NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Two Rounds!)

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NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (April 22nd edition)

With the 2016 NFL Draft less than a week away, draft guru Dan Muscarella presents you with his final TWO round mock draft. Enjoy!

1.) Los Angeles Rams (From Titans) (Positions of Need: QB, OL, LB, CB) – Jared Goff, QB/California. First of all, I loved this move for Tennessee. I didn’t envision them trading out of the top spot simply because I didn’t anticipate a team like the Rams giving up so much and mortgaging their future in what is generally viewed as a poor draft class for QBs. I truly believe all three of the top QBs (Goff, Wentz, and Lynch) can be very good in the NFL. Of the three, Goff is the most NFL ready. Goff won’t be asked to do much in his rookie year, as he can rely on a strong defense and a great running back. Goff has a strong arm, quick release, and a high football IQ. He struggles with accuracy when pressured consistently, which unfortunately for him, happened a lot at Cal. Bottom line is Goff is a perfect fit here. He is highly marketable as he is well known in California, the most NFL ready, and fits the Rams need. (Previous Pick: Jared Goff, QB/California)

2.) Philadelphia Eagles (From Browns) (Positions of Need: LB, OL, RB, QB) – Carson Wentz, QB/NDSU. This trade is so Philly it hurts. The Eagles signed QB Sam Bradford to a 2yr 35 million dollar extension this offseason, so drafting a QB at 2 when they are financial invested in the QB positions, and when they have a lot of other holes on their roster is very dumb. Not only have they pissed off Sam Bradford and some of the locker room with this move, they have created a QB controversy in for the next few seasons. Additionally, the Eagles pretty much depleted their draft just to move up and grab a QB that won’t be ready to start in the NFL for at least one season. Wentz has a very high ceiling and possesses some attributes (touch, anticipation, and accuracy) that you just can’t teach so this move could work out down the road. But it would be foolish for the Eagles to expect Wentz to be able to make the jump from D I-AA to the NFL in his first season. (Previous Pick: Leonard Floyd, LB/Georgia)

3.) San Diego Chargers (Positions of Need: OL, DE, LB, DB) – Laremy Tunsil, OT/Ole Miss. The Chargers pretty much have holes at every position possible. QB Philip Rivers is 34 and getting towards the end of his career. The Chargers would be very wise to trade out from the #3 selection so they can acquire additional picks to fill their many needs. However, I believe if the Chargers stand pat at 3, then Tunsil is the pick. The Chargers tackles got manhandled last year, and Rivers paid the price. Selecting Tunsil could extend Rivers’ career a little longer. (Previous Pick: DeForest Buckner, DE/Oregon).

4.) Dallas Cowboys – (Team Needs: DL, LB, DB, RB) Ezekiel Elliott, RB/Ohio State. I will be surprised if Elliott is not the pick at this point. Elliott is the best all around RB in the draft, and the Cowboys have the best offensive line in the NFL. The Cowboys offense was at its best, and nearly impossible to defend, when they had a balanced attack with RB Demarco Murray. Elliott can be a workhorse for Dallas and help keep the pressure off of QB Tony Romo. Sure, Dallas has a lot of holes on defense but sometimes the best defense is a great offense. (Previous Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB/Ohio State).

5.) Jacksonville Jaguars (Positions of Need: DE, S, WR, OL) - Jalen Ramsey, DB/FSU. Previously, I had the Jags moving up to get Ramsey but the Rams-Titans trade helped the Jags tremendously because it allows Laremy Tunsil to fall to the Chargers. Now the Jags can stand pat and still get their Earl Thomas type safety. Ramsey can help stabilize the secondary and be the QB of the defense. Ramsey needs to work on his ball skills in order to reach his full potential, but he is the top athlete in the draft so I have no doubt he will contribute immediately. Ramsey is an easy candidate for the Defensive Rookie of the Year. (Previous Pick: Jalen Ramsey, DB/FSU).

