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 (1-7) – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
Detroit has regressed significantly on defense since Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley skipped town, but protection for Matt Stafford has also been incredibly poor this season. Riley Reiff has been playing left tackle this season, but he is a better fit on the right side.
Adding Tunsil will give Detroit a blue chip tackle to protect Stafford and also serve as an upgrade to right tackle since the team will presumably swing Reiff over there.
2. Tennessee Titans (1-6) – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
The Titans offense has struggled all season, especially on the offensive line. Neither Marcus Mariota nor Zach Mettenberger have had much time to throw the ball, but with Tunsil already taken, Tennessee will look to go for the best available player. Bosa would add another element to an already improved pass rush and prevent teams from double teaming Jurrell Casey.
3. Baltimore Ravens (2-6) – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
Offensive line is an option here as well, but Baltimore has a tendency of going for the best available player. Nkemdiche would strengthen the Ravens pass rush that already has Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil and inject youth to the unit.
4. Cleveland Browns (2-6) – Connor Cook (QB/Michigan State)
The Browns need stability at quarterback, where Josh McCown is not a long-term answer and Johnny Manziel can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Cleveland was reportedly interested in trading Joe Thomas and came close to sending him to Denver at the trade deadline, so it appears evident that they are ready to do a complete rebuild.
5. San Diego Chargers (2-6) – Jalen Ramsey (S/Florida State)
Eric Weddle seems to be on his way out in San Diego, so the Chargers will look to replace their star safety. Ramsey is playing cornerback this season for the Seminoles, but he’ll be a safety in the NFL.
6. San Francisco 49ers (2-6) – Jared Goff (QB/California)
Colin Kaepernick has been benched and Blaine Gabbert is terrible. This is the beginning of the end for Kaepernick since he is essentially on a “pay as you go” deal. The 49ers need to rebuild and Goff could help start that.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)
Luke Joeckel has either been injured of unimpressive in his NFL career. Jacksonville needs to protect Blake Bortles if they expect him to succeed, especially in a division where he has to face J.J. Watt.
8. Chicago Bears (2-5) – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)
Chicago’s defense is a wreck, so expect them to pursue the best defender available. Before trading him away, Jared Allen was the top pass rusher on this team. The Bears need to bring in a guy who can disrupt the quarterback.
9. Dallas Cowboys (2-5) – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)
The loss of Dez Bryant has shown the lack of depth the team has at this position. Adding another top wideout could make an already dangerous Cowboys offense (when Tony Romo is playing) even more potent.
10. Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) – Tyler Boyd (WR/Pittsburgh)
Quarterback is in play here as well since Alex Smith’s limitations could hold the team back, but they’re stuck with him for at least another season. Jeremy Maclin has been an improvement, but the rest of the wideouts are incredibly unimpressive.
11. Houston Texans (3-5) – Cardale Jones (QB/Ohio State)
Despite being an absolute mess of a team, the Texans are tied for first place in the AFC South because the division is so bad. The Texans severed ties with Ryan Mallett, but Brian Hoyer isn’t exactly an impressive quarterback. Jones has been stuck rotating with J.T. Barrett this season in Columbus, but with Barrett sidelined for a week after a DUI arrest, Jones could make a statement.
12. Miami Dolphins (3-4) – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
The top available player, Miami gets great value with this pick. Brent Grimes is a solid cornerback, but after him, Miami isn’t exactly loaded with talent in their secondary. Ezekiel Elliott could also be an option here, but with Lamar Miller currently on a hot streak, the Dolphins can look elsewhere.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)
A cornerback could also be taken here, but I think the Bucs will focus more on protecting Jameis Winston. Decker is solid on both the run and the pass, but speedy edge rushers tend to get the best of him.
14. Buffalo Bills (3-4) – Vandal Alexander (G/LSU)
Richie Incognito has been stellar in Buffalo, but he is on a one year deal and has already restored his value. The Bills may have a hard time retaining him in the offseason, so expect them to look for a replacement if he goes elsewhere.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)
The Eagles were allegedly shopping Vinnie Curry, who is in the final year of his deal. Chances are, they don’t think they can bring him back. To make matters worse, Fletcher Cox is also in the final year of his deal. Expect the Eagles to bring in a new edge rusher during the offseason.
