2016 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 2.0: Browns, Bolts snag QBs

By Chad Reuter |

Draft analyst

Published: Feb. 17, 2016 at 08:21 p.m.

The Super Bowl is over, and the 2016 NFL Draft order is set. Well ... sort of.

In addition to the selections determined by record, the league announces the award of 32 free-agent compensatory selections during the annual spring owner's meetings in late March.

The formula for assigning the compensatory picks is not released, but it is generally known that the league analyzes the players signed and lost by each team in key free agency period, and the average annual contract amount of each player lost and gained helps set the level of the pick to be awarded.

I've projected the third- and fourth-round compensatory picks using those general criteria in order to include a baker's dozen more players deserving of a spot in the top four rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.

In the deepest draft in recent memory, late third and fourth round selections are bound to make an early contribution to their new teams.

» Click here for the rest of four-round mock draft
  1. Pick No.
    1
    OT
    Mississippi
     
    Projected trade to Titans
    Adding Tunsil will allow former first-round pick Taylor Lewan to man the right side, giving Marcus Mariota two excellent tackles to keep defensive ends off his back.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    California
     
    Projected trade to Browns
    The Browns' new front office brings in Goff to jump-start a moribund franchise with just three winning seasons since returning to Cleveland in 1999.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    North Dakota St.
     
    The last time the Chargers picked this early in the draft, they drafted the malcontented Eli Manning in 2005 and later that day traded him to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers. The eventual Pro Bowler learned from Drew Brees for two years holding taking the reins, which could be a similar story for Wentz if he were selected here.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    DE
    Ohio St.
     
    If the Cowboys decide not to re-sign free agent Greg Hardy, they would love to find Bosa and his stellar all-around game awaiting their call.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    CB
    Florida St.
     
    Projected trade to Jaguars
    Play him at corner, play him at safety ... he will make an impact in either spot.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    With Courtney Upshaw a free agent and Terrell Suggs turning 34 years old this fall, the Ravens select Jack, a difference-maker waiting for their call.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    WR
    Mississippi
     
    Chip Kelly finds a superstar in Treadwell to help out Colin Kaepernick return to his early career form -- or, maybe aid Blaine Gabbert in revitalizing his career, as Kelly planned to do with Sam Bradford in Philadelphia.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    DE
    Oregon
     
    Projected trade to Dolphins
    Whether or not Cameron Wake returns in 2016, Olivier Vernon and Derrick Shelby are free agents, so the Dolphins will need another pass rusher.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    CB
    Clemson
     
    Alexander immediately bolsters a Buccaneers' secondary bereft of playmakers.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    NT
    Baylor
    The Giants are always looking for difference-makers on the defensive line, and Billings is just that.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    OLB
    Notre Dame
     
    The Bears need a second-level playmaker, and Smith's injury should not be a career-stopper.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    DE
    Eastern Kentucky
     
    Spence is a top-10 talent, and could wind up there if he convinces general managers (and team owners) that he is dealing with the addiction that caused him to leave Ohio State. For now, we'll say the Saints take a chance on his talent here.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    QB
    Memphis
     
    Projected trade to Eagles
    Even if the Eagles decide to bring back Sam Bradford for one year on a franchise tag, new head coach (and former NFL quarterback) Doug Pederson might want to bring in a young passer such as Lynch to groom.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    OT
    Notre Dame
    Derek Carr breathes a sigh of relief now that the team has Stanley to hold off defenders.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    CB
    Florida
     
    Projected trade to Rams
    The Rams might end up replacing free agent and former Gator Janoris Jenkins (who finished his career at North Alabama) with a similar player in Hargreaves.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    OT
    Ohio St.
    Decker joins fellow former Big Ten star lineman Riley Reiff, with the hopes that it helps in pass protection (44 sacks allowed in 2015) and the consistency of the bottom-ranked rush offense in the league.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    DE
    Clemson
    The Falcons take a pass rusher in the first round for the second straight year, though Dodd's strength is a good complement to Vic Beasley's speed on the edge.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    RB
    Ohio St.
     
    It's time to give Andrew Luck a strong-minded back to carry the load - and Zeke can also pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    OG
    Kansas St.
    Improving the offensive line should be one of the Bills' top priorities this off-season, and adding the tough, versatile, and technically-sound Whitehair would be a good first step.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    ILB
    Alabama
     
    Demario Davis is a free agent, so if he doesn't return, the Jets would love to plug in Ragland next to David Harris in the middle of their defense.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    CB
    Ohio St.
     
    Washington's secondary was among the most porous in the league in 2015, and Apple is just scratching the surface of his potential.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    DT
    Louisiana Tech
    Vince Wilfork can't last too much longer, so adding more bulk in the middle of the defense is a must for the Texans.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    TCU
    Docton's wrist probably won't keep him out of the first round, allowing the Vikings grab him as a legit deep threat for blossoming passer Teddy Bridgewater.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    WR
    Baylor
     
    Free agency could decimate the Bengals' receiving corps, and Coleman's the perfect foil to A.J. Green.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    OT
    Michigan St.
    The Steelers used their last three first round picks on linebackers, and before that, they spent three straight firsts on prospects on the line of scrimmage (Maurkice Pouncey, Cameron Heyward, David DeCastro). This time around, I'll project the team using this pick on an offensive lineman.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Louisville
     
    The Seahawks will be looking for active interior defenders in his draft, and that description fits Rankins' game to a tee.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    OLB
    Ohio St.
    The Packers improve their defense instantly Lee's athleticism is still available at this point in the first round.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    DT
    Alabama
     
    The Chiefs might have some holes to fill in the defensive line as Jaye Howard and Mike Devito are free agents. Robinson can play multiple spots, especially if he learns to play with a lower pad level.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    OLB
    Georgia
     
    Re-building the pass rush with young talent is crucial for the Cardinals to stay ahead of the Seahawks in the NFC West.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    OT
    Auburn
    The Super Bowl loss to the Broncos put a bullseye on the offensive line of the Panthers, and Coleman has the nasty attitude, athleticism, and length to be a long-time starter at tackle.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    DT
    Mississippi St.
    Let's say the Broncos can't (or won't) re-sign Malik Jackson at a free agent market price, especially after giving Derek Wolfe a four-year extension in January. Jones' similar size and athleticism might prove to be a good long-term alternative.
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