2016 NFL Mock Draft: Final Mock 7 Rounds
Chris Ransom Last Updated: Last Updated: April 26, 2016 with updates every Tuesday leading up to Draft Day.
Cleveland Browns: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
- Cleveland gets a #1 wide receiver for Robert Griffin III. The Browns can get Connor Cook, Dak Prescott, Cardale Jones, or Hackenberg at 65 to develop behind Josh McCown and Robert Griffin III. They can even package the 65th, 77th, 99th, and 100th picks to move back into the first round or trade back into the second by giving up some of those picks. All of these quarterbacks have some character concerns that rub teams the wrong way.
- They also need a wide receiver with huge size. Michael Thomas has that size Treadwell has and some teams prefer Thomas over Treadwell after watching him run a 4.38 at Ohio State's Pro Day.
- The 6-3 210 lb Michael Thomas had 56 receptions, 781 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Thomas had 54 receptions, 799 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns showing he can be a consistent #2 wide receiver across someone like Kelvin Benjamin in the NFL.
- Thomas is a terrific route runner who got by Kendall Fuller in one-on-one coverage when Ohio State met Virginia Tech in the 2015 Season Opener.
- Cleveland may still need a #2 receiver as well as a slot receiver. Brian Hartline could be a good #2 receiver for the short term, but they still need an upgrade over him if they can find it. They won't find that receiver until the middle of the third or the fourth round though because I expect them to take a quarterback at 65 or at 32 with this pick assuming they panic and go with Cook. Taking Thomas would be the smartest thing that they can do which is why I mocked Thomas, but again, this is a business and I can see them taking Cook here.
Tennessee Titans: Karl Joseph, FS, West Virginia
- The Tennessee Titans take a free safety. Tennessee brought in Karl Joseph for an individual workout after West Virginia's Pro Day. Nearly every team in the league wants to look at Joseph as 30 of the 32 NFL teams that visited Joseph at his Pro Day all expected to bring Joseph in for an individual workout. There is a 50/50 chance one of those 15 teams falls in love with Joseph which is why he will be a top 40 pick.
- I had the Titans going Kendall Fuller in my last few mocks. With the Titans narrowing down the #1 pick to left tackle Laremy Tunsil and free safety Jalen Ramsey it is safe to say the Titans take Tunsil or Ramsey at 1 and address the other position at the top of the second round. The Titans can either get Laremy Tunsil and Karl Joseph or Jalen Ramsey and Taylor Decker. I'd go with the former of those two possibilites as Tunsil and Joseph would be the better combination if I had to choose between those two.
- Karl Joseph is the top free safety in the 2016 NFL Draft based on the tape I've seen, but he didn't run in the 40 yard dash at the 2016 NFL Combine. Joseph was the first free safety to start right away as a true freshman for West Virginia since Robert Sands. Joseph made a killer first impression right away with 104 total tackles, 76 solo tackles, 6 deflections from pass breakups, and 7 tackles for a loss as a true freshman back in 2012.
- A year later Joseph only had 68 total tackles. The positive was that he led West Virginia with four fumble recoveries which was second in the nation as a true sophomore which led to Joseph being named team captain as a junior.
- Being West Virginia's team captain in 2014 really motivated him as Joseph posted 92 total tackles, 62 solo tackles, 3 deflections from pass breakups, and 4.5 tackles for a loss.
- Joseph entered his senior season as a hard hitting run stuffer at free safety who acts as an eighth man in the box on running plays. Joseph is not the best safety in coverage, but he can take away your running game while showing decent zone coverage ability in cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 packages. Karl Joseph had 15 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 20 total tackles, and 5 interceptions in his first 3 games. Joseph's zone coverage and run stuffing remain brilliant. This guy does not miss tackles, and the more I watch him on tape, the more I thought he should be drafted ahead of Vernon Hargreaves III and the first round corners leading up to his injury, but with this injury he will be lucky just to get back in the first round conversation.
