2016 NFL Mock Drafts

Dane Brugler
By Dane Brugler
NFLDraftScout.com Analyst

Pass rushers, running backs and Alabama dominate 2017 mock draft Is it too early for a 2017 mock draft? Of course. But this exercise is more of a watch list and early introduction to 32 prospects who have already attracted NFL attention, including a number of running backs and pass rushers. A running back has been drafted in the top 10 each of the past two seasons (Todd Gurley in 2015, Ezekiel Elliott this year) and there is a high probability that trend continues to the 2017 class with talents like LSU's Leonard Fournette, Florida State's Dalvin Cook, Stanford???s Christian McCaffrey and Oklahoma's Samaje Perine. If four or more backs are drafted in the first round, it would be the first time since 2008. Alabama, which had only one first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has six representatives in this mock draft, which would tie the all-time record. --The draft order for this exercise was determined based on the current Vegas odds to win next year's Super Bowl.
NFL Mock Draft - 5/4/2016
Round 1
1. Cleveland Browns

Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: Watson is extremely gifted and if he is able to develop in certain areas and stay healthy, he will be one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2017 class.
2. San Francisco 49ers

Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: The Garrett-to-Von Miller comparisons will be popular and they also make sense, as Garrett has the athletic talent to be a special pass rusher.
3. San Diego Chargers

Jamal Adams, SS, LSU: A do-everything safety, Adams has ballhawking skills with the toughness to attack downhill vs. the run, giving the Chargers a replacement for Eric Weddle.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama: With the long-term futures of Luke Joeckel and Kelvin Beachum in question, Robinson could be the new cornerstone of the Jaguars' offensive line.
5. Tennessee Titans

Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State: The Spartans lose three-fourths of the defensive line from last season, but McDowell returns and scouts are eager to see his development as a junior.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Desmond King, CB, Iowa: After 21 passes defended and eight interceptions as a junior, King passed up a chance to be a first-round pick to return and improve as a senior.
7. New Orleans Saints

Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn: One of the few edge rushers who gave Laremy Tunsil trouble last year, Lawson has premier pass rush traits, but needs to stay healthy in 2016.
8. Detroit Lions

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: Running back isn't the top need on the Detroit roster, but Fournette is the type of freak talent that can be the foundation of an offense.
9. Cleveland Browns

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: The Browns continue to remake the offense, adding a quarterback and now a dynamic running back who adds another dimension to Hue Jackson's bag of tricks.
10. Miami Dolphins

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee: The Browns continue to remake the offense, adding a quarterback and now a dynamic running back who adds another dimension to Hue Jackson's bag of tricks.
11. Tennessee Titans

Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida: The Florida secondary loses Vernon Hargreaves, but Tabor had 10 more pass break-ups last season than the 2016 first-rounder and competes with unwavering confidence.
12. Washington Redskins

Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan: A player with versatile experience at cornerback, safety, linebacker and on offense, Peppers has immense upside due to his natural gifts.
13. Atlanta Falcons

Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama: After leading the Crimson Tide in sacks (12.0) and tackles for loss (14.5) in 2015, Allen surprisingly passed up the NFL to return to Tuscaloosa.
14. Chicago Bears

Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (Fla.): While not yet a polished passer, Kaaya has flashed first-round talent and his development under new head coach Mark Richt will interesting to track.
15. Houston Texans

O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: The Texans added several offensive playmakers in the 2016 NFL Draft, but the tight end position could use an upgrade and Howard has vast upside.
16. Buffalo Bills

Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State: While left tackle Cordy Glenn signed a five-year deal, there is some uncertainty at right tackle. The Bills could look to address the position early next year.
17. Oakland Raiders

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: The Raiders, who recently signed older brother wide receiver Max McCaffrey as an undrafted free agent, could use a do-everything dynamic playmaker like McCaffrey.
18. NY Giants

Adoree' Jackson, CB, Southern California: An athletic specimen, Jackson has helped the Trojans on offense, defense and special teams and would be a welcome addition to the Giants' secondary.
19. NY Jets

Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama: A subpackage defender last season, Williams flashed as a pass rusher when on the field, finishing with 10.5 sacks in 2015 despite zero starts.
20. Baltimore Ravens

Jarrad Davis, OLB, Florida: A loose athlete with quick read-react skills, Davis would fit well next to C.J. Mosley as an inside linebacker in Baltimore's scheme.
21. Kansas City Chiefs

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Southern California: With Albert Wilson in the final year of his deal, Smith-Schuster would give the Chiefs a home-run threat opposite Jeremy Maclin.
22. Indianapolis Colts

Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma: With 33-year-old Frank Gore on his last legs, Perine is NFL-ready with a workhorse mentality to be the featured runner in Indianapolis.
23. Minnesota Vikings

Eddie Jackson, SS, Alabama: Alabama's team leader in interceptions (six) last season, Jackson needs work in certain areas, but has flashed first-round potential.
24. Dallas Cowboys

Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: After missing all of last season with a neck injury, Williams is back at full health and is the next Clemson receiver with Pro Bowl potential.
25. Arizona Cardinals

Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss: Although his background will give teams pause, the Cardinals aren't afraid to take chances and need a young passer to groom behind Carson Palmer.
26. Carolina Panthers

Charles Harris, DE, Missouri: With Charles Johnson on a one-year deal, pass rusher could be a need next spring and Harris jumps off the screen during his highlight reel.
27. Cincinnati Bengals

Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State: Rey Maualuga and Karlos Dansby aren't getting any younger and Vontaze Burfict is always a wildcard, so a talented linebacker like McMillan could be in play.
28. Denver Broncos

Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama: Even if the Broncos ink Brandon Marshall to a long-term deal, linebacker will be an area of need next offseason and Foster is the next early-round linebacker from Alabama.
29. Green Bay Packers

Jake Butt, TE, Michigan: Mike McCarthy values the tight end position and with Jared Cook on a one-year deal, a talented prospect like Butt makes sense for the Packers.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers

Marquis Haynes, OLB, North Carolina: James Harrison and Jarvis Jones might be in their final seasons in Pittsburgh and the Steelers could use more pass rush help to pair with Bud Dupree.
31. Seattle Seahawks

Pat Elflein, OG, Ohio State: One of the few Ohio State underclassmen who passed on the NFL to return to Columbus, Elflein is a two-year starter at guard who will move to center in 2016.
32. New England Patriots

Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech: A former quarterback, Hodges has intriguing athleticism at 6-7 and 245 pounds, with first-round potential if he takes his game to the next level for the Hokies in 2016.

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