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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
- No elite traits but balance and vision will make him a competent starter.
- Josh Sweat, ED, Florida State
- All the athletic tools and size in the world, just needs to put it together.
- Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
- Best blocking tight end with great hands, but lacks athleticism.
- Mark Walton, RB, Miami
- Knee injury ended his season, but if he’s healthy he could be a steal.
- Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
- Used in weird ways at ASU ,he’s hard to evaluate but size and athleticism are on point.
- Lorenzo Carter, ED/LB, Georgia
- Athleticism to rush the passer and drop into coverage just needs the right team.
- Marcus Davenport, ED, UTSA
- Raw talent with great size and athleticism. He could blow up the combine.
- Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, WMU
- Best footwork of all the tackle prospects, but needs to get stronger and use his hands.
- Jeff Holland, ED, Auburn
- Undersized but productive with nice combo of athleticism and pass-rush moves.
- Sam Hubbard, ED, Ohio State
- Motor, size, and ability vs the run probably make Hubbard a day one starter.
- Tim Settle, ID, Virginia Tech
- Recklessness, size, and athleticism makes Settle the most intriguing defensive tackle.
- Justin Reid, NB/S, Stanford
- Eric Reid’s little brother has the size and speed to play safety and skill to play nickel.
- Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
- A big mobile center who can be a plug-and-play easily.
- Adam Breneman, TE, UMASS
- Injury history is worrisome, but he’s a jack of all trades at tight end.
- Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
- A big back with explosive athleticism and power, but not consistent.
- Matthew Thomas, LB, Florida State
- Way undersized, but athletic as can be, maybe an NFL safety.
- Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana
- Not flashy, but instinctual and steady with the traits to start at middle linebacker.
- Orlando Brown Jr., OT, Oklahoma
- All the size, strength, and aggressiveness in the world, but lacking movement skills.
- Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
- Looks the part and has nice accuracy, but not enough velocity or poise.
- Holton Hill, CB, Texas
- Off-field questions could kill his stock, but is the ideal corner for today’s NFL.
- Trey Quinn, WR, SMU
- One season of major production showing strong hands, crisp routes, and athleticism.
- Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
- Has all the tools to play inside or out with physicality matched by few.
- Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB, Alabama
- A high motor and consistent tackling will help his stock despite an injury history.
- Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
- Doesn’t do much vs the run but ideal in a single high safety role.
- Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
- Maybe not a superb athlete but a bowling ball with the tenacity to be a starter.
- Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin
- Overly aggressive, but always breaking up passes. Just needs to fine-tune his game.
- Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
- Dominates in the FCS with great hands and speed, needs to prove it on the big stage.
- Deontay Burnett, WR, USC
- A consistent slot receiver with trustworthy hands and the ability to create YAC.
- Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
- Going to be a great run-blocker that always struggles in pass protection.
- Braden Smith, OG/OT, Auburn
- Super athletic right guard who can kick to tackle if needed.
- Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
- Plug-and-play right tackle with a high floor, but athleticism keeps the ceiling low.
- Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
- Big press man corner who could benefit a ton from testing well at the combine.
- Da’Shawn Hand, ID, Alabama
- Great athlete with a ton of talent, but never seemed to dominate at Alabama.
- Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech
- Run mauler that is known for playing through the snap, can be a starting left guard.
- Jordan Whitehead, NB/S, Pittsburgh
- Great at coming up vs the run and, despite small stature, can start at safety or nickel.
- Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
- Height-weight-speed guy that a team will fall in love with despite drops.
- Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
- His size and athleticism will push him up boards, but tape doesn’t match potential.
- Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
- Not a great athlete but has a solid all-around game and will be a nice contributor.
- Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
- Despite coming from Division II football he has the tools to be a starting right tackle.
- Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
- Not much of an in-line tight end, but good hands and YAC make him a nice H-back.
- Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
- Solid size and athleticism could make him a starter, but inconsistent tape a question.
- Sean Welsh, OG, Iowa
- Classic Iowa offensive linemen with great technique and mentality.
- Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson
- Fits today’s mould of linebacker with athleticism to cover backs and tight ends.
- DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
- Solid tackler and nice ball skills, but doesn’t seem to have great athleticism.
- Van Smith, NB/S, Clemson
- Undersized safety with great cover skills that should lead to him starting at nickel.
- Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
- Basically a large slot at Oklahoma with nice receiving skills, but can he play tight end.
- Darius Phillips, NB/CB, Western Michigan
- Ideal athlete to play nickel and matchup with speedy slot receivers.
- Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, ED, Oklahoma
- Size of an off-ball linebacker but athleticism and edge setting ability keep him at end.
- Martinas Rankin, OT/C, Mississippi State
- Mean enough to play on the interior and agile enough to find a spot at tackle.
- Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
- The best punt returner in the draft, but he can be a starting slot with great hands.
Top 10 Quarterbacks
Best Bet: Josh Rosen, UCLA
Value Pick: Kurt Benkert, Virginia
Sleeper: Kyle Lauletta, Richmond
Biggest Arm: Josh Allen, Wyoming
Most Accurate: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Best Scrambler: Lamar Jackson, Louisville
|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 Floor: Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Best Bet: Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Value Pick: Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
Sleeper: Nyheim Hines, North Carolina State
Most Elusive: Ronald Jones II, USC
Best Receiver: Saquon Barkley, Penn State
|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
Wildcard: Trey Quinn, SMU
Sleeper: Korey Robertson, Southern Mississippi
Best Hands: Calvin Ridley, Alabama
Best Routes: Calvin Ridley, Alabama
Best Deep Threat: D.J. Chark, LSU
Biggest Red Zone Threat: Courtland Sutton, SMU
|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
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
|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 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
|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 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
|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
Stud Pass-Rusher: Harold Landry, Boston College
Best Run-Defender: Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State
Most Versatile: Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State
|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
|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
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
|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
|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
|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
|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|