Mock draft 2.0: Laremy Tunsil, Joey Bosa top two-round projection (Shutdown Corner)

A lot has changed since our first crack at a 2016 NFL mock draft back in October — team needs, injuries, draft order, and coaching and front-office turnover. More certainly will change in the months to come, including more team firings and hirings, plus the standard postseason movement of prospects’ stocks. [ Yahoo Daily Fantasy: $10 could win you $50K in our $350K contest for Week 13 ] But we have some more clarity now with the college regular season winding to a close and with NFL teams’ biggest concerns starting to firm up. So here we go with our first two-round mock for this season, which tries best to match up talent, draft value and need well before we embark on free agency. 1. Tennessee Titans — OT Laremy Tunsil Jeremiah Poutasi was ineffective at a right tackle and perhaps is best working inside at guard. Byron Bell, Poutasi’s replacement, hasn’t been better. With Marcus Mariota taking too many hits, the team needs to build a bulwark around their star quarterback. Taylor Lewan has rebounded from a midseason slump and looks like a bookend at either left or right tackle, paired with Tunsil. An unsexy but needed move. 2. Cleveland Browns — Ohio State DE Joey Bosa Yes, they need a quarterback (scroll down for that). But passing on a physical presence such as Bosa considering the Browns have the worst rush defense in the NFL, rank near the bottom of the league in sack percentage and have flushed away first-round picks like no other team of late. Bosa isn’t a guaranteed star, but he’s a Justin Smith clone who — if the Browns passed — likely would end up on a division rival’s roster, such as that of the Ravens, and torment them fort years. 3. Dallas Cowboys — Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche The Cowboys are a middling run defense with ordinary talents on the interior — Tryone Crawford, Nick Hayden, Jack Crawford and the rest. A dynamic, scheme-diverse talent such as Nkemdiche would be a welcome addition, allowing edge rushers Greg Hardy (if he’s re-signed) and Randy Gregory (if he develops) to flourish. The temptation to draft a quarterback here would be high, with Jerry Jones dropping big hints that the Cowboys need a plan after an injury-prone Tony Romo. But there might not be a prospect that wows Jones and the Cowboys’ brass. 4. San Diego Chargers — Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell Perhaps a bit high, but Treadwell has looked spectacular this season, a year removed from a devastating knee injury. Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates could retire, Stevie Johnson is what he is and Dontrelle Inman has limited upside. As Philip Rivers enters his twilight, he needs more than just Keenan Allen — coming off a shoulder injury — and Danny Woodhead to throw to. 5. San Francisco 49ers — Cal QB Jared Goff It’s more likely than not that the 49ers move on from Colin Kaepernick in the offseason and switch gears again at quarterback. Blaine Gabbert might have shown enough to be the perfect bridge starter, and it would allow the rebuilding 49ers, who have myriad needs, to draft a developmental prospect such as Goff, who is not instant coffee. 6. Miami Dolphins — Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith The Dolphins have an uninspiring linebacker crew, one that has been gashed by the run this season. Smith could be a starting “Mike” or “Will” linebacker in the NFL and could be the best leadership/intangibles presence the team has had the position since perhaps Zach Thomas. Smith can play all three downs and is the rare off-the-ball linebacker, like the Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly, worth taking in the top 10. 7. Jacksonville Jaguars — Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III The Jaguars have a solid pair of corners in Davon House and Aaron Colvin but could use a premier ballhawk in a secondary that has a mere five interceptions this season. Adding Hargreaves and Dante Fowler Jr., last year’s No. 3 overall pick who missed his rookie season to injury, would help boost this defense, as would the healthy return of Sen’Derrick Marks. The offense has shown development, but the defense could use more playmakers. 8. Baltimore Ravens — Florida State S-CB Jalen Ramsey Ozzie Newsome might have a hard time passing on this rare physical specimen and putting him in a central role on what has been an offensively bad Ravens defense in need of new blood. Ramsey is not Ed Reed, but he’s always around the ball and possesses corner skills and safety dimensions. On a defense that has forced a mere nine turnovers all season, help is needed badly and Ramsey would be an instant contributor. 