It sounds as though the Titans are ready to make draft history by taking a defensive back with the first overall pick unless they can get fair value in a trade. Teams like Dallas, Philly, and LA in addition to Cleveland have become enamored with Carson Wentz, so it could be highly likely that at least one of them will pull the trigger on a trade up.
After a standout combine Jalen Ramsey has proven himself to be one of the top 3 players in this draft class, and is drawing grades similar to Patrick Peterson as a prospect.
2. Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz QB, North Dakota State
It's a forgone conclusion that the Browns will take a QB here, and rumor has it that they very much prefer Carson Wentz to Jared Goff.
Carson Wentz has a big frame at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds with good athleticism and mobility both within the pocket or on the run, and has solid arm strength to make all the NFL throws. As with most QB's who come from the college ranks, especially those who play in the bowl subdivision, Wentz needs to do a better job of reading defenses. Specifically in his case, Wentz needs to have a better internal clock and learn to throw the ball away when the play is over, as evidenced by his 10 career fumbles lost. After what was described as a near-perfect pro day, Wentz has basically secured himself as the top QB in this draft class.
3. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil OT, Ole' Miss.
The top player on San Diego's draft board will likely be Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil would be a massive upgrade over King Dunlap at LT. While DeForest Buckner would fill a huge need by replacing departed free agent Kendall Reyes, Jalen Ramsey's overall size/athleticism combo would serve as a replacement for departed long time stalwart Eric Weddle or at CB opposite of 2014 1st round pick Jason Verrett.
Laremy Tunsil is one of the best offensive tackle prospects to come along in a while, drawing comparisons to Ravens HOF'er Jonathan Ogden because of the combination of his size and power mixed with his speed and agility. Tunsil could be a cornerstone LT for the next decade+.
4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa DE, Ohio State
If he were available the Cowboys, whose staff coached him at the Senior Bowl, would consider Carson Wentz as a long-term option to backup the ever-brittle 36 year old Tony Romo. Dallas will likely use this pick on defense as they need help practically everywhere.
Joey Bosa could be a Jared Allen clone. He's not a great athlete but he uses his size, strength, and non-stop motor to wreck havoc against offenses. He would step in as a day one starter to replace Greg Hardy.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack LB, UCLA
Team needs: LT/DE/CB/OC/LB
The Jags are rumored to be looking to upgrade the pass-rush in the first round, but with the mega contract given to Malik Jackson in addition to their signing of Jared Odrick last offseason and a 2015 first round pick being spent on Dante Fowler, it's likely that Jacksonville would prefer to upgrade the LB position unless Joey Bosa were available because DeForest Buckner isn't really a good fit as a 4-3 DE.
Myles Jack can blitz the edge with speed and he can cover sideline-to-sideline.. Unlike Jaylon Smith, Myles Jack's knee injury occurred early enough in the season that Jack is expected to be a full participant in training camp. Jack is one of the top five players in this draft class when healthy and his coverage skills are on par with the likes of Tampa Bay's Lavonte David.
6. Baltimore Ravens: DeForest Buckner DE/DT, Oregon
Team needs: LT/OG/CB/WR/ILB/DE/RB
Rumor has it that Jalen Ramsey is on top of the Ravens draft board, but the Ravens will likely consider Ronnie Stanley to replace an injury-plagued Eugene Monroe or DeForest Buckner to replace Chris Canty, or trade back to acquire more picks. Baltimore could use a Haloti Ngata-like figure to pair with Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan.
DeForest Buckner is better than his former teammate and 49ers 2015 1st round pick Arik Armstead and has been compared to Arizona DE Calais Campbell, widely regarded as one of the best 3-4 DE's in the NFL.
7. San Fransisco 49ers: Jared Goff QB, Cal
It sounds like only a matter of time before the 49ers trade Colin Kaepernick to someone like the Denver Broncos, after which they'll be targeting a QB like Jared Goff, certain to be a favorite of new HC Chip Kelly.
Despite being a little undersized, Jared Goff can make every NFL throw. He has accuracy, pocket awareness, and the ability to read defenses. Because of the spread offense at Cal, Goff will likely still need time to adjust to the pro level but he is more NFL ready than Paxton Lynch and Carson Wentz, as he showed at the combine.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami Dolphins): Ronnie Stanley OT, Notre Dame
Team needs: CB/OG/WR/QB/RB
Philly recently re-signed Sam Bradford to a 2-year, $36 million dollar deal but that was a desperation move and shouldn't stop them from investing in the position for the long-term, especially if Jared Goff were available.
Elsewhere, after the Chip Kelly roster purge the Eagles find themselves with several holes to fill, but could look for a long-term replacement for Jason Peters in Ronnie Stanley. Eagles new HC Doug Peterson has publicly stated that upgrading the offensive line is a "priority, period." While he has also stated "I think J.P. has several good years left in him", the 34 year old Peters is coming off of an injury-plagued season and will count 9.2 million against the cap. At CB, Byron Maxwell was traded and 2015 2nd rd pick Eric Rowe was abysmal in his rookie season. The Eagles did sign Bills castoffs Ron Brooks and Leodis McKelvin in free agency, who both played under new DC Jim Schwartz in Buffalo. This pick will likely be a tossup between Ronnie Stanley, Vernon Hargreaves, and Ezekiel Elliot.
Ronnie Stanley will likely be too valuable to pass up, despite their needs at CB. He has elite athleticism to mirror defenders with ease and an ideal frame at 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds. Stanley would provide a massive upgrade over Jason Peters at LT, but could start his career at OG given the Eagles needs at the position, which would allow them to get a couple more seasons out of Peters before allowing Stanley to move to LT.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaq Lawson DE, Clemson
Team needs: CB/S/DE/OC/DT
Tampa Bay will likely be looking at the available CB's and DE's, and the Bucs would probably give a lot of consideration to Ronnie Stanley if he's available. The only dependable pass-rusher on Tampa's roster is Gerald McCoy, and Alterraun Verner has been a massive free agent bust. The Bucs have shown considerable interest in both Shaq Lawson and Noah Spence, while they are said to be "lukewarm" on the top available CB Vernon Hargreaves. The top player reported to be on the Bucs raft board is Jalen Ramsey, but after a stellar combine he'll be long-gone by the time that Tampa is on the clock.
Clemson's Shaq Lawson is a physical freak. He uses his excellent size and speed to rush the passer and hold the edge against the run. He got the better of fellow first round pick Ronnie Stanley when Clemson played Notre Dame. Lawson is also still considered extremely raw in terms of technique and will be a bit of a wildcard come draft night, and his stock will be all over the map.
10. New York Giants: Jack Conklin OT/OG, Michigan State
The Giants finished the season with the worst pass defense in the NFL. For the most part it's a failure in all three levels of the defense. Their biggest need offensively is to protect Eli Manning and open holes in the running game, and after releasing both Geoff Schwartz and Will Beatty now have to rebuild the right side of their offensive line.
A former walk-on, Jack Conklin is the classic blue-collar, mauler type in the run game with excellent strength but is not a great athlete, and needs to work on his lateral athleticism. Conklin would be better served playing RT or possibly OG in the NFL, but after a great combine his stock is definitely on the rise.
11. Chicago Bears: Vernon Hargreaves CB, Florida
Chicago will likely continue to rebuild the defense unless an elite OT prospect slips. The Bears could use an upgrade at outside linebacker across from Pernell McPhee. At CB they managed to re-sign Tracy Porter to a 3-year deal but could use a long-term option to pair with Kyle Fuller.
