The NFL season is almost over and the college football season is done. The time for scouting is now with the East-West Shrine Game practices beginning this week and the game on Saturday. Even more important, the Senior Bowl is next week, the best week of the year. Not to mention the NFL Scouting Combine is just a few weeks away. It’s time to lock yourself in a room for hours with film and chip away at prospects. The process is getting serious now, meaning big boards and position ranks should be coming together. I have my top 100 players and my top 10 at each position put together, but the scouting doesn’t stop and this will constantly change until the week of the 2018 NFL Draft. Also, if you want even more NFL Draft content here comes a shameless plug of my new NFL Draft podcast Seven Rounds in Heaven, check it out here.

Top 100 Big Board 2.0

  1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  • Without a doubt the best player in the draft. Barkley has no major flaws and is the best running back prospect of the decade.
  1. Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB, Alabama
  • No defensive back has the ability to play everywhere in the secondary aside from Fitzpatrick. He’s physical, athletic, and has dominant instincts. He’s a future All-Pro.
  1. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  • The most pro-ready quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck. Rosen has beautiful mechanics and accuracy at every level. Only knock seems to be his personality.
  1. Bradley Chubb, ED, North Carolina State
  • Built like a grown man and ready to play every down. Chubb can be great all over the D-line as a pass-rusher and run-defender. Instant impact and culture changing player.
  1. Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  • Rarely are there offensive tackles as talented as Williams that aren’t consensus top 10 players. He lacks sexy measurables, but has franchise left tackle tape.
  1. Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
  • Most guards don’t go top 10, but Nelson is the exception. He’s a mean run mauler that can set the tone for any offense. Nelson possesses ideal size and pass-blocking traits.
  1. Harold Landry, ED, Boston College
  • Although Landry’s production dipped as a Senior due to injuries, he’s still a stud pass-rusher. He has tremendous ability to dip and bend the edge to get after QBs.
  1. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  • Nobody runs harder in this class than Guice. He’s powerful, mean, and has the juice to take it to the house. He doesn’t have Barkley’s versatility, but he’s a bellcow.
  1. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  • Most top receivers are height-weight-speed guys. Ridley is different; he does the little things right. He runs crisp routes, is explosive out of cuts, and has trustworthy hands.
  1. Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  • Linebackers don’t go top 10 but Smith should. He isn’t Reuben Foster, but he has no holes in his game. Ability to diagnose plays, his speed and aggressiveness make him the top linebacking prospect.
  1. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  • If Mayfield were taller he would be a top five pick. He can make all the throws with velocity and has the poise and movement skills to improvise like Steve Carell.
  1. Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  • If Darnold had a clean throwing motion, he would be the first pick. He has a great arm and terrific movement skills, but his mechanics mess with his accuracy.
  1. Derwin James, S, Florida State
  • If you built the perfect strong safety in a lab it would look like Derwin James. An athletic freak with the size to dominate the run. He just needs to be consistent.
  1. Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
  • Ball-hawk is the perfect term to describe Jackson. He’s a big, smooth athlete that has a knack for making plays on the ball. The best cornerback in a deep class.
  1. Arden Key, ED, LSU
  • The best pass-rushers are freak athletes. Key has one of the quickest first steps you’ll see. A combo of off-field issues, questionable effort, and lack of size could hurt him.
  1. Billy Price, C/OG, Ohio State
  • Nobody wants to draft centers early, but Price is worth a first. He’s mean, smart, and can anchor down in pass protection. Easy plug-and-play for the next decade.
  1. Jaire Alexander, CB/NB, Louisville
  • If not for an injury plagued season, Alexander could be the top corner. He can play on the outside or inside with fantastic footwork and a feisty demeanor.
  1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  • If Jackson cleans up his footwork and is in the right system, he’ll be a franchise QB. He has all the tools to be an NFL quarterback combined with an explosive running ability.
  1. Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  • The best slot in the class with some of the best YAC ability around. Kirk can dominate as a return man while being a dynamic safety net for any QB.
  1. Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  • Maybe the best 50/50 ball receiver in the class, Sutton is great for circus catches. His size and athleticism make him a scary downfield and red zone threat.
  1. Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
  • Not as athletic as the other corners, but Davis is the most physical. He lives by playing press man and using his size and footwork to bully receivers.
  1. Denzel Ward, CB/NB, Ohio State
  • Great feet and ball skills make Ward a desirable corner or nickel. He lacks size, but is a smooth athlete who can play zone or man coverage.
  1. Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  • Evans is a big athlete with the aggressiveness to attack the run. He’s an ideal fit at weakside linebacker for any defense.
  1. Hercules Mata’afa, ED, Washington State
  • For some reason Mata’afa had to play defensive tackle in college. That only makes him more intriguing. He has a non-stop motor, violent hands, and impressive strength.
