2016 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 2.0: Titans boost defense at No. 1

By Charles Davis |

NFL Media analyst

Published: March 3, 2016 at 11:59 a.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
    CB
    Florida St.
     
    Projected trade to Titans
    The overwhelming philosophy is to protect QB Marcus Mariota at all costs, but Ramsey's so gifted that taking him -- and giving defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau another playmaker to help stop the talented WRs in Houston, Indy, and Jacksonville -- will be considered by new GM Jon Robinson.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    North Dakota St.
     
    Projected trade to Browns
    New decision maker Sashi Brown, and new head coach Hue Jackson agree to start their era with this talented passer.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    OT
    Mississippi
     
    It will be an upset if he's not off the board No. 1 to Tennessee, but San Diego will eagerly take him to anchor an OL that needs to get better fast.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    RB
    Ohio St.
     
    The Cowboys went to the playoffs in 2014 on the legs of DeMarco Murray. Elliott allows them to recreate that formula, and play to the strength of their OL.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    Projected trade to Jaguars
    Extremely talented. The Jags will find ways to put him in playmaking spots all over their defense.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    DE
    Ohio St.
     
    The Ravens will use him to help anchor their DL. He's able to rush the passer from the edge and inside in sub or nickel packages.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    DE
    Oregon
     
    The Niners will pair him with last year's first-round pick, Arik Armstead, and give themselves formidable, young bookend DEs. QB will be a strong consideration here.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    CB
    Florida
     
    Projected trade to Dolphins
    New head coach Adam Gase will give the offense his full attention, and new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph gets a corner who will benefit from Miami's strong defensive front.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    DE
    Clemson
     
    The Bucs need to add edge pressure, and they hope that his best football is ahead of him, similar to Detroit's Ziggy Ansah.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    DE
    Clemson
     
    The Giants need defensive help, and they play to their identity when they have great pass rushers.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    OT
    Notre Dame
     
    Kyle Long has RT locked down. Now he gets a running mate that should hold down the LT spot for the next decade.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    DT
    Alabama
     
    One of the worst defenses in the NFL in 2015 needs help all over. The best run-stopping DT in the draft is a good player to begin the rebuilding process.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    WR
    Baylor
     
    Projected trade to Eagles
    After drafting Nelson Agholor in the first round last year, Coleman's selection adds to the speed that is needed on the perimeter for the Eagles.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    DT
    Alabama
     
    Last year's first-round selection from Alabama (Amari Cooper) worked out quite nicely for Oakland. Robinson's presence inside only helps LB Khalil Mack get that much better. A CB will be in play here, too.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    QB
    California
     
    Projected trade to Rams
    In a bit of a surprise, this QB is still available. Of no surprise, the Rams race to the podium to select him to start their latest tenure in L.A.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    OT
    Ohio St.
     
    This pick will allow starting LT Riley Reiff to move to RT.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    ILB
    Alabama
     
    The Falcons have been seeking a stable MLB since Curtis Lofton departed. Ragland believes he can be a three-down player, and so do the Falcons.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    OT
    Michigan St.
     
    Colts QB Andrew Luck took too many hits last season, and Conklin will help reduce that number. He offers some "nasty" to aid the running game, too.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    DT
    Louisville
     
    Will be put to use in various ways and from various looks by head coach Rex Ryan as the Bills continue to chase Tom Brady and the Patriots.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OLB
    Ohio St.
     
    Adding more speed on the edge will benefit head coach Todd Bowles' defense. Lee can run, tackle, cover and rush the passer.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    OLB
    Georgia
     
    Can be dynamic off the edge, and Washington needs help on all three levels on defense.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    QB
    Memphis
     
    QB is the spot that the Texans must fix and solidify.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    TCU
     
    The Vikings must get more dynamic through the air, and the selection of Doctson adds another young target to aid QB Teddy Bridgewater's development
  24. Pick No.
    24
    WR
    Mississippi
     
    The Bengals might lose two valuable WRs in Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones in free agency. Need and talent mesh with this pick.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    Ohio St.
     
    Many scouts told me prior to the combine that "If Apple runs fast, he's a first-rounder." He did, and he is.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    RB
    Alabama
     
    Marshawn Lynch retired, and RB Thomas Rawls is coming off of a broken ankle. Seattle is at its best when it's able to run the ball with authority.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    NT
    Baylor
     
    Showed impressive athleticism at the combine to pair with his known freakish strength. He's exactly what the Packers are seeking for the middle of their defense.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    WR
    Notre Dame
     
    Kansas City wants to pump up the speed on the perimeter, and Fuller can flat out fly.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    DT
    Mississippi
     
    Off-field concerns, and some inconsistent play, drop this top-10-type player, but this organization does not shy away from talent.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    FS
    Ohio St.
    The Panthers have needs on offense, but they must get younger, and faster, at safety. Bell fits the bill.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    OG
    Texas A&M
    They might want to play him inside at guard, but no matter what, he fills a need for the Super Bowl champs. Would not be surprised to see a TE considered here, too.
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