
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan, RGIII, Kirk Cousins, Alfred Morris, Chris Chester
Teams Needs: S/CB/OT/OG/WR
Practically every mock draft around has the Redskins taking a pass-rusher since they lost Brian Orakpo in free agency, but with Ryan Kerrigan and 2014 second round pick Trent Murphy the Redskins don't have a need for an outside rusher except for depth purposes, even if the best prospects available all happen to be pass-rushers. It's likely that this pick will be Brandon Scherff or Amari Cooper, either of which would help out an anemic offense, or a trade down.
6. New York Jets - Alvin "Bud" Dupree DE/OLB, Kentucky
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Chris Ivory, Demario Davis, Jaiquawn Jarrett
Teams Needs: QB/WR/RT/OG/RB
The Jets have a first time head coach in Todd Bowles so who knows what he'll do in the draft. As a defensive minded coach he may be more inclined to use an early pick on a rusher, given that Calvin Pace is 34 years old and will be a free agent in 2016. Plus they traded for Brandon Marshall so WR isn't as big of a need anymore, although if Amari Cooper is available he would be an option. The Jets are one of several teams who are short on draft picks and looking to trade down. Should the Jets trade down, they are rumored to be very interested in Andrus Peat to replace a rapidly declining D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
7. Chicago Bears - Kevin White WR, West Virginia
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Shea McClellin, Jay Ratliff, Ryan Mundy, Roberto Garza
Teams Needs: CB/OC/RT/S/SLB
After having signed Pernell McPhee in free agency it is unlikely that the Bears would take an outside rusher here. They need to replace Stephen Paea and could do so with Danny Shelton. Perhaps an even bigger need is at WR after having traded Brandon Marshall to the Jets, plus Alshon Jeffery will be a free agent in 2016. As to which WR the Bears will draft, their WR's coach Mike Groh held the same position at Alabama and helped recruit Amari Cooper so he would be the choice if available, but Kevin White is not a bad consolation prize.
8.***TRADE*** Jacksonville Jaguars (via Atlanta Falcons) - Vic Beasley OLB, Clemson
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Justin Blackmon, Marcedes Lewis, Chad Henne, Alan Branch, Josh Scobee
Teams Needs: OLB/FS/RB/OC/OT
The Jags could've used Dante Fowler but their biggest need is for an "OTTO" linebacker, which is a roving, pass-rushing strong side linebacker like how Seattle uses Bruce Irvin. The top two prospects, both of whom the Jags have shown interest in, that would fill the OTTO position are Vic Beasley and Shane Ray. The Jags should be able to get one of them after trading back, and in the process they pick up an additional second round pick.
9. New York Giants - Danny Shelton NT, Washington
Notable 2016 Free Agents:Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Prince Amukamara, Cullen Jenkins
Teams Needs: OT/OG/DE/TE/OLB/S
The Giants could spend this pick on the offensive line and have been linked to Brandon Scherff, Andrus Peat, and Erick Flowers, but they've spent early picks on Weston Richburg and Justin Pugh, and William Beatty is signed through 2018. Plus they signed free agent Marshall Newhouse this offseason. The should take someone who can play LG, or OT if they shift Beatty or Pugh inside, at some point though.
Defensively they could use a long-term replacement for Cullen Jenkins, a 2016 free agent, to pair with Jonathan Hankins, but definitely need a DE to pair with Jason Pierre-Paul after cutting Mathias Kiwanuka.
Danny Shelton doesn't fill a big need but he does fit the Giants drafting philosophy of targeting athletic monsters on the defensive line. Shelton is a 6-foot-2, 343 pounds monster who moves like a 3-technique and is drawing comparisons to Haloti Ngata. They are rumored to love Amari Cooper, despite drafting Odell Beckham jr. in the first round last year, and will also certainly consider Randy Gregory.
10. St. Louis Rams - Brandon Scherff OT/OG, Iowa
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Brian Quick, Janoris Jenkins, Nick Foles, Chris Givens
Teams Needs: OG/RT/OC/WR/SLB/QB
Last year the Rams passed on Khalil Mack in favor of Greg Robinson. It's been rumored that while Jeff Fisher loved Mack, he had the two similarly rated and in the end took Robinson because he filled a far greater need. The same situation appears to be happening again with DeVante Parker and the top available OT's. The Rams need to replace loses at OC, RG, and RT while the WR corps, although lacking a true number one, is plentiful with Brian Quick, Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt.
11. Minnesota Vikings - Trae Waynes CB, Michigan State
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith, Chad Greenway, Robert Blanton, Matt Asiata
Teams Needs: CB/LB/OG/RB/WR
It's most likely that this pick will come down to DeVante Parker, Teddy Bridgewater's go-to option at Louisville, or Trae Waynes, whom head coach Mike Zimmer has shown considerable interest in.
12. Cleveland Browns - La'el Collins OG/OT, LSU
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Mitchell Schwartz, Phil Taylor, Tashaun Gipson, Craig Robertson, Gary Barnidge
Teams Needs: WR/RT/NT/DE/LB
Browns GM Ray Farmer has repeatedly stated that he wants to build the trenches, so look for them to upgrade at RT and shift Mitchell Schwartz, a 2016 free agent, to OG. or take Danny Shelton here. The Browns are rumored to prefer La'el Collins at OT.
Of course the Browns may trade picks 12 and 19 to move up for Marcus Mariota, or trade both picks to Philly so that they can get Mariota, while accruing pick 20, Sam Bradford, and possibly even Fletcher Cox.
13. New Orleans Saints - Randy Gregory DE/OLB, Nebraska
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Cameron Jordan, Akiem Hicks, Parys Haralson, Cory White, Rafael Bush
Teams Needs: ILB/OLB/CB/OG
At one point it was almost a certainty that the Saints would use this pick on the defense. They need a reliable pass-rusher to pair with Junior Galette. At CB first round bust Patrick Robinson is gone from the secondary but they did spend a 2014 second round pick on Stanley Jean-Baptiste and signed Brandon Browner in free agency. But after trading Ben Grubbs and at some point possibly trading Jahri Evans for cap relief, the Saints could be looking to draft an offensive lineman here. And they could look at using a consecutive first round pick on a pass-catcher after trading away Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham, but a sliding Randy Gregory is just too good to pass up here.
14. Miami Dolphins - DeVante Parker WR, Louisville
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Ryan Tannehill, Mike Pouncey, Charles Clay, Oliver Vernon, Lamar Miller
Teams Needs: RB/LB/S/WR/CB
Miami could draft a WR given that they traded away Mike Wallace and did not re-sign Brian Hartline, despite signing a rapidly declining 31 year old Greg Jennings to a two-year deal, and have shown considerable interest in several WR prospects. One issue they seem likely to address at some point is at LB, which has been an issue for years. They cut starting WLB Phillip Wheeler, traded Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints, and have shown a lot of interest in both Vic Beasley and Benardrick McKinney. They also have to upgrade at CB at some point as well and could take Trae Waynes if available. Miami's draft board should look like: 1. Vic Beasley 2. Trae Waynes 3. DeVante Parker 4. Kevin Johnson. Of course the Dolphins have never shown much faith in Lamar Miller and the rumor mill has linked them to Todd Gurley as well.
