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2016 NFL Mock Draft: 7 Rounds

Round 2

Posted By Tony Mario Last Updated: April 7, 2016.

  1. Cleveland Browns: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

    Cleveland drafts a wide receiver for Carson Wentz to throw to. Michael Thomas is a big target who can get open and create separation downfield.

    Previous Pick: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

  2. Tennessee Titans: Kevin Dodd, 3-4 LE, Clemson

    The Tennessee Titans finally get a 3-4 left end to challenge DaQuon Jones a former Clemson player to be the teams starting 3-4 left end. Kevin Dodd is a great value pick at this point.

  3. Dallas Cowboys: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

    Dallas adds another cornerback for depth. Mackensie Alexander is the best player available and he can develop as a dime corner for a year with Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne entering contract years.

    Previous Pick: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

  4. San Diego Chargers: Cody Whitehair, C, Kansas State

    Cody Whitehair played left tackle at Kansas State. He showed enough versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard in the 2016 Senior Bowl. Whitehair's small arms will keep him from going in the first round, but I believe he's versatile enough to play any of the 5 positions on the offensive line, but his wingspan will force him inside to the interior offensive line where he plays guard or center. San Diego needs a starting center and can take Whitehair here.

    Previous Pick: Shon Coleman, LT, Auburn

  5. Baltimore Ravens: Kenny Clark, NT, UCLA

    Baltimore needs a nose tackle. Some consider Kenny Clark a first round talent, so Baltimore could draft him for value in the second round.

    Previous Pick: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

  6. San Francisco 49ers: Joshua Garnett, RG, Stanford

    San Francisco needs a right tackle if Anthony Davis does not return, but none are available here. Instead the 49ers grab a right guard after signing left guard Zane Beadles to play left guard. Garnett is versatile enough to start on either side at guard even though he's more of a natural left guard.

    Previous Pick: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Keanu Neal, SS, Florida

    Strong safety Jonathan Cyprien is in a contract year. Jacksonville has to use fifth year player options on Luke Joeckel and Blake Bortles during the next two years plus they will have to give Allen Robinson an extension. Also Prince Amukamara will be a Free Agent in 2017 so the Jaguars may lock up Amukamara long term rather than Cyprien if Amukamara does well which is why Cyprien may take a payday to play elsewhere. Keanu Neal would be ready to step in at strong safety after learning behind Cyprien and Gipson for a year if that happened.

    Previous Pick: Noah Spence, LE, Eastern Kentucky

  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

    Tampa Bay needs a #1 cornerback. Xavien Howard was a #1 field cornerback that covered Corey Coleman and ran a 4.39 40 time. He fits what Tampa Bay is looking for in a cover cornerback.

    Previous Pick: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

  9. New York Giants: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

    The Giants got Damon Harrison and Jonathan Hankins at defensive tackle. Depth is still needed and Andrew Billings is a steal that can push Hankins for that starting spot across from Harrison.

    Previous Pick: Germain Ifedi, RT, Texas A&M

  10. Chicago Bears: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

    The Chicago Bears get a tight end to replace Martellus Bennett. Hunter Henry is the top tight end in the 2016 NFL Draft.

    Previous Pick: Jonathan Bullard, 3-4 LE, Florida

  11. Miami Dolphins: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

    Miami needs a running back after losing Lamar Miller. Derrick Henry is a steal at this point.

    Previous Pick: Darron Lee, ROLB, Ohio State

  12. Los Angeles Rams: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh

    The Los Angeles Rams get this pick from the Eagles thanks to the Nick Foles trade. The Rams need for a receiver outweighs their need at quarterback. Tyler Boyd will not fall past this pick in 2016 even if he does manage to slide to the second round. Giving Paxton Lynch a big physical target like Tyler Boyd will do wonders for his game.

  13. Oakland Raiders: Darian Thompson, FS, Boise State

    Darian Thompson has the versatility to play both strong safety and free safety. He's a better fit at free safety though and Oakland will need a free safety for depth even if they bring in Reggie Nelson.

    Previous Pick: Keanu Neal, SS, Florida

  14. Los Angeles Rams: Kamalei Correa, LOLB, Boise State

    Los Angeles drafts an outside linebacker for depth. Mark Barron seems like more of a safety even though he did awesome at outside linebacker and Akeem Ayers struggled to tackle consistently. Even if Barron and Ayers both start, depth at outside linebacker is needed.