Vernon Hargreaves is an elite cover CB, with smooth acceleration and blanket coverage skills. While he's only 5-foot-11, and not the 6-foot and above type that is all the rage in today's NFL, he's still an elite prospect despite falling off at the tail end of last season.
12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins DT, Louisville
The Saints had major issues in the secondary but will get Jairus Byrd, Keenan Lewis, Delvin Breaux, and 2015 third-round rookie P.J. Williams back from injury. They need another DE to pair with Cameron Jordan and a replacement for free agent Kevin Williams, who will be 36 years old before the start of the 2016 season.
Sheldon Rankins flew largely under the radar until the Senior Bowl where, before having to leave early because of a minor knee injury, he was being compared to Aaron Donald. He continued his ascent at the combine, looking incredibly smooth in the drills, especially the 3-cone agility test. He's become the top-rated 3-tech in this draft class.
13. Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia Eagles): Ezekiel Elliot RB, Ohio State
Team needs: OG/RB/DE/CB/DT
Miami needs upgrades at both OG spots. They'll also have to replace Lamar Miller. At DE, they lost Oliver Vernon and Derek Shelby in free agency, while signing an aging Mario Williams and will have 33 year old Cameron Wake returning from an Achilles tear. And at CB they cut Brent Grimes and traded for disappointing Byron Maxwell.
Ezekiel Elliot is a beast, with the ability to run over defenders or hit the hole with quickness and a second gear to break off runs for big gains. He exploded onto the national scene in his sophomore season during Ohio State's run to the National Championship. After an amazing combine and pro day Elliot should find himself going somewhere in the 10-20 range.
14. Oakland Raiders: Darron Lee OLB, Ohio State
Depending on where they choose to play free agent acquisition Kelechi Osemele, the Raiders will have a need at LT or OG. Defensively their biggest issues are in the secondary, although signing Sean Smith helps a lot. As with their signing of Osemele, depending on where the Raiders choose to play Bruce Irvin, they will have a need at either LB or DE. Oakland released ILB Curtis Lofton, and someone like the athletically gifted Darron Lee would appease the ghost of Al Davis.
Darron Lee was one of the clear combine winners. He was able to add weight to his frame and checked in at 6-foot-1 and 232 pounds, which was good because there were concerns that he would be in the 220's. Lee also blazed a 4.47 40 yard dash and looked smooth in drills. Despite being considered raw, Darron Lee showed teams that he is worthy of a top-20 selection.
15. Los Angeles Rams: Paxton Lynch QB, Memphis
In 2012 the St. Louis Rams accepted a King's Ransom from the Washington Redskins for the right to move up and draft Robert Griffin III, now will the new Los Angeles Rams give one up for the right to select Carson Wentz or Jared Goff? Moving into a new stadium and in a new city, the Rams will need to make a splash to draw interest from a fickle L.A. fan base. With one of, if not the, best defensive lines in the NFL and a potent running game, a franchise QB may be all that stands between the Rams becoming legitimate contenders in the NFL.
Paxton Lynch's season did not finish as expected and as such he has lost ground to Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. He has all the tools necessary to succeed at the pro level but is still incredibly raw, and at this stage he compares to Blake Bortles when Bortles was coming out of UCF.
16. Detroit Lions: Vernon Butler DT, Louisiana Tech
Team needs: RT/DT/DE/S/OC
Without a doubt the Lions have to do more to protect Matthew Stafford. After having invested early picks on Riley Reiff, Larry Warford, and Laken Tomlinson, the Lions need another OT regardless of whether or not they move Reiff to a more natural position of RT. After losing Ndamukong Suh in free agency the Lions have to replenish their pass-rush at DT as well as finding a long-term starter opposite of Ziggy Ansah.
The Lions are rumored to love Vernon Butler. With a powerful 6-foot-3, 315 pounds frame and the quick-twitch athleticism of a much smaller 3-technique DT, Butler is scheme versatile and after putting on a clinic at the Senior Bowl has firmly secured his place in the first round.
17. Atlanta Falcons: Leonard Floyd OLB, Georgia
It's likely that the Falcons will use this pick to continue to rebuild their awful defense. They could use a rusher opposite of Vic Beasley, but will likely take advantage of a very good crop of linebackers. Even after signing Mohamed Sanu Atlanta could take a WR here, and they are rumored to love Will Fuller.
Leonard Floyd could be the ultimate Swiss Army knife of this draft class. During his time at UGA Floyd has played both inside and outside linebacker as well as the "Star" position which is basically the nickel safety position. He has a lightning-quick first step and can bend the edge with speed, and Floyd has a great inside counter move as well. Add to that the experience he gained this past season with dropping into coverage and Floyd is an ideal candidate to play LB in the modern pass-happy NFL. He does have trouble shedding blockers but has gotten remarkably better converting speed-to-power in the pass-rush. Floyd was one of the big winners of the combine, checking in 2 inches taller and 14 pounds heavier than his listed weight at Georgia at 6-foot-6 and 244 pounds, and proceeded to look smooth in the drills and running a 4.60 40 yard dash.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Noah Spence DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky
Indy has to do a better job of protecting their golden boy Andrew Luck as well as upgrading their pass-rush. They're also rumored to want to upgrade at the NT position, and that the Colts really like Andrew Billings if they go that route.
Noah Spence was exiled from the Big10 for multiple failed drugs tests and landed at Eastern Kentucky where, after an arrest for public drunkenness, he is said to have been a model citizen. While there he continued to develop his pass-rushing prowess and is now considered one of the top pass-rushers in this draft class, showing impressive first-step explosiveness and power while at the Senior Bowl. If teams are at ease with his off-the-field past Spence could come off of the board even earlier than this. A mediocre combine coupled with rumors of poor interviews could send Spence tumbling down draft boards and into the back half of the first round, although his pro day went much better.
19. Buffalo Bills: Kevin Dodd DE/OLB, Clemson
Knowing Rex Ryan he will likely use this pick on defense, particularly in the front-seven. The Bills will be switching defensive schemes and transitioning to Ryan's hybrid 3-4 defense and will need players who fit his scheme.
That "other" DE from Clemson, Kevin Dodd is gaining some momentum as the better of the two between him and Shaq Lawson. While ranking second in the nation in tackles for loss with 23.5 behind Shaq Lawson, Dodd actually had more QB pressures. He definitely passes the eyeball test at 6-foot-5, 277 pounds, and after looking very comfortable in the linebacker drills at the Clemson pro day, Dodd should get more looks as a pass-rushing OLB for a 3-4 defense.
20. New York Jets: Emmanuel Ogbah DE/OLB, Oklahoma State
Team needs: QB/OT/OG/ILB/OLB/CB/TE
With no QB available the Jets will likely use this pick to upgrade either the offensive line or the pass-rush. They need an outside rusher to replace Calvin Pace and upgrades at both ILB positions.
Emmanuel Ogbah had an amazing combine. He has a great combination of size and speed, measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 273 pounds, Ogbah blazed a 4.63 40 time and had the fastest 10-yard split(1.59) of any defensive lineman. Despite only putting up 20 reps on the bench press, Ogbah's overall performance has secured himself in the first round.
21. Washington Redskins: Jarran Reed DT, Alabama
The most unexpected of the 2015 playoff teams, Washington does have several needs to address including upgrades at both ILB positions as well as at safety. On the defensive line they need a long-term replacement for free agent Terrance Knighton as well as depth in general. Offensively they absolutely need an upgrade at OC.