15. San Fransisco 49ers - Arik Armstead DE/DT, Oregon
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Aldon Smith, Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis, Alex Boone, Phil Dawson
Teams Needs: CB/WR/DE/OG/ILB
The 49ers need to replace Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver, but they do have Jimmy Wilson and Tramaine Brock. Perhaps the biggest issue the 49ers currently face is at DE. They released Ray McDonald for off-the-field reasons and Justin Smith is seriously considering retirement. Tank Carradine will fill one spot but San Fransisco signed 34 year old Darnell Dockett, who is coming off of a torn ACL, to a minimal two-year deal. This pick should come down to Arik Armstead, Jalen Collins, and Marcus Peters.
16. Houston Texans - Todd Gurley RB, Georgia
Notable 2016 Free Agents:Jonathan Joseph, Whitney Mercilus, Brandon Brooks, Ben Jones, Jared Crick
Teams Needs: QB/OC/CB/WR/RB/ILB
Houston's biggest need by far is at QB, but this is a bad draft to find a solution. After releasing long time franchise icon Andre Johnson, the Texans need to find a replacement to pair with DeAndre Hopkins. They also cut OC Chris Myers.
Defensively their biggest need is to replace versatile linebacker Brooks Reed.
Todd Gurley won't fill a big need but he is the best player available and would spell Arian Foster, who has a long history of injury issues and will turn 30 years old this coming season. Even head coach Bill O'Brien said with regards to Foster's workload "You've got to manage him." Drafting Gurley could prolong Foster's career while simultaneously easing Gurley back from his ACL injury.
17. San Diego Chargers - D.J. Humphries OT/OG, Florida
Notable 2016 Free Agents:Philip Rivers, Eric Weddle, Antonio Gates, Corey Liuget, Malcom Floyd
Teams Needs: OC/OG/RB/NT/S/WR
The Chargers re-signed King Dunlap and signed Orlando Franklin in free agency but still need another OG and will need to replace retired OC Nick Hardwick. After losing Ryan Mathews in free agency the Chargers could spend a first round pick on a RB.
Defensively the Chargers are lacking a quality NT and general depth on the D-line. They'll also need to replace Marcus Gilchrist at S.
Right now it's a tossup with the available O-linemen such as D.J. Humphries, who would play OG, or Ereck Flowers, who would play RT and shift D.J. Fluker to OG.
18. Kansas City Chiefs - Ereck Flowers OT, Miami
Notable 2016 Free Agent: Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Dontari Poe, Eric Berry, Sean Smith, Derrick Johnson
Teams Needs: OC/OT/LB/WR/S
The Chiefs have had issues on the offensive line for years. Eric Fisher has proven to be a bust, and despite trading for Ben Grubbs, they need still need upgrades at OG. In addition to that they also need to replace Rodney Hudson at OC. At WR, regardless of the 55 million dollars doled out to the injury-plagued Jeremy Macklin, the Chiefs have serious issues there as well.
Defensively, three out of their four starting linebackers will be free agents in 2016 and the Chiefs could cut 32 year old Derrick Johnson at some point this offseason, causing them to need upgrades at both ILB spots.
K.C.'s most likely targets will be Erick Flowers, La'el Collins, D.J. Humphries, Breshad Perriman, or Dorial Green-Beckham.
19. Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo Bills) - Malcom Brown DE/DT, Texas
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Mitchell Schwartz, Phil Taylor, Tashaun Gipson, Craig Robertson, Gary Barnidge
Teams Needs: WR/RT/NT/DE/LB
Cleveland is looking to improve their run defense, and seem focused on improving in the trenches. They let Ahtyba Rubin walk in free agency and could possibly cut Phil Taylor at some point. They will also need to replace Jabaal Sheard.
20. Philadelphia Eagles - Nelson Agholor WR, USC
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Sam Bradford, Fletcher Cox, Mychal Hendricks, Cedric Thornton, Nolan Carroll
Teams Needs: S/OG/CB/WR
The big question is whether or not the Eagles will trade up for Marcus Mariota. As it stands now, they will have to get the Browns involved in order to get together a package that the Titans will go for. The rumors are that the Eagles will attempt some sort of three-way trade with the Browns and Titans that involves this pick, Sam Bradford, Fletcher Cox, and Mychal Hendricks going to either the Browns or Titans in return for the number two pick and the right to draft Mariota.
If the Eagles stay put and he's available, don't be surprised if they target Arik Armstead. Chip Kelly loves collecting his former Oregon players and Cedric Thornton doesn't offer much in the pass-rush and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016 as will Fletcher Cox.
There are rumors that Chip Kelly has become infatuated with Nelson Agholor, holding private workouts with him twice, who would replace Jeremy Macklin. Otherwise this pick will likely be used on Byron Jones or Eric Rowe, both of whom offer the size and speed that Chip Kelly likes in his secondary.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Andrus Peat OT, Stanford
Notable 2016 Free Agents: AJ Green, Leon Hall, Andre Smith, Andrew Whitworth
Teams Needs: DT/OT/WR/CB
Cincy has done a great job over the last few years of taking the best available player instead of reaching for need. The Bengals have three starters on the offensive line who will be free agents in 2016, in addition to them cutting Mike Pollack and losing Marshall Newhouse in free agency.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Marcus Peters CB, Washington
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Cameron Heyward, Ramon Foster, Kelvin Beachum, Willie Gay, Steve McLendon, Mike Adams, Sean Spence, Antwon Blake, Bruce Gradkowski, Cam Thomas
Teams Needs: OLB/CB/OT/S/TE/DL/RB
The big question here is whether or not the Steelers will gamble on a prospect with character issues?
In the case of Shane Ray I don't think it's likely. The injured toe not withstanding, and regardless of whether or not he needs surgery on it, the fact that Ray has had a failed drug test while at Missouri in addition to the citation he received for marijuana possession just three days before the biggest day of his life only shows that he has some maturity issues. The Steelers did draft Mike Adams in the second round after his failed drug test at the combine but Adams took it upon himself to drive to the Steelers facility in Pittsburgh and personally apologize to the team. Unless Ray makes the same kind of personal plea it's likely that the Steelers will look elsewhere.
The second prospect with off-the-field baggage that the Steelers will have to consider is Washington CB Marcus Peters. Many, including myself, believe he is the best CB prospect in this draft class. Despite his small hands, Peters has optimal size at 6-foot, 197 pounds. He uses his size to his advantage by bullying WR at the line of scrimmage. Definitely the best press-man cover CB in the draft but unfortunately lacks the deep recovery speed(4.53 forty at the combine) that the Steelers typically look for in their CB prospects. Peter's can be an emotional hot head, and he was kicked off of the Washington team after several vocal confrontations with the coaching staff. The Steelers brought in Peters for a pre-draft visit, and the Steelers brass would have to be comfortable that those sort of outbursts are in his past before considering drafting him.
The third prospect the Steelers would consider here is Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson. Like Marcus Peters he has the length at 6-foot, but unlike him Johnson has a very frail looking 185 pounds frame. Johnson is a very smooth athlete but again, like Peters, he had a very pedestrian forty time(4.52) at the combine. He is not a sound tackler either from a technical standpoint and the guys at Pro Football focus rank him as the ninth-worst of all CB prospects in missed tackles. But despite any negatives Kevin Johnson may have, he is one of the cleanest CB prospects in the draft, and even though his ceiling may not be as high as some other CB prospects his floor is higher. All in all, Kevin Johnson would be the safe pick.
