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The 2016 SQ NFL Mock Draft

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The SQ team has selected the first three rounds of the 2016 draft. Who did your team select?

The SQ team presents the official SQ Mock Draft for the first three rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.  To accurately reflect how this draft could go down, our writers were able to make trades for picks following the Pro Football Focus trade value chart.  The following trades were made:

(1)    Washington trades 1-21 to Seattle for 1-26, 2-56

(2)    Arizona trades 1-29 to San Francisco for 2-37, 4-105

Leave a comment below with your thoughts about how our writers did drafting as your favorite team’s GM.

   Pick (Rnd)

1 (1)

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff, QB, California

The Rams traded a lot of picks to move up and take their future franchise quarterback. All whispers from the team are that the pick will be Jared Goff. He seems to be the safer pick here over Carson Wentz due to his great performances against stronger competition in college. (Kevin Luo)

2 (1)

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz, QB, NDSU

The Eagles traded a lot to get this guy. I wouldn’t have done it if I was them, but at this point they really have no other choice. They can put him behind Bradford and Daniel and groom him for a year or two, which is ideal for him. (Nick Varallo)

3 (1)

San Diego Chargers

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

The Chargers haven’t had a reliable offensive line for years now, and with an injury prone King Dunlap as their current LT, they have to improve the line for Phillip Rivers. (Troy Hull)

4 (1)

Dallas Cowboys

Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

Jalen Ramsey is arguably one of the “can’t miss” prospects in the group. He is athletically gifted, versatile in skill set, and productive in college with zero character concerns. For Dallas, the backend of the defense has been a problem of late and Ramsey would fill a need at safety or corner. (Eric Saltzman)

5 (1)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The Jaguars need to beef up their defense, and what better way than to add the best available defensive lineman? A strong defensive coach like Gus Bradley is going to love Bosa. (Christian Hoban)

6 (1)

Baltimore Ravens

Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

The Ravens get a linebacker who brings a lot of athleticism and versatility to that 3-4 defense. He’ll form a great 1-2 punch with C.J. Mosley. (Kevin Luo)

7 (1)

San Francisco 49ers

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Yes, the 49ers need help in a lot of places, but Buckner is the best pick here. Incredibly talented and a great size, he should fit in well in San Fran. Plus we all know how Chip Kelly feels about Oregon guys. (Christian Hoban)

8 (1)

Cleveland Browns

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

Pairing Hargreaves with another former UF standout in Joe Haden is necessary in a division that features Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton and Big Ben. Questions about measurables don’t deter Cleveland who needs a “football player” who can turn around the Browns’ recent history. The Browns would have a standout secondary that could minimize the great receivers in the division. (Nick Varallo)

9 (1)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Tough call here if the draft were to go this way for the Buccaneers: whether to go with the offensive line help in Stanley or go defensive line help in Shaq Lawson. At the end of the day, although Lawson has a higher ceiling, Stanley is safer. And when you’ve invested a number one pick the year prior to a QB, you need to protect him. (Adrian Nelson)

10 (1)

New York Giants

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

In a deep defensive draft, the Giants can go best player available and take arguably the most electric player in the draft. Elliott would immediately give Eli Manning another weapon to put points on the board, and potentially lock up the backfield for years to come. (Jake Henning)

11 (1)

Chicago Bears

Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Chicago is a team that needs to improve on both sides of the ball. Conklin might be a long-term guard, but he is certainly worth a shot a tackle (Eric Saltzman)

12 (1)

New Orleans Saints

A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

New Orleans had one of the worst rush defenses in the league this past season, and Robinson can potentially solve their biggest problem. He is a mountain of a man who can step right into the starting lineup. (Jake Henning)

13 (1)

Miami Dolphins

William Jackson III, CB, Houston

The Dolphins are in desperate need of secondary help, and they get some here with Jackson. At 6‘0” with a sub-4.40 40 time, he adds size and athleticism to a defense that needs both. (Christian Hoban)

14 (1)

