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: Matt Judon, 3-4 LOLB, Grand Valley State
- The Cleveland Browns get a rush linebacker for depth to challenge Paul Kruger for a starting job. Matt Judon can play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker on either side. He's got an explosive burst, and had 23.5 tackles for a loss and 20 sacks in 2015.
Cleveland Browns: Jordan Lucas, SS, Penn State
- The Browns grab their strong safety here. Jordan Lucas is extremely versatile.
- Jordan Lucas lined up at field cornerback, boundary cornerback, strong safety, and free safety at Penn State just like Kendall Fuller at Virginia Tech, Vernon Hargreaves at Florida, or Jalen Mills at LSU. Lucas doesn't have the playmaker ability or instinctive tackling his teammate Adrian Amos had when Amos entered the 2015 NFL Draft, but he's more versatile than Amos which is why someone will role the dice with Lucas on the third day of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Dallas Cowboys: Artie Burns, CB, Miami FL
- Dallas finally adds some cornerback depth. There are some teams that view Burns as a late first round prospect so he will be off the board very early if he falls to Day 3 in the fourth round.
San Diego Chargers: Justin Simmons, FS, Boston College
- The Chargers need a strong safety to replace Marcus Gilchrist along with a free safety since Eric Weddle is not coming back. The Chargers spoke highly of both Boston College free safety Justin Simmons and Globe Institute Of Technology strong safety Joe Powell. Simmons is the better of the two safeties despite being 26-years-old.
- The 6-1 201 lb free safety hits hard, covers well doing outstanding in man, zone, and press coverage. Justin Simmons lined up at field cornerback, boundary cornerback, nickel cornerback, dime cornerback, strong safety, and free safety in 2015.
- Simmons had 49 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 67 total tackles, 1 sack, and 1 deflection from a pass breakup in 2015. He did a great job covering Will Fuller, DeVante Parker, Rashad Greene, and Tyler Boyd on tape as Simmons did even better in 2014 with 63 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, 76 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, and 5 deflections from pass breakups.
- Justin Simmons may be a late first to early second round pick if he was younger. Simmons played in the Shrine game instead of the Senior Bowl and did not get an invite to Mobile for the 2016 Senior Bowl. Being 26-years-old instead of 23 is the biggest reason nobody is talking about Justin Simmons. Still, Simmons has great tape and sort of emerges as a late third rounder with Nate Andrews returning to school.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Cody Whitehair, LG, Kansas State
- Cody Whitehair played left tackle at Kansas State. He showed the versatility to play left guard, center, and right guard in Mobile during the 2016 Senior Bowl. The Jaguars released Zane Beadles so they could target Cody Whitehair here.
Baltimore Ravens: Sheldon Day, 3-4, LE, Notre Dame
- Baltimore goes after Sheldon Day who has the versatility to play 3-4 right end, 3-4 nose tackle, and 3-4 left end in the NFL. Day weighs 6-2 282 lbs and has the size of a 4-3 defensive end, but some teams project him as a 4-3 defensive tackle so 3-4 left end is probably his best fit if he can add 10 lbs of muscle.
- Sheldon Day had 33 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 45 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, 13 quarterback hurries, 4 sacks, 4 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles in 2015. Day has excellent production as an edge rusher and would be great across from Timmy Jernigan.
San Francisco 49ers: Ken Crawley, CB, Colorado
- San Francisco needs to draft a starting cornerback. Ken Crawley is the only third round cornerback prospect remaining at this point in the fourth round.
Chicago Bears: Sebastian Tretola, LG, Arkansas
- Sebastian Tretola was supposed to weigh in at 6-3 337 lbs, but he weighed in at 6-4 317 lbs. Tretola makes a good left guard for depth behind Matt Slauson. Chicago only has one left guard on their depth chart in Slauson.
Miami Dolphins: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
- The Miami Dolphins get a slot receiver here. Pharoh Cooper has the speed and route running you look for in a wide receiver.
- In 2015, Cooper had 66 receptions, 973 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns. Cooper had 69 receptions, 1,136 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns in 2014. Putting Cooper in the slot with Jarvis Landry and Devante Parker on the outside would be a great idea in the fourth round.
Previous Pick: Kavon Frazier, FS, Central Michigan
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jalen Mills, FS, LSU
- Tampa Bay free safety Bradley McDougal is a free agent. McDougal will start at free safety with Chris Conte as a backup.
- Jalen Mills can play nickel cornerback, dime cornerback, strong safety, or free safety. That will convince Tampa Bay to draft him as a defensive back for depth in the fourth round.
