2016 NFL Mock Draft (Picks 6-10): Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants

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6. Baltimore Ravens: The Baltimore Ravens will have some big decisions to make in this draft; they have a ton of needs and very few picks to fill them. Their biggest need is at safety, this means they either take a top 3 cornerback at this spot and see if he is versatile or they wait until the second round. The Ravens also need a pass rushing linebacker, that need should trump all of the others. Lastly with Breshad Perriman's injury last season the Ravens would like to take a wide receiver at some point in this draft.

Safe Pick(s): Myles Jack, Leonard Floyd, Vernon Hargreaves III, Mackensie Alexander/ If Myles Jack is here the Ravens take him no question about it. The Ravens don't have that much of a secondary so if Jack gets taken a corner will likely be the pick.

Surprise Pick: Laquon Treadwell, Darian Thompson/ Treadwell or a second round graded safety would not be the wisest choice for Ravens considering that Perriman should return 100 percent healthy and it is too early to rule him as a bust.

Risky Pick: Josh Doctson, Michael Thomas, Corey Coleman/ Taking any other wide receiver in the first round other than Treadwell should only happen if you are picking later and it is a dire need.

Ravens select: Myles Jack

 

7. San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers will most likely release Colin Kaepernick so bringing in a quarterback Chip Kelly will want to work with/develop should be the primary focus. Getting some fresh legs for their defensive and offensive lines would also do them a world of good. The biggest question mark seems to be at wide receiver where the 49ers have lacked a dominant number 1 for quite some time. The 49ers should work on rebuilding their offense in this draft.

Safe Pick(s): Paxton Lynch, Laquon Treadwell, Shaq Lawson, DeForest Buckner/ Lynch makes the most sense here as Kelly would love to have a brand new quarterback and some cap space to start the 2016 season. If they choose to wait it out and grab a quarterback in the second round they could pick up Treadwell as the primary offensive weapon. But most likely if they do not focus on quarterback they will bring in a brand new pass rusher so Shaq Lawson and DeForest Buckner would make sense.

Surprise Pick: Taylor Decker, Jack Conklin, Shon Coleman, Connor Cook, A'Shawn Robinson/ Any lineman at all in the first would be surprising as any added blocker would not have a franchise quarterback to block for.

Risky Pick: Robert Nkemdiche, Connor Cook, If Chip Kelly takes a guy with character concerns right off the bat the media will have a field day. Cook seems to be just as aloof and arrogant as Kelly so he could be someone the former Eagles coach will target.

49ers select: Paxton Lynch

 

8. Miami Dolphins: The Miami Dolphins could use a ton of help in the secondary. With Brent Grimes turning 33 the Dolphins will need to find a starting cornerback somewhere. The Dolphins also need to protect Ryan Tannehill a lot better than they have in the past and that comes from investing in their offensive line. With Adam Gase the new head coach the Dolphins will likely focus on their offense with their first round pick.

Safe Pick(s): Taylor Decker, Jack Conklin, Shon Coleman, Mackensie Alexander, Vernon Hargreaves III/ The offensive line needs to much work to be ignored, Tannehill has barely anytime to read the defensive coverage before he is hit by a pass rusher. Taking a lineman here will fit into drafting a cornerback as well because there should be a number of quality second round corners in this draft.

Surprise Pick: Reggie Ragland, Cody Whitehair/ The Dolphins picking up an inside linebacker or a second round offensive guard would surprise me as neither pick would have as much of an impact as getting a player who can actually stabilize this offense.

Risky Pick: Cody Whitehair, Vadal Alexander/ Second round grades on both which means they will likely need to be developed before becoming starters. The Dolphins need a starter that they can put into the offensive line rotation right away.

Dolphins select: Taylor Decker

 

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs main focus going into this draft should be to protect Jameis Winston. The Bucs defensive line can be imposing but it is their secondary that lets them down. The Bucs should have an interesting choice as it pertains to protection on offense or defense.

Safe Pick(s): Jack Conklin, Mackensie Alexander, Vernon Hargreaves III/ Winston needs to be protected so offensive line here would make a lot of sense. Sure the Bucs defense has played poorly but they have been good upfront stopping opposing running backs and getting pressure on quarterbacks. Protecting Winston would only give him more time to make plays and help his accuracy in the long run.

Surprise Pick: Shaq Lawson, Reggie Ragland/ It would be surprising to see the Bucs ignore the protection concerns for Winston however picking either Lawson or Ragland would be a huge boost for this defense.

Risky Pick: Eli Apple, Kendall Fuller, Cody Whitehair, Vadal Alexander/ Second round grades on all of these players which means they may not be automatic starters and for the Bucs that is not what they need right now.

Bucs select: Jack Conklin

 

10. New York Giants: The Giants had a rough season and will likely have a rougher offseason. Their franchise pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul will be a free agent however his market is currently unknown since his accident. Prince Amukamara will be a free agent throwing the Giants secondary into disarray. New York should go pass rush here if they are trying to rebuild this defense and replace JPP. Then again, adding a right tackle after last year's selection of Ereck Flowers would make sense as well.

Safe Pick(s): Shaq Lawson, DeForest Buckner, Jonathan Bullard, Emmanuel Ogbah, Shon Coleman/ Shaq Lawson or DeForest Buckner would be incredible picks for the Giants as they attempt to find a new star pass rusher. Both of those players would be excellent starts if they are still on the board. An offensive lineman would be great but still it would not solve the problem of blowing late leads.

Surprise Pick: Ezekiel Elliot, Darian Thompson, Shon Coleman, Derrick Henry/ A running back would make a lot of sense if this were the second round, the same goes for safety. Picking up Elliot might be worth it as he is this drafts best running back in regards to blocking and playmaking.

Risky Pick: Darian Thompson, Derrick Henry/ Henry and Thompson have second round grades and missing on their first round pick could hurt the Giants immensely.

Giants select: DeForest Buckner

 

 

 

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