So in the end this really becomes a question of whether this pick will be Marcus Peters or Kevin Johnson? It could be considered a complete tossup. The Steelers elected not bring in Kevin Johnson for a pre-draft interview but did meet with him at the combine as well as sent a large contingent of personnel that included DB coach Carnell Lake to the Wake Forest Pro day. And while the number of Steelers personnel wasn't as large for Washington's Pro day, which could be considered odd when factoring in just how many Washington prospects should interest the Steelers, Carnell Lake was there in attendance as well. So all things considered, Marcus Peters has the ideal size and higher upside potential and as long as the Steelers feel like he's going to assimilate into the locker room without being a distraction I've got to believe he'll be the pick here at 22.
23. Detroit Lions - Melvin Gordon RB, Wisconsin
Notable 2016 Free Agents:Riley Reiff, Haloti Ngata, Jason Jones, DeAndre Levy, Bill Bentley, James Ihedigbo
Teams Needs: DT/DE/OC/OG/RT/RB/CB
The loss of both Nick Fairly and Ndamukong Suh is only slightly mitigated by trading for Haloti Ngata. Trading for Ngata only makes it more likely that DC Teryl Austin will eventually start moving the defense into a variation of a 3-4 scheme. Kyle Van Noy will more than likely play ILB with DeAndre Levy, with Jason Jones moving to OLB to pair with Ezekiel Ansah. With this change they'll still need a NT. Offensively the Lions need to replace Reggie Bush as well as find multiple upgrades and replacements for the O-line.
24. Arizona Cardinals - Byron Jones CB/S, Connecticut
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Michael Floyd, Bob Massie, Lamar Holmes, Rashad Johnson
Teams Needs: OG/OC/RB/NT/LB/CB/S
The Offensive line has been an issue for the Cardinals for several years. They could use another OG to pair with recently sign Mike Iupati, given that Jonathan Cooper is looking like a bust, as well as an OC to replace Lyle Sendlein who was released. Also, the Cards released Darnell Dockett. Arizona suffered big free agent losses with Dan Williams and Antonio Cromartie. Bruce Arians was quoted with regards to adding a CB, "I'd really like to add a young one. A young, long, fast one."
25. Carolina Panthers - Eric Kendricks LB, UCLA
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Josh Norman, Amini Silatolu
Teams Needs: OT/WR/DE/RB/S/WLB
The four positions the Panthers are likely to target are OT, WR, DE, and RB, with OT being by far the biggest need. The top target on Carolina's draft board is rumored to be Miami's Erick Flowers, who would replace Byron Bell who replaced Jordan Gross. Another position they will likely consider depending on the talent available is at LB. The Panthers could use an upgrade over A.J. Klein and will need an eventual replacement for 32 year old 2016 free agent Thomas Davis, and have shown considerable interest in Eric Kendricks as well as Shaq Thompson.
26. Baltimore Ravens - Shane Ray OLB, Missouri
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Marshal Yanda, Courtney Upshaw, Will Hill, Kelechi Osemele
Teams Needs: WR/CB/DE/S/TE
The Ravens rarely draft for need and typically take the best player available. Shane Ray certainly doesn't fill a big need, but if not for the toe injury and his recent citation for marijuana possession, Ray would've been a guaranteed top 10 pick. The Ravens gambled with Jimmy Smith in the first round of the 2011 draft, so it's unlikely that Ray's current situation would cause the Ravens front office to flinch.
27. Dallas Cowboys - Jalen Collins CB, LSU
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Dez Bryant, Jeremy Mincey, Tyrone Crawford, Morris Claiborne, Mackenzy Bernadeau
Teams Needs: DE/DT/S/LB/RB/CB
Dallas has spent a lot of time interviewing the top RB and CB prospects in this draft class. After losing DeMarco Murray in free agency, the offense cannot afford to take a step back with Darren McFadden and if either Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon are available they will be the likely pick. Otherwise this pick will likely be used on the top CB to to replace former first round bust Morris Claiborne. Dallas has shown interest in Kevin Johnson, Marcus Peters, and Jalen Collins, the latter of which has the size/speed combo that is all the rage in the NFL and will likely intrigue Jerry Jones.
28. Denver Broncos - T.J. Clemmings OT/OG, Pittsburgh
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Demaryius Thomas, Brock Osweiler, Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, Chris Clark
Teams Needs: OC/OG/RT/S/NT/LB
Denver is trying to win now so it's likely that they will target someone who fills a big need and can start immediately. Defensively they have had talent and injury issues at ILB. They also failed to re-sign or replace Terrence Knighton and will need a NT for their new 3-4 defense. Offensively they need upgrades at OC and RT, and will have to replace valuable swing starter Orlando Franklin. This pick should come down to Jordan Phillips, Cameron Erving, and T.J. Clemmings.
29. Indianapolis Colts - Damarious Randall FS, Arizona State
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Anthony Castonzo, TY Hilton, Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Greg Toler
Teams Needs: ILB/OC/RG/DE/FS
The Colts need upgrades at OC and OG, even though they signed Todd Herremans it was only to a one-year deal, and have to start thinking about replacing Gosder Cherilus at RT.
Indy is rumored to really like Damarious Randall, who has been quietly climbing up draft boards since the combine, to pair with Mike Adams. Although undersized, Randall is a fast, instinctive, and a tireless worker who has endeared himself within the scouting community. NFL.com draft guru Mike Mayock even has Randall rated above Landon Collins on his prospect rankings board.
30. Green Bay Packers - Kevin Johnson CB, Wake Forest
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Nick Perry, Mike Neal, Mike Daniels, James Starks, Casey Hayward
Teams Needs: ILB/NT/CB
Green Bay is looking to increase the speed of their defense. A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones have both been released and the Packers need a LB capable of covering TE's down the seam or effectively spying Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson, keeping them from breaking long runs as they have been known to do against a slow Green Bay defense. The Packers re-signed B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion to small, one-year contracts but could draft a long-term replacement here in Jordan Phillips. The player most linked to the Packers at this point is Kevin Johnson, who would fill the void in the secondary left by the departures of Tramon Williams and Davon House.
31. New Orleans Saints (via Seattle Seahawks) - Phillip Dorsett WR, Miami
Notable 2016 Free Agents: Cameron Jordan, Akiem Hicks, Parys Haralson, Cory White, Rafael Bush
Teams Needs: ILB/OLB/CB/OG
After having traded Jimmy Graham to Seattle and Kenny Stills to the Dolphins, the Saints find themselves in the market for offensive playmakers, especially given that Marques Colston is on the decline. New Orleans may have faith in 3rd year TE Josh Hill, who has been a decent red zone target, but he doesn't offer the field-stretching capabilities as does Maxx Williams who should be in heavy consideration here. Defensively the Saints still need another outside rusher.
At the Miami Pro day Sean Payton and assistant GM Jeff Ireland were reportedly "gushing" over Phillip Dorsett, even taking him out to dinner beforehand and setting up an official visit afterward.
32. New England Patriots - Eddie Goldman NT, Florida State
Notable 2016 Free Agents:Nate Solder, Dont'a Hightower, Chandler Jones, LaGarrette Blount, Ryan Wendell
Teams Needs: OG/DT/CB/WR/RB
The Patriots have to replace Vince Wilfork, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Offensively their biggest issue is at OG. LB Dont'a Hightower will likely miss the start of the season following shoulder surgery and both he and Chandler Jones will be free agents in 2016, prompting N.E. to show a lot of interest in pass-rushers as they will unlikely be able to re-sign both Hightower and Jones. This pick should be Byron Jones, Eddie Goldman, Owamagbe Odighizuwa, or Eli Harold.
33. Tennessee Titans - Breshad Perriman WR, Central Florida
Tennessee lacks a number one WR.