- Like Jalen Collins from the 2015 NFL Draft, Jalen Mills has the versatility to play anywhere on this secondary which is why drafting Mills at this spot makes total sense for Tampa Bay since they don't have to worry about drafting anymore players on the secondary.
New York Giants: Joshua Perry, LOLB, Ohio State
- New York needs an upgrade at left outside linebacker and middle linebacker. Joshua Perry has the versatility to play 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, or 4-3 left outside linebacker. Perry prefers to play strong side and in the middle. With New York needing an immediate starter at left outside linebacker and a possible middle linebacker if Keenan Robinson moves to right outside linebacker, Joshua Perry just feels like a perfect fit here.
Los Angeles Rams: Kenny Lawler, WR, California
- The Los Angeles Rams have to get a wide receiver for Jared Goff. Kenny Lawler had 9 receiving touchdowns in 2014 and 13 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Lawler is someone that Goff is familiar with. Lawler had 52 receptions, 658 receiving yards, and 13 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Lawler may not have the numbers you look for in a #1 receiver, but he's great with speed, route running, ability, jumping, yards after the catch, and has the hands to catch anything on tape. Since the Rams cannot get Goff a #1 target here they can start by getting Goff someone he's familiar with and hhope he becomes Goff's #1 target in the NFL.
Previous Pick: Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green
Detroit Lions: Deion Jones, MLB, LSU
- Deion Jones had 57 solo tackles, 43 assisted tackles, and 100 total tackles. Deion Jones also ran a 4.40 at LSU's Pro Day. Jones was originally a 4-3 right outside linebacker only. Jones also has the versatility to play 4-3 middle linebacker, 4-3 left outside linebacker, or 3-4 middle linebacker in the NFL.
Previous Pick: Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green
New Orleans Saints: Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
- New Orleans is expected to start Keenan Lewis and P.J. Williams next season. Damian Swainn just got arrested and I think Cyrus Jones could replace him as a nickel cornerback right now. The 5-10 196 lb Cyrus Jones can be a nickel corner and return punts in New Orleans. Jones had 4 punt returns for touchdowns in 2015. Jones also had 7 deflections from pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and 1 fumble recovery as Jones can have moments that result in clutch turnovers from time to time.
- Cyrus Jones ran a 4.33 40 yard dash in the 2016 NFL Combine, so the Saints will be very lucky if Jones falls to them in the fourth round. Jones impressed at Alabama's Pro Day. We're sold on Jones going to New Orleans in the fourth round as Jones can play special teams as well.
Los Angeles Rams: Glenn Gronkowski, FB, Kansas State
- The Rams lost their starting fullback to Free Agency. Glenn Gronkowski runs like a running back with ball carrier vision, catches like a wide receiver, and blocks like a tight end. He's also Rob Gronkowski's little brother and reminds me of a bigger Danny Woodhead that can block. Todd Gurley would be even better if he had Glenn Gronkowski blocking for him at fullback.
Oakland Raiders: Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
- Oakland spoke with Jordan Howard at the 2016 NFL Combine. With Donald Penn, Matt McCants, Austin Howard, and Menelik Watson all returning at offensive tackle for the Raiders, they can either get a center for depth, a right guard for depth since Gabe Jackson is a natural left guard moving over to right guard, or a #2 running back.
- The Oakland Raiders should add another running back at some point. Jordan Howard ran for 1,587 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns at UAB before transferring to Indiana where he rushed for 1,213 rushing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns. Howard makes too much sense at this point.
Atlanta Falcons: Mike Matthews, C, Texas A&M
- Atlanta needs an upgrade at center. One team that has talked to Mike Matthews about drafting him was the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta got center Alex Mack and wide receiver Mohammed Sanu in Free Agency. Mack has had some durability concerns during his last two seasons in Atlanta, so you cannot fault the Falcons for taking Matthews here.
- Mike Matthews needs to get stronger, but he has all the intangibles to start at center. Atlanta Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews may try to sell the Falcons on drafting his brother as well.
Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Jenkins, 3-4 LOLB, Georgia
- The Indianapolis Colts draft another pass rusher. Having Jordan Jenkins across from Yannick Ngakoue gives you two long term pass rushers.
- Jordan Jenkins can be a 4-3 left outside linebacker or a 3-4 left outside linebacker. He'll either be a strong side 3-4 pass rusher or a SAM linebacker in a 4-3 depending on the scheme you run. Jenkins can rush the quarterback, stop the run, and drop back into coverage. He's a great replacement for Werner here even if he begins as a 3-4 left outside linebacker that's a backup in that role on this roster.
Buffalo Bills: Su'a Cravens, SS, USC
- The Buffalo Bills get Su'a Cravens here. Cravens can play strong safety or left outside linebacker.
