It goes without saying that it's way, way, way too early to even start thinking about the 2016 NFL Draft. The 2015 edition of the event just concluded on Saturday, and a lot is going to change from now until next year as it relates to the draft.
With that disclaimer out of the way, it's time to take a look at some 2016 NFL mock drafts! What direction might the Detroit Lions go in for their first-round pick next year? Here's a very early look:
- SB Nation's Dan Kadar: OT Jack Conklin (Michigan State)
- CBS Sports' Dane Brugler: WR Corey Robinson (Notre Dame)
- Walter Football's Walter Cherepinsky: OT Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame)
- Bleacher Report's Matt Miller: DT Adolphus Washington (Ohio State)
It's obviously tough to say what will or won't be a need a year from now, but I really can't argue with the thinking behind any of these picks. Offensive tackle was viewed as a possibility in the first round this year, so it could certainly be on the table again in 2016, and the same goes for defensive tackle with Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker only under contract for one season. As for the idea of a wide receiver in the first round, well, Calvin Johnson isn't getting any younger.
For what it's worth, the first batch of 2015 mock drafts at this time last year had the Lions taking guys like Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby, Alabama safety Landon Collins, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett. Of that group, only Gordon was actually a first-round pick, so like I said before, a lot can change over the course of a year.