Oakland Raiders

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

Raiders are a team that is willing to take risks in the first round of the draft, with a top-10 talent like Nkemdiche still there, they are willing to jump on him and bolster their already strong defensive line. (Troy Hull)

15 (1)

Tennessee Titans

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

Coleman posted an incredible 20 TD last season while catching passes from four different quarterbacks. He should produce at a high level as a rookie (Miller Mrosek)

16 (1)

Detroit Lions

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

The Lions would have loved for a top rate lineman to fall to them here, but with that not being the case, the right call is to go BPA, which in this case happens to be a position of need. You can never have too many pass rushers in the NFL and Detroit needs to get a few in this year’s draft. (Adrian Nelson)

17 (1)

Atlanta Falcons

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

Rankins’ ability to generate pressure on the interior will be a much needed boost to an Atlanta defense that desperately needs to improve its pass rush. (Miller Mrosek)

18 (1)

Indianapolis Colts

Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State

Losing Jerrell Freeman was a huge loss for the middle of this Indianapolis defense, leaving an aging Jackson to lead the linebacking corps. Darron Lee is the best linebacker in this draft without an injury issue and has the versatility to play inside and outside. He can generate much needed pass rush pressure as well as cover slot receivers and tight ends. With such a talent available this low in the draft, Grigson would have no choice but to pick the former Buckeye standout. (Sanha Ryoo)

19 (1)

Buffalo Bills

Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

Many thought Rex Ryan would help improve a stacked Buffalo defense, but they took a step back this season. Ragland can step into the starting lineup, and help a defense that has largely regressed and is missing a lot of depth. (Jake Henning)

20 (1)

New York Jets

Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida

Josh Doctson was tough to pass up, but Bullard will fit nicely in a Jets defense that will likely be losing Muhammad Wilkerson in the near future. (Miller Mrosek)

21 (1)

Seattle Seahawks (SQ Trade - From WSH)

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

It may seem like a bit of a stretch to take Decker here, but Seattle seems to be losing offensive lineman in the last few seasons without a solid replacement. Worst case, Decker is moved to offensive guard. (Eric Saltzman)

22 (1)

Houston Texans

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Pairing Treadwell with Hopkins well immediately improve the Texans passing game. Treadle will be a day one starter and hope to free up Hopkins on the other side. (Troy Hull)

23 (1)

Minnesota Vikings

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Adrian Peterson’s time in purple is coming to an end. It’s time for it to be Teddy’s team. Adding Doctson to pair with Stefon Diggs will give Minnesota a formidable one-two punch on the outside and really help out Bridgewater. (Kevin Luo)

24 (1)

Cincinnati Bengals

Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

The Bengals lost two receivers in free agency this offseason. Fuller’s will add another tremendous receiving threat for Andy Dalton. His downfield speed should compliment A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert nicely. (Kevin Luo)

25 (1)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

The Steelers will be running to the podium if Apple falls to them here. In a division where you have to face AJ Green twice and lack depth in your secondary, Apple is a potential stud and the perfect pick for the Steelers. (Jake Henning)

26 (1)

Washington Redskins (SQ Trade - From SEA)

Karl Joseph, S, WVU

Maybe the best playmaking defensive player in this draft, Joseph gives Washington a suddenly solid secondary. Pairing him with vets in D’Angelo Hall and Josh Norman gives the Redskins some youthful flair to go with experience. (Nick Varallo)

27 (1)

Green Bay Packers

Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

With BJ Raji going on a one year hiatus, the Packers are in need of a DT this season. They fill that gap here by going Jarran Reed. (Troy Hull)

28 (1)

Kansas City Chiefs

Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

Billings will add depth to an already stout defensive line in Kansas City. He could eventually blossom into Dontari Poe’s replacement. (Miller Mrosek)


New England Patriots


Due to Deflategate, the Patriots have lost their 2016 first round pick among other penalties.