9. Philadelphia Eagles — Memphis QB Paxton Lynch Few teams have less inspiring options at quarterback than the Eagles, who trusted that Chip Kelly’s system could compensate for a lack of talent. That hasn’t worked out as planned. Sam Bradford (if he’s back) and Mark Sanchez could buoy the team while the intriguing Lynch develops pocket feel and absorbs an NFL playbook. Suppose the only question left … will Kelly be back? 10. St. Louis Rams — TCU WR Josh Doctson Who was the last No. 1 receiver the Rams had? Torry Holt? That says a lot — especially since the team has spent a whopping nine draft picks in the first four rounds at the position since 2008 and have little to show for them beyond Tavon Austin. Doctson has what the Rams need most: length, ball skills and body control on the outside. They need a physical specimen who can stretch the field. 11. New Orleans Saints — Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander Delvin Breaux hasn’t been bad, and the safeties might be passable, but the Saints’ pass defense has been embarrassingly — and perhaps will be historically — bad. Changing schemes a few times and canning ousted coordinator Rob Ryan hasn’t helped, nor has an inconsistent pass rush. Alexander is young and has flown beneath the radar a bit but could rise a la Wake Forest’s Kevin Johnson, who ended up the 16th pick in the 2015 draft, in the postseason process. 12. Detroit Lions — Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley This might be a steal, and perhaps a needed one, for an offensive line that has regressed overall. Scheme changes since Jim Bob Cooter took over the offense have emphasized getting rid of the ball quicker, which has helped, but the Lions still can’t run the ball consistently. Riley Reiff is an average left tackle, and right tackle has been a sore spot all season. Stanley isn’t perfect, but he has NFL-ready traits, is good in pass protection and has a high ceiling. 13. New York Giants — Clemson DE Shaq Lawson The team seems a bit disappointed with the development of Owa Odighizuwa so far, and there’s the whole matter of Jason Pierre-Paul’s contract to deal with. Besides, when the Giants’ defense was at its best it could bring waves of pressure from multiple spots, always three-deep with defensive ends. Right now, they’re dead last in sack percentage and could use a power-speed end such as Lawson, who gave Stanley (seriously, watch the tape) some real fits when the Tigers beat Notre Dame. 14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Michigan State OT Jack Conklin Building a fortress around Jameis Winston seems like a good idea, and that process started with 2015 second-round picks Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet. It should continue with a blue-collar anchor such as Conklin, whose stock was high prior to a midseason knee injury that slowed him down. But his leg drive and power would be a good addition to a line that could be strong next season. 15. Oakland Raiders — LSU CB Tre’Davious White The Raiders are flush with salary-cap space this offseason and could make a huge push to add a shutdown corner such as Josh Norman, but more help would be needed. Even with David Amerson playing unexpectedly well, the Raiders would need more at the position — D.J. Hayden hasn’t panned out yet — especially in the slot, where White could be a good nickel player. 16. Buffalo Bills — USC S-LB Su’a Cravens My riskiest pick and projection for sure. I remembered reading Rex Ryan’s comments about Troy Polamalu when he retired, and it made me think Ryan would love a chess piece such as Cravens. Ryan on Polamalu: “He is such an unusual guy and a unique player on how he moves around … his timing, it was as good as anybody’s.” Although they’re different, Cravens has some of that too, and his skill set could project him into a weakside linebacker/nickel safety/Gronk buster role that might work. Again, I am not married to this pick but enjoy the idea of mulling it over some.  17. Chicago Bears — UCLA LB Myles Jack GM Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox spent three of their first four picks this spring on offense and know they now need to focus on beefing up the other side of the ball. Jack’s knee injury, from what we can’t tell, isn’t expected to have a major impact on his draft status. He was considered a first-round prospect before it, displaying great athleticism and instincts for the position (especially in pass coverage), and should be so as he works his way back. The Bears need speed and energy on that side of the ball, and Jack could — heh — be a nice fit as the “Jack” linebacker in Vic Fangio’s scheme. 