Dallas Cowboys: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
- Dallas needs a defensive tackle. Sheldon Rankins had an awesome 2016 Senior Bowl week and is someone that many have projected to go in the first round. Running back Derrick Henry was the Cowboys top ranked running back heading into the 2016 NFL Combine, but Henry had a bad 40 time and I think the Cowboys would pass on Henry for Rankins when Rankins is being considered as high as 12 to New Orleans.
- The 6-2 305 lb Sheldon Rankins had 28 solo tackles, 30 assisted tackles, 58 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, and 6 sacks in 2015. Rankins also dominated in Mobile during the 2016 Senior Bowl. Rankins posted his best numbers in 2014 as a junior and flustered both Blake Bortles and Paxton Lynch as a sophomore on tape in 2013.
- Dallas adds Sheldon Rankins to boost their defensive line with this pick. The Cowboys could consider adding another defensive tackle at some point later in the draft.
San Diego Chargers: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
- San Diego does need a left tackle to replace King Dunlap. The problem is the current left tackles are all reaches at this point.
- The Chargers also need a starting center on the offensive line. I cannot see them passing on Ryan Kelly in the second round.
- Kelly has the versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard. He impressed at the 2016 NFL Combine, and dominated in the drills at Alabama's Pro Day. The 6-4 311 lb center up against A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed. That clearly helped him on tape plus the only reason he didn't compete in the 2016 Senior Bowl was due to an injury. He got healthy in time for the 2016 NFL Combine and showed he has the intangibles to start in this league while winning the Rimington award as the nations top center.
Baltimore Ravens: Leonard Floyd, 3-4 ROLB, Georgia
- Leonard Floyd dominated as a sophomore redshirt with 21 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, 55 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, and 3 forced fumbles in 2014. This season Floyd has 34 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, 68 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, 9 quarterback hurries, 3 deflections from pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown against Tennessee, and 0 forced fumbles in 2015.
- Baltimore needs more youth at outside linebacker. Leonard Floyd makes way too much sense at this point because the Ravens came away impressed with Floyd at their individual workout despite Floyd struggling at his Pro Day.
San Francisco 49ers: Taylor Decker, RT, Ohio State
- Anthony Davis wants out of his contract in San Francisco and did not show up to the first day of the 49ers offseason conditioning program. Decker would compliment Joe Staley as a right tackle in San Francisco to give Paxton Lynch the protection he needs in the pocket.
- Taylor Decker did great in pass blocking at Ohio State's Pro Day. He has better footwork than I realized and may be able to move over to left tackle when the 49ers move on from Joe Staley.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Germain Ifedi, RT, Texas A&M
- The Jaguars addressed most of their needs. Jacksonville has gone with an underclassmen in the first two rounds in three of their last four drafts. Getting Germain Ifedi would give T.J. Yeldon a much better run blocker to open up the lanes for him. Jeremy Parnell could still come in on third down to give Bortles pass protection. Ifedi will need some time to develop as a pass blocker, but I love him as a run blocker in Jacksonville.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
- Tampa Bay needs a cornerback to compliment Brent Grimes. After getting Hargreaves, they draft Sanchez as a guy who can compete with Jonathan Banks for the nickel cornerback role as Alterraun Verner gets demoted to a quarter cornerback. Zack Sanchez is the top cornerback left at this point.
- Zack Sanchez fits the bill despite being undersized at 5-11 175 lbs. In terms of intangibles Sanchez is the complete package. Plays man, zone, and press. Delivers hard hits, stops the run, delivers tackles for a loss quite often, and can play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or a cover 4 scheme. This guy never misses a tackle on tape and he caught the game-winning interception in double overtime to help Oklahoma beat Tennessee.
- In 2013, Sanchez blanketed Amari Cooper on tape in Oklahoma's 2014 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. That's something Vernon Hargreaves III failed to do. When Texas was about to get an 80 yard rushing touchdown, Sanchez ran back 60 yards with blazing speed to prevent a tackle.
