Mock draft season is here!

The run up to the 2016 NFL Draft has begun, with the East-West Shrine Game and Reese's Senior Bowl already having taken place and the NFL Scouting Combine on the horizon.

Get a look at the prospects NFL.com experts see as potential first-round selections. Keep in mind that there is still plenty of time for prospects to impress NFL teams, with the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days and individual workouts yet to take place over the coming months.

Mock Draft Round 1

1
Tennessee Titans
2
Cleveland Browns
3
San Diego Chargers
4
Dallas Cowboys
5
Jacksonville Jaguars
6
Baltimore Ravens
7
San Francisco 49ers
8
Miami Dolphins
9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10
New York Giants
11
Chicago Bears
12
New Orleans Saints
13
Philadelphia Eagles
14
Oakland Raiders
15
St. Louis Rams
16
Detroit Lions
17
Atlanta Falcons
18
Indianapolis Colts
19
Buffalo Bills
20
New York Jets
21
Washington Redskins
22
Houston Texans
23
Minnesota Vikings
24
Cincinnati Bengals
25
Pittsburgh Steelers
26
Seattle Seahawks
27
Green Bay Packers
28
Kansas City Chiefs
29
Arizona Cardinals
30
Carolina Panthers
31
Denver Broncos
  1. Chad Reuter

    Full Analysis

    January 29, 2016

    1. Laremy Tunsil

      OT

      Mississippi

      Adding Tunsil will allow former first-round pick Taylor Lewan to man the right side, giving Marcus Mariota two excellent tackles to keep defensive ends off his back.
    2. Jared Goff

      QB

      California

      The Browns’ new front office brings in Goff to jump-start a moribund franchise with just three winning seasons since returning to Cleveland in 1999.
    3. Ronnie Stanley

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Philip Rivers needs to be protected if he is to compete for an AFC title before he retires, and Stanley’s just the man to do the job.
    4. Carson Wentz

      QB

      North Dakota St.

      – Tony Romo is undergoing surgery this off-season, and is already 35 years old. The Cowboys are coaching Wentz at the Senior Bowl this week, so they’ll find out all they need to know if they want to take him here.
    5. Jalen Ramsey

      CB

      Florida St.

      –Play him at corner, play him at safety…he’ll make an impact in either spot.
    6. Joey Bosa

      DE

      Ohio St.

      Terrell Suggs is near the end and Courtney Upshaw is a free agent. Bosa might not be quite as explosive as Suggs once was, but he’s a damn fine player who will wreak havoc and play assignment-sure.
    7. Laquon Treadwell

      WR

      Mississippi

      Chip Kelly finds a superstar to help out Colin Kaepernick return to his early-career form.
    8. Shaq Lawson

      DE

      Clemson

      Miami struggled to get a consistent pass rush this season, averaging less than two sacks per game. Lawson can help in that respect, and could take Olivier Vernon’s spot if he leaves via free agency.
    9. Vernon Hargreaves

      CB

      Florida

      The Buccaneers find a playmaker in the secondary ... throw his way at your own peril.
    10. DeForest Buckner

      DE

      Oregon

      Building talent up front is a hallmark of the Giants, so grabbing a versatile defender like Buckner here makes a lot of sense.
    11. Myles Jack

      OLB

      UCLA

      The Bears can play the athletic and tough-minded Jack in any spot in their linebacking corps.
    12. Andrew Billings

      NT

      Baylor

      The Saints begin the revamping of their defense with Billings, a load in the middle who will also collapse the pocket as a pass-rusher.
    13. A'Shawn Robinson

      DT

      Alabama

      Philadelphia is looking for athleticism in their three-man front, and they have multiple free agent five-techniques on the market.
    14. Jaylon Smith

      OLB

      Notre Dame

      The Raiders simply take the best defensive player on the board, betting that he’ll return from injury without an issue.
    15. Paxton Lynch

      QB

      Memphis

      A new town for the Rams (same as the old town) means the need for a new strong-armed, agile gunslinger at quarterback.
    16. Taylor Decker

      OT

      Ohio St.