29 (1)

San Francisco 49ers (SQ Trade - From Arizona)

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

If Lynch is still on the board at this point, Chip Kelly would be working really hard to try to get him. He was way too much of a reach at 7, but this 6‘7” quarterback is the right move here for the 49ers. (Christian Hoban)

30 (1)

Carolina Panthers

Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

Carolina lost Super Bowl 50 because they couldn’t keep the pocket clean from Von Miller &. Co. They need to bolster their protecttion and Spriggs is a very underrated athlete that will allow them to do so and hopefully keep Cam Newton from leading the league in QB hits again. (Adrian Nelson)

31 (1)

Denver Broncos

Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

It’s no secret that one of the weak points of the Super Bowl winning Broncos team was its offensive line. Though Matt Paradis was serviceable at center, Kelly is a very safe and solid pick with three years of experience leading the Alabama offensive line. Kelly has the potential start at center in Denver for a very long time, opening large holes for whoever is running out of the backfield just like he did for Derrick Henry in college. (Sanha Ryoo)

32 (2)

Cleveland Browns

Chris Jones, DT Miss St

Simple best player availible pick here. Jones was a top recruit out of high school and although his production was up and down at Miss St, he is one of the most talented players in the draft at DL. Immediately becomes the Browns’ best DL. (Nick Varallo)

33 (2)

Tennessee Titans

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

Floyd is an older prospect, but is a phenomenal athlete and has tantalizing upside. The Titans can afford to take a chance on Floyd after accumulating extra picks in their trade with the Rams. (Miller Mrosek)

34 (2)

Dallas Cowboys

Vernon Butler, DT, LA Tech

The 323 pound Butler might be more of a nose tackle, but he should still provide the Cowboys with a very stout run defender who offers some positional versatility. (Eric Saltzman)

35 (2)

San Diego Chargers

Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

Arguably Clemson’s best defensive player down the stretch last year who led the country in tackles for loss. Great value for a porous defensive unit. (Troy Hull)

36 (2)

Baltimore Ravens

Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

The Ravens could use another solid corner to pair with Jimmy Smith. The Alexander-Smith duo could be one of the top cornerback pairings in the NFL for years to come. (Kevin Luo)

37 (2)

Arizona Cardinals (SQ Trade - From SF)

Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

The Cardinals appear to be Super Bowl contenders. Unfortunately, if the draft plays out like this, the best value might be a long-term solution like Cook. The former MSU passer has some warts, but Bruce Arians seems to get the most out of his quarterbacks (Eric Saltzman)

38 (2)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M

Jacksonville has a lot of positions of need, and protectors for young quarterback Blake Bortles are near the top of the list. Ifedi has great size and athleticism, and while he needs some grooming, he has great potential. (Christian Hoban)

39 (2)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

Having gone offensive line in the first round, Tampa Bay is going to sure about the other side of the trenches in the second. He has some red flags, but the tape speaks for itself. This man can create havoc. (Adrian Nelson)

40 (2)

New York Giants

Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State

The Giants’ patience pays off, as they snag a stud defensive player in the second round. Correa is a bit raw at linebacker, but he has tons of potential and could become one of the new faces of the New York defense. (Jake Henning)

41 (2)

Chicago Bears

Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Had it not been for an injury, Fuller might have gone in the first round. Chicago appears to be overhauling its secondary with Kendall’s brother Kyle, being the only holdover. (Eric Saltzman)

42 (2)

Miami Dolphins

Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State

While talented at the tackle and center positions, Miami needs a lot of help on the interior of their offensive line. Whitehair started 50 games in college and can step in day one and produce at a high level, especially if his comparisons to Zach Martin pan out. (Christian Hoban)

43 (2)

Tennessee Titans

Bronson Kaufusi, BYU, DE

Kaufusi hasn’t receivied a lot of hype in the pre-draft process, but he has the size (6‘8) and athleticism to be a plus run defender and pass rusher at the next level. (Miller Mrosek)

44 (2)

Oakland Raiders

Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

A raw, freak athlete with limited experience playing football is another high risk, high reward player the Raiders seem to love. A great pick with teams improving their passing games in the AFC West. (Troy Hull)

45 (2)

