2016 NFL Draft: Updated 2-Round Mock Draft and Prospect Rankings

Temperament, personality, desire, internal drive, work ethic, will power, character and heart — they’re the key intangibles which separate the good athletes from the great ones.

Unfortunately, those intangibles are so difficult for evaluators to measure and quantify.

Data for workout numbers such as 40-yard-dashes, bench presses and jumps of all sorts is widely available; so are game statistics for any category you could think of.

Still, these days when every  workout result, rumor, new trendy analytic of the day and hot story of the hour is broadcast out into the digital sphere for all to see, there’s still a mysterious behind-closed-doors feeling that remains surrounding the NFL Draft.

32 brain trusts are all searching for those special prospects that they can mold their organizations around for the future. None of them want to tip their hand before the proceedings start.

At all levels, coaches always trot out that line, “this game separates boys from the men.”

Well, one situation where that mantra certainly rings true is the NFL draft.

Saturdays and Sundays may only be separated by a single thin line on the calendar, but in the football world, it’s a clear dividing line. Excelling in the collegiate ranks against Kevin from chemistry class is one thing. But the NFL is a whole different rodeo. Handling the leap to the next level requires a special type of mental fortitude that only a few collegiate players possess.

It’s up to those 32 brain trusts to figure out who has it and who doesn’t.

The information accumulation phase of the process is pretty much complete. Now begins the all-important final decision-making period. This is the “separating men from boys” period for GMs, scouts, personnel evaluators and assorted front-office executives.

It’s time to hand out the grades, stack the board and prepare for a draft weekend that’s, as always, marked by both intrigue and mystery.

DeForest Buckner, the No. 1 overall prospect in this year’s class , appears destined to become the first overall pick in the 2016 festivities. Still, it’s far from a guarantee.

Tennessee could consider one of the other “Fab Five” prospects: Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil, UCLA LB Myles Jack or Florida State CB Jalen Ramsey. The Titans could also entertain the idea of trading down if an offer is overwhelming enough.

We’ve got another month left to debate, dispute and draw conclusions.

For now, though, here’s my forecast and projections for every pick in the first two rounds of the 2016 NFL draft, as well as complete prospect rankings for every major position.

Round 1 Projections

1 – Tennessee Titans: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

  1. Cleveland Browns: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

  2. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

  3. Dallas Cowboys: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

  5. Baltimore Ravens: Ezekiel Elliottt, RB, Ohio State

  6. San Francisco 49ers: Jared Goff, QB, California

  7. Philadelphia Eagles: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

  9. New York Giants: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

  10. Chicago Bears: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

  11. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

  12. Miami Dolphins: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

  13. Oakland Raiders: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

  14. Los Angeles Rams: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

  15. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

  16. Atlanta Falcons: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

  17. Indianapolis Colts: Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State

  18. Buffalo Bills: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

  19. New York Jets: Noah Spence, ER, Eastern Kentucky

  20. Washington Redskins: Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama

  21. Houston Texans: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

  22. Minnesota Vikings: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

  23. Cincinnati Bengals: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

  24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

  25. Seattle Seahawks: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

  26. Green Bay Packers: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

  27. Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

  28. Arizona Cardinals: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

  29. Carolina Panthers: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

  30. Denver Broncos: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State


 

Round 2 Projections

  1. Cleveland Browns: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

  2. Tennessee Titans: Ryan Kelly, OC, Alabama

  3. Dallas Cowboys: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

  4. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida

  5. Baltimore Ravens: Artie Burns, CB, Miami

  6. San Francisco 49ers: Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia

  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

  9. New York Giants: Su’a Cravens, LB, USC

  10. Chicago Bears: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

  11. Miami Dolphins: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

  12. Los Angeles Rams: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

  13. Oakland Raiders: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State

  14. Los Angeles Rams: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor

  15. Detroit Lions: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh

  16. New Orleans Saints: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

  17. Indianapolis Colts: Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

  18. Buffalo Bills: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

  19. Atlanta Falcons: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State

  20. New York Jets: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

  21. Houston Texans: Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State

  22. Washington Redskins: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma

  23. Minnesota Vikings: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

  24. Cincinnati Bengals: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

  25. Seattle Seahawks: Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State

  26. Green Bay Packers: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

  27. Pittsburgh Steelers: Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M

  28. Kansas City Chiefs: Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU

  29. New England Patriots: Spencer Drango, OL Baylor

  30. New England Patriots: Kamalei Correa, LB, Boise State

  31. Carolina Panthers: Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

  32. Denver Broncos: Jerrell Adams, TE, South Carolina


 


