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) – Jared Goff (QB/California)
Detroit has been cleaning house and Matt Stafford may be next. If he is gone, and if the Lions hold the top pick he likely will be, then a new signal caller is easily in play. Goff has been pretty stellar this season and is now the top quarterback available. He does come with a bit of a learning curve, however, since he does not have much experience under center.
2. San Diego Chargers (2-7) – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
The Chargers are a mess up front. To make matters worse, their lineman are often injured leaving Philip Rivers exposed. San Diego needs to find a reliable blindside protector for Rivers, especially with King Dunlap not being a spectacular pass blocker on the blindside. Drafting Tunsil would allow the Chargers to move Dunlap to the right side as Joseph Barksdale is a free agent at season’s end.
3. Cleveland Browns (2-7) – Paxton Lynch (QB/Memphis)
Mike Pettine seems to really not be interested in developing Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown isn’t the long-term solution at quarterback. If the team does indeed move on from Manziel, then it’s time (again) to find their next franchise quarterback. Lynch has been on fire this season and should be a top 10 selection.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)
The Jaguars pass protection has been poor all season and Blake Bortles has been forced to use his legs to extend plays. When Luke Joeckel isn’t injured, he is playing poorly. Jacksonville should seek a new blindside protector in the draft.
5. Tennessee Titans (2-6) – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
The best player available, Bosa would add another element to an already improved pass rush in Tennessee. A tackle could be sought after here as well, but with both blue chip tackles off the board, the team should look elsewhere.
6. Baltimore Ravens (2-6) – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
Terrell Suggs is out for the year and Elvis Dumervil turns 32 in January. Both are still talented, but adding another pass rusher would be extremely beneficial since it can allow Suggs and Dumervil to rotate.
7. Dallas Cowboys (2-6) – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)
Dallas has shown just how thin they are at receiver without Dez Bryant. Adding another weapon at receiver could make the Cowboys offense (when healthy) unstoppable.
8. San Francisco 49ers (3-6) -Connor Cook (QB/Michigan State)
San Francisco may move on from Colin Kaepernick in the offseason and the team has already benched him in favor of Blaine Gabbert. Being that Gabbert isn’t a long-term answer, it would be wise for the 49ers to find their new signal caller in the draft.
9. Miami Dolphins (3-5) – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
Miami has Brent Grimes, but not much else in their secondary. The goal for the Dolphins is to stop Tom Brady and you can never have enough cornerbacks to do so.
10. Chicago Bears (3-5) – Myles Jack (OLB/UCLA)
Jack isn’t playing this season after tearing his ACL during the summer, but he should be ready by Week 1. The Bears will be looking for the best defensive player available in this draft and Jack could replace potential free agent Sam Acho.
11. Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) – Tyler Boyd (WR/Pittsburgh)
The Chiefs are a mess at wide receiver across from Jeremy Maclin. Quarterback is also in play here too, given Alex Smith’s limitations, but with the elite prospects gone, they’re going to need to address another need unless they trade up.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5) – Jalen Ramsey (FS/Florida State)
Bradley McDougald hasn’t been terrible, but he could be upgraded. Overall, the Bucs secondary is a mess, so expect Tampa Bay to try to upgrade the unit early in the draft.
13. Houston Texans (3-5) – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
Arian Foster is out for the year and Houston is reportedly interested in moving on from him. If that’s the case, they may look to go after Elliott in the draft.
14. Washington Redskins (3-5) – Emmanuel Ogbah (DE/Oklahoma State)
Jason Hatcher has played poorly this season and could be cut in the offseason. If they do sever the ties, a replacement is needed.
15. New Orleans Saints (4-5) – Jaylon Smith (ILB/Notre Dame)
New Orleans’ defense is a mess, so expect them to look for the top defender available. Smith is versatile enough to play inside or outside.
16. Oakland Raiders (4-4) – DeForest Buckner (DT/Oregon)
Oakland’s defensive line could be upgraded across from Khalil Mack. Buckner is a physical lineman who could play end or tackle.
17. St. Louis Rams (4-4) – Michael Thomas (WR/Ohio State)
The Rams are so desperate for help at receiver that they just signed Wes Welker. Kenny Britt is inconsistent, Tavon Austin has been underwhelming and Brian Quick has been a disappointment.
18. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)
With both Vinny Curry in his contract year and Fletcher Cox a free agent in 2017, the Eagles are going to be suddenly thin at defensive end soon. If Curry isn’t retained, the Eagles will try to replace him in the draft.
19. Seattle Seahawks (4-4) – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)
Seattle’s offensive line has been terrible all season. Decker could be an immediate starter at right tackle, but with Russell Okung in his contract year, he may become Russell Wilson’s new blindside protector.
20. Buffalo Bills (4-4) – Vandal Alexander (G/LSU)
Richie Incognito has been great this year, but with a one-year deal, the Bills may not be able to afford him next offseason. Alexander is versatile enough to play guard or right tackle.
21. Indianapolis Colts (4-5) – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)
Bjoern Werner has been a bust of a draft pick. Indianapolis is a roster void of talent, so picking the best available player will be paramount, but given Ryan Grigson’s draft history, that may not happen if he is still there.
22. New York Giants (5-4) – Reggie Ragland (ILB/Alabama)
Jon Beason is out for the year and it may be the end of his career. New York’s defense is in need of an upgrade in several areas, so taking the best available defender is key.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4) – Kendall Fuller (CB/Virginia Tech)
The Steelers secondary was decimated last offseason to injuries and retirements. During the last draft and offseason, the position was addressed but none of the roster moves have really panned out.
24. Atlanta Falcons (6-3) – Nate Andrews (SS/Florida State)
Dan Quinn has made great strides with this defense in his short time with the team, but play at safety still hasn’t been up to snuff. Andrews has a nose for the ball, evidenced by his 90 tackles in 2014.
25. New York Jets (5-3) – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
D’Brickashaw Ferguson has regressed in recent years, so the Jets may look for a long-term solution. Short-term, Conklin can play on the right side until Ferguson retires.
26. Green Bay Packers (6-2) – Kenny Clark (DT/UCLA)
B.J. Raji is a free agent after the season and Green Bay is reportedly moving on from him. Clark is a bit smaller than Raji, but faster and more physical.
27. Minnesota Vikings (6-2) – Shilique Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)
Everson Griffen hasn’t lived up to expectations since getting a contract extension. The Vikings have a pretty solid defense, but a few more pieces are needed.
28. Cincinnati Bengals (8-0) – Scooby Wright (OLB/Arizona)
The Bengals have one of the strongest rosters in the league, but they lack someone who can get to the quarterback. Wright isn’t the most athletic player out there, but he is strong and has a great motor.
29. Denver Broncos (7-1) – Max Tuerk (C/USC)
Denver’s offensive line has been a mess this season, especially after injuries took their toll. The team has two quality guards, but adding a capable center would solidify the run game.
30. Carolina Panthers (8-0) – Tyler Johnstone (OT/Oregon)
The Panthers are undefeated despite Michael Oher playing left tackle. Finding a new blindside protector for Carolina will be a priority during the offseason.
31. Arizona Cardinals (6-2) – Su’a Cravens (SS/USC)
Rashad Johnson has consistently been a poor safety at the NFL level. Arizona has few needs, especially on defense, but it’s hard to imagine they will enter 2016 with Johnson still listed as a starter.