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    PFF's Top-50 Big Board for the 2019 NFL Draft
    BY PFF ANALYSIS TEAM • APR 1, 2019

    Pro Football Focus’ Top-50 Big Board for the 2019 NFL Draft is live! PFF’s team of draft analysts, led by Steve Palazzolo and Mike Renner, have put together their top-50 prospects now that we’re officially one day into the month of April.

    [Editor’s Note: To view all of Pro Football Focus’ advanced stats and grades for draft-eligible players, check out our 2019 NFL Draft Guide. All EDGE and ELITE subscribers already have access to the guide, and for those who don’t, you can get your copy for as low as $9.99!]


    1. QB KYLER MURRAY, OKLAHOMA
    Murray was the highest-graded QB in college football this past season. We haven’t seen a quarterback that is as dangerous with both his arm and legs since Russell Wilson.

    Related Article: Why Kyler Murray is the top player on the PFF 2019 NFL Draft Board

    2. EDGE NICK BOSA, OHIO STATE
    Bosa had a higher pass-rush win rate as a true freshman than Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell and Jachai Polite had this past season.

    Related Article: Joey Bosa’s NFL success makes Nick Bosa the 2019 NFL Draft’s safest prospect

    3. DI QUINNEN WILLIAMS, ALABAMA
    Williams earned the highest grade we’ve ever given to a college interior defender (96.0) in his lone season as a starter at Alabama.

    4. OT JONAH WILLIAMS, ALABAMA
    The Alabama left tackle was the second highest-graded tackle in the nation despite facing stout SEC competition and allowed only 12 pressures.

    Related Article: Jonah Williams measures at the combine with ‘short’ arms, here’s why he’s still PFF’s top tackle

    5. EDGE JOSH ALLEN, KENTUCKY
    Allen had far and away the highest pass-rushing grade of any college edge defender this past season at 94.3.

    Related Article: Josh Allen’s versatility makes him a top-5 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

    6. CB BYRON MURPHY, WASHINGTON
    A 47.7% completion percentage against and 17 forced incompletions made Murphy the highest-graded corner in the country this past year.

    Related Article: Physicality, passion, run defense: Washington CB Byron Murphy has it all

    7. DI JERRY TILLERY, NOTRE DAME
    Tillery tied Quinnen Williams for the highest pass-rushing grade among interior defenders in college football. Tillery’s sack totals don’t tell the whole story as he was a dominant week in and week out.

    Related Article: Jerry Tillery is an elite player, deserves a place in the top-10 conversation

    8. DI JEFFERY SIMMONS, MISSISSIPPI STATE
    He tore his ACL but did it so early in the process that he could still play as a rookie. Simmons had a run-defense and pass-rushing grade over 90.0 this past season.

    Related Article: How Jeffery Simmons’ injury impacts the 2019 NFL Draft

    9. CB GREEDY WILLIAMS, LSU
    His sophomore campaign wasn’t quite as dominant as his freshman season, but he still only allowed 27 of his 74 targets to be completed.

    10. QB DWAYNE HASKINS, OHIO STATE
    Haskins certainly improved as the season went on, but his 84.9 passing grade leaves us with some reservations.

    11. DI ED OLIVER, HOUSTON
    His pass-rushing finally came around with a 90.8 grade this past season, but considering his size and the competition he was facing, he still has a ways to go.

    Related Article: Did the Houston scheme hold back Ed Oliver?

    12. LB DEVIN WHITE, LSU
    No linebacker in college football had a higher grade in coverage than White’s 91.6 last season. His freakish athleticism suggests it was no fluke.

    13. OT ANDRE DILLARD, WASHINGTON STATE
    Dillard had the highest pass protection grade of any starting tackle in the country at 94.0 this past season.

    14. EDGE BRIAN BURNS, FLORIDA STATE
    Burns racked up the most pressures of any Power-5 defender in the country last year with 69.

