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  • Nick
    Kiper's final 2018 NFL draft Big Board
    by Nick
    Kiper's final 2018 NFL draft Big Board and position rankings
    7:48 AM ET
    Mel Kiper Jr.
    Football analyst

    The 2018 NFL draft is here -- and now we can finally figure out where all of these quarterbacks are going.

    Below are my "final" Big Board and "final" position rankings for the class of 2018. I'm putting "final" in quotation marks because I'll be making a few tweaks up until the draft begins (Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN app, in case you were wondering). I'll be talking to more sources and adjusting my rankings based on what I hear. And remember, my Big Board is not a prediction of where prospects will be drafted, only where I have them ranked.

    Notable: My Big Board goes to 300 prospects, and my position rankings cover more than 700. But it's important to note that the cutoff for undrafted free agents starts around 35 for positions like wide receiver. That means approximately 90 wide receivers have grades that are nearly identical. In short: Players ranked from 150 to 250 on my board are similar. It's splitting hairs.

    1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
    Previous rank: 1
    Barkley is the best prospect in this draft. His testing numbers at the combine -- 4.40 40-yard dash and 41-inch vertical -- were elite at any size, much less a 6-foot, 233-pound back. Barkley plays with tremendous balance, a great lower body and quick feet. He's a stellar runner both inside and outside the tackles, and he showed in 2017 that he's a true three-down back. He had 54 catches after having 48 combined in his first two seasons at Penn State. Barkley is a special talent.

    2. Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
    Previous rank: 2
    Chubb could have entered the 2017 draft and been in the first-round discussion. At 6-4, 269 pounds, he shows good takeoff from the edge, and he has an excellent mix of speed and power. You saw some of that speed and explosion at the combine, where he ran a 4.65 40 and had a 36-inch vertical. Chubb had 10 sacks and 25 tackles for loss (tied for second in the FBS) in 2017 and had 10 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss in 2016. Chubb doesn't have quite as high of a grade as Myles Garrett did last year, but he's in that same tier.

    3. Roquan Smith, ILB, Georgia
    Previous rank: 4
    Smith is getting buzz as a potential top-eight pick. His tape is too good, and he's too athletic -- he ran a 4.51 40 at the combine -- for teams to be worried as much about his size (6-0, 237). He can get sideline to sideline in a hurry. A season after recording 95 total tackles and five tackles for loss, Smith had 137 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2017. He can blitz up the middle or off the edge, and I think he could play inside or outside linebacker. He's just a fun player to watch, and he was one of the best players on the field in both of the Bulldogs' College Football Playoff matchups.

    4....
    -04-24-2018, 05:08 PM
  • Nick
    TSN: Best players available for 2nd, 3rd rounds of 2018 NFL Draft
    by Nick
    NFL Draft 2018: Best players available for second, third rounds
    April 26, 2018 11:49pm EDT
    Tadd Haislop @TaddHaislop
    Published on Apr. 26, 2018

    The list of best players available as the 2018 NFL Draft moves to the second round includes several prospects who easily could have been selected in the first round. There is value to be had in Day 2 of the draft at running back, wide receiver, offensive line and cornerback, specifically.

    Just because a player is still available as the NFL Draft moves to Day 2 does not mean he isn’t as likely to succeed as a first-rounder — far from it. Many second-round picks have gone on to Hall of Fame-caliber pro careers. The same can be said for third-round picks.

    Below are the best players available at each position as the 2018 NFL Draft moves to the second and third rounds. They’re based on player rankings from SN’s pre-draft big board of the top 100 prospects.

    Quarterbacks
    Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
    Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
    Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
    Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
    Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis

    Running backs
    Ronald Jones, RB, USC
    Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
    Mark Walton, RB, Miami (Fla.)
    Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
    Jaylen Samuels, RB, N.C. State
    Nyheim Hines, RB, N.C. State
    Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
    Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
    Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
    Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State

    Wide receivers
    Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
    Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
    James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
    Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
    DJ Chark, WR, LSU
    Equanimous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
    Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
    Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
    DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
    Keke Coutee, WR, Texas Tech

    Tight ends
    Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
    Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
    Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
    Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin

    Offensive tackles
    Connor Williams, OT, Texas
    Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
    Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
    Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
    Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
    Will Richardson, OT, N.C. State
    Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
    Brandon Parker, OT, NC A&T
    Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State

    Guards/Centers
    Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
    James Daniels, C, Iowa
    Braden Smith, G, Auburn
    Austin Corbett, C, Nevada
    Wyatt Teller, G, Virginia Tech
    Mason Cole, C, Michigan
    Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA

    Defensive ends/Edge rushers
    Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
    Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State
    Hercules Mata’afa, DE, Washington State
    Arden Key, DE, LSU
    Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
    Dorance Armstrong, DE, Kansas

    Defensive...
    -04-26-2018, 10:04 PM
  • Nick
    2018 NFL Draft preview: Ranking the top five players at each position
    by Nick
    2018 NFL Draft preview: Ranking the top five players at each position
    Get ready to start hearing a lot about Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen
    by Dane Brugler 2h ago • 3 min read

    There are still 360+ days until the 2018 NFL Draft, but with the 2017 NFL Draft complete, scouting services and NFL front offices will start to look toward next year's college prospects. Below is an early position-by-position preview of the players who have attracted NFL interest.

