Day 2 mock draft: Projecting picks for Rounds 2 and 3
Gordon McGuinness and Sam Monson make picks for Rounds 2 and 3.
Day 2 mock draft: Projecting picks for Rounds 2 and 3
With Round 1 in the books, it’s not too late for one final mock draft for 2016. In this edition, we are projecting picks for Rounds 1 and 2 based on the players we would recommend the teams take at each spot, based on our PFF data and draft evaluations.
Here are projected picks for every selection on Day 2 of the 2016 NFL draft:
32. Cleveland Browns – Chris Jones, DI, Mississippi State
Jones would have been good value at pick 15 in the first round after the Browns traded down, as the 12th-best player on our overall PFF board and on the Browns ‘team-specific board. He had the second-highest grade of all interior D-linemen in this draft class against Power-5 opponents in 2015, and would be a great fit on the Browns defensive line.
33. Tennessee Titans – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
One of the obvious takeaways from Round 1 of the NFL draft was that there are significant concerns from NFL teams about Myles Jack’s knee. With three picks in the first 14 on Day 2, the Titans are a team that could be tempted to take the gamble. Jack had the highest coverage grade of any linebacker in the nation in 2014, and would be a great fit next to Wesley Woodyard from Day 1 in Tennessee, provided he is healthy enough.
34. Dallas Cowboys – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
The Cowboys apparently were torn between Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey at No. 4 overall, with the view that they would play Ramsey at cornerback. The good news for them is that after going with Elliott, the 14th-ranked player on their PFF big board is still available in Alexander, and he’s a corner. He allowed just 33 percent of the passes thrown into his coverage to be caught in 2015, the best mark in the class. While he didn’t record any interceptions, he did break up five passes last year.
35. San Diego Chargers – Jarran Reed, DI, Alabama
They addressed the edge of their defensive front at No. 3 overall with Joey Bosa, the No. 1 player on the PFF draft board, and Reed can help the interior in the second. He has the ability to play some 3-4 defensive end, but long term his best fit would be at nose tackle in the middle of the Chargers’ defense. No interior defender in this class had a better run-stop percentage than Reed’s 13.4, and he’d give the Chargers good value and fill a need here.
36. Baltimore Ravens – Shilique Calhoun, ED, Michigan State
There’s some development needed for Calhoun if he is to play in a 3-4 defense, considering he played just 35 snaps standing up over the past two seasons, and he needs to improve as a run defender, too. That being said, as a pass-rusher alone he has tremendous value here in Round 2. No edge defender in this draft class had a higher pass-rush grade than Calhoun’s +46.0 in 2015, with him racking up 11 sacks, 17 hits and 50 hurries.
37. Kansas City Chiefs (from San Francisco 49ers) – Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
The move back into Round 2 gave the Chiefs an extra fourth-round pick, and with the way the draft has gone, they can still grab a player at this spot who would have been worthy of a first-round selection. Shepard would be an immediate upgrade at slot receiver over Albert Wilson, who ranked 75th among wide receivers with his player grade last year. Good enough to be more than just a slot receiver, Shepard had the highest overall grade of any wide receiver in this draft class and had the third-best deep-ball catch rate at 65 percent.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Emmanuel Ogbah, ED, Oklahoma State
The Jags got their defensive back in Round 1 in the versatile Jalen Ramsey, and could see a pass-rusher fall to them in Round 2. Ogbah is one-dimensional at this point in his development, with the 73rd-highest run defense grade among edge defenders in this class but the third-highest pass-rushing grade. His 12 sacks, 18 hits, 48 hurries and the third-highest pass-rushing productivity rating among 4-3 defensive ends last season mean that you can use him in obvious passing situations early, and try to coach him up as a run defender.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Andrew Billings, DI, Baylor
They went defense in Round 2 with CB Vernon Hargreaves III, and it makes sense to stay on that side of the ball in Round 2. Billings would fit as a defensive tackle next to Gerald McCoy, having ranked ninth among players on the defensive interior in this class with a run defense grade of +28.8. Billings still needs to work on his technique, and can get moved out of plays by allowing blockers to get into his pads too often, but he has impressive strength, allowing him to bull-rush and cause problems against the run and pass.