      Decker joins fellow former Big Ten star lineman Riley Reiff on the Lions’ O-line, with the hopes that it helps in pass protection (44 sacks allowed in 2015) and the consistency of the bottom-ranked rush offense in the league.
    17. Kevin Dodd

      DE

      Clemson

      The Falcons had 19 sacks in 16 games, making them the least potent pass rush in the NFL. Dodd will be a much-needed shot in the arm.
    18. Jack Conklin

      OT

      Michigan St.

      Andrew Luck will see his team picking the tough-minded tackle and say, "yes, please."
    19. Darron Lee

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Lee’s potential is sky-high. With Nigel Bradham a free agent and Manny Lawson on the other side of 30, it makes sense for the Ryan Brothers to add another athletic linebacker into the mix.
    20. Reggie Ragland

      ILB

      Alabama

      Demario Davis is a free agent, so if he doesn’t return, the Jets would love to plug in Ragland next to David Harris in the middle of their defense.
    21. Mackensie Alexander

      CB

      Clemson

      Washington finds another playmaker for the secondary, who happens to be a former teammate of current starter Bashaud Breeland.
    22. Ezekiel Elliott

      RB

      Ohio St.

      Since there aren’t any quarterbacks worth the value of this pick, they look to replace the 30 year-old Arian Foster, who is coming off a torn Achilles and is due a large salary in 2016.
    23. Josh Doctson

      WR

      TCU

      Docton's wrist probably won’t keep him out of the first round, allowing the Vikings grab him as a legit deep threat for blossoming passer Teddy Bridgewater.
    24. Braxton Miller

      WR

      Ohio St.

      Miller's still learning the position, but his athleticism and natural hands will earn him high grades. Combining A.J. Green and Miller on the outside will only make Tyler Eifert more dangerous ... and Andy Dalton more comfortable.
    25. Eli Apple

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Three of the Steelers’ top four corners are free agents, and Cortez Allen is coming off an injury. Apple, coming off his redshirt sophomore, is just scratching the surface of his potential.
    26. Sheldon Rankins

      DT

      Louisville

      Rankins’ get-off and motor bolsters an interior defensive line in need of bodies right away, as free agents Ahtyba Rubin and Brandon Mebane may or may not return in 2016.
    27. Jarran Reed

      DT

      Alabama

      It’s unclear whether the Packers will re-sign either of their free agent nose tackles, B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion. Reed’s power up front will be needed, and he’s able to test guards with more quickness than you’d expect.
    28. Jonathan Bullard

      DT

      Florida

      Bullard gives the Chiefs a versatile performer on the defensive line, as he’s able to hold his own between the A-gaps but also step outside to challenge tackles with a quick first step.
    29. Leonard Floyd

      OLB

      Georgia

      Building the pass rush is crucial for the Cardinals to stay ahead of the Seahawks in the NFC West.
    30. Darian Thompson

      S

      Boise St.

      A versatile defender in the mold of Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis, Ron Rivera could use Cravens to replace veteran free agent Roman Harper in 2016 and move him inside whenever Davis retires.
    31. Vadal Alexander

      OG

      LSU

      The Broncos’ offensive line needs to be upgraded if Brock Osweiler is to be successful taking over from Peyton Manning in 2016.
  2. Lance Zierlein

    Full Analysis

    January 22, 2016

    1. Laremy Tunsil

      OT

      Mississippi

      Why not protect the face of the franchise, Marcus Mariota, with a future All-Pro left tackle?
    2. Jared Goff

      QB

      California

      We all remember that Hue Jackson thought Carson Palmer would solve all of the Raiders' problems back in 2011. One has to wonder if he might believe the same thing with Goff, who might be Palmer-lite.
    3. DeForest Buckner

      DE

      Oregon

      Finding big men who can rush the passer isn't easy to do, but Buckner has size, length, athleticism and an ability to get after the quarterback. Rare traits such as those get a prospect drafted early.
    4. Joey Bosa

      DE

      Ohio St.

      Dallas needs a quarterback and that could be the call here, but Bosa adds instant help along the defensive front as a rusher.
    5. Jalen Ramsey

      CB

      Florida St.

