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 (0-5) – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
Matt Stafford was benched last week, but don’t take that as a sign that the Lions will move on from him. Stafford may be the best quarterback the team has ever had, but his protection sucks. Riley Reiff is better suited as a right tackle, so Detroit would be wise to find a cornerstone tackle in this draft.
2. San Francisco 49ers (1-4) – Connor Cook (QB/Michigan State)
San Francisco could very well move on from Colin Kaepernick. He has regressed significantly in the past two years and given the rest of the players who has left the team in the past year, they may just press reset. The 49ers may look at home-state prospect Jared Goff as well, it is pretty well-known what happened the last time the 49ers spurned a Cal quarterback.
3. New Orleans Saints (1-4) – Jared Goff (QB/California)
Drew Brees is no spring chicken. Last spring, there were also rumors that the Saints were willing to give up Brees to acquire the first overall pick in the draft to acquire Jameis Winston. If the Saints continue to struggle, expect them to seek their next franchise quarterback.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)
Eric Fisher has been a bust of a first overall draft pick. The Chiefs need to find a new cornerstone tackle as Fisher is currently rotating at right tackle. Quarterback could be considered here as well since Alex Smith’s limitations are holding back the Chiefs offense.
5. Baltimore Ravens (1-4) – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
The Ravens lost Terrell Suggs for the year, but even when he returns, he is getting older. With Suggs, Bosa and Dumervile, Baltimore’s already fearsome pass rush could be even better.
6. Houston Texans (1-4) – Cardale Jones (QB/Ohio State)
This is a bit of a reach, but Houston is desperate to find a franchise signal caller. The Ryan Mallett/Brian Hoyer carousel is just getting hard to watch. Jones has been up and down this year, but his arm strength will command the attention of plenty of teams.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)
Jacksonville has talent at wide receiver, but no clear-cut No. 1 guy. With Justin Blackmon’s future in the NFL looking bleak, the Jaguars may look for a new guy to spread out opposing defenses.
8. Tennessee Titans (1-3) – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
Taking the best player available, the Titans would get another cog to a pass rush that has improved tremendously from last year. Nkemdiche could also help prevent teams from double-teaming Jurrell Casey.
9. Miami Dolphins (1-3) – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)
Miami has struggled and Joe Philbin is gone, but protection for Ryan Tannehill has been awful. Branden Albert has been injured, but he turns 31 next month, and his level of play could decrease soon.
10. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) – Jalen Ramsey (S/Florida State)
Dallas has a tendency of taking the best player available. Ramsey could creep into the top five, but for now, he stands to be an upgrade over J.J. Wilcox.
11. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)
With Vinny Curry and Fletcher Cox headed for free agency, the Eagles will need to find a new pass rusher. Floyd can play at outside linebacker or with his hand in the dirt.
12. Washington Redskins (2-3) – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
DeAngelo Hall is done and the team finally got rid of David Amerson. Perhaps Washington could upgrade their secondary this offseason.
13. Cleveland Browns (2-3) – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
Running back isn’t necessarily a need, but Elliott is a top talent and could become a surprise draft pick for a team. Cleveland needs some added depth on offense.
14. Oakland Raiders (2-3) – Cameron Sutton (CB/Tennessee)
D.J. Hayden has been a bust of a draft pick and David Amerson has played poorly in his new home. Oakland has some building blocks on defense, but improving the secondary will be a priority in 2016.
15. Seattle Seahawks (2-3) – Tyler Boyd (WR/Pittsburgh)
Offensive line is a need as well, but Boyd is a talented wide receiver who is dropping due to character concerns. The Seahawks lack a wide receiver who can stretch the field and could be willing to look past his character flaws as long as he doesn’t become another Percy Harvin.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)
Tampa Bay is thin on the defensive line aside from Gerald McCoy. A tackle could also be an option as the team looks to protect Jameis Winston.
17. San Diego Chargers (2-3) – Nate Andrews (S/Florida State)
Eric Weddle is a free agent after the season and seems eager to leave the Chargers. If San Diego can’t retain him, expect them to find a new safety in the draft.
18. St. Louis Rams (2-3) – Michael Thomas (WR/Ohio State)
Tavon Austin has been massively underwhelmind and Kenny Britt is unreliable. St. Louis needs to bring in talent at wide receiver to help keep opposing defenses honest.
19. Chicago Bears (2-3) – Scooby Wright (OLB/Arizona)
If the Bears are not in position to draft a signal caller, they will shift their focus to a finding a top defensive player. Wright would be great value at this spot and could help put pressure on Aaron Rodgers.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) – Tre’Davious White (CB/LSU)
The Steelers are a mess at cornerback, where they were hit hard to losses and retirement in the offseason. The Steelers spent two early draft picks attempting to shore up the position, but fourth round pick Doran Grant is already off the roster. Expect them to keep seeking a shutdown cornerback in 2016.
21. Minnesota Vikings (2-2) – Vandal Alexander (G/LSU)
A wide receiver would be nice, but with the top guys gone, they may go for the top guard instead. The Vikings interior offensive line could be upgraded.
22. Buffalo Bills (3-2) – Emmanuel Ogbah (DE/Oklahoma State)
The Bills have a pretty solid roster, so taking the best player available could help improve their depth. Ogbah could be a nice rotational piece with Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes.
23. New York Giants (3-2) – Shilique Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)
With Jason Pierre-Paul’s future bleak, New York could look for a new pass rusher. Calhoun is a New Jersey native who has a lanky frame, allowing him to disrupt the pass in multiple ways.
24. New York Jets (3-1) – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
D’Brickashaw Ferguson is not the player he once was and a younger tackle needs to be groomed to replace him. Conklin could start off at right tackle before moving to the blind side.
25. Arizona Cardinals (4-1) – Christian Hackenburg (QB/Penn State)
Carson Palmer has played well, but he is older and has been open to grooming the future quarterback for the Cardinals. Hackenburg has struggled this year and could fall out of the second round, but Arizona may reach for him here.
26. Carolina Panthers (4-0) – Spencer Drango (OT/Baylor)
Michael Oher has been the Panthers blind side protector all season, but he has been awful. Carolina wasn’t able to upgrade at tackle last year, but expect them to make the position a priority during the offseason.
27. Denver Broncos (5-0) – Max Tuerk (C/USC)
Interior protection has been an issue for the Broncos all season. They will need to address this in the early rounds of the draft to protect Peyton Manning (or Brock Osweiler) in 2016. Additionally, the run game hasn’t been up to par.
28. Cincinnati Bengals (5-0) – DeForest Buckner (DT/Oregon)
Geno Atkins is a solid defensive tackle, but Domata Peko has struggled. The Bengals have talent all across their roster, so they can afford to go with the best player available.
29. Indianapolis Colts (3-2) – Landon Turner (G/North Carolina)
The Colts offensive line is a mess outside of Anthony Castonzo. If they want to prevent Andrew Luck from missing more games, they need to improve the linemen who are blocking for him.
30. Atlanta Falcons (5-0) – Su’a Cravens (S/USC)
The Falcons defense has improved since the arrival of Dan Quinn, but there are still holes to fill, especially at safety.
31. Green Bay Packers (5-0) – Myles Jack (ILB/UCLA)
Clay Matthews, the best pass rusher on the Packers, is being forced to play inside because the team is so thin at the position. This obviously isn’t ideal for Green Bay. Jack will not play this season after tearing his ACL, but his draft stock shouldn’t take too much of a hit (and even so, he is insured for $5 million if he falls out of the first round). Todd Gurley tore his ACL much later in the year and was still drafted 10th overall.