Tennessee Titans

Shilique Calhoun, OLB, Michigan State

Calhoun is a bit of a one trick pony, but to win in today’s NFL you have to be able to rush the passer. Calhoun will be able to do that early on, and anything he is able to add in the run game will be a bonus. (Miller Mrosek)

46 (2)

Detroit Lions

Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA

Back to back picks by Detroit for the defensive line sends a clear message of how they want to build this team. They want to overpower you at the line of scrimmage, and recent departures have lead the Lions to needing to restock their troops. (Adrian Nelson)

47 (2)

New Orleans Saints

Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford

WIth the departure of All-Pro Jahri Evans, the Saints need some help on the interior to keep Drew Brees safe. Garnett is an incredibly powerful guard who can become a young building block on the New Orleans offensive line. (Jake Henning)

48 (2)

Indianapolis Colts

Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

Though the Colts have bigger needs than at tight end, Ryan Grigson has had no problem taking the best player available in drafts, and Henry was available for him here. Arguably the best tight end in this draft, he is a premier pass-catching tight end, reminiscent of Jason Witten. His impressive speed, route running, and phenomenal hands (zero drops last season) will give Andrew Luck another weapon to help rejuvenate the offense in Indianapolis. (Sanha Ryoo)

49 (2)

Buffalo Bills

Su’a Cravens, OLB, USC

The Bills continue to give Rex Ryan some solid new pieces on defense, as Cravens has drawn comparisons to USC great Troy Polomalu. Cravens can compete for a starting spot, and be a good subpackage player right from the start. (Jake Henning)

50 (2)

Atlanta Falcons

Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma

Despite being paid WR2 money, it is unlikely that Mohamed Sanu proves to be the weapon the Falcons need across from Julio Jones. Shepard could be an upgrade on Sanu and play in the slot in three receiver sets. (Miller Mrosek)

51 (2)

New York Jets

Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina

Jace Amaro has been a bust and the Jets need new blood at the tight end position. Adams has fantastic size and athleticism and would be a nice addition to an already solid Jets passing game. (Miller Mrosek)

52 (2)

Houston Texans

Keanu Neal, SS, Florida

A player with an NFL pedigree, an older brother who played in the NFL for seven seasons, Keanu looks to live up to large expectations. (Troy Hull)

53 (2)

Washington Redskins

Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

Questions about Henry’s lateral quickness will be dispelled when people see how big he is, even by NFL standards. He’s a faster more versitile Brandon Jacobs who has no fumble issues. Washington takes a workhorse RB to help the development of Kirk Cousins and the offense. (Nick Varallo)

54 (2)

Minnesota Vikings

Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

Adding to the plan of helping out Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings add a big lineman in Clark to keep Teddy upright. He should be able to find his way somewhere along that offensive line. (Kevin Luo)

55 (2)

Cincinnati Bengals

Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State

The Bengals stay in the state of Ohio and add Perry, a really solid linebacker from Ohio State. He should be able to help out across the linebacking crew, especially if Burfict can’t keep himself out of trouble. (Kevin Luo)

56 (2)

Washington Redskins (SQ Trade - From SEA)

Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas

Pot Roast Knighton’s departure left an enormous hole at NT. Big Mr. Ridgeway clogs the gap and gives the skins a run stopper upfront. (Nick Varallo)

57 (2)

Green Bay Packers

Scooby Wright III, ILB, Arizona

With inconsistent play from Jake Ryan and Sam Barrington coming off a major injury, the Packers have a glaring need at the inside linebacker position. This pick allows them to move Clay Matthews back to his natural position of OLB. (Troy Hull)

58 (2)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Vonn Bell, SS, Ohio State

While continuing to add to their secondary in the draft, the Steelers add another Buckeye as well. Bell is a solid safety in coverage, and can relieve some of the pressure on fellow safety Mike Mitchell. (Jake Henning)

59 (2)

Kansas City Chiefs

Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

The Chiefs have nice pieces in Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce, but they need another threat on the outside to make life easier for Alex Smith. Carroo will surprise people and be one of the better WR prospects in the class. (Miller Mrosek)

60 (2)