40. New York Giants – Reggie Ragland, LB, New York Giants
The Giants three starting linebackers ranked 36th, 47th and 53rd at their position in terms of player grades last season, so this is an obvious, glaring need on their defense. Patient against the run, Ragland took good angles to get to the ball carrier in 2015, helping him register 52 tackles resulting in a defensive stop. He can even be used as a pass-rusher on occasion, with the eighth-highest pass-rushing grade of all off-ball linebackers in this class, registering 20 total pressures in 2015.
41. Chicago Bears – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
Wide receiver is a position of need for Chicago behind the franchise-tagged Alshon Jeffery, with Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal ranking 66th and 104th, respectively, in player grades in 2015, and 2015 first-rounder Kevin White missing the entire season due to injury. Thomas was hurt by poor quarterback play at Ohio State, but impressed with his ability to locate the deep ball, and had just five drops over the past two seasons.
42. Miami Dolphins – Austin Johnson, DI, Penn State
The Dolphins addressed their offensive line in Round 1 with Laremy Tunsil, and it’s time to look to the defensive line here. They need help against the run, and Johnson had the third-highest grade in the nation among players on the defensive interior. He shows good power when bull-rushing, having an impact against both the run and the pass, and would make for a good fit next to Ndamukong Suh on their defensive line.
43. Tennessee Titans (from Philadelphia Eagles through Los Angeles Rams) – Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
The Titans got themselves a huge selection of picks in the trade with the Los Angeles Rams, thanks to the fact that they didn’t need to draft a quarterback at No. 1 overall. With one of those picks, they should find 2015 No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota a new weapon, and Higgins is the perfect fit. Higgins is tremendous when the ball is in his hands, averaging 16.1 yards per reception on screen passes over the past two years. He does this by setting up defenders well and taking good angles, despite not having great straight-line speed.
44. Oakland Raiders – Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
The Raiders have improved in a big way this offseason, but there’s good value to be had by adding another target for their young quarterback Derek Carr here. Outside of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, there isn’t much there at the position for Oakland, so Carroo would provide a short- and long-term upgrade. He was hurt in 2015, but when healthy he was good enough to post a yards per route run average of 4.11, the best mark in the class.
45. Tennessee Titans (From Los Angeles Rams) – Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Miss
Perrish Cox finished 2015 with the 57th-highest player grade among cornerbacks, so it makes sense to add some young talent to the back end of the defense. Reed hasn’t gotten much hype, but he’s a better player than some of the defensive backs drafted in Round 1. He either broke up or intercepted a pass on 20.2 percent of the passes thrown into his coverage in 2015. Confident in both man and zone coverage, he had the third-highest coverage grade in this draft class.
46. Detroit Lions – Sheldon Day, DI, Notre Dame
Day would be a great fit at 3-technique defensive tackle on the Lions’ defensive line, with his ability to disrupt both the run and pass in 2015 for Notre Dame. He has a great first step and uses his hands well, finishing last season with the second-highest overall grade among players on the defensive interior. Only Oregon’s DeForest Buckner graded better at the position.
47. New Orleans Saints – Michael Thomas, WR, Southern Miss
Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead were solid in 2015, both ranking inside the top 35 receivers in player grades. That being said, there is little beyond them at the position for the Saints, and if the draft falls this way, Thomas would be good value in our eyes. Thomas is raw, but he has a lot of potential and could develop into a really special player. Of all the receivers in this draft class, only four had a higher yards per route run average than his 2.98 in 2015.
48. Indianapolis Colts – Noah Spence, ED, Eastern Kentucky
Spence could be a commodity for teams picking early in Round 2. He’s a better pass-rusher than he is a run defender, and is more likely to win with speed off the edge than power, but he picked up two sacks and six hurries on 104 rushes against Power-5 competition, and won 75 percent of his one-on-one reps at practice at the Senior Bowl.
49. Buffalo Bills – Jeremy Cash, S/LB, Duke
The offensive line board doesn’t look great here, so the Bills would be wise to take another talented defensive playmaker. Cash is an interesting player because he mostly played safety at Duke, but is more likely suited to linebacker in the NFL. He lined up at safety, linebacker and slot corner in 2015, and has registered at least 45 tackles resulting in a defensive stop in each of the past two seasons.
