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2016 NFL Mock Draft: 7 Rounds





Round 3


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


  1. Tennessee Titans: Jalen Mills, FS, LSU

    The Tennessee Titans grab a starting free safety. Jalen Mills can play anywhere on the secondary at cornerback, strong safety, or free safety.


    Previous Pick: James Bradberry, CB, Samford

  2. Cleveland Browns: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford

    Cleveland drafts another weapon for Carson Wentz. Wentz now has Josh Gordon and Michael Thomas as his two starting receivers. You pair Austin Hooper up with Gary Barnidge and give Wentz multiple tight ends like Andrew Luck had with Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen at the beginning of his career, and that will set Wentz up for success with the current coaches in place.


  3. San Diego Chargers: Carl Nassib, 3-4 RE, Penn State

    The Chargers need a 3-4 defensive end for depth if they have faith in Corey Liuget at 3-4 right end and Darius Philon at 3-4 left end. Nassib makes sense here as a 3-4 right end for depth.


    Previous Pick: Jayron Kearse, SS, Clemson

  4. Dallas Cowboys: Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State

    Cardale Jones would be a great quarterback to develop behind Tony Romo. Jones makes almost too much sense at this point in the third round.


    Previous Pick: Jalen Mills, FS, LSU


  5. San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Fackrell, 3-4 ROLB, Utah State

    The San Francisco 49ers need an upgrade at 3-4 right outside linebacker. Kyle Fackrell is a great pick for the 49ers at this point.


    Previous Pick: Graham Glasglow, C, Michigan

  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bronson Kaufusi, LE, BYU

    Jacksonville needs a left end for depth. Jared Odrick and Malik Jackson are more fit to start at 4-3 defensive tackle and Kaufusi is a sack artist that can stop the run while imposing his will on right tackles.


    Previous Pick: Cody Whitehair, C, Kansas State

  7. Baltimore Ravens: Denver Kirkland, LG, Arkansas

    Denver Kirkland played right guard and left tackle at Arkansas moving to left tackle in 2015. Baltimore gets Kirkland to replace Kelechi Osmele at left guard.


    Previous Pick: Jarran Reed, 3-4 LE, Alabama

  8. New York Giants: Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State

    The New York Giants had nobody that could play nickel cornerback when Prince Amukamara and Dominque-Rodgers Cromartie were healthy. The Giants replaced Amukamara with Janoris Jenkins in Free Agency, but still need a nickel corner which is where Redmond comes into play.


    Previous Pick: Artie Burns, CB, Miami FL


  9. Chicago Bears: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma

    Kyle Fuller began his career as a nickel cornerback across from Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman before moving to field cornerback as the Bears #1 field cornerback covering #1 flanker receivers. Sanchez would begin in the nickel like Fuller, and move to boundary in 2017 after Tracy Porter's contract ran out with the Bears.


    Previous Pick: Dan Voltz, C, Wisconsin

  10. Miami Dolphins: Artie Burns, CB, Miami FL

    Miami goes with a cornerback here. Artie Burns is the top cornerback left in the third round and would do well as a #1 field cornerback with Byron Maxwell complimenting him.


    Previous Pick: Shawn Oakman, 3-4 RE, Baylor

  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jeremy Cash, SS, Duke

    Tampa Bay needs a strong safety. Jeremy Cash is money and an absolute steal at this point in the third round with his zone coverage and consistent tackling.


  12. Oakland Raiders: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

    Oakland drafts a #2 running back. Devontae Booker is a bargain in the second round.


    Previous Pick: Harlan Miller, CB, Southeast Lousiana


  13. Los Angeles Rams: T.J. Green, FS, Clemson

    The Los Angeles Rams will need a new free safety if Robert McLeod does not return to the Rams. McLeod signed with the Eagles and T.J. Green had an awesome NFL Combine making him a Ram in my newest mock.


    Previous Pick: Von Bell, SS, Ohio State

  14. Philadelphia Eagles: Sebastian Tretola, LG, Arkansas

    The Eagles should get their starting left guard here. Sebastian Tretola is the best player available.


    Previous Pick: Von Bell, SS, Ohio State

  15. New Orleans Saints: Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State

    New Orleans can add a defensive tackle for depth. Austin Johnson is a bargain at this point.


    Previous Pick: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina

  16. Philadelphia Eagles: Jayron Kearse, SS, Clemson

    Philadelphia drafts a strong safety to boost the secondary. Sean Davis is the top strong safety left after his week in Mobile at the 2016 Senior Bowl.


    Previous Pick: Sean Davis, CB, Maryland


  17. Buffalo Bills: Yannick Ngakoue, ROLB, Maryland

    The Buffalo Bills draft a starting right outside linebacker here. Yannick Ngakoue provides terrific value here.


    Previous Pick: Anthony Zettell, 3-4 LE, Penn State

  18. Atlanta Falcons: Javon Hargreave, DT, South Carolina State

    Atlanta needs a defensive tackle for depth. Paul Soliai is now on the Carolina Panthers.