  1. Maurice Hurst, ID, Michigan
  • The stigma surrounding small 3-techniques is gone and Hurst will benefit. He’s undersized, but has elite quickness and all the tools to dominate as a pass-rusher.
  1. Kyzir White, S/NB, West Virginia
  • Kevin White’s brother plays defense and is more aggressive than every DB in the class. Kyzir is a chess piece that can play all over the field.
  1. Taven Byran, ID, Florida
  • If Taven Bryan tests well athletically his stock could skyrocket. He’s big, smart, and plays hard. In the right defense he can be the most disruptive interior defender.
  1. Harrison Phillips, ID, Stanford
  • Plug-and-play is the best way to describe Phillips. He just knows how to play on the interior. The leverage is beautiful, the motor relentless, and he’s as strong as an ox.
  1. Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
  • Some corners can shutdown receivers, but others are give some and get some guys. McFadden will give up big plays, but he’ll also make a ton, the good with the bad.
  1. Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
  • It’s hard to tell how effective Cain really is because Clemson didn’t stretch the field this year. The athletic tools and size should get him late first-round looks.
  1. Vita Vea, ID, Washington
  • How many men as big as Vea can play all over the D-line and even stand-up at linebacker? Very few. He’s massive, athletic, and versatile.
  1. Dorance Armstrong Jr., ED, Kansas
  • Armstrong is bendy like Gumby. He’s not big, but he has great athletic traits and knows how to bend the edge. If he can build a repertoire of moves he’ll be a stud.
  1. Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
  • Want an elusive home run hitting back? The kind of runner that makes something out of nothing? That’s Jones, he can make defenders miss with ease. Elite quickness.
  1. Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  • The hype around Jefferson dates back to before he played a snap at Texas. He has the size and athleticism to dominate, but needs a coach to teach him how to play LB.
  1. Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
  • If Jewell was as athletic as the other LBs in the class, he would go Top 15. He has the instincts and tackling ability to be a plug-and-play even if he doesn’t test well.
  1. Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  • The new wave strong safety needs to be able to play in the box, lineup on tight ends, and sit back in coverage. Harrison checks all of those boxes and has terrific size.
  1. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  • Athletic tools, versatility, and size will likely push Edmunds into the first-round. His tape leaves a lot to be desired, but the right coach will make him a Pro Bowler.
  1. Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
  • Need a running back? This draft is full of future starters like Michel. His size is impressive considering his burst, elusiveness, and receiving ability are his best traits.
  1. Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  • There’s no star tight ends in the class, but Hurst is a big athlete who has field stretching ability. He could open up most NFL offenses if used correctly.
  1. Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
  • Sideline-to-sideline speed with an aggressive nature makes Vander Esch a day one contributor. With his size and athleticism, he is the new mold of middle linebacker.
  1. Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  • Lack of talent at offensive tackle will probably push McGlinchey into the first-round. He’s a nice run-blocker, but a stiff athlete that will make his money at right tackle.
  1. Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame
  • Size and speed make Adams game. He has homerun ability and solid power and elusiveness, but a lack of vision and balance will push him down boards.
  1. J. Moore, WR, Maryland
  • Long story short Moore is basically a running back that plays receiver. His YAC ability is jaw dropping, but he’s also got great hands and ball adjustment skills.
  1. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  • Is he great? Is he awful? Allen is somewhere in-between. His athletic traits and arm strength give him the highest ceiling among QBs, but he also has the lowest floor.
  1. Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
  • If Oliver tests well, he can be a first-round pick. He’s long and aggressive and ideal as a press man cornerback.
  1. Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
  • Somehow Tate seems to have flown under the radar to this point. He’s massive, he’s athletic, he has elite ball adjustment skills. He is a freak.
  1. J. Chark, WR, LSU
  • Need a return man/deep-threat? Chark is your guy. He’s long and lean with the ability track deep balls easily. Classic, another LSU receiver NFL-ready.
  1. Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
  • Telvin Smith paved the way for guys like Baker. He’s built like a safety that plays linebacker. He’s a sideline-to-sideline guy that needs to get more aggressive.
  1. Uchenna Nwosu, LB/ED, USC
  • USC deployed Nwosu as an edge rusher more often than not, but size will make him an off-ball LB. He is the type of guy that blows up the Senior Bowl and combine.
  1. Da’Ron Payne, ID, Alabama
  • Odds are, Payne is the strongest guy in the draft. He’s a natural 1-technique that can eat space and occupy blocks to allow LBs to run free in the NFL.
  1. Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
  • No elite traits but balance and vision will make him a competent starter.
  1. Josh Sweat, ED, Florida State
  • All the athletic tools and size in the world, just needs to put it together.
  1. Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
  • Best blocking tight end with great hands, but lacks athleticism.
  1. Mark Walton, RB, Miami
  • Knee injury ended his season, but if he’s healthy he could be a steal.
  1. Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