34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Ronald Darby CB, Florida State
Johnathan Banks has been a second round bust.
35. Oakland Raiders - Jalen Strong WR, Arizona State
Oakland could easily take a WR at #4.
36. Jacksonville Jaguars - Landon Collins S, Alabama
Johnathan Cyprien has been a bust and Josh Evans must be replaced.
37. New York Jets - Brett Hundley QB, UCLA
Brett Hundley is a great fit for OC Chan Gailey's offense.
38. Washington Redskins - Cedric Ogbuehi OT/OG, Texas A&M
Tyler Polumbus is a free agent and Trent Williams and Chris Chester will be in 2016.
39. Chicago Bears - Eli Harold OLB, Virginia
Chicago needs a long-term rusher to pair with Pernell McPhee.
40. New York Giants - Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE, UCLA
The Giants continue to rebuild their once vaunted defensive line.
41. St. Louis Rams - Dorial Green-Beckham WR, Oklahoma
Jeff Fisher is never afraid of taking a gamble on prospects who fall because of character concerns.
42. ***TRADE*** Jacksonville Jaguars (via Atlanta Falcons) - Jay Ajayi RB, Boise State
Bernard Pierce is not the long-term answer at RB.
43. Cleveland Browns - Maxx Williams TE, Minnesota
Jordan Cameron signed with Miami.
44. New Orleans Saints - Jake Fisher OT/OG, Oregon
N.O. traded Ben Grubbs to K.C.
45. Minnesota Vikings - Shaq Thompson LB, Washington
Minnesota is looking to upgrade at LB.
46. San Francisco 49ers - Devin Smith WR, Ohio State
S.F. needs WR help even after signing Torrey Smith.
47. Miami Dolphins - Benardrick McKinney LB, Mississippi State
Miami traded Dannell Ellerbe to N.O.
49. San Diego Chargers - Tevin Coleman RB, Indiana
Ryan Mathews signed with Philly.
48. Kansas City Chiefs - Cameron Erving OC, Florida State
Rodney Hudson signed with Oakland.
50. Buffalo Bills - Carl Davis DT/DE, Iowa
Notable 2016 Free Agents:Marcell Dareus, Stephon Gilmore, Cordy Glenn, Scott Chandler, Matt Cassel, Fred Jackson
Team needs: QB/ILB/DE/S
Defensively Rex Ryan fired Jim Schwartz over philosophical differences, which means that Ryan wants to convert the defense in a variation of a 3-4 scheme. Assuming Kevin Williams will play NT, and Marcell Dareus will play DE, they will need another DE.After trading Kiko Alonzo to the Eagles, the Bills could look for an ILB but Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham will most likely be the starters. They also opted not to re-sign Da'Norris Searcy and will have to replace him. During his time with the Jets Rex Ryan spent three consecutive first round picks on defensive linemen (counting Quinton Coples).
51. Houston Texans - Sammy Coates WR, Auburn
Houston needs a WR to replace Andre Johnson.
52. Philadelphia Eagles - Eric Rowe CB/S, Utah
Philly is rumored to really like Eric Rowe.
53. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Bennett DT, Ohio State
Cincy needs an eventual replacement for Domata Peko.
54. Detroit Lions - Xavier Cooper DT, Washington State
The Lions lost Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
55. Arizona Cardinals - Jordan Phillips DT/DE, Oklahoma
Dan Williams signed with Oakland.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers - Nate Orchard DE/OLB, Utah
If the Steelers are set on taking an OLB prospect here they are going to have a very tough decision to make between Utah's Nate Orchard, Mississippi State's Preston Smith, and LSU's Danielle Hunter, three very solid prospects with three very different skill sets.
At 6-foot-5, 271 pounds with 34-inch arms, Preston Smith is a big man and a prime candidate to play the "Elephant" role in a 3-4 defense, similarly to how the Ravens used Pernell McPhee. He has very heavy hands and the power to set the edge versus the run but lacks the speed to be a consistent pass-rush threat. If he gets any bigger he may be a better player as a 5-technique than an outside rusher. Even still, he's a versatile prospect who can be used in a variety of ways.
If Preston Smith is the thunder than Danielle Hunter is definitely the lightning. The lanky-looking 6-foot-5, 252 pounds prospect ran a fast 4.57 forty at the combine and looks and moves more like a joker tight end. He's incredibly raw as a pass-rusher, relying on his speed and athleticism to makes plays, but despite being used as a pure pass-rusher and playing about 80 percent of his teams defensive snaps in 2014 he only racked up a poultry 1.5 sacks for the entire season.
Anyone who watched Nate Orchard at the combine came away unimpressed. He has decent size for a 3-4 OLB at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, and his arms are only a quarter of an inch shorter than Preston Smith's, but he looked incredibly uncomfortable in the linebacker drills. An abysmal 4.80 forty time didn't help either. However, put on Orchard's game tape and he will standout as a tireless worker who uses first-step quickness to blow by offensive linemen, and a relentless motor to get to the QB. Originally recruited to play WR, the Utes quickly switched him to DE to take advantage of his size and quickness. He's added 60 pounds of muscle since his freshman season. Against the Bruins this season he sacked Brett Hundley four times, against Stanford he beat fellow first round pick Andrus Peat for 2 sacks, and finished the season with 18.5 sacks total. He is also a high character, devoted family man who is married with a young daughter. Nate Orchard was also born Nate Fakahafua but changed his last name to his adopted parents last names after his sophomore season to honor them.
During his pre-draft visit with the Steelers, Orchard spent a lot of time with OLB's coach Joey Porter and remarked that "Coach Porter was very impressed with me. He loved me as a player and the things I was doing on the field and especially off the field."
57. Carolina Panthers - Danielle Hunter DE, LSU
Carolina needs to replace Greg Hardy.
58. Baltimore Ravens - Clive Walford TE, Miami
Owner Steve Bisciotti said "We absolutely need a TE. We do not absolutely need a WR."
61. Denver Broncos - Preston Smith DE/OLB, Mississippi State
Von Miller is a free agent in 2016.
60. Dallas Cowboys - Mario Edwards DE/DT, Florida State
Greg Hardy is on a one-year deal and suspended for 10 games.
59. Indianapolis Colts - Quinton Rollins CB, Miami of Ohio
Indy needs an upgrade across from Vontae Davis.
62. Green Bay Packers - Stephone Anthony ILB, Clemson
A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones were released, DC Dom Capers is rumored to really like Stephone Anthony.
63. Seattle Seahawks - Ali Marpet OT/OG, Hobart
Notable 2016 Free Agents:Russell Wilson, Russell Okung, Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, Jermaine Kearse
Teams Needs: OC/OG/DT/CB/LB/WR
By trading Max Unger and a first round pick for Jimmy Graham the Seahawks filled one hole but created another. In addition to the hole at OC they must also replace James Carpenter at OG. Given that they lost Clinton McDonald last offseason and only replaced Kevin Williams with Ahtyba Rubin on a one-year deal, it wouldn't be surprising if Seattle bolstered their DT depth here if they do not take an interior offensive lineman. They will also have to find another CB to replace Byron Maxwell if they don't think Tharold Simon can step up.
64. New England Patriots - A.J. Cann OG/OC, South Carolina
Dan Connolly is a 32 year old free agent unlikely to be re-signed.
65. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jeremiah Poutasi OT/OG, Utah
T.B. has serious O-line issues.
66. Tennessee Titans - Daryl Williams OT, Oklahoma
Michael Roos retired and Michael Oher was cut.