    Related Article: Brian Burns is so much more than an explosive, athletic freak; he’s a technician committed to improving

    15. OT JAWAAN TAYLOR, FLORIDA
    Taylor came into his own on the right side for Florida this past season and finished with the third-highest run-blocking grade among starting Power-5 tackles.

    16. CB DEANDRE BAKER, GEORGIA
    Baker has posted back-to-back 90.0-plus graded seasons in coverage. This past year, he allowed all of 10 first downs all season and no touchdowns.

    17. WR D.K. METCALF, OLE MISS
    Metcalf’s numbers aren’t anything special, but his physical traits and high-end plays are promising.

    Related Article: Boom-or-bust prospects

    18. LB DEVIN BUSH, MICHIGAN
    Bush can be a weapon as a blitzer in the right scheme. He had top-five pass-rushing grades among off-ball linebackers each of the past two seasons.

    19. OT DALTON RISNER, KANSAS STATE
    Risner started all four seasons at Kansas State and his career low grade was 87.9 overall.

    20. WR A.J. BROWN, OLE MISS
    Brown was the definition of a complete receiver for Ole Miss. He forced 17 broken tackles, had 34 explosive plays and only dropped five passes on 90 catchable.

    21. TE T.J. HOCKENSON, IOWA
    Hockenson had the second-highest receiving grade among tight ends in college football this past year, dropping one pass on 51 catchable targets.

    22. OT CODY FORD, OKLAHOMA
    In Ford’s lone season as a starter, he allowed all of seven pressures all season long and didn’t allow a sack until the playoffs.

    23. WR J.J. ARCEGA-WHITESIDE, STANFORD
    Arcega-Whiteside led the entire draft class with 19 contested catches this past season on only 32 contested opportunities.

    24. QB WILL GRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
    Grier tied Drew Lock for the NCAA lead with 33 big-time throws and has the second-best best passing grade behind Kyler Murray.

    25.DI CHRISTIAN WILKINS, CLEMSON
    Wilkins was top three in both run-defense and pass-rushing grade among interior players this past season.

    26. C ELGTON JENKINS, MISSISSIPPI STATE
    The Mississippi State center allowed all of five pressures this past season on 369 pass-blocking snaps.

    27. S NASIR ADDERLEY, DELAWARE
    Adderly earned a 90.3 overall grade with Delaware a year ago, and his 89.9 2018 coverage grades leads all draft-eligible safeties.

    28. S DARNELL SAVAGE, MARYLAND
    Savage has back-to-back seasons with grades over 86.0 overall. He’s a missile around the line of scrimmage, laying some impressive hits in the flat.

    29. EDGE CHASE WINOVICH, MICHIGAN
    Winovich is coming off back to back seasons with grades over 90 overall – the only such qualifying power-5 player in the draft class that can boast that.

    Related Article: Michigan edge Chase Winovich is more than just a scouting cliché

    30. WR ANDY ISABELLA, MASSACHUSETTS
    Isabella was the highest-graded wide receiver in the country, racking up 1,696 yards, including 219 against Georgia.

    Related Article: Andy Isabella is much more than a slot receiver, can ‘do it all’

    31. WR MARQUISE BROWN, OKLAHOMA
    Brown was a threat to take it to the house every time he touched the ball. He broke 17 tackles on 77 catches and scored 10 touchdowns.

    32. DI DEXTER LAWRENCE, CLEMSON
    Nose tackles of 340-plus pounds are going the way of the Dodo in the NFL, but Lawrence is a pretty ridiculous athlete for his size. He had the 12th best pass-rushing grade among interior players in college football.

    Related Article: How Dexter Lawrence stacks up against recent 340-pound nose tackles

    33. CB DAVID LONG, MICHIGAN
    Long allowed all of 18 catches on 595 coverage snaps in his entire college career at Michigan

    34. OT GREG LITTLE, OLE MISS
    Over the past two seasons, Little allowed all of 26 total pressures on 993 pass-blocking snaps.

    35. EDGE CLELIN FERRELL, CLEMSON
    Ferrell racked up 14 sacks and 14 hits on the season and has ideal build to fit in any scheme.