 

The Top 10 Quarterbacks

1 – Jared Goff, California (1-7, San Francisco 49ers)

  1. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State (1-31, Denver Broncos)
  2. Paxton Lynch, Memphis (2-32, Cleveland Browns)
  3. Connor Cook, Michigan State (2-43, Los Angeles Rams)
  4. Cardale Jones, Ohio State
  5. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
  6. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
  7. Kevin Hogan, Stanford
  8. Jeff Driskel, Florida
  9. Nate Sudfeld, Indiana

*Bolded Players Are Included In the Latest 2-Round Mock Draft

Honorable Mention

  • Brandon Allen, Arkansas
  • Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky
  • Cody Kessler, USC
  • Jacob Coker, Alabama
  • Jacoby Brissett, NC State
  • Jake Rudock, Michigan
  • Josh Woodrum, Liberty
  • Joel Stave, Wisconsin
  • Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
  • Trevone Boykin, TCU
  • Vernon Adams, Oregon

 

The Top 10 Running Backs

1 – Ezekiell Elliott, Ohio State (1-6, Baltimore Ravens)

  1. Derrick Henry, Alabama (2-34, Dallas Cowboys)
  2. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech (2-42, Miami Dolphins)
  3. Tyler Ervin, San Jose State (2-52, Houston Texans)
  4. Jordan Howard, Indiana
  5. Devontae Booker, Utah
  6. C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame
  7. Alex Collins, Arkansas
  8. Josh Ferguson, Illinois
  9. Paul Perkins, UCLA

*Bolded Players Are Included In the Latest 2-Round Mock Draft

Honorable Mention

  • Aaron Green, TCU
  • (FB) Dan Vitale, Northwestern
  • Daniel Lasco, California
  • DeAndre Washington, Texas Tech
  • Devon Johnson, Marshall
  • Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
  • Keith Marshall, Georgia
  • Kelvin Taylor, Florida
  • Kenyan Drake, Alabama
  • Marshaun Coprich, Illinois State
  • Wendell Smallwood, West Virginia

 

The Top 10 Wide Receivers

1 – Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (1-15, St. Louis Rams)

  1. Corey Coleman, Baylor (1-17, Atlanta Falcons)
  2. Josh Doctson, TCU (1-28, Kansas City Chiefs)
  3. Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh (2-46, Detroit Lions)
  4. Braxton Miller, Ohio State (2-47, New Orleans Saints)
  5. Michael Thomas, Ohio State (2-49, Buffalo Bills)
  6. Will Fuller, Notre Dame (2-54, Minnesota Vikings)
  7. Leonte Caroo, Rutgers (2-55, Cincinnati Bengals)
  8. Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
  9. Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

*Bolded Players Are Included In the Latest 2-Round Mock Draft

Honorable Mention

  • Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State
  • Byron Marshall, Oregon
  • Demarcus Robinson, Florida
  • Hunter Sharp, Utah State
  • Jalin Marshall, Ohio State
  • Jay Lee, Baylor
  • Jordan Payton, UCLA
  • Kenny Lawler, California
  • Kolby Listenbee, TCU
  • Rashard Higgins, Colorado State
  • Tajae Sharpe, UMass

 

The Top 10 Tight Ends

1 – Hunter Henry, Arkansas (2-57, Green Bay Packers)

  1. Jerrell Adams, South Carolina (2-63, Denver Broncos)
  2. Austin Hooper, Stanford
  3. Nick Vannett, Ohio State
  4. (WR) Devon Cajuste, Stanford
  5. (FB) Glenn Gronkowski, Kansas State
  6. Jake McGee, Florida
  7. David Morgan, UTSA
  8. Henry Krieger Coble, Iowa
  9. Bryce Williams, East Carolina

