2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Round 3

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It’s finally mock draft time again! These are my favorite posts of the season, so I apologize in advance for more mock drafts then anyone needs. Like the last few years, I’m going to start with just the first three rounds in versions one & two and then expand to full seven rounders as we get closer to the draft. I’ll also have a few Bears-only seven rounders over the next two months.

With just under three month until the 2016 NFL Draft (April 28-30) a lot will change between now and then. Players still have to participate in individual pro days and of course the combine will impact draft stocks significantly. The compensatory picks have yet to be announced as well, so I will keep the mock to just three rounds until they are. You can check out the results of the first two round below.

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Mock 1.0: Round 1 

Mock 1.0: Round 2

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Mock Draft 1.0: Round 3

64.) Tennessee Titans – C Jack Allen, Michigan St

The Titans need to do every thing they can to improve the protection of QB Marcus Mariota. 1st round pick Laremy Tunsil will help, but they need help on the interior line as well and Allen is a good value this late in the draft. He’s not an overpowering player physically, but is smart and uses leverage, angles, and timing well to move defenders off the ball and open running lanes.

65.) Cleveland Browns – ILB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri

The Browns have holes everywhere, but inside linebacker is one of their most glaring needs. Brothers should be able to step in right away and be a run stopping force inside with enough ability to cover backs and ends in the flat. Brothers has Pro Bowl potential and is a good value pick this late.

66.) San Diego Chargers – DT Austin Johnson, Penn St

The Chargers need an anchor in the middle of their d-line and Johnson has the potential to be that guy. He’s versatile enough to play the 5-tech if needed, and the Chargers need help all over their d-line.

67.) Dallas Cowboys – RB Alex Collins, Arkansas

The Cowboys got surprising production from Darren McFadden last season but he has rarely been able to make it through a full season without getting hurt. The Cowboys still have a great o-line and a more explosive back like Collins could upgrade the running game and give them some insurance if/when DMC gets hurt again.

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68.) San Francisco 49ers -WR Kenny Lawler, California

The Niners had one of the least talented receiver groups in the NFL last year and get a steal with Lawler still available in round 3. He has the size (6’2 | 195), speed (4.52), hands, and ability to make people miss after the catch to contribute as a rookie if the Niners can find a QB to get him the ball.

69.) Miami Dolphins – G Landon Turner, North Carolina

The Dolphins interior o-line was a disaster all year and they need an influx of talent at the position. Using both their 2nd (Vadal Alexander) and 3rd round picks may seem like overkill, but they have a lot of talent on offense and need to give QB Ryan Tannehill more time to make plays and do a better job of opening rushing lanes inside for Lamar Miller and Jay Ajayi.

70.) Jacksonville Jaguars – OLB Scooby Wright III, Arizona 

Adding both Scooby Wright and Joey Bosa gives the Jags two of the most prolific college pass rushers over the last few seasons. The Jags need to improve their ability to get to the QB and Wright had 15 sacks in his last healthy season (2014) and also led the league in tackles for loss with 31. With Bosa and Wright coming off the edges and some improvement from the Jags secondary they could be a sleeper playoff team in 2016.

71.) Baltimore Ravens – CB William Jackson, Houston

Heart-breaking pick for the Bears just like in 2014 when the Ravens took DT Timmy Jernigan one spot before the Bears in the 2nd round. The Ravens secondary is in even worse shape than the Bears so they probably need Jackson more. He’s a tall corner with good ball skills who can play both press and zone effectively. Jackson could start right away for the Ravens at least in sub packages.