2016 NFL Draft: Final Mock Draft, Predictions and Prospect Rankings


Here we are.

The first day of the 2016 NFL Draft weekend is finally upon us.

It’s time to rejoice because tonight kicks off one of the most glorious and exciting weekends on the sports calendar.

Over the next three days, 253 gifted young athletes will realize their dreams of being drafted by an NFL franchise. They’ll be embraced and celebrated by fan bases who hope they can become key building blocks to a future championship.

It makes perfect sense that the NFL’s annual draft takes place in the Spring — a season of rebirth, renewal and regeneration.

This weekend marks the dawning of a new era for all 32 franchises.

The future begins now.

We’ve known for weeks that the first two picks are guaranteed to be the top two quarterbacks in the class: Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. However, it’s anybody’s guess who the Chargers will pick at No. 3 (if in fact they don’t trade down) and how the rest of the first round will unfold from there.

All along, we here at Gridiron Perspective have touted Oregon DE DeForest Buckner as the top prospect in this class. We feel he’s deserving to be the first positional player taken and the best prospect to reignite a sluggish Chargers defensive front-seven. Therefore we built the mock around the premise that Buckner will be the third pick and went from there.

Here’s a look at the final 2-round mock draft for the 2016 NFL Draft, which includes projections and predictions for the first 63 picks of this year’s proceedings, along with complete Top 10 prospect power rankings for each individual position.

Round 1

1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, California

  1. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

  2. San Diego Chargers: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

  3. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

  5. Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

  6. San Francisco 49ers: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

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

  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

  9. New York Giants: Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia

  10. Chicago Bears: Shaq Lawson, EDGE, Clemson

  11. New Orleans Saints: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

  12. Miami Dolphins: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

  13. Oakland Raiders: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

  14. Tennessee Titans: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

  15. Detroit Lions: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

  16. Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

  17. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

  18. Buffalo Bills: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

  19. New York Jets: Kevin Dodd, EDGE, Clemson

  20. Washington Redskins: Ryan Kelly, OC, Alabama

  21. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

  22. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

  23. Cincinnati Bengals: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

  24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

  25. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M

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

  27. Kansas City Chiefs: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

  28. Arizona Cardinals: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

  29. Carolina Panthers: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE Oklahoma State

  30. Denver BroncosKeanu Neal, S, Florida


Round 2

  1. Cleveland Browns: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

  2. Tennessee Titans: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA

  3. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida

  4. San Diego Chargers: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State

  5. Baltimore Ravens: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

  6. San Francisco 49ers: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State

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

  9. New York Giants: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

  10. Chicago BearsKendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

  11. Miami Dolphins: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

  12. Tennessee Titans: Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

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

  14. Tennessee Titans: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

  15. Detroit Lions: Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

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

  17. Indianapolis Colts: Kamalei Correa, LB, Boise State

  18. Buffalo Bills: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

  19. Atlanta FalconsSu’a Cravens, S, USC

  20. New York Jets: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

  21. Houston TexansA’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

  22. Washington RedskinsAndrew Billings, DT, Baylor

  23. Minnesota Vikings: Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State

  24. Cincinnati Bengals: Jihad Ward, EDGE, Illinois

  25. Seattle Seahawks: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

  26. Green Bay Packers: Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State

  27. Pittsburgh Steelers: Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford

  28. Kansas City Chiefs: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh

  29. New England PatriotsArtie Burns, CB, Miami

  30. New England Patriots: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

  31. Carolina Panthers: T.J. Green, CB, Clemson

  32. Denver Broncos: Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU


The Top 10 Quarterbacks

1 – Jared Goff, California (1-1, St. Louis Rams)

  1. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State (1-2, Philadelphia Eagles)
  2. Paxton Lynch, Memphis (2-32, Cleveland Browns)
  3. Connor Cook, Michigan State (2-37, San Francisco 49ers)
  4. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State (2-49, Buffalo Bills)
  5. Kevin Hogan, Stanford
  6. Cardale Jones, Ohio State
  7. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
  8. Jacoby Brissett, NC State
  9. Jeff Driskel, Louisiana Tech

Honorable Mention: Nate Sudfeld, Indiana



The Top 10 Running Backs

1 – Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State (1-13, Miami Dolphins)

  1. Derrick Henry, Alabama (2-56, Seattle Seahawks)
  2. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
  3. Devontae Booker, Utah
  4. Kenyan Drake, Alabama
  5. Jordan Howard, Indiana
  6. Tyler Ervin, San Jose State
  7. C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame
  8. Alex Collins, Arkansas
  9. Paul Perkins, UCLA

Honorable Mention: Josh Ferguson, Illinois



The Top 10 Wide Receivers

1 – Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (1-12, New Orleans Saints)

  1. Corey Coleman, Baylor (1-22, Houston Texans)
  2. Josh Doctson, TCU (1-23, Minnesota Vikings)
  3. Will Fuller, Notre Dame (1-24, Cincinnati Bengals)
  4. Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh (2-59, Kansas City Chiefs)
  5. Michael Thomas, Ohio State (2-40, New York Giants)
  6. Braxton Miller, Ohio State (2-45, Tennessee Titans)
  7. Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma
  8. Leonte Carroo, Rutgers
  9. DeMarcus Robinson, Florida

