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Four-round mock draft 3.0: Hackenberg-O'Brien reunion

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The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books. The order of things is getting clearer, not just because of the performances in Indianapolis, but also due to public (and not so public) comments made about this year's draft class by NFL general managers, coaches and scouts.

Obviously, free agency will change the needs of teams over the course of the next few weeks. In fact, the release of veterans like defensive ends Mario Williams (Buffalo Bills) and Charles Johnson (Carolina Panthers) are already creating roster holes that will need to be filled via the draft, if no veteran is brought in. But with the combine behind us, it's worth a look to see where players' value lay at this point in the process.

Note that I've projected third- and fourth-round compensatory picks in this mock draft.

» Four-round mock 1.0 | 2.0

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1

Laremy Tunsil - OT, Ole Miss

It's quite possible the Titans will consider defensive back Jalen Ramsey at this pick. But for now, I'll go with Tunsil, who would team with Taylor Lewan to form a nice pair of bookends in front of second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota.

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2

Carson Wentz - QB, North Dakota State

Head coach Hue Jackson made no bones about the importance of hand size in a quarterback. Playing in Cleveland, and against Big Ben and Joe Flacco in the AFC North, it makes sense to have a big-bodied quarterback at the helm. Wentz did nothing to hurt himself at the combine.

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3

Jalen Ramsey - CB, Florida State

Whether the Chargers play Ramsey in Eric Weddle's old spot or move of one their smaller starters to the slot, this is a win-win pick.

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4

Joey Bosa - DE, Ohio State

Bosa showed at the combine that he's capable of standing up or playing with his hand on the turf. If Greg Hardy's no longer in the picture in Big D, Bosa should slide right in.

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5

Myles Jack - LB, UCLA

This Jack of all trades will be utilized to his fullest in the Jags' scheme.

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6

DeForest Buckner - DE, Oregon

Goodbye Chris Canty, hello Buckner.

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7

Jared Goff - QB, Cal

Chip Kelly is pleased as punch that a player of Goff's talent is still available -- if his old team or the Rams don't make a trade with the Chargers to go get him.

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8

Shaq Lawson - DE, Clemson

Even after putting the transition tag on Olivier Vernon, Miami could use help rushing the passer especially if 34-year-old Cameron Wake isn't full strength coming off the Achilles injury.

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9

Ezekiel Elliott - RB, Ohio State

It doesn't appear that Doug Martin will re-sign, and Elliott's all-around skill set is very much appreciated in league circles.

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10

Sheldon Rankins - DT, Louisville

Rankins brings quickness to the middle of the Giants' defensive line.

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11

Ronnie Stanley - OT, Notre Dame

Stanley plugs into the left tackle spot for the Bears as a rookie.

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12

Andrew Billings - DT, Baylor

New Orleans instantly gets better against the run, and Billings is also able to provide pressure if quarterbacks hold the ball in the pocket.

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13

Jack Conklin - OT, Michigan State

Conklin's better-than-anticipated combine checked the boxes for a tackle able to excel in every situation -- even playing some guard to start his career, if Jason Peters returns healthy. If Peters can't go, then Conklin can step in.

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14

Vernon Hargreaves - CB, Florida

Hargreaves' average height might be an issue for some teams, but the Raiders know he's a playmaker, pure and simple.

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15

Paxton Lynch - QB, Memphis

The Rams can't get rid of Nick Foles due to his contract, so they can let Lynch learn the game and improve as a redshirt in 2016.

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16

Laquon Treadwell - WR, Ole Miss

Treadwell might not be Calvin Johnson, but he's a darn good find at this spot.

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17

Vonn Bell - S, Ohio State

Teams typically don't draft pass rushers in back-to-back years. Bell's combination of hard hits and coverage skills give him great value.

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18

Taylor Decker - OT, Ohio State

Andrew Luck needs to be better protected, and Decker will get after his man in the run game, as well -- something the Colts need from their offensive line to be more effective on the ground.

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19

Darron Lee - LB, Ohio State

Lee can play on the weak or strong side for the Bills without an issue because of his combination of size and athleticism.

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20

Leonard Floyd - LB, Georgia

With Calvin Pace a free agent, the Jets get another tall, long pass rusher to join a stout front line in confounding offensive lines across the league.

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21

Eli Apple - CB, Ohio State

Washington struggled in coverage last season, giving up 30 touchdowns through the air. Apple gives them size on the outside, which they sorely need.