New England Patriots

Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

Based on tape, Michael Thomas is the best receiver in this class. A lack of proper use at Ohio State kept Thomas from reaching his potential level of production in college. A large receiver in a class full of smaller receivers, the Patriots will gladly pick up this gem. With his physical traits and natural ability, Bill Belichick will be able to get the most out of Thomas and turn him into a true number one receiver in the NFL. (Sanha Ryoo)

61 (2)

New England Patriots

T.J. Green, FS, Clemson

With naturally quick hips and great length, T.J. Green has the necessary physical attributes to be an impact free safety in the NFL. He can keep up with receivers down the field, Green has the versatility to also play cornerback. The schemes Belichick could come with using Green, Devin McCourty, Malcolm Butler, and Logan Ryan are terrifying. At the very least, Green has a lot of experience playing on special teams and will definitely be able to make an immediate impact in the NFL. (Sanha Ryoo)

62 (2)

Carolina Panthers

Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt

I don’t know if there’s ever been a receiving corps as bad as the Panthers and reached a Super Bowl. Cam Newton needs more weapons if he wants to have continued success. Boyd can make the hard catches and would be a good fit for a sometimes inaccurate, yet dynamite young QB. (Adrian Nelson)

63 (2)

Denver Broncos

Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State

The loss of Malik Jackson will not be easy to reconciliate, but picking up Austin Johnson here will help. A true athletic specimen with great speed for a 315-pounder, Johnson is great at eating up space in the front of a 3-4 defense. Johnson should be able to fill in immediately as a hole stuffer in Denver defensive line and seems to be a great for that defense up in the Mile High City (Sanha Ryoo)

64 (3)

Tennessee Titans

Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

Sticking with the high risk/high reward strategy, the Titans take a chance on Jaylon Smith, who could prove to be the steal of the draft if he can recover from his devastating knee injury. (Miller Mrosek)

65 (3)

Cleveland Browns

Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio St.

The Browns need someone for RG3 to throw to and Miller might be the highest ceiling of any WR in this draft. If the Browns can tap into the local product’s raw athleticism, they might have an Anquan Bolden-type steal. (Nick Varallo)

66 (3)

San Diego Chargers

Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame

Younger brother of Dallas Cowboys All-Pro guard Zach Martin, this highly experienced 5th year senior could come into San Diego and start. Another pick to bolster their rough line from last year and protect Rivers. (Troy Hull)

67 (3)

Dallas Cowboys

Deion Jones, LB, LSU

Jones certainly does not fit the build of a traditional, big-boddied linebacker. However, he has lots of range and should be a solid addittion to the Cowboy linebacking corps. (Eric Saltzman)

68 (3)

San Francisco 49ers

Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina

San Francisco was eyeing up Braxton Miller here, but they’ll settle for Cooper here. He’s talented and should be able to slot in well with new quarterback Paxton Lynch. (Christian Hoban)

69 (3)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri

What he lacks in athleticism he makes up for in instinct. A very smart player who knows where to be at all times, he’ll help Gus Bradley sure up a position that is suffering as Paul Pusluszny ages. (Christian Hoban)

70 (3)

Baltimore Ravens

Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

Nassib is a big, tall defensive end who had a huge season in Happy Valley. He has a non-stop motor and he’ll fit well on that Ravens defense. (Kevin Luo)

71 (3)

New York Giants

Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

Coleman is a really long tackle with the ability to pass block and with just enough quickness to be effective when swinging out to protect. With Eli Manning still under center and the Giants wanting to throw the ball a lot, these qualities will be quite welcome on the Giants’ offenisve line (Jake Henning)

72 (3)

Chicago Bears

Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU

As mentioned earlier, the Chicago offensive line is a work in progress. Having already taken Conklin in the first round, it would be wise to double-down on one position, with the hope that at least one player will boom. (Eric Saltzman)

73 (3)

Miami Dolphins

Sean Davis, CB, Maryland

A fast, athletic defensive back with decent size and ability to play at both safety and corner. He hits hard and plays solid run defense, and should be a welcome addition to a Miami secondary that lost Brent Grimes in the offseason. (Christian Hoban)