- Sanchez had 2 interceptions 13 deflections from pass breakups in 2013. As a sophomore he had three times as many interceptions with 6 on the year, but he also had 5 fewer deflections with 8 pass breakups in 2014.
- Sanchez is putting together another big year in 2015. This year he had 36 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 45 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 7 deflections from pass breakups, and 7 interceptions. One of those seven interceptions was the game winning interception in double overtime against Tennessee. Tampa Bay cannot pass on a cornerback with the talent and raw skill set of Zack Sanchez as he shows flashes of Richard Sherman at times and would be great nickel or dime cornerback in Tampa Bay.
New York Giants: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
- Rueben Randle is now on the Philadelphia Eagles. The New York Giants will have Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz on the outside. Tyler Boyd would be the better receiver to draft based on size, but the Giants may be turned off by Boyd's character concerns so they take Will Fuller at 40 to pair with Odell Beckham Jr. on the outside as a #2 receiver and put Victor Cruz in the slot where he once dominated before injuries affected his career. The Giants can also put Cruz on the outside and Fuller in the slot just to mix it up.
- Will Fuller had 76 receptions, 1,094 receiving yards, and 15 receiving touchdowns in 2014. In 2015, Fuller had 62 receptions, 1,258 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns.
- Fuller was going to return to school, but later filed his paperwork for the 2016 NFL Draft. With Fuller going pro, Houston takes Fuller in the second round getting a speedster that has the route running to run short, medium, or deep routes in the passing game. Fuller can leap into the air real high as he has the jumping and hands to be a top 5 receiver in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Previous Pick: Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan
Chicago Bears: Jeremy Cash, SS, Duke
- Adrian Amos did a nice job at free safety. Getting a strong safety to compliment him like Jeremy Cash would do wonders at this point.
- The 6-2 210 lb Jeremy Cash posted consecutive seasons of over 100 tackles in 2013 and 2014 with 64 solo tackles, 57 assisted tackles, 121 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 4 interceptions, 4 deflections from pass breakups, 2 quarterback hurries, and 2 forced fumbles in 2013. Cash continued to dominate the following year with 68 solo tackles, 43 assisted tackles, 111 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 7 deflections from pass breakups, 5 quarterback hurries, and 4 forced fumbles.
- Cash has done better stopping the run in 2015 even though he doesn't have as many tackles through 8 games this season. In 2015, Cash had 57 solo tackles, 44 assisted tackles, 101 total tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 4 deflections from pass breakups, 8 quarterback hurries, and 3 forced fumbles in 2015.
Miami Dolphins: Scooby Wright, MLB, Arizona
- The Miami Dolphins will likely start Koa Misi, Kiko Alonso, and Jelani Jenkins. The Dolphins can take Wright here in the second round without it looking bad on their part. Wright can also start out as a depth player and work his way into a starting role.
- Scooby Wright missed most of 2015 with injuries. Still, Wright was too brilliant in 2014 to be ignored. Last season Wright had 99 solo tackles, 64 assisted tackles, 163 total tackles, 29 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles. Wright came into the season at 6-1 246 lbs after weighing 6-1 231 lbs in 2014. Wright now weighs 6-1 236 lbs as not being able to play or work out has caused him to lose a few pounds.
Tennessee Titans: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
- The Titans pick here thanks to the trade with the Rams. Kendall Fuller would be a great cornerback to add for depth at this point.
- Kendall Fuller was my top ranked cornerback in my first 2016 NFL Mock Draft. There's no question he'd provide tremendous value at this spot for a Jacksonville Jaguars team that has a dire need at cornerback.
- Kendall Fuller is the younger brother of Kyle Fuller. The 6-0 197 lb cornerback has the versatility to play field cornerback covering #1 receivers, boundary cornerback covering #2 receivers, strong safety or free safety.
