Picks 1-20 in this 2016 NFL mock draft reflect the current NFL standings. Playoff selections are determined by current standings and predicted results in the playoffs.
1. Baltimore Ravens (1-6) – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
Baltimore is a mess right now and could consider Laremy Tunsil, but I think Bosa is a better overall talent and makes sense for the Ravens. Yes, they have Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, but both players are getting older. Bosa would add another element to the Ravens pass rush and work as a rotational player in his rookie season, keeping Dumervil and an injured Suggs fresh.
2. Detroit Lions (1-6) – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
The Lions are another team in disarray. Matt Stafford isn’t getting the protection he needs. Riley Reiff is a quality right tackle, but he is not a good fit on the blind side. Tunsil has the potential to be the cornerstone tackle the Lions desperately need and can simultaneously upgrade both left tackle and right tackle by sliding Reiff over.
3. Tennessee Titans (1-5) – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
Pretty much everyone on offense can be upgraded, but in Nkemdiche, they get the best available player. The Titans have improved tremendously over the past year on defense, and Nkemdiche can be a force when lined up next to Jurrell Casey.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)
Luke Joeckel has been riddled with injuries in his career and when he is on the field he has been underwhelming overall. The Jaguars may want to find a new blindside protector for Blake Bortles, especially considering that they face J.J. Watt twice a year.
5. Cleveland Browns (2-5) – Connor Cook (QB/Michigan State)
Josh McCown is not a long-term solution and the team seems eager to move on from Johnny Manziel. The Browns have had terrible luck when it comes to finding a franchise quarterback, but, surprisingly, they also have not selected a quarterback in the top five since Tim Couch. Cook has the talent to be successful in the NFL and doesn’t bring the extra baggage Manziel has.
6. Houston Texans (2-5) – Jared Goff (QB/California)
Houston is an absolute mess. Ryan Mallett is gone and Brian Hoyer is terrible. There’s no way Houston can enter next year with him as their signal caller. The Texans offense is likely going to be rebuilt with the team potentially severing ties with Arian Foster.
7. Kansas City Chiefs (2-5) – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)
Kansas City could consider quarterback here, but I think it’s way too early for Cardale Jones. The team has Jeremy Maclin, but there is no other talent on this roster outside of him.
8. San Diego Chargers (2-5) – Jalen Ramsey (S/Florida State)
Eric Weddle is in the final year of his contract and seems pretty content on leaving the team. If the Chargers lose him, they will need to find a replacement.
9. San Francisco 49ers (2-5) – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)
A whole slew of 49ers players retired, so there are several options here. Floyd would bring back a pass rush that disappeared when they cut Aldon Smith.
10. Dallas Cowboys (2-4) – Tyler Boyd (WR/Pittsburgh)
Dallas has shown just how thin they are at wide receiver with Dez Bryant out. Adding Boyd would strengthen the Cowboys pass attack and provide a security blanket in the event that Bryant gets injured again. He could fall because of some character concerns, but Dallas has shown with Bryant, Randy Gregory and Greg Hardy that this isn’t a deterrent.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)
The Bus acquired their franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston, now they will need to get some protection for him. Donovan Smith is a better fit on the right side and Demar Dotson could be a cap casualty after missing most of this year with an injury.
12. Chicago Bears (2-4) – Cardale Jones (QB/Ohio State)
The Bears are eager to move on from Jay Cutler, evidenced by the fact that they attempted to trade him last offseason. Jones has a cannon for an arm, but the fact that he is a rotational quarterback may harm his value come draft day.
13. New Orleans Saints (2-4) – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
The Saints need to improve on defense, especially in the secondary which has been getting beat all season. Hargreaves, who has been projected by many as a top 10 pick, comes at a tremendous value here.
14. Seattle Seahawks (3-4) – Vandal Alexander (G/LSU)
The Seahawks offensive line has played poorly all season, contributing to the team’s poor record. To make matters worse, Jimmy Graham hasn’t done much for Seattle and the team traded Max Unger, their center, to acquire him. Expect Seattle to look for the best offensive lineman available in the draft.