    36. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE, PENN STATE
    Oruwariye had the best week of any corner at the Senior Bowl, notching the highest win rate among all defenders in the one-on-ones.

    37. QB DREW LOCK, MISSOURI
    Lock paired an NCAA leading 33 big-time throws with only six turnover-worthy plays as a senior.

    38. S TAYLOR RAPP, WASHINGTON
    Rapp was one of the most assignment-sure safeties in the country this past season and missed all of two tackles on 56 attempts.

    39. CB JUSTIN LAYNE, MICHIGAN STATE
    Layne’s 89.5 coverage grade last year was ninth best among Power-5 corners in the nation. He also dabbled at receiver where he took 36 snaps this past season.

    40. EDGE ZACH ALLEN, BOSTON COLLEGE
    Allen was one of the best run defenders in college football in 2017 before a 90.3 pass-rushing grade this past season. He was an ironman for BC, playing 107 snaps against Wake Forest this past season.

    Related Article: Zach Allen calls for NFL teams to ‘put on the tape’ to see his value, mean streak

    41. C GARRETT BRADBURY, NC STATE
    Bradbury was a top-five graded center each of the past two seasons and the highest-graded Power-5 center in this draft class both years as well.

    Related Article: Center prospect Garrett Bradbury takes pride in his run blocking, athleticism

    42. WR HAKEEM BUTLER, IOWA STATE
    Butler’s size (6-foot-5, 227 pounds) might suggest a possession receiver, but he had more receptions 20-plus yards downfield (19) than anyone in the draft class.

    43. TE NOAH FANT, IOWA
    Fant is the most freakishly athletic tight end in this draft class, but his inconsistent hands are still a concern. He’s dropped 11 passes on 80 catchable the past two seasons.

    44. S AMANI HOOKER, IOWA
    Hooker’s 91.1 coverage grade last season was the second-highest of any defensive back in the country.

    45. CB JULIAN LOVE, NOTRE DAME
    Love’s 21 forced incompletions were the sixth-most in college football last season and his 14 coverage stops ranked 10th.

    46. EDGE MONTEZ SWEAT, MISSISSIPPI STATE
    Sweat’s 19.1% pressure percentage was top 10 among edge defenders in the draft class and the third highest in the SEC last season.

    47. DI KHALEN SAUNDERS, WESTERN ILLINOIS
    Saunders moves like an edge and even played there at times for Western Illinois. He went to the Senior Bowl and had the second-highest win rate among interior players in the one-on-ones.

    48. DI RASHAN GARY, MICHIGAN
    Gary’s production has yet to catch up to his freakish athleticism. He earned a 68.3 pass-rushing grade this past season.

    Related Article: Why Rashan Gary is not a first-round talent

    49. S CHAUNCEY GARDNER-JOHNSON, FLORIDA
    Gardner-Johnson is perfect for the slot/safety hybrid role in today’s NFL. He led all secondary players with 22 coverage stops this past season.

    50. OT MAX SCHARPING, NORTHERN ILLINOIS
    The four-year starter had pass protection grades above 87.0 every season of his career.

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  • Nick
    PFF 2018 NFL Draft top names to know
    by Nick
    2018 NFL Draft top names to know
    BY PFF ANALYSIS TEAM • JAN 5, 2018

    The college football season seemingly came and went this past year. With it, some dominating performances and some standout athletes that made big improvements from year’s past and pumped their draft stock. At Pro Football Focus, we watch every player, on every play of every game, and with have an updated list of names to watch out for as we progress ever closer to the 2018 NFL Draft.