New York Jets: Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
- The Jets are moving nickel cornerback Buster Skryne to the boundary cornerback role and 2013 first round pick Dee Milliner to the nickel role after he had his best year at the dime. Skryne is a nickel corner and Milliner is a dime cornerback. Jonathan Jones has potential to develop into a nickel corner that could challenge and possibly surpass both Skryne and Milliner for the starting cornerback job across from Revis. Jonathan Jones can also play on special teams.
Houston Texans: Javon Hargrave, 3-4 RE, South Carolina State
- Houston grabs Jared Crick's replacement here. Javon Hargrave is a better fit at 3-4 right end rather than 4-3 defensive tackle with his 6-3 295 lb size. He can play 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end on either side and with Hackenberg gone, Houston adds Hargrave here.
Washington Redskins: Evan Boehm, C, Missouri
- Evan Boehm has over 40 starts at center. He'd be a great center to add for Washington. The Redskins need a starting center.
Previous Pick: Cleveland Wallace III, CB, San Jose State
Minnesota Vikings: Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
- Neither Linval Joseph or Sharrif Floyd started all 16 games at defensive tackle in 2015. It feels like the Vikings have addressed most of their needs so they take Hassan Ridgeway, who played next to Patriots defensive tackle Malcolm Brown during his sophomore season here.
Cincinnati Bengals: Issac Seumalo, C, Oregon State
- Cincinnati needs a center. Issac Seumalo left school early to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
- Issac Seumalo is the only underclassman at center so Cincinnati takes him here because Seumalo has the versatility to play anywhere on the offensive line. Cincinnati drafts Seumalo looking for a starting center.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Austin Johnson, NT, Penn State
- Pittsburgh can get a 6-6 325 lb nose tackle in Austin Johnson who would be their biggest nose tackle since Daniel McCullers and could be their best since Casey Hampton. McCullers hasn't been as good as expected, but he may be due to breakout in year 3. I'm not sure the Steelers will pass on Johnson here.
Seattle Seahawks: Cole Toner, RT, Harvard
- Seattle finally gets their right tackle in the fourth round. Harvard's Cole Toner is a four-year starter at right tackle. He did a great job in one-on-one battles during the Senior Bowl. He wasn't flawless since he gave up a sack and quarterback hurry during Senior Bowl week, but he had some success blocking Carl Nassib in one-on-one drills.
Green Bay Packers: Cassanova McKinzy, 3-4 MLB, Auburn
- The Green Bay Packers draft another 3-4 middle linebacker. Cassanova McKinzy can play linebacker anywhere in a 4-3 or a 3-4 with his versatility on the outside or the inside. McKinzy had 37 solo tackles, 37 assisted tackles, 74 total tackles, 20 quarterback hurries, 10 tackles for a loss, and 5 sacks in 2015. McKinzy's variety is something Green Bay could use.
Kansas City Chiefs: Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
- Kansas City needs another receiver across from Jeremy Maclin. Malcolm Mitchell is the top receiver left at this point.
Chicago Bears: Kyle Friend, C, Temple
- Kyle Friend has the versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard. He'd be a great center to add for depth behind Hroniss Grasu.
Previous Pick: Evan Boehm, C, Missouri
Arizona Cardinals: Le'Raven Clark, RG, Texas Tech
- Arizona needs a right guard as well as a center. Le'Raven Clark is the top player available.
- Le'Raven Clark began his career at right guard and is a perfect fit there. Clark said in Mobile, that he's not used to having his hand in the dirt. Clark played right guard as a freshman before moving over to left tackle where he started for three years. Clark could act as a backup right tackle like Chris Clark and if Duane Brown is out for another playoff game, the Cardinals can try Clark at left tackle since Clark has the body and long arms with his tremendous wingspan. His footwork is inconsistent, but Clark has offensive tackle potential if he can correct that and improve on his zone blocking.
Carolina Panthers: Kyle Murphy, RT, Stanford
- Carolina grabs a right tackle for depth. Kyle Murphy is an absolute steal in the fourth round.
Baltimore Ravens: Kris Frost, 3-4 MLB, Auburn
- Auburn linebacker Kris Frost has the same skill set and versatility to play any linebacker role in the 4-3 or the 3-4 that his teammate Cassanova McKinzy displays. He can start next to C.J. Mosley right away in Baltimore.
- Kris Frost may not be the pass rusher McKinzy is, but he is an instinctive playmaker that lined up at 4-3 right outside linebacker when McKinzy was in the middle. Frost moved to the middle when McKinzy was on the outside. Frost had 36 solo tackles, 60 assisted tackles, 96 total tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, 2 quarterback hurries, 2 deflections from pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble in 2015. Frost is just as versatile as McKinzy and Frost called Auburn's team plays on defense so I don't think you can go wrong with either Auburn linebacker at this point.