50. Atlanta Falcons – Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
This is a complete no-brainer when it comes to fit. Levine Toilolo ranked 54th among tight ends with his player grade in 2015, and Henry would represent an immediate upgrade. The highest-graded receiver at tight end in each of the past two seasons, Henry didn’t drop a single pass in 2015, and would be a great red-zone weapon for quarterback Matt Ryan.
51. New York Jets – Kyler Fackrell, ED, Utah State
The strength of the Jets defense is on the defensive line, but they could benefit by adding a pass-rusher like Fackrell off the edge. He flew under the radar for much of the college season but had the third-highest pass rushing productivity rating among 3-4 outside linebackers in this class. His size is perhaps a bit of a concern, at 6-feet-5 and 245 pounds, but he is excellent at using his hands, which helps his chances.
52. Houston Texans – A’Shawn Robinson, DI, Alabama
While they have J.J. Watt, the Texans could do with an upgrade at the other 3-4 defensive end spot, where Brandon Dunn struggled on a limited number of snaps in 2015. Robinson isn’t a great pass-rusher, but he’s a perfect fit as a run defender. His run defense grade in each of the past two seasons ranked 11th in the nation.
53. Washington Redskins – Joe Thuney, OL, NC State
Thuney makes a lot of sense here. He would slot in at left guard ahead of Shawn Lauvao, but has the ability to play tackle, guard or center in a zone-blocking scheme. He was the fourth-highest-graded tackle in this class against Power-5 opponents.
54. Minnesota Vikings – Jonathan Bullard, DI, Florida
Bullard wouldn’t be needed straight away, but we have him as the 27th-ranked player both on our overall big board and on our Vikings team-specific board. His best fit is likely playing base defensive end in a scheme like the Vikings’ and kicking inside to rush the passer in sub packages. He had the third-highest grade of any interior defender in this draft class in 2015.
55. Cincinnati Bengals – Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
Brandon LaFell would currently be the Bengals’ No. 2 receiver, and he had the 119th-highest player grade among all wide receivers in the NFL last year. That’s not good. Mitchell suffered a knee injury early in his college career, but looked to be all the way back last year. He’s a great fit in Cincinnati and is able to create a lot after the catch, with 13 missed tackles forced from 58 receptions in 2015.
56. Seattle Seahawks – Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
The Seahawks went offensive line in Round 1, and there’s no reason to think that they shouldn’t strongly consider going the same route in Round 2. Martin would almost certainly be an upgrade over Patrick Lewis immediately, with Lewis ranking 25th among centers in terms of player grade in 2015. Martin was our fifth-highest-graded center in this draft class, and looked good locating linebackers at the second level.
57. Green Bay Packers – Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina
Signing Jared Cook to a one-year deal shouldn’t prevent the Packers from drafting a tight end in the second round, and Adams would be a good fit. A good all-around player, he had the highest run-blocking grade among tight ends in the Power-5. He had some frustrating drops at times, but good body control helps increase his catch radius.
58. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee State
Byard would be a good fit in Pittsburgh. The Steelers employ a mix of two- and three-deep zones, which fits well with Byard, who had the seventh-highest coverage grade among safeties in this draft class. It would mean two picks in the defensive backfield to start the draft, after taking CB Artie Burns in the first, but this would be a good pickup in Pittsburgh.
59. Kansas City Chiefs – Bronson Kaufusi, DI, BYU
Kaufusi would fit at 3-4 defensive end for the Chiefs, but can rush from the edge as well. He registered 48 defensive stops in 2015, and had the second-highest run-stop percentage among 3-4 defensive ends. He also had the best pass-rushing productivity rating at 13.2, registering 10 sacks, 14 hits and 34 hurries.
60. New England Patriots – Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
Smith’s injury is obviously a concern, and if it wasn’t he might have been a top-10 pick. That being said, if there is a team that can afford to take the gamble, it’s New England. The Patriots have two picks back-to-back here, and no short-term need at linebacker. This is a great spot for the sixth-highest-graded linebacker in this class to go.