6.) Baltimore Ravens (Positions of Need: DE, LB, DB, WR) - Joey Bosa, DE/Ohio State. I could easily see the Ravens selecting Oregon DE DeForest Buckner instead because of his explosive athleticism and high ceiling. However, I have a hard time picturing HC John Harbaugh and GM Ozzie Newsome passing up a blue chip prospect like Bosa despite the attitude/character concerns that come along with him. Bosa and DE Elvis Dumervil will create a formidable pass rushing tandem upfront. Additionally, Boas is very good against the run and, like all pundits say about white defensive ends, he has a great motor. (Previous Pick: Joey Bosa, DE/Ohio State)

7.) San Francisco 49ers (Positions of Need: LB, DL, OL) – DeForest Buckner, DE/Oregon. This would be tremendous value for the 49ers. Personally, I don’t like Buckner because he lacks core and upper body strength. Additionally, Buckner has a tendency to surrender his leverage at the point of attack. However, there is no denying his potential. He is an explosive athlete that wreaked havoc on the Pac 12 in 2015. The niners need help pretty much everywhere on defense so taking the best player available is a good start. (Previous Pick: Myles Jack, LB/UCLA)

8.) Cleveland Browns (Positions of Need: QB, OL, LB, WR) – Paxton Lynch, QB/Memphis. The Browns doing something intelligent happens about as frequently as when Hailey’s Comet orbits earth. However the Browns are absolutely the winners of their trade with the Eagles. The Browns now have 6 selections in the top 100 picks in this draft and they can still draft their QB of the future. Lynch needs time to develop and the Browns will be able to have him sit behind RG3 for a season or two until he is ready to take over. Lynch has height, a strong arm, and good mobility. He just needs to adjust the speed of the NFL and get through his reads more quickly. (Previous Pick: Carson Wentz, QB/NDSU)

9.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Positions of Need: CB, S, DE) – Vernon Hargreaves III, CB/Florida. The Bucs need corners in the worst way. Free agent CB Brent Grimes left his best days back in Miami, and I don’t believe he has the skillset to be a #1 corner anymore. Hargreaves III can be a #1 corner from day one. He was the best corner in college football the past two seasons. He has great speed and ball skills, and is solid tackler in space. (Previous Pick: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB/Florida)

10.) New York Giants (Positions of Need: LB, WR, OG) – Laquon Treadwell, WR/Ole Miss. The Giants lost WR Ruben Randle this offseason, and they lack a true number #2 WR to complement WR Odell Beckham Jr. WR Victor Cruz has been ravaged by injuries the past two seasons, and he shouldn’t be counted on to fill the #2 WR role. Treadwell will be a great complement to Beckham because he is a sure-handed, fearless WR that doesn’t shy away from contact. He is quick in tight spaces, and he excels in getting yards after the catch. (Previous Pick: DeForest Buckner, DE/Oregon)

11.) Chicago Bears (Positions of Need: DL, OL, LB, DB) – A’Shawn Robinson, DT/Alabama. I have waffled between the Bears selecting OT Ronnie Stanley and a DT with the 11th selection because both make a lot of sense. DC Vic Fangio needs to get good young talent in his front seven if the Bears hope to improve upon their 22nd ranked run defense. However, the Bears tackles have been a swinging door for QB Jay Cutler for the past few years, so it wouldn’t shock me at all if they selected OT Ronnie Stanley here. Robinson is a bit of a project, but he can be an elite run stuffing DT in the NFL. He possesses a great build, a powerful lower body, and good instincts. He won’t immediately contribute too much from a pass rushing aspect, but the potential is there for improvement. (Previous Pick: Ronnie Stanley, OT/Notre Dame)

12.) New Orleans Saints (Positions of Need: LB, DB, DE) – Noah Spence, DE/Eastern Kentucky University. Spence is an ultra talented pass-rushing prospect, but he had some off field issues that forced him to transfer from Ohio State to EKU. He appears to have those issues behind him, and he has been impressing in all of the pre-draft workouts. Spence fits a need for the Saints and, while this might seem like a slight reach, I have no doubt Spence will selected in the middle of the first round based on his potential and athleticism. (Previous Pick: Darron Lee, LB/Ohio State)