67. Jacksonville Jaguars - Denzel Perryman ILB, Miami
Paul Posluszny has serious injury issues.
68. Oakland Raiders - Devin Funchess WR/TE, Michigan
Oakland needs offensive weapons.
69. Washington Redskins - Jaquiski Tartt SS, Samford
Jeron Johnson is on a minimal two-year deal.
70. New York Jets - Ameer Abdullah RB, Nebraska
The Jets need an upgrade at RB.
71. Chicago Bears - Josh Shaw CB/S, USC
Chicago needs to replace Charles Tillman.
72. St. Louis Rams - Laken Tomlinson OG, Duke
Davin Joseph needs to be replaced.
73. Atlanta Falcons - David Johnson RB, Northern Iowa
Atlanta needs a better compliment to Devonta Freeman than Antone Smith.
74. New York Giants - Doran Grant CB/S, Ohio State
Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, and Quintin Demps are all free agents.
75. New Orleans Saints - Grady Jarrett DT/DE, Clemson
N.O. may not be able to re-sign Cameron Jordan in 2016.
76. Minnesota Vikings - David Cobb RB, Minnesota
It sounds like AP will be cut or traded at some point.
77. Cleveland Browns - Garrett Grayson QB, Colorado state
Johnny Manziel is a bust.
78. New Orleans Saints (via Miami Dolphins) - Davis Tull OLB, UT-Chattanooga
Sean Payton wants to cut or trade Junior Galette.
79. San Francisco 49ers - Kwon Alexander OLB, LSU
S.F. needs to replace Patrick Willis and Chris Borland and are rumored to be very interested in Alexander.
80. Kansas City Chiefs - Paul Dawson ILB, TCU
K.C. may need two ILB's if they cut 32 year old Derrick Johnson.
81. Buffalo Bills - Bryce Petty QB, Baylor
E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel are not the answer at QB.
82. Houston Texans - Gabe Wright DT, Auburn
Houston needs competition for Jared Crick.
83. San Diego Chargers - Hroniss Grasu OC, Oregon
Nick Hardwick retired.
84. Philadelphia Eagles - Donovan Smith OT, Penn State
Philly cut Todd Herremans.
85. Cincinnati Bengals - Tyler Lockett WR, Kansas State
Cincy needs more weapons to take the pressure off of A.J. Green.
86. Arizona Cardinals - Lorenzo Mauldin OLB, Louisville
Arizona has issues at LB.
87. Pittsburgh Steelers - Tre McBride WR, William & Mary
Having filled their dire needs already the Steelers can now turn their attention to lesser needs. Of course they could double-dip at CB with Steve Nelson still on the board. They seem to have legitimate interest in adding a WR prospect at some point. The highest rated WR, or a player at any position for that matter, that the Steelers have shown any interest in is Tre McBride who hails from Mike Tomlin's alma mater William & Mary.
McBride's 6-foot, 210 pounds frame and game speed(he ran a 4.41 forty at the combine but doesn't appear that fast on tape) won't wow you but his body control and ability to track the ball in the air are second to none. Calling him the next Antonio Brown is an unfair comparison for an unproven prospect but their are some similarities. His prowess as a kick returner would also come in handy. Tre McBride was not brought in for a pre-draft visit but he was interviewed by the Steelers at the NFL combine.
There is some uncertainty in the WR corps outside of Antonio Brown. As amazing as the start of Martavis Bryant's career was, teams eventually caught on and were able to shut him down towards the end of the season. And the team is still awaiting a break out year from 2013 third round pick Markus Wheaton.
88. Detroit Lions - P.J. Williams CB, Florida State
35 year old Rashean Mathis can't play forever.
89. Carolina Panthers - D'Joun Smith CB, Florida Atlantic
Charles Tillman is a 34 year old stop-gap.
90. Baltimore Ravens - T.J. Yeldon RB, Alabama
Bernard Pierce was cut and Ozzie Newsome loves his Bama boys.
92. Dallas Cowboys - Mike Davis RB, South Carolina
DeMarco Murray signed with Philly.
94. Denver Broncos - Ty Sambrailo OT/OG, Colorado State
Orlando Franklin signed with San Diego.
91. Indianapolis Colts - Chris Conley WR, Georgia
Indy needs a long-term replacement for Reggie Wayne.
93. Green Bay Packers - Jesse James TE, Penn State
G.B. has shown interest in several of the top TE prospects, including Jesse James.
95. Seattle Seahawks - Frank Clark DE, Michigan
Seattle needs depth at DE.
96. New England Patriots - Hau'oli Kikaha DE/OLB, Washington
Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones are both free agents in 2016.
97. New England Patriots - Jeff Heuerman TE, Ohio State
N.E. loves to collect TE's.
98. Kansas City Chiefs - Justin Hardy WR, East Carolina
K.C. needs upgrades at WR.
99. Cincinnati Bengals - Jordan Hicks OLB, Texas
Vontaze Burflict is coming back from micro-fracture surgery on his knee.
100. Tennessee Titans - James Sample S, Louisville
Michael Griffin may be cut at some point.
101. New England Patriots (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Dezmin Lewis WR, Central Arkansas
N.E. needs more weapons for Tom Brady.
102. Oakland Raiders - Tre Jackson OG, Florida State
Oakland needs an OG to pair with Gabe Jackson.
103. Jacksonville Jaguars - Rob Havenstein OT, Wisconsin
Jacksonville has no O-line depth.
104. New York Jets - Jamison Crowder WR, Duke
The Jets need an upgrade at slot WR.
105. Washington Redskins - Rakeem Nunez-Roches DT, Southern Mississippi
Terrance Knighton is on a one-year deal.
106. Chicago Bears - Ibraheim Campbell SS, Northwestern
Ryan Mundy is a free agent in 2016.
107. Atlanta Falcons - B.J. Finney OC, Kansas State
Joe Hawley has injury issues and Peter Konz is a bust.
108. New York Giants - Steve Nelson CB, Oregon State
Prince Amukamara is a free agent in 2016.
109. Tampa Bay buccaneer (via St. Louis Rams) - Anthony Chickillo DE, Miami
T.B. has to replace Michael Johnson, Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers.
110. Minnesota Vikings - Marcus Hardison DT, Arizona State
Minnesota lacks D-line depth.
111. Cleveland Browns - Senquez Wilson CB, Ole Miss.
Buster Skrine signed with the Jets and Justin Gilbert has been a bust.
112. Seattle Seahawks (via New Orleans Saints) - Mitch Morse OG/OT, Missouri
James Carpenter signed with the Jets and Russell Okung is a free agent in 2016.
113. Philadelphia Eagles (from Buffalo Bills via S.F. 49ers) - Adrian Amos S, Penn State
Philly needs upgrades at both safety spots.
114. Miami Dolphins - Duke Johnson RB, Miami
Miami doesn't seem to have much faith in Lamar Miller.
115. Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo Bills) - Derron Smith FS, Fresno State
Tashaun Gipson is a free agent in 2016.
116. Houston Texans - Tyrus Thompson OT, Oklahoma
Houston lacks O-line depth.
116. San Diego Chargers - Cody Prewitt S, Ole Miss
Michael Gilchrist signed with the Jets.
118. Kansas City Chiefs - Ramik Wilson ILB, Georgia
K.C. may need two ILB's if they cut 32 year old Derrick Johnson.
119. St. Louis Rams (via Philadelphia Eagles) - Sean Mannion QB, Oregon State
Nick Foles is a free agent in 2016.