- Fuller can also play in any coverage scheme whether it be a cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 scheme. In 2013 Fuller had 6 interceptions and 13 deflections by pass breakups. In 2014, Kendall had 15 deflections by pass breakups after his brother Kyle got drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
- Fuller kind of reminds me of Jason McCourty coming out of Rutgers in terms of covering like a complete cornerback with his brother Devin McCourty's versatility.
- Fuller can make hard hits and stop the run as well. Kendall Fuller entered the 2016 NFL Draft as the most complete cornerback on tape, but he struggled on tape early in 2015 and then suffered a season ending injury which is why he fell to the second round. Fuller has too much good stuff on tape not to be a late first round pick with Tre'Davious White, Desmond King, and Cameron Sutton all returning for their senior seasons.
- Kendall Fuller, like Kyle, could start in the nickel in Tennessee. The Titans have both Jason McCourty and Perrish Cox coming back from injuries. If McCourty and Cox stay healthy this could be a great secondary, but if they got injured Fuller would have to step up their place.
Oakland Raiders: Von Bell, SS, Ohio State
- The Raiders got Reggie Nelson at free safety. They still need an upgrade at strong safety though.
- The 5-11 205 lb Von Bell is excellent in zone coverage. He did an awesome job in 2014 with 57 solo tackles, 32 assisted tackles, 92 total tackles, 6 deflections from pass breakups, and 6 interceptions. Bell did an awesome job in zone coverage on O.J. Howard during the 2015 College Football Playoff.
- Bell returned for his junior season. Bell had 43 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 65 total tackles, 9 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 interceptions in 2015. Bell did not play with as much intensity this year, but he should still be a Day 2 pick.
Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
- The Titans get a running back to compliment DeMarco Murray for depth. Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy Winner from Alabama would be a great pick here.
- Derrick Henry had 395 carries, 2,219 rushing yards, and 27 rushing touchdowns in 2015. Henry is a fantastic rusher, and now has 11 receptions for 91 receiving yards on the season answering any questions scouts had about his pass catching out of the backfield on tape. Despite this, the 6-3 242 lb Henry will be the second running back taken after Ezekiel Elliott gets drafted.
- Henry had 990 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns in 2014 while splitting carries with Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon. He could very productive if he began this season splitting carries with DeMarco Murray.
Detroit Lions: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
- After taking Vernon Butler in the first round they add Tyler Boyd in the second round. Golden Tate can be promoted to the #1 wide receiver after being Calvin Johnson's understudy for two years. Detroit promoted Marvin Jones from a slot receiver to a #2 target when they offered him a huge contract, but the Lions can take someone like Tyler Boyd. With Boyd, Detroit can call a variety of plays where Tate, Jones, and Boyd rotate in the slot during 3 wide receiver sets. Detroit can also start Tate and Jones on the outside in two wide receiver sets and then
- Tyler Boyd dominated as a true freshman in 2013 with 85 receptions, 1,174 receiving yards, and 7 receiving receiving touchdowns. Last season Boyd had 78 receptions, 1,261 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns.
- The 6-2 200 lb Tyler Boyd has the speed, hands, size, route running, physical ability, and jumping that you look for in a wide receiver. He's a guy that can get you 75 receptions and 1,100 receiving yards. You want to see him get more receiving touchdowns though. That's the only thing keeping him from being a top 10 pick. Boyd has every attribute you look for in a #1 receiver.
- Boyd looked like a potential top 5 pick before being suspended one for a DUI leading up to the 2015 season opener against Youngstown State. If Boyd can put this DUI behind him and produce he should be the first wide receiver taken in 2016.
- The thing is Boyd didn't post those numbers in 2015. That's why he dropped to the second round.