13.) Miami Dolphins (From Eagles) (Positions of Need: DB, OL, RB) – Ronnie Stanley, OT/Notre Dame. QB Ryan Tannehill needs help along the offensive line, and the Dolphins would be wise to snatch up the second best tackle in the draft. Stanley was an all-American tackle at Notre Dame, and he has great technique and footwork. If Stanley can get a little stronger the Dolphins will have a great left tacklethat can play for years to come. (Previous Pick: Eli Apple, CB/Ohio State)

14.) Oakland Raiders (Positions of Need: DB, LB, OL) – Eli Apple, CB/Ohio State. The Raiders are an improving team with a small amount of holes at this point. Their secondary lost CB/S Charles Woodson to retirement, and they currently lack the depth to replace his production. Apple can help remedy the loss of Woodson, and make an impact week one. The Raiders need to hit on this CB because their last 1st round CB, D.J. Hayden, has not panned out at all. (Previous Pick: Sheldon Rankins, DT/Louisville)

15.) Tennessee Titans (From Rams) (Positions of Need: OL, S, CB, LB) – Jack Conklin, OT/Michigan St. Conklin would be a great selection for the Titans. The Titans were likely to select OT Laremy Tunsil at #1 prior to their trade with the Rams. Now the Titans are able to select the third best tackle in the draft, and they picked up a bevy of high draft picks in the process. Conklin will help protect Mariota’s blindside for the foreseeable future and tackle Taylor Lewan can slide over to his more natural position, RT. (Previous Pick: Laremy Tunsil OT/Ole Miss).

16.) Detroit Lions (Positions of Need: WR, OL, DB) – Will Fuller, WR/Notre Dame. The Lions need help at WR now that Calvin Johnson has chosen to retire. I know they have WR Golden Tate, and they signed WRs Marvin Jones and Jeremy Kerley this free agency but none of them can come close to filling Megatron’s production. Fuller is physical WR that can high point the football with the best of them. Fuller will need to clean up his route running to reach his full potential. The Lions will rely on a stable of WRs to fill the void that Johnson left. (Previous Pick: Laquon Treadwell, WR/Ole Miss)

17.) Atlanta Falcons (Positions of Need: DL, OL, DB) – Shaq Lawson, DE/Clemson. I have previously stated that HC Dan Quinn would love a run stuffing DT to help fix the Falcons defense. However, the Falcons have been one of the worst pass rushing teams in the league the past five years, and they desperately need help at that position when you consider the QB’s they face within their division. Lawson has all the tools to be great, but his conditioning was suspect in college, and it really cost Clemson at points the past two seasons. Lawson is strong, quick, and built to play against both the run and the pass. (Previous Pick: Jarran Reed, DT/Alabama)

18.) Indianapolis Colts (Positions of Need: OL, RB, LB) – Myles Jack, LB/UCLA. According to multiple reports, Jack has slid down some teams draft boards after medical reexaminations on his injured knee. There have been no setbacks, he worked out for multiple teams in pre-draft visits, and his agent has posted videos of his workouts to show Jack has the same lateral quickness. I am still firmly in the camp that Jack will be an all-pro linebacker in the NFL. This would be a steal for the Colts. (Previous Pick: Derrick Henry, RB/Alabama)

19.) Buffalo Bills (Positions of Need: DL, LB, S) – Sheldon Rankins, DT/Louisville. The Bills absolutely need to nail this selection. They simply can’t afford to have the 19th pick fail to make an immediate impact. Personally I would still like them to select DT Robert Nkemdiche with this selection, but the Bills really never met with him after the combine. I believe Rankins will make an immediate impact on this defense. He is a powerful, explosive defensive lineman. Rankins is built like a bulldog. He is short, compact, and stout. This build can be very advantageous to Rankins in the NFL because he will be able to maintain leverage at the point of attack and keep his pad shelf low on a consistent basis. Rankins screams John Randle to me, and if you don’t know who John Randle is look him up. (Previous Pick: Andrew Billings, NT/Baylor).

20.) New York Jets (Positions of Need: QB, TE, LB) – Hunter Henry, TE/Arkansas. The Jets are the biggest wildcard of the entire first round because of their current QB situation. I can’t envision the Jets drafting a QB with the 20th selection because it is extremely unlikely that Paxton Lynch falls that far. Additionally, reaching for Christian Hackenberg or Connor Cook with this selection would be unwise. Henry is the best TE in the whole draft, and the Jets need a good TE that can contribute in every facet of the offense. Henry is a large target, a good in-line blocker, and he can stretch the defense. He will be a good safety valve for whatever QB is under center in week one. (Previous Pick: Connor Cook, QB/Michigan St).