  • Used in weird ways at ASU ,he’s hard to evaluate but size and athleticism are on point.
  1. Lorenzo Carter, ED/LB, Georgia
  • Athleticism to rush the passer and drop into coverage just needs the right team.
  1. Marcus Davenport, ED, UTSA
  • Raw talent with great size and athleticism. He could blow up the combine.
  1. Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, WMU
  • Best footwork of all the tackle prospects, but needs to get stronger and use his hands.
  1. Jeff Holland, ED, Auburn
  • Undersized but productive with nice combo of athleticism and pass-rush moves.
  1. Sam Hubbard, ED, Ohio State
  • Motor, size, and ability vs the run probably make Hubbard a day one starter.
  1. Tim Settle, ID, Virginia Tech
  • Recklessness, size, and athleticism makes Settle the most intriguing defensive tackle.
  1. Justin Reid, NB/S, Stanford
  • Eric Reid’s little brother has the size and speed to play safety and skill to play nickel.
  1. Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
  • A big mobile center who can be a plug-and-play easily.
  1. Adam Breneman, TE, UMASS
  • Injury history is worrisome, but he’s a jack of all trades at tight end.
  1. Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
  • A big back with explosive athleticism and power, but not consistent.
  1. Matthew Thomas, LB, Florida State
  • Way undersized, but athletic as can be, maybe an NFL safety.
  1. Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana
  • Not flashy, but instinctual and steady with the traits to start at middle linebacker.
  1. Orlando Brown Jr., OT, Oklahoma
  • All the size, strength, and aggressiveness in the world, but lacking movement skills.
  1. Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  • Looks the part and has nice accuracy, but not enough velocity or poise.
  1. Holton Hill, CB, Texas
  • Off-field questions could kill his stock, but is the ideal corner for today’s NFL.
  1. Trey Quinn, WR, SMU
  • One season of major production showing strong hands, crisp routes, and athleticism.
  1. Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  • Has all the tools to play inside or out with physicality matched by few.
  1. Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB, Alabama
  • A high motor and consistent tackling will help his stock despite an injury history.
  1. Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
  • Doesn’t do much vs the run but ideal in a single high safety role.
  1. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
  • Maybe not a superb athlete but a bowling ball with the tenacity to be a starter.
  1. Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin
  • Overly aggressive, but always breaking up passes. Just needs to fine-tune his game.
  1. Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  • Dominates in the FCS with great hands and speed, needs to prove it on the big stage.
  1. Deontay Burnett, WR, USC
  • A consistent slot receiver with trustworthy hands and the ability to create YAC.
  1. Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
  • Going to be a great run-blocker that always struggles in pass protection.
  1. Braden Smith, OG/OT, Auburn
  • Super athletic right guard who can kick to tackle if needed.
  1. Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
  • Plug-and-play right tackle with a high floor, but athleticism keeps the ceiling low.
  1. Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
  • Big press man corner who could benefit a ton from testing well at the combine.
  1. Da’Shawn Hand, ID, Alabama
  • Great athlete with a ton of talent, but never seemed to dominate at Alabama.
  1. Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech
  • Run mauler that is known for playing through the snap, can be a starting left guard.
  1. Jordan Whitehead, NB/S, Pittsburgh
  • Great at coming up vs the run and, despite small stature, can start at safety or nickel.
  1. Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
  • Height-weight-speed guy that a team will fall in love with despite drops.
  1. Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
  • His size and athleticism will push him up boards, but tape doesn’t match potential.
  1. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
  • Not a great athlete but has a solid all-around game and will be a nice contributor.
  1. Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
  • Despite coming from Division II football he has the tools to be a starting right tackle.
  1. Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
  • Not much of an in-line tight end, but good hands and YAC make him a nice H-back.
  1. Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
  • Solid size and athleticism could make him a starter, but inconsistent tape a question.
  1. Sean Welsh, OG, Iowa
  • Classic Iowa offensive linemen with great technique and mentality.
  1. Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson
  • Fits today’s mould of linebacker with athleticism to cover backs and tight ends.
  1. DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
  • Solid tackler and nice ball skills, but doesn’t seem to have great athleticism.
  1. Van Smith, NB/S, Clemson
  • Undersized safety with great cover skills that should lead to him starting at nickel.
  1. Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  • Basically a large slot at Oklahoma with nice receiving skills, but can he play tight end.
  1. Darius Phillips, NB/CB, Western Michigan
  • Ideal athlete to play nickel and matchup with speedy slot receivers.
  1. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, ED, Oklahoma
  • Size of an off-ball linebacker but athleticism and edge setting ability keep him at end.
  1. Martinas Rankin, OT/C, Mississippi State
  • Mean enough to play on the interior and agile enough to find a spot at tackle.
  1. Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
  • The best punt returner in the draft, but he can be a starting slot with great hands.