The rumor mill is swirling that the Redskins really like the Jarran Reed, the 6-foot-3, 315 pounds big and powerful defensive lineman who's built like a tree and is practically an immovable object against the run, and who would replace Terrence Knighton. If Reed is off the board and the Redskins aren't high on the other defensive linemen, they are also rumored to have a growing interest in OSU WR Michael Thomas, whom they believe is the best WR in this draft class.
22. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman WR, Baylor
Houston filled their biggest needs in free agency but still have to find a compliment to DeAndre Hopkins at WR and a DE to upgrade/replace free agent Jared Crick. At some point the Texans will need to draft a better receiving option at TE as well.
Bill O'Brien and his staff are rumored to have become enamored with Corey Coleman, showing him a lot of attention at his pro day. The raw but explosive vertical threat would make for a great compliment to standout possession WR DeAndre Hopkins, and an exciting weapon for new, strong-armed QB Brock Osweiler.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell WR, Ole' Miss.
The Vikings re-signed Michael Harris and went out and got Alex Boone, which fills their biggest need to protect Teddy Bridgewater. Their new big need is to find Bridgewater some dependable weapons, especially after the Vikings released Mike Wallace. On the defensive side, Chad Greenway is a 32 year old free agent and they desperately need a SS to pair with Harrison Smith.
Laquon Treadwell finally ran the 40 at his pro day and the results were as projected. He ran a 4.63 40 time which is going to hurt his draft stock. Once thought of as a top-10 lock, Treadwell should still go on to have a highly productive career in the NFL. He's a big-bodied, jump ball master with a huge catch radius, and his NFL-ready body and knowledgeable route tree make him a day-one starter.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Thomas WR, Ohio State
Team needs: WR/DT/OC/DE/S
Cincy lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency so replacing them will be their biggest need. Elsewhere they need an upgrade at OC and need to find a long-term replacement for Domata Peko.
Rumor has it that several teams have Michael Thomas, the nephew of Keyshawn Johnson, as the number one WR on their draft board. He's got the size/speed combo teams covet, and reportedly blew people away at the Ohio State pro day.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mackensie Alexander CB, Clemson
Team needs: CB/SS/LT/DL/QB2
Outside of the obvious needs for help in the secondary the Steelers find themselves needing to replace Kelvin Beachum, although they did sign Ryan Harris in free agency, and could be looking for a long-term solution at LT with this pick. The Steelers did interview Ohio State's Taylor Decker at his pro day.
But with the offense fully loaded this pick will likely be used on defense. On the defensive line the Steelers needed an upgrade at NT before losing Steve McLendon in free agency as well as needing depth behind Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt. If they were to go that route there are several very good options available, including Alabama standout A'Shawn Robinson, the vastly underrated Kenny Clark from UCLA, as well as BTSC fan favorite Andrew Billings. In the aforementioned woeful secondary the Steelers have already re-signed Robert Golden and Willie Gay, and will likely re-sign Will Allen, so while there is absolutely room for an upgrade it's not an absolute necessity. Plus the Steelers will have 2015 2nd round pick Senquez Golson coming back from a shoulder injury.
Looking over the prospects that are available there are several that the Steelers would be highly interested in. There are rumors that several teams at the end of the first round are very high on Florida's Keanu Neal, and there are also mentions that the Steelers may be one of those teams, but there are several others players available with higher grades. At this point, based on whom the Steelers have shown the most interest in, the most likely candidates who are available here are Mackensie Alexander, William Jackson III, Taylor Decker, and Andrew Billings.
It seems as though, after not having spent a first round pick on a CB since Chad Scott was taken 24th overall in 1997, the Steelers will finally take a cornerback with their first pick, especially with Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander still on the board as he is the highest rated player available.
Mackensie Alexander's stock has been all over the map during this draft season but most would agree that he is worthy of a first round pick. As far as where he ranks in terms of his peers in this draft class, most would say that he's definitely one of the top five cornerbacks, some ranking him as high as second behind only Vernon Hargreaves.
Only a redshirt sophomore, Alexander has only allowed one touchdown in his two years starting for Clemson, with none allowed last season. Teams may be wary of his zero career interceptions but it's hard to pick off a pass if teams simply avoid throwing his way, and his college stat sheet is practically bare because of that.
Alexander didn't work out at the combine because of a hamstring injury, but at his pro day he was said to have wowed scouts in the positional drills, looking extremely fluid at all times. Not the largest at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, which if he was 6-foot he wouldn't be available here, but he did reportedly run a 4.40 40 yard dash with Mike Tomlin in attendance, who was seen chatting up Alexander at one point. And this was on the heels of an official interview with him at the NFL scouting combine.
Because Mackensie Alexander is only a rSo, and played almost exclusively in tight man coverage, he will likely experience some growing pains as he adjusts to the NFL, but three seasons from now he could very well be regarded as not only the best CB from this draft class but one of the best CB's in the NFL. His rookie season will largely see him playing in the slot and on special teams. Even if his lack of interceptions continues into his professional career, Alexander could be the reincarnation of Ike Taylor, a severe lack of turnovers generated but one of the best pure cover guys of his generation. Not a bad pickup for the 25th pick in the draft right?
26. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi OT, Texas A&M
By far the biggest issue in Seattle is their inability to protect Russell Wilson, and they needed help before losing J.R. Sweezy and Russell Okung to free agency.
Rumor has it that Seattle loves Germain Ifedi. The mammoth OT checked into the combine at 6-foot-6 and 324 pounds with long 36-inch arms. He is a surprisingly good athlete for his size but ultimately his best position in the NFL may be at OG. He's likely to have a high SPARQ rating, which is something that HC Pete Carroll values.
27. Green Bay Packers: Jason Spriggs OT, Indiana
The Packers need to better protect Aaron Rodgers and have several upgrades to make to the front-seven of their defense. Bryan Bulaga has been injury-plagued, and wasn't too good even when he was on the field last season.
Not surprisingly Jason Spriggs was a star of the combine. A former TE, Spriggs looked extremely fluid in his movements in the combines drills, and he topped all offensive linemen in the 40 with a time of 4.85. GM Ted Thompson loves versatile, athletic linemen like Spriggs.
28. Kansas City Chiefs: William Jackson III CB, Houston
Team needs: OG/LT/DE/ILB/S
When will Andy Reid admit that Eric Fisher is a bust and move on? They did sign Mitchell Schwartz which is a massive upgrade at RT. On defense the Chiefs need to replace 32 year old free agent Mike DeVito at NT.
A CB isn't a huge need for K.C., even after losing Sean Smith in free agency, but William Jackson III will likely be too tempting for Andy Reid to pass-up. WJ3 was one of the big stars of the combine, blowing people away with a 4.37 40. He's got the height and length that teams covet at the position.
New England Patriots: FORFEITED DUE TO DEFLATEGATE
Team Needs: OG/RB/WR/OC/DT
The Patriots biggest issue is to better protect Tom Brady as his career is winding down. They need upgrades along the interior of their offensive line. On defense they have big free agency decisions looming large in 2017 which will include Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower.
29. Arizona Cardinals: A'Shawn Robinson DT, Alabama
Arizona will likely spend their first round pick on defense. They are looking to upgrade their pass-rush and will need a starter at safety to replace Rashad Johnson, although they did sign Tyvon Branch who is a capable filler at the position.