    Previous Pick: Jack Allen, C, Michigan State

  19. Indianapolis Colts: Kentrell Brothers, 3-4 MLB, Missouri

    Indianapolis needs a 3-4 middle linebacker. Kentrell Brothers is very consistent with his production on tape.


    Previous Pick: Chris Jones, 3-4 RE, Mississippi State

  20. New York Jets: James Bradberry, CB, Samford

    The New York Jets have to find another cornerback with Antonio Cromartie gone. James Bradberry provides terrific value here.


    Previous Pick: Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State


  21. Washington Redskins: Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame

    Washington needs a starting center. Nick Martin in the late third round is highway robbery.


    Previous Pick: Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia

  22. Houston Texans: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

    Houston will need a developmental quarterback that can replace Brian Hoyer as the backup since Brock Osweiler is the starter. I think that guy can be Christian Hackenberg, a quarterback Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien coached at Penn State.


    Previous Pick: Max Tuerk, C, USC

  23. Minnesota Vikings: Jack Allen, C, Michigan State

    Minnesota gets a center. They need depth behind John Sullivan.


    Previous Pick: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

  24. Cincinnati Bengals: Spencer Drango, LG, Baylor

    Cincinnati drafts a guard for depth. Spencer Drango can be a backup to Clint Boling at left guard for the Bengals.


    Previous Pick: Yannick Ngakoue, ROLB, Maryland


  25. Green Bay Packers: Beniquez Brown, 3-4 MLB, Mississippi State

    The Packers should use this pick on a 3-4 middle linebacker. Chris Ransom has Beniquez Brown as a 3-4 left outside linebacker, but Brown can play anywhere in the 3-4 or the 4-3 with his versatility just like Myles Jack, Reggie Ragland, Jaylon Smith, and Scooby Wright. The Packers love Brown, and I haven't gave them a 3-4 middle linebacker yet, so they go with Beniquez Brown in the third round who should be lightyears better than Bernardrick McKinney of the Houston Texans.


  26. Pittsburgh Steelers: Maliek Collins, 3-4 LE, Nebraska

    Pittsburgh gets a 3-4 defensive end for depth. Collins may be versatile enough to play 3-4 nose tackle as well.


    Previous Pick: Austin Johnson, NT, Penn State

  27. Seattle Seahawks: Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana

    Seattle needs a running back for depth. Jordan Howard is the most consistent running back at this point.


    Previous Pick: Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State


  28. New England Patriots: Le'Raven Clark, LG, Texas Tech

    New England should get a left guard for depth. Le'Raven Clark could challenge Shaq Mason for the starting left guard job.


    Previous Pick: Christian Westerman, LG, Arizona State

  29. Arizona Cardinals: KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame

    Arizona needs to develop a boundary cornerback across from Patrick Peterson. KeiVarae Russell is the best player available at this point.


    Previous Pick: Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State

  30. Carolina Panthers: Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn

    Carolina gets a cornerback here. Worst case scenario Jones is a dime cornerback behind Brandon Boykin on the depth chart. Best case scenario you find your #2 cornerback across from Josh Norman.


    Previous Pick: Deiondre Hall, CB, Northern Iowa

  31. Denver Broncos: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

    Denver likes Dak Prescott. Even if they traded for Kaeperinick it's hard to see Denver passing on Prescott at this pick.


    Previous Pick: Jordan Jenkins, 3-4 LOLB, Georgia


  32. Detroit Lions: Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State

    Detroit gets the 96th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the Miami Dolphins signed Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after Suh became a Free Agent in 2015.


    The Lions have Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. A slot receiver will be needed and Rashard Higgins looks like Odell Beckham Jr. except he's a lot skinnier.


    Previous Pick: De'Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State

  33. New England Patriots: Sean Davis, CB, Maryland

    New England gets the 97th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the New York Jets signed New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after Revis became a Free Agent in 2015.


    Sean Davis can play cornerback, strong safety, or free safety on the secondary. New England takes Davis because he has the versatility that Bill Belichick covets


    Previous Pick: Tyvis Powell, FS, Ohio State

  34. Seattle Seahawks: Scooby Wright, LOLB, Arizona

    Seattle gets the 98th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the Philadelphia Eagles signed Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after Maxwell became a Free Agent in 2015.


    Seattle needs to find Bruce Irvin's replacement. Scooby Wright has the versatility to play anywhere at outside or middle linebacker in both the 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. Wright can come in and replace Irvin.


    Previous Pick: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas

  35. Denver Broncos: Christian Westerman, LG, Arizona State

    Denver gets the 99th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft as a compensation pick. They get this pick because the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas in the 2015 NFL Free Agency Period after Thomas became a Free Agent in 2015.


    Denver needs to draft a guard to groom for the future with both Evan Mathis and Louis Vasquez in their thirties. Christian Westerman is the top guard left at this point.


    Previous Pick: Le'Raven Clark, LG, Texas Tech









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