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THIS IS NOT
A 2016 NFL MOCK DRAFT
. Click the link to see my real 2016 NFL Mock Draft. This is a 2016 NFL Not Draft - a compilation of popular mock picks that, in my opinion, will not happen. For the record, I was wrong about zero "not" picks in my 2012 and 2013 Not Mocks (which means I was right about none of my projections not happening). My 2014 Not Mock was less successful, as I "hit" (a bad thing) two of the picks. I also hit a pick in 2015 with the Redskins foolishly taking Brandon Scherff over Leonard Williams. I'll try to rebound in the 2016 edition.
2016 NFL Not Draft: Picks 1-16
Atlanta Falcons: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
If the Falcons go with a linebacker in the first round, they'll take Darron Lee. Reggie Ragland is considered an option by some, but he doesn't fit what the front office typically looks for in terms of an athlete.
Indianapolis Colts: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
If you didn't catch it, Tony Pauline reported that there are character concerns with Mackensie Alexander. The Colts want clean players, so they probably won't be interested in the Clemson corner.
Buffalo Bills: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
I don't see the Bills taking Robert Nkemdiche here, or in any round for that matter. It's an obvious pick to some, but the interest doesn't seem to be there.
New York Jets: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Shaq Lawson isn't expected to be available at this spot, but even if he somehow dropped, the Jets don't seem like they'd have interest. New York prefers its linebackers to be lengthy, and Lawson's shorter arms could turn them off.
Washington Redskins: Jarran Reed, DE/DT, Alabama
The Redskins won't take Jarran Reed, or A'Shawn Robinson for that matter. They don't like the two Alabama defensive tackles very much and prefer other options instead.
Houston Texans: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
The Texans are desperate for a No. 2 receiver across from DeAndre Hopkins, but it won't be Laquon Treadwell if he's available. He's not what they're looking for from a wideout, given that they want a downfield option.
Minnesota Vikings: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota front office believe in the Bill Parcells mantra of drafting larger players, and I wouldn't say that Corey Coleman qualifies.
Cincinnati Bengals: William Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
The Bengals are open to drafting any receiver, but it would be shocking to me if William Fuller happened to be available. Fuller is expected to be drafted earlier than most people think.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
Another "not" spot for Mackensie Alexander. I once considered Alexander as an option for Pittsburgh, but then his character concerns came to light. He's also pretty short for Mike Tomlin's defense.
Seattle Seahawks: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Kendall Fuller is a 6-foot cornerback whom the Seahawks would probably like. However, they have a lengthy history of spending mid-round choices on corners, so why would they start taking them early now?
Green Bay Packers: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
I've been asked if Jaylon Smith is an option for the Packers. Perhaps he'll be in the middle rounds, but no team is touching him this high. Per Charlie Campbell's report, some teams now have Jaylon Smith in the sixth or seventh rounds in the wake of his poor Combine medical recheck results.
Kansas City Chiefs: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
If Reggie Ragland somehow drops to No. 28, I don't think he'll be Kansas City's pick. Andy Reid has never placed a high emphasis on linebackers, always avoiding one in the first round with the Eagles, even when he desperately needed one.
Arizona Cardinals: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
The Cardinals have been super paranoid in the past about not letting their early-round meetings get reported. They've met with Emmanuel Ogbah twice, making him very unlikely to be chosen.
Carolina Panthers: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
This is information I learned during the Combine, so I don't know if it's still accurate, but the Panthers didn't like Mackensie Alexander. Considering they value character, he's an unlikely option in the wake of Tony's report.
Denver Broncos: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
The Broncos are desperate for a quarterback. Paxton Lynch and Dak Prescott are both options. As for Connor Cook, I expect him to drop into the third round or lower. The fact that he wasn't elected captain has really bothered teams, and there have since been reports about him not getting along with his teammates. It's not looking good for Cook's draft stock.
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