Final 2016 NFL Mock Draft - Kevin Hanson- Updated: Wednesday, April 27th
Here are picks 17-32 in our 2016 NFL Mock Draft:
17. Atlanta Falcons (team draft history): Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Neither the biggest nor strongest of linebacker prospects, Lee has sideline-to-sideline range and put on a show with his athletic performance at the NFL Scouting Combine. Lee was a top-five finisher in a number of events: 40-yard dash (4.47, 1st), broad jump (11'1", 1st), 20-yard shuttle (4.20, 3rd) and vertical jump (35.5 inches, 5th).
18. Indianapolis Colts (team draft history): Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
One of the team's draft priorities should be to improve their protection of Andrew Luck. Only the Browns (123) allowed more quarterback hits than the Colts (118) offensive line last season. The best interior offensive lineman in this year's draft class, Kelly would be a Day 1 starter for the Colts.
19. Buffalo Bills (team draft history): Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
For the first time since becoming defensive coordinator for the Ravens in 2005, a Rex Ryan defense finished outside the top-11 in total defense. In fact, the Bills recorded a franchise-low 21 sacks last season. Spence has had some well-documented issues off the field, but he would immediately help boost the team's pass rush.
20. New York Jets (team draft history): Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
The consensus No. 3 quarterback in this year's draft class, it's possible that Lynch is in consideration as early as No. 7 (49ers) or 8 (Browns). If he makes it all the way to No. 20, however, this appears to be a relatively obvious selection for the Jets so I view this as the floor for Lynch's draft slot. With intriguing physical tools, Lynch has as much upside as any quarterback in this year's draft class.
Perhaps Ryan Fitzpatrick will re-sign at some point with the Jets, but reports suggest that the two sides are unlikely to reach a deal prior to the draft. That said, general manager Mike Maccagnan recently said that the team's "goal is to facilitate a deal with" Fitzpatrick.
21. Washington Redskins (team draft history): Jarrad Reed, DL, Alabama
With the 26th rush defense last season, Washington ranked 31st in the league in yards per carry allowed (4.8 YPC). One of the best run-stuffing defensive linemen in this year's draft class, Reed has the versatility to play multiple spots along the defensive line. Meanwhile, defensive linemen Terrance Knighton signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, Jason Hatcher is a free agent and Chris Baker and Kedric Golston will both be free agents after the 2016 season so boosting defensive line depth would make sense.
22. Houston Texans (team draft history): Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Giving Brock Osweiler a $72 million contract this offseason, it would make sense for the Texans to give their new quarterback more weapons in the passing game. While DeAndre Hopkins has developed into one of the league's best young receivers, Jaelen Strong had issues with conditioning early as a rookie and oft-injured Cecil Shorts will be a free agent after 2016.
While he's far from the biggest receiver, Coleman possesses elite explosiveness and run-after-catch ability. The Biletnikoff Award winner averaged 7.25/147.25/2.5 per game over his first eight games this season. Coleman played through a sports hernia over the final four games of the season.
23. Minnesota Vikings (team draft history): Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
It wouldn't surprise me if Treadwell is off the board earlier than this and perhaps as early as No. 10 to the Giants. If he's available here, however, this pick could come down to Treadwell or the next player mocked, Josh Doctson, to help improve the weapons around Teddy Bridgewater. Treadwell isn't a burner (as his pair of 4.6-plus 40-yard dashes at the Ole Miss Pro Day would suggest), but the former five-star recruit possesses outstanding size, strength and hands to develop into a legitimate No. 1 receiver in the league.
24. Cincinnati Bengals (team draft history): Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
A.J. Green signed a four-year extension in September, but both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu departed via free agency. Doctson's 2015 season ended prematurely due to a broken left wrist, but the 6-foot-3 receiver has two of TCU's three 1,000-yard campaigns in school history. With Doctson added to the mix, Andy Dalton would have four talented pass catchers in Green, Doctson, tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (team draft history): Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
With only the Giants and Saints allowing more passing yards than the Steelers last season, Burns would help to address one of the team's biggest needs. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if the Steelers invested early picks on both corner and safety. ESPN's Steve Muench recently compared Joseph to Seattle's Earl Thomas ... "both outstanding run- defenders with above-average stopping power, and their physicality jumps out on tape. Joseph also has the cover skills and range, in addition to the ball skills and instincts, to develop into a playmaker like Thomas."
26. Seattle Seahawks (team draft history): Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Mississippi
The nation's top recruit coming out of high school, his on-field production did not necessarily live up to the hype. And while there are the obvious off-field concerns, there is no denying the physical tools, which would otherwise warrant a pick somewhere in the top 10. The Seahawks could be willing to gamble on Nkemdiche's upside here.
27. Green Bay Packers (team draft history): Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
As the Packers look to move Clay Matthews back outside, Ragland would make plenty of sense if he's still on the board here. The SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Ragland led the national champions with 102 tackles in 2015.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (team draft history): Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
While Marcus Peters was last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year, the Chiefs lost their other starting cornerback, Sean Smith, in free agency to the Raiders. Only 20 years old (turns 21 in August), Apple has outstanding length and athleticism and would be a good complement opposite Peters.
29. Arizona Cardinals (team draft history): A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
I could see the Cardinals adding a defensive back here, but Robinson has the physical tools to potentially develop into a dominant defensive lineman if he can play with better leverage and technique.
30. Carolina Panthers (team draft history): Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
With the Panthers rescinding their franchise tag for Josh Norman, perhaps they go cornerback here, but I could see the Panthers going defensive end here as well. Teammate Shaq Lawson received more attention, but Dodd was (nearly) as productive as his teammate and would be a nice value at this spot. Closing the season with a sack in five consecutive games, Dodd racked up 24.0 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks this season. Not only did Jared Allen retire, but the Panthers released Charles Johnson, who later agreed to a one-year deal to re-join the club.
31. Denver Broncos (team draft history): Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
It wouldn't surprise if the Broncos, or a team trading up into this spot, select a quarterback here, especially with the potential for a fifth-year team option. If the Broncos don't trade out of this spot or draft a quarterback themselves, Jones could help fill the void left by Malik Jackson's free-agency departure.
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