The 2016 NFL draft class is beginning to take shape as college football enters the second half of its season.
It appears to be a loaded class on defense with a sprinkling of big-name players on the offensive side of the ball.
The storyline of the draft, as usual, will be the quarterbacks. However, this crop more closely resembles the superstar-less 2014 quarterback class than the top-heavy class featuring Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota a season ago.
With the draft order changing dramatically from week to week, the order depicted in this mock draft is simply an estimate of where the teams may fall at season's end.
|2016 NFL Mock Draft|
|1||Tennessee Titans||Joey Bosa||DL||Ohio State|
|2||Detroit Lions||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|3||Chicago Bears||Jared Goff||QB||California|
|4||San Francisco 49ers||Robert Nkemdiche||DL||Ole Miss|
|5||Houston Texans||Jaylon Smith||LB||Notre Dame|
|6||Kansas City Chiefs||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State|
|8||Cleveland Browns||Jalen Ramsey||CB||Florida State|
|9||Jacksonville Jaguars||DeForest Buckner||DL||Oregon|
|10||Baltimore Ravens||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
|11||Washington Redskins||Paxton Lynch||QB||Memphis|
|12||San Diego Chargers||Michael Thomas||WR||Ohio State|
|13||Buffalo Bills||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State|
|14||New Orleans Saints||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
|15||Dallas Cowboys||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|16||St. Louis Rams||Corey Coleman||WR||Baylor|
|17||Oakland Raiders||Myles Jack||LB||UCLA|
|18||Miami Dolphins||Germain Ifedi||OT||Texas A&M|
|19||Philadelphia Eagles||Shilique Calhoun||DE||Michigan State|
|20||Minnesota Vikings||Vadal Alexander||OG||LSU|
|21||New York Jets||Connor Cook||QB||Michigan State|
|22||Seattle Seahawks||Adolphus Washington||DT||Ohio State|
|23||New York Giants||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson|
|24||Pittsburgh Steelers||Tre'Davious White||CB||LSU|
|25||Indianapolis Colts||Joshua Perry||LB||Ohio State|
|26||Atlanta Falcons||Kenny Clark||DL||UCLA|
|27||Arizona Cardinals||Leonard Floyd||LB||Georgia|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Jeremy Cash||S||Duke|
|29||Denver Broncos||Andrew Billings||DT||Baylor|
|30||Cincinnati Bengals||Emmanuel Ogbah||DE||Oklahoma State|
|31||Green Bay Packers||Jarran Reed||DL||Alabama|
|32||New England Patriots||no pick|
6. Kansas City Chiefs: Laremy Tunsil
Just two years after selecting Eric Fisher No. 1 overall, the Chiefs may need to try again in search of their franchise left tackle.
Fisher has been shifted between left and right tackle during his brief time in Kansas City and has failed to make his mark at either spot.
#Chiefs have moved former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher back to left tackle as the starter today— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 25, 2015
Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley are the two premier offensive linemen in this draft class.
We got our first look at Tunsil on Saturday after he returned from his suspension due to receiving illegal benefits.
Tunsil was thrown right into the fire against Texas A&M's sophomore pass-rusher Myles Garrett, but the Ole Miss left tackle lived up to expectations.
According to ESPN.coom's Greg Ostendorf, Tunsil "more than held his own against the SEC’s top pass-rusher and was a major reason why the Rebels dominated the Aggies."
11. Washington Redskins: Paxton Lynch
The Paxton Lynch bandwagon is quickly filling up, and he's one of the fastest-rising prospects over the past few weeks.
Lynch burst onto the national scene during Memphis' upset victory over Ole Miss, and he has now established himself as one of the premier quarterbacks eligible for the 2016 NFL draft.
Paxton Lynch is now in Kiper's top-10 overall for 2016 draft. Kiper is usually really good about being early on guys who go high.— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) October 22, 2015
ESPN's Mel Kiper has had Lynch on his big board for a few weeks now and recently bumped him up to No. 10 overall.
Of Lynch's ability, Kiper said, "Lynch has good size with room to fill out, and not just a strong arm, but the ability to get the ball out quickly."
With other highly touted quarterbacks such as Cardale Jones and Christian Hackenberg falling well short of expectations, Lynch looks like the guy who will benefit from their struggles on draft day.
23. New York Giants: Shaq Lawson
One of the fastest-rising defensive prospects this season has been Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson.
Lawson made a lasting impression earlier this season when he battled Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, and he's been steadily rising ever since.
Shaq Lawson with the sack vs Miami. Plenty of quickness off the line. @JuMosq compared him to Frank Clark.— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) October 24, 2015
In 2014, Lawson was overshadowed on Clemson's defensive line by Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett, but now Lawson has emerged as the leader of that unit under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
Due to Jason Pierre-Paul's finger injury and the drama that surrounded it, his future in New York is a question mark. The Giants could look to the draft to replace him with a prospect like Lawson.