Inside The Pylon’s 2016 Final NFL Mock Draft: Rounds 1-3

The 2016 NFL Draft is nearly here, and if you’ve listened to our Mock War Room podcasts then you know how tough draft day decisions can be. With all the scouting reports researched, and the team needs studied,  it’s time to draft. We’re proud to present to you Rounds 1-3 of Inside the Pylon’s 2016 NFL Final Mock Draft written by Shane Alexander.

Round 1

    1. Los Angeles Rams (7-9) (via Tennessee Titans) – Jared Goff | Quarterback | California – General manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher are betting their jobs on Jared Goff being a franchise quarterback to lead the Rams into playoffs. When you trade as much as Los Angeles did to acquire this pick, there is no room for error.
    2. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9) (via Cleveland Browns) – Carson Wentz | Quarterback | North Dakota State – The explanation for this pick reads the same as the previous. Currently, the Eagles have two of the top 24 highest paid QBs in the NFL on their roster and, by adding Wentz, they’re betting the future on him. This trade will either get everyone in upper management extended or they’ll be fired in three seasons. Again, there is no room for error.
    3. San Diego Chargers (4-12) – DeForest Buckner | Defensive Interior | Oregon – The draft’s best interior defensive lineman goes to a system that fits him perfectly: Base 34 defensive end who can play inside in subpackages or slide outside as an edge rusher.
    4. Dallas Cowboys (4-12) – Jalen Ramsey | Defensive Back | Florida State – Ramsey is probably the best defensive back prospect since Patrick Peterson and can fill an immediate need at cornerback, bringing the versatility to play in the slot, in the box as a strong safety, and even single-high as free safety. Dallas’s biggest goal in this draft has to be upgrading its defense.
    5. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) – Joey Bosa | Defensive End | Ohio State – Jacksonville’s pass rusher depth is good, having added Malik Jackson this offseason to go along with last year’s first round pick Dante Fowler, but adding Bosa really rounds out the defensive line unit in a major way.
    6. Baltimore Ravens (5-11) – Laremy Tunsil | Offensive Tackle | Ole Miss – It’s hard to believe that arguably the best player in the draft falls to #6, but that’s how the board turned out and I imagine general manager Ozzie Newsome would be ecstatic to solidify the left tackle position for the next decade.
    7. San Francisco 49ers (5-11) – Paxton Lynch | Quarterback | Memphis – Whether San Francisco makes this pick or trades it, I believe Lynch goes at this spot. If I were GM Trent Baalke and head coach Chip Kelly, I’d stay put and take my quarterback of the future. After Kelly molds the offense over the next two drafts, I think Lynch would be ideal in his system starting in 2017.
    8. Cleveland Browns (3-13) (via Philadelphia Eagles) – Ezekiel Elliott | Running Back | Ohio State – I believe this pick is traded on draft night and I believe it will be Elliott who goes at this spot. However, if Cleveland stays put, taking the best player available would be smart given how many holes the Browns have on their roster.
    9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) – Vernon Hargreaves III | Cornerback | Florida – The Bucs’ roster is coming along nicely, and adding someone of VH3’s caliber only gets them closer to contending in the NFC. Hargreaves is a bounty corner who I think can play in the slot and also contribute on special teams.
    10. New York Giants (6-10) – Ronnie Stanley | Offensive Tackle | Notre Dame – It was just last year that the Giants reached in the 1st round for a tackle, and they come to that well again this season. Stanley can play on either end of the offensive line and rounds out the OL so that New York can focus on WR and defense the rest of the draft.
    11. Chicago Bears (6-10) – Leonard Floyd | Outside Linebacker | Georgia – Floyd’s athleticism is enticing and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is as good as there is in football. Having Pernell McPhee and Lamarr Houston will allow Floyd to be used as complementary rusher as well as an off-the-ball defender at linebacker.
    12. New Orleans Saints (7-9) – Sheldon Rankins | Defensive Interior | Louisville – Rankins is a much-needed upgrade to a defense that was putrid in 2015. His calling-card is interior pressure, but he’s also stout enough in the run game and fits the Saints’ defensive scheme well.
    13. Miami Dolphins (6-10) (via Philadelphia Eagles) – Myles Jack | Linebacker | UCLA – I’m of the belief that Jack will slide a bit because of his knee issue coupled with lack of production in college, but I can’t see him getting past the Dolphins who need a playmaking linebacker in their front seven.
    14. Oakland Raiders (7-9) – Shaq Lawson | Defensive End | Clemson – Lawson is the most underappreciated player in this class and shouldn’t get out of the top eight. However, it seems he will, which is perfect for the Raiders because they need a power edge rusher opposite Khalil Mack. In three or four seasons, if Lawson is the best defender in this class, don’t be surprised.
