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Final Top-100 Big Board

1. Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi
2. Jalen Ramsey, Defensive Back, Florida State
3. Joey Bosa, Edge Defender, Ohio State
4. Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Ohio State
5. DeForest Buckner, Defensive Lineman, Oregon
6. Myles Jack, Off-Ball Linebacker, UCLA 
7. Jared Goff, Quarterback, California
8. Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver, Mississippi
9. Josh Doctson, Wide Receiver, TCU
10. Sheldon Rankins, Interior Defensive Lineman, Louisville
11. Vernon Hargreaves III, Cornerback, Florida
12. William Jackson III, Cornerback, Houston
13. Sterling Shepard, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
14. Noah Spence, Edge Defender, Eastern Kentucky
15. Shaq Lawson, Edge Defender, Clemson
16. Karl Joseph, Safety, West Virginia
17. Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
18. Ryan Kelly, Interior Offensive Lineman, Alabama
19. Chris Jones, Interior Defensive Lineman, Mississippi State
20. Andrew Billings, Interior Defensive Lineman, Baylor
21. Corey Coleman, Wide Receiver, Baylor
22. Paxton Lynch, Quarterback, Memphis
23. Jarran Reed, Interior Defensive Lineman, Alabama
24. Cody Whitehair, Interior Offensive Lineman, Kansas State
25. Jonathan Bullard, Interior Defensive Lineman, Florida
26. Taylor Decker, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State
27. Kenneth Dixon, Running Back, Louisiana Tech
28. Derrick Henry, Running Back, Alabama
29. Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
30. Robert Nkemdiche, Interior Defensive Lineman, Mississippi
31. Javon Hargrave, Interior Defensive Lineman, South Carolina State
32. Vernon Butler, Interior Defensive Lineman, Louisiana Tech
33. Hassan Ridgeway, Interior Defensive Lineman, Texas
34. Reggie Ragland, Off-Ball Linebacker, Alabama
35. Eli Apple, Cornerback, Ohio State
36. Kentrell Brothers, Off-Ball Linebacker, Missouri
37. Hunter Henry, Tight End, Arkansas
38. Christian Westerman, Interior Offensive Lineman, Arizona State
39. Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State
40. Keanu Neal, Safety, Florida
41. Joshua Garnett, Interior Offensive Lineman, Stanford
42. Leonard Floyd, Edge Defender/Off-Ball Linebacker, Georgia
43. Leonte Carroo, Wide Receiver, Rutgers
44. Will Fuller, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame
45. Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle, Michigan State
46. Mackensie Alexander, Cornerback, Clemson
47. Kenny Clark, Interior Defensive Lineman, UCLA
48. Kevin Dodd, Edge Defender, Clemson
49. Shilique Calhoun, Edge Defender, Michigan State
50. Austin Hooper, Tight End, Stanford
51. Emmanuel Ogbah, Edge Defender, Oklahoma State
52. Vonn Bell, Safety, Ohio State
53. Matt Judon, Edge Defender, Grand Valley State
54. Darron Lee, Off-Ball Linebacker, Ohio State
55. Xavien Howard, Cornerback, Baylor
56. Kendall Fuller, Cornerback, Notre Dame
57. Joshua Perry, Off-Ball Linebacker, Ohio State
58. Cardale Jones, Quarterback, Ohio State
59. Jason Spriggs, Offensive Tackle, Indiana
60. A’Shawn Robinson, Interior Defensive Lineman, Alabama
61. Nick Martin, Interior Offensive Lineman, Notre Dame
62. Paul Perkins, Running Back, UCLA
63. Max Tuerk, Interior Offensive Lineman, USC
64. Darian Thompson, Safety, Boise State
65. Tyrone Holmes, Edge Defender, Montana
66. Ronald Blair, Edge Defender/Interior Defensive Lineman, Appalachian State
67. Jordan Jenkins, Edge Defender, Georgia
68. Devontae Booker, Running Back, Utah
69. Shon Coleman, Offensive Tackle, Auburn
70. Maliek Collins,Interior Defensive Lineman, Nebraska
71. Rashard Higgins, Wide Receiver, Colorado State
72. David Perkins, Defensive End, Illinois State
73. Alex Collins, Running Back, Arkansas
74. Sean Davis, Defensive Back, Maryland
75. German Ifedi, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
76. Artie Burns, Cornerback, Miami
77. K.J. Dillon, Safety West, Virginia
78. Kenny Lawler, Wide Receiver, California
79. Peyton Barber, Running Back, Auburn
80. James Bradberry, Cornerback, Samford
81. D.J. Reader, Interior Defensive Lineman, Clemson
82. Jalen Mills, Defensive Back, LSU
83. Kamalei Correa, Edge Defender, Boise State
84. Evan Boehm, Interior Offensive Lineman, Missouri
85. Jonathan Williams, Running Back, Arkansas
86. Jeremy Cash, Safety/Linebacker Hybrid, Duke
87. Cyrus Jones, Cornerback, Alabama
88. Le’Raven Clark, Offensive Tackle, Texas Tech
89. Tyler Boyd, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh
90. Isaac Seumalo, Interior Offensive Lineman, Oregon State
91. Willie Henry, Interior Defensive Lineman, Michigan
92. Bronson Kaufusi, Interior Defensive Lineman, BYU
93. Kelvin Taylor, Running Back, Florida
94. Malcolm Mitchell, Wide Receiver, Georgia
95. Austin Johnson, Interior Defensive Lineman, Penn State
96. Vernon Adams, Quarterback, Oregon
97. C.J. Prosise, Running Back, Notre Dame
98. Daniel Braverman, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
99. Ryan Smith, Cornerback, N.C. Central
100. Keith Marshall, Running Back, Georgia