61. New England Patriots – Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
Dixon is a great fit for the New England offense, with the highest receiving grade of any running back in this class. He forced 16 missed tackles from 35 receptions, and was outstanding as a receiver all across the field, even downfield and when split out wide. With over 800 yards as a receiver over the past two years, he’s the kind of player who could create matchup problems for opposing defenses in 2016.
62. Carolina Panthers – Keyarris Garrett, WR, Tulsa
The Panthers have surrounded Cam Newton with big targets in recent years, and Garrett would be another. At 6-feet-3 and 220 pounds, he is a tremendous downfield asset, with his 725 yards on passes 20 yards or further downfield the second-most of any receiver in this draft class.
63. Denver Broncos – Isaac Seumalo, G, Oregon State
They added their quarterback in Round 1, but the Broncos need to work on the interior of their offensive line. Seumalo was tremendous is pass protection in 2015, giving up just four pressures and no hits or sacks last year. He’s a great fit for the Denver offense, and was the fourth-highest-graded guard in this draft class last year.
64. Tennessee Titans – Hassan Ridgeway, DI, Texas
The Titans could easily have chosen DeForest Buckner at the top of the draft had they remained with the No. 1 overall pick, and help on the D-line is definitely needed. Ridgeway was one of the few bright spots for Texas this past season and had positive grades against both the run and pass, notching 31 total pressures.
65. Cleveland Browns – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
This draft is working out pretty well for the Browns, who are able to snag a potential future starting QB in the third round. Cook is the last of the top prospects with all of the physical tools and at least some of the tape to suggest he can become an NFL starter. His game is still too inconsistent and there are concerns about the kind of person he is off the field, but at this point he is well worth the gamble for the Browns.
66. San Diego Chargers – Cody Whitehair, T/G, Kansas State
The Chargers aren’t quite sure how Whitehair slipped this far, but they don’t care and run the card in. He had the highest PFF grade of any tackle in the nation, with the highest run-blocking grade, too. He could probably hold up outside, but he figures to be a monster inside, and that’s where the Chargers need the most help. He should start and upgrade their roster from Day 1.
67. Dallas Cowboys – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
After taking a running back in Ezekiel Elliott in Round 1 the Cowboys need to nail the rest of this draft, because this is not a team without holes. Dodd is a player some thought was better than his first-round teammate, Shaq Lawson, and even if PFF doesn’t subscribe to that theory, he was the 15th-best-graded edge defender in the nation this past season, with impressive grades as a pass-rusher and run defender.
68. San Francisco 49ers – De’Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M
The 49ers have been looking for a cornerback all offseason and finally snag one in the form of one of the draft’s best sleepers. De’Vante Harris is on practically nobody’s radar, but has some of the smoothest movement skills of any CB in the class, and burst to the ball like no other. He allowed only one touchdown this past season and just 275 receiving yards.
69. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
The Jaguars are going best player available at this spot and take a shot at a guy with big upside in Spriggs. Spriggs allowed just 12 total pressures this past season at Indiana, but three of them were sacks. He had positive grades in the run game and as a pass blocker and was flagged just twice all season. Jacksonville may not have a glaring need at tackle, but they aren’t turning down this value.
70. Baltimore Ravens – Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
Perkins makes people miss at a greater rate than any other running back in this class. In 2015 he broke 73 tackles, or 19 more than No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott, on more than 50 fewer carries. He can get through a smaller hole at the line than anybody, and the only real knock on him is that he may not take it to the house every time he breaks into the open field. Baltimore will happily take that.
71. New York Giants – Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
The Giants have a lot of bodies at running back but nobody who demands the lion’s share of the carries. Jordan Howard can be that guy. He had the fourth-best PFF grade of the draft class among running backs and notched a ridiculous 3.7 yards per carry after contact this past season.
72. Chicago Bears – Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
The Bears still need corner help, and Jones is a perfect fit for what they do. He is undersized, but extremely physical and one of the best run-defending corners in the nation. His overall coverage is excellent, but he does have occasional lapses and has been beaten for six touchdowns in 2015 and 10 over the past two seasons in the SEC.