Robinson is a little raw as a pass-rusher but the tools are there. He sports a powerful build with good first-step quickness and is almost impossible to block one-on-one. After a fairly pedestrian combine, one in which he lost weight to better run the 40 and and still only managed a 5.19, he tumbles to the end of the first round.
30. Carolina Panthers: Su'a Cravens LB/S, USC
Team needs: OT/CB/DE/S/WR
The Panthers simply have to do something to better protect Cam Newton. Michael Oher and Mike Remmers got abused by Denver's pass-rush in the Superbowl. Defensively they are stout, and will likely replace 34 year old free agent Charles Tillman on the outside with Bene Benwikere but will still need a new nickel CB.
There are rumors that the Panthers have some serious interest in Su'a Cravens, and that they are viewing him as a safety prospect rather than an linebacker. He would be a massive upgrade at SS for Carolina, and make a great tandem with FS Kurt Coleman.
31. Denver Broncos: Andrew Billings DT, Baylor
Will Denver trade for Colin Kaepernick? If not, would they use this pick on the likes of Connor Cook or Christian Hackenberg? The Broncos are rumored to really like Dak Prescott, but in light of his recent DUI there is no chance of him sneaking into the 1st round, and will likely fall into the 3rd round as a result.
The Broncos lost valuable defensive contributors Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan in free agency and will need to replace them at some point, as well as finding a long-term solution at TE after the failed Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis experiments.
32. Cleveland Browns - Kamalei Correa DE/OLB, Boise State
The Browns were rumored to be shopping Paul Kruger, plus Barkevious Mingo has been a bust.
33. Tennessee Titans - Le'Raven Clark OT, Texas Tech
Tennessee needs an upgrade at RT.
34. Dallas Cowboys - Eli Apple CB, Ohio State
Orlando Scandrick is coming back from injury and Morris Claiborne has been a bust.
35. San Diego Chargers - Josh Doctson WR, TCU
Keenan Allen is the only dependable WR and he has injury issues.
36. Baltimore Ravens - Reggie Ragland ILB, Alabama
Darryl Smith was released.
37. San Fransisco 49ers - Taylor Decker OT, Ohio State
S.F. never replaced Anthony Davis, they reportedly heavily scouted the OSU pro day.
38. Miami Dolphins - Joshua Garnett OG, Stanford
Miami needs upgrades at both OG spots and are rumored to really like Josh Garnett.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Johnathan Bullard DE/DT, Florida
Chris Clemons was released.
40. New York Giants - Vonn Bell S, Ohio State
The Giants need a safety to pair with Landon Collins.
41. Chicago Bears - Robert Nkemdiche DT/DE, Ole' Miss.
The Bears are looking to upgrade their pass-rush from the D-line.
42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Xavien Howard CB, Baylor
Brent Grimes is just a band-aid at CB.
43. Los Angeles Rams (via Philadelphia Eagles) - Hunter Henry TE, Arkansas
Jared Cook was released.
44. Oakland Raiders - Darian Thompson FS, Boise State
Charles Woodson retired and Oakland is rumored to really like Darian Thompson.
45. Los Angeles Rams - Karl Joseph S, West Virginia
Rodney McLeod signed with Philly.
46. Detroit Lions - Ryan Kelly OC, Alabama
Detroit is looking to upgrade at OC.
47. New Orleans Saints - Tyler Boyd WR, Pittsburgh
Marques Colston was released.
48. Indianapolis Colts - Kenny Clark DT, UCLA
Indy is looking to upgrade the NT position.
49. Buffalo Bills - T.J. Green FS, Clemson
Aaron Williams is contemplating retirement.
50. Atlanta Falcons - Will Fuller WR, Notre Dame
Atlanta signed Mohamed Sanu but need more help to draw coverage from Julio Jones.
51. New York Jets - Connor Cook QB, Michigan State
Even if the Jets are going to work out a deal with Ryan Fitzpatrick, they need a long-term solution.
52. Houston Texans - Austin Hooper TE, Stanford
C.J. Fiedorowicz has been a 2014 3rd round bust.
53. Washington Redskins - Artie Burns CB, Miami
Washington needs a CB to pair with Bashaud Breeland.
54. Minnesota Vikings - Cody Whitehair OT/OG, Kansas State
Matt Kalil and/or Phil Loadholt may be cap casualties.
55. Cincinnati Bengals - Chris Jones DT, Mississippi State
Domata Peko is in decline.
56. Seattle Seahawks - Shilique Calhoun DE/OLB, Michigan State
Bruce Irvin signed with Oakland.
57. Green Bay Packers - Austin Johnson NT, Penn State
B.J. Raji is retiring.
58. Pittsburgh Steelers - Keanu Neal SS, Florida
When I put this mock draft together never did I think that Keanu Neal would be still on the board for the Steelers in the second round. The hype train has been building on him since before the combine and he's been getting late-1st round consideration ever since. Some of that could be chalked up to draft geek hype over his skill set, but nonetheless a confluence of events make him available here, partly because some teams picking ahead have greater needs than safety, and those that do have a need seem to have a preference for other prospects at the position. The greatest stroke of luck is having Will Fuller on the board for Atlanta, for if not then Neal would surely have been taken by the safety-needy Falcons who have interviewed him multiple times. Aside from internet rumors there doesn't seem to be any real consensus on Keanu Neal's draft stock, as some prominent draft sites have him as an aforementioned late-1st round pick, while CBS sports lists him as a 6-7th round player, and the draft God himself Mike Mayock doesn't have him in his list of the top 5 safety prospects.
So lets get to the breakdown. Neal has ideal size for an NFL safety at 6-foot and 211 pounds, with 32inch arms and 10inch hands. He has the quick-twitch athleticism to read-and-react in both the passing game and in run support. He plays a very violent style and is known for his vicious, highlight reel hits. Having said that, Neal is not a dirty player, just extremely physical. He needs to learn when to throttle down or he's going to open himself up to injury, possible personal foul penalties, and in light of recent rules changes, Neal could find himself ejected from games if he can't learn to slow down when needed to make the safer, secure wrap-up tackle. From a coverage standpoint, Neal is solid but because of his aggressiveness he gets sucked into play-fakes too often. His athleticism is good, and he gets up to top-speed in a hurry, but as evidenced by an unspectacular 4.62 40 time at the combine, his recovery speed is lacking and Neal's optimum fit in the NFL would be as an in-the-box strong safety which is possibly why he's still on the board here, but is also nonetheless a great pickup for the Steelers to solve their strong safety woes. It's unknown whether or not the Steelers have formally interviewed Neal, but they did send Joey Porter and defensive backs coach Carnell Lake to Florida's pro day, and the Steelers are reportedly one of the teams in the late first round who are considering Keanu Neal.
59. Kansas City Chiefs - Carl Nassib DE, Penn State
K.C. needs a long-term replacement for free agent Mike DeVito.
60. New England Patriots - Derek Henry RB, Alabama
LeGarrette Blount is a free agent.
61. New England Patriots (via Arizona Cardinals) - Jihad Ward DT/DE, Illinois
Chandler Jones was traded, Dominique Easley is always injured, and Chris Long is on a one-year deal.
62. Carolina Panthers - Sterling Shepard WR, Oklahoma
Ted Ginn will be a free agent in 2017 and the Panthers are rumored to really like Shepard's big-play ability.
