Acme Packing Company's 2016 mock draft continues on with round two, which will be released over the course of this week. The rules were simple: seven authors were assigned four or five teams apiece, and made the picks for each of those teams whenever they came up. We will pick the first three rounds of the draft.
We reach the midway point of the second round with these picks, which find perhaps one or two potential Green Bay Packers targets coming off the board. One NFC North rival makes its second pick in the draft, landing an anchor on the defensive line after taking an offensive tackle in the first round.
2.13 (44 overall): Oakland Raiders pick S Keanu Neal, Florida
Mike Vieth: Charles Woodson retiring leaves a massive hole in the secondary for the Raiders. Keanu Neal from Florida will step in on day one as his replacement. Neal is a hard-hitting, run stuffing specialist. He sometimes goes for the big hit too often and loses some technique but not many will break a tackle once he gets his arms wrapped around a ball carrier. He isn't too bad in coverage either. He can read routes and anticipate where receivers are going well. However, his hips are stiff and will have trouble staying with some of the faster receivers. Overall, he'll be a nice pick for the Raiders right here and be another immediate starter and tone-setter for a team overhauling it's defense.
2.14 (45): Los Angeles Rams pick WR Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
Tex Western: The Rams have two second-round picks, and we grabbed safety Vonn Bell two picks earlier. But like the Browns and 49ers before them, we get a receiver for the other team that took a quarterback in the first. The Rams have to find a way to generate production in the passing game and use Tavon Austin as a Percy Harvin sort of player rather than a down-field receiver. Boyd's addition gives the Rams a sure-handed target who can serve as both a medium and deep threat for first-round pick Paxton Lynch.
2.15 (46): Detroit Lions pick DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
The Lions replaced Ndamukong Suh with Haloti Ngata last season, but he is clearly on the downslope of his career. Enter Butler, a disruptive force who can slot in as a starter immediately and should be able to develop as both a plus run defender and interior pass-rusher.
2.16 (47): New Orleans Saints pick G Joshua Garnett, Stanford
Jon Barnett: New Orleans has been trying to increase the use of the running game recently and they need to improve the middle of their line to do this. Good value here as Garnett is quite possibly the best Guard in the draft. He is a large run blocker who started the last two years at Stanford.
Mock Draft Summary
|1.3||SD||Jalen Ramsey||DB||Florida State|
|1.4||DAL||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State|
|1.7||SF||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota State|
|1.8||PHI (via MIA)||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|1.9||TB||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|1.11||CHI||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
|1.13||MIA (via PHI)||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson|
|1.16||DET||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State|
|1.17||ATL||Darron Lee||LB||Ohio State|
|1.18||IND||Noah Spence||OLB||Eastern Kentucky|
|1.19||BUF||Emmanuel Ogbah||DE||Oklahoma State|
|1.21||WAS||Cody Whitehair||OL||Kansas State|
|1.25||PIT||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State|
|1.26||SEA||William Jackson III||CB||Houston|
|1.30||CAR||Germain Ifedi||OT||Texas A&M|
|2.32||CLE||Will Fuller||WR||Notre Dame|
|2.34||DAL||Eli Apple||CB||Ohio State|
|2.36||BAL||Kamalei Correa||OLB||Boise State|
|2.37||SF||Michael Thomas||WR||Ohio State|
|2.38||JAX||Karl Joseph||S||West Virginia|
|2.39||TB||Kendall Fuller||CB||Virginia Tech|
|2.42||MIA||Jaylon Smith||LB||Notre Dame|
|2.43||LA (via PHI)||Vonn Bell||S||Ohio State|
|2.46||DET||Vernon Butler||DT||Louisiana Tech|