74 (3)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Artie Burns, CB, Miami

Maybe a mini run on cornerbacks here, but the Buccaneers would be very happy here if their first three picks addressed offensive line, defensive line, and cornerback. (Adrian Nelson)

75 (3)

Oakland Raiders

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

A highly productive back with great hands, Dixon could be the best pro prospect out of the 2016 bunch. Added depth and a potential replacement for 2017 free agent Latavius Murray. (Troy Hull)

76 (3)

Tennessee Titans

Darian Thompson, S, Boise State

Thompson’s stock fell a bit after a poor combine performance, but by many accounts he was suffering from food poisoning. Thompson has the talent to be a solid contributor in the back end for the Titans. (Miller Mrosek)

77 (3)

Cleveland Browns

Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah St

Fackrell is an excellent athlete at a school that has produced a lot of NFL players recently, such as Bobby Wagner. He brings pass rushing skills to the Browns, something they need badly. (Nick Varallo)

78 (3)

New Orleans Saints

Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

Howard has great athelticism and a shutdown corner mentiality. He consistently was required to cover the other team’s number one receiver, and in the Big 12 that can be quite the task. He doesn’t have to start right away in New Orleans with Lewis and Breaux already there, so more development will be great for him to polish some things up. (Jake Henning)

79 (3)

Philadelphia Eagles

Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

Funny to see the Eagles taking a RB so high a year after signing DeMarco Murray, but the reality is they need help. Booker is an all-around RB who can take over for the aging Darren Sproles and Ryan Matthews in the coming years. (Nick Varallo)

80 (3)

Buffalo Bills

Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State

Hargrave had a great week of practice at the East-West Shrine game, and that garnered him a lot more attention. The back-to-back MEAC defensive player of the year gives Buffalo good depth along the defensive line, and another player for the Ryan brothers to mold. (Jake Henning)

81 (3)

Atlanta Falcons

Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Miss

Reed was a standout for the Golden Eagles and put up eye-popping numbers at his pro day. He could serve as the Falcons 4th corner this season and replace Robert Alford in 2017. (Miller Mrosek)

82 (3)

Indianapolis Colts

Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona State

Sticking with the best player available, it just happened that the best player available for the Colts was also a player at a position of dire need. The second best offensive guard in this draft, there is little doubt that Indiapolis would jump at the opportunity to grab Westerman in the third. Westerman’s toughness is the thing that makes him special, and bringing a mean streak to the Colts’ offensive line will do wonders for a unit that lacks toughness. (Sanha Ryoo)

83 (3)

New York Jets

C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame

Prosise is a converted WR who will add much needed talent to a Jets backfield that lost Chris Ivory in free agency. (Miller Mrosek)

84 (3)

Washington Redskins

Tyler Matekevitch, LB, Temple

The Redskins were happy with the contributions of Will Compton when he was inserted into the starting lineup. Matekevitch plays a similiar style, but has more size and athleticism than Compton. The ultra-productive former Owl is always around the ball, as he led all LBs in INTs last season and is a sure tackler. (Nick Varallo)

85 (3)

Houston Texans

Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford

With the signing of Brock Osweiler, look for the Texans to improve skill position players around him. Hooper, an all-american and combine standout, improves a thin position with impressive blocking skills and a nose for the end zone. (Troy Hull)

86 (3)

Minnesota Vikings

Justin Simmons, FS, Boston College

Simmons is a solid cover safety who could pair nicely with Harrison Smith in that Minnesota secondary. The Vikings went offense with their first two picks. Now it’s time to sure up that secondary that has to play Aaron Rodgers twice a year and gets to play against Jay Cutler twice a year. (Kevin Luo)

87 (3)

Cincinnati Bengals

Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State

This might be a little high for Washington but Washington is a player who showed tremendous upside at Ohio State. He’s a big strong kid who can develop his technique and football instincts and won’t need to make a huge impact right away on this Cincinnati defense. (Kevin Luo)

88 (3)

