Consensus Big Board 2.0
With the NFL Scouting Combine in the rear-view mirror, draft analysts have been able to fine-tune their opinions and sharpen the ranking knives. For reference's sake, I'm using the boards of CBS Sports' Dane Brugler (March 4), NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah (March 4), NFL Media's Bucky Brooks (March 4) and Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke (March 1). In parenthesis to the right, I've included where our players ranked last time we checked in with Consensus Big Board 1.0, two days before the NFL Scouting Combine.
1. Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil, 6-foot-5, 305 pounds (Previous: 2)
Highest- Jeremiah, Burke and Brugler all park Tunsil at No. 1 on their latest boards.
Lowest- Brooks slots him in at No. 2, but that's because Brooks is sky high on our next fellow.
2.FSU CB/S Jalen Ramsey, 6-foot-1, 202 pounds (Previous: 3)
Highest- Well, I wrote it literally one sentence ago. Brooks is all in on Ramsey, ranking him as his No. 1 overall prospect. Burke and Jeremiah hit him up at No. 2.
Lowest- Brugler slots Ramsey down a notch at No. 3.
3. UCLA LB Myles Jack, 6-foot-1, 222 pounds (Previous: 4)
Highest- Mr. Brugler's all about Jack and ranks him No. 2, while both Burke and Jeremiah slide him into the third slot on their boards.
Lowest- Brooks is just behind in placing the UCLA linebacking phenom at No. 4.
4. Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, 6-foot-5, 275 pounds (Previous: 1)
Highest- As much as a guaranteed top-10 pick can have a rough week in the rankings, Bosa's had it. Slowly, but surely, the Buckeye legend's seen his stock drop off from consensus No. 1 prospect in the land. Brugler and Jeremiah both rank him fourth on their boards.
Lowest- Burke's turned Bosa all the way down to No. 6, but Brooks takes the sour cake by waiting until No. 7 to bat an eyelash toward the athletic dynamo.
5. Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, 6-foot, 225 pounds (Previous: 9)
Highest- While Bosa's taken a miniature tumble, his Buckeye buddy Elliott's moved up four slots from our last Consensus Board—impressive, particularly given that he plays a position that nobody seems to want these days. Burke's highest on Zeke, fitting him onto his board at No. 4, while Brugler's just behind at No. 5.
Lowest- Meanwhile, our NFL Media duo slots him in at No. 6 (Jeremiah) and No. 9 (Brooks)
6. Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley, 6-foot-6, 315 pounds (Previous: 6)
Highest- Stanley holds rock-steady at No. 6 in our consensus from when we checked in two weeks ago, with Burke hitting him up at No. 6.
Lowest- Brooks is next highest, scooting Stanley in at No. 8, followed by Jeremiah who ranks him his 10th overall prospect. Brugler rounds out our quartet in placing the Irish standout at No. 11. He describes the 6-foot-6, 315-pounder as a “dancing bear,” which ESPN and the NFL Network should strongly, strongly consider adding to their slew of descriptors come April 28. There are only so many ways to describe agility and athleticism, but if we start throwing some animal terms into the mix, the possibilities are endless.
7. Oregon DE DeForest Buckner, 6-foot-7, 290 pounds(Previous: 5)
Highest- I pondered the possibility of a cushy bounce for Buckner in our last consensus rankings, but said bounce did not occur over the last two weeks. Indeed, a slight dip. Jeremiah is keenest on the Duck in placing him at No. 5. Brugler's the only other cat to place him in the top-10, at No. 7.
Lowest- Neither Brooks (No. 11) nor Burke (No. 13) find a place for the 6-foot-7, 290-pounder in their top-10.
8. Cal QB Jared Goff, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds (Previous: 7)
Highest- Brooks (5), Jeremiah (8) and Brugler (9) are all more or less of the same mind on Goff, with Brooks just a tad higher on the Cal gunslinger.
Lowest- Burke, however, is down on this quarterback class. You'll have to scroll to No. 15 on his board to find the tiny-handed human. And if you're looking for another quarterback on his board, keep scrolling. Keep going. You're almost there. Bingo. Mr. Paxton Lynch doesn't show up until No. 37 and Carson Wentz doesn't show up until No. 40. Yikes.
9. Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III, 5-foot-11, 198 pounds (Previous: 11)
Highest- Brooks pushes his chips in with Hargreaves at No. 6, while colleague Daniel Jeremiah isn't far behind at No. 9.
Lowest- Those two see the Gator chomping his way to NFL glory in a similar stretch of draft swamp. The same can be said for Burke (No. 14) and Brugler (No. 15), just at a slightly lower elevation.
10. Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell, 6-foot-2, 212 pounds (Previous: 13)
Highest- Treadwell opted not to run the 40-yard dash at the combine, but he's no worse for the wear in terms of draft stock. Brugler ranks the Ole Miss bruiser as his No. 6 overall prospect, Burke No. 8.
Lowest- Perhaps our NFL Media boys are sharing notes. Both have Treadwell checked in safe and sound at No. 16.
11. Alabama DT A'Shawn Robinson, 6-foot-3, 312 pounds (Previous: 21)
Highest- SI's Burke is the only one of our four analysts to rank Robinson within the top-10. He sees him home at lucky No. 7. Meanwhile, Brooks and Jeremiah place him in the creamy middle of their boards, at No. 12 and No. 14, respectively.
Lowest- Brugler's just not seeing the 6-foot-3, 312-pound champion in the same way. Worries about Robinson's consistency drive him down to No. 24 on the CBS Sports analyst's rundown.
12. Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland, 6-foot-2, 259 pounds (Previous: 26)
Highest- As with Ragland's defensive buddy Robinson, Mr. Burke once again paces our analyst field by placing him at No. 9. And as with Robinson, Burke's the only one to place Ragland in the top-10. Jeremiah's close behind, though, checking the 6-foot-2, 259-pounder in at No. 12.
Lowest- Brugler sees Ragland as his No. 17 prospect, while Brooks waits until No. 20 to grace the board with the linebacker's presence.
13. Clemson DE Shaq Lawson, 6-foot-3, 275 pounds (Previous: 12)
Highest- NFL Media's Brooks has Lawson as his 10th overall prospect, making him the highest of our bunch here. Brugler's next up, placing him at No. 14.
Lowest- Burke slots in the Tiger star at No. 18, but you'll have to wait until No. 25 to see him on Jeremiah's listing.
14. North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz, 6-foot-5, 231 pounds (Previous: 8)
Highest- Well, pretty much everybody other than Sports Illustrated's Burke sees Wentz in about the same range, with the North Dakota State athlete falling onto Daniel Jeremiah's board at No. 7, Dane Brugler's board at No. 10 and Bucky Brooks' board at No. 13.
Lowest- And then there's Burke, who not only ranks him behind Jared Goff (you're allowed to do this, it's legal), he ranks him behind Memphis stud Paxton Lynch (you're less allowed to do this, at least if you want to avoid questions). As previously noted, Burke doesn't rank Wentz until 40th.
15. Ohio State OLB Darron Lee, 6-foot-1, 234 pounds (Previous: 23)
Highest – Lee made the NFL Scouting Combine his you-know-what, more or less breezing through every event. Outside of Jalen Ramsey (who's such an athletic freak that it's not fair to compare him to mere mortals) there were few overall performances you could truly call more impressive than that of the Buckeye linebacker. He earns strong placements from Jeremiah (11) and Brugler (12).
Lowest- Burke and Brooks would like to say “Not so fast, my friend!”. Both are considerably lower on the 6-foot-1, 234-pounder, placing him at No. 25.
16. Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins, 6-foot-2, 304 pounds (Previous: 10)
Highest- Brugler's positively swooning over Rankins, placing him at No. 8 overall on his board. Meanwhile, Burke isn't exactly swooning when he turns home the 6-foot-2, 304-pounder at No. 16, but he's still next highest on him in our lot of four.
Lowest- NFL Media's Bucky Brooks (24) and Daniel Jeremiah (26) are considerably less gung-ho on him, at least in comparison to Brugler's top-10 mark for the Louisville stud.
17. Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche, 6-foot-4, 296 pounds (Previous: 14)
Highest- For all of the talk about Nkemdiche being a wild card—his interviews were reportedly less-than-stellar at the combine—the opinion in the scouting community's largely held steady. The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder's just that talented physically. And all four of our analysts view him very similarly, with placements ranging from 15 (Brooks) to 19 (Burke, Jeremiah).