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22

Christian Hackenberg - QB, Penn State

I don't know if head coach Bill O'Brien will use this pick to get his former protege, or maybe move up into the late first or early second round ... but either way, I'll be surprised if they don't reunite.

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23

Josh Doctson - WR, TCU

Doctson's combine workout made teams forget about his injured wrist. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is looking for a receiver in whom he can trust to win 50-50 balls.

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24

Corey Coleman - WR, Baylor

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

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25

Joshua Garnett - OG, Stanford

How about putting two tough-minded Stanford players on the offensive line? Ramon Foster's on his way out, and Garnett's able to keep Big Ben healthy and plow a hole for Le'Veon Bell.

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26

Robert Nkemdiche - DT, Ole Miss

This is becoming a popular prediction due to the Seahawks' need for a defensive tackle and their willingness to take a chance on talent despite off-field question marks.

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27

Reggie Ragland - LB, Alabama

General manager Ted Thompson has a knack for patiently waiting until a good value falls into his lap. Ragland might go earlier, but Clay Matthews would be extremely happy to see this pick so he can do his thing outside.

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28

Jason Spriggs - OT, Indiana

Now that Eric Fisher is starting to round into shape a bit on the left side, the Chiefs might look to get an athletic pass protector across the way to keep Alex Smith upright more regularly in 2016.

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29

Mackensie Alexander - CB, Clemson

Depth was a problem down the stretch for the Cardinals, and Alexander's potential as a long-time starter is too strong to ignore.

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30

Emmanuel Ogbah - DE, Oklahoma State

The strong and hard-working Ogbah would be a nice complement to Kony Ealy on the Panthers' defensive line, and the need for help on the line increased with the release of Charles Johnson.

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31

Hunter Henry - TE, Arkansas

Owen Daniels was a good find for Denver, but getting younger at that spot will help Brock Osweiler, or whomever might take snaps for the defending Super Bowl champs.

Round 2


32. Cleveland Browns: Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
33. Tennessee Titans: Keanu Neal, S, Florida
34. Dallas Cowboys: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
35. San Diego Chargers: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
36. Baltimore Ravens: Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame
37. San Francisco 49ers: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
40. New York Giants: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
41. Chicago Bears: Chris Jones, DE, Mississippi State
42. Miami Dolphins: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
43. Los Angeles Rams: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
44. Oakland Raiders: Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland
45. Los Angeles Rams: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
46. Detroit Lions: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
47. New Orleans Saints: Deion Jones, OLB, LSU
48. Indianapolis Colts: Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State
49. Buffalo Bills: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
50. Atlanta Falcons: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
51. New York Jets: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
52. Houston Texans: Sean Davis, S, Maryland
53. Washington Redskins: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
54. Minnesota Vikings: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
55. Cincinnati Bengals: Artie Burns, CB, Miami (FL)
56. Seattle Seahawks: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
57. Green Bay Packers: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
58. Pittsburgh Steelers: Su'a Cravens, S, USC
59. Kansas City Chiefs: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
60. New England Patriots: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
61. Arizona Cardinals: Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
62. Carolina Panthers: Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn
63. Denver Broncos: Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida

Round 3


64. Tennessee Titans: Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
65. Cleveland Browns: Willie Henry, DE, Michigan
66. San Diego Chargers: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
67. Dallas Cowboys: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
68. San Francisco 49ers: Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
69. Jacksonville Jaguars: Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
70. Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Mills, CB/S, LSU
71. New York Giants: Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
72. Chicago Bears: KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
73. Miami Dolphins: Scooby Wright III, ILB, Arizona
74. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jeremy Cash, S, Duke
75. Oakland Raiders: T.J. Green, S, Clemson
76. Los Angeles Rams: Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
77. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
78. New Orleans Saints: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
79. Philadelphia Eagles: Sebastian Tretola, OG, Arkansas
80. Buffalo Bills: Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
81. Atlanta Falcons: Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State
82. Indianapolis Colts: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
83. New York Jets: Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State
84. Washington Redskins: Caleb Benenoch, OG/OT, UCLA
85. Houston Texans: Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
86. Minnesota Vikings: Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State
87. Cincinnati Bengals: Miles Killebrew, S/OLB, Southern Utah
88. Green Bay Packers: Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
89. Pittsburgh Steelers: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
90. Seattle Seahawks: Devon Cajuste, WR, Stanford
91. Kansas City Chiefs: Adolphus Washington, DE, Ohio State
92. New England Patriots: Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
93. Arizona Cardinals: Vadal Alexander, OG/OT, LSU
94. Carolina Panthers: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
95. Denver Broncos: Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri
96. Detroit Lions (compensatory selection - DT Ndamukong Suh): Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
97. New England Patriots (compensatory selection - CB Darrelle Revis): Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
98. Seattle Seahawks (compensatory selection - CB Byron Maxwell): Darrell Greene, OG, San Diego State
99. Denver Broncos (compensatory selection - TE Julius Thomas): Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

