The 2015 NFL season hasn't even started so you probably think we're a little crazy for already putting out a mock draft for 2016. Even more crazy is that this mock draft is five rounds deep! The thoughts are warranted but that's still not going to stop us from doing it! The draft is order is based on predictions for the 2015 season and of course, projected needs for the 2016 season.
1. Tennessee Titans: Joey Bosa-DL-Ohio State
Bosa is the best player in the 2016 NFL draft. He is relentless and effective. Bosa is the type of player you build a defense around, which is something Tennessee currently lacks.
2. Cleveland Browns: Christian Hackenberg-QB-Penn State
Josh McCown is a short term solution and I have zero faith in the development of Johnny Manziel. Hackenberg, who possesses a combination of prototypical NFL size and arm strength, will give the Browns’ faithful a quarterback worth cheering for.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Robert Nkemdiche-DL-Mississippi
Nkemdiche is a disruptive force that could take the Jacksonville defense to the next level. A defensive line consisting of Nkemdicke, Sen’Derrick Marks, Jared Odrick, and Dante Fowler has a chance to be special.
4. Washington Redskins: Vernon Hargreaves III-CB-Florida
DeAngelo Hall is not getting any younger and is a shell of the shutdown cornerback he used to be. Hargreaves III is special and has ability to be a very good if not great cornerback at the next level.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shawn Oakman-DE-Baylor
Oakman certainly passes the eyeball test and if his production starts to match his looks, then you have an absolute stud.
6. Chicago Bears: Connor Cook-QB-Michigan State
The Bears have to get rid of Jay Cutler and that awful contract. Cook is pro-ready and would prosper having the combination of Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White at his disposal.
7. Oakland Raiders: Ronnie Staley-OT-Notre Dame
The Raiders have invested a lot into their offensive line but they are pretty weak at the offensive tackle position. Staley is NFL ready and would instantly man the left tackle position and protect the blindside of Derek Carr.
8. New Orleans Saints: Laquon Treadwell-WR-Mississippi
Marques Colston has really slowed down and the Saints also lost their most dynamic receiver when they sent Jimmy Graham to Seattle. Treadwell has alpha-receiver potential and could help revitalize the career of Drew Brees.
9. New York Jets: Cardale Jones-QB-Ohio State
The Jets are a franchise quarterback away from being a serious contender in the AFC. Jones has NFL size and has proved that he will show up in the big game.
10. San Francisco 49ers: Tyler Boyd-WR-Pittsburgh
The 49ers have a strong combination of Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin, which the Baltimore Ravens rode to a Super Bowl in 2012. Boldin is soon to be facing father time, which will put the 49ers in the market for a big target.
11. Philadelphia Eagles: Su’a Cravens-SAF-USC
Cravens is a missile like former fellow USC Trojan Troy Polamalu. Cravens has a nose for the football and can light you up.
12. Houston Texans: Jalen Ramsey-SAF-Florida State
Ramsey has special coverage ability is a future All-Pro free safety.
13. Detroit Lions: Laremy Tunsil-OT-Mississippi
Drafting Tunsil would allow Detroit to move Riley Reiff to his more natural position at right tackle. Tunsil is a top five talent that falls into the Lions’ laps.
14. Minnesota Vikings: DeForest Buckner-DE-Oregon
The Vikings haven’t been able to replace Jared Allen since he left for Chicago. They need to put more pressure on Aaron Rodgers if they want to compete in the NFC North.
15. San Diego Chargers: Da’haquille “Duke” Williams-WR-Auburn
It’s time for the Chargers to get Phillip Rivers a brand new car instead of taking him to the used car dealership. “Duke” Williams is an ideal fit for the San Diego passing attack.
16. St. Louis Rams: Kendall Fuller-CB-Virginia Tech
The Rams have a solid pair of cornerbacks in EJ Gaines and Janoris Jenkins but Fuller has potential to be better than both of them. In fact, Fuller is the best player on the board at this point of the draft.