21.) Washington Redskins (Positions of Need: LB DB, DL) – Darron Lee, LB/Ohio State. The Redskins LBs couldn’t cover anyone last year. I honestly think I could have gotten open against that LB core. Lee is an exceptionally fast linebacker that excels in coverage. Lee is an instinctive player that can change momentum in an instance. He needs to get stronger because there were moments last year where he struggled to bring ball carriers down in space. (Previous Pick: A’Shawn Robinson, DT/Alabama).

22.) Houston Texans (Positions of Need: OL, S, WR) – Taylor Decker, OT/Ohio State. The Texans made a big financial investment in QB Brock Osweiler so they better make a concerted effort to protect him. Last year the Texans played 4 different QBs (Hoyer, Mallett, Weeden, Yates) due to injuries stemming from poor offensive line play. They can’t afford to have that happen again. Decker isn’t a finished product, and is more suited to play RT than he is LT but he can make a contribution early on and will be an upgrade from their current RT Derek Newton. (Previous Pick: Taylor Decker, OT/Ohio St).

23.) Minnesota Vikings (Positions of Need: WR, LB, CB) – Josh Doctson, WR/TCU. At 6’2”, 202 lbs Doctson is 2 inches taller and roughly 20 pounds heavier than fellow WR prospect Will Fuller, who I had the Vikings selecting in my last mock. This height and weight advantage could allow for more immediate offensive production because Doctson will be better equipped to deal with press coverage, and gain separation against smaller CBs. The Vikings need to surround QB Teddy Bridgewater with more talent at WR if they want him to take the next step in his development and improve upon his 14 passing TDs in 16 games last season. Doctson and 2nd year WR Stefon Diggs can be a potentially great tandem for Teddy. (Previous Pick: Will Fuller, WR/Notre Dame).

24.) Cincinnati Bengals (Positions of Need: WR, LB, DB) – Leonard Floyd, LB/Georgia. The Bengals will be without OLB Vontaze Burfict for the first three games of the 2016 NFL season for his hit on WR Antonio Brown in the playoffs. Aside from Burfict’s absence the Bengals need to upgrade this position because OLBs AJ Hawk and Karlos Dansby aren’t getting any younger or faster. With WRs Doctson, Fuller, and Treadwell all off the board the Bengals would be wise to grab a potential star OLB in Floyd. Floyd is a long, rangy LB with good sideline to sideline speed. He is a little inconsistent against the run, but he can really get after the QB. If he gets stronger and reaches his full potential he will be a dominant outside linebacker in the NFL. (Previous Pick: Josh Doctson, WR/TCU).

25.) Pittsburgh Steelers (Positions of Need: CB, S, OL) – Mackensie Alexander, CB/Clemson. The Steelers have used roughly half of their allotted 30 official pre-draft visits on defensive backs. Alexander fits what the Steelers are looking for because he is a strong, physical CB with the ability to be left on an island in coverage. Alexander didn’t allow a single touchdown in 2015, and he was pretty vocal that he was the best CB in the nation. He doesn’t have ideal height for an NFL CB, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be able to make an immediate impact in the NFL. (Previous Pick: Mackensie Alexander, CB/Clemson).

26.) Seattle Seahawks (Positions of Need: C, DE, RB) – Ryan Kelly, C/Alabama. The Seahawks have lost C Max Unger, LT Russell Okung, and RB Marshawn Lynch the past two offseasons either through trades, free agency, or retirement. The Seahawks need to find a replacement for one of these spots with this pick, and I believe selecting the best center in the draft will provide the most value for this selection. Kelly is a tough, smart center that consistently faced 8 man fronts in the SEC while blocking for Heisman winning RB Derrick Henry. Kelly won’t wow you with athleticism, but he will work incredibly hard to get the most out of his talent. The loss of C Max Unger was felt last year at times in both the passing game and the running game. (Previous Pick: Ryan Kelly, C/Alabama).