120. Cincinnati Bengals - Mycole Pruitt TE, Southern Illinois
Cincy is unlikely to re-sign Jermaine Gresham.
121. Pittsburgh Steelers - Alex Carter CB/S, Stanford
Is this the year that the Steelers finally double-dip at the CB position in the early rounds? With Ike Taylor and Brice McCain both gone, Willie Gay a 2016 free agent, and Cortez Allen in serious need of a bounce-back season it is very likely that the Steelers could invest multiple early round picks at the position.
Alex Carter is tailor-made for the Steelers zone coverage. He sports a 6-foot, 196 pounds frame with long arms and could potentially make a smooth transition to free safety if needed. In fact, NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock doesn't even list Alex Carter as a CB on his most recent prospect position rankings, he lists him as his fifth highest rated safety. Whether or not the Steelers see him as a safety nobody outside of the organization knows, but with the size and ability to offer position flexibility it's only going to endear him to Colbert & Co. Carter was one of many CB prospects who were brought in for a pre-draft visit.
An interesting footnote on Alex Carter is that he definitely has the bloodlines. His father Tom Carter was a three-year starter at free safety for Notre Dame, who was then drafted in the first round by the Washington Redskins and played cornerback in the NFL from 1993-2001 and amassed 27 career interceptions.
122. Baltimore Ravens (via Detroit Lions) - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB, Oregon
Baltimore needs depth behind injury-plagued starters Jimmy smith and Lardarius Webb.
123. Arizona Cardinals - Corey Crawford DE, Clemson
Darnell Dockett was cut.
124. Carolina Panthers - Rashad Greene WR, Florida State
Carolina needs a long-term compliment to Kelvin Benjamin.
125. Baltimore Ravens - Dres Anderson WR, Utah
Ravens WR coach Bobby Ingram showed a lot of interest in Dres Anderson at his pro day.
126. San Fransisco 49ers (via Denver Broncos) - Ben Heeney ILB, Kansas
Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retired, and NaVorro Bowman is coming back from injury.
127. Dallas Cowboys - Chris Hackett S, TCU
J.J. Wilcox needs to be replaced.
128. Indianapolis Colts - Josue Matias OG, Florida State
Todd Herremans is on a one-year deal.
129. Green Bay Packers - Jamil Douglas OG, Arizona State
G.B. lacks O-line depth.
130. Seattle Seahawks - Ty Montgomery WR, Stanford
Russell Wilson needs more dependable targets.
131. New England Patriots - Cameron Artis-Payne RB, Auburn
N.E. lost Steven Ridley and Shane Vereen in free agency.
132. San Fransisco 49ers - Lynden Trail DE\OLB , Norfolk State
Aldon Smith and Aaron Lynch have off-the-field issues.
133. Denver Broncos - Jeremy Langford RB, Michigan State
Monte Ball has been a bust.
134. Seattle Seahawks - Christian Covington DT, Rice
Jordan Hill is coming back from injury and Ahtyba Rubin is on a one-year deal.
135. Cincinnati Bengals - Charles Gaines CB, Louisville
Terence Newman signed with Minnesota.
136. Baltimore Ravens - Za'Darius Smith DE/OLB, Kentucky
Pernell McPhee signed with Chicago.
137. Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo Bills via T.B. Buccaneers) - Anthony Harris S, Virginia
Minnesota needs a long-term starter next to Harrison Smith.
138. Tennessee Titans - Arie Kouandjio OG, Alabama
Tennessee may cut Andy Levitre.
139. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trey Flowers DE, Arkansas
Chris Clemons will be 34 years old this season.
140. Oakland Raiders - Javorius Allen RB, USC
Trent Richardson is a bust signing.
141. Washington Redskins - Jamon Brown OT/OG, Louisville
Chris Chester is a 2016 free agent who could be upgraded.
142. Chicago Bears (via New York Jets) - Tony Lippett WR/CB, Michigan State
Alshon Jeffery is a free agent in 2016 and Marquess Wilson is completely unproven.
143. Denver Broncos (via Chicago Bears) - Markus Golden DE/OLB, Missouri
Denver needs depth at OLB.
144. New York Giants - Sean Hickey OT/OG, Syracuse
John Jerry needs to be replaced at LG.
145. Philadelphia Eagles (via St. Louis Rams) - Henry Anderson DE, Stanford
Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton are both free agents in 2016.
146. Atlanta Falcons - Blake Bell TE, Oklahoma
Atlanta has never properly replaced Tony Gonzalez.
147. Cleveland Browns - Darren Waller WR, Georgia Tech
Who knows if or when Josh Gordon will play again.
148. New Orleans Saints - Kaleb Eulls DT, Mississippi State
Akiem Hicks is a free agent in 2016.
149. Miami Dolphins (via Minnesota Vikings) - Jacoby Glenn CB, Central Florida
Cortland Finnegan retired.
150. Miami Dolphins - Ladarius Gunter CB/S, Miami
Louis Delmas is coming off of an ACL tear.
151. San Fransisco 49ers - Darryl Roberts CB, Marshall
S.F. lost Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox in free agency.
152. Houston Texans - Craig Mager CB, Texas State
Jonathan Joseph is a 2016 free agent.
153. San Diego Chargers - Titus Davis WR, Central Michigan
Malcom Floyd will be a 34 year old free agent in 2016.
154. New Orleans Saints (via Kansas City Chiefs) - Lorenzo Doss CB, Tulane
N.O. needs to improve their turnover margin.
155. Buffalo Bills - John Miller OG, Louisville
Erik Pears signed with S.F.
156. Philadelphia Eagles - Obum Gwacham DE/OLB, Oregon State
Philly cut Trent Cole.
157. Cincinnati Bengals - Clayton Geathers S, Central Florida
Taylor Mays signed with Minnesota.
158. Baltimore Ravens (via Detroit Lions) - Stefon Diggs WR, Maryland
After losing Torrey Smith and cutting Jacoby Jones the Ravens should double dip at WR.
159. Arizona Cardinals - Mark Glowinski OG, West Virginia
Jonathan Cooper has been a bust.
160. Pittsburgh Steelers - Matt Jones RB, Florida
The signing of DeAngelo Williams lessons the Steelers need for a backup running back but only slightly so as the 32 year old is only signed to a minimal two-year deal. Had the Steelers not signed a RB in free agency they likely would have spent an earlier pick on the position. Interestingly enough the Steelers have drafted a RB in seven out of the eight drafts since Tomlin's hire in 2007.
Matt Jones is an interesting prospect to evaluate. He has a very powerful 6-foot-2, 231 pounds frame. He loves contact and always keeps his legs churning to pickup yardage. He also has deceptive cut-and-burst on runs to the outside which was very evident when he gained a career high 192 yards versus a good Georgia defense. In the NFL though he may not have the speed to be anything more than a short yardage power back. Jones also needs to learn patience as he is prone to just ramming into the line of scrimmage instead of waiting for a hole to open. However he does an excellent job in pass protection and can catch the ball out of the backfield. All-in-all he could be a poor mans Le'Veon Bell if, like Bell, he can drop a little weight and play around the 220-225 pounds range. Jones went to dinner with Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin the night before his Pro day.
161. Carolina Panthers - Laurence Gibson OT, Virginia Tech
Carolina needs upgrade at both OT spots.
162. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Baltimore Ravens) - Gerrod Holliman FS, Louisville
The Bucs have nothing at S besides the inept Chris Conte.