Top 10 Quarterbacks

Highest Ceiling: Sam Darnold, USC

Highest Floor: Josh Rosen, UCLA

Best Bet: Josh Rosen, UCLA

Value Pick: Kurt Benkert, Virginia

Wildcard: Lamar Jackson, Louisville

Sleeper: Kyle Lauletta, Richmond

Biggest Arm: Josh Allen, Wyoming

Most Accurate: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Best Scrambler: Lamar Jackson, Louisville

Rank QB School Pro Comparison
1 Josh Rosen UCLA Eli Manning
2 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma Jeff Garcia
3 Sam Darnold USC Tony Romo
4 Lamar Jackson Louisville Michael Vick
5 Josh Allen Wyoming Daunte Culpepper
6 Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State Carson Palmer
7 Luke Falk Washington State Sam Bradford
8 Kurt Benkert Virginia Kirk Cousins
9 Kyle Lauletta Richmond Josh McCown
10 Chason Litton Marshall Tom Savage

Top 10 Running Backs

Highest Ceiling: Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Highest Floor: Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Best Bet: Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Value Pick: Rashaad Penny, San Diego State

Wildcard: Kalen Ballage, Arizona State

Sleeper: Nyheim Hines, North Carolina State

Most Elusive: Ronald Jones II, USC

Best Power: Derrius Guice, LSU

Best Receiver: Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Best Scatback: Akrum Wadley, Iowa