27.) Green Bay Packers (Positions of Need: OL, DL, S) – Jarran Reed, DT/Alabama. To the Packers surprise DT B.J. Raji retired this offseason. Reed is an NFL ready DT that excels against the run. He is strong, thick, and technically sound. He won’t be confused for Warren Sapp because he doesn’t get to the QB frequently, but he can shut down the running lanes in the middle of the defense. The Packers would probably like to grab a tackle with this selection but a top four tackle is unlikely to be available at this point of the draft. (Previous Pick: Jack Conklin, OT/Michigan St).

28.) Kansas City Chiefs (Positions of Need: LB, DE, WR) – Reggie Ragland, LB/Alabama. I admit, this would be a huge fall for Ragland, but it is one that I think is realistic. Ragland is not an exceptional athlete, in fact, he proved to be pretty average in nearly every combine test. However, there is no denying his production and the Chiefs need for inside linebackers in the near future. Let Ragland learn from one of the best in the game (Derrick Johnson) and hand him the reins in 2017. (Previous Pick: Shaq Lawson, DE/Clemson).

29.) Arizona Cardinals (Positions of Need: OL, TE, DE) – Cody Whitehair, G/Kansas State. The Cardinals lost G Jonathan Cooper in their trade with the Patriots, and they signed aging G Evan Mathis to replace him. Whitehair is the best all around guard in the draft and can help open up lanes for RB David Johnson, and keep QB Carson Palmer clean. (Previous Pick: Hunter Henry, TE/Arkansas)

30.) Carolina Panthers (Positions of Need: WR, RB, DE) – Corey Coleman, WR/Baylor. If you enjoy football then you should be rooting for this pick. A trio of QB Cam Newton, WR Kelvin Benjamin, and WR Corey Coleman would conservatively put up 100 points a week. I honestly don’t think Carolina will have enough footballs to play a full 16 game season because every panther fan will be handed a ball after every touchdown. Coleman has great speed, good hands, and supreme confidence in his game. He was college football’s most productive WR in 2015 and he would be extremely productive in Carolina. Yes, I know the Panthers rescinded the franchise tag from all-pro CB Josh Norman this week, but selecting a CB here makes little sense because the CB class is much deeper than the WR class. (Previous Pick: Corey Coleman, WR/Baylor).

31.) Denver Broncos (Positions of Need: QB, DL, OL) – Andrew Billings, NT/Baylor. The past two seasons the Broncos have lost some very large, and very productive men from their defense (DT Terrance Knighton, and DE Malik Jackson). Billings is an enormous man at 6’1, 311lbs. He can eat up blocks and take on double teams at the NFL level because of his amazing natural strength. Billings would help give DEs DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller more one on one opportunities to get to the QB. (Previous Pick: Paxton Lynch, QB/Memphis).


 32.) Cleveland BrownsMichael Thomas, WR/Ohio State. The Browns might have the worst receiving core in the NFL. They lost WR Travis Benjamin, and WR Josh Gordon was denied reinstatement from the league. Beyond TE Gary Barnidge the Browns don’t have many receiving weapons. Thomas has the speed to open things up for RGIII.

33.) Tennessee TitansEmmanuel Ogbah, DE/Oklahoma State. I’ve said in past mocks that the Titans need help at every level of the defense. Ogbah will help generate a pass rush for Tennessee. He is a 6’4, 275lbs and still has the ability to add more muscle to his frame. Ogbah has a lot of potential, but he also has an equal amount of flaws. He is not laterally quick, and needs to keep his pad shelf low at the point of attack more consistently. This could be a great pick in a few seasons. Ogbah reminds me of DE Tamba Hali.

34.) Dallas CowboysChris Jones, DT/Mississippi State. Jones has been a riser of late, and he put together a nice combine (he tripped in the 40 yard dash and his junk was shown on National TV). The Mississippi State product is athletic enough to stop the run and get to the quarterback, but his conditioning and effort are questionable. The Cowboys need help along the defensive line. DEs DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory are suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, and DE Greg Hardy is unlikely to resign with the team. Jones would be a good fit for the Cowboys because of his versatility.