63. Denver Broncos - Dak Prescott QB, Mississippi State
Even if Denver trades for Colin Kaepernick, they may still need a long-term plan at QB. Prescott's DUI may drop him on other teams draft boards but the Broncos still spent a first round pick on Shane Ray, even after he was cited for Marijuana possession the same week as the 2015 draft.
64. Tennessee Titans - Kendall Fuller CB, Virginia Tech
Brice McCain and Antwon Blake are not the long-term answer at CB. Apparently Fuller failed several combine medical evaluations which is causing is stock to tumble. It's supposedly not as bad as Jaylon Smith's injury but bad enough to scare teams away from investing a 1st or early second round pick on him, especially in the wake of the so many other CB prospects rising on draft boards during this draft season.
65. Cleveland Browns - Shon Coleman OT, Auburn
Cam Erving will replace Alex Mack at OC, but the Browns will have holes at RG and RT.
66. San Diego Chargers - Adolphus Washington DT, Ohio State
S.D. needs to replace Kendall Reyes.
67. Dallas Cowboys - Miles Killebrew SS, Southern Utah
Dallas needs an upgrade at SS and a long-term starter to pair with Byron Jones.
68. San Fransisco 49ers - Jaylon Smith ILB, Notre Dame
The 49ers have a history of drafting and red-shirting injured players. After it was revealed at the combine that Jaylon Smith has nerve damage in his injured knee, which could effectively keep him off of the field for two years, he's likely going to be completely off of a lot of teams draft boards.
69. Miami Dolphins - Jalen Mills CB/S, LSU
Miami needs a CB to pair with Byron Maxwell.
70. Jacksonville Jaguars - Graham Glascow OC/OG, Michigan
Stefen Wisniewski is a free agent. The Jags were very interested in Glascow at the Senior Bowl.
71. Baltimore Ravens - Charles Tapper DE/OLB, Oklahoma
Baltimore never replaced Pernell McPhee and Courtney Upshaw signed with Atlanta.
72. Chicago Bears - Christian Hackenberg QB, Penn State
Chicago needs a long-term backup plan for Jay Cutler.
73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jeremy Cash S, Duke
Chris Conte is on a one-year deal.
74. New York Giants - Deon Jones OLB, LSU
The Giants need a massive overhaul at LB.
75. Oakland Raiders - Bronson Kaufusi DE, BYU
Justin Tuck retired and Aldon Smith is suspended for a year.
76. Los Angeles Rams - Braxton Miller WR, Ohio State
Brian Quick and Tavon Austin have been busts.
77. Philadelphia Eagles (via Detroit Lions) - C.J. Prosise RB, Notre Dame
Philly traded DeMarco Murray to Tennessee.
78. New Orleans Saints - Vadal Alexander OT/OG, LSU
Jahri Evans was released.
79. Philadelphia Eagles - Leonte Carroo WR, Rutgers
Riley Cooper was released.
80. Buffalo Bills - Charon Peake WR, Clemson
Buffalo has no reliable pass-catchers outside of Sammy Watkins.
81. Atlanta Falcons - Landon Turner OG, North Carolina
Chris Chester is a 33 year old free agent.
82. Indianapolis Colts - Nick Martin OC, Notre Dame
Indy has to better protect Andrew Luck.
83. New York Jets - Nick Vannett TE, Ohio State
Jace Amaro has been a total bust, the Jets have shown a lot of interest in Vannett.
84. Washington Redskins - Sean Davis FS/CB, Maryland
Dashon Goldson was released and Jeron Johnson is a free agent.
85. Houston Texans - Maliek Collins DT, Nebraska
Jared Crick is a free agent.
86. Minnesota Vikings - Javon Hargrave DT, South Carolina State
The Vikings need depth at DT and have shown interest in Javon Hargrave.
87. Cincinnati Bengals - Rashard Higgins WR, Colorado State
Mohamed Sanu signed with Atlanta.
88. Green Bay Packers - Jerell Adams TE, South Carolina
G.B. is looking for a better receiving threat at TE than Richard Rodgers.
89. Pittsburgh Steelers - Max Tuerk OT/OG/OC, USC
The Steelers are looking to improve their depth along the interior of their offensive line, even after signing Ryan Harris to a two-year deal, as evidence of them bringing in Geoff Schwartz and Stefen Wisniewski. The Steelers seem to incur a rash of injuries along the offensive line every season in recent memory, and it would behoove the Steelers front office to invest an early-to-mid round pick on some depth, particularly with prospects who are versatile enough to play multiple positions.
Max Tuerk has 38 career starts between center(18), left guard(14), left tackle(5) and right tackle(1). He has a long, lean frame at 6-foot-5, 298 pounds and looks and moves more like a TE than an offensive lineman. Originally there were concerns about Tuerk's lack of weight and functional strength as he was thought to have been playing last season somewhere around the low 280's, but despite being sidelined with a torn ACL since October, Tuerk proved he can add weight to his frame. Tuerk was getting 2nd round, and some late-1st round consideration before the injury caused him to miss most of his senior season. His game is built on technique, as he wins battles with a combination of balance, leverage, athleticism, and excellent knee bend. His weakness is definitely the aforementioned lack of functional strength, and his tape shows issues going against the more powerful nose tackle-types, but the weight he gained should help with that. Otherwise, he's an ideal fit for a zone-blocking scheme and could be the long-term answer at RG after recently re-signed Ramon Foster's 3-year contract is up, and quite possibly the answer at LT as well, but at the very least he would be a very reliable backup for any offensive line position the next time someone rolls into the back of Maurkice Pouncey's or David DeCastro's legs.
90. Seattle Seahawks - Harlan Miller CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Seattle needs a dependable starter opposite of Richard Sherman.
Kansas City Chiefs - Forfeited for tampering
This pick was forfeited for tampering with Jeremy Macklin before the 2015 free agency period.
91. New England Patriots - Joe Haeg OT/OG, North Dakota State
N.E. needs an upgrade over Shaq Mason and are rumored to really like Joe Haeg.
92. Arizona Cardinals - Christian Westerman OG/OC, Arizona State
Ted Larsen is a free agent and Jonathan Cooper was traded.
93. Carolina Panthers - Sheldon Day DT, Notre Dame
Dwan Edwards was released and Kawann Short will be a very expensive free agent in 2017.
94. Denver Broncos - Kentrell Brothers ILB, Missouri
Danny Trevathan signed with Chicago.
95. Detroit Lions comp pick - Justin Simmons S, Boston College
Detroit has interviewed Justin Simmons multiple times.
96. New England comp pick - Jordan Jenkins OLB, Georgia
Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower are both free agents in 2017.
97. Seattle Seahawks comp pick - Joe Dahl OT, Washington State
J.R. Sweezy signed with Tampa.
98. Denver Broncos comp pick - Connor McGovern OG, Missouri
Louis Vasquez was released.
99. Cleveland Browns - Pharoh Cooper WR, South Carolina
Travis Benjamin signed with San Diego.
100. Philadelphia Eagles (via Tennessee Titans) - Cardale Jones QB, Ohio State
Philly needs a QB to develop behind Sam Bradford.
101. Dallas Cowboys - Hassan Ridgeway DT, Texas
Dallas needs a better interior pass-rush.
102. San Diego Chargers - Tyler Higbee TE, Western Kentucky
Lardarius Green signed with Pittsburgh.
103. Miami Dolphins - Sebastian Tetola OG, Arkansas
Dallas Thomas and Brandon Turner have both been busts.
