After multiple changes in the draft order, the 2016 NFL Draft is finally set to get underway on Thursday night in Chicago. The Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles have the No. 1 and No. 2 picks respectively, and quarterbacks are expected to be chosen with the first two selections for the second year in a row.
When the Rams acquired the first overall pick from the Tennessee Titans, it was unclear which signal caller they had their eye on. But it now appears that they will go with Jared Goff, who was a three-year starter at California. That leaves Carson Wentz for the Eagles, who acquired the second overall pick in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.
Goff and Wentz might not be the only quarterbacks drafted in the first round. Paxton Lynch from Memphis and Michigan State’s Connor Cook both have a chance to be off the board by the end of Day One.
The real mystery begins with the San Diego Chargers and the third overall pick. San Diego could opt to move down in the draft, but it seems likely that they’ll maintain their spot. Players like offensive tackles Ronnie Stanley and Laremy Tunsil, defensive back Jalen Ramsey and defensive end DeForest Buckner are candidates to go No. 3 overall.
The New England Patriots are the only team without a first-round draft pick; they lost theirs as part of their punishment for the Deflategate scandal.
The draft begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, and both ESPN and NFL Network will have TV coverage. An online stream is available with WatchESPN.
Day One of the draft concludes at the end of the first round. Rounds Two and Three will continue Friday night, and the final four rounds of the draft are scheduled for Saturday.
Mock NFL Draft
1) Los Angeles Rams: QB Jared Goff, California
2) Philadelphia Eagles: QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
3) San Diego Chargers: OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
4) Dallas Cowboys: CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
5) Jacksonville Jaguars: OLB Myles Jack, UCLA
6) Baltimore Ravens: OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi
7) San Francisco 49ers: DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon
8) Cleveland Browns: DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
10) New York Giants: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
11) Chicago Bears: OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
12) New Orleans Saints: DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
13) Miami Dolphins: DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
14) Oakland Raiders: DT Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi
15) Tennessee Titans: OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
16) Detroit Lions: OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
17) Atlanta Falcons: OLB Darron Lee, Ohio State
18) Indianapolis Colts: DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
19) Buffalo Bills: DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
20) New York Jets: QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis
21) Washington Redskins: ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
22) Houston Texans: WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame
23) Minnesota Vikings: WR Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi
24) Cincinnati Bengals: WR Josh Doctson, TCU
25) Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
26) Seattle Seahawks: C Ryan Kelly, Alabama
27) Green Bay Packers: DT Andrew Billings, Baylor
28) Kansas City Chiefs: CB Artie Burns, Miami
29) New England Patriots: No Pick
30) Arizona Cardinals: CB William Jackson III, Houston
31) Carolina Panthers: DT A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
32) Denver Broncos: QB Connor Cook, Michigan State