73. Miami Dolphins – Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
Teams love Howard’s blend of size and speed. He fits the NFL’s measurable profile and had some of the best coverage numbers in the nation last season, even if they are something of a mirage. In proof that numbers can lie, Howard allowed a passer rating of just 32.4 into his coverage when targeted, but was beaten on several plays that didn’t end up as completions, warping that number a little. His potential is near limitless, though.
74. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Carl Nassib, ED, Penn State
There are certainly flashier edge rushers in this draft, but there aren’t too many more productive than Nassib was this past season. He had the seventh-best pass-rushing grade in the class among edge defenders and notched 54 total pressures.
75. Oakland Raiders – Scooby Wright III, LB, Arizona
This draft class is headlined by linebackers with elite athleticism, but Wright has a better PFF grade over a season than any of them – his 2014 season when he was fully healthy. That year he graded positively in every area PFF measures and notched 136 total tackles. He has a terrible athleticism profile, but the instincts to make up for it.
76. Cleveland Browns (from Los Angeles via Tennessee) – Kyle Murphy, T, Stanford
Cleveland adds some beef to the O-line and takes one of the few players to come out of a legitimately pro-style offense in Stanford tackle Kyle Murphy. He was the seventh-best-graded tackle in the class in overall PFF rating last season, and surrendered just 13 total pressures while earning solid run-blocking grades.
77. Cleveland Browns (from Detroit via Philadelphia) – Sua Cravens, LB, USC
Cravens is one of the most interesting prospects in the draft. As a safety/slot corner/linebacker hybrid at USC, he was one of the most impactful players on their defense. In the NFL he’s likely a linebacker only, and it remains to be seen how he will handle that switch, but he will make plays for the Browns.
78. New Orleans Saints – Joe Schobert, ED, Wisconsin
Schobert has been impressively productive over the past two seasons, with 93 total pressures over his last two years at Wisconsin. His grade has improved each year and he makes a very interesting option at the next level, even if he may be something of a tweener at his size.
79. Philadelphia Eagles – Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
Having off-loaded DeMarco Murray after one disastrous season, the Eagles still need a legitimate starting running back who can carry the load. Collins had an impressive run grade this past season and averaged 3.0 yards per carry after contact, breaking 58 tackles in his 271 carries. He can be Philadelphia’s featured back.
80. Buffalo Bills – Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan
The Bills were essentially looking for a receiver like Braverman when they experimented with Chris Hogan. Braverman is an elite slot receiver with the ability to get open against man and zone and the quickness to exploit any kind of route. He is also incredibly shifty with the ball in his hands and will make people miss after the catch.
81. Atlanta Falcons – Maliek Collins, DI, Nebraska
Atlanta needs to add strength to its defensive front, and does so in the form of Maliek Collins from Nebraska. Collins earned solid grades as both a run defender and pass-rusher this past season and would be a major upgrade in Atlanta’s rotation.
82. Indianapolis Colts – Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
There is a lot to like about Thompson, who injects a bit of youth into the Indianapolis secondary. He has a very nice ability to diagnose plays and torpedoes his way to the ball. His relative lack of athleticism can show up at times, but he will make plays to off-set that.
83. New York Jets – Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State
The Jets are still rebuilding a line that is a shadow of the league-best force it once was. Westerman gives them an upgrade at guard immediately, and a player who allowed just one sack this past season as well as not being penalized at all.
84. Washington Redskins – Javon Hargrave, DI, South Carolina State
Washington was mocked a defensive interior player in the first round in several places, including at PFF, but in this case the Redskins eventually get around to that spot in the third round in the form of small school sleeper Hargrave. He is a favorite in the draft community and could prove to be an outstanding value here.
85. Houston Texans – Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA
Houston selects one of the more intriguing weapons in the draft in the form of Duarte. Whether he is viewed as a big slot receiver or a move-TE, Duarte can make a lot of plays over the middle of the field and surrounds Brock Osweiler with another weapon.
86. Minnesota Vikings – Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
Bell may have been overrated a little as a prospect, and doesn’t excel at anything, but he is solid at everything and represents excellent value in the third round. Bell had good grades against the run and in coverage, and is a versatile safety who gives the Vikings defense a lot of options.
