2016 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Thursday, Jan. 7, 2015. Major changes.
Next update: Next week. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

The order of this 2016 NFL Mock Draft based on the current NFL Draft Order.

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    *** 2016 NFL MOCK DRAFT (4 rounds) updated Jan. 7. This mock draft will be updated each week. Check out old versions of this 2016 NFL Mock Draft in the archived mock section. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Draft updates. ***
  1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
    Marcus Mariota took an absolute beating in his rookie campaign, suffering injuries on multiple occasions. The Titans have to do something about this; they cannot afford to have Mariota transform into David Carr.

    In the wake of San Diego’s senseless victory over the Dolphins, Tennessee has won the Laremy Tunsil sweepstakes. With Tunsil on the roster, the Titans will have outstanding bookend tackles, allowing Jeremiah Poutasi to slide inside to guard, where he would probably be more comfortable. Barring a lucrative trade, there’s no way the Titans will pass on Tunsil if they have a chance to obtain him.

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  2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California
    A week ago, I thought the Browns would draft Joey Bosa. Things change quickly, however, and as we all learned, Johnny Manziel is having major personal issues, pretending to be someone else in Vegas while drinking his life away. The Browns can’t go forward with a self-destructive alcoholic. New regimes mean new quarterbacks, anyhow, so Cleveland’s front office will want to obtain its own guy.

    It’s close between Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch, but the former is currently the favorite following his dynamic bowl performance. There’s some concern with Goff because of the system he played in, but teams are so desperate for quarterbacks that players at this position naturally get pushed up.

    Pick change; previously Joey Bosa, QB

  3. San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa, DE/OLB, Ohio State
    A tackle will be the popular mocked pick here, but with Laremy Tunsil off the board, the Chargers may feel that they can address the position in the second round. Besides, if they go best player available, I’m sure they’ll strongly consider Joey Bosa, who can help their lacking pass rush. Melvin Ingram, who hasn’t been able to stay healthy, is entering his contract year in 2016.

    Charlie Campbell reported that Bosa is regarded by some as a 5-7 overall player; not a top prospect as many believe he is. You can read all about it in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill. However, the one caveat is that Bosa will probably rise in a weaker class, and I have to think the Chargers would love to grab him in an attempt to improve their underwhelming defense.

    Pick change; previously Vernon Hargreaves, CB



  4. Dallas Cowboys: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
    I’ve had Myles Jack slotted to the Cowboys in my past few updates, but I think Laquon Treadwell is also a possibility. We’ve seen now that the Cowboys will struggle to do anything offensively if Dez Bryant is out of the lineup. And even when Bryant is playing, he could use a dynamic No. 2 receiver across the field to take some attention away from him.

    Treadwell was way too low in the previous update. He had a terrific finish to his 2015 campaign, as he’s completely over the injury that sidelined him late last year.

    Pick change; previously Myles Jack, LB

  5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, S/CB, Florida State
    In a 2-week stretch near the end of the season, Philip Rivers and Marcus Mariota combined to go 49-of-72, 568 yards, eight total touchdowns and one interception. That’s not good, right? The Jaguars desperately need to fix their secondary, which has to see an upgrade at both cornerback and safety. Jalen Ramsey can play both positions.

  6. Baltimore Ravens: A’Shawn Robinson, DE/DT, Alabama
    Ozzie Newsome selecting an Alabama player… has that happened before? A’Shawn Robinson makes a ton of sense here, as the Ravens started Chris Canty when he was healthy. Canty was fine, but he was clearly in regression mode, as he turned 33 in November. Baltimore will be looking for a new defensive lineman to go along with Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan.



  7. San Francisco 49ers: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
    I shied away from the 49ers taking a quarterback a couple of weeks ago after seeing Blaine Gabbert put together some quality performances. Gabbert, unfortunately, looked like an abomination in an embarrassing losses to Cleveland and Cincinnati. Inept owner Jed York won’t be able to sell his fans of another year of Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick, so he’ll green light the front office selecting a quarterback in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

    It’s sounding like Paxton Lynch could be the top quarterback in this class, as he has the most upside. It’s close between him and Jared Goff though, as neither is anywhere close to a can’t-miss prospect. However, both should be chosen in the top 15, given how quarterback-starved most of the NFL is.