Lowest- Only Dane Brugler opts to place Nkemdiche lower, ranking him at a still-reasonable 23rd.
18. Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander, 5-foot-10, 195 pounds (Previous: 19)
Highest- Burke and Brugler are highest here, ranking the eminently quotable Alexander at No. 10 and No. 13, respectively.
Lowest- There's a long, long chasm between the borderline top-10 rankings of Burke and Brugler and the far less enthusiastic marks of Jeremiah and Brooks. The former ranks him 22nd while the latter ranks him 32nd.
19. Michigan State OT Jack Conklin, 6-foot-6, 318 pounds (Previous: 22)
Highest- All four analysts see Conklin almost identically, with Brugler, Jeremiah and Burke all ranking him at No. 20. Brooks checks in the Spartan lineman at No. 19.
Lowest- Not really applicable?
20. Alabama DL Jarran Reed, 6-foot-3, 313 pounds (Previous: 20)
Highest- NFL Media's Jeremiah is flying high with Reed at No. 13 while Brooks places him just behind at No. 14.
Lowest- Brugler places him at No. 18, which ones again paves the way for Burke to lob a grenade (as he did with Wentz) in ranking the 6-foot-3, 313-pounder all the way down at No. 37.
21. Baylor DT Andrew Billings, 6-foot-1, 300 pounds (Previous: 18)
Highest- Only Bucky Brooks ranks Billings within the top-20, sliding him in at No. 17. Next highest on the 6-foot-1, 300-pounder is Chris Burke.
Lowest- Jeremiah (26) and Brugler (28) are seeing eye-to-eye here.
22. Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler, 6-foot-4, 325 pounds (Previous: 29)
Highest- SI's Burke is considerably higher on Butler than the rest of our crew, ranking him at No. 11 on his large board.
Lowest- By process of elimination, if Burke's the highest on the 6-foot-4, 325-pounder, it would stand to reason that Jeremiah (26), Brugler (29) and Brooks (34) would be lowest on him.
23. Baylor WR Corey Coleman, 5-10, 190 pounds (Previous: 17)
Highest- Opinions on Coleman among this set of analysts are a bit scattered, ranging from warm and fuzzy (Jeremiah, No. 15) to acceptable (Brooks, No. 21 and Brugler No. 25)...
Lowest- ...to not particularly keen (Burke, No. 35)
24. Ohio State CB Eli Apple, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds (Previous: Unranked)
Highest- Three of our four analysts place apple in their top-30, with Brugler highest at No. 21, followed by Jeremiah (No. 23) and Brooks (No. 28).
Lowest- Once again, Burke's all Mr. Negative, waiting until No. 34 to include Apple in his rankings.
25. Ohio State OT Taylor Decker, 6-foot-7, 317 pounds (Previous: 25)
Highest- Bucky Brooks No. 23 ranking of Decker proves to be the most optimistic of our lot, with Brugler and Burke both hitting the 6-foot-7, 317-pounder into place at No. 27.
Lowest- That leaves us with only NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah. Decker makes his top-32 cut, though just barely at No. 31.
26. TCU WR Josh Doctson, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds (Previous: 24)
Highest- Doctson turned in a stellar showing at the combine, but he received only a tiny boost (if any) in these post-combine rankings. Brooks is the only analyst to include him within the top-20, ranking him at No. 18. Chris Burke likes him, too, though, including Doctson on his board at No. 24.
Lowest- Alas, the numbers don't fall so hotly for the Horned Frog star on the other two boards. Brugler places him at No. 32, while Jeremiah holds off all the way to 39.
27. Clemson DE Kevin Dodd, 6-foot-4, 275 pounds (Previous: Unranked)
Highest- Well it's not Chris Burke (more on his ranking in just a few sentences). NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks are the keenest on Dodd. Jeremiah checks him onto his big board at No. 17 while Brooks follows closely behind at No. 22.
Lowest- While Brugler's ranking of Dodd at No. 33 might seem conservative in comparison to NFL Media's boys, those three might as well be cozying up when compared to Burke, who doesn't rank Dodd until No. 48.
28. Houston CB William Jackson III, 6-foot, 189 pounds (Previous: Unranked)
Highest- Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke is actually optimistic here, ranking the standout Houston corner at No. 21. Brugler's right on his heels, placing Jackson at No. 26.