104. Jacksonville Jaguars - James Bradberry CB, Samford
Prince Amukamara is only signed to a one-year deal.
105. Baltimore Ravens - Zack Sanchez CB, Oklahoma
Lardarius Webb may be a cap casualty.
106. San Francisco 49ers - Dadi Lhomme Nicolas DE/OLB Virginia Tech
S.F. needs a pass-rusher opposite of Aaron Lynch.
107. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jack Allen OC, Michigan State
T.B. needs some competition at OC.
108. New York Giants - Keyarris Garrett WR, Tulsa
Rueben Randle needs to be replaced.
109. Chicago Bears - Paul Perkins RB, UCLA
Chicago needs a compliment to Jeremy Langford.
110. Los Angeles Rams - Cyrus Jones CB, Alabama
Janoris Jenkins signed with NYG.
111. Detroit Lions - Matt Judon DE, Grand Valley State
Detroit is rumored to really like Matt Judon, who lead the nation in sacks last season with 20.
112. New Orleans Saints - Eric Striker OLB, Oklahoma
Dannell Ellerbe is injury-plagued and will be a free agent in 2017.
113. Tennessee Titans (via Philadelphia Eagles) - Kenny Lawler WR, Cal
Tennessee needs a better WR2 option than Kendall Wright.
114. Oakland Raiders - Rashard Robinson CB, LSU
D.J. Hayden has been an injury-plagued bust.
115. Atlanta Falcons - Tyvis Powell S, Ohio State
William Moore was released.
116. Indianapolis Colts - DeAndre Houston-Carson CB/S, William & Mary
Dwight Lowery signed with San Diego.
117. Buffalo Bills - Robert Aguayo K, Florida State
Dan Carpenter was 23/27 in fields goals and missed six extra points. Robert Aguayo is the first underclassman kicker to come out since Sebastian Janikowski, and is the best kicking prospect of his generation.
118. New York Jets - Will Redmond CB, Mississippi State
Antonio Cromartie was released.
119. Houston Texans - Yannick Ngakoue OLB, Maryland
Houston has no depth at OLB.
120. Washington Redskins - Tyler Matakevich ILB, Temple
Keenan Robinson signed with NYG.
121. Minnesota Vikings - Kyler Fackrell OLB, Utah State
Chad Greenway is a 33 year old free agent.
122. Cincinnati Bengals - Josh Forrest ILB, Kentucky
Cincy is rumored to like Josh Forrest.
123. Pittsburgh Steelers - Joshua Perry OLB, Ohio State
It wouldn't be an NFL draft without the Steelers taking a defensive player from Ohio State would it?
The Steelers have a habit of using mid-round picks to stock their linebacker depth. With soon-to-be 38 year old James Harrison still contemplating whether or not he'll actually return for another season combined with no guarantee that the Steelers will pickup the 5th-year option on Jarvis Jones, it makes sense for the Steelers to draft some insurance at OLB. Bud Dupree could be a star in the making , Arthur Moats provides solid depth, but Dupree's 2015 classmate Anthony Chickillo hasn't shown much outside of a knack at special teams.
Often the forgotten man among a very strong Ohio State draft class, the 6-foot-4 and 254 pounds Joshua Perry is not the pure athlete that Darron Lee is but he was no less important to the Buckeyes defense. Perry is known as a high motor, high character leader both off and on the field. He's very stout against the run, with the strength to set the edge as well as to shed blocks. He's allowed only one broken tackle in the last two seasons. With average-to-below average speed he's not going to be all to reliable in man coverage and probably won't ever produce a high sack rate, but Perry would be a solid option as a strong-side LB who can be highly effective against the run.
124. Seattle Seahawks - D.J. Reader DT, Clemson
Brandon Mebane signed with San Diego
125. Green Bay Packers - Beniquez Brown ILB, Mississippi State
GM Ted Thompson is rumored to be high on Beniquez Brown.
126. Kansas City Chiefs - Caleb Benenoch OT, UCLA
Eric Fisher has been a total bust.
127. Chicago Bears (via New England Patriots) - Fahn Cooper OT, Ole' Miss.
Jermon Bushrod was released.
128. Arizona Cardinals - Willie Henry DT, Michigan
Arizona needs a long-term starter across from Calais Campbell.
129. Carolina Panthers - Willie Beavers OT, Western Michigan
Michael Oher and Mike Remmers got abused by the Denver pass-rush.
130. Baltimore Ravens (via Denver Broncos) - Cole Toner OT, Harvard
Baltimore lost Kelechi Osemele and Eugene Monroe is injury-prone.
131. Green Bay Packers comp pick - Kolby Listenbee WR, TCU
G.B. has several injury issues at WR.
132. Baltimore Ravens comp pick - Jay Lee WR, Baylor
This will be Steve Smith's final season.
133. San Fransisco 49ers comp pick - Maurice Canady CB, Virginia
Chip Kelly loves tall CB's.
134. Baltimore Ravens comp pick - Keith Marshall RB, Georgia
Justin Forsett is 30 and on the downside of his career.
135. Dallas Cowboys comp pick - Dominique Alexander ILB, Oklahoma
Dallas needs a backup plan for injury and issue prone Rolando McClain.
136. Denver Broncos comp pick - Ben Braunecker TE, Harvard
Owen Daniels was released.
137. Green Bay Packers comp pick - Alex Collins RB, Arkansas
James Starks is 30 with fumbling issues and Eddie Lacy is eating himself out of the league.
138. Cleveland Browns comp pick - Matt Ioannidis DT, Temple
Randy Starks was released.
139. Buffalo Bills comp pick - Shawn Oakman DE, Baylor
Rex Ryan loves big, athletic freaks on the D-line.
140. Tennessee Titans - Jayron Kearse SS/LB, Clemson
Sean Spence is on a 1-yr deal.
141. Cleveland Browns - De'Vondre Campbell OLB, Minnesota
Craig Robertson signed with N.O. and Karlos Dansby was released.
142. San Fransisco 49ers (via San Diego Chargers) - Jordan Payton WR, UCLA
Anquan Boldin is a 36 year old free agent and Torrey Smith was a bust free agent pickup.
143. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas Cowboys) - Kenneth Dixon RB, La. Tech
Oakland is looking for depth at RB behind Latavius Murray.
144. Denver Broncos (via Baltimore Ravens) - Malcolm Mitchell WR, UGA
Andre Caldwell and Jordan Norwood are both free agents.
145. San Fransisco 49ers - Tyler Ervin RB, San Jose State
Reggie Bush is a 30 year old free agent coming back from injury.
146. Jacksonville Jaguars - Alex McCalister DE/OLB Florida
Gus Bradley needs an "OTTO" LB for his defense.
147. Miami Dolphins - Ronald Blair DE, Appalachian State
Miami lost Oliver Vernon and Derrick Shelby in free agency.
148. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Thomas Duarte WR, UCLA
T.B. needs a 3rd WR to pair with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.
149. New York Giants - Devontae Booker RB, Utah
Andre Williams is a bust and NYG would consider Elliot at 4.
150. Chicago Bears - Elijah Shumate SS, Notre Dame
Antrel Rolle may be a cap casualty.
151. Detroit Lions - Jonathan Jones CB, Auburn
Rashean Mathis retired.
152. New Orleans Saints - Kenyan Drake RB, Alabama
C.J. Spiller will likely be a cap casualty and the Saints are rumored to like Kenyan Drake.
153. Philadelphia Eagles - Jason Fanaika DE, Utah
Philly needs wide-9 DE's for Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense.
