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Four-round mock draft 2.0: Browns, Chargers snag QBs


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 awarding of 32 compensatory selections during its annual spring meeting.

The league awards compensatory picks based on whether a club loses more free agents that are determined to be compensatory than it acquires, with a maximum of four for one team.

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.

» Four-round mock 1.0



Laremy Tunsil - OT, Ole Miss

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.



Jared Goff - QB, Cal

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.



Carson Wentz - QB, North Dakota State

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.



Joey Bosa - DE, Ohio State

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.



Jalen Ramsey - CB, Florida State

Play him at corner, play him at safety ... he will make an impact in either spot.



Myles Jack - LB, 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.



Laquon Treadwell - WR, Ole Miss

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.



DeForest Buckner - DE, Oregon

Whether or not Cameron Wake returns in 2016, Olivier Vernon and Derrick Shelby are free agents, so the Dolphins will need another pass rusher.



Mackensie Alexander - CB, Clemson

Alexander immediately bolsters a Buccaneers' secondary bereft of playmakers.



Andrew Billings - NT, Baylor

The Giants are always looking for difference-makers on the defensive line, and Billings is just that.



Jaylon Smith - LB, Notre Dame

The Bears need a second-level playmaker, and Smith's injury should not be a career-stopper.



Noah Spence - 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.



Paxton Lynch - QB, Memphis

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.



Ronnie Stanley - OT, Notre Dame

Derek Carr breathes a sigh of relief now that the team has Stanley to hold off defenders.



Vernon Hargreaves - CB, Florida

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.



Taylor Decker - OT, Ohio State

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.



Kevin Dodd - 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.



Ezekiel Elliott - RB, Ohio State

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.



Cody Whitehair - OG, Kansas State

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.



Reggie Ragland - LB, 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.



Eli Apple - CB, Ohio State

Washington's secondary was among the most porous in the league in 2015, and Apple is just scratching the surface of his potential.



Vernon Butler - 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.



Josh Doctson - 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.



Corey Coleman - WR, BAylor

Free agency could decimate the Bengals' receiving corps, and Coleman's the perfect foil to A.J. Green.



Jack Conklin - OT, Michigan State

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.



Sheldon Rankins - DT, Louisville

The Seahawks will be looking for active interior defenders in his draft, and that description fits Rankins' game to a tee.



Darron Lee - LB, Ohio State

The Packers improve their defense instantly Lee's athleticism is still available at this point in the first round.



A'Shawn Robinson - 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.



Leonard Floyd - LB, Georgia

Re-building the pass rush with young talent is crucial for the Cardinals to stay ahead of the Seahawks in the NFC West.



Shon Coleman - 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.



Chris Jones - DT, Mississippi State

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.

Round 2

32. Cleveland Browns: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
33. Tennessee Titans: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
34. Dallas Cowboys: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
35. San Diego Chargers: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
36. Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Mills, CB, LSU
37. San Francisco 49ers: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Keanu Neal, S, Florida
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
40. New York Giants: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
41. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
42. Miami Dolphins: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
43. Los Angeles Rams: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
44. Oakland Raiders: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
45. Los Angeles Rams: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
46. Detroit Lions: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
47. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
48. Indianapolis Colts: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
49. Buffalo Bills: Scooby Wright III, ILB, Arizona
50. Atlanta Falcons: Jeremy Cash, S, Duke
51. New York Jets: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
52. Houston Texans: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
53. Washington Redskins: Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
54. Minnesota Vikings: Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
55. Cincinnati Bengals: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
56. Seattle Seahawks: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
57. Green Bay Packers: Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA
58. Pittsburgh Steelers: Su'a Cravens, S, USC
59. Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
60. New England Patriots: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
61. Arizona Cardinals: Germain Ifedi, OG/OT, Texas A&M
62. Carolina Panthers: Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland
63. Denver Broncos: Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana


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Round 3

64. Tennessee Titans: Willie Henry, DT, Michigan
65. Cleveland Browns: Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State
66. San Diego Chargers: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
67. Dallas Cowboys: Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
68. San Francisco 49ers: Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford
69. Jacksonville Jaguars: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
70. Baltimore Ravens: Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
71. New York Giants: KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
72. Chicago Bears: Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
73. Miami Dolphins: Antonio Morrison, ILB, Florida
74. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
75. Oakland Raiders: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
76. Los Angeles Rams: Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
77. Philadelphia Eagles: DeAndre Houston-Carson, CB/S, William & Mary
78. New Orleans Saints: Deion Jones, OLB, LSU
79. Philadelphia Eagles: Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
80. Buffalo Bills: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
81. Atlanta Falcons: Vadal Alexander, OG/OT, LSU
82. Indianapolis Colts: Artie Burns, CB, Miami (FL)
83. New York Jets: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
84. Washington Redskins: Dominique Alexander, ILB, Oklahoma
85. Houston Texans: Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State
86. Minnesota Vikings: Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah
87. Cincinnati Bengals: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor
88. Green Bay Packers: Joe Thuney, OG/OT, North Carolina State
89. Pittsburgh Steelers: Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
90. Seattle Seahawks: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
91. Kansas City Chiefs: Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State
92. New England Patriots: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
93. Arizona Cardinals: Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
94. Carolina Panthers: Harlan Miller, CB, Southeast Louisiana
95. Denver Broncos: Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri
96. Detroit Lions (projected compensatory selection - DT Ndamukong Suh): Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
97. New England Patriots (projected compensatory selection - CB Darrelle Revis): Jordan Jenkins, DE, Georgia
98. Seattle Seahawks (projected compensatory selection - CB Byron Maxwell): Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
99. Denver Broncos (projected compensatory selection - TE Julius Thomas): Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State

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Round 4

100. Cleveland Browns: Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
101. Tennessee Titans: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
102. Dallas Cowboys: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
103. San Diego Chargers: Devon Cajuste, WR, Stanford
104. Jacksonville Jaguars: Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan
105. Baltimore Ravens: De'Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State
106. San Francisco 49ers: Vernon Adams, Jr., QB, Oregon
107. Chicago Bears: Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
108. Miami Dolphins: Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee State
109. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kenny Lawler, WR, California
110. New York Giants: Denver Kirkland, OG/OT, Arkansas
111. Los Angeles Rams: K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia
112. Detroit Lions: Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian State
113. New Orleans Saints: Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina
114. Philadelphia Eagles: Sebastian Tretola, OG, Arkansas
115. Oakland Raiders: Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia
116. Atlanta Falcons: Hunter Sharp, WR, Utah State
117. Indianapolis Colts: Deon Bush, S, Miami (FL)
118. Buffalo Bills: James Cowser, DE, Southern Utah
119. New York Jets: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
120. Houston Texans: Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
121. Washington Redskins: Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
122. Minnesota Vikings: Willie Beavers, OG, Western Michigan
123. Cincinnati Bengals: Antwaun Woods, DT, USC
124. Pittsburgh Steelers: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
125. Seattle Seahawks: Joe Dahl, OG, Washington State
126. Green Bay Packers: Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
127. Kansas City Chiefs: Kevon Seymour, CB, USC
128. New England Patriots: Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona State
129. Arizona Cardinals:
Matt Ioannidis, DE, Temple
130. Carolina Panthers: Tevin Carter, S, Utah
131. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida
132. Baltimore Ravens (projected compensatory selection - WR Torrey Smith): Rees Odhiambo, OG/OT, Boise State
133. San Francisco 49ers (projected compensatory selection - CB Chris Culliver): Cre'von LeBlanc, CB, Florida Atlantic
134. Baltimore Ravens (projected compensatory selection - OLB Pernell McPhee): Dadi Nicolas, OLB, Virginia Tech
135. Denver Broncos (projected compensatory selection - OG Orlando Franklin): John Theus, OT, Georgia
136. Green Bay Packers (projected compensatory selection - CB Tramon Williams): Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
137. Dallas Cowboys (projected compensatory selection - OT Jermey Parnell): Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green
138. Cleveland Browns (projected compensatory selection - CB Buster Skrine): Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
139. Green Bay Packers (projected compensatory selection - CB Davon House): Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA
140. Arizona Cardinals (projected compensatory selection - DT Dan Williams): D.J. White, CB, Georgia Tech

Prospects worthy of selection in Rounds 1-4

Deiondre' Hall, DB, Northern Iowa
Bryce Williams, TE, East Carolina
Max Tuerk, C, USC
Landon Turner, OG, North Carolina
Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
Tyler Matakevich, ILB, Temple
Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas
Connor McGovern, OG, Missouri
Juston Burris, CB, North Carolina State
Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
Adam Gotsis, DE, Georgia Tech
Nile Lawrence-Stample, DT, Florida State
Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor
Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, West Virginia
Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford
Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin
Beniquez Brown, OLB, Mississippi State
Eric Striker, OLB, Oklahoma
Terrance Smith, OLB, Florida State
Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State
Marshaun Coprich, RB, Illinois State
Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
T.J. Green, S, Clemson
Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson
Darion Griswold, TE, Arkansas State
Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State

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