    Previous Pick: Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State

  15. Detroit Lions: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

    The Detroit Lions need a defensive tackle. The Lions love Vernon Butler and I cannot see the Lions passing on Butler at this pick since they gave him a late first round grade.

  16. New Orleans Saints: Noah Spence, LE, Eastern Kentucky

    New Orleans needs a left end. Noah Spence provides great value in the second round.

    Previous Pick: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma

  17. Indianapolis Colts: Su'a Cravens, SS, USC

    Indianapolis looks past Su'a Cravens 40 time and takes a chance on him hoping to upgrade the secondary. Cravens is an incredible blitzer who can come in stop the run on running plays at safety.

    Previous Pick: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

  18. Buffalo Bills: Vadal Alexander, LG, LSU

    Buffalo has Ritchie Incognito and John Miller starting at guard. Buffalo has no depth at guard if either guard gets injured.

    Previous Pick: Joshua Garnett, RG, Stanford

  19. Atlanta Falcons: Shon Coleman, LT, Auburn

    Last year, Atlanta had Jake Long as a backup left tackle. Now the guy that has to step in if Jake Matthews goes down is Tom Compton. Atlanta, like Buffalo drafts for depth rather than trying to find an immediate starter.

    Previous Pick: Scooby Wright, LOLB, Arizona

  20. New York Jets: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

    Connor Cook and Bryce Petty put up a clinic in the 2015 Cotton Bowl. Now the two get to compete with each other to be the future starter of the New York Jets assuming Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn't come back. Even if Fitzpatrick returns Cook and Petty can compete to be Fitzpatrick's backup and the quarterback of the future when the Jets and Fitzpatrick move on from each other.

    Previous Pick: Kenny Lawler, WR, California

  21. Houston Texans: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

    Houston needs a center. Ryan Kelly can play left guard, center, or right guard with his versatility and will start right away at center filling arguably their biggest need on offense outside of a slot receiver.

    Previous Pick: Christian Hackenberg, QB Penn State

  22. Washington Redskins: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

    Washington needs a #1 cornerback. Kendall Fuller is a steal at this point late in the second round.

    Previous Pick: Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame

  23. Minnesota Vikings: Sterling Shephard, WR, Oklahoma

    Minnesota gets a slot receiver to replace Mike Wallace. Sterling Shephard is a bargain at this point.

    Previous Pick: Sebastian Tretola, LG, Arkansas

  24. Cincinnati Bengals: Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State

    Cincinnati has the luxury of going with the best player available. Adolphus Washington gives the Bengals defensive tackle depth.

    Previous Pick: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA

  25. Seattle Seahawks: Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame

    Seattle needs a defensive tackle. Sheldon Day has too many positives on tape even if he is undersized as he can stop the run or rush the passer.

    Previous Pick: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

  26. Green Bay Packers: Kyle Murphy, RT, Stanford

    The Packers get some depth at right tackle. They need a plan if Bryan Bulaga gets injured again.

    Previous Pick: Spencer Drango, LG, Baylor

  27. Pittsburgh Steelers: Von Bell, SS, Ohio State

    Pittsburgh needs a strong safety. Von Bell is the top strong safety left at this point in the second round.

    Previous Pick: Darian Thompson, FS, Boise State

  28. Kansas City Chiefs: Connor McGovern, LG, Missouri

    Connor McGovern can play left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, and right tackle with his versatility. He's considered a guard prospect in the NFL. McGovern has the same versatility at Mitch Morse and is a great fit for the Chiefs here.

    Previous Pick: Denver Kirkland, LG, Arkansas

  29. New England Patriots: Shilique Calhoun, RE, Michigan State

    New England gets a pass rusher to replace Chandler Jones. Jabaal Sheard, Rob Ninkovich, and Chris Long all have one year contracts that run through 2017 plus depth is needed.

    Previous Pick: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

  30. New England Patriots: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

    New England loved what they saw from Braxton Miller in Mobile. The Patriots should take a receiver for depth so they have more options in the passing game in case someone gets injured.

    Previous Pick: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

  31. Carolina Panthers: Karl Joseph, SS, West Virginia

    Carolina may release Roman Harper. Karl Joseph has the versatility to play both strong safety and free safety which is why he wraps up the second round as a tremendous value pick.

  32. Denver Broncos: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

    Denver grabs one more running back for depth. Kenneth Dixon sneaks into my second round. He's a bigger version of Ronnie Hillman and he drops less passes in the passing game than Hillman.

    Previous Pick: Jerald Hawkins, RT, LSU

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