154. Oakland Raiders - Denver Kirkland OG/OT, Arkansas
Donald Penn is on a minimal 2-yr deal.
Los Angles Rams - Forfeited for Isaiah Battle
Pick forfeited for selecting Isaiah Battle in the 2015 supplemental draft.
155. Indianapolis Colts - Eric Murray CB, Minnesota
Greg Toler is a 31 year old free agent.
156. Buffalo Bills - Kevin Hogan QB, Stanford
The Bills need a backup plan for Tyrod Taylor and have shown interest in Kevin Hogan.
Atlanta Falcons - Forfeited for crowd noise
Pick forfeited for pumping in artificial crowd noise into their stadium during homes games.
157. New York Jets - Tevin Carter SS/LB, Utah
HC Todd Bowles gets his version of Deone Bucannon.
158. Washington Redskins - Joe Thuney OG, North Carolina State
Shawn Lauvao is coming back from foot surgery.
159. Houston Texans - John Theus OG/OT, Georgia
Houston has no O-line depth.
160. Minnesota Vikings - Jake Brendel OG/OC, UCLA
Michael Harris is on a 1-yr deal.
161. Cincinnati Bengals - Evan Boehm OC, Missouri
Cincy needs competition for Russell Bodine.
162. Kansas City Chiefs (via Seattle Seahawks) - Nick Vigil ILB, Utah State
Derrick Johnson is 33 years old.
163. Green Bay Packers - Chris Mayes DT, Georgia
G.B. lacks D-line depth.
164. Philadelphia Eagles (via Pittsburgh Steelers) - Nick Kwiatkoski ILB, West Virginia
DeMeco Ryans and Najee Goode were both released.
165. Kansas City Chiefs - Paul McRoberts WR, Southeast Missouri State
KC needs another WR to pair with Jeremy Macklin and 2015 3rd round pick Chris Conley.
166. Houston Texans (via New England Patriots) - Deiondre' Hall CB/S, Northern Iowa
Quintin Demps is a free agent and Rahim Moore was released.
167. Arizona Cardinals - Scooby Wright III ILB, Arizona State
Arizona can't count on Daryl Washington for depth at ILB.
168. Carolina Panthers - Jordan Howard RB, Indiana
The Panthers need a dependable backup for injury-plagued Jonathan Stewart.
169. Detroit Lions (via Denver Broncos) - Jonathan Williams RB, Arkansas
Joique Bell was released.
170. Arizona Cardinals comp pick - Morgan Burns CB, Kansas State
Arizona never replaced Antonio Cromartie.
171. Seattle Seahawks comp pick - D.J. Foster WR/RB, Arizona State
Seattle could use depth at WR and RB.
172. Cleveland Browns comp pick - Alex Lewis OT, Nebraska
Cam Erving will replace Alex Mack at OC, but the Browns will have holes at RG and RT.
173. Cleveland Browns comp pick - Tajae Sharpe WR, UMass
Cleveland has nothing at WR.
174. San Fransisco 49ers comp pick - Blake Martinez ILB, Stanford
SF never replaced retired ILB's Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.
175. San Diego Chargers comp pick - Brandon Doughty QB, Western Kentucky
The Chargers need a young QB to groom behind Phillip Rivers.
176. Cleveland Browns - Antonio Morrison ILB, Florida
Karlos Dansby was released.
177. Tennessee Titans - Vincent Valentine DT, Nebraska
Sammie Lee Hill is unlikely to be re-signed and Al Woods is a marginal talent.
178. San Fransisco 49ers (via Dallas Cowboys) - De'Runnya Wilson WR, Mississippi State
Anquan Boldin is a 36 year old free agent and Torrey Smith was a bust free agent pickup.
179. San Diego Chargers - James Cowser DE/OLB, Southern Utah
S.D. needs depth behind Melvin Ingram and Jeremiah Attaochu.
180. Minnesota Vikings (via San Fransisco 49ers) - Tyrone Holmes DE, Montana
Minnesota D-line coach Andre Patterson compared Holmes to Everson Griffin at his pro day.
181. Jacksonville Jaguars - Avery Young OT, Auburn
The Jags may decline the 5th-year option on Luke Joeckel.
182. Baltimore Ravens - K.J. Dillon SS, West Virginia
Will Hill was released.
183. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Antwione Williams OLB, Georgia Southern
Danny Lansanah is a free agent.
184. New York Giants - Quentin Gause OLB, Rutgers
The Giants need to completely rebuild their linebackers crops.
185. New England Patriots (via Chicago Bears) - Jake McGee TE, Florida
Belechick loves to collect TE's and Florida players.
186. Miami Dolphins - Taveze Calhoun CB, Mississippi State
Miami released Brent Grimes and Brice McCain.
187. Washington Redskins (via New Orleans Saints) Terrence Smith OLB, Florida State
Washington has nothing at ILB.
188. Philadelphia Eagles - David Onyemata DT, Manitoba
Philly needs D-line depth.
189. Dallas Cowboys (via Oakland Raiders) - Jacoby Brissett QB, North Carolina State
Dallas needs a long-term successor to the brittle 36 year old Tony Romo.
190. Los Angeles Rams - Hunter Sharp WR, Utah State
Brian Quick is on a 1-yr "prove it" deal.
191. Detroit Lions - Kyle Murphy OT, Stanford
Detroit has a gaping hole at RT.
192. Buffalo Bills - Anthony Zettel DE, Penn State
Soon-to-be 33 year old Kyle Williams is coming back from injury.
193. Tennessee Titans (via Atlanta Falcons) - Joel Heath DT/DE, Michigan State
Mike Martin is a free agent coming back from injury.
194. Oakland Raiders (via Indianapolis Colts) - Reggie Diggs WR, Richmond
Rod Streater signed with K.C.
195. New York Jets - Brandon Shell OG, South Carolina
Willie Colon is a 33 year old free agent.
196. New England Patriots (via Houston Texans) - Jalin Marshall WR, Ohio State
Brandon LaFell was released.
197. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Washington Redskins) - Stephane Nembot OT, Colorado
Gosder Cherilus might be the worst starting OT in the NFL.
198. San Diego Chargers (via Minnesota Vikings) - Deon Bush S, Miami
SD chose not to re-sign Eric Weddle.
199. Cincinnati Bengals - Spencer Drango OT/OG, Baylor
Cincy has no O-line depth.
200. Green Bay Packers - Mike Matthews OC, Texas A&M
Why not draft another member of the Matthews dynasty to fill a need for OC depth?
201. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Pittsburgh Steelers) - Daniel Lasco RB, Cal
T.J. Yeldon has injury issues.
202. Detroit Lions (via Seattle Seahawks) - Chris Moore WR, Cincinnati
Calvin Johnson retired.
203. Kansas City Chiefs - Derrick Kindred SS, TCU
Husain Abdullah retired and Tyvon Branch signed with Arizona.
204. Chicago Bears (via New England Patriots) - Quinton Jefferson DT, Maryland
Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson are poor fits as a 5-tech in a 3-4 scheme.
205. Arizona Cardinals - Charles Vaillancourt OG, Laval
Ted Larsen is a free agent and Jonathan Cooper was traded.
206. Chicago Bears (via Carolina Panthers) - Chris Brown WR, Notre Dame
Chicago has a lot of injury issues at WR.
207. San Fransisco 49ers (via Denver Broncos) - Aziz Shittu DE, Stanford
Glenn Dorsey is coming back from injury.