    15. Tennessee Titans (3-13) (via Los Angeles Rams) – Jack Conklin | Offensive Tackle | Michigan State – Conklin’s a great fit opposite Taylor Lewan on the right side of the offensive line and provides security in the pass game and effectiveness in the run game. This draft is about protecting and empowering quarterback Marcus Mariota to take his game and this team to the next level.
    16. Detroit Lions (7-9) – Taylor Decker | Offensive Tackle | Ohio State – Decker is blue collar and just what the Lions organization needs on the offensive line. Detroit has to shore up the OL for QB Matt Stafford if they’re going to rebuild on the fly and get back to contending quickly.
    17. Atlanta Falcons (8-8) – Darron Lee | Linebacker | Ohio State – Lee is a run-n-chase linebacker and fits the need that Atlanta has at its WILL position.
    18. Indianapolis Colts (8-8) – Ryan Kelly | Center | Alabama – Kelly’s stock seems to be soaring as of late and he’ll be a Week 1 starter for Indianapolis at the center position.
    19. Buffalo Bills (8-8) – A’Shawn Robinson | Defensive Interior | Alabama – Buffalo’s defense was underwhelming in 2015 and I believe they need to add another interior defender who can be stout against the run but also pressure the quarterback.
    20. New York Jets (10-6) – Reggie Ragland | Linebacker | Alabama – Ragland is a field general and an immediate start at one inside linebacker position. His lack of athletic ability can be covered in a 3-4 defense where he can play zone and use his instincts going downhill or flowing to the football.
    21. Washington Redskins (9-7) – Andrew Billings | Defensive Interior | Baylor – One of the glaring holes on Washington is at nose tackle, which makes picking Billings ideal for several reasons: his ability as a NT, but also his age – still only 20 years old. Billings could be a three-contract player for Washington with a lot of good football ahead of him.
    22. Houston Texans (9-7) – Laquon Treadwell | Wide Receiver | Ole Miss– Treadwell opposite DeAndre Hopkins would give Houston one of the best young wide receiver tandems in the NFL.
    23. Minnesota Vikings (11-5) – Josh Doctson | Wide Receiver | TCU – The Vikings have nice complementary receivers but they lack the traditional X-WR on the end who can take the top off of the defense and be the key guy in the red zone. That issue is alleviated with this pick because Doctson can be the best “go up and get the football” wide receiver the Vikings have had since Randy Moss.
    24. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) – Corey Coleman | Wide Receiver | Baylor – Coleman’s not the most technically proficient receiver in this class, but he’s lightning in a bottle and would be a stellar complement to A.J. Green in Cincinnati. The Bengals have seen what Martavis Bryant was for Pittsburgh, and in that same vein, Coleman can be that guy for them.
    25. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) – William Jackson III | Cornerback | Houston – This pick makes as much sense as any in the first round. Jackson could end up being the best cornerback in this class and Pittsburgh has to upgrade its secondary.
    26. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) – Jason Spriggs | Offensive Tackle | Indiana – Spriggs is probably the most athletic offensive lineman in this draft with a Combine as impressive as his tape, and also technically sound in the run game and more than adequate in pass protection – think Lane Johnson lite. Seattle’s only flaw keeping real flaw is their makeshift philosophy towards the OL, so it’s time to invest there, and Spriggs fits their mold for an athletic player at that position.
    27. Green Bay Packers (10-6) – Jarran Reed | Defensive Interior | Alabama – Green Bay needs a versatile defensive lineman and Reed probably is the most NFL ready in this class. He’ll compensate for the loss of B.J. Raji in the run game, and he’s excellent at interior pressure for a player his size.
    28. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) – Eli Apple | Cornerback | Ohio State – Apple is a favorite among NFL scouts and fills the void that Brandon Flowers left in the secondary. Lacking a 3rd round pick, the Chiefs have to make sure this pick is an early contributor.
    29. Arizona Cardinals (13-3) – Chris Jones | Defensive Interior | Mississippi State – Arizona is in a position where it can take the best player available and Jones is good enough to eventually be the best interior rusher in this class if he reaches his ceiling.
    30. Carolina Panthers (15-1) – Kevin Dodd | Defensive End | Clemson – Carolina could upgrade several positions, but Dodd seems to be a consensus 1st round talent and, seeing how the Panthers were beaten in the Super Bowl primarily over pass rush, I think they look to upgrade their defensive front in round 1 with a player who had a breakout senior season.
    31. Denver Broncos (12-4) – Connor Cook | Quarterback | Michigan State – Cook is the most NFL ready quarterback in this class and the most disrespected. Putting him in a locker room as secure as Denver’s and in a scheme as conducive to his style as Gary Kubiak’s will be a huge benefit for Cook. I won’t be surprised if he ends up having the best career out of the QBs in this class.

