2016 NFL Mock Draft: Full Order and 1st-Round Predictions for Top Prospects

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2016

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 05: DeForest Buckner #44 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates in front of fans during the first half of the PAC-12 Championships against the Arizona Wildcats at Levi's Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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The underclassmen declaration deadline passed earlier this week, solidifying the 2016 NFL draft class. The next step will be to set the final picks in this year's draft order. 

Since the New England Patriots lost their first-round pick as a result of the Deflategate scandal, if they win this weekend, the first-round draft order will be set on Sunday night. 

Here's a look at where we stand with the most recent mock draft heading into Senior Bowl week, which begins with practices on Tuesday.  

NFL Mock Draft
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Tennessee TitansJoey BosaDLOhio State
2Cleveland BrownsJared GoffQBCalifornia
3San Diego ChargersLaremy TunsilOTOle Miss
4Dallas CowboysDeForest BucknerDLOregon
5Jacksonville JaguarsJalen RamseyDBFlorida State
6Baltimore RavensVernon Hargreaves IIICBFlorida
7San Francisco 49ersLaquon TreadwellWROle Miss
8Miami DolphinsMyles JackLBUCLA
9Tampa Bay BuccaneersMackensie AlexanderCBClemson
10New York GiantsEzekiel ElliottRBOhio State
11Chicago BearsReggie RaglandLBAlabama
12New Orleans SaintsA'Shawn RobinsonDTALabama
13Philadelphia EaglesRonnie StanleyOTNotre Dame
14Oakland RaidersShaq LawsonDEClemson
15Los Angeles RamsCarson WentzQBNorth Dakota State
16Detroit LionsCorey ColemanWRBaylor
17Atlanta FalconsAndrew BillingsDTBaylor
18Indianapolis ColtsTaylor DeckerOTOhio State
19Buffalo BillsKevin DoddDEClemson
20New York JetsLeonard FloydLBGeorgia
21Washington RedskinsJarran ReedDLAlabama
22Houston TexansPaxton LynchQBMemphis
23Minnesota VikingsDarron LeeLBOhio State
24Cincinnati BengalsJaylon SmithLBNotre Dame
25Pittsburgh SteelersEli AppleCBOhio State
26Seattle SeahawksJack ConklinOTMichigan State
27Green Bay PackersJoshua PerryLBOhio State
28Kansas City ChiefsNoah SpenceLBEastern Kentucky
29Denver BroncosRobert NkemdicheDLOle Miss
30Arizona CardinalsKyler FackrellLBUtah State
31Carolina PanthersJonathan BullardDLFlorida

Notable Picks

4. Dallas Cowboys: DeForest Buckner

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12:  Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner #44 of the Oregon Ducks looks on in the first half during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Ma
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The Cowboys have a tough choice to make this year. Do they select an instant-impact prospect to help them contend within quarterback Tony Romo's window of opportunity, or do they take advantage of their high pick and think about the future?

Given owner Jerry Jones' competitive nature and the Cowboys' two-decade-long drought since their last Super Bowl trip, it's safe to bet on them making one last serious run behind Romo. 

A number of prospects could fit into that win-now mentality, but defensive lineman DeForest Buckner may be the safest choice. 

Greg Hardy was a productive pass-rusher for the Cowboys, but he was also a headache off the field. Adding another edge defender like Buckner would make the decision to part with Hardy easier to handle. 

 

7. San Francisco 49ers: Laquon Treadwell

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Laquon Treadwell #1 of the Mississippi Rebels scores a touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the fourth quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana
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Obviously the 49ers need a quarterback, but there's no guarantee they'll settle on a top-10 grade for any of the options in this year's class. 

Assuming they don't go that route, adding a physical receiver like Laquon Treadwell may be the next best option for jump-starting their stagnant offense. 

Head coach Chip Kelly isn't calling the shots, but he has shown a preference for big, physical receivers with the ability to block. Treadwell is arguably the top receiver in this year's draft class and clearly fits that description. 

If Kelly can sell general manager Trent Baalke on Treadwell as well, there's a good chance he'll be high on the 49ers' draft board. 

 

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Noah Spence

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The Chiefs defense was the driving force behind their playoff run this year, but major changes could be coming to the unit in 2016. 

Six of the Chiefs' defensive starters are set to hit the free-agent market, most notably safety Eric Berry and linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson. 

Re-signing all three will be tough, and the Chiefs may not even be interested in pursuing that option since Hali and Johnson are both on the downswing of their careers at age 32 and 33, respectively. 

Spence enters the draft with some question marks due to his ban from the Big Ten after testing positive for Ecstasy. Assuming he satisfies teams with his answers during the interview process, he should become an attractive option in the late first round as one of the draft's most dangerous pass-rushers.