    *indicates draft-eligible underclassman

    Quarterback
    1. Sam Darnold, USC* (6-3, 225, 4.74)
    2. Josh Rosen, UCLA* (6-3, 210, 4.97)
    3. Lamar Jackson, Louisville* (6-2, 205, 4.47)
    4. Josh Allen, Wyoming* (6-5, 230, 4.74)
    5. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State (6-4, 235, 4.77)
    Just missed: Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Luke Falk (Washington State), Max Browne (Pittsburgh), Matt Linehan (Idaho), Wilton Speight (Michigan), Jarrett Stidham (Auburn)

    Running Back
    1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State* (5-11, 223, 4.49)
    2. Derrius Guice, LSU* (5-11, 222, 4.53)
    3. Ronald Jones, USC* (6-0, 195, 4.49)
    4. Bo Scarbrough, Alabama (6-1, 228, 4.59)
    5. Nick Chubb, Georgia (5-10, 220, 4.54)
    Just missed: Myles Gaskin (Washington), Rawleigh Williams III (Arkansas), Royce Freeman (Oregon), Ralph Webb (Vanderbilt), Kalen Ballage (Arizona State), Justin Jackson (Northwestern)

    Wide Receiver
    1. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M* (5-11, 200, 4.39)
    2. Courtland Sutton, SMU* (6-3, 215, 4.52)
    3. Calvin Ridley, Alabama* (6-1, 188, 4.50)
    4. James Washington, Oklahoma State (6-0, 205, 4.49)
    5. Deon Cain, Clemson* (6-1, 210, 4.47)
    Just missed: Antonio Callaway (Florida), Dante Pettis (Washington), Simmie Cobbs (Indiana), Allen Lazard (Iowa State), Deebo Samuel (South Carolina), Deontay Burnett (USC), D.J. Clark (LSU)

    Tight End
    1. Mark Andrews, Oklahoma* (6-4, 250, 4.77)
    2. Mike Gisecki, Penn State (6-5, 252, 4.85)
    3. Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin (6-5, 248, 4.84)
    4. Tyrone Wheatley, Michigan* (6-5, 276, 4.89)
    5. Deandre Goolsby, Florida (6-4, 245, 4.76)
    Just missed: Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State), Durham Smythe (Notre Dame), Marcus Baugh (Ohio State), Dalton Schultz (Stanford), Ryan Izzo (Florida State), C.J. Conrad (Kentucky)

    Offensive Tackle
    1. Connor Williams, Texas* (6-5, 290, 5.06)
    2. Mitch Hyatt, Clemson* (6-5, 295, 5.05)
    3. Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame (6-7, 310, 5.22)
    4. Orlando Brown, Oklahoma* (6-7, 340, 5.44)
    5. Trey Adams, Washington* (6-7, 309, 5.28)
    Just missed: Toby Weathersby (LSU), Brock Ruble (Florida State), Martinas Rankin (Mississippi State), Jamarco Jones (Ohio State), Chukwuma Okorafor (Western Michigan), Zachary Crabtree (Oklahoma State)

    Offensive Guard/Center
    1. Billy Price, Ohio State (6-3, 315, 5.19)
    2. Quenton Nelson, Notre...
    -04-30-2017, 04:24 PM
  • Nick
    Nick's Top 50 Rams Draft Board for Day Two
    by Nick
    The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft is over. Like other years, one can see the value of having multiple second round picks; a number of prospects considered to be options in the first round are still available, putting the Rams in a nice spot to get some good additions to their roster this evening.

    In looking over the remaining available players, here is my Rams Big Board.

    This board is specific to the Rams and what I think the Rams need. Thus, I have removed quarterback and defensive tackle, because I don't perceive enough of a need there to warrant a second day pick.

    Please feel free to respond with your thoughts or your own big board!