    CB BRIAN PEAVY, IOWA STATE – 87.8 OVERALL GRADE
    Iowa State CB Brian Peavy

    Peavy has graded well in coverage each of the past three seasons, but 2017 was easily his most complete campaign. After a rough showing against rival Iowa in Week 2 this year, he virtually locked down Big-12 opponents, as he gave up less than 20 yards receiving into his coverage in 7-of-10 conference games, and never more than 40. He notched two picks and eight breakups this season, and also earned a solid 80.1 run defense grade. Because of his listed size of 5-foot-9, 190-pounds, he is unlikely to hear his name called in the first round, but his coverage ability and all-around consistency is sure to intrigue NFL teams. — @PFF_Josh

    LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH, BOISE STATE – 89.8 OVERALL GRADE
    Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch

    Vander Esch is a three-tool linebacker, of which was never more evident than in his monster bowl game performance against Oregon. That game saw him record a sack and a QB hit in addition to seven defensive stops and only surrendered three yards in coverage on five targets. After the game, Vander Esch declared early for the draft and is an intriguing prospect, as he has ideal size at 6-foot-3, 240-pounds for the NFL and can be used in a variety of ways by his next defensive coordinator. Vander Esch finished the season grading positively as a pass-rusher, run defender and in coverage but was at his best against the run. He had 46 run stops and his run-stop percentage of 14.8 ranks No. 3 among all FBS draft-eligible inside linebackers. — @PFF_Jordan

    CB NICK NELSON, WISCONSIN – 89.5 OVERALL GRADE
    Wisconsin Badgers CB Nick Nelson

    Nelson didn’t tally any interceptions this year, but his 19 pass breakups and 26 total forced incompletions lead all draft prospects this year. He possesses an excellent combination of recovery athleticism and strength at the point of attack, aided by his 5-feet-11 and 208 pounds frame, and clearly has a knack for closing effectively on the ball. He allowed just 38.8 percent of throws into his coverage to be completed this year, which ranks fourth among cornerback prospects targeted at least 50 times in 2017. — @PFF_Josh

    CB ARRION SPRINGS, OREGON – 88.3 OVERALL GRADE
    Oregon Ducks CB Arrion Springs

    Springs is 5-foot-11, so he doesn’t possess ideal length for a high cornerback pick but he was a highly effective coverage player all season long for...
    -01-08-2018, 08:19 AM
  • CanadianRam!
    A look back at last years draft!
    by CanadianRam!
    My thoughts at last years draft

    Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
    1 19 Barron, Alex OT 6-7 320 Florida State
    -after a slow start with a injury and trouble with Mike Martz, he rebounded well to establish himself as a solid starter at the line. Grade: B+
    2 50 Bartell, Ronald CB 6-1 208 Howard
    -he definitely showed some potential and usually played ok when he was in the lineup. Showed a lot of heart but wasn't too impressive for a second rounder just yet. Should contend for #2 spot at CB this year Grade: B-
    3 66 Atogwe, Oshiomogho FS 5-11 203 Stanford
    -he started out slow, playing poorly when he was in ST, and didnt get too much PT. didnt tackle too well when he did but showed some bright spots in houston and dallas. Grade: C+
    3 81 Incognito, Richie C 6-3 305 Nebraska
    -didnt sign for a while then after one practise, he was out for the year. disappointing to say the least. Grade: D
    4 117 Carter, Jerome SS 5-11 219 Florida State
    -he played more than a lot of our rookies but played poorly when he did. just didnt look ready as he missed tons of tackles. Grade: C-
    4 134 Terrell, Claude G 6-2 343 New Mexico
    -didnt play too much but did play adequately when he did. got pushed around a bit by opposing players though. Grade: C+
    5 144 Collins, Jerome TE 6-4 267 Notre Dame
    -played in three games very briefly and spent time on the PS. didnt do lot this year even with our TE situation. Grade: D+
    6 192 Ridgeway, Dante WR 5-11 212 Ball State
    -got cut and plays for the jets now. Grade: D-
    6 210 Hodges, Reggie P 6-0 226 Ball State
    -played very inconsistently, had one good game in the regular season but got cut and got replaced by barker. Grade: D
    7 250 Fitzpatrick, Ryan QB 6-2 221 Harvard
    -had amazing game against texans then played horribly the next three games. however, the texans game showed us how good he could be and could the backup next year. Grade: C+
    7 251 Hedgecock, Madison FB 6-3 266 North Carolina
    -the steal of the draft for us. turned out he is a played solid starter in the NFL. pretty good blocking and caught a few passes as well. a pleasant surprise Grade: A-