Green Bay Packers: Daniel Lasco, RB, California
- Green Bay gets the 131st pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the Cleveland Browns signed Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after Williams became a Free Agent in 2015.
- The Green Bay Packers could use another running back for depth. Daniel Lasco is talented enough to be a third stringer behind Eddie Lacy and James Starks. Lasco has enough potential to surpass Starks on the depth chart over time.
Baltimore Ravens: Alex Redmond, RG, UCLA
- Baltimore gets the 132nd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the Chicago Bears signed Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after McPhee became a Free Agent in 2015.
- Alex Redmond is a great run blocker. He cannot pass block to save face. I think sitting behind someone like Marshall Yanda will benefit him in terms of developing.
San Francisco 49ers: Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
- San Francisco gets the 133rd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the Washington Redskins signed San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after Culliver became a Free Agent in 2015.
- San Francisco hasn't taken a cornerback yet in this mock. Harlan Miller did well as a field cornerback against Ohio. He can also play special teams well and he had a decent week in Mobile.
Baltimore Ravens: Thomas Duarte, WR, UCLA
- Baltimore gets the 134th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the San Francisco 49ers signed Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after Smith became a Free Agent in 2015.
- Thomas Duarte is a big target at wide receiver. He's more of a big slot receiver with imposing size and that makes scouts wonder if he can convert to tight end because Duarte is an excellent blocker.
Dallas Cowboys: C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
- Dallas gets the 135th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Dallas Cowboys backup right tackle Jeremy Parnell as a starter in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after Parnell became a Free Agent in 2015.
- Dallas will have to draft a running back prospect at some point. If C.J. Prosise has a second round grade on the Cowboys board, and falls to the fourth round, then this pick is pretty self explanatory since Prosise can begin behind Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris before working his way into the lineup.
- C.J. Prosise had 156 carries, 1,032 rushing yards, and 11 rushing touchdowns. Prosise also had 26 receptions, 302 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown showing he could catch out of the backfield as well as run the ball. Prosise can run to the inside and the outside on tape.
Previous Pick: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
Denver Broncos: Nick Kwiatkoski, 3-4 MLB, West Virginia
- Denver gets the 136th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the San Diego Chargers signed Denver Broncos left guard Orlando Franklin in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after Franklin became a Free Agent in 2015.
- The Denver Broncos have not drafted a 3-4 middle linebacker yet. Kwiatkoski had 63 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackles, and 86 total tackles. Kwiatkoski is the top linebacker left.
Green Bay Packers: Bryce Williams, TE, East Carolina
- Green Bay gets the 137th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Green Bay Packers dime cornerback Davon House hoping he'd be a #1 field cornerback that covers an opponents top receiver in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after House became a Free Agent in 2015.
- Green Bay uses this pick to draft a tight end that can be a third stringer to Richard Rodgers and Jared Cook. Williams would compete with a bunch of other tight ends for the final roster spot at tight end on the Packers' depth chart, but would probably win out.
Cleveland Browns: Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green
- Cleveland gets the 138th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the New York Jets signed Cleveland Browns nickel cornerback Buster Skryne in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after Thomas became a Free Agent in 2015.
- Roger Lewis had 85 receptions, 1,544 receiving yards, and 16 receiving touchdowns. Lewis had a monster season in 2015 and has had two dominant seasons at Bowling Green. Lewis is probably this years sleeper when you consider he's a sophomore redshirt plus he reminds me of Roddy White coming out of UAB when you watch his tape and downline speed.
- Roger Lewis has the hands, speed, and production to dominate. He only knows how to catch screen passes and streaks on deep routes. He's clueless with executing any other type of route.
Previous Pick: Kenny Lawler, WR, California
Buffalo Bills: Fahn Cooper, RT, Ole Miss
- Buffalo gets the 139th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the Tennessee Titans signed Buffalo Bills strong safety Da Norris Searcy in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after Searcy became a Free Agent in 2015.
- Buffalo drafts a right tackle for depth. Fahn Cooper the starting right tackle for Ole Miss could be a serviceable right tackle at this point in the 2016 NFL Draft. Cooper played left tackle during Laremy Tunsil's suspension. Seantrel Henderson may not return to Buffalo and Cyrus Kouandjio is a swing tackle at best meaning Buffalo will take a project right tackle like Fahn Cooper hoping to hit the jackpot.
Previous Pick: Jordan Lucas, SS, Penn State