Mel Kiper's two thousand sixteen NFL Mock Draft 4.0

Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 4:38 PM

The draft class can presently go shopping for suits or obtain the party planned, because with just a few exceptions, pro days have also been completed.

Mel Kiper's two thousand sixteen NFL Mock Draft 4.0

Early April means we're officially in the residence stretch, which doesn't just go for us analysts. The draft class can presently go shopping for suits or obtain the party planned, because with just a few exceptions, pro days have also been completed. There are a no of individual workouts that'll get space in April, but much of the "process" we speak about has been completed.

Do pro days modify things? Sure. Many players pass on certain combine workouts based on injuries, so teams wish to look them perform. As well, we look a lot more from the quarterback class in these settings than we do in Indy. 

That in mind, here'south the latest mock. I added a no of players I look as Round two options, many of whom could've been taken in Round one.

A player with an asterisk following to his title has a year of eligibility remaining. Two asterisks implies two years.

one. TN Titans

At this point, I think that while Jalen Ramsey is the type of talent you could consider here, the necessity to defend the face of the franchise wins out unless they discover a way to trade out of this spot. The top left tackle in the draft goes to a team where offensive line assistance is a must. Number modify from the previous mock.

two. Cleveland Browns

He'south not the top QB on my board, but this isn't a prospect ranking, it'south a projection. The addition of Robert Griffin III does allow some added developmental insurance here so they don't have to start a rookie, and it also gives them a chance to wait on a QB choose if they really love one of the guys who could be around in Circular 2.

three. San Diego Chargers

I do think they could consider Ronnie Stanley here, but if it'south about the best player available here, I think Ramsey has a excellent shot. I know there are concerns he'll face some developmental hurdles as a rookie, but all cornerbacks do, and Ramsey'south ceiling is extremely high.

four. Dallas Cowboys

I don't think they should be out of the market for a quarterback this high, but it'south tough to go incorrect with the best pure pass-rusher in the draft. Bosa mightn't be the kind of freakish athlete you peg for a future twenty-sack season, but he'south a much better athlete than many give him credit for, and he'll be an early contributor who can stay on the field in any situation.

five. Jacksonville Jaguars

This guy just makes you better on the defensive side of the ball. The game comes so simple to him, and while we declare it often, his skill to cover nearly anyone with a legit linebacker frame is where it really stands out. Draft him and expect him to start right away.

six. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens could go in a no of directions here, but this is a spot where Elliott starts to arrive into play for teams who wish to stay strict to a "best player available" strategy. Number question he'll benefit any team he lands with, including the Ravens.

seven. San Francisco 49ers

Sticking with this pick. Even if Colin Kaepernick remains at quarterback -- that feels less and less likely -- I don't know if Goff would be out of the equation here. Goff has some special traits that could assistance him obtain on the field beautiful quickly if Chip Kelly can believe him with the offense.

8.  Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami)

A thieve at this point, Buckner would see beautiful excellent on a defensive line with Fletcher Cox. Buckner has the skill to really control an offensive lineman and disrupt offenses, and his versatility makes him useful beautiful much anywhere. 

nine. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I could look Stanley going as high as No. three overall, which makes him a reasonable cost here. The Bucs did target offensive line assistance in latest year'south draft, but ceiling is a beautiful huge question mark, and they shouldn't create the same error the Colts did with Andrew Luck when it comes to building a solid grouping in front of their franchise talent.

ten. NY Giants

The Giants could go a few different directions here, as their spending spree in free agency, particularly on defense, doesn't imply that adding a pass-rusher or cornerback is out of the question here. But Conklin can be plugged in immediately at right tackle, and could even battle for the starting work on the left side.

eleven. Chicago Bears

Sticking with the same choose here from the previous mock. The Bears did a kind work in free agency at interior linebacker, but Floyd is the edge defender who could really assistance early in passing downs.

twelve. New Orleans Saints

Another one I'm not changing from the previous mock. Rankins offers as much interior quickness as you're going to discover in this draft, a class loaded with excellent interior defenders. More disruption from the defensive line is a recipe for a rebound for the Saints' defense.

13.  Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia)

Lee offers tremendous upside, and I think a bright defensive coordinator will discover him extremely versatile. He'south an explosive, blitzing threat who's grand in space and will grow into an above-average coverage linebacker. Athletes love this are special, and Lee has the instincts to go with that raw ability.

fourteen. Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have done a lot of work in free agency to address the defensive side of the ball, but they necessity assistance at cornerback and could be tickled to discover the best pure corner in the draft at this spot. Hargreaves lacks some measurables, but the tape doesn't lie.

fifteen. LA Rams

Lynch needs a lot of development, but for a franchise desperate for a quarterback, he could be worth the bet. Could the Rams be one of the teams willing to move up for Goff or Wentz? It'south not entirely out of the question.

sixteen. Detroit Lions

The Lions have needs elsewhere, but getting the top wide receiver in the draft class at No. sixteen overall is a excellent value. It'south absurd to declare Treadwell can replace Calvin Johnson -- nobody is doing that -- but he does give them length, powerful hands and playmaking ability. They can obtain a excellent D-lineman in either of the following two rounds thanks to so much depth at the position.

seventeen. Atlanta Falcons

You could create a case that Ragland is as prepared to contribute on Sundays as any defender in this draft. Yes, he'south an instinctive tackling machine at the line of scrimmage, but Ragland can cover ground. Atlanta can keep him to work immediately. 

eighteen. Indianapolis Colts

It'south tough for me to look a situation in which one of the top three offensive tackles is still available here, but Decker is a solid cost at this slot and I don't think the Colts can go incorrect with a "best offensive lineman available" strategy, potentially more than once.

nineteen. Buffalo Bills

Given his productivity and well-rounded game, Lawson would be a excellent obtain in this range. The Ryan brothers have to obtain the defense turned around or they could both be elsewhere in two thousand-seventeenth, and Lawson is the kind of player who can obtain on the field early and help.