17. New York Giants: A’Shawn Robinson-DT-Alabama
If Robinson has a strong 2015 campaign at Alabama, he will be a top ten pick. Robinson will add some beef to the Giants defensive line playing next to Jon Hankins.
18. Kansas City Chiefs: Spencer Drango-OL-Baylor
Drango is a versatile player than can play four positions along the offensive line at a high level. Drango would start his career at right tackle in Kansas City and solidify the Chiefs’ offensive line.
19. Cincinnati Bengals: Jaylon Smith-LB-Notre Dame
The Bengals keep paying Rey Maualuga but it is clear they need to upgrade here. Smith is a far superior player that plays like his hair is on fire.
20. Buffalo Bills: Jared Goff-QB-California
Like their division rival, the Jets, the Bills are a quarterback away from being a contender in the AFC.
21. Atlanta Falcons: Taylor Decker-OT-Ohio State
Jake Matthews struggled during his rookie season and while it is way too early to give up on the high hopes for Matthews, the Falcons still need kelp all over their offensive line.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Sutton-CB-Tennessee
Ike Taylor retired and the Steelers drafted a couple cornerbacks to replace him but neither are NFL starting material - at least right away. On the other hand, Cameron Sutton is;
23. Arizona Cardinals: Ezekial Elliot-RB-Ohio State
Elliot is a brilliant runner with a tremendous balance of power and vision that is NFL-ready to be a bell-cow running-back.
24. Miami Dolphins: Myles Jack-LB-UCLA
Linebacker is one of Miami’s biggest needs and Jack is a plug and play player that completes their linebacker core. Jack has tremendous speed and coverage ability and is sure fire tackler.
25. Carolina Panthers: Jack Conklin-OT-Michigan State
Michael Oher and Jonathan Martin are the starting offensive tackles for the Carolina Panthers. Enough said.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Leonard Floyd-OLB-Georgia
Ravens have far bigger needs but they stick to Ozzie Newsome’s best player available philosophy and draft a dominant edge rusher to eventually replace Terrell Suggs.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Derrick Henry-RB-Alabama
The Cowboys are playing a dangerous game banking on the injury prone Darren McFadden. They will learn that despite having the best offensive line in the league, they still need a guy to hit the holes.
28. Denver Broncos: Scooby Wright-LB-Arizona
Wright will instantly become a fan favorite and the starting middle linebacker in Denver.
29. Green Bay Packers: Reggie Ragland-LB-Alabama
You can pencil Ragland next to Clay Matthews Jr. in the middle of the Green Bay defense. Ragland finds the ball and can deliver a blow.
30. Indianapolis Colts: Tony Conner-SAF-Mississippi
Safety is the Colts’ biggest need and Conner is a steal at this point.
31. Seattle Seahawks: Maliek Collins-DT-Nebraska
The Seahawks love to invest picks in their defense and especially their defensive line. Collins can be an immediate contributor on that amazing Seattle defensive line.