16. Washington Redskins (3-4) – Paxton Lynch (QB/Memphis)
Washington screwed themselves out of having the ability to trade Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins hasn’t exactly solidified himself as the franchise quarterback. Jay Gruden may have enough of both players this offseason and instead find his guy, something he hasn’t been able to do since joining the franchise.
17. New Orleans Saints (4-4) – Cameron Sutton (CB/Tennessee)
The Saints survived a shootout, but their secondary looked awful. New Orleans needs to address the secondary at some point in the draft.
18. Seattle Seahawks (4-4) – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
The best offensive lineman available will be Seattle’s draft strategy. Seattle’s offense has stalled a bit this season, which contributed to the team’s slow start.
19. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) – Tre’Davious White (CB/LSU)
The Steelers took quite a few hits at cornerback last offseason and tried to address it through the draft, but fourth rounder Doran Grant is already gone. It’s hard not magine that Pittsburgh will go through the offseason without trying to improve this unit.
20. St. Louis Rams (4-3) – Michael Thomas (WR/Ohio State)
Tavon Austin needs trick plays to be successful and Kenny Britt can’t seem to catch a cold. St. Louis would benefit from having a true No. 1 receiver on their roster.
21. Indianapolis Colts (3-5) – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
The Colts luck out despite having a poor draft pick. Elliott could add a much needed rushing game to this offense and forces defenses to be honest. Indianapolis has so many holes on this roster that almost any position is available to be upgraded.
22. New York Giants (4-4) – Myles Jack (ILB/UCLA)
The Giants need help in all facets of their defense, and could luck out if Jack falls to them. He is skipping this year at UCLA after tearing his ACL, but Todd Gurley was still a top 10 pick despite tearing his ACL and since Jack tore his so much earlier in the year, he could be ready by Week 1.
23. New York Jets (4-3) – Spencer Drango (OT/Baylor)
D’Brickashaw Ferguson has been regressing for several seasons now. New York needs to find their long-term left tackle at some point in the near future. Don’t be surprised if New York tries to trade up to acquire one of the available quarterbacks in the draft as well.
24. Minnesota Vikings (5-2) – Emmanuel Ogbah (DE/Oklahoma State)
The Vikings gave out a lot of money to Everson Griffen, but he hasn’t played as well as they hoped. Adding another edge rusher would give Minnesota more options and help disrupt Aaron Rodgers.
25. Oakland Raiders (4-3) – Jaylon Smith (ILB/Notre Dame)
Aldon Smith and the Raiders seem interested in a reunion, so Oakland may be set at the pass rush. On the inside, however, Curtis Lofton was one of the league’s worst inside linebackers before being benched. Smith is incredibly athletic, but he needs to bulk up before going to the NFL.
26. Arizona Cardinals (6-2) – Scooby Wright (OLB/Arizona)
The Cardinals are so desperate for help in their pass rush that the corpse of Dwight Freeney was signed mid-season. Arizona has been ignoring their need to find someone to get to the quarterback for too long. This team is talented, but won’t take the next step without an edge rusher.
27. Cincinnati Bengals (7-0) – Shilique Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)
The Bengals have been one of the best teams in the league again, but their pass rush leaves little to be desired. Adding an edge rusher will be a priority this offseason.
28. Carolina Panthers (7-0) – Jerald Hawkins (OT/LSU)
Carolina keeps winning despite bringing out Michael Oher at left tackle. He has been atrocious in pass protection, however, so I can’t see the Panthers putting him back there next year, but they need to find his replacement first.
29. Atlanta Falcons (6-2) – Nate Andrews (S/Florida State)
Dan Quinn has made tremendous strides with this defense, but still needs upgrades at safety. Andrews could be an immediate starter at strong safety.
30. Denver Broncos (7-0) – Max Tuerk (C/USC)
Tackle is in play here as well as it was unveiled that the Broncos were trying to acquire Joe Thomas, but there is nobody left who could be a blindside protector. Regardless, an upgrade everywhere on the offensive line could be sought. Tuerk has a mean streak to him and could help improve Denver’s run game in 2016.
31. Green Bay Packers (6-1) – Reggie Ragland (ILB/Alabama)
Clay Matthews has played well at inside linebacker, but there is no way they Packers would be considering him there long-term. He is an edge rusher and is needed there for Green Bay. The Packers avoided finding an interior defender last offseason, but they should look to bring in a new starter this year.