35.) San Diego ChargersKarl Joseph, S/WVU. The Chargers lost all-pro S Eric Weddle to the Baltimore Ravens this free agency, and they need to find a young replacement. Like Weddle, Joseph is straight up reckless with his body and lives to make the big hit. He will sometimes miss tackles because he tries to make highlight hits. Additionally, because he is coming off of a torn ACL his immediate availability for week one is in question. When healthy Joseph will make a big impact on the Chargers defense.

36.) Baltimore RavensSterling Shepard, WR/Oklahoma. The Ravens need WR help. WR Steve Smith is 36 and coming off of a torn Achilles. WR Brashad Perriman has yet to play an NFL down, and he still hasn’t been medically cleared after his injury last year. Shepard is a tough, shifty WR with good hands. He will be a good WR in the NFL that can play the slot and outside positions.

37.) San Francisco 49ersKenny Clark, DT/UCLA. Clark is very young (20), and very strong. He can play both NT in a 3-4 or a DT in a 4-3. My biggest concern with Clark is consistency. He was dominant in games against bad teams, and average against quality Pac-12 teams. Clark and Buckner can jump start the 49ers defense and give them two good young building blocks along the defensive line.

38.) Jacksonville JaguarsKentrell Brothers, OLB/Missouri. The Jaguars upgraded their defensive line in free agency and they should be able to address their secondary concerns by selecting DB Jalen Ramsey in the first round. Brothers is a solid pass rushing outside linebacker. He isn’t a three down linebacker because he has pretty average speed and short legs so he is generally unable to go stride for stride with backs and tight ends in coverage. If used properly, he can make an impact.

39.) Tampa Bay BuccaneersKeanu Neal, S/Florida. Neal is extremely aggressive in run support and, like Karl Joseph, wants to make the big hit whenever he can. Neal is larger than Joseph but is still a very athletic prospect. The only knock on Neal is his ability to cover consistently. However, I believe this is a product of playing in the SEC and playing for Florida. SEC quarterbacks are not good, and many offenses in the conference are run heavy. Florida got run on early and often in pretty much every game the past two seasons. Therefore, Neal didn’t have a ton of opportunities to make plays in coverage because teams didn’t pass consistently.

40.) New York GiantsKevin Dodd, DE/Clemson. Dodd gets the most out of his talent. He is a hard worker and a fierce competitor. He is 6’5”, 277lb, and he got after the QB consistently in 2015. However, his production is based on a small sample size because he only started one year at Clemson. Additionally, I believe his production was a byproduct of playing opposite the more talented DE Shaq Lawson at Clemson. Dodd won’t be a top pass rusher in the NFL but he won’t be asked to fill that role. Dodd will be a good complementary DE to JPP.

41.) Chicago BearsShon Coleman, OT/Auburn.  At 6’5” 310lbs, Coleman is a long tackle that possesses decent footwork. He is not the most athletic tackle in the world, but he is a good run blocking tackle with the ability to improve in pass protection. He is not suited to be a LT in my opinion, but he might develop into one over time.

42.) Miami DolphinsArtie Burns, CB/Miami. Burns is a raw corner prospect but if he refines his technique and dedicates his time to the film room he will be a very good CB. He was a two-sport athlete at Miami, as he excelled at track and played football. He is 6’0” almost 200lbs, and has great straight-line speed (4.46 40 yard dash). Could be a homerun selection in a few years.

43.) Tennessee Titans (from Rams)Vonn Bell, S/Ohio State. Bell is a finesse safety. He is above average in coverage, but he won’t make the big hit. Additionally, he wasn’t really great in run support at Ohio State the past two seasons. The Titans need safeties that can cover and create turnovers. SS Da’Norris Searcy, and FS Marqueston Huff didn’t cut it last year. Bell can make some plays in pass defense.

44.) Oakland RaidersWilliam Jackson III, CB/Houston. Personally, I think it would be wise for the Raiders to use their first two picks on corners. They were 26th in pass defense last season, and current starters (T.J. Carrie and David Amerson) have struggled to be consistent defenders in the NFL. Jackson III is a tall corner (6’0”) and has great speed. He will need to adjust to the physicality of the NFL, but he has the tools to be a good #2 corner.