    again a pretty good draft, but only time will tell more.
    -02-19-2006, 07:21 PM
  • HUbison
    Draft Ratings: Arizona No. 1, Rams No. 21
    by HUbison
    Let me start by saying that IMHO grading a draft 48 hours after its completion is tantamount to guessing someone's weight by smelling them....a quasi-educated guess, at best. Having said that, here's an article ranking all 32 drafts this year. Take it for what it's worth, but this gentleman wanted us to take Spears over Barron, if that tells you anything.

    Draft Ratings: Arizona No. 1, Rams No. 21
    By Chris Harry
    Orlando Sentinel NFL Writer
    04/26/2005




    Chris Harry, who covers the NFL for the Orlando Sentinel, ranked and graded all 32 teams in terms of their performance in the annual draft. His report follows, and below it are draft grades for the Rams from other writers around the country.


    1. Arizona ... Grade: A

    The buzz: Dennis Green always gas had a flair for working a draft. The Cardinals got a top-rated cornerback in Miami's Antrel Rolle, then struck for a potential home-run hitting tailback in the second round with J.J. Arrington, a 2,000-yard rusher at California. CB Eric Green and OLB Darryl Blackstock secured the best first-day haul by any team. Green added 330-pound G Elton Brown and productive ILB Lance Mitchell on the second day. Outstanding work.


    2. Minnesota ... Grade: A minus

    The buzz: The Vikings made us laugh during the 2002 and '03 drafts, but no one is chuckling at them this year. They had a conviction about the speed of WR Troy Williamson and went with it at No. 7 overall, then added pass-rushing specialist Erasmus James with a second choice in Round 1. Minnesota also added a nice guard prospect, Marcus Johnson, and a replacement for departed restricted free agent Brian Russell in Dustin Fox. Fourth-rounder Ciatrick Fason is the newest addition to a crowded (and talented) stable of running backs.


    3. Dallas ... Grade: A minus

    The buzz: The defense that ranked No. 1 in the league in '03 fell to 16th in '04. If the front four was a problem, it shouldn't be anymore. Drafting bookend ends Demarcus Ware and Marcus Spears in the first round could end up being a nightmare for quarterbacks in the NFC East for years to come. The Cowboys added a fast linebacker, Kevin Burnett, in the second and a power running back, Marion Barber III, in the third. They also got another end, Chris Canty, who probably could have gone higher.


    4. Detroit ... Grade: B +

    The buzz: You have to wonder about taking a wide receiver with a top-10 choice for the third year in a row, especially with playmakers needed on defense. Then again, maybe the Lions know something we don't about the two broken collarbones incurred by '03 first-rounder Charles Rogers. Plus, it's hard to knock picking a guy as productive as Mike Williams was in two years at USC. Speaking of the Trojans, DT Shaun Cody was a steal in the second round and Stanford...
    -04-26-2005, 11:24 AM
  • Nick
    Rivals.com: Top Ten Underrated, Overrated
    by Nick
    Ten Underrated, Ten Overrated

    By NFL Draft Staff – Rivals.com

    Despite intense scouting, film study, Combine workouts, Pro Days and all-star games front-office personnel still hit and miss with NFL Draft picks.

    Some high draft picks have had disappointing careers because of injuries. Others just never make it.

    On the flip side, some late picks have gone on to star in several Pro Bowls. Even undrafted free agents can turn into future gems (see Rod Smith, Priest Holmes and Antonio Gates).

    The key to a successful draft is being savvy enough to find a diamond in the rough like Mark Clayton or Richard Dent (both eighth-round picks) and being lucky enough to avoid selecting the next Ryan Leaf (No. 2 pick overall in 1998).

    The examples we have below aren't that extreme, but scout and NFL Draft expert Frank Coyle of draftinsiders.com has identified the 10 most overrated and 10 most underrated players in the 2006 Draft.