163. Dallas Cowboys - Darius Philon DT, Arkansas
Henry Melton signed with T.B.
164. Denver Broncos - Bryce Hager ILB, Baylor
Nate Irving signed with Indy.
165. Indianapolis Colts - Mike Hull LB, Penn State
D'Qwell Jackson needs to be replaced.
166. Green Bay Packers - Malcom Brown RB, Texas
James Starks is a free agent in 2016 and Eddie Lacy has injury issues.
167. Seattle Seahawks - Kenny Bell WR, Oklahoma
Russell Wilson needs more dependable targets.
168. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via New England Patriots) - Bobby McCain CB, Memphis
The Bucs need a better nickel CB than Mike Jenkins.
169. Carolina Panthers - Leterrius Walton DT, Central Michigan
Colin Cole and Dwan Edwards are re-signed to minimal deals.
170. Seattle Seahawks - Tavaris Barnes DE, Clemson
Seattle needs depth at DE.
171. Baltimore Ravens - Robert Myers OG/OT, Tennessee State
Rick Wagner is coming back from Lisfranc surgery.
172. Kansas City Chiefs - Wes Sexton TE, South Alabama
K.C. cut Anthony Fasano.
173. Kansas City Chiefs - Kurtis Drummond S, Michigan State
Tyvon Branch is on a one-year deal.
174. Carolina Panthers - John Crockett RB, North Dakota State
Carolina cut DeAngelo Williams.
175. Houston Texans - Joey Mbu DT, Houston
Houston needs D-line depth.
176. Baltimore Ravens - Ellis McCarthy DT, UCLA
Baltimore traded Haloti Ngata to Detroit.
177. Tennessee Titans - Andy Gallik OC, Boston College
Chris Spencer is unlikely to be re-signed.
178. New England Patriots (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Justin Coleman CB, Tennessee
N.E. lost Darelle Revis and Brandon Browner.
179. Oakland Raiders - David Parry DT, Stanford
Oakland needs depth behind Dan Williams and Justin Ellis.
180. Jacksonville Jaguars - DeAndre Smelter WR, Georgia Tech
Allen Robinson and Marquise Lee haven't panned out so far.
181. Seattle Seahawks (via New York Jets) - Josh Shirley OLB, UNLV
Bruce Irvin and Bobby Wagner are free agents in 2016.
182. Washington Redskins - Derrick Lott DT/DE, UT-Chattanooga
Washington lacks D-line depth.
183. Chicago Bears - Malcolm Agnew RB, Southern Illinois
Matt Forte will be a 30 year old free agent in 2016.
184. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via St. Louis Rams) - Chaz Green OT, Florida
T.B. needs multiple O-line upgrades.
185. Atlanta Falcons - JaCorey Shepard CB, Kansas
Atlanta needs depth behind Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.
186. New York Giants - Tyler Kroft TE, Rutgers
The Giants lack quality depth at TE.
187. New Orleans Saints - Jordan Richards S, Stanford
Rafael Bush is a free agent in 2016 and Jairus Byrd is coming back from injury.
188. Buffalo Bills (via Minnesota Vikings) - Karlos Williams RB, Florida State
Fred Jackson is 34 years old.
189. Cleveland Browns - Kyle Emanuel OLB, North Dakota State
Jabaal Sheard signed with N.E.
190. San Francisco 49ers - Terrance Magee RB, LSU
Reggie Bush is 30 years old and injury-prone.
191. Miami Dolphins - Nick O'Leary TE/H-back, Florida State
Charles Clay signed with the Bills and Jordan Cameron has injury issues.
192. San Diego Chargers - Tyeler Davison DT/DE, Fresno State
Corey Liuget is a free agent in 2016.
193. Kansas City Chiefs - Junior Sylvestre LB, Toledo
Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are both free agents in 2016.
194. Buffalo Bills - Nick Marshall CB/FS/QB, Auburn
Da'Norris Searcy signed with Tennessee.
195. Houston Texans - Bryan Bennett QB, Southeastern Louisiana
The Texans need some competition for Tom Savage.
196. Philadelphia Eagles - Alani Fua LB, Brigham Young
Philly may trade Mychal Hendricks.
197. Cincinnati Bengals - Quayshawn Nealy LB, Georgia Tech
Cincy can do better than A.J. Hawk for depth purposes.
198. Arizona Cardinals - Dominique Brown RB, Louisville
Arizona is looking to add a power-back to compliment Andre Ellington.
199. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ben Koyack TE, Notre Dame
The Steelers have brought in six TE's prospects for pre-draft interviews, a number second only to the CB position, and that doesn't include combine interviews and Pro day workouts. This tells us that, despite having Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth signed until 2017, the Steelers are likely to draft a TE prospect at some point.
The prospect still available with the highest upside that has been linked to the Steelers is Notre Dame's Ben Koyack. A native of Oil City, PA, he was put through receiving drills by Steelers TE's coach James Daniel at his Pro day. He has a long, lean 6-foot-5, 255 pounds frame and needs time in an NFL strength and conditioning program to be able to hold his blocks, but is technically sound as a blocker. He has big hands but is not an explosive athlete. Has the upside to be a legitimate number one TE with time but will likely with grow into a solid number two option.
200. Detroit Lions - Josh Harper WR, Fresno State
Detroit has shown interest in adding a WR at some point.
201. Carolina Panthers - Darryl Baldwin OT/OG, Ohio State
Amini Silatolu is an injury-plagued free agent in 2016.
202. Cleveland Browns (via Baltimore Ravens) - Shane Wynn WR/KR, Indiana
Cleveland is looking to upgrade at kick returner.
203. Denver Broncos - Jalston Fowler FB, Alabama
HC Gary Kubiak needs a FB for his offense.
204. Baltimore Ravens (via Dallas Cowboys) - Corey Robinson OT, South Carolina
Jah Reid was only re-signed to a one-year minimum deal.
205. Indianapolis Colts - Nick Boyle TE, Delaware
Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen are both free agents in 2016.
206. Green Bay Packers - Taiwan Jones ILB, Michigan State
A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones were both released.
207. Indianapolis Colts ( via Seattle Seahawks) - Josh Robinson RB, Mississippi State
Indy needs a long-term option at RB.
208. Tennessee Titans (via New England Patriots) - Tony Steward LB, Clemson
Tennessee needs a long-term starter to pair with Avery Williamson.
209. Seattle Seahawks - Kristjan Sokoli DT, Buffalo
Ahtyba Rubin is only on a one-year deal.
210. Green Bay Packers - Jordan Leslie WR, BYU
G.B. needs depth at WR.
211. Houston Texans - Cedric Thompson S, Minnesota
Rahim Moore may only be a short-term solution at FS.
212. Green Bay Packers - Darius Kilgo DT, Maryland
B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion are signed to one-year deals.
213. Pittsburgh Steelers - Max Garcia OT/OG/OC, Florida
Having gambled and lost when Kevin Colbert tried to sneak 2014 5th round pick Wesley Johnson onto the practice squad, the Steelers find themselves in the same position of needing to spend a late round pick on a versatile offensive line prospect who can be used at OT, OG, and OC.
Max Garcia is the jack-of-a-trades type of offensive linemen with 37 career starts(17 LT, 13 OC, 7 LG). He has an average frame at 6-foot-4, 309 pounds that will probably keep him along the interior of the offensive line. He has a long injury history but plays through the pain, as evidenced by him starting every game during his two year career at Florida after transferring from Maryland. He has good technique but is not a great athlete. Garcia is a nice late-round developmental pick just as Wesley Johnson was in the 2014 draft.