*Bolded Players Are Included In the Latest 2-Round Mock Draft

Honorable Mention

  • Beau Sandland, Montana State
  • Ben Braunecker, Harvard
  • Darion Griswold, Arkansas State
  • David Grinnage, NC State
  • Kivon Cartwright, Colorado State
  • Ryan Malleck, Virginia Tech
  • Stephen Anderson, California
  • Steven Scheu, Vanderbilt
  • Temarrick Hemingway, South Carolina State
  • (WR) Thomas Duarte, UCLA
  • Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky

The Top 10 Offensive Tackles

1 – Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (1-3, San Diego Chargers)

  1. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame (1-8, Philadelphia Eagles)
  2. Jack Conklin, Michigan State (1-11, Chicago Bears)
  3. Taylor Decker, Ohio State (1-16, Detroit Lions)
  4. Jason Spriggs, Indiana (1-26, Seattle Seahawks)
  5. Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M (2-58, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  6. Shon Coleman, Auburn (2-62, Carolina Panthers)
  7. Willie Beavers, Western Michigan
  8. Jerald Hawkins, LSU
  9. Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech

*Bolded Players Are Included In the Latest 2-Round Mock Draft

Honorable Mention

  • Avery Young, Auburn
  • Brandon Shell, South Carolina
  • Caleb Benenoch, UCLA
  • Cole Toner, Harvard
  • Dominique Robertson, West Georgia
  • Fahn Cooper, Ole Miss
  • Joe Haeg, North Dakota State
  • John Theus, Georgia
  • Kyle Murphy, Stanford
  • Stephane Nembot, Colorado
  • Tyler Marz, Wisconsin

 

The Top 10 Interior Linemen

1 – Cody Whitehair, Kansas State (1-18, Indianapolis Colts)

  1. Ryan Kelly, Alabama (2-33, Tennessee Titans)
  2. Spencer Drango, Baylor (2-60, New England Patriots)
  3. Denver Kirkland, Arkansas
  4. Evan Boehm, Missouri
  5. Nick Martin, Notre Dame
  6. Vadal Alexander, LSU
  7. Joshua Garnett, Stanford
  8. Rees Odhiambo, Boise State
  9. Connor McGovern, Missouri

*Bolded Players are Projected In Current 2-Round Mock Draft

Honorable Mention

  • Alex Redmond, UCLA
  • Christian Westerman, Arizona State
  • Graham Glasgow, Michigan
  • Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State
  • Jack Allen, Michigan State
  • Jake Brendel, UCLA
  • Joe Dahl Washington State
  • Landon Turner, North Carolina
  • Max Tuerk, USC
  • Parker Ehinger, Cincinnati
  • Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas

 

The Top 10 Defensive Tackles

1 – Sheldon Rankins, Louisville (1-12, New Orleans Saints)

  1. Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech (1-14, Oakland Raiders)
  2. Jarran Reed, Alabama (1-21, Washington Redskins)
  3. A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama (1-22, Houston Texans)
  4. Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (1-24, Cincinnati Bengals)
  5. Andrew Billings, Baylor (2-38, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  6. Chris Jones, Mississippi State (2-50 Atlanta Falcons)
  7. Adolphus Washington, Ohio State (2-56, Seattle Seahawks)
  8. Austin Johnson, Penn State
  9. Kenny Clark, UCLA

*Bolded Players Are Included In the Latest 2-Round Mock Draft

Honorable Mention

  • Anthony Zettel, Penn State
  • Darius Latham, Indiana
  • Hassan Ridgeway, Texas
  • Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State
  • Lawrence Thomas, Michigan State
  • Maliek Collins, Nebraska
  • Matt Ioannidis, Temple
  • Nile Lawrence-Stample, Florida State
  • Quinton Jefferson, Maryland
  • Sheldon Day, Notre Dame
  • Willie Henry, Michigan

 

The Top 10 Defensive Ends

1 – DeForest Buckner, Oregon (1-1, Tennessee Titans)

