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. Detroit Lions (0-4) – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
Detroit didn’t allow a sack in their loss to the Seahawks, but they could still stand to upgrade at left tackle. Tunsil would finally give the Lions the cornerstone franchise tackle they have been seeking since they drafted Matt Stafford.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)
Eric Fisher surprisingly has a positive grade according to Pro Football Focus this year, but he is being used as a reserve. The Chiefs clearly regret taking him with the top overall draft pick and they lack talent at left tackle. They have another chance to rectify the situation, maybe it’ll work out this time.
3. Baltimore Ravens (1-3) – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
With Terrel Suggs out for the season, the Ravens are lacking depth in their pass rush. With both Suggs and Elvis Dumervil in their 30s, finding a young pass rusher would be ideal.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
Philadelphia seems committed to Sam Bradford (that is, if Chip Kelly isn’t fired), so there’s not many players at this slot who fill a need. Instead, they can take the top player available in Nkemdiche. Both Vinny Curry and Fletcher Cox are free agents after the season.
5. San Francisco 49ers (1-3) – Connor Cook (QB/Michigan State)
Boom. San Francisco could move on from Colin Kaepernick this season, who can’t escape Clay Matthews’ taunts. Kaepernick has regressed since his sophomore year and with everyone who matters from the 49ers retiring, now may be a good time to blow up this roster and try again.
6. Chicago Bears (1-3) – Jared Goff (QB/California)
Unlike San Francisco, the Bears have been tied to a signal caller in this draft pretty much since rumors began that they wanted to traded Jay Cutler. They can release him after the 2016 season with minimum cap damage, so Goff may take a year as an understudy before handling the reigns.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)
Who knows when Justin Blackmon will return. The Jaguars group of receiver has talent, but they lack a real gamebreaker. Treadwell could remedy that.
8. Houston Texans (1-3) – Cardale Jones (QB/Ohio State)
Another week, another quarterback controversy in Houston. Ryan Mallett was benched after a sluggish start, but Head Coach Bill O’Brien has already announced that Mallett will start next week. Neither Mallett or Hoyer is the answer here, but Jones and his cannon of an arm could be.
9. New Orleans Saints (1-3) – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)
The Saints pass rush continues to be a joke. With Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston in this division, the Saints need to find a way to disrupt the quarterback.
10. Cleveland Browns (1-3) – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)
The Browns need to upgrade a front seven that has been gashed all year. Robinson is a big-bodied defensive tackle who will play outside in a 3-4 scheme like the Browns use.
11. Miami Dolphins (1-3) – Taylor Decker (OT/Miami)
The Dolphins have struggled mightily to protect Ryan Tannehill in Branden Albert’s absence. Decker has a bit of a mean streak to him, and could be an upgrade long-term to Albert, who turns 31 next month.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
Tim Jennings has been serviceable, but he will turn 32 in December, so he is not a long-term solution. Hargreaves and Alterraun Verner could be a dangerous combo in Tampa’s secondary.
13. Tennessee Titans (1-2) – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
The Titans are moving on from Bishop Sankey and the rest of the running backs in Tennessee are nothing more than mediocre. Marcus Mariota needs a running attack to keep opposing defenses honest and the last Ohio State running back drafted in the first round in Tennessee did quite well.
14. New York Giants (2-2) – Jalen Ramsey (S/Florida State)
The Giants safeties were decimated by injuries. New York drafted Landon Collins in the second round of last year’s draft, so adding Ramsey to the mix would give New York a young, talented group at safety in vein of what Seattle has going on.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) – Kendall Fuller (CB/Virginia Tech)
The Steelers secondary lost quite a few players to retirement last offseason and attempted to remedy the situation by drafting two cornerbacks in the first four rounds. That did not last long, however, as Doran Grant was released before the end of the preseason. Expect the Steelers to try again next year in the draft.
16. San Diego Chargers (2-2) – Nate Andrews (S/Florida State)
Eric Weddle is in his contract year and doesn’t seem interested in returning. If he bolts, the Chargers will need to find a replacement for him.
17. Minnesota Vikings (2-2) – Tyler Boyd (WR/Pittsburgh)
The Vikings have nothing but inconsistency at wideout. Mike Wallace has played well to start the year, but that will fade eventually. If Boyd is drafted, expect the team to jettison Cordarrelle Patterson.
18. Seattle Seahawks (2-2) – Vandal Alexander (G/LSU)
The Seahawks interior offensive line is a mess and it shows when Marshawn Lynch isn’t in the lineup. Seattle has needed to address the position for a few years now, but this draft has better talent at guard than recent years, so Seattle may finally pull the trigger.
19. Oakland Raiders (2-2) – Cameron Sutton (CB/Tennessee)
D.J. Hayden continues to be a massive disappointment. Sutton has that lanky, physical build which seems to be the prototype at cornerback these days.
20. Washington Redskins (2-2) – Shilique Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)
Washington retained Ryan Kerrigan, but they could benefit by having another pass rusher play across from him like they did with Brian Orakpo. Calhoun already has 4.5 sacks on the year.
21. Buffalo Bills (2-2) – Myles Jack (LB/UCLA)
Buffalo traded away Kiko Alonso, but Preston Brown has played poorly in his place. Jack has been viewed as a versatile guy since he can play linebacker or running back, but that isn’t necessarily a positive.
22. Dallas Cowboys (2-2) – Derrick Henry (RB/Alabama)
Dallas may wind up being satisfied with Randle, but Henry is a tough north-south runner who has drawn comparisons to Eddie George.
23. New York Jets (3-1) – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
D’Brickashaw Ferguson is starting to become a liability for the Jets. He turns 32 in December, so it is time for the Jets to start seeking a replacement.
24. Arizona Cardinals (3-1) – Scooby Wright (OLB/Arizona)
Arizona still isn’t getting to the quarterback as much as they would like.Wright could be revered since he plays college football in Arizona, but he needs to become a more consistent player.
25. St. Louis Rams (2-2) – Michael Thomas (WR/Ohio State)
The Rams are consistently inconsistent at wide receiver. Tavon Austin has been a bit of a disappointment and Chris Givens was just shipped out of town. At this slot, Thomas is a pretty good value.
26. Atlanta Falcons (4-0) – Su’a Cravens (S/USC)
Atlanta’s defense has improved, but they could still benefit from improving at safety. Cravens is a hard hitter who could be an immediate starter at strong safety.
27. Denver Broncos (4-0) – Max Tuerk (C/USC)
Much like Seattle, the Broncos interior offensive line is a mess. Tuerk is surprising athletic for a guy his size.
28. Cincinnati Bengals (4-0) – DeForect Buckner (DT/Oregon)
Geno Atkins is one of football’s best defensive tackles, but Domata Peko is awful. The Bengals can cut Peko next year and save cap space.
29. Indianapolis Colts (2-2) – Landon Turner (G/North Carolina)
The Colts need help all across their roster, but nowhere more than their offensive line, which is terrible outside of Anthony Costonzo. One reason the Colts struggle to run the ball is poor blocking.
30. Carolina Panthers (4-0) – Spencer Drango (OT/Baylor)
Carolina may be 4-0, but Michael Oher still sucks. It’s surprising that Cam Newton hasn’t been hospitalized yet.
31. Green Bay Packers – Jaylon Smith (ILB/Notre Dame)
Clay Matthews is playing inside for the Packers right now, which isn’t ideal in Green Bay. Adding an inside linebacker will allow Green Bay to improve at two positions. Smith is talented and is rising up draft boards, but he needs to get stronger if he wants to be successful in the NFL.