      Ramsey is being viewed as a safety by many NFL teams, but whether he's a cornerback or a safety, he's a premium athlete with range and cover skills.
    6. Ronnie Stanley

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Eugene Monroe could be a cap casualty, so Stanley would be an easy decision for the Ravens if he were available here.
    7. Myles Jack

      OLB

      UCLA

      Patrick Willis was a tremendous draft pick for the 49'ers as a tone-setting inside backer. Jack has similar aggressive qualities and even great athleticism to roam the field.
    8. Vernon Hargreaves

      CB

      Florida

      This might be a little early for Hargreaves, who is a little shorter than teams like as an outside cornerback, but his twitch and coverage talent is undeniable.
    9. Kevin Dodd

      DE

      Clemson

      This isn't a great year for edge rushers, but Dodd has high football character, size and projectable qualities to believe he can be a quality NFL pass rusher.
    10. Jaylon Smith

      OLB

      Notre Dame

      I'm assuming that Smith will come back fully healthy. If he does, he offers playmaking range and sneaky versatility that could help ramp up the Giants defense quickly.
    11. A'Shawn Robinson

      DT

      Alabama

      Vic Fangio benefited from a physical, tone-setting defensive front in San Francisco. Robinson gets Chicago a step closer to that type of defensive line.
    12. Carson Wentz

      QB

      North Dakota St.

      The Saints have other needs they could address, but the ability to draft a talent like Wentz and let him sit behind Drew Brees might be too much for the Saints to pass on.
    13. Jack Conklin

      OT

      Michigan St.

      Conklin is a grinder with an ability to help in the run game and passing game. He's not the premium athlete that Lane Johnson was, but he's more pro-ready coming out.
    14. Mackensie Alexander

      CB

      Clemson

      The Raiders need to upgrade the cornerback spot and the brash Alexander fits the need.
    15. Paxton Lynch

      QB

      Memphis

      New furniture often goes well in a new home. Will Stan Kroenke put plastic on Lynch to protect him for the first few years?
    16. Vernon Butler

      DT

      Louisiana Tech

      Surprise. Butler has outstanding upside and has greater pass-rush potential from an interior spot than some of the others being listed ahead of him.
    17. Shaq Lawson

      DE

      Clemson

      While he's not a pure edge speed guy, his hustle and power get him sack opportunities. Lawson's a good power player to go along with Vic Beasley's finesse style.
    18. Taylor Decker

      OT

      Ohio St.

      While this feels like a reach move to me, Decker is a tremendous run blocker built for the right side. Can he protect Andrew Luck enough though?
    19. Robert Nkemdiche

      DT

      Mississippi

      While the talent and the traits should dictate an earlier slotting for Nkemdiche, fears about his character could cause him to drop. Rex Ryan won't care.
    20. Reggie Ragland

      ILB

      Alabama

      Dear Todd Bowles, I would love for you to have a physical masher who embodies what you preach. Ragland is that guy. Your friend, Lance. P.S. My dad says "hi."
    21. Jarran Reed

      DT

      Alabama

      While Reed won't offer much as a pass rusher, he is an elite run defender with tremendous power and hand usage.
    22. Ezekiel Elliott

      RB

      Ohio St.

      I'll go ahead and save my Christian Hackenberg pick in this slot for later mock drafts. For now, let's pretend that the Texans go with a true three-down back with an ability to replace Arian Foster's production.
    23. Laquon Treadwell

      WR

      Mississippi

      The Vikings need to find a quality target on the outside to become Teddy Bridewater's go-to guy. Treadwell's stock will drop due to his speed, but he's a highly competitive ball-winner who can come in and produce quickly.
    24. Darron Lee

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      The Bengals have question marks at the linebacker position due to free-agency concerns, but that could change over the course of the next two months.
    25. Hunter Henry

      TE

      Arkansas

      Kevin Colbert believes in targeting the best players available. I don't see a quality cornerback available here, and Henry has rare blocking talent to go along with his ability as a pass catcher. Henry could step in tomorrow and take over a starting spot.
    26. Le'Raven Clark