45.) Tennessee Titans (From Rams)Jaylon Smith, LB/Notre Dame. The Titans are in the perfect situation to take a shot on Jaylon Smith. Smith will not play in 2016 as he recovers from his early January knee injury. Drafting Smith with the 45th selection is like playing with house money. If he gets healthy and is able to play in 2017 the Titans would be getting one of the draft’s most talented linebackers at a great value. If not, then they only spent their third second round selection in the draft on a potential franchise-changing player and missed. The Titans have a lot of picks in this draft to find defensive talent. I say swing for the fences, and thank the Rams for this opportunity to do so.

46.) Detroit LionsJoshua Garnett, G/Stanford. Garnett is the second best guard in the draft. He is extremely powerful and is above average in pass protection. Some teams are worried about his ability to pull on running plays because he isn’t very fleet of foot, but that can be worked on to an extent. QB Matt Stafford and RB Ameer Abdullah would be glad to see Garnett in a Lions uniform.

47.) New Orleans SaintsXavien Howard, CB/Baylor. The Saints pass defense was atrocious in 2015. Howard is a raw CB prospect but athletically gifted and physically able to matchup with the large WRs of today’s NFL. Howard is 6’0”, 202lbs and he has good ball skills. The knock on Howard is his ability to shake bad plays or moments when he gets beat. Mental toughness is very important for CBs. Additionally, Howard jumps routes and takes risks which could cost him in the NFL.

48.) Indianapolis ColtsDerrick Henry, RB/Alabama. Frank Gore is aging, and the Colts need a running back that can take attention/pressure away from QB Andrew Luck. Henry is large, powerful running back that can wear down a defense. He isn’t elusive, and he isn’t great in the receiving game, but he is a freight train that looks for contact and a nose for the endzone.

49.) Buffalo Bills Su’a Cravens, S/USC. Cravens is viewed as a linebacker and safety tweener at the NFL level. Personally, I view this as a positive in today’s NFL because it provides teams with an answer for the offensive mismatches that the Gronk’s or Tyler Efiert’s of the world pose. Cravens is long, has good speed, and is a very aggressive tackler.

50.) Atlanta FalconsRobert Nkemdiche, DT/Ole Miss. I believe Nkemdiche is a first round talent, and he should be taken in the first round. However, because teams are making a big investment in these athletes the slightest sign of character concerns can cause them to shy away from a player. Nkemdiche has his fair share of red flags. The Falcons need help all along the defensive line. DE Shaq Lawson will help on the edge, and Robert Nkemdiche should help inside. He can play the run, and eat up blocks. He possesses elite athleticism, but he wasn’t a productive pass rusher in college. Just because he wasn’t one in college, doesn’t mean he can’t be one in the NFL.

51.) New York JetsConnor Cook, QB/Michigan St. The Jets have stated they will not negotiate a new contract with free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick until after the draft is over. Cook provides them with an insurance plan at decent value in the second round. Cook would be a good fit in OC Chan Gailey’s spread offense because he throws the short to intermediate passes well. Jets fans better hope they sign Fitzpatrick though because I am not sure Cook is ready to contribute this season, and Jets fans can’t possibly want QB Geno Smith to be the starter.

52.) Houston TexansTyler Boyd, WR/Pittsburgh. The Texans need as many offensive weapons as possible if they want the Brock Osweiler experiment to go well in 2016. They lack a number #2 WR to complement WR DeAndre Hopkins, and no one really emerged in that role last year. Rookie WR Jalen Strong couldn’t get on the field consistently because of his poor route running and inconsistent effort. Boyd is not going to take the tops off of defenses but will get open because of his ability to sell routes and find soft spots in the defense.

53.) Washington RedskinsJordan Jenkins, OLB/Georgia. Jenkins is very good against the run. He is instinctive and aggressive. Jenkins will never be confused for a pass rushing outside linebacker, but if you want someone who can set the edge against the run and be defensively responsible than Jenkins is your man. He is the definition of a team leader. I’m aware I have the Skins taking LB Darron Lee in round one, but they need help at both inside and outside linebacker. The Redskins were 25th against the pass, and 26th against the run in 2015.