Rank RB School Pro Comparison
1 Saquon Barkley Penn State Marshall Faulk
2 Derrius Guice LSU Devonta Freeman
3 Ronald Jones II USC LeSean McCoy
4 Sony Michel Georgia Clinton Portis
5 Josh Adams Notre Dame Todd Gurley
6 Rashaad Penny San Diego State Thomas Jones
7 Mark Walton Miami Frank Gore
8 Kalen Ballage Arizona State Tevin Coleman
9 Bo Scarbrough Alabama Jordan Howard
10 Nick Chubb Georgia Mark Ingram

Top 10 Wide Receivers

Highest Ceiling: Auden Tate, Florida State

Highest Floor: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Best Bet: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Value Pick: Dante Pettis, Washington

Wildcard: Trey Quinn, SMU

Sleeper: Korey Robertson, Southern Mississippi

Best Hands: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Best Routes: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Best Slot: Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

Best Deep Threat: D.J. Chark, LSU

Biggest Red Zone Threat: Courtland Sutton, SMU

Rank WR School Pro Comparison
1 Calvin Ridley Alabama Stefon Diggs
2 Christian Kirk Texas A&M Golden Tate
3 Courtland Sutton SMU Brandon Marshall
4 Deon Cain Clemson Sammy Watkins
5 D.J. Moore Maryland Jarvis Landry
6 Auden Tate Florida State Alshon Jeffery
7 D.J. Chark LSU Tyrell Williams
8 Deontay Burnett USC Victor Cruz
9 Trey Quinn SMU Adam Thielen
10 Simmie Cobbs Jr. Indiana Kenny Britt

Top 10 Tight Ends

Highest Ceiling: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

Highest Floor: Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

Best Bet: Adam Breneman, UMASS

Value Pick: Ian Thomas, Indiana

Wildcard: Jaylen Samuels, North Carolina State

Sleeper: Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan

Best Hands: Mike Gesicki, Penn State

Best Routes: Adam Breneman, UMASS

Best Slot Tight End: Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

Best Blocker: Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

Best H-Back: Mike Gesicki, Penn State

Rank TE School Pro Comparison
1 Hayden Hurst South Carolina Hunter Henry
2 Troy Fumagalli Wisconsin Heath Miller
3 Adam Breneman UMASS Jason Witten
4 Dallas Goedert South Dakota State Greg Olsen
5 Mike Gesicki Penn State Zach Ertz
6 Mark Andrews Oklahoma Kyle Rudolph
7 Ian Thomas Indiana Vernon Davis
8 Tyler Conklin Central Michigan Zach Miller
9 Christopher Herndon IV Miami Jared Cook
10 Durham Smythe Notre Dame Vance McDonald

Top 10 Offensive Tackles

Highest Ceiling: Connor Williams, Texas

Highest Floor: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame

Best Bet: Connor Williams, Texas

Value Pick: Tyrell Crosby, Oregon

Wildcard: Orlando Brown Jr., Oklahoma

Sleeper: Desmond Harrison, West Georgia

Best Pass-Blocker: Connor Williams, Texas

Best Run-Blocker: Connor Williams, Texas

Sweetest Feet: Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan

Meanest SOB: Orlando Brown Jr., Oklahoma

Rank OT School Pro Comparison
1 Connor Williams Texas Joe Thomas
2 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame Nate Solder
3 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan Terron Armstead
4 Orlando Brown Jr. Oklahoma Rodger Saffold
5 Tyrell Crosby Oregon Morgan Moses
6 Kolton Miller UCLA Anthony Castonzo
7 Alex Cappa Humboldt State Rob Havenstein
8 Martinas Rankin Mississippi State Russell Okung
9 Jamarco Jones Ohio State Marcus Gilbert
10 Desmond Harrison West Georgia Lane Johnson

Top 10 Interior Offensive Linemen

Highest Ceiling: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Highest Floor: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Best Bet: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Value Pick: Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech

Wildcard: Braden Smith, Auburn

Sleeper: KC McDermott, Miami

Best Guard: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Best Center: Billy Price, Ohio State

Best Pass-Blocker: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Best Run-Blocker: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Best Pull/Trap: Braden Smith, Auburn

Meanest SOB: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Rank IOL School Pro Comparison
1 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame Brandon Scherff
2 Billy Price Ohio State Travis Frederick
3 Frank Ragnow Arkansas Max Unger
4 Will Hernandez UTEP Mike Iupati
5 Braden Smith Auburn Kyle Long
6 Wyatt Teller Virginia Tech Richie Incognito
7 Sean Welsh Iowa Stefan Wisniewski
8 Isaiah Wynn Georgia Shaq Mason
9 Mason Cole Michigan JC Tretter
10 Taylor Hearn Clemson D.J. Fluker

Top 10 Edge Defenders

Highest Ceiling: Arden Key, LSU

Highest Floor: Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State

Best Bet: Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State

Value Pick: Jeff Holland, Auburn

Wildcard: Arden Key, LSU

Sleeper: Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

Best 4-3 Defensive End: Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State

Best 3-4 Outside Linebacker: Harold Landry, Boston College

Stud Pass-Rusher: Harold Landry, Boston College

Best Run-Defender: Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State

Most Versatile: Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State

Rank ED School Pro Comparison
1 Bradley Chubb North Carolina State Michael Bennett
2 Harold Landry Boston College Cameron Wake
3 Arden Key LSU Jason Taylor
4 Hercules Mata’afa Washington State Brandon Graham
5 Dorance Armstrong Jr. Kansas Robert Quinn
6 Josh Sweat Florida State Jerry Hughes
7 Lorenzo Carter Georgia Anthony Barr
8 Marcus Davenport UTSA Carlos Dunlap
9 Jeff Holland Auburn Yannick Ngakoue
10 Sam Hubbard Ohio State Ryan Kerrigan

Top 10 Interior Defenders

Highest Ceiling: Tim Settle, Virginia Tech

Highest Floor: Harrison Phillips, Stanford

Best Bet: Maurice Hurst, Michigan

Value Pick: Derrick Nnadi, Florida State

Wildcard: Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama

Sleeper: Breeland Speaks, Ole Miss

Best 1-Technique: Harrison Phillips, Stanford

Best 3-Technique: Maurice Hurst, Michigan

Best 5-Technique: Taven Bryan, Florida

Stud Pass-Rusher: Maurice Hurst, Michigan

Space Eater: Da’Ron Payne, Alabama

Most Athletic: Maurice Hurst, Michigan

Most Versatile: Vita Vea, Washington

Rank IDL School Pro Comparison
1 Maurice Hurst Michigan Geno Atkins
2 Taven Bryan Florida Cam Heyward
3 Harrison Phillips Stanford Kyle Williams
4 Vita Vea Washington State Haloti Ngata
5 Da’Ron Payne Alabama Brandon Williams
6 Tim Settle Virginia Tech Jurrell Casey
7 Da’Shawn Hand Alabama Dominique Easley
8 Derrick Nnadi Florida State Michael Pierce
9 R.J. McIntosh Miami Stephon Tuitt
10 B.J. Hill North Carolina State Johnathan Hankins

Top 10 Linebackers

Highest Ceiling: Roquan Smith, Georgia

Highest Floor: Josey Jewell, Iowa

Best Bet: Roquan Smith, Georgia

Value Pick: Tegray Scales, Indiana

Wildcard: Uchenna Nwosu, USC
Matthew Thomas, Florida State

Best Weakside Linebacker: Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Best Middle Linebacker: Roquan Smith, Georgia