- Boyd finished his season with 91 receptions, 926 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns. Boyd got off to such a hot start in his first ten games, but he finished his season with only 1 receiving touchdowns in his last 3 games. Boyd struggled against quality cornerbacks. Virginia's Maurice Canady, Miami FL's Artie Burns, Notre Dame's KeiVarae Russell, and 2017 cornerback prospect Desmond King from Iowa all did well in coverage against Boyd.
- Boyd is no longer a first round propsect. Putting him on Detroit with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones is a great way for Boyd to ease into their lineup and gives Stafford another target to throw to.
Previous Pick: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
New Orleans Saints: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
- The New Orleans Saints will have John Jenkins and Nick Fairley at defensive tackle. Drafting Robert Nkemdiche for depth after taking DeForest Buckner at 12 gives the Saints a very potent defensive line that can get to the quarterback in their 4-3 defense.
Indianapolis Colts: Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
- The Colts need a starting center. Nick Martin is a better scheme fit than Ryan Kelly since the Colts need a starting right guard assuming they believe in Khaled Holmes as well as someone who can step in at center if Holmes gets injured again. Taking Nick Martin, starting him at right guard where his older brother Zack plays in Dallas, and putting him in a situation where he can be Luck's center if Holmes goes down is a great scenario for the Colts.
- Nick Martin impressed during the 2016 Senior Bowl week. Martin has the versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard so its hard to see the Colts passing on him when they can upgrade their interior offensive line.
Buffalo Bills: Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
- The Buffalo Bills go out and get a defensive tackle to bring in behind Kyle Williams. Adolphus Washington is really the only second round defensive tackle left even though you could make a case that he is a reach here.
- The 6-4 290 lb Adolphus Washington had 23 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, 49 total tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, and 4 sacks in 2015. Washington did well next to Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett in 2014 with 10.5 tackles for a loss. Washington's numbers dipped slightly without Bennett.
- Adolphus Washington dominated the 2016 Senior Bowl. Washington struggled in the 2016 NFL Combine and he wasn't able to do any workout drills at Ohio State's Pro Day after getting injured during his second run in the 40-yard dash.
Atlanta Falcons: Jayron Kearse, SS, Clemson
- Atlanta needs a starting strong safety as well as a starting free safety. Jayron Kearse is a steal at strong safety at this point in the second round.
- Jayron Kearse has the versatility to play both strong safety and free safety plus he's the nephew of Jevon Kearse. The 6-5 230 lb strong safety had 41 solo tackles, 21 assisted tackles, 62 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 6 deflections from pass breakups, 3 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery in 2015. Kearse showed the versatility to play 4-3 outside linebacker or safety on either side at both strong safety and free safety. Atlanta cannot pass on Kearse if he falls to this pick.
New York Jets: Shon Coleman, LT, Auburn
- Shon Coleman can be a developmental left tackle for depth that learns behind an injury prone Ryan Clady that the Jets traded for. Clady is still 29-years-old so Coleman can learn behind Clady for a year or two while he recovers from an injury and then he can step in at left tackle.
Houston Texans: Miles Killebrew, SS, Southern Utah
- The Texans need a strong safety. Miles Killebrew is versatile enough to play strong safety or free safety. Killebrew is awesome in zone coverage and is a tackling machine against the run. He fell to the second round in this mock, so the Texans got Killebrew here after going with Corey Coleman on offense.
Washington Redskins: Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia
- Washington could take a running back. The team wants to give Matt Jones a chance to be a three down running back plus Washington passed on a cornerback in the first round. Washington is no longer in the market for a cornerback in the first round anyways after signing Josh Norman.
- Maurice Canaday limited Tyler Boyd and Will Fuller on tape. Canady also accepted an invite to the 2016 Senior Bowl where he dominated after previously playing next to Virginia strong safety Anthony Harris who was a 2015 NFL draft prospect in 2014. Canaday also dominated the 2016 NFL Combine in addition to this years Senior Bowl which is why he has moved up from late third round pick to late second round pick. Canady did well at Virginia's Pro Day and has gotten invites to individual workouts with Washington and Seattle.