    Pick change; previously Jared Goff, QB

  8. Miami Dolphins: Myles Jack, LB/RB, UCLA
    The Dolphins have issues on every level of their defense, and the best player on the board who can help their stop unit is Myles Jack. The linebacking corps is in need of an upgrade. Jelani Jenkins is the only linebacker they have who’s not terrible in coverage, and he’s just OK.

    And yes, Jack is still a first-rounder and a likely top-10 prospect. Jack injured his knee, yet he’s still in play to go this high. Todd Gurley was chosen No. 10 overall despite his knee injury, and Jack got hurt so early that he’ll be ready for the 2016 NFL season opener.

    Pick change; previously DeForest Buckner, DE

  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
    Gerald McCoy and Jacquies Smith were called the Buccaneers’ “top two pass-rushers” when they both missed a game during the middle of the season, which has to be discouraging to any Tampa backer. Smith is a marginal talent who definitely needs to be upgraded. Acquiring more pass-rushers makes sense in a division comprised of Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan.



  10. New York Giants: DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon
    I’m going to have my free agent rankings posted soon. Under defensive end, you’ll see that the team’s top three pass-rushers, Robert Ayers, Jason Pierre-Paul and George Selvie, are all due to hit the market. Jerry Reese used to take pass-rushers early in the draft when he didn’t even need them right away. Well, now he does, and DeForest Buckner is one of the top players still available.

    Pick change; previously Ronnie Stanley, OT

  11. Chicago Bears: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
    Jay Cutler looked like a new man earlier in the year, but he has regressed recently. Part of the blame has to be on the offensive line, which features two struggling tackles. Kyle Long is out of place and should be used at guard, while Charles Leno is just a swing tackle, at best. Surprised that Ronnie Stanley is still available, the Bears will happily scoop him up.

    Pick change; previously Jaylon Smith, LB

  12. New Orleans Saints: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
    We all know how bad New Orleans’ secondary is, but part of the problem is that the team isn’t getting any sort of push up front. It’s especially dire at defensive tackle, where 80-year-old Kevin Williams is the team’s best player. Something absolutely needs to be done about that.



  13. Philadelphia Eagles: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
    A quarterback is obviously an option if the Eagles don’t re-sign Sam Bradford, but it appears as though there’s a good chance Bradford will be back in Philadelphia next year. If so, the Eagles can focus on upgrading their horrific defense.

    Chip Kelly made the mistake of overspending on the top cornerback in free agency even though that player wasn’t even that good. Byron Maxwell predictably busted, so the Eagles will have to find an upgrade. Vernon Hargreaves’ stock has slipped a bit in the wake of a poor finish, but he’s one of the top prospects on the board.

    Pick change; previously Paxton Lynch, QB

  14. Oakland Raiders: Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
    The Raiders were getting decent play out of Aldon Smith, but he’s been suspended for an entire season. Trusting him for the long term is probably not a good idea, so they could have interest in Leonard Floyd, the top player on the board, as a replacement.

  15. St. Louis Rams: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
    The Rams almost have to pick a quarterback, don’t they? They paid Nick Foles this past offseason, but he’s a lost cause. Jeff Fisher is fed up with him, and I have to believe that this organization will desperately be searching for a new face of the franchise – especially if it makes the move out west to Los Angeles.

    Connor Cook has some accuracy and consistency issues that NFL teams are legitimately worried about, but once again, teams will reach for quarterbacks, so he should end up being a top-15 selection. Cook also has some character concerns, but the Rams have shown that they don’t care about those.

  16. Detroit Lions: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
    There’s no question that upgrading the offensive line has to be a priority for Detroit this upcoming offseason, and the front office can start by finding an upgrade across from Riley Reiff.


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