      OT

      Texas Tech

      Clark still has some holes he's working on, but he's athletic and has freakishly long arms at a position which the Seahawks need to lock down for the future.
    27. Andrew Billings

      NT

      Baylor

      Billings has incredible power at the point of attack and can push the pocket as a pass rusher. Billings is an ascending talent who showed great improvement in 2015.
    28. Jonathan Bullard

      DT

      Florida

      Right tackle could be the pick here, but I don't see a fit for what the Chiefs like. Instead, let's go with a hybrid lineman with penetration and pass-rush ability.
    29. Leonard Floyd

      OLB

      Georgia

      The Cardinals have to find more edge speed and Floyd has that for days. He's rail thin and needs time to add muscle, but the Cardinals could use him right away in sub packages only.
    30. Noah Spence

      OLB

      Eastern Kentucky

      Spence is a great redemption story who overcame drug addiction and a ban from the Big Ten to turn his life around. He is a good end prospect for the Panthers.
    31. Shon Coleman

      OT

      Auburn

      The Broncos must find help along the offensive line, and it might be time to reach just a bit on the 24-year-old left tackle who overcame a leukemia diagnosis in 2012.
  3. Bucky Brooks

    Full Analysis

    January 17, 2016

    1. Laremy Tunsil

      OT

      Mississippi

      After watching Marcus Mariota take a pounding in the pocket, the Titans could elect to invest heavily in the offensive line to make sure their franchise quarterback thrives going forward.
    2. Jared Goff

      QB

      California

      Hue Jackson's esteemed reputation as a quarterback developer could prompt the Browns to make the Cal standout their new quarterback of the future.
    3. Ronnie Stanley

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Protecting Philip Rivers makes it imperative for the Chargers to upgrade their offensive line after surrendering 40 sacks in 2015.
    4. Joey Bosa

      DE

      Ohio St.

      If the Cowboys move on from Greg Hardy, the Ohio State standout could be a nice replacement as a disruptive playmaker off the edge.
    5. Jalen Ramsey

      CB

      Florida St.

      A pass rusher makes sense at this spot, but it would be hard for Gus Bradley to bypass a dynamic defender with a knack for making splash plays.
    6. Vernon Hargreaves

      CB

      Florida

      The Ravens' cornerback woes could lead Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh to grab the a confident playmaker with exceptional cover skills.
    7. Laquon Treadwell

      WR

      Mississippi

      With Chip Kelly intent on installing a fast-paced offense in San Francisco, the 49ers could set their sights on nabbing a WR1 to build the passing game around.
    8. Myles Jack

      OLB

      UCLA

      Despite Jack's season-ending knee injury, the Dolphins could take a flyer on the UCLA star to add a new-school linebacker with superb playmaking skills to the mix.
    9. Shaq Lawson

      DE

      Clemson

      The elevation of Dirk Koetter ensures the offense will continue to roll in Tampa, but the Buccaneers need to add playmakers along the line to fix an underachieving defense.
    10. DeForest Buckner

      DE

      Oregon

      Buckner is the kind of long, rangy defender that GM Jerry Reese needs to shore up a Giants defense that's struggled getting stops in critical moments.
    11. Reggie Ragland

      ILB

      Alabama

      The Bears are missing a disruptive force in the middle of their defense. Ragland is an instinctive "sideline to sideline" tackling machine with a knack for finding the ball.
    12. A'Shawn Robinson

      DT

      Alabama

      After fielding one of the worst defenses in NFL history, the Saints must add disruptive players at every level. Robinson is a menacing interior defender with the size and strength to control the middle of the line.
    13. Jack Conklin

      OT

      Michigan St.

      The Eagles have neglected the offensive line at the top of the draft for years, but Jason Peters' age and recent injuries could prompt the team to look for a successor on the edge.
    14. Robert Nkemdiche

      DT

      Mississippi

      Jack Del Rio is building a bully in Oakland, but he needs to add more destructive defensive linemen to the lineup to help All-Pro DE/OLB Khalil Mack thrive off the edges.
    15. Carson Wentz

      QB

      North Dakota St.