  1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State (1-2, Cleveland Browns)
  2. Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State (1-10, New York Giants)
  3. Kevin Dodd, Clemson (1-19, Buffalo Bills)
  4. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky (1-20, New York Jets)
  5. Shaq Lawson, Clemson (1-30, Carolina Panthers)
  6. Jonathan Bullard, Florida  (2-35, San Diego Chargers)
  7. Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State (2-39, Tampa Bay Bucaneers)
  8. Shawn Oakman, Baylor (2-45, Los Angeles Rams)
  9. Carl Nassib, Penn State (2-48, Indianapolis Colts)

*Bolded Players Are Included In the Latest 2-Round Mock Draft

Honorable Mention

  • Alex McCalister, Florida
  • Bronson Kaufusi, BYU (2-59, Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Charles Tapper, Oklahoma
  • Dadi Nicolas, Virginia Tech
  • Dean Lowry, Northwestern
  • James Cowser, Southern Utah
  • Jason Fanaika, Utah
  • Jihad Ward, Illinois
  • Matt Judon, Grand Valley State
  • Romeo Okwara, Notre Dame
  • Ronald Blair, Appalachian State

 

The Top 10 Linebackers

1 – Myles Jack, UCLA (1-4, Dallas Cowboys)

  1. Darron Lee, Ohio State (1-23, Minnesota Vikings)
  2. Reggie Ragland, Alabama (1-27, Green Bay Packers)
  3. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame (1-29, Arizona Cardinals)
  4. Leonard Floyd, Georgia (2-37, San Francisco 49ers)
  5. Su’a Cravens, USC (2-40, New York Giants)
  6. Kamalei Correa, Boise State (2-61, New England Patriots)
  7. Yannick Ngakoue, Maryland
  8. Jordan Jeknkins, Georgia
  9. Kyler Fackrell, Utah State

*Bolded Players Are Included In the Latest 2-Round Mock Draft

Honorable Mention

  • De’Vondre Campbell, Minnesota
  • Deion Jones, LSU
  • Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma
  • Eric Striker, Oklahoma
  • Joe Schobert, Wisconsin
  • Josh Perry, Ohio State
  • Kentrell Brothers, Missouri
  • Nick Vigil, Utah State
  • Scooby Wright, Arizona
  • Travis Feeney, Washington
  • Tyler Matakevich, Temple

 

The Top 10 Cornerbacks

1 – Jalen Ramsey, Florida State (1-5, Jacksonville Jaguars)

  1. Vernon Hargraves III, Florida (1-9, Tampa Bay Bucaneers)
  2. Eli Apple, Ohio State (1-13, Miami Dolphins)
  3. Mackensie Alexander, Clemson (1-25, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  4. Artie Burns, Miami (2-36, Baltimore Ravens)
  5. Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech (2-41, Chicago Bears)
  6. William Jackson III, Houston (2-51, New York Jets)
  7. Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma (2-53, Washington Redskins)
  8. Deiondre’ Hall, Northern Iowa
  9. Xavien Howard, Baylor

*Bolded Players Are Included In the Latest 2-Round Mock Draft

Honorable Mention

  • Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota
  • Cyrus Jones, Alabama
  • D.J. White, Georgia Tech
  • Eric Murray, Minnesota
  • Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana
  • James Bradberry, Samford
  • Jonathan Jones, Auburn
  • KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame
  • Rashard Robinson, LSU
  • Maurice Canady, Virginia
  • Will Redmond, Mississippi State

 

The Top 10 Safeties

1 – Vonn Bell Ohio State (2-44, Oakland Raiders)

  1. Sean Davis, Maryland
  2. Darian Thompson, Boise State
  3. Jayron Kearse, Clemson
  4. Karl Joseph, West Virginia
  5. Jeremy Cash, Duke
  6. Tyvis Powell, Ohio State
  7. Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah
  8. Jalen Mills, LSU
  9. Keanu Neal, Florida

*Bolded Players Are Included In the Latest 2-Round Mock Draft

Honorable Mention

  • DeAndre Houston-Carson, William & Mary
  • Deon Bush, Miami
  • Derrick Kindred, TCU
  • Elijah Shumate, Notre Dame
  • Jordan Lucas, Penn State
  • Justin Simmons, Boston College
  • Juston Burris, NC State
  • Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee State
  • KJ Dillon, West Virginia
  • Mike Caputo, Wisconsin
  • T.J. Green, Clemson
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