2016 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 3.0: 49ers reel in Jack

By Bucky Brooks |

NFL Media analyst

Published: March 2, 2016 at 01:38 p.m.

Note: This mock draft was published prior the start of free agency and a trade in which the Dolphins and Eagles swapped first-round picks.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    OT
    Mississippi
     
    Projected trade to Titans
    With ownership demanding better protection of Marcus Mariota, the Titans could elect to expend their top pick on the best offensive tackle in the draft.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    California
     
    Projected trade to Browns
    Hue Jackson could elect to snag the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft to lead his makeover of the Browns.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    CB
    Florida St.
     
    The loss of Eric Weddle makes it imperative for the Chargers to snag a playmaker that can deliver "splash" plays in the middle of the field.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    DE
    Ohio St.
     
    Rod Marinelli would welcome an energetic pass rusher with terrific hand skills and a knack for disruption.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    CB
    Florida
     
    Projected trade to Jaguars
    Fixing the secondary is a top priority for Gus Bradley. Hargreaves is a natural CB1 with explosive movement skills and a high football IQ.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OT
    Notre Dame
     
    After watching Joe Flacco falling victim to an injury, the Ravens could make fortifying the front line a top priority.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    After suffering through a mass exodus of playmakers at linebacker, the 49ers grab a sideline-to-sideline menace with exceptional speed, quickness and instincts.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    CB
    Ohio St.
     
    Projected trade to Dolphins
    The rangy cover corner possesses the length, athleticism and explosiveness to develop into a premier CB1 in Vance Joseph's defense.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    DE
    Oregon
     
    Mike Smith needs to find Gerald McCoy a playmate along the defensive front. Buckner is a versatile pass rusher with the athleticism and length to create problems for blockers on the edges.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    DE
    Clemson
     
    Given the Giants' defensive woes in recent years, GM Jerry Reese could view Lawson as a complement or possible successor to Jason Pierre-Paul on the edge.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    ILB
    Alabama
     
    John Fox and Vic Fangio could view the Alabama standout as the ideal traffic cop to run the defense in the Windy City.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    DT
    Louisville
     
    The Saints need to address their defensive line after fielding one of the worst defenses in NFL history. Rankins is a disruptive interior defender with explosive quickness and violent hands.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    OT
    Michigan St.
     
    Projected trade to Eagles
    Jason Peters' age and injury history could prompt the Eagles to spend a top pick on a young offensive tackle with the footwork and lateral quickness to snuff out pass rushers on the edges.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    DT
    Mississippi
     
    The ultra-athletic defensive tackle is a bit of a risk based on his character issues and underwhelming production, but there's no disputing his talent or potential as a "shop wrecker" on the interior.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    CB
    Clemson
     
    Projected trade to Rams
    Cornerback could be a top priority for the Rams on draft day.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    WR
    Mississippi
     
    The Lions have a huge void at WR1 after Calvin Johnson's retirement. Treadwell would be a natural replacement as a big-bodied pass-catcher with exceptional ball skills.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    OLB
    Ohio St.
     
    Dan Quinn's quest for speedy playmakers with diverse skills could lead the Falcons to target the Ohio State standout as a potential "three-down" linebacker in the team's "see-ball, get-ball" scheme.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    OT
    Ohio St.
     
    After watching Andrew Luck take a beating in the pocket, the Colts could make a concerted effort to upgrade the pass protection on the edges.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    DE
    Clemson
     
    With the recent release of Mario Williams, the Bills could target Dodd as an athletic defender to add to the rotation.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    RB
    Ohio St.
     
    Despite Chris Ivory's breakout season, the Jets could view him as expendable. Elliott is a versatile workhorse back capable of delivering explosive plays as a runner or receiver.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    DT
    Alabama
     
    The Redskins need to get younger and more athletic along the defensive front. Robinson is a disruptive run stopper at the point of attack with the size and strength to hold his ground against double teams.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    QB
    North Dakota St.
     
    Bill O'Brien would have a tough time bypassing a big, athletic pocket passer with a rocket arm. Although Wentz will need some time to acclimate to the pro game, the Texans have a solid supporting cast in place to make a playoff push with a young quarterback at the helm.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    TCU
     
    The jump-ball specialist is not only a legitimate red-zone weapon, but he is a crafty WR1 with speed, quickness and route ability. Doctson would give Teddy Bridgewater a big-bodied playmaker to target in key moments.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    WR
    Notre Dame
     
    The Bengals could use a speedster on the perimeter to clear out space for A.J. Green over the middle. Fuller is a home-run specialist capable of scoring from anywhere on the field.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    Houston
     
    The Steelers covet long, rangy corners with ball skills and instincts to thrive in a zone-based system. Jackson is a natural ballhawk with a knack for swiping picks on tips and overthrows.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Alabama
     
    Pete Carroll adds a big body to the front line to fortify the Seahawks' stellar run defense.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    NT
    Baylor
     
    If B.J. Raji departs as a free agent, GM Ted Thompson could add another big body to the front line to help solidify the Packers' run defense.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    CB
    Virginia Tech
    With Sean Smith set to test the market as a free agent, the Chiefs could elect to draft another young cover corner with impressive bump-and-run skills to play on the island opposite Marcus Peters. Despite missing time with an injury, Fuller is an aggressive defender with outstanding movement skills and shadow technique.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    DE
    Eastern Kentucky
     
    After a lackluster performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, it's quite possible that Spence falls to the pass-rusher-needy Cardinals at the bottom of the first round.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    DE
    Oklahoma St.
     
    The release of Charles Johnson and the retirement of Jared Allen could prompt the Panthers to pull the trigger on an explosive edge rusher in the first round. Ogbah is far from a finished product as a rusher, but his strength, power and burst would make him a nice complement to Kony Ealy on the edges.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    RB
    Alabama
     
    The Broncos' shift to a "grind-it-out" approach would go to the another level with a big, athletic runner like Henry in the backfield.
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