- Washington may have Norman. A #2 cornerback across from him is still needed and Canady can play boundary cornerback.
Minnesota Vikings: Jonathan Bullard, LE, Florida
- At 6-3 280 lbs, Bullard has the size of a 4-3 left end. That's the position he'd play in Minnesota. Bullard had 17.5 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks in 2015. Bullard would challenge Brian Robison for the starting left end job immediately.
Cincinnati Bengals: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
- Cincinnati lost both Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones. I gave the Bengals Laquon Treadwell in the first round. Now they go with the best player available in Chris Jones who can play 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end on either side with his versatility.
- I think the 6-6 310 lbs is nothing more than a workout warrior. Running a 5.04 40 time with that size while doing 26 reps on the bench press is impressive. Jones is also one of 25 players to get an invite to Chicago for Day 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft. That's why he won't slip past the second round even if he's an overhyped prospect. The team that takes this guy in the second round will get a C grade and the team that takes this guy in the first round better be prepared for an F grade or possibly worse.
Previous Pick: Shilique Calhoun, RE, Michigan State
Seattle Seahawks: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
- Seattle needs a running back for depth. They got Baldwin, Lockett, and Kearse at wide receiver plus Browner has returned to the Legion Of Boom. All of the second round left tackles are gone as are all of the second round defensive tackles so I guess Devontae Booker wins by process of elimination.
- The 5-11 215 lb Booker had 292 carries, 1,512 rushing yards, and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2014 along with 43 receptions, 306 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Booker had 268 carries, 1,261 rushing yards, and 11 rushing touchdowns in 2015. Booker also had 37 receptions for 318 receiving yards.
Green Bay Packers: Kentrell Brothers, 3-4 MLB, Missouri
- The Green Bay Packers need a 3-4 middle linebacker in the worst way possible. The Packers need to take Kentrell Brothers so they can move Clay Matthews back to the outside. Jaylon Smith is there, but he won't play as a rookie so it makes no sense for Green Bay to draft him.
- Kentrell Brothers had 40 solo tackles, 30 assisted tackles, and 70 total tackles in 2013. Brothers had 64 solo tackles, 58 assisted tackles, and 122 total tackles in 2014. In 2015, Brothers had 73 solo tackles, 79 assisted tackles, and 152 total tackles.
- The 6-1 253 lb Kentrell Brothers is the top 3-4 middle linebacker left. He can be a 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, 4-3 left outside linebacker, or 3-4 middle linebacker with his versatility. Green Bay needs someone like Brothers at the end of the second round.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Jaylon Smith, 3-4 MLB, Notre Dame
- Lawrence Timmons enters a contract year. Timmons saw limited action with James Farrior and Larry Foote on the roster as a rookie before getting increased action over time. Jaylon Smith is sitting behind Timmons in his contract year and he won't play in 2016 due to an injury.
- I feel like Pittsburgh has the luxury of taking Jaylon Smith for that sole reason. That's why the Steelers wait until the third round to address safety or possibly pass on a safety for a left tackle depending on what's available at their next pick.
- Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith has the versatility to play right outside linebacker, middle linebacker, and left outside linebacker in both the 4-3 and the 3-4. Smith would go a lot higher if he didn't injure his left knee in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State. Smith has multi ligament damage in his left knee.
- Smith began as a 4-3 right outside linebacker as a freshman with 41 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, 67 total tackles, and 6.5 tackles for a loss in 2013 as a true freshman. In 2014, Smith moved to 3-4 middle linebacker, but has lined up everywhere at linebacker. Smith had 64 solo tackles, 47 assisted tackles, 111 total tackles.
- Smith had 69 solo tackles, 45 assisted tackles, and 114 total tackles in 2015. Smith had 2 consecutive seasons of 9 tackles for a loss.