Round 4


100. Cleveland Browns: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
101. Tennessee Titans: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
102. Dallas Cowboys: Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford
103. San Diego Chargers: Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
104. Jacksonville Jaguars: DeAndre Houston-Carson, CB/S, William & Mary
105. Baltimore Ravens: Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
106. San Francisco 49ers: Alex Redmond, OG, UCLA
107. Chicago Bears: Connor McGovern, OG, Missouri
108. Miami Dolphins: K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia
109. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
110. New York Giants: Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
111. Los Angeles Rams: Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
112. Detroit Lions: Jordan Jenkins, DE, Georgia
113. New Orleans Saints: Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina
114. Philadelphia Eagles: Kevon Seymour, CB, USC
115. Oakland Raiders: Dominique Robertson, OT, West Georgia
116. Atlanta Falcons: Antonio Morrison, ILB, Florida
117. Indianapolis Colts: Tavon Young, CB, Temple
118. Buffalo Bills: Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn
119. New York Jets: Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia
120. Houston Texans: Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA
121. Washington Redskins: Isaac Seumalo, OG, Oregon State
122. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona State
123. Cincinnati Bengals: Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
124. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central
125. Seattle Seahawks: Dadi Nicolas, DE, Virginia Tech
126. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Johnstone, OT, Oregon
127. Kansas City Chiefs: Ken Crawley, CB, Colorado
128. New England Patriots: Joe Thuney, OG, North Carolina State
129. Arizona Cardinals: Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin
130. Carolina Panthers: Tevin Carter, S, Utah
131. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida
132. Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection - WR Torrey Smith): Rees Odhiambo, OG/OT, Boise State
133. San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection - CB Chris Culliver): D.J. White, CB, Georgia Tech
134. Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection - OLB Pernell McPhee): Dominique Alexander, ILB, Oklahoma
135. Denver Broncos (compensatory selection - OG Orlando Franklin): Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
136. Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection - CB Tramon Williams): Daniel Lasco, RB, Cal
137. Dallas Cowboys (compensatory selection - OT Jermey Parnell): Mike Thomas, WR, Southern Miss
138. Cleveland Browns (compensatory selection - CB Buster Skrine): James Cowser, OLB, Southern Utah
139. Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection - CB Davon House): Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
140. Arizona Cardinals (compensatory selection - DT Dan Williams): Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan

Prospects worthy of selection in Rounds 1-4


2016 NFL DRAFT

Draft coverage:

Max Tuerk, C, USC
Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
Cre'von LeBlanc, CB, Florida Atlantic
Harlan Miller, CB, Southeast Louisiana
Jimmy Pruitt, CB, San Jose State
Deiondre' Hall, DB, Northern Iowa
Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian State
Alex McCalister, DE, Florida
Matt Ioannidis, DE, Temple
Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor
Quinton Jefferson, DT, Maryland
D.J. Reader, DT, Clemson
Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
Antwaun Woods, DT, USC
Nile Lawrence-Stample, DT, Florida State
Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, West Virginia
B.J. Goodson, ILB, Clemson
Beniquez Brown, OLB, Mississippi State
De'Vondre Campbell, OLB, Minnesota
Nick Vigil, OLB, Utah State
Landon Turner, OG, North Carolina
Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech
Joe Dahl, OG, Washington State
Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State
Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
John Theus, OT, Georgia
Vernon Adams, Jr., QB, Oregon
Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas
Marshaun Coprich, RB, Illinois State
Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State
Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee State
Deon Bush, S, Miami (Fla.)
Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson
Darion Griswold, TE, Arkansas State
Bryce Williams, TE, East Carolina
Kayarris Garrett, WR, Tulsa
Kenny Lawler, WR, California
Hunter Sharp, WR, Utah State

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