    Ten Underrated Prospects

    1. Will Blackmon - CB - Boston College
    This guy moved to wide receiver as a senior to help his club, hurting his overall development on the corner. Earlier in his career he performed at a very high level at cornerback. He carries a definite starting NFL grade there. He is the most miscast player in recent memory and a prospect with a big upside and fast learning curve once he settles back at the cornerback spot.

    2. Daryn Colledge - OT - Boise St.
    A tough, sound technician, Colledge completed a fine career at left tackle where he started more than 50 games. While he played well at the Senior Bowl and we rate him a definite top-50 player and early NFL starter, he has not received the attention of the top prospects. He has the physical and mental skills to play a long time in the league.

    3. Mark Anderson - DE - Alabama
    This strong, rugged defensive end may be the most underrated defender in recent years. He was a key part of the tough Tide defense. He has well-developed skills as both a pass rusher and run stuffer. He can play either side, and scouts are sitting on this guy hoping he slides to the third round. With the demand on ends for the 4-3 scheme, he could be gone in the mid-second round.

    4. Joe Klopfenstein - TE - Colorado
    Big, athletic tight end who completed a fine career in the Big 12 and shows well-developed receiving skills and fast-improving blocking talent. He has the athleticism to be an early NFL starter and would give a club a fine weapon with the ability to be a vertical threat. He may slide to the third round in this deep class and be one of the draft's best values at that point.

    5. Mike Degory - OC - Florida
    Degory is a big, physical center who has not received much attention this offseason after a fine SEC career that included more than 50 starts. He tested out only average...
    -04-18-2006, 11:01 AM
  • Rambos
    PFF's First-Rounders in Review
    by Rambos
    Stumbled on this on another board, thought I would share it here. It is PFF so take it for what it's worth. I do think they got our players right.


    First-Rounders in Review
    Khaled Elsayed | October 22, 2014



    Seven weeks in and we’re building quite the sample size of tape on the rookies who looked to take the lead by storm. Some are already earning recognition for their performances while others have gone largely unnoticed.

    Well one week after we posted our race for Rookie of the Year we’re going one step further and giving you grades and snap counts on each and every single rookie first round pick.


    1. Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans, OLB
    Grade: +0.7
    Snaps: 23
    Analysis: Injury has taken Clowney from the public eye, helping to temper expectations but also managing to disappoint football fans eager to see how he would fare. One stop and just 23 snaps to show for his rookie year thus far.

    2. Greg Robinson, St. Louis Rams, OG
    Grade: +2.1
    Snaps: 137
    Analysis: Looked lost in preseason with positional flip flopping much to his detriment. That saw him start the season on the bench, but the usual output from Davin Joseph has seen him start the past two weeks. Robinson has looked good and that’s encouraging.


    3. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars, QB
    Grade: -12.5
    Snaps: 317
    Analysis: It hasn’t been pretty. With Chad Henne struggling, the team had to put Bortles out on the field knowing he was going to take his lumps and hope he will benefit from it in the long run.

    4. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills, WR
    Grade: -0.2
    Snaps: 461
    Analysis: An average grade for anything but an average performance. Watkins has either been very good or very bad as he has tantalized with his talent. Watkins has benefited from the more steady play brought by Kyle Orton.

    5. Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders, OLB
    Grade: +16.6
    Snaps: 395
    Analysis: Zero sacks and so Mack is struggling right? Wrong. Mack has positive marks rushing the passer where his 16 combined hits and hurries suggest a sack is coming soon. However, its the run game where he’s really really starred. A truly promising start.

    6. Jake Matthews, Atlanta Falcons, OT
    Grade: -27.8
    Snaps: 350
    Analysis: Now, nobody knows just how hurt Matthews is and how much that ankle is affecting him. What we do know is that he doesn’t look good out there right now. These past three weeks have been tough to watch, propelling Matthews to the lowest grade of all tackles. Not what Atlanta had hoped for.

    7. Mike...
    -10-22-2014, 09:31 AM
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