87. Cincinnati Bengals – Nick Kwiatkowski, LB, West Virginia
The Bengals are still working on their linebacker corps, and Kwiatkowski would be a nice addition. He finished fourth in the nation among linebackers against the run and sixth in coverage last season, and can attack well on the strong side.
88. Green Bay Packers – Shon Coleman, T, Auburn
There is little doubt that Green Bay needs tackle help, and Coleman gives them one with big-time upside. Coleman was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and has since beaten it, battled back to the field and posted some good tape in the process. Few players lock down a block once he gets hold of somebody like Coleman, and even if he lacks refinement in his game, the tools are there to work with.
89. Pittsburgh Steelers – Darius Latham, DI, Indiana
Pittsburgh missed out on interior help in the first two rounds but add Latham. He has one of the best spin moves in the class, and everybody loves a good spin move. It helped him notch 38 total pressures in 2015 and post the eighth-best pass-rushing grade in the class.
90. Seattle Seahawks – Will Parks, S, Arizona
The Seahawks can’t keep the Legion of Boom together forever, and Parks gives them an heir apparent to Kam Chancellor and some interesting options in the secondary. Parks played all over the field at Arizona and graded exceptionally well in 2014 covering the slot. He may not wow athletically, but he makes plays wherever he is lined up and is a real sleeper prospect for a team with talent for unearthing gems.
91. New England Patriots – Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
New England is always interested in intriguing slot receiver options, and Cooper gives them more of a vertical threat than they have anywhere else on the roster. Despite his measurables, he has impressive burst and acceleration and forced 33 missed tackles on 135 receptions over the past two seasons.
92. Arizona Cardinals – Kevin Peterson, CB, Oklahoma State
Cornerback is a premium position in this Arizona defense, and they are a little thin right now. Peterson is very good at the catch point and very difficult to shake as a corner, playing the receiver well even if he doesn’t always look for the football in man coverage. His 2014 grade pointed to the kind of talent he can be, even if his 2015 was less impressive.
93. Carolina Panthers – Kamalei Correa, ED, Boise State
Correa may be best in a 3-4 scheme at outside linebacker, but the Panthers have the kind of wiggle room to make use of him as a situational pass-rusher, and he can be a force in that area. He had the No. 11 pass-rush productivity score among 4-3 DEs and earned a +5.1 grade against Power-5 teams last season, showing well against the best competition.
94. Seattle Seahawks – Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
Seattle adds another receiving threat in Boyd who can work the short and intermediate area. With WR Doug Baldwin signed through the end of the season, the No. 10 graded receiver in the class adds some insurance for Seattle’s receiving corps. Boyd will go stretches where he can’t really separate, but he shows flashes of nifty route running, something he needs to improve across the board to succeed at the next level.
95. Detroit Lions – Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri
The No. 2-graded linebacker in the class last season, Brothers is good at sifting through traffic and finding the ball carrier to make plays. While he’s not a great athlete in coverage, Brothers’ work as a playmaker against the run will make Detroit’s defense better on early downs. He led the nation with a run-stop percentage of 15.8 last season.
96. New England Patriots – Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
Washington is not great in any one area, but he’s a sound all-around player and a versatile addition to New England’s defensive line. His +32.0 pass-rush grade ranked third among interior defensive linemen and he’s been strong against the run the last two years while playing both nose tackle and 3-technique DT (over the guard) on Ohio State’s defense. Washington has the experience and frame to play all along the defensive line in New England.
97. Seattle Seahawks – Willie Henry, DT, Michigan
In a class full of run-stopping defensive tackles, Henry brings a different skill set to the table with his ability to get up the field and disrupt the quarterback. Seattle His +19.0 pass-rush grade ranked 14th in the class despite totaling only 598 snaps on the season and when watching Henry play, it’s clear that he’s a raw player that is still developing. Seattle loves to accumulate pass-rushers, and Henry’s potential is too much to pass up.
98. Denver Broncos – Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
With Malik Jackson moving on, Lowry can play the role of early-down run defender and interior pass-rusher. He moved around on Northwestern’s defensive line, finishing 10th overall at +37.0 with a strong season both against the run and as a pass-rusher. Lowry’s long frame allowed him to tie for the national lead with seven batted passes, and he’s a good fit to replenish the depth up front for Denver.