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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Goodbye Chris Canty, hello Buckner.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Round 3

  1. Tennessee Titans: Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
  2. Cleveland Browns: Willie Henry, DE, Michigan
  3. San Diego Chargers: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
  4. Dallas Cowboys: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
  5. San Francisco 49ers: Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
  7. Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Mills, CB/S, LSU
  8. New York Giants: Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
  9. Chicago Bears: KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
  10. Miami Dolphins: Scooby Wright III, ILB, Arizona
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jeremy Cash, S, Duke
  12. Oakland Raiders: T.J. Green, S, Clemson
  13. Los Angeles Rams: Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
  14. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
  15. New Orleans Saints: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
  16. Philadelphia Eagles: Sebastian Tretola, OG, Arkansas
  17. Buffalo Bills: Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
  18. Atlanta Falcons: Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State
  19. Indianapolis Colts: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
  20. New York Jets: Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State
  21. Washington Redskins: Caleb Benenoch, OG/OT, UCLA
  22. Houston Texans: Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
  23. Minnesota Vikings: Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State
  24. Cincinnati Bengals: Miles Killebrew, S/OLB, Southern Utah
  25. Green Bay Packers: Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
  26. Pittsburgh Steelers: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
  27. Seattle Seahawks: Devon Cajuste, WR, Stanford
  28. Kansas City Chiefs: Adolphus Washington, DE, Ohio State
  29. New England Patriots: Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
  30. Arizona Cardinals: Vadal Alexander, OG/OT, LSU
  31. Carolina Panthers: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
  32. Denver Broncos: Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri
  33. Detroit Lions (compensatory selection - DT Ndamukong Suh): Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
  34. New England Patriots (compensatory selection - CB Darrelle Revis): Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
  35. Seattle Seahawks (compensatory selection - CB Byron Maxwell): Darrell Greene, OG, San Diego State
  36. Denver Broncos (compensatory selection - TE Julius Thomas): Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

Round 4

  1. Cleveland Browns: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
  2. Tennessee Titans: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
  3. Dallas Cowboys: Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford
  4. San Diego Chargers: Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars: DeAndre Houston-Carson, CB/S, William & Mary
  6. Baltimore Ravens: Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
  7. San Francisco 49ers: Alex Redmond, OG, UCLA
  8. Chicago Bears: Connor McGovern, OG, Missouri
  9. Miami Dolphins: K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
  11. New York Giants: Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
  12. Los Angeles Rams: Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
  13. Detroit Lions: Jordan Jenkins, DE, Georgia
  14. New Orleans Saints: Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina
  15. Philadelphia Eagles: Kevon Seymour, CB, USC
  16. Oakland Raiders: Dominique Robertson, OT, West Georgia
  17. Atlanta Falcons: Antonio Morrison, ILB, Florida
  18. Indianapolis Colts: Tavon Young, CB, Temple
  19. Buffalo Bills: Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn
  20. New York Jets: Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia
  21. Houston Texans: Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA
  22. Washington Redskins: Isaac Seumalo, OG, Oregon State
  23. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona State
  24. Cincinnati Bengals: Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
  25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central
  26. Seattle Seahawks: Dadi Nicolas, DE, Virginia Tech
  27. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Johnstone, OT, Oregon
  28. Kansas City Chiefs: Ken Crawley, CB, Colorado
  29. New England Patriots: Joe Thuney, OG, North Carolina State
  30. Arizona Cardinals: Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin
  31. Carolina Panthers: Tevin Carter, S, Utah
  32. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida
  33. Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection - WR Torrey Smith): Rees Odhiambo, OG/OT, Boise State
  34. San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection - CB Chris Culliver): D.J. White, CB, Georgia Tech
  35. Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection - OLB Pernell McPhee): Dominique Alexander, ILB, Oklahoma
  36. Denver Broncos (compensatory selection - OG Orlando Franklin): Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
  37. Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection - CB Tramon Williams): Daniel Lasco, RB, Cal
  38. Dallas Cowboys (compensatory selection - OT Jermey Parnell): Mike Thomas, WR, Southern Miss
  39. Cleveland Browns (compensatory selection - CB Buster Skrine): James Cowser, OLB, Southern Utah
  40. Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection - CB Davon House): Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
  41. Arizona Cardinals (compensatory selection - DT Dan Williams): Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan

Prospects worthy of selection in Rounds 1-4

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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