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Senior Bowl 2016 NFL Mock Draft
Published at 1/30/2016 5:47:14 PM

A mock draft using only players from the 2016 Senior Bowl.

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Titans: Reggie Ragland, Inside Linebacker, Alabama

Reggie Ragland is the top Senior Bowl player who makes sense for the Titans. They need an upgrade next to Wesley Woodyard, and Ragland could provide a huge boost for a struggling defense.


2. Browns: Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State

I have the Browns taking Carson Wentz in my real 2016 NFL Mock Draft, so this will obviously stay the same. This is the only predictable/boring pick in this Senior Bowl mock draft.


3. Chargers: Vernon Butler, Nose Tackle, Louisiana Tech

Vernon Butler had a great week at the Senior Bowl, and the Chargers might consider him atop Round 2 of the real draft if he gets there, which is looking less likely. In this scenario, Butler would provide a much-needed upgrade in the middle of the defensive line.


4. Cowboys: Braxton Miller, Wide Receiver, Ohio State

Here's another player this particular team could consider in the early stages of the second round. The Cowboys have to find a solid second receiver across from Dez Bryant, and the coaching staff has become familiar with Braxton Miller.


5. Jaguars: Sheldon Rankins, 3-4 Defensive End, Louisville

This isn't a huge need, but Sheldon Rankins is the top player available by a wide margin, save for one prospect (Jarran Reed). Sen'Derrick Marks will be back after barely playing in 2015, but you can never have too many dynamic defensive linemen.


6. Ravens: Jarran Reed, 3-4 Defensive End, Alabama

Chris Canty won't be around much longer, so the Ravens will be searching for a new defensive lineman this offseason. Besides, Ozzie Newsome has shown an affinity for Alabama prospects.


7. 49ers: Vadal Alexander, Offensive Guard, LSU

The 49ers have an incredibly weak offensive line, and it'll still need help even if Anthony Davis returns. The interior must be upgraded, especially with Alex Boone on his way out.


8. Dolphins: Cody Whitehair, Offensive Guard, Kansas State

Here's another team with major problems in the interior of its offensive line. The Dolphins will be desperate to upgrade both guard spots this offseason, and Cody Whitehair is one of the better players available.


9. Buccaneers: Noah Spence, 3-4 Outside Linebacker, Eastern Kentucky

Noah Spence may have trouble being drafted in the first round after interviewing poorly at the Senior Bowl, but he makes sense here. Spence is ultra talented, and the Buccaneers are desperate for a pass-rusher.


10. Giants: Adolphus Washington, 3-4 Defensive End, Ohio State

Much like Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington has character concerns that could keep him out of the first frame. However, he's one of the top players available here, and the Giants need an upgrade at defensive tackle right next to Johnathan Hankins.


11. Bears: Jason Spriggs, Offensive Tackle, Indiana

The Bears had some horrible play from their offensive tackles in 2015, as Charles Leno and Kyle Long struggled mightily. They could target an exterior blocker early in the 2016 NFL Draft, such as Ronnie Stanley.


12. Saints: Sheldon Day, 3-4 Defensive End, Notre Dame

Everyone points to the secondary as the Saints' biggest problem, but they also have issues on the defensive line. Save for Cameron Jordan, no one can get to the quarterback consistently. That would change with Sheldon Day on the roster.


13. Eagles: Darian Thompson, Safety, Boise State

Philadelphia is another team that has to upgrade its secondary. Both positions have to be addressed if Walter Thurmond leaves via free agency.


14. Raiders: Kentrell Brothers, Inside Linebacker, Missouri

The Raiders had major issues covering tight ends all year, and they'll be looking to upgrade their linebacking corps as a consequence.


15. Rams: Austin Johnson, 3-4 Defensive End, Penn State

I've been mocking Austin Johnson to the Rams in the second round occasionally. He makes sense if Nick Fairley leaves free agency, as defensive tackle depth will need to be addressed.


16. Lions: Tyler Matakevich, Inside Linebacker, Temple

Stephen Tulloch was a big liability for the Lions last year. Tyler Matakevich seemingly made every single tackle during the Senior Bowl game.


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