      The Rams must get a franchise quarterback to finally reach the postseason. Despite playing at a small school, Wentz has all of the tools to quickly develop into a high-level starter as a pro.
    16. Jarran Reed

      DT

      Alabama

      The Lions could elect to add an energetic interior defender to eventually replace Haloti Ngata as the team's designated destructive force in the middle. Reed not only brings energy, but he is a rugged playmaker capable of wreaking havoc at the point of attack.
    17. Jaylon Smith

      OLB

      Notre Dame

      Smith's injury could limit his ability to contribute as a rookie, but Dan Quinn's desire to add energetic playmakers to the defense could make this a worthwhile gamble for the Falcons.
    18. Taylor Decker

      OT

      Ohio St.

      After getting a reprieve following a disappointing campaign marred by an injury to Andrew Luck, Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano could make a concerted effort to upgrade the pass protection.
    19. Emmanuel Ogbah

      DE

      Oklahoma St.

      Following a disappointing performance from the Bills' defense, Rex Ryan could turn to the draft to add a versatile defender with the potential to contribute as a run stopper or pass rusher from multiple spots.
    20. Darron Lee

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Todd Bowles' creativity as a schemer could make Lee a nice fit on a defense that places a premium on featuring "run-and-chase" playmakers.
    21. Mackensie Alexander

      CB

      Clemson

      Redskins GM Scot McCloughan prefers long, rangy cover corners (5-foot-10 or taller), but Alexander's skills as an aggressive bump-and-run defender could entice the team to grab the Clemson standout early in the draft.
    22. Ezekiel Elliott

      RB

      Ohio St.

      With the Texans possibly moving on from Arian Foster, Elliott could be the guy Bill O'Brien elects to feature as the focal point of the running game.
    23. Josh Doctson

      WR

      TCU

      For Teddy Bridgewater to grow as a franchise quarterback, the Vikings need to add another playmaker to the lineup to maximize the young passer's talents. Docston would be a nice complement to Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph on the perimeter.
    24. Corey Coleman

      WR

      Baylor

      Given the impending free-agent status of Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones, the Bengals could view Coleman as a viable complement to A.J. Green as a WR2 based on his explosive speed, quickness and playmaking ability.
    25. Eli Apple

      CB

      Ohio St.

      The Steelers covet long, rangy corners with ball skills and instincts to thrive in a zone-based system. Apple is an intriguing prospect with a championship pedigree and a rapidly improving game.
    26. Andrew Billings

      NT

      Baylor

      Pete Carroll continues to guide the Seahawks deep into the postseason behind a dominant defense that features a number of stalwarts along the front line. Billings is an active defender with Brandon Mebane-like skills as an interior playmaker.
    27. Kenny Clark

      NT

      UCLA

      The potential loss of B.J. Raji could prompt Ted Thompson to look for an athletic replacement with a diverse set of skills. Clark fits the bill as an energetic defender capable of playing multiple interior spots.
    28. Kendall Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      The Chiefs' press-man scheme is ideally suited to Fuller's skills. Although the Virginia Tech standout missed a portion of the 2015 season with an injury, the Chiefs could view him as a young starter opposite Marcus Peters.
    29. Leonard Floyd

      OLB

      Georgia

      The Cardinals could use another pass rusher to complement Markus Golden on passing downs. Floyd is an explosive edge player with explosive first-step quickness and closing speed.
    30. Kevin Dodd

      DE

      Clemson

      Despite the Panthers' defensive dominance in 2015, the unit needs a young disruptive presence off the edge to alleviate the pressure on the linebackers and secondary in coverage. Dodd is a big-bodied athlete capable of wreaking havoc at the line of scrimmage.
    31. Derrick Henry

      RB

      Alabama

      The Broncos have a couple of productive backs on the roster (C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman), but Henry is a unique one-cut runner with exceptional speed and athleticism for a big back.
  4. Daniel Jeremiah

    Full Analysis

    January 17, 2016

    1. Joey Bosa

      DE

      Ohio St.