    RAMS BIG BOARD - DAY TWO
    • Josh Jones (OT, Houston)
    • Xavier McKinney (S, Alabama)
    • Yetur Gross-Matos (EDGE, Penn State)
    • Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin)
    • Zack Baun (LB, Wisconsin)
    • Jaylon Johnson (CB, Utah)
    • Grant Delpit (S, LSU)
    • Trevon Diggs (CB, Alabama)
    • JK Dobbins (RB, Ohio State)
    • Matt Hennessy (OL, Temple)
    • Denzel Mims (WR, Baylor)
    • Tee Higgins (WR, Clemson)
    • Robert Hunt (OL, Louisiana)
    • Antoine Winfield Jr. (S, Minnesota)
    • Ezra Cleveland (OL, Boise State)
    • Logan Wilson (LB, Wyoming)
    • Lloyd Cushenberry (OL, LSU)
    • Josh Uche (EDGE, Michigan)
    • Akeem Davis-Gaither (LB, App. State)
    • Curtis Weaver (EDGE, Boise State)
    • Jonah Jackson (OL, Ohio State)
    • D'Andre Swift (RB, Georgia)
    • Kristian Fulton (CB, LSU)
    • Michael Pittman Jr. (WR, USC)
    • Julian Okwara (EDGE, Notre Dame)
    • Malik Harrison (LB, Ohio State)
    • Matt Peart (OT, Connecticut)
    • Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR, Colorado)
    • Jeremy Chinn (S, Southern Illinois)
    • Cam Akers (RB, Florida State)
    • Troy Dye (LB, Oregon)
    • Lucas Niang (OL, TCU)
    • Jonathan Greenard (EDGE, Florida)
    • Bryce Hall (CB, Virginia)
    • Ashtyn Davis (S, California)
    • Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR, Michigan)
    • Prince Tega Wanogho (OL, Auburn)
    • Cameron Dantzler (CB, Miss. State)
    • KJ Hamler (WR, Penn State)
    • Tyler Biadasz (OL, Wisconsin)
    • Darrell Taylor (EDGE, Tennessee)
    • Zack Moss (RB, Utah)
    • Troy Pride Jr. (CB, Notre Dame)
    • Nick Harris (OL, Washington)
    • Alex Highsmith (EDGE, Charlotte)
    • Bradlee Anae (EDGE, Utah)
    • Ben Bartch (OL, St. Johns)
    • Van Jefferson (WR, Florida)
    • Terrell Lewis (EDGE, Alabama)
    • Terrell Burgess (S, Utah)
    -04-24-2020, 07:15 AM
  • RamBill
    Gil Brandt's Top 100
    by RamBill
    2013 NFL Draft: Luke Joeckel, Geno Smith among best prospects

    By Gil Brandt
    Senior Analyst
    Published: Feb. 18, 2013 at 04:46 p.m.

    2013 NFL Draft: Luke Joeckel, Geno Smith among best prospects | NFL.com

    The NFL Scouting Combine is about to kick the draft season into high gear. With that in mind, I thought this would be a good time to put together the first "Hot 100" list of the year.

    As those who are familiar with previous editions of this list know, it represents how I think the prospects stack up according to ability -- it is not the order in which I think they'll be drafted. In other words, I'm not saying Chance Warmack will be the third overall pick, but I am saying that he's the third-best player in the class.

    Finally, it's important to remember that players will rise and fall based on how they perform at the combine later this week, and they'll likely continue to do so all the way up to draft day.

    1) Luke Joeckel, OL, Texas A&M
    This long-armed three-year player should be a top talent in the NFL for quite some time. Joeckel reminds me of Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas.

    2) Bjoern Werner, DL, Florida State
    Werner, a German native, is a very, very good pass rusher. He's one of these guys that is highly motivated, someone who never takes a play off; in that way, he reminds me of Jared Allen.

    3) Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama
    Warmack is very good and will be a factor in the NFL for many years; he should have a Larry Allen-type of career. However, as guards aren't usually drafted in the top 10, Warmack will likely be picked in the middle of the first round. He was an even better college player than the great Steve Hutchinson, who was picked 17th overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 2001.

    4) Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
    More time will be spent on Smith than on any other player in the 2013 NFL Draft. When I watched him from the sideline during West Virginia's game against Texas, Smith was quick and on the money, though he did overthrow some long balls. If he enters the league with a Russell Wilson-type work ethic, Smith will be OK.

    5) Star Lotulelei, DL, Utah
    Lotulelei reminds me of Baltimore Ravens veteran Haloti Ngata, who also grew up in Salt Lake City. Lotulelei can collapse the pocket with quickness and power. He needs to dominate every play for four quarters.

    6) Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
    Moore can play with his hand on the ground in a 4-3 scheme or in space in a 3-4. Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson did a very good job against Moore in the Cotton Bowl.

    7) Eric Fisher, OL, Central Michigan
    The long-armed, quick-footed Fisher should play for quite some time in the NFL at a Pro Bowl-level. This youngster has the potential for lots of growth in the future.

    8) Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama...
    -02-18-2013, 03:30 PM
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