32-Tennessee Titans: Carl Lawson-OLB-Auburn
33-Cleveland Browns: Corey Robinson-WR-Notre Dame
34-Jacksonville Jaguars: Jerald Hawkins-OT-LSU
35-Washington Redskins: Eddie Vanderdoes-DL-UCLA
36-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: James Conner-RB-Pittsburgh
37-Chicago Bears: Eddie Jackson-CB-Alabama
38-Oakland Raiders: Shilique Calhoun-DE-Michigan State
39-New Orleans Saints: Adolphus Washington-DL-Ohio State
40-New York Jets: Le’Raven Clark-OL-Texas Tech
41-San Francisco 49ers: OJ Howard-TE-Alabama
42-Philadelphia Eagles: Cody Kessler-QB-USC
43-Houston Texans: Pharoh Cooper-WR-South Carolina
44-Detroit Lions: Sheldon Day-DT-Notre Dame
45-Minnesota Vikings: Tyler Johnstone-OT-Oregon
46-San Diego Chargers: Kenny Clark-DL-UCLA
47-St. Louis Rams: Dak Prescott-QB-Mississippi State
48-New York Giants: Darron Lee-LB-Ohio State
49-Kansas City Chiefs: Trevone Boykin-QB/WR/ATH-TCU
50-Cincinnati Bengals: Chris Jones-DT-Mississippi State
51-Buffalo Bills: Germain Ifedi-OT-TAMU
52-Atlanta Falcons: Nate Andrews-SAF-Florida State
53-Pittsburgh Steelers: Emmanuel Ogbah-OLB-Oklahoma State
54-Arizona Cardinals: Gunner Kiehl-QB-Cincinnati
55-New England Patriots: KeiVarae Russell-CB-Notre Dame
56-Miami Dolphins: Vadal Alexander-OG-LSU
57-Carolina Panthers: DeVontae Booker-RB-Utah
58-Baltimore Ravens: Travin Dural-WR-LSU
59-Dallas Cowboys: Jordan Jenkins-LB-Georgia
60-Denver Broncos: Jalen Mills-SAF-LSU
61-Green Bay Packers: Andrew Billings-DL-Baylor
62-Indianapolis Colts: Tre’Davious White-CB-LSU
63-Seattle Seahawks: Marquez North-WR-Tennessee
64-Tennessee Titans: Zack Sanchez-CB-Oklahoma
65-Cleveland Browns: Reggie Carter-LB-Georgia
66-Jacksonville Jaguars: Will Redmond-CB-Mississippi State
67-Washington Redskins: Rashard Higgins-WR-Colorado State
68-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Karl Joseph-SAF-West Virginia
69-Chicago Bears: Terrance Smith-OLB-Florida State
70-Oakland Raiders: Jonathan Williams-RB-Arkansas
71-New Orleans Saints: Devonte Fields-OLB-Louisville
72-New York Jets: Noah Spence-OLB-Eastern Kentucky
73-San Francisco 49ers: Reggie Northrup-LB-Florida State
74-Philadelphia Eagles: Byron Maxwell-RB-Oregon
75-Houston Texans: Josh Augusta-DL-Missouri
76-Detroit Lions: Wayne Lyons-CB-Stanford
77-Minnesota Vikings: Mike Williams-WR-Clemson
78-San Diego Chargers: JT Barrett-QB-Ohio State
79-St. Louis Rams: Max Tuerk-OL-USC
80-New York Giants: Nick Martin-OG-Notre Dame
81-Kansas City Chiefs: De’Runnya Wilson-WR-Mississippi State
82-Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Thomas-WR-Ohio State
83-Buffalo Bills: Montravious Adams-DT-Auburn
84-Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Carter-TE-Penn State
85-Pittsburgh Steelers: Josh Doctson-WR-TCU
86-Arizona Cardinals: Charles Tapper-DL-Oklahoma
87-New England Patriots: Ricky Seals-Jones-WR-TAMU
88-Miami Dolphins: Jeremy Cash-SAF-Duke
89-Carolina Panthers: Fabian Moreau-CB-UCLA
90-Baltimore Ravens: Isaac Seumalo-OL-Oregon State
91-Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Zettel-DL-Penn State
92-Denver Broncos: Jack Allen-OC-Michigan State
93-Green Bay Packers: Tyler Marz-OT-Wisconsin
94-Indianapolis Colts: DJ Foster-RB-Arizona State
95-Seattle Seahawks: Landon Turner-OG-North Carolina
96-Tennessee Titans: Cyrus Jones-CB-Alabama
