Final 2016 NFL Mock Draft


It is officially one of the best and most exciting days of the year: draft day. While I have done a lot of 2016 NFL Mock Drafts before, this is my last one barring any trade news.

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I am going to use my rankings, what I know about the Tennessee Titans and who they have visited with, all the rumors, and some gut instinct to make the best draft I can.

These are the players I think can best help the Tennessee Titans both short and long-term, in my final 2016 NFL Mock Draft.

1st round, 15th overall: Jack Conklin OT, Michigan State

I have watched his film over and over during the last two weeks. His feet are a big concern. Can he develop a cleaner kick slide at the NFL level? Will he be able to deal with speed rushers? I don’t know, however I can say that against Ohio State, Iowa, Alabama, and Oregon I never saw his inability to kick slide cleanly allow an edge rusher to beat him.

He always gets a body between he and the defender and he has the anchor and functional strength to take on power rushers and extend to keep them from getting good initial push. Maybe I see him with rose colored glasses but when I watch the Oregon game, he dominated Buckner for the majority of that game and no one seems to talk about that. Conklin can hold up in the NFL immediately and yes his worst case scenario is that he moves inside to guard and has a long career there (a position the Titans will need to address at some point in the next two years anyway if they don’t re-sign Chance Warmack.

2nd round, 33rd overall: Michael Thomas WR, Ohio State

I believe that Thomas is the wide receiver that is most likely to slip through the cracks and end up in the 2nd round, and Fanspeak agrees with me. He played on a stacked team and never really got to dominate because of it. He is virtually a tie with Will Fuller and Laquon Treadwell to me, though for some reason both are rated higher publicly.

Thomas is a very good route runner, a physical player after the catch, great while the ball is in the air, and most importantly he plays outside which means he could step in and play in Tennessee immediately.

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  • 2nd round, 43rd overall: Robert Nkemdiche DL, Ole Miss

    A very talented player that jumps off the screen athletically. If the Titans keep all their picks in round two and don’t trade up I can almost guarantee that Jon Robinson is going to make one pick that is a gamble. He isn’t a scared GM and he trusts his scouts and his personnel to tell him where the value is in a player.

    He addressed WR and OT in the first two picks, now all he needs to do is sure up the secondary, take advantage of this deep and talented defensive line class, and pick up a young rangy inside linebacker to complete his wishlist. He does one of those by taking the versatile and talented Nkemdiche hoping that a locker room full of leaders and Dick LeBeau will help him with any off the field struggles he has.

    2nd round, 45th overall pick: Karl Joseph S, WVU

    I love Karl Joseph and doubt that he is here in the second round. I took Nkemdiche ahead of him because I knew that the Oakland Raiders want help on the DL and they pick 44th so I knew I would be safer that way.

    Joseph is a head-knocking throwback to safeties like Ronnie Lott and Troy Polamalu that has great athleticism and knows exactly how to time a hit to dislodge the ball from the receiver. He is great in the box and down the field and he would be a great fit for the Tennessee Titans.

    3rd round, 64th overall pick: Su’a Cravens LB, USC

    I am not a huge Cravens guy because there is a lot of talk about him being a top-40 pick. However, he is very athletic and he would be the perfect compliment to Avery Williamson as a WILB in a 3-4 scheme that slides over to WLB in the 4-3 sub package. That is something that the Titans will be looking for here and he seems like a great way to start the 3rd round in a 2016 NFL Mock Draft.

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    3rd round, 76th overall pick: Kamalei Correa EDGE, Boise State

    The Titans need a 3rd edge rusher especially with the lack of depth essentially killing the defense last year. Deiontrez Mount showed some promise last year but this would be a value pick that makes a ton of sense.

    5th round, 140th overall pick: Keith Marshall RB, Georgia

    These are going to be a lot of value picks and special teams players and this is both. Marshall is a dynamic athlete that (when healthy) can be a remarkable running back. The Titans could have him immediately come in and be the kick and punt returner as he grows into his role of an NFL running back spelling Demarco Murray.

    6th round, 193rd overall pick: Kolby Listenbee WR, TCU

    A speed demon who can come in on special teams and potentially usurp Kendall Wright if he has another below average season.

    7th round, 222nd overall pick: Curt Maggitt EDGE, Tennessee

    An emotional leader at Tennessee who played special teams and was a high level edge rusher when healthy. Maggitt would be a very good player to redshirt as a moveable linebacker/special teams player to see if you can trust him to be healthy.