54.) Minnesota VikingsKendall Fuller, CB/Virginia Tech. CB Terrance Newman is 37, and at 5’8” CB Captain Munnerlyn is really undersized in today’s NFL. Fuller is 5’11” and is a gambler that loves to jump routes to make a big play. He is coming off of a torn meniscus, but he should be ready to go for the start of training camp. Fuller can be a great complement to the Vikings young CBs Xavier Rhodes, and Trae Waynes.

55.) Cincinnati Bengals Pharroh Cooper, WR/South Carolina. The Bengals lost WRs Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency. Cooper can serve as a decent replacement and be a #3 WR for the Bengals to start. Cooper is under 6’0” and not a polished route runner, but he is strong against press coverage and has reliable hands.

56.) Seattle SeahawksVernon Butler, DT/Louisiana Tech. The Seahawks are interested in adding a defensive lineman, and Butler has had an official pre-draft visit with the Seahawks. Butler struggled in the sack department, but was stout against the run in his college career. This would be great value for Seattle.

57.) Green Bay PackersLe’Raven Clark, OT/Texas Tech. QB Aaron Rodgers was down right abused last year because of poor offensive line play. Clark has great length and footwork, but needs to work on his strength and technique at the point of attack. He will be the most athletic tackle the Packers have had in years.

58.) Pittsburgh SteelersGermain Ifedi, OG/Texas A&M. The Steelers offensive line play was inconsistent last year, and their depth was challenged due to injuries. Ifedi isn’t a finished project by any means. He needs to work on his footwork and lateral quickness. He has potential to be a good guard in the NFL but it will take time.

59.) Kansas City ChiefsBraxton Miller, WR/Ohio State. (Insert mandatory joke about the Chiefs never using their WRs). Miller is a special, special athlete that possesses exceptional quickness and agility. He made the transition from QB to WR this past season and showed his athleticism and potential at times. He can work the short and intermediate routes, and he has improved his route running drastically since his first collegiate game at WR. Maclin can take the top off of the defense and Miller can handle everything underneath. The Chiefs will have some explosive athletes between Maclin, Miller, and Charles (when healthy).

60.) New England Patriots (From Arizona)Nick Martin, G/C/Notre Dame. Martin is a perfect player for the Patriots because he is versatile, experienced, and he fits a need. Last season injuries decimated their offensive line and they struggled to run the ball consistently. Martin started double digit games at guard, and a handful of games at center for Notre Dame. He is a smart, tough, athletic player that can challenge for a starting spot on the Patriot offensive line in training camp.

61.) New England PatriotsJonathan Bullard, DE/DT/Florida. The Patriots cut former first round pick and defensive lineman Dominique Easley this offseason so a replacement is needed. Bullard is able to play both DE and DT, and he has good lateral quickness and power. He isn’t going to blow you away with a repertoire of pass rushing moves, he generally bull rushed and mixed in a swim move here and there, but he can be molded into a solid all around contributor in the NFL.

62.) Carolina PanthersCyrus Jones, CB/Alabama. The Panthers made all-pro CB Josh Norman a free agent this week when they removed his franchise tag. It was an interesting move because it creates a hole on their roster where there wasn’t one previously. Jones is an extremely athletic prospect, and he was very productive (5 INTs 20 pass deflections) as a 2 year starting CB for the Crimson Tide. He isn’t great in run support, and he can be overmatched on the outside by taller WRs in the NFL. But I believe that he can be a very good nickel/slot corner.

63.) Denver BroncosChristian Hackenberg, QB/ Penn State. While running a pro-style offense Hackenberg lit it up at Penn State under former HC Bill O’Brien. However, he struggled mightily when he was asked to run a read option style offense under HC James Franklin the past two seasons. Hackenberg is a prototypical pocket passer. He was the top QB recruit in the nation coming out of high school, and his freshman year is proof that his talent matched the hype. I’m a big believer that Hackenberg will be the best QB of the class if he goes to the right situation. The Broncos need a QB of the future and I’m confident that Hackenberg’s talent will be on display every Sunday for years to come.