Each mock comes with an understood set of guidelines, and briefly, here are ours: Every team out there says they’re taking the best player available, but with this exercise, there’s no way to know who they consider that player to be. That’s why these picks are almost all rooted in team needs. The goal here isn’t to get these all right. It’s to provide a glimpse into what type of player could help the most as each team is currently constructed. BY ROBERT MAYS
At long last, we have at least some semblance of a 2016 NFL draft order. The top 20 spots have been claimed by the non-playoff teams, and the final 11 (New England lost its Round 1 pick) will be divvied up amongst the clubs still alive. The order used for this mock was distributed by the NFL earlier in the week, with Nos. 21–31 based on team records and strength-of-schedule tiebreakers. :: BY CHRIS BURKE
As the midpoint of the season approaches, it's time to formally do what fans have been informally doing since the final pick of the draft was read off in Chicago on April 30: second-guess each team's picks. The premise of SI's midseason 2016 NFL draft do-over is simple: Knowing what they know now, would all 30 teams with first-round picks last April have made the same selections? For simplicity's sake, all trades were kept intact, leaving the Chiefs (and Patriots) out of the second-guessing fun. Because of timing alone, some prospects are being unfairly dinged for bad injury luck, others by the incumbent depth at their positions. As you'll see, the rookie production pool thins out quickly near the back half of the revised first round.