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. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
Luke Joeckel has been oft-injured and underwhelming since being selected second overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. Jacksonville could benefit from several of the players available, but Tunsil is the best player in this draft and would make an immediate impact at two positions by becoming Blake Bortles’ blindside protector and allowing Joeckel to move to right tackle.
2. Baltimore Ravens (1-5) – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
The Ravens season is fading away quickly, but they could find themselves in a great position for 2016. Terrell Suggs is out for the year and now Elvis Dumervil is injured as well. Both players are getting a bit older, so adding Bosa will not only give the team another quality pass rusher, it will help out Suggs and Dumervil in the long run by putting them in a rotation.
3. Detroit Lions (1-5) – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)
Detroit is struggling to protect Matt Stafford. Riley Reiff is better suited on the right side, so much like Jacksonville, this move could kill two birds with one stone.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)
Connor Cook could be an option here as well, but the Chiefs are stuck with Alex Smith next year regardless, so they may look to improve at wide receiver instead. Treadwell and Jeremy Maclin could create a ton of matchup problems.
5. Tennessee Titans (1-4) – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
Given how poorly the team has protected Marcus Mariota, they could look at a tackle here, but Taylor Lewan is only in his second year, so I can’t see them pulling the plug yet and this spot is way too early for the rest of the offensive line. Instead, they can go after the top available player and add another cog to an already improved pass rush.
6. Chicago Bears (2-4) – Connor Cook (QB/Michigan State)
Chicago falls from the No. 1 pick, but can still land their guy. It’s time to move on from Jay Cutler, evident by the team’s attempt to trade him on draft day. If Chicago ultimately shies away from a signal caller, expect them to go after the best defensive player available.
7. San Diego Chargers (2-4) – Jalen Ramsey (S/Florida State)
Eric Weddle is in the final year of his deal and seems eager to get out of town. He has been the best safety in the NFL, so replacing him will be tough. San Diego could also look at another wideout to line up across from Keenan Allen.
8. Houston Texans (2-4) – Jared Goff (QB/California)
Houston is currently stuck in a revolving door situation at quarterback. The team has a championship-caliber defense and talent on the offensive side of the ball, but the team is limited due to the lack of talent at quarterback.
9. New Orleans Saints (2-4) – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)
The Saints need help all across their defense. Adding another pass rusher across from Cameron Jordan would give them a fearsome combo in a division riddled with young talent at quarterback.
10. Cleveland Browns (2-4) – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)
Cleveland lost Jabaal Sheard and never really replaced him. Robinson along with 2015 first rounder Danny Shelton, would solidify the defensive line.
11. Seattle Seahawks (2-4) – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)
Seattle’s trainwreck of an offensive line plays a role behind their slow start. Wherever the team picks, expect them to address the line. Decker would slip in at right tackle and be an immediate upgrade.
12. San Francisco 49ers (2-4) – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
The 49ers lost a ton of players during the offseason, so they have a lot of options here and it is important for them to go after the top player available. Hargreaves could easily go into the top 10 and would be a replacement for Perrish Cox.
13. Washington Redskins (2-4) – Cardale Jones (QB/Ohio State)
Robert Griffin III may never play football for the Redskins again and Kirk Cousins hasn’t exactly looked like a long-term answer. Jay Gruden may look to find a new signal caller this offseason. Jones is in a weird scenario in Ohio State, where he is rotation with J.T. Miller, but he has a cannon for an arm and a strong combine should be able to keep him in the first round.
14. St. Louis Rams (2-4) – Tyler Boyd (WR/Pittsburgh)
The Rams are massively underwhelming at wide receiver. Tavon Austin has never lived up to expectations and Kenny Britt isn’t very reassuring either. Boyd’s stock is taking a hit due to character issues, but he is top 10 talent and Jeff Fisher has never shied from players with character issues in the past.