18. New York Jets — Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott The Jets have a force in the backfield in Chris Ivory, and he’s still south of the 1,000-career-touch mark, which should mean he has tread left on his tires. But he always seems to be banged up, and the Jets have no bell-cow alternative. Imagine a 1-2 punch of Ivory and Elliott running the ball 35-40 times a game and taking the pressure off whomever starts at quarterback next season. Elliott could be their most talented back since Curtis Martin in a league that’s starting to cycle back around to the ground game more and more. 19. Atlanta Falcons — Oregon DE DeForest Buckner Dan Quinn needs to continue adding force players in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and Buckner could be a big upgrade over Tyson Jackson and give the Falcons more flexibility up front. That’s what made Quinn’s defenses so tough in Seattle, and it’s what he needs most for the Falcons as they battle Jameis Winston and Cam Newton for the next several seasons. Buckner is not an elite pass rusher, and might never be, but could be a good project. 20. Pittsburgh Steelers — Clemson S Jayron Kearse Kearse is a fast riser in draft circles with his unique size and impact in the run and pass games. Will Allen is past his prime, and Mike Mitchell is too penalty-prone and limited in coverage. The third-year sophomore Kearse turns 21 in February, so he isn’t as raw as you might expect. He could add energy, size and youth to a secondary that has been ripped up this season. 21. Washington Redskins — Baylor NT Andrew Billings GM Scot McCloughan tends to build his teams from the inside out, and that was clear with his first two picks last season — offensive lineman Brandon Scherff and edge player Preston Smith. Expect a similar approach this coming draft. Even though nose tackle might not be the team’s biggest need, but Terrance Knighton really is a 20-25 snap-per-game player at this stage and Billings — one of the faster risers in this year’s class — could work at multiple techniques. He doesn’t turn 20 until March and yet has been one of the more disruptive interior players in college football. 22. Seattle Seahawks — UCLA DT Kenny Clark When the Seahawks were at their best defensively, they had waves of defensive linemen they could roll through and terrorize quarterbacks with. They’ve lost some depth up front and could use an attacking interior presence such as Clark, who fits the mold of the aggressive 1-technique this defense seeks out. Like Billings, Clark has been wrecking blocking schemes this season with his quickness and effort. 23. Houston Texans — Michigan State QB Connor Cook Cook could end up going higher than this if he builds his stock back up, but right now there is limited buzz around him, which could project him to this range easily. The Texans have passed on far too many quarterbacks in recent seasons and have one of the least promising situations there in the NFL. Bill O’Brien can work with Cook, who has decent physical measurements but is a bit too inconsistent and scattershot for some scouts’ liking. 24. Indianapolis Colts — Ohio State OT Taylor Decker The offensive line has been overlooked too much recently, and the Colts could use an anchor at either tackle position. Decker played right tackle early in his Buckeyes career and easily could start out there depending on the future of Anthony Castonzo, who is owed a $4.5 million roster bonus in 2016. For too long the Colts have had to mix and match up front and patch holes in front of their now-injured quarterback, Andrew Luck, and must finally address this O-line with more top-level talent. 25. Kansas City Chiefs — Florida DL Jonathan Bullard The Chiefs have more issues on the offensive side of the ball, but in this projection there isn’t an ideal talent fit for their needs. Bullard is a bull-strong run stopper and force player who can help make a good front great. With the possible loss of Tamba Hali looming, another edge rusher might be on the docket. But a front line of Bullard, Dontari Poe, Jaye Howard and Allen Bailey rotating, the Chiefs could be in outstanding shape up front. 26. Green Bay Packers — Alabama LB Reggie Ragland We mocked the heck out of inside linebackers to the Packers in a similar spot a year ago but were denied when GM Ted Thompson went with defensive backs as his first two picks. It reminded us that Thompson prefers to draft football players over specific needs, and also that he knows what he’s doing with what appear to be two solid players in Demarious Randall and Quinten Rollins. But need and fit match here with the pick of Ragland, who would be a huge upgrade over Nate Palmer and help tighten up a Packers defense that ranks in the bottom third of the NFL in rushing yards allowed. 