2017 NFL Draft: Top 100 Big Board, version 1.0

By | February 28, 2017
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I’m going to let you in on a little secret: if you’re an NFL enthusiast who’s tantalized by the question of who you’re favorite team might take in the 2017 NFL Draft, you should stop paying attention to Mock Drafts, and instead be paying attention to “Big Boards.”

If i’ve said it a thousand times, i’ll say it a thousand more: NFL Mock Drafts, especially at this point in the offseason, and almost entirely meaningless. If basically every single team in the NFL is far from certain as to what they’re going to do with their first round pick, how can we expect the so-called “experts,” media talking heads, beat reporters, or even bloggers (like myself) to have any idea what those teams might do? You have about the same odds as getting a pick right — or wrong — as you do with picking the lottery numbers on a given evening.

Instead of wildly speculating what a team is going to do eight weeks from now, especially when their team needs are likely to significantly change between now and then, “Big Boards” — a comparative ranking of every single draft-eligible prospect — gives us FAR more tangible to discuss. Simply put, it’s your stake in the ground, stating: “all things being equal, I think this prospect is better than this prospect.” You’re making determinations and arguments based off of YOUR own evaluations and projections, instead of someone else’s.

Once again: Big Boards are NOT the same as a mock draft. Yes, I do think the Cleveland Browns should — and will — take Myles Garrett. But, just because I have a player ranked #2 or #3 on the big board, it doesn’t mean that I think the San Francisco 49ers or Chicago Bears are going to draft those guys. As a reminder:

  • Big Boards = My comparative rankings of the top prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft.
  • Mock Drafts = Wild, baseless, sure-to-be-hilariously-wrong speculation about who each team will take in the NFL Draft.

With all that being said, here’s my first Big Board for the 2017 draft season…

1Myles GarrettDETexas A&M
2Jonathan AllenDLAlabama
3Leonard FournetteRBLSU
4Jamal AdamsSafetyLSU
5Reuben FosterLBAlabama
6Malik HookerSafetyOhio State
7Marshon LattimoreCBOhio State
8Mike WilliamsWRClemson
9Solomon ThomasDEStanford
10Dalvin CookRBFlorida State
11Corey DavisWRWestern Michigan
12O.J. HowardTEAlabama
13Taco CharltonDEMichigan
14Sidney JonesCBWashington
15David NjokuTEMiami
16Jalen TaborCBFlorida
17Derek BarnettDETennessee
18Takkarist McKinleyDEUCLA
19Ryan RamczykOTWisconsin
20Malik McDowellDLMichigan State
21Quincy WilsonCBFlorida
22Mitch TrubiskyQBNorth Carolina
23Christian McCaffreyRBStanford
24Deshaun WatsonQBClemson
25DeShone KizerQBNotre Dame
26Cam RobinsonOTAlabama
27Jabrill PeppersDBMichigan
28Marlon HumphreyCBAlabama
29John RossWRWashington
30Tre'Davious WhiteCBLSU
31Jarrad DavisLBFlorida
32Caleb BrantleyDLFlorida
33Charles HarrisDEMissouri
34Zach CunninghamLBVanderbilt
35Gareon ConleyCBOhio State
36Desmond KingSafetyIowa
37Budda BakerSafetyWashington
38Joe MixonRBOklahoma
39Alvin KamaraRBTennessee
40Garett BollesOTUtah
41Haason ReddickLBTemple
42Tim WilliamsOLBAlabama
43Forrest LampOLWestern Kentucky
44TJ WattOLBWisconsin
45Cordrea TankersleyCBClemson
46Ryan AndersonOLBAlabama
47Jourdan LewisCBMichigan
48Carl LawsonDEAuburn
49Joe MathisDEWashington
50Justin EvansSafetyTexas A&M
51Marcus WilliamsSafetyUtah
52Adoree JacksonCBUSC
53Cooper KuppWREastern Washington
54DeMarcus WalkerDEFlorida State
55Patrick MahomesQBTexas Tech
56Pat ElflienOLOhio State
57D'Onta ForemanRBTexas
58Evan EngramTEOle Miss
59Obi MelifonwuSafetyConnecticut
60Curtis SamuelRBOhio State
61Dan FeeneyOLIndiana
62Montravius AdamsDLAuburn
63Dawaune SmootDEIllinois
64Marcus MayeSafetyFlorida
65Raekwon McMillanLBOhio State
66Buckey HodgesTEVirginia Tech
67Gerald EverettTESouth Alabama
68Eddie JacksonSafetyAlabama
69Chidobe AwuzieCBColorado
70Rasul DouglasCBWest Virginia
71Chris WormleyDLMichigan
72Jordan LeggettTEClemson
73Carroll PhillipsDEIllinois
74Cameron SuttonCBTennessee
75Elijah QuallsDLWashington
76Zay JonesWREast Carolina
77Chad HansenWRCalifornia
78Carlos HendersonWRLouisiana Tech
79Dede WestbrookWROklahoma
80Tarell BashamDEOhio
81Antonio GarciaOTTroy
82Roderick JohnsonOTFlorida State
83Jaleel JohnsonDLIowa
84Tanoh KpassagnonDEVillanova
85Jordan WillisDEKansas State
86Jake ButtTEMichigan
87Brad KaayaQBMiami
88Anthony Walker Jr.LBNorthwestern
89Carlos WatkinsDLClemson
90Ethan PocicOLLSU
91Isaiah FordWRVirginia Tech
92Wayne GallmanRBClemson
93Kevin KingCBWashington
94Malachi DupreWRLSU
95Taywan TaylorWRWestern Kentucky
96Fabian MoreauCBUCLA
97Dalvin TomlinsonDLAlabama
98Samaje PerineRBOklahoma
99Davis WebbQBCalifornia
100Daeshon HallDETexas A&M

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