97-Cleveland Browns: Pharoah Brown-TE-Oregon
98-Jacksonville Jaguars: Kris Frost-LB-Auburn
99-Washington Redskins: Rodney Hardrick-LB-Oregon
100-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Matthews-OC-TAMU
101-Chicago Bears: Alex Collins-RB-Arkansas
102-Oakland Raiders: Antwaun Woods-DT-USC
103-New Orleans Saints: Jordan Simmons-OG-USC
104-New York Jets: Tra Carson-RB-TAMU
105-San Francisco 49ers: Pat Elflien-OG-Ohio State
106-Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Striker-OLB-Oklahoma
107-Houston Texans: Jarron Reed-DL-Alabama
108-Detroit Lions: Casanova McKinzey-LB-Auburn
109-Minnesota Vikings: Khodi Whitfield-SAF-Stanford
110-San Diego Chargers: Hunter Henry-TE-Arkansas
111-St. Louis Rams: Sterling Shepard-WR-Oklahoma
112-New York Giants: Dillon Gordon-TE-LSU
113-Kansas City Chiefs: Chris Brown-WR-Notre Dame
114-Cincinnati Bengals: Jeremy Johnson-QB-Auburn
115-Buffalo Bills: Dadi Nicholas-OLB-Virginia Tech
116-Atlanta Falcons: Kendall Beckwith-LB-LSU
117-Pittsburgh Steelers: Luther Maddy-DL-Virginia Tech
118-Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Fackrell-OLB-Utah State
119-New England Patriots: Bronson Kaufusi-DE-BYU
120-Miami Dolphins: Jonathan Bullard-DL-Florida
121-Carolina Panthers: Austin Beck-OT-Arkansas
122-Baltimore Ravens: Deon Bush-SAF-Miami
123-Dallas Cowboys: Taveze Calhoun-CB-Mississippi State
124-Denver Broncos: Brandon Shell-OT-South Carolina
125-Green Bay Packers: Austin Hooper-TE-Stanford
126-Indianapolis Colts: John Theus-OT-Georgia
127-Seattle Seahawks: Malcolm Mitchell-WR-Georgia
128-Tennessee Titans: Jake O’Donnell-TE-Miami
129-Cleveland Browns: Michael Caputo-SAF-Wisconsin
130-Jacksonville Jaguars: Nelson Spruce-WR-Colorado
131-Washington Redskins: Kevin Hogan-QB-Stanford
132-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kentrell Brothers-LB-Missouri
133-Chicago Bears: Jake Brendel-C-UCLA
134-Oakland Raiders: Quinshad Davis-WR-North Carolina
135-New Orleans Saints: Kenneth Dixon-RB-Louisiana Tech
136-New York Jets: Eric Murray-CB-Minnesota
137-San Francisco 49ers: Jacoby Brissett-QB-NC State
138-Phildelphia Eagles: Josh Tupou-DT-Colorado
139-Houston Texans: Jason Spriggs-OL-Indiana
140-Detroit Lions: Delvon Simmons-DE-USC
141-Minnesota Vikings: Corey Clement-RB-Wisconsin
142-San Diego Chargers: Jordan Lucas-CB-Penn State
143-St. Louis Rams: Adam Gotsis-DT-Georgia Tech
144-New York Giants: Antonio Morrison-LB-Florida
145-Kansas City Chiefs: Tracy Howard-CB-Miami
146-Cincinnati Bengals: Darion Griswold-Tight End-Arkansas State
147-Buffalo Bills: Kyle Murphy-OT-Stanford
148-Atlanta Falcons: Josh Perry-Linebacker-Ohio State
149-Pittsburgh Steelers: Everett Golson-QB-Florida State
150-Arizona Cardinals: Devon Cajuste-WR-Stanford
151-New England Patriots: Lloyd Carrington-CB-Arizona State
152-Miami Dolphins: Nick Vannett-TE-Ohio State
153-Carolina Panthers: Dexter Charles-OL-Washington
154-Baltimore Ravens: Isaiah Johnson-SAF-Kansas
155-Dallas Cowboys: Braxton Miller-ATH-Ohio State
156-Denver Broncos: Braxton Deaver-TE-Duke
157-Green Bay Packers: Paxton Lynch-QB-Memphis
158-Indianapolis Colts: Francis Kallon-DL-Georgia Tech
159-Seattle Seahawks: Storm Woods-RB-Oregon State
This mock draft was completed by Neal Driscoll. Follow him on Twitter: @NealDriscoll