27. Minnesota Vikings — Baylor WR Corey Coleman Stefon Diggs is one important element of the Vikings’ passing game, but he needs help. Norv Turner is not asking Teddy Bridgewater to win games vertically because he doesn’t have to, but there will be a point where the downfield passing game must develop. Enter Coleman, who was a massive TD producer with his speed this season before hitting the wall a bit lately. The Vikings have whiffed a few times recently on similarly built wideouts, but he appears to be a rare breed who has polish as a receiver, coming from a system that has produced terrific NFL talent at the position. 28. Arizona Cardinals — Alabama NT A’Shawn Robinson Ideally, Rodney Gunter’s length would be used more as a 5-technique, so having a plugger inside such as Robinson to absorb blocks and take up two gaps would be key. Robinson likely would start out as a two-down player but could help relieve some of the depth issues up front and be worked into a full-time role gradually, the way former Cardinals nose tackle Dan Williams was. 29. Cincinnati Bengals — Pitt WR Tyler Boyd The Bengals have free-agent decisions to make on Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu and could let one of them walk without suffering too much offensively. Boyd is a tremendous possession receiver (that’s no knock) with his competitiveness, ball skills and fearlessness. Boyd might excel in the slot the way Jarvis Landry has with the Miami Dolphins, and Boyd appears to be a little bigger and more physically gifted than Landry. 30. Denver Broncos — Indiana OT Jason Spriggs Outside of a shaky game against Bosa, Spriggs has been a good performer for the Hoosiers. He has great size and length at 6-7 but light feet to play in an up-tempo scheme. Spriggs also has shown he can get low and be a force in the run game, especially in a zone-blocking scheme such as the one the Broncos run. There’s some Nate Solder in Spriggs — both played tight end to start college — and he could end up surprising people with how high he’s drafted. 31. New England Patriots — pick forfeited You remember deflate-gate, right? They lose this pick because of it. 32. Carolina Panthers — Ohio State S Vonn Bell Bell hasn’t been tested a lot this season, but he still has managed to show up in games this season for the Buckeyes with his range and his run-stopping ability. Those are traits the Panthers can use, being a bit long in the tooth in the secondary, as a possible replacement for Roman Harper. Ron Rivera and Sean McDermott like aggressive defensive backs, and Bell fits the mold. The need could be a bit stronger at corner if Norman departs in free agency, and other needs — offensive line, receiver, pass rusher — could also be higher. ROUND TWO 33. Titans — Ohio State LB Joshua Perry A sound, smart tackler who could step in immediately and be an upgrade over Wesley Woodyard and help on special teams. 34. Browns — North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz Here’s your quarterback, Browns fans! It might not be ideal, but Wentz has grown on observers and can boost his stock with a strong Senior Bowl week. 35. Cowboys — LSU CB Tre’Davious White The Cowboys once again dip into the Bayou for secondary help with the irony being that White could replace ex-Tiger Morris Claiborne. 36. Chargers — Kansas State OG Cody Whitehair A college left tackle, Whitehair projects inside in the NFL, and he’d help fortify a Chargers line that has been ravaged by injury the past two seasons. 37. 49ers — Alabama DT Jarran Reed Arik Armstead looks like a quality building block, and Reed could be a good upgrade over Quinton Dial and Tony Jerod-Eddie up front. 38. Dolphins — Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller Fuller’s knee injury waters down his stock a bit, but he still has a chance to be a top-40 prospect. The Dolphins might seek an upgrade over Jamar Taylor in the starting lineup. 39. Jaguars — Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins A good run-pass force with his best football ahead of him, Rankins will have the chance to rise through the pre-draft process. He’d fit well in this defense. 40. Ravens — Ohio State WR Michael Thomas Underused with the Buckeyes, Thomas would be a great fit to a Ravens offense that has been gutted at wide receiver, giving Joe Flacco a split end with size and hands. 41. Rams (traded from Eagles) — Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg The pick acquired in the Sam Bradford-Nick Foles trade lands them another QB but one with development questions. 42. Rams — USC C Max Tuerk Injured center might be most pro-ready prospect at the position. And he might not need to spend much to move … (L.A. joke). 43. Saints — Alabama DE Jonathan Allen Another prospect who could soar with big testing numbers, Allen would be a huge addition to a shorthanded Saints defense in need of rush talent. 