Laying out the 2016 NFL draft order

We now know who holds the top 20 picks of the 2016 NFL draft. Here’s a breakdown:

1. Tennessee Titans: They won’t be taking a quarterback and will likely shop this pick pretty aggressively. Otherwise, they could take Joey Bosa in an attempt to find their next defensive stud.

2. Cleveland Browns: They’re already hinting at a quarterback, and it makes a lot of sense to take a guy like Paxton Lynch here.

3. San Diego Chargers: This is another big trade spot, especially if Lynch goes first or second and the Titans don’t move.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Dallas hasn’t picked this high in a long time, and the Cowboys love trading first-rounders. That said, they might be in on quarterback sweepstakes this year.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Interesting mix of teams that do and don’t need quarterbacks early. Another potential trade spot here, unless the Jags can land a defensive game-changer like Bosa.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Weird to see Baltimore way up here, especially alongside San Diego and Dallas. Look for the Ravens to address anything but quarterback or tight end.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Huge pick for this team as it tries to quickly reload. Will it be a quarterback?

8. Miami Dolphins: I’d love to see them take Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley here.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Defense all the way, right?

10. New York Giants: Defense all the way, right?

11. Chicago Bears: It’ll be interesting to see what they do if they can take a quarterback here.

12. New Orleans Saints: It’ll be interesting to see what they do if they can take a quarterback here.

13. Philadelphia Eagles: A lot to be determined with the coaching staff and Sam Bradford before we get an initial feel for this pick.

14. Oakland Raiders: You’d have to think defense here, too.

15. St. Louis Rams: St. Louis might trade up if one of the top quarterbacks doesn’t appear to be falling to it here.

16. Detroit Lions: Best available-type pick here.

17. Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan needs more support, ASAP.

18. Indianapolis Colts: This team actually has so many more holes than it appeared prior to the season. They’ll probably grab the best player available unless it’s a quarterback.

19. Buffalo Bills: Continue building on both sides, assuming Tyrod Taylor’s the guy.

20. New York Jets: Is Ryan Fitzpatrick the answer? If not, a trade or a quarterback pick could be in play.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.