Best Strongside Linebacker: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

Most Violent: Roquan Smith, Georgia

Best Coverage: Matthew Thomas, Florida State

Best Run-Defender: Josey Jewell, Iowa

Best Pass-Rusher: Uchenna Nwosu, USC

Rank LB School Pro Comparison
1 Roquan Smith Georgia Lavonte David
2 Rashaan Evans Alabama Thomas Davis
3 Malik Jefferson Texas Derrick Johnson
4 Josey Jewell Iowa Sean Lee
5 Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech De’Vondre Campbell
6 Leighton Vander Esch Boise State Benardrick McKinney
7 Jerome Baker Ohio State Telvin Smith
8 Uchenna Nwosu USC Ryan Shazier
9 Matthew Thomas Florida State Kwon Alexander
10 Tegray Scales Indiana Danny Trevathan

Top 10 Cornerbacks

Highest Ceiling: Carlton Davis, Auburn

Highest Floor: Jaire Alexander, Louisville

Best Bet: Joshua Jackson, Iowa

Value Pick: Mike Hughes, UCF

Wildcard: Holton Hill, Texas

Sleeper: Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech

Best Man Coverage: Joshua Jackson, Iowa

Best Zone Coverage: Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State

Best Run-Defender: Jaire Alexander, Louisville

Best Press Corner: Carlton Davis, Auburn

Most Versatile: Jaire Alexander, Louisville

Rank CB School Pro Comparison
1 Joshua Jackson Iowa Darius Slay
2 Jaire Alexander Louisville Chris Harris Jr.
3 Carlton Davis Auburn Aqib Talib
4 Denzel Ward Ohio State Desmond Trufant
5 Tarvarus McFadden Florida State Marcus Peters
6 Isaiah Oliver Colorado Jimmy Smith
7 Holton Hill Texas Xavier Rhodes
8 Mike Hughes UCF A.J. Bouye
9 Nick Nelson Wisconsin William Jackson
10 Quenton Meeks Stanford Sean Smith

Top 10 Nickels

Highest Ceiling: Justin Reid, Stanford

Highest Floor: D.J. Reed, Kansas State

Best Bet: Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh

Value Pick: Tony Brown, Alabama

Wildcard: Donte Jackson, LSU

Sleeper: Jalen Davis, Utah State

Best Man Coverage: D.J. Reed, Kansas State

Best Zone Coverage: Van Smith, Clemson

Best Run-Defender: Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh

Best Cornerback: Darius Phillips, Western Michigan

Best Safety: Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh

Most Versatile: Justin Reid, Stanford

Rank NB School Pro Comparison
1 Justin Reid Stanford Malcolm Jenkins
2 Jordan Whitehead Pittsburgh Lamarcus Joyner
3 Van Smith Clemson Micah Hyde
4 Darius Phillips Western Michigan Patrick Robinson
5 D.J. Reed Kansas State Brent Grimes
6 Donte Jackson LSU Bradley Roby
7 Tony Brown Alabama Aaron Colvin
8 Greg Stroman Jr. Virginia Tech Logan Ryan
9 Jalen Davis Utah State Quadre Diggs
10 Duke Dawson Florida E.J. Gaines

Top 10 Safeties

Highest Ceiling: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Highest Floor: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Best Bet: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Value Pick: Marcus Allen, Penn State

Wildcard: Derwin James, Florida State

Sleeper: Jesse Bates III, Wake Forest

Best Free Safety: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Best Strong Safety: Derwin James, Florida State

Biggest Hitter: Kyzir White, West Virginia

Best Man Coverage: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Best Zone Coverage: Armani Watts, Texas A&M

Best Run-Defender: Kyzir White, West Virginia

Most Versatile: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Rank S School Pro Comparison
1 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama Charles Woodson
2 Derwin James Florida State Adrian Wilson
3 Kyzir White West Virginia Harrison Smith
4 Ronnie Harrison Alabama Keanu Neal
5 Armani Watts Texas A&M Devin McCourty
6 DeShon Elliott Texas Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
7 Jessie Bates III Wake Forest Justin Simmons
8 Marcus Allen Penn State Kenny Vaccaro
9 Terrell Edmunds Virginia Tech Tony Jefferson
10 Quin Blanding Virginia Patrick Chung

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I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.
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I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.


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