15. Miami Dolphins (2-3) – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
Lamar Miller played well last week, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dolphins took an upgrade if they saw one available. Elliott is a talented runner, but slides down with the running back position losing its value.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) – Cameron Sutton (CB/Tennessee)
Alterraun Verner has been inconsistent this season, but he is likely to stay. Either way, they need to upgrade across from him. The team could also look at upgrading along their offensive line.
17. Oakland Raiders (2-3) – Tre’Davious White (CB/LSU)
D.J. Hayden has been terrible thus far in his NFL career. Oakland needs to upgrade their secondary if they want to be competitive in today’s NFL.
18. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) – Nate Andrews (S/Florida State)
Both of Dallas’ starting safeties will be free agents after the 2016 season, so Dallas could get started on replacing them early. Andrews could rotate as an understudy in his rookie year before taking over as a full-time starter.
19. Buffalo Bills (3-3) – Vandal Alexander (G/LSU)
Richie Incognito has been fantastic for Buffalo this year, but he is on a one-year deal and can command a big contract in the offseason. If the Bills are unable to bring him back, they will need to find a new starter at left guard.
20. New York Giants (3-3) – Scooby Wright (OLB/Arizona)
With Jason Pierre-Paul’s status up in the air, the Giants pass rush has been hindered. Wright isn’t the most athletic player available, but he is strong and has a good motor.
21. Philadelphia Ealges (3-3) – Emmanuel Ogbah (DE/Oklahoma State)
Vinny Curry and Fletcher Cox are both free agents after the season and it is unlikely that can keep both players. Expect the Eagles to draft a pass rusher in the early rounds of the draft.
22. Minnesota Vikings (3-2) – Michael Thomas (WR/Ohio State)
Minnesota was interested in DeVante Parker before ultimately opting for Trae Waynes last May. The Vikings lack long-term solutions at wide receiver, Mike Wallace is lazy, Cordarrelle Patterson has quickly fallen out of favor, and Charles Johnson has been injured all year. Adding a No. 1 receiver would do wonders for Teddy Bridgewater.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers ( 4-2) – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
Two quarterbacks have now gotten injured for Pittsburgh and Kelvin Beachum now has a torn ACL. Protection for Ben Roethlisberger in the twilight years of his career are crucial.
24. New York Jets (4-1) – Myles Jack (ILB/UCLA)
Myles Jack would serve as an upgrade over the mediocre Demario Davis and provides great value at this juncture for the Jets. Jack is easily a top 15 talent, but he is out for the year with a torn ACL, so his stock could take a hit.
25. Atlanta Falcons (5-1) – Su’a Cravens (S/USC)
The Falcons defense has made some great strides this year, but there are still holes to fill. One in particular is at safety, where they have struggled in 2015. Cravens could address an issue for them.
26. Carolina Panthers (5-0) – Spencer Drango (OT/Baylor)
Cam Newton is still alive somehow, despite having Michael Oher protect his blindside. This charade can’t continue forever and Carolina will look for an upgrade soon.
27. Denver Broncos (6-0) – Max Tuerk (C/USC)
Much like Seattle, the Broncos offensive line is a mess. Tuerk is a strong mauler who would make an immediate impact in the Broncos run blocking department.
28. Cincinnati Bengals (6-0) – Shilique Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)
The Bengals signed Michael Johnson, but he hasn’t done much for the team. An upgrade at defensive tackle over Domata Peko could happen too.
29. Indianapolis Colts (3-3) – Jack Alen (C/Michigan State)
The Colts need to simply take the best player available. There is a general lack of talent around this roster and it has shown this year. Another issue, however, is the team’s failures due to poor coaching and personnel moves by the front office.
30. Arizona Cardinals (4-2) – DeForest Buckner (DT/Oregon)
A luxury pick, Arizona can get away with adding more depth to their defensive line.
31. Green Bay Packers (6-0) – Jaylon Smith (ILB/Notre Dame)
Clay Matthews is starting to play outside again, but the team still hasn’t resolved their issues at inside linebacker. Smith is extremely athletic, but he is weak and gets pushed easily by blockers, which he will need to work on before entering the NFL.