2016 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 4.0: Cowboys power up run game

By Lance Zierlein |

NFL Media draft analyst

Published: March 21, 2016 at 08:45 p.m.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    OT
    Mississippi
     
    Projected trade to Titans
    Why not protect the face of the franchise, Marcus Mariota, with a future All-Pro left tackle?
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    North Dakota St.
     
    Projected trade to Browns
    Small hands are a major concern for teams that have to play in inclement weather and Jared Goff has small hands. Wentz has prototypical size and had great interviews at the combine. Advantage Wentz.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    CB
    Florida St.
     
    While the Chargers have a need along the defensive line, they also know how beneficial a playmaking defensive back can be. Ramsey has playmaking potential to be sure.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    RB
    Ohio St.
     
    Elliott is a hot name with NFL decision-makers, and it is hard to find someone who can find anything other than a nitpicky weakness with him. The signing of veteran Alfred Morris would allow the Cowboys to have a quality veteran on hand so that they can ease the talented Elliott into the mix as the season progresses.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    Projected trade to Jaguars
    If Jack had worked out at the combine, we might be talking about whether or not he should be in the discussion for a top-three pick. For now, we'll give Gus Bradley a new toy to play with.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    DE
    Ohio St.
     
    Bosa likely locked in a top-six draft slot at worst with his pro-day workout, and he has the size to be moved around as a rusher if the Ravens choose to do that.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    QB
    California
     
    Is Goff a perfect fit for Chip Kelly's offense? To be honest, I don't even know what a perfect fit even looks like for Kelly anymore. I just know that Goff has talent and Chip needs a quarterback.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    OT
    Michigan St.
     
    Projected trade to Eagles
    We'll take the more physical of the tackles between Conklin and Ronnie Stanley.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    DE
    Oregon
     
    Tampa Bay would have to be very excited to see Buckner drop to this spot. It's hard to find interior players with rush talent, but Buckner has terrific upside and would be yet another piece to help strengthen the defensive front.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    OT
    Notre Dame
     
    Stanley is one of the premier pass protectors in this draft. He has the plug-and-play talent to be a very good blind-side option for the Giants, who could move Ereck Flowers over to the right side now.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    OLB
    Georgia
     
    While some might see Floyd as a thin Dion Jordan clone who is a huge risk this early in the draft, others see him as the top, true speed rusher in this draft who will be substantially better as he continues to fill out his frame.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    DT
    Alabama
     
    The Saints have to get big, tougher and better up front, and Robinson is a run-stuffer who can help the Saints win more often on first and second downs.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    CB
    Florida
     
    Hargreaves is a little shorter than teams like as an outside cornerback, but his twitch and coverage talent is exactly what the Dolphins could use.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    CB
    Ohio St.
     
    Mackensie Alexander doesn't have the size or athleticism of Eli Apple, and the Raiders' need for the position pairs nicely with Apple's bang-up combine.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    WR
    Mississippi
     
    Projected trade to Rams
    Rarely has a player opted not to run at the combine and helped his stock out as much Treadwell might have with his outstanding positional workout. Anything under 4.6 in the 40 at his pro day could lock him into the top 20.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    ILB
    Alabama
     
    It's hard to imagine too many scenarios where Detroit wouldn't race this card up to the podium considering its need at the position and the steady play of the Alabama thumper.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    DE
    Clemson
     
    Atlanta needs to find a pass rush and Dodd gives the Falcons a bigger edge guy to pair opposite Vic Beasley.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    OLB
    Ohio St.
     
    While the Colts could use offensive line help as well, Lee is the type of athlete and playmaker that the Colts are sorely missing on that side of the ball.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    OT
    Ohio St.
     
    Decker is one of the most physical run-blocking tackles in this draft, and would be an instant upgrade over what the Bills have at the right tackle spot right now.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    DT
    Mississippi
     
    The Jets have proven that they are willing to take the best player available. While they have other needs, the ability to replace Muhammad Wilkerson as soon as next season (or this season?) with this type of talent could be appealing to the Jets.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    DT
    Mississippi St.
    Big and talented with questions about his work ethic, Jones has the upside that could make him one of the 10 best players to come out of this draft, but only if he's committed every practice and every snap. A recent arrest for driving with a suspended license shouldn't hurt his stock.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    WR
    Notre Dame
     
    The Texans get a speedster to take the top off of defenses and pull safety consideration away from DeAndre Hopkins. Fuller has issues with his hands, but he hits enough home runs to mitigate those concerns.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    TCU
     
    Vikings fans seem convinced that the team would have no interest in guys with questionable hands, which would rule out Will Fuller and Corey Coleman. I, however, believe Fuller would be squarely on their board if available. Regardless, Doctson gives Teddy Bridgewater a big, consistent threat with amazing hand strength and body control.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    NT
    Baylor
     
    Billings isn't much of a pass rusher, but the Bengals are in fine-tune mode right now so they can attack their roster with more specific needs. Billings is extremely powerful in the middle and has loads of potential. Another Geno Atkins, anyone?
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    Houston
     
    Let's see, size (check). Speed (check). Ball skills (check). Pittsburgh needs immediate cover help and Jackson's combine has him on the radar for every team.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    OT
    Texas Tech
    Sure, Clark has some gaping holes in his pass protection that will take some time and coaching to smooth out, but he has rare physical traits and enough upside that he could step in and start early on for the Seahawks, especially when you consider that Russell Wilson has the talent to cover up for inconsistent protection.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    TE
    Arkansas
     
    Henry is a combination tight end with outstanding hands and the ability to help out as an in-line blocker or as a go-to target on third downs. There are very few true tight ends in this class and Green Bay grabs the top tight end.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    DE
    Eastern Kentucky
     
    The Chiefs could go in a number of directions here, but GM John Dorsey believes in building the fronts and rushing the passer. Spence would offer an injection of youth as Tamba Hali might only have a year left with the Chiefs.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    CB
    Clemson
     
    Alexander is somewhat polarizing in the scouting community with some teams who love him and some who don't see him as a first-rounder. While he could go earlier than this, the addition of a man-cover cornerback to help solidify the back end would be a welcome addition for the Cardinals, who struggled in that department against the Panthers in the playoffs.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    DE
    Clemson
     
    I've spoken with a couple of teams who have medical flags on Lawson because of his shoulder issue and that could cost him some draft slots, but he's strong and productive off the edge and gives the Panthers a chance to add some much-needed pass rush.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    QB
    Memphis
     
    If the Broncos were to luck out and get a Brock Osweiler clone (at least physically speaking) at a fraction of the cost, John Elway would have to be doing backflips in his war room.
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