Present at Max Garcia's Pro day were Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert, and most importantly Steelers O-line coach Mike Munchak. As with Florida RB Matt Jones, the Steelers brass met with Garcia before the Florida Pro day.
214. Seattle Seahawks - Tray Walker CB/S, Texas Southern
Seattle needs competition for Tharold Simon.
215. St. Louis Rams - Geneo Grissom OLB, Oklahoma
Jeff Fisher is looking for a pass-rushing OLB.
216. Houston Texans - Takoby Cofield OT, Duke
The Texans needs depth at OG after moving Ben Jones to OC.
217. Kansas City Chiefs - Randall Evans CB, Kansas State
Sean Smith is a free agent in 2016.
218. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Neiron Ball OLB, Florida
Danny Lansanah is a 2016 free agent.
219. New England Patriots (via Tennessee Titans) - Shaquille Mason OG/OC, Georgia Tech
Belechick loves versatile O-linemen.
220. Jacksonville Jaguars - Quayshawne Buckley DT, Idaho
The Jags have shown interest in Buckley.
221. Oakland Raiders - David Irving DT/DE, Iowa State
Justin Tuck is a free agent in 2016.
222. Washington Redskins - Jake Ryan LB, Michigan
Perry Riley needs to be replaced.
223. New York Jets - Jeff Luc ILB, Cincinnati
Demario Davis is a free agent in 2016.
224. New York Jets (via Chicago Bears) - Tyson Chandler OT, North Carolina State
D'Brickashaw Ferguson needs to be replaced.
225. Atlanta Falcons - Akeem King S, San Jose State
Atlanta needs an upgrade at FS.
226. New York Giants - Durrell Eskridge S, Syracuse
Stevie Brown, and Quintin Demps are unlikely to be re-signed.
227. St. Louis Rams - Travis Lee, CB, Miles College
The Rams needs depth at CB and have shown a lot of interest in Travis Lee.
228. Minnesota Vikings - Damian Swann CB, Georgia
Minnesota needs depth at CB.
229. Cleveland Browns - Greg Mancz OC, Toledo
Alex Mack is coming back from injury.
230. New Orleans Saints - Darrian Miller OT, Kentucky
Both starting OT's have injury issues.
231. Detroit Lions (from Baltimore Ravens via Miami Dolphins) - Antoine Everett OG, McNeese State
Rob Sims is a free agent unlikely to be re-signed.
232. Minnesota Vikings (from Miami Dolphins via S.F. 49ers) - Ray Drew DE, Georgia
Minnesota needs depth at DE.
233. Kansas City Chiefs - Rodney Gunter DT, Delaware State
K.C. lost Vance Walker and Kevin Vickerson.
234. Buffalo Bills - Marcus Rush LB, Michigan State
Buffalo traded Kiko Alonzo to Philly.
235. Houston Texans - Brian Blechen S/LB, Utah
Brian Cushing is injury-plagued.
236. Dallas Cowboys (via San Diego Chargers) - Connor Halliday QB, Washington State
Dallas needs a better back-up for injury-prone Tony Romo than Brandon Weeden.
237. Philadelphia Eagles - Travis Raciti DE/DT, San Jose State
Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton are both free agents in 2016.
238. Cincinnati Bengals - Malcolm Bunche OT, UCLA
Andre Smith is a 2016 free agent.
239. Pittsburgh Steelers - Max Valles OLB, Virginia
At the end of the road the Steelers are likely to take someone with the highest upside. They should give consideration to safety prospects Jermaine Whitehead from Auburn and Justin Cox from Mississippi State, both of whom do come with character concerns. West Virginia lineman Quinton Spain will be mulled over as well. But the player who should get the most consideration is Virginia OLB Max Valles.
Valles is an extremely raw prospect who, if given some time to develop, could become a late-round gem. He's got an ideal frame at 6-foot-5, 251 pounds with decent explosion off of the line of scrimmage, he just has little to no technique to speak of but should be able to contribute on special teams immediately. Valles is a redshirt sophomore which is something that will endear him to the Steelers as he is young and a piece of clay ready to be molded into the form they want him to take. To his credit he is really good at getting his arms up to bat down passes. The Steelers brought Valles in on a pre-draft visit.
240. Detroit Lions - Reese Dismukes OC, Auburn
Dominic Raiola needs to be replaced.
241. Arizona Cardinals - Gary Peters CB, Clemson
Arizona has no depth at CB.
242. Carolina Panthers - Jordan Taylor WR, Rice
Carolina could double-dip at WR.
243. Dallas Cowboys (via Baltimore Ravens) - Gabe Martin OLB, Bowling Green
The Cowboys lost Bruce Carter and Justin Durant.
244. Indianapolis Colts (via Dallas Cowboys) - Darius Allen OLB, Colorado State-Pueblo
Indy needs to upgrade both ILB spots.
245. New York Giants (via Denver Broncos) - Tye Smith CB, Towson
The Giants lost Walter Thurmond and Zachary Bowman.
246. San Francisco 49ers ( via Indianapolis Colts) - Quandre Diggs CB, Texas
S.F. lost Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox in free agency.
247. Green Bay Packers - Blaine Clausell OT, Mississippi State
G.B. needs depth at OT.
248. Seattle Seahawks - Robert Smith, S, Clemson
Jeron Johnson signed with the Redskins.
249. Atlanta Falcons (from StL Rams via N.E. Patriots) - Julian Wilson CB, Oklahoma
Dan Quinn loves tall CB's.
250. Denver Broncos - Angelo Blackson DT, Auburn
Terrance Knighton signed with Washington.
251. Denver Broncos - Detrick Bonner FS, Virginia Tech
Rahim Moore signed with Houston.
252. Denver Broncos - Chris Bonner QB, Colorado State-Pueblo
Brock Osweiler is a free agent in 2016.
253. New England Patriots - Corey Grant RB, Auburn
Shane Vereen signed with the Giants.
254. San Fransisco 49ers - Vince Mayle RB/WR, Washington State
Anquan Boldin will be 35 years old this season.
255. Indianapolis Colts - Cameron Beard DT/DE, Cincinnati
Indy needs depth behind Arthur Jones and Kendall Langford.
256. Arizona Cardinals - Gabe Holmes TE, Purdue
Troy Niklas was an injury-plagued disappointment in his rookie season.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 URFA's:
Instead of "Best of the Rest" lets look at some players who are likely to be called by the Steelers as soon as the 2015 NFL draft concludes.
Jermaine Whitehead FS, Auburn
Whitehead has less-than-ideal size or ball skills but is a good athlete but will have to answer questions about an Marcus Peters type of incident where he got into an argument with a coach and was suspended.
Justin Cox CB/S, Mississippi State
Justin Cox has ideal size at 6-foot-1, 191 pounds and ran a blistering 4.36 forty at the combine. He has the valued versatility of having played both safety and CB but also comes with serious red flags, having been charged with burglary and domestic violence.
Devin Garner WR/QB, Michigan
Former Michigan QB learning a new position for the NFL. Great size but extremely raw as one would expect. He got noticed for taking to coaching well at the Senior Bowl. He could be the next Antwaan Randle El but mostly likely a long-term project.
Quinton Spain OG, West Virginia
Ideal size/frame at 6-foot-4, 330 pounds with long arms and strength but very sloppy technique which causes him not to use his size to an advantage. Will have to completely tear down his mechanics but could be a solid starter if he can take to coaching.