Honorable Mention: Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina



The Top 10 Tight Ends

1 – Hunter Henry, Arkansas

  1. Austin Hooper, Stanford
  2. Nick Vannett, Ohio State
  3. Jerell Adams, South Carolina
  4. Devon Cajuste, Stanford
  5. Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky
  6. Ryan Malleck, Virginia Tech
  7. Temmarrick Hemingway, South Carolina State
  8. David Morgan, UTSA
  9. Ben Braunecker, Harvard

Honorable Mention: Glenn Gronkowski, Kansas State




The Top 10 Offensive Tackles

1 – Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (1-6, Baltimore Ravens)

  1. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame (1-7, San Francisco 49ers)
  2. Jack Conklin, Michigan State (1-9, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  3. Taylor Decker, Ohio State (1-18, Indianapolis Colts)
  4. Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M (1-26, Seattle Seahawks)
  5. Jason Spriggs, Indiana (2-51, New York Jets)
  6. Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech (2-43, Tennessee Titans)
  7. Shon Coleman, Auburn (2-46, Detroit Lions)
  8. Jerald Hawkins, LSU
  9. Brandon Shell, South Carolina

Honorable Mention: Willie Beavers, Western Michigan



The Top 10 Interior Linemen

1 – Ryan Kelly, Alabama (1-21, Washington Redskins)

  1. Cody Whitehair, Kansas State (2-54, Minnesota Vikings)
  2. Joshua Garnett, Stanford (2-58, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  3. Rees Odhiambo, Boise State
  4. Nick Martin, Notre Dame
  5. Evan Boehm, Missouri
  6. Caleb Benenoch, UCLA
  7. Max Tuerk, USC
  8. Denver Kirkland, Arkansas
  9. Vadal Alexander, LSU

Honorable Mention: Graham Glasgow, Michigan


 

The Top 10 Defensive Tackles

1 – Sheldon Rankins, Louisville (1-14, Oakland Raiders)

  1. Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (1-16, Detroit Lions)
  2. Jarran Reed, Alabama (1-19, Buffalo Bills)
  3. Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech (1-28, Kansas City Chiefs)
  4. Kenny Clark, UCLA (2-33, Tennessee Titans)
  5. Chris Jones, Mississippi State (2-38, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  6. A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama (2-52, Houston Texans)
  7. Andrew Billings, Baylor (2-53, Washington Redskins)
  8. Austin Johnson, Penn State (2-57, Green Bay Packers)
  9. Maliek Collins, Nebraska

Honorable Mention: Sheldon Day, Notre Dame



The Top 10 Defensive Ends

1 – DeForest Buckner, Oregon (1-3, San Diego Chargers)

  1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State (1-8, Cleveland Browns)
  2. Shaq Lawson, Clemson (1-11, Chicago Bears)
  3. Kevin Dodd, Clemson (1-20, New York Jets)
  4. Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State (1-30, Carolina Panthers)
  5. Jonathan Bullard, Florida (2-34, Dallas Cowboys)
  6. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky (2-47, New Orleans Saints)
  7. Jihad Ward, Illinois (2-55, Cincinnati Bengals)
  8. Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State (2-61, New England Patriots)
  9. Bronson Kaufusi, BYU (2-63, Denver Broncos)

Honorable Mention: Carl Nassib, Penn State


 

The Top 10 Linebackers

1 – Myles Jack, UCLA (1-5, Jacksonville Jaguars)

  1. Leonard Floyd, Georgia (1-10, New York Giants)
  2. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
  3. Darron Lee, Ohio State (1-17, Atlanta Falcons)
  4. Reggie Ragland, Alabama (1-27, Green Bay Packers)
  5. Kamalei Correa, Boise State (2-48, Indianapolis Colts)
  6. Deion Jones, LSU
  7. Josh Perry, Ohio State
  8. Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
  9. Kyler Fackrell, Utah State

Honorable Mention: Kentrell Brothers, Missouri



The Top 10 Cornerbacks

1 – Jalen Ramsey, Florida State (1-4, Dallas Cowboys)

  1. Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (1-15, Tennessee Titans)
  2. Eli Apple, Ohio State (1-25, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  3. Mackensie Alexander, Clemson (2-36, Baltimore Ravens)
  4. William Jackson III, Houston (2-42, Miami Dolphins)
  5. Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech (2-41, Chicago Bears)
  6. Xavien Howard, Baylor (2-39, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  7. Artie Burns, Miami (2-60, New England Patriots)
  8. T.J. Green Clemson (2-62, Carolina Panthers)
  9. Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

Honorable Mention: Deiondre’ Hall, Northern Iowa



The Top 10 Safeties

1 – Karl Joseph, West Virginia (1-29, Arizona Cardinals)

  1. Keanu Neal, Florida (1-31, Denver Broncos)
  2. Vonn Bell, Ohio State (2-35, San Diego Chargers)
  3. Darian Thompson, Boise State (2-44, Oakland Raiders)
  4. Su’a Cravens, USC (2-50, Atlanta Falcons)
  5. Jayron Kearse, Clemson
  6. Sean Davis, Maryland
  7. Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah
  8. Jeremy Cash, Duke
  9. Justin Simmons, Boston College

Honorable Mention: Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee State


Top Placekicker: Roberto Aguayo, Florida State


Top Punter: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

 

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