Round 2

    1. Cleveland Browns – Michael Thomas | Wide Receiver | Ohio State
    2. Tennessee Titans – Artie Burns | Cornerback | Miami
    3. Dallas Cowboys – Noah Spence | Defensive End | Eastern Kentucky
    4. San Diego Chargers – Hunter Henry | Tight End | Arkansas
    5. Baltimore Ravens – Robert Nkemdiche | Defensive Interior | Ole Miss
    6. San Francisco 49ers – Christian Westerman | Offensive Guard | Arizona State
    7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Mackensie Alexander | Cornerback | Clemson
    8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Keanu Neal | Safety | Florida
    9. New York Giants – Will Fuller | Wide Receiver | Notre Dame
    10. Chicago Bears – Karl Joseph | Safety | West Virginia
    11. Miami Dolphins – Derrick Henry | Running Back | Alabama
    12. Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams though Philadelphia Eagles) – Vernon Butler | Defensive Interior | Louisiana Tech
    13. Oakland Raiders – T.J. Green | Safety | Clemson
    14. Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams) – Joshua Garnett | Offensive Guard | Stanford
    15. Detroit Lions – Kenny Clark | Defensive Interior | UCLA
    16. New Orleans Saints – Su’a Cravens | Linebacker | USC
    17. Indianapolis Colts – Emmanuel Ogbah | Outside Linebacker | Oklahoma State
    18. Buffalo Bills – Christian Hackenberg | Quarterback | Penn State
    19. Atlanta Falcons – Justin Simmons | Safety | Boston College
    20. New York Jets – Germain Ifedi | Offensive Tackle | Texas A&M
    21. Houston Texans – Jonathan Bullard | Defensive Interior | Florida
    22. Washington Redskins – Nick Martin | Center | Notre Dame
    23. Minnesota Vikings – Darian Thompson | Safety | Boise State
    24. Cincinnati Bengals – Hassan Ridgeway | Defensive Interior | Texas
    25. Seattle Seahawks – Jihad Ward | Defensive Interior | Illinois
    26. Green Bay Packers – Jordan Jenkins | Outside Linebacker | Georgia
    27. Pittsburgh Steelers – Vonn Bell | Safety | Ohio State
    28. Kansas City Chiefs – Cody Whitehair | Offensive Guard | Kansas State
    29. New England Patriots – Le’Raven Clark | Offensive Tackle | Texas Tech
    30. New England Patriots (via Arizona Cardinals) – Sterling Shepard | Wide Receiver | Oklahoma
    31. Carolina Panthers – Jalen Mills | Cornerback | LSU
    32. Denver Broncos – Javon Hargrave | Defensive Interior | South Carolina State

Round 3

    1. Tennessee Titans – Braxton Miller | Wide Receiver | Ohio State
    2. Cleveland Browns – Bronson Kaufusi | Defensive Interior | BYU
    3. San Diego Chargers – Jeremy Cash | Safety | Duke
    4. Dallas Cowboys – Malcolm Mitchell | Wide Receiver | Georgia
    5. San Francisco 49ers – Joe Haeg | Offensive Line | North Dakota State
    6. Jacksonville Jaguars – Connor McGovern | Offensive Guard | Missouri
    7. Baltimore Ravens – Sean Davis | Defensive Back | Maryland
    8. New York Giants – Deion Jones | Linebacker | LSU
    9. Chicago Bears – KeiVarae Russell | Defensive Back| Notre Dame
    10. Miami Dolphins – Shilique Calhoun | Defensive End | Michigan State
    11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Leonte Carroo | Wide Receiver | Rutgers
    12. Oakland Raiders – Kenneth Dixon | Running Back | Louisiana Tech
    13. Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams) – Carl Nassib | Defensive Line | Penn State
    14. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles) – Cardale Jones | Quarterback | Ohio State
    15. New Orleans Saints  – K.J. Dillon | Safety | West Virginia
    16. Philadelphia Eagles – Xavien Howard | Cornerback | Baylor
    17. Buffalo Bills – Tyler Boyd | Wide Receiver | Pittsburgh
    18. Atlanta Falcons – Austin Hooper | Tight End | Stanford
    19. Indianapolis Colts – Shon Coleman | Offensive Tackle | Auburn
    20. New York Jets – Kevin Hogan | Quarterback | Stanford
    21. Washington Redskins – Joshua Perry | Linebacker | Ohio State
    22. Houston Texans – Vadal Alexander | Offensive Line | LSU
    23. Minnesota Vikings – Kendall Fuller | Cornerback | Virginia Tech
    24. Cincinnati Bengals – Kamalei Correa | Outside Linebacker | Boise State
    25. Green Bay Packers – Kentrell Brothers | Linebacker | Missouri
    26. Pittsburgh Steelers – D.J. Reader | Defensive Interior | Clemson
    27. Seattle Seahawks – James Bradberry | Cornerback | Samford
    28. New England Patriots – Maliek Collins | Defensive Interior | Nebraska
    29. Arizona Cardinals – Deiondre’ Hall | Cornerback | Northern Iowa
    30. Carolina Panthers – Devontae Booker | Running Back | Utah
    31. Denver Broncos – Graham Glasgow | Offensive Line | Michigan
    32. Detroit Lions (compensatory) – Keyarris Garrett | Wide Receiver | Tulsa
    33. New England Patriots (compensatory)  – Kevin Byard | Safety | Middle Tennessee State
    34. Seattle Seahawks (compensatory)  – Max Tuerk | Offensive Line | USC
    35. Denver Broncos (compensatory) – Kyler Fackrell | Outside Linebacker | Utah State

Editors Note: Originally K.J. Dillon was mocked to the Bears with the 9th pick in the 3rd Round. He is now mocked to the Saints at the 15th pick of the 3rd round. KeiVarae Russell, who was originally mocked to the Saints, is now mocked to the Bears. 

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