Picks 1-20 in this NFL mock draft reflect the current NFL standings. Playoff selections are determined by current standings and predicted results in the playoffs.
1. Chicago Bears (0-2) – Connor Cook (QB/Michigan State)
Bears fans will now have the joy of seeing Jimmy Clausen play quarterback for the next two weeks. Jay Cutler needs to go and Chicago needs to blow up this entire roster. Cook is the best quarterback available in this year’s draft class and will draw comparisons to Matt Ryan.
2. New York Giants (0-2) – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
With Jason Pierre-Paul’s status up in the air, the Giants will look to find a new pass rusher for the upcoming season. Bosa has been on a tear on college and would be a huge addition for New York.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (0-2) – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
Much like the Giants, the Eagles could benefit from getting a stud pass rusher in this draft. Nkemdiche, a former top recruit in high school, pursues well and can get to the quarterback.
4. New Orleans Saints (0-2) – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
The secondary is a weak-link in New Orleans. Hargreaves would be an immediate upgrade to a porous defense.
5. Baltimore Ravens (0-2) – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
The Ravens tackles have been blown up this year, especially James Hurst, who has been over matched, allowing 11 quarterback hurries. Tunsil will likely start off a right tackle, but he would be a long-term answer at the blind side.
6. Houston Texans (0-2) – Jared Goff (QB/California)
Quarterback is the most obvious need of the Texans. Christian Hackenburg could be an option because of his relationship with Head Coach Bill O’Brien, but he is awful and shouldn’t be drafted in the first round. Goff has the talent, but needs to work on his mechanics before playing at the next level.
7. Seattle Seahawks (0-2) – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)
A value pick here, especially since Seattle is unlikely to finish the season with this high of a draft pick. Stanley would play right tackle, where Garry Gilliam has been horrific.
8. Detroit Lions (0-2) – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)
Both Riley Reiff and Cornelius Lucas have been terrible at tackle this year. Detroit may be better suited putting Reiff on the right side, where he is better suited.
9. Indianapolis Colts (0-2) – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)
The Colts may have one of the worst rosters in football outside of Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton and Vontae Davis. Finding someone who can disrupt the opposing quarterback will be a necessity this offseason.
10. Buffalo Bills (1-1) – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)
A bit of a luxury pick for Buffalo, as they are too talented to be drafting in the top 10. Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams have had slow starts to the season, so a rotational player could help.
11. Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)
Wide receivers still aren’t scoring in Kansas City and that needs to be fixed. Jeremy Maclin was a helpful acquisition, but it is not enough.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) – Kendall Fuller (CB/Virginia Tech)
The Steelers were hit hard in their secondary during the past offseason and couldn’t address it. Expect them to find new help in their secondary in 2016.
13. Miami Dolphins (1-1) – Cameron Sutton (CB/Tennessee)
Brent Grimes is a solid cornerback, but the Dolphins lack talent after him. In today’s NFL, you can never have enough cornerbacks.
14. San Diego Chargers (1-1) – Jalen Ramsey (S/LSU)
Eric Weddle is in the final year of his contract and seems to be interested in moving on. If he skips town, the Chargers will need to find another safety.
15. Tennessee Titans (1-1) – Vandal Alexander (G/LSU)
Byron Bell was shifted inside to guard, but he hasn’t fared much better. The Titans need to upgrade their interior offensive line.
16. Washington Redskins (1-1) – Jack Allen (C/Michigan State)
Kory Lichtensteiger has been the worst player in the NFL so far this season. This is a bit early for a center, but Washington also too a guard with a top five pick last year, so don’t be surprised.
17. Oakland Raiders (1-1) – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
Austin Howard has been bad at right tackle since moving back. Oakland will likely try to move on from him in the offseason. A talented run blocker, Conklin has only allowed two sacks over the past two seasons as well.
18. San Francisco 49ers (1-1) – Spencer Drango (OT/Baylor)
Joe Staley continues to be solid at the blind side, but Erik Pears, the first replacement for Anthony Davis, is a dud. With the 49ers losing several key players on their offensive line over the past year, expect them to try and rebuild in 2016.
19. Minnesota Vikings (1-1) – Shilique Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)
Everson Griffen can rush the passer, but he has been a liability in the running game and has committed a few boneheaded penalties. Calhoun could solidify an already solid front seven in Minnesota.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) – Tyler Johnstone (OT/Oregon)
Jameis Winston rebounded from a poor start to play well in his first divisional game, but the offensive line is still an issue. Expect the Bucs to find a blind side protector for their new franchise quarterback.
21. Cleveland Browns (1-1) – Nate Andrews (S/Florida State)
Donte Whitner has regressed this year in Cleveland, particularly in coverage. Additionally, Tashaun Gipson is a free agent after the season. Cleveland may be looking to replace one of them.
22. St. Louis Rams (1-1) – Tyler Boyd (WR/Pittsburgh)
The Rams are struggling at wide receiver and need an upgrade. Boyd is a tremendous value here as he is a top 16 talent.
23. Carolina Panthers (1-1) – Pharoh Cooper (WR/South Carolina)
The Panthers have quite a few holes on their roster, but losing Kelvin Benjamin hurt a lot. Cooper would be a complimentary slot option to Benjamin.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) – DeForest Buckner (DT/Oregon)
Much like his former Oregon teammate, Buckner profiles as a tackle or end due to his sheer size (6’7″, 285 pounds). He could ultimately replace Tyson Alualu, who for some reason is still on this team.
25. New York Jets (2-0) – Cardale Jones (QB/Ohio State)
Jones falls a bit after struggling last week and right into the laps of the Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick has played well so far, but he does that, it is only a matter of time until he implodes. Jones has a cannon for an arm, but needs to continue to improve his decision making.
26. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) – Su’a Cravens (S/USC)
Reggie Nelson has been awful so far this year and is a free agent this offseason. Given that he is 32, it wouldn’t be surprising to let him walk.
27. Arizona Cardinals (2-0) – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
Andre Ellington is overrated and Chris Johnson is Chris Johnson. Arizona needs to find a quality running back to take the pressure off of Carson Palmer.
28. Dallas Cowboys (2-0) – Tre’Davious White (CB/LSU)
Brandon Carr has been solid so far this season, but Morris Claiborne continues to be a liability. Dallas may wind up replacing a former LSU cornerback with a current one.
29. Atlanta Falcons (2-0) – Landon Turner (G/North Carolina)
Andy Levitre continues to be terrible, even with a new team. Atlanta may look to sever ties in the offseason.
30. Denver Broncos (2-0) – Max Tuerk (C/USC)
The Broncos need to take the best offensive lineman available. Tuerk is versatile enough to start anywhere on the offensive line, including right tackle.
31. Green Bay Packers (2-0) – Dominique Alexander (ILB/Oklahoma)
Clay Matthews continues to play inside, but is still used as a pass rusher. Green Bay needs to put him where he naturally belongs, especially considering how poorly Nick Perry has played this season.