Green Bay Packers

Jeremy Cash, SS, Duke

The 2015 ACC defensive player of the year who missed the end of last season, with just a wrist injury, Cash should be fine to come back 100%. Cash is a highly versatile, highly productive, ball hawk safety who will most likely move to nickel for Dom Capers’ defense. (Troy Hull)

89 (3)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame

The Notre Dame captain and three year starter can play either end or tackle and will provide fantastic depth for the Steelers’ defense. He was also a USA Today First-Team All-American, and could end up being a huge steal for Pittsburgh at this point in the draft. (Jake Henning)

90 (3)

Seattle Seahawks

Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana

Thomas Rawls is the apparent starter for next season, but insurance is needed behind him. Howard is a big back who can pickup the tough yardage (Eric Saltzman)


Kansas City Chiefs


Due to tampering charges last offseason in their pursuit of Jeremy Maclin, the Kansas City Chiefs were stripped of a 2016 third round pick among other penalties.

91 (3)

New England Patriots

Joe Dahl, OG, Washington State

If not during the regular season, certainly the AFC Championship against the Denver Broncos showed the New England offensive line could not play against an elite defense. Though they have depth at guard, they lack a top-tier guard on either side of their center. Though not a great athlete, his super solid play at Washington State begs for the Patriots to pick him up here. A particularly good pass protector, the Patriots could shift Dahl all around their line, much like they did with their linemen last season. (Sanha Ryoo)

92 (3)

Arizona Cardinals

Jalen Mills, DB, LSU

The position where depth is the most important is secondary. Arizona already has the versatile Tyrann Mathieu on the roster and Mills fits the description of a versatile player, although his upside likely is not as high as Mathieu’s (Eric Saltzman)

93 (3)

Carolina Panthers

Isaac Seumalo, OG, Oregon State

You can never get enough depth at the offensive line. Seumalo gets them younger, versatile back-up. (Adrian Nelson)

94 (3)

Denver Broncos

Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

If Hackenburg falls this far and the Broncos have not taken a QB yet, Elway would definitely pull the trigger for a QB prospect here. Though highly polarizing because of his excellent play in 2014, but less than excellent play in 2015, Hackenburg defines “project QB.” All the physical traits are there: body, arm, and ability to move out of the pocket. However, the mental aspects of the game will be a big question mark for Hackenburg. If he can adjust mentally to the NFL, Hackenburg could be the second coming of Carson Palmer. (Sanha Ryoo)

95* (3)

Detroit Lions

Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia

Jenkins provides the Lions with a tough, smart linebacker. He has some deficiencies and an inury history, but he has a high motor and can help Detroit. (Adrian Nelsom)

96* (3)

New England Patriots

Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State

Vannett is actually my favorite tight end in this draft, overshadowed by a star-studded Ohio State roster coming into this draft. He physically built well for an NFL tight end, and just one drop in college is a good indication of his solidity in pass-catching. The downside to Vannett is that he seemed less than willing to put everything into blocking in college. If he can overcome this negative, Vannett has the potential to become the best tight end from this class. Just imagine the things Belichick could do with both Gronkowski and Vannett in the pass game. *Shivers* (Sanha Ryoo)

97* (3)

Seattle Seahawks

Jihad Ward DE, Northern Illinois

Ward brings lots of versatility to the Seahawk defensive line. He can play either end or tackle and should be a stout run defender at either position. (Eric Saltzman)

98* (3)

Denver Broncos

Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA

His agility, pass-catching ability, and willingness to pick up blitzes all seem to be traits Gary Kubiak would be looking for in a running back for his system. Though not as great of an athlete like many other backs in his class, Perkins’ overall solid game is otherwise difficult to fault. One negative may be his large workload coming out of UCLA with nearly 500 carries, but the 3-headed monster Denver could feature without a good quarterback in the backfield could sway Elway to make the pick here. (Sanha Ryoo)

Edited by Justin Peroff.

When was the last year that a QB, OT, or DE was not the first overall pick in the draft?
Created 4/25/16
  1. 1990
  2. 1996
  3. 2000
  4. 2008

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