Lowest- With Jackson, it's the NFL Media analyst team's turn to frown, as Jeremiah doesn't type his name until No. 35 and Brooks holds off even longer, waiting until No. 43 to give him a placement. Williams hadn't been ranked on Brooks' last board, though, making that number (however low it might seem in comparison to Burke's ranking) an improvement in actuality. Likewise, the 6-foot, 189-pounder rose eight spots on Jeremiah's board. Everything's relative.
29. Memphis QB Paxton Lynch, 6-foot-6, 225 pounds (Previous: 32)
Highest- Brugler's the only one of our fair crew to include Lynch in the top-20, placing the Memphis project QB at No. 19. Next highest on the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder would be Jeremiah, who sneaks him in at No. 28.
Lowest- Burke buries Lynch down at No. 37, but we can limbo lower than that, and Brooks drops the bar to the floor by placing the Tiger at No. 42—dropping him a whopping 10 spots from Brooks' last rankings.
30. UCLA DT Kenny Clark, 6-foot-3, 308 pounds (Previous: 31)
Highest- Brooks (27), Burke (28) and Brugler (31) all have similar assessments of Clark.
Lowest- Our odd man out here is Jeremiah, who drops him down the chute to No. 41.
31. Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd, 6-foot-3, 232 pounds (Previous: 28)
Highest- Opinions on Floyd are swinging wildly, with Jeremiah well out in front of his colleagues by assigning the Bulldog standout a ranking of No. 18. Fellow NFL Media-er Brooks is next most optimistic and slots in the 6-foot-3, 232-pounder at No. 29.
Lowest- Brugler and Burke are both considerably more unimpressed, with Burke checking him onto the board at No. 38 and Brugler leaving him off almost completely before placing him at No. 45.
32. Alabama RB Derrick Henry, 6-foot-2, 242 pounds (Previous: Unranked)
Highest- Henry sneaks into the top-32 on the boards of both Burke (30) and Brooks (31).
Lowest- No such luck for 2015's Heisman Trophy winner in the eyes of Jeremiah (34) and Brugler (49).
Odds and Ends, Odds and Ends
So close yet so far—Just missing the top-32 cut
33. Florida DE Jonathan Bullard, 6-foot-3, 283 pounds (Brugler 30, Brooks 37, Jeremiah 43, Burke 36)
34. Notre Dame WR Will Fuller, 6-foot, 186 pounds (Brugler 38, Brooks 30, Jeremiah 29, Burke 54)
35. Kansas State OG Cody Whitehair, 6-foot-4, 309 pounds (Brugler 22, Brooks 44, Jeremiah 44, Burke 42)
36. Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah, 6-foot-3, 275 pounds (Brugler 44, Brooks 24, Jeremiah 46, Burke 44)
Who knows? A special category just for Eastern Kentucky Edge Noah Spence, 6-foot-3, 254 pounds.
Spence manages the magical feat of being ranked as a top-20 player on the boards of Brugler (16) and Burke (13) while falling all the way to No. 30 on Daniel Jeremiah's board. And Brooks, well, Brooks doesn't rank him at all—on a board that has 50 names. Teams just don't know what to make of him due to his prior drug issues.
Time to feel sad: Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith, 6-foot-2, 233 pounds
Smith's a top-10 talent when he's right, but multiple NFL teams flunked him on his NFL Scouting Combine medicals due to the major knee injury suffered against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Nerve damage was reportedly found in both Smith's ankle and knee. It's thought that he'll likely miss the entire 2016 season. One scout told TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline (paraphrasing), “I just felt like crying for the kid.” We all do. Smith's vowed to come back in fighting form and here's hoping he can. For what it's worth, three of our four intrepid analysts did not rank him. Bucky Brooks did, though, and he ranked him with authority—slotting him all the way up to No. 4.
Lone Soldiers—names that crack the top-32 on just one Big Board
Boise State S Darian Thompson, 6-foot-2, 208 pounds (Burke, 17)
Stanford G Joshua Garnett, 6-foot-4, 312 pounds (Burke, 31)
Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard, 5-foot-10, 194 pounds (Burke, 32)
Texas A&M G Germain Ifedi, 6-foot-6, 324 pounds (Jeremiah, 32)