44. Lions — Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah Ogbah and Ziggy Ansah would give the next Lions coach a pair of high-motor rush ends with size and length. 45. Giants — UCLA RB Paul Perkins It’s time to write off Andre Williams and pair the big-play Perkins in the backfield as the first- and second-down playmaker. 46. Buccaneers — Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun A perfect Tampa-2 weak-side rush end who rarely comes off the field, Calhoun has been hot and cold in college but might be a perfect fit here. 47. Raiders — Texas A&M OG-OT Germain Ifedi It hasn’t been a great season for him, with 11 penalties committed and up-and-down play. Maybe he should have come out last season, but the Raiders took a similar gamble with Florida State DE Mario Edwards in this range, which has paid off. 48. Bills — Georgia DE-OLB Jordan Jenkins With Mario Williams a possible salary-cap casualty, the Bills must find more pressure players up front. Jenkins has scheme versatility — from the 4-3 front they run now or the 3-4 scheme Rex Ryan might want to run. 49. Bears — Tennessee CB Cameron Sutton Tracy Porter has been a revelation, and Bryce Callahan is worth developing, but the Bears could use more coverage talent. Sutton is a press corner with confidence. 50. Jets — Arkansas OG Denver Kirkland A big, bruising right guard who would be an upgrade over Willie Colon or Brian Winters and fit right into the power football the Jets want to run. 51. Falcons — Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo Roddy White is cooked, and Matt Ryan might soon be reaching a flashpoint in his Falcons career. Julio Jones could use a talented running mate such as Carroo, if he passes the Falcons’ stringent character tests. 52. Steelers — LSU OT- OG Vadal Alexander His move to tackle hasn’t been all that successful, so we’re projecting Alexander back inside in the NFL. He’d give the Steelers nice depth up front, which they haven’t always had. 53. Redskins — Notre Dame C Nick Martin It’s hard to find quality centers, and Martin (brother of Dallas’ Zack Martin) has a chance to endear himself to McCloughan, who is always on the lookout for blue-collar linemen. 54. Seahawks — Houston CB William Jackson This long press corner can be beat on double moves, but the Seahawks have great safety play to help defend that. Jackson loves pouncing on receivers and making them pay. 55. Texans — Georgia LB Leonard Floyd Floyd has rushed the passer and played off the ball and could be a terrific replacement for Brian Cushing if the Texans move on from him and a good counterpoint to thumper Bernardrick McKinney. 56. Colts — Eastern Kentucky DE-OLB Noah Spencer The former Ohio State rusher has re-ignited his draft stock and could be a nice eventual replacement for Trent Cole on the outside. 57. Chiefs — South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper A multi-tool playmaker who can catch, take handoffs, return kicks and throw passes, Cooper would endear himself to Andy Reid, who is always on the lookout for these types of players. 58. Packers — Ohio State DL Adolphus Washington A light-footed trench player who gets overlooked in Bosa’s shadow the past two season, he’d be a nice fit over veteran Letroy Guion in Green Bay. Datone Jones is running out of time to prove himself. 59. Vikings — Ohio State LB Darron Lee   A high-energy player, Lee projects as a weakside linebacker and a perfect fit in Mike Zimmer’s scheme, able to stay on the field because of his coverage ability. 60. Cardinals — Missouri LB Kentrell Brothers They hit a home run with former Mizzou teammate Markus Golden and could go back to the Tigers to find an upgrade in the middle of their defense. 61. Bengals — Baylor DE Shawn Oakman Seems low, but Oakman’s length and strength are his best traits and he might never be a special player. Worth the risk here as a developmental talent, even though he’ll be 24 next year. 62. Broncos — Arkansas TE Hunter Henry This offense requires multiple tight ends to operate fully, and Henry might be the most complete blocker and receiver at the position in the draft. 63. Patriots — Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard The wait is finally over. The Patriots land a smaller — just their type, really — playmaker with smarts, quicks and return ability. He’s a gem. 64. Carolina Panthers — Georgia OT John Theus Michael Oher is not the answer, and Daryl Williams might be best as a right tackle. Theus has been a rock and steadily has improved in his college career. – – – – – – – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

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