- Jaylon Smith managed to bench press 22 reps on the bench press and squat at Notre Dame's Pro Day despite being four months removed from multi ligament damage in his left knee. Even with a promising Pro Day, Smith has been ruled by doctors unable to play for 2016 and that's why he will fall to a team on Day 2 that has nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking a flyer on Smith. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team with nothing to lose. There will be fans upset that the team passed on a safety, but Smith will be the guy people remember in two years from now after he recovers from his injury.
Kansas City Chiefs: Spencer Drango, LG, Baylor
- Kansas City cut Ben Grubbs, and they also lost Jeff Allen to the Houston Texans. With all of the second round receiver prospects off the board, they can take Garnett my #2 ranked guard after taking Jarran Reed in the first round.
- Kansas City needs a starting left guard. Spencer Drango played left tackle at Baylor, but he's versatile enough to play left tackle, left guard, right guard, or right tackle. Drango is considered the top guard in the 2016 NFL Draft and makes total sense at this pick.
New England Patriots: Blake Martinez, MLB, Stanford
- New England needs a 4-3 middle linebacker to replace Jerod Mayo, who chose to retire. Blake Martinez is a guy that is worthy of a late second round pick as he can be a 4-3 middle linebacker or a 3-4 middle linebacker.
- The 6-2 245 lb Blake Martinez has the versatility to play in the 4-3 or the 3-4. Martinez had 75 solo tackles, 65 assisted tackles, 140 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, and 1 interception in 2015. Martinez fits what the Giants are looking for at this point.
New England Patriots: Carl Nassib, RE, Penn State
- Carl Nassib could be a guy that competes with Jabaal Sheard for the starting 4-3 right end role. Right now Rob Ninkovich and Free Agent signing Chris Long are expected to compete with each other for the starting left end job with Long playing a depth role similar to the one Sheard played in 2015. The 6-7 272 lb Carl Nassib played 4-3 right end at Penn State where he had 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for a loss in 2015. Nassib also dominated the Senior Bowl, but struggled at the 2016 NFL Combine. Nassib could start out as a backup to Sheard at 4-3 right end, and the Patriots would not have to rush him into the lineup right away.
Carolina Panthers: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
- Carolina gets a receiver. Braxton Miller fits the bill as a second round talent this late in the second round.
Previous Pick: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
Denver Broncos: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
- Denver needs to take a developmental quarterback with this pick. I think we will see a run on quarterbacks with both Cleveland and Dallas exploring the idea of adding a quarterback in the third round. Even if the Broncos trade for Kaepernick, which seems to have died down, another developmental quarterback is still needed.
- Even with a bad Mississippi State Pro Day and Dak Prescott's DUI, I still think after Carson Wentz and Jared Goff, Prescott could have the best career, but I am also considering putting Cardale Jones here after his impressive Pro Day at Ohio State.
- The 6-2 230 lb Prescott, got a Masters Degree at Mississippi State in 2015 and threw for 3,793 passing yards, while being a dual threat quarterback with 29 passing touchdowns, 10 rushing touchdowns, 39 total touchdowns, and only 5 interceptions in 2015.
- Prescott had 588 rushing yards along with his 3,793 passing yards. That gives Prescott 4,381 total yards in 2015.
- Prescott threw 1 interception in each of his last three games against Alabama, Arkansas, and Ole Miss. Still he did not have a single game with multiple interceptions in 2015 and is one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the nation.
- Outside of De'Runya Wilson at wide receiver, Prescott had nobody on this offense to bail him out as most of Mississippi State's star players from their team that lost to Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl after starting the season 9-0 in 2014 are now in the NFL. That 2014 team had running back Josh Robinson and a strong offensive line. Prescott lost 4 starters up front on the offensive line, yet did such an incredible job in 2015 without those guys.
- Prescott's numbers are vastly superior to Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook. Also, unlike Cook, Prescott played in the 2016 Senior Bowl and took home MVP honors.