Underrated Player Of The Week: Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

Former Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard is universally seen as a second-round prospect by most draft analysts and that is likely where he will get picked; however, that severely underrates how good of a player Shepherd is on the football field.

The only reason Shepard is seen as a middle of the second round type of player is his size. At 5-foot-10 and 194 pounds, Shepard doesn’t look like a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham don’t look like No. 1 wide receivers either, but they turned out just fine in the NFL. That’s not to say that Shepard is Brown or Beckham, but it shows that knocking a player solely because of his size can be a foolish endeavor.

From a pure skill set perspective, Shepard has everything you’re looking for in a wide receiver. He is the best route-runner in this class and he can win in a variety of ways. Despite his size, he has the leaping ability to win at the catch point and he isn’t afraid to go across the middle and get physical. He may be the best in getting off press coverage and he can naturally create separation better than anyone in this class.

Overall, if Shepard was three inches taller and 30 pounds heavier, he would be the consensus No. 1 wide receiver in this draft class and you can bet he will outperform his draft position in the NFL.

Small-School Prospects Littered Throughout Edge Rankings

Typically, you don’t see a lot of small-school prospects in the draft; however, this year there appears to be a rise in high-level talent out of small schools, especially at the edge defender position.

Noah Spence is the biggest name among small school edge defenders. The former Ohio State defensive end has legitimate first-round talent and he can be a double-digit sack a year type of player.

The top small school edge defender outside of Spence is Grand Valley State’s Matt Judon. The speed pass-rusher had over 20 sacks in 2015 and he dominated inferior opposition throughout this past season. Montana’s Tyrone Holmes is another big-time talent from a small school. The freakishly athletic defensive end utilizes his speed and power to put offensive tackles in precarious positions throughout games. Illinois’ David Perkins may be the twitchiest edge defender in this entire draft. Noah Spence’s former roommate at Ohio State has the speed and bend to get around the corner and he punishes players once he gets to the point of contact.

Outside of those three, there are a plethora of other small-school edge defenders who will go off the board on day three and make an impact in the NFL. Stony Brook’s Victor Ochi, Appalachian State’s Ronald Blair and Nevada’s Ian Seau all have the ability to contribute on Sundays for NFL teams.


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John Owning

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