208. New England Patriots comp pick - Glenn Gronkowski FB, Kansas State
Why not draft Gronk's little bro?
209. Baltimore Ravens comp pick - Ryan Smith CB, North Carolina Central
Tray Walker died tragically in an accident.
210. Detroit Lions comp pick - Jake Rudock QB, Michigan
Detroit needs a developmental QB to groom behind Matt Stafford.
211. San Fransisco 49ers comp pick - Tyler Johnstone OG/OT, Oregon
S.F. replaced Alex Boone with Zane Beadles.
212. Dallas Cowboys comp pick - Ryan Brown DE, Mississippi State
Dallas has no depth at DE.
213. San Fransisco 49ers comp pick - Blake Countess CB, Auburn
S.F. could use multiple upgrades at CB.
214. New England Patriots comp pick - D.J. White CB, Georgia Tech
Patriots lack depth at CB.
215. Seattle Seahawks comp pick - Travis Freeney OLB, Washington
Seattle lacks OLB depth.
216. Dallas Cowboys comp pick - Halapoulivaati Vaitai OT, TCU
Ronald Leary will be a free agent in 2017.
217. Dallas Cowboys comp pick - Luke Rhodes LB, William & Mary
Dallas needs a backup plan for the injury prone Sean Lee.
218. Buffalo Bills comp pick - KeiVarae Russell CB, Notre Dame
Leodis McKelvin was released.
219. Denver Broncos comp pick - Josh Ferguson RB, Illinois
Denver lacks RB depth.
220. Pittsburgh Steelers comp pick - Brandon Allen QB, Arkansas
Having seen how much the offense struggles when Big Ben is out with an injury, the Steelers will likely spend a late-round pick on a backup QB. They've interviewed multiple late round QB's, so this pick is essentially a tossup between Brandon Allen, Cody Kessler, and Vernon Adams. All three have below average size for the position, average at best arm strength, as well as inflated college stats because of the system that they played in and the talent that surrounded them, but of the three Brandon Allen is the highest rated.
221. New England Patriots comp pick - Jerald Hawkins OT, LSU
Patriots lack depth at OT.
222. Cleveland Browns (via Tennessee Titans) - Jamie Byrd FS, South Florida
Tashaun Gipson signed with Jacksonville.
223. Cleveland Browns - Parker Ehinger OG, Cincinnati
Cleveland had no O-line depth.
224. San Diego Chargers - Isaac Seumalo OG/OC, Oregon State
Chris Watt was awful last season.
225. Seattle Seahawks (via Dallas Cowboys) - Will Parks SS, Arizona
Kam Chancellor may hold out again.
226. Jacksonville Jaguars - Ken Crawley CB, Colorado
The Jags need a lot of secondary help.
227. Miami Dolphins (via Baltimore Ravens) - Joe Walker ILB, Oregon
Kiko Alonzo is injury-plagued.
228. San Fransisco 49ers - Mark Weiser TE, Buffalo
S.F. needs depth at TE after trading Vernon Davis.
229. Pittsburgh Steelers (via New York Giants) - Derek Alexander DE, Tulsa
The Steelers interviewed Derek Alexander at his pro day. With the increase use of sub packages, the Steelers will likely be looking for versatile players who can line up in any defensive front, someone who can standup as a pass-rushing OLB, play a traditional 4-3 DE role, and slide inside and play 3-tech on obvious passing downs. It's why they've kicked the tired on free agents Jason Jones and Mike Martin.
The 6-foot-2, 270 pounds Alexander has a non-stop motor and gets moved around a lot in the Tulsa defense, wherein they put him into position to get the best match-ups, using his quick-twitch athleticism mainly as a gap penetrator on the inside and more of a wide-9 rusher on the outside.
230. Chicago Bears - Bryce Williams TE, East Carolina
Martellus Bennett was traded to N.E.
231. Miami Dolphins - Greg Milhouse DT, Campbell
Earl Mitchell may be a cap casualty.
232. Washington Redskins (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Keenan Reynolds RB, Navy
Alfred Morris signed with Dallas.
233. Chicago Bears - Devon Cajuste WR, Stanford
Alshon Jeffery is on a 1-yr deal and Kevin White spent his rookie season on IR.
234. Philadelphia Eagles - Tavon Young CB, Temple
Byron Maxwell was traded to Miami.
235. Oakland Raiders - Aaron Wallace OLB, UCLA
Oakland has no depth at LB.
236. Houston Texans (via Los Angeles Rams) - Demarcus Ayers WR, Houston
Houston could use better depth at WR.
237. Detroit Lions - Desmond Morgan OLB, Michigan
Stephen Tulloch was released.
238. New Orleans Saints - Michael Caputo S, Wisconsin
Jairus Byrd has only played in 17 games in two seasons.
239. Atlanta Falcons - Alex Balducci DT, Oregon
Paul Soliai was released.
240. Indianapolis Colts - Zeth Ramsay OT, Colorado Mesa
More protection for Andrew Luck.
241. Minnesota Vikings (via Buffalo Bills) - Bralon Addison WR, Oregon
Minnesota doesn't have much outside of Stefon Diggs.
242. Houston Texans (via New York Jets) - Kavon Frazier S, Central Michigan
Competition for Eddie Pleasant.
243. Washington Redskins - Justin Burris CB, North Carolina State
Chris Culliver is coming back from an ACL tear.
244. Denver Broncos (via Houston Texans) - Mike Rose DE/OLB, North Carolina State
Denver needs OLB depth, especially if they can't re-sign Von Miller long-term.
245. Minnesota Vikings - Briean Boddy-Calhoun CB, Minnesota
Terrence Newman may move to safety.
246. Cincinnati Bengals - Clayton Fejedelem FS, Illinois
Reggie Nelson is a free agent.
247. Pittsburgh Steelers - DeAndre Elliott CB, Colorado State
Why not throw another pick at the Steelers biggest position of need to close out the NFL draft? With only Willie Gay and Senquez Golson, and possibly Ross Cockrell, guaranteed to make the opening day roster, the Steelers could use multiple selections to shore up their weakest position.
DeAndre Elliott has the frame teams are clamoring for in the NFL at 6-foot-1 with long, 43inch arms. His 41inch vertical jump and a 3.94 20 short shuttle at the combine put him on teams radar but a pedestrian 40 time of 4.55 and a fairly up-and-down career at CSU, wherein he was unable to grab and hold onto a full time starting position, means that he's likely a long way from being a major contributor. With the height, vertical, and a lack of speed, Elliott might be better off in the long run making a switch to safety.
248. Seattle Seahawks - Marshaun Coprich RB, Illinois State
Why not replace one Marshawn with another Marshaun?
249. Green Bay Packers - Alonzo Russell WR, Toledo
James Jones is unlikely to be re-signed.
250. Kansas City Chiefs - Quenton Bundrage WR, Iowa State
KC lacks depth at WR.
251. New England Patriots - C.J. Johnson ILB, Ole' Miss.
Jerod Mayo retired.
252. Philadelphia Eagles (via Arizona Cardinals) - Donovan Clark OG, Michigan
Chip Kelly ruined the OG position in Philly.
253. Seattle Seahawks (via Carolina Panthers) - Lene Maiava OG/OT, Arizona
Seattle has serious O-line depth issues.
254. Philadelphia Eagles (via Denver Broncos) - Jacobi Green RB, Richmond
Ryan Matthews will likely be released at some point.