      The Titans would probably like to move this pick, but Bosa would be a nice addition to a bland defense.
    2. Jared Goff

      QB

      California

      Goff doesn't have rare physical tools, but he's polished, poised and accurate.
    3. Laremy Tunsil

      OT

      Mississippi

      Tunsil would be a massive upgrade for the Chargers' offensive line.
    4. Carson Wentz

      QB

      North Dakota St.

      The Cowboys will get a chance to coach Wentz at the Senior Bowl and I think they'll fall in love with him.
    5. DeForest Buckner

      DE

      Oregon

      The Jaguars need to address the defense, and Buckner is a safe pick who possesses tremendous upside.
    6. Jalen Ramsey

      CB

      Florida St.

      The Ravens have a lot of holes, but upgrading the secondary is the priority.
    7. Myles Jack

      OLB

      UCLA

      The 49ers have more glaring needs, but Jack is too talented to pass up.
    8. Jaylon Smith

      OLB

      Notre Dame

      If not for a knee injury in the bowl game, Smith would've been in the mix to be the first overall pick.
    9. Eli Apple

      CB

      Ohio St.

      The Buccaneers need to upgrade this position and Apple has a nice mix of size, athleticism and toughness.
    10. Ezekiel Elliott

      RB

      Ohio St.

      Todd Gurley proved to be a home-run pick for the Rams last spring, and I expect similar results for Elliott next season.
    11. Vernon Hargreaves

      CB

      Florida

      The Bears need to address several holes on defense, and Hargreaves has the ability to play outside and in the nickel.
    12. Mackensie Alexander

      CB

      Clemson

      Alexander lacks ideal size, but he has outstanding cover skills.
    13. Ronnie Stanley

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Stanley isn't flashy, but he's a very reliable pass protector.
    14. Robert Nkemdiche

      DT

      Mississippi

      Oakland has a talented nucleus on defense, and Nkemdiche would add another explosive player to the mix.
    15. Paxton Lynch

      QB

      Memphis

      Lynch is very raw, but he has unlimited potential and the Rams are desperate to land a franchise QB.
    16. A'Shawn Robinson

      DT

      Alabama

      The Lions need to get better at this position, and Robinson has the tools to be a dominant three-down player.
    17. Reggie Ragland

      ILB

      Alabama

      The Falcons could use another edge rusher, but Ragland is too good to pass up.
    18. Jack Conklin

      OT

      Michigan St.

      The Colts need to address the offensive line and Conklin is a steady player on tape.
    19. Jarran Reed

      DT

      Alabama

      The Bills' defense was a major disappointment last fall and Reed is a plug-and-play guy.
    20. Taylor Decker

      OT

      Ohio St.

      Decker would bring size and a nasty demeanor to the Jets' offensive line.
    21. Sheldon Rankins

      DT

      Louisville

      Rankins is a disruptive interior defender and he would complement the edge rushers in Washington.
    22. Corey Coleman

      WR

      Baylor

      Coleman is a home-run hitter who will make opponents pay for doubling DeAndre Hopkins.
    23. Laquon Treadwell

      WR

      Mississippi

      Treadwell lacks ideal speed but his size and physicality would be a big help to Teddy Bridgewater.
    24. Darron Lee

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Lee is a three-down linebacker with big-time speed and athleticism.
    25. Hunter Henry

      TE

      Arkansas

      Henry is the top tight end in this draft and he would fit perfectly in Pittsburgh's offense.
    26. Vernon Butler

      DT

      Louisiana Tech

      Butler is gaining a lot of steam in personnel circles and he'd look great in this scheme.
    27. Kevin Dodd

      DE

      Clemson

      Dodd is a very skilled edge rusher and he'd fill a need in Green Bay.
    28. Kyler Fackrell

      OLB

      Utah St.

      Andy Reid loves to collect athletic edge defenders, and Fackrell is very versatile and explosive.
    29. Shaq Lawson

      DE

      Clemson

      Lawson is a power rusher and he plays with outstanding effort.
    30. Karl Joseph

      S

      West Virginia

      Joseph is recovering from a knee injury, but he would provide a big upgrade at safety for the Panthers.
    31. Ryan Kelly

      C

      Alabama

      Kelly has Pro Bowl potential at center, and he has the tools to be a solid starting guard as well.

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