15. Buffalo Bills (3-4) – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)
A luxury pick, the Bills improve one of the team’s strongest units. Robinson is the top available player and allows the Bills to rotate players along their defensive line.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) – Cameron Sutton (CB/Tennessee)
The Eagles need help in their secondary. Byron Maxwell has been a regrettable signing and Brandon Boykin was shipped off to Pittsburgh before the season began. Chip Kelly has shown an infatuation with PAC-12 players, but no cornerback fits the bill for them here.
17. Washington Redskins (3-4) – Tre’Davious White (CB/LSU)
DeAngelo Hall is at the end of his career and Washington is already paper thin at cornerback. Upgrading the secondary is going to be a priority this offseason.
18. Miami Dolphins (3-3) – Nate Andrews (S/Florida State)
Outside of Brent Grimes, Miami’s secondary isn’t that spectacular and is a position the team will look to upgrade in the offseason. Andrews would be an immediate starter at strong safety.
19. St. Louis Rams (3-3) – Michael Thomas (WR/Ohio State)
Tavon Austin has been a disappointment so far in his career and Kenny Britt is not a desirable person to have as a starting wide receiver. St. Louis would welcome an improved receiving core entering 2016.
20. Oakland Raiders (3-3) – Myles Jack (ILB/UCLA)
Secondary is still a concern, but if Jack lands here he’s the obvious pick. Jack tore his ACL, but is expected to be ready by the start of the season and talent-wise is a steal here.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
Pittsburgh’s pass protection has been poor over the past two seasons. Both Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick have gone down with injuries. The Steelers need to protect their quarterback if they expect to compete in the AFC North.
22. New York Giants (4-3) – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
New York has a crowded backfield at the moment with no real starter. Elliott is a talented running back who could become the team’s workhorse back and at No. 22, it’s a steal of a selection.
23. Minnesota Vikings (4-2) – Emmanuel Ogbah (DE/Oklahoma State)
Everson Griffen will remain in Minnesota for a while after landing a huge deal, but the Vikings need someone to play across from him.
24. New York Jets (4-2) – Spencer Drango (OT/Baylor)
With D’Brickashaw Ferguson slowing down, the Jets could look to find his long-term replacement soon. Drango could play on the right side for a year or two before moving over.
25. Arizona Cardinals (5-2) – Scooby Wright (OLB/Arizona)
The Cardinals have been tough all season, but their pass rush has been nothing special and they have resorted to signing Dwight Freeney to given them a presence. This isn’t a long term solution, so expect the Cardinals to seek an edge rusher in the draft.
26. Denver Broncos (6-0) – Max Tuerk (C/USC)
He’s banged up right now, but Tuerk is a mauler of an offensive lineman. Denver’s offensive line is in shambles right now and if they want Peyton Manning (or Brock Osweiler) to play well, and for the running game to be more consistent, they need improve.
27. Cincinnati Bengals (6-0) – Shilique Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)
Michael Johnson was added this offseason, but he hasn’t been the difference maker the Bengals were hoping for. Overall, the team has a solid defense, but they have been lacking someone who can get to the quarterback consistently.
28. Carolina Panthers (6-0) – Jerald Hawkins (OT/LSU)
Carolina is winning despite Michael Oher playing left tackle. He has been an absolute liability in pass protection (unsurprisingly). The Panthers have quite a few holes on their roster, but none is more prevalent than tackle.
29. Indianapolis Colts (3-4) – DeForest Buckner (DT/Oregon)
Colts are just going for the top available players here. Indianapolis has holes all across their roster outside of Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton and Vontae Davis, so the team could go in a number of different directions here.
30. Atlanta Falcons (6-1) – Su’a Cravens (S/USC)
The Falcons defense has improved with Dan Quinn at the helm, but play at safety has still been a weak spot. This draft has several talented safeties available, so it should be easy for them to upgrade this unit.
31. Green Bay Packers (6-0) – Jaylon Smith (ILB/Notre Dame)
Inside linebacker has been a position of need in Green Bay for a while, but they haven’t seemed to care about upgrading. Smith is athletic, but he needs to bulk up before entering the NFL.