20. NY Jets

One of the fastest-rising prospects in the draft, Ifedi has the prototype frame for an NFL left tackle, with long arms and fast feet. You're certainly projecting a tiny here, because he'south distant more about potential than polish at this point, but you could finish up with a thieve at a necessity position. Ifedi can also play guard.

twenty-one. WA Redskins

WA went after physical trench players in the two thousand fifteen draft, and Reed would be a continuation of that trend. There isn't a better defender against the run, and Reed is prepared to obtain on the field for beautiful much any team.

twenty-two. Houston Texans

They've a big-time talent in DeAndre Hopkins, but Coleman adds another dimension, and is the kind of speedster who can open up space for others in the offense because you simply have to respect his speed. If you think you've your QB, you better add another weapon.

twenty-three. MN Vikings

Sticking with this choose from the previous mock. As I said then, you've Stefon Diggs, but this is a enormous year for Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings necessity to add another weapon in the passing game. Doctson is a magician when the ball is in the air, and he can create plays after the capture as well.

twenty-four. Cincinnati Bengals

Free agency didn't assistance Andy Dalton all that much. A. J. Green is still all-world at wide receiver, but they could utilize another player who'll obtain the attention of opposing defensive coordinators and create safeties get a step or two backwards. Fuller has big-time speed and was the best deep threat in college football last season.

twenty-five. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers could be a better secondary far from Super Bowl contention, and while you don't wish to rely on rookies back there too often, Pittsburgh doesn't have a choice and should add talent wherever there'south cost to be had. Jackson is rising on boards everywhere and could be a excellent obtain at this stage.

twenty-six. Seattle Seahawks

I know the offensive line is a concern, but I don't think you can sacrifice talent for necessity here, particularly when the reality is you're not being realistic if you think there'south an immediate upgrade at left tackle to be found here. Apple has major upside as a physical cornerback with length. He'll fit right in.

twenty-seven. Green Bay Packers

A high-energy speedster coming off the edge looks grand on this defense, and the more you look Correa, the more you look the potential for him to assistance a pass-rush right away. He can get some pressure off Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers.

twenty-eight. KS City Chiefs

He'south listed at safety, but Bell has the kind of coverage skill that some think he could handle cornerback. In a nutshell, he'south a versatile talent in the secondary, and the Chiefs -- or any team, for that matter -- will discover utilize for him.

twenty-nine. AZ Cardinals

The addition of Chandler Jones gives the Cardinals a much-needed pass-rusher. Presently a team without dazzling needs does have a noticeable one on the interior of the offensive line. Kelly is a plug-and-play option at center, and he'south also in the "best available" mix at this point.

thirty. Carolina Panthers

The Panthers will be reminded how impactful a dominating pass-rush can be every time they roll the Super Bowl tape -- though I don't suspect that'll be too often. Kony Ealy is on the rise, but Charles Johnson turns thirty this summer, and Ogbah has major upside. Again: You can't have sufficient good pass-rushers.

thirty-one. Denver Broncos

The departure of Malik Jackson in free agency makes Robinson an simple choose here. And really, even if Jackson was still around, this choose makes sense. If there'south a huge question at this stage, it'south whether John Elway could be in the QB market right here. He'south got time, and he generally has a beautiful excellent plan, too.

* There will be only thirty-one picks in the first circular in two thousand-sixteenth, with New England'south first-round pick forfeited.

Prospects in play in the second round

A no of these guys could easily land in Circular 1, particularly some of the defensive tackles. I'm simply saying for this mock they're in play in Round 2.

Connor Cook, MI State; Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

Derrick Henry, Alabama

Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma; Michael Thomas, OH State; Braxton Miller, OH State

Hunter Henry, Arkansas; Jerell Adams, S Carolina

Jason Spriggs, Indiana; Shon Coleman, Auburn; Jerald Hawkins, LSU

Joshua Garnett, Stanford; Cody Whitehair, KS State

Nick Martin, Notre Dame

Jihad Ward, Illinois; Kevin Dodd, Clemson; Jonathan Bullard, Florida; Shilique Calhoun, MI State

Kenny Clark, UCLA; Vernon Butler, LA Tech; Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss;  Chris Jones, MS State; Andrew Billings, Baylor; Adolphus Washington, OH State; Austin Johnson, Penn State; Hassan Ridgeway, Texas; Maliek Collins, Nebraska

Nick Kwiatkoski, W Virginia

Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky; Deion Jones, LSU; Su'a Cravens, USC; Joshua Perry, OH State; Joe Schobert, Wisconsin

Kendall Fuller, VA Tech; Mackensie Alexander, Clemson; Artie Burns, Miami (Fla.); Xavien Howard, Baylor

Karl Joseph, W Virginia; Jalen Mills, LSU; Keanu Neal, Florida; Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah

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