Consensus Big Board 4.0
With the draft just a shade over two weeks away, most analysts' boards are locking into place. Medical rechecks in Indianapolis fall on April 15, which might affect the stock of some prospects. Beyond that, though, we're about to hit the calm before the storm. For reference's sake, I'm averaging the boards of ESPN's Mel Kiper (April 6), NFL Media's Bucky Brooks (April 5), NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah (April 5) and Rotoworld's Josh Norris (April 6).
1. Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil, 6-foot-5, 305 pounds (Previous: 2)
Tunsil vanquishes Ramsey and climbs back up to No. 1. You could flip a coin between the two at this point. Jeremiah and Kiper both rank the Ole Miss rock at the tippy-top of the mountain, while Brooks slots him in at No. 2. Rotoworld's Norris ranks him at a respectable No. 4
2.FSU CB/S Jalen Ramsey, 6-foot-1, 202 pounds (Previous: 1)
Bucky Brooks has been in Ramsey's corner since the dawn of time and ranks the freewheelin' Florida State defender as his first overall prospect. Kiper's next up, placing Ramsey at No.2. Jeremiah and Norris both check him into their boards at No. 3.
3. UCLA LB Myles Jack, 6-foot-1, 222 pounds (Previous: 4)
Jack earns top-5 rankings from all four of our esteemed gurus. Rotoworld's Norris continues to trumpet the Bruin linebacker as his No. 1 prospect. As for the NFL Media kids, Jeremiah tosses Jack up at No. 2 while Brooks slots him in fourth. ESPN's Kiper lags behind before assigning him No. 5.
4. Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, 6-foot-5, 275 pounds (Previous: 3)
Bosa finds a home at No. 3 on Mel Kiper's board. The longtime draftnik mouthpiece for ESPN is the most optimistic on Bosa among our fair lot. Daniel Jeremiah follows up with the Ohio State star at No. 4. Norris and Brooks drag their heels, with Rotoworld's guru holding out until No. 5 and Brooks waiting until No. 7 to unveil Bosa's locks.
5. Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, 6-foot, 225 pounds (Previous: 6)
Elliott is like the shark in Jaws, just lurking, lurking, lurking. He has swum the waters of borderline top-5-dom for some time. That's just where he checks in on this set of draft boards. While all of our gathered analysts are fans of the Buckeye runner's work, Josh Norris trumps all comers and ranks Zeke at No. 2. Elsewhere on the Internet, you'll find Jeremiah and Kiper in agreement as they tag Elliott at No. 6. Bucky Brooks hands Elliott just 13 carries at No. 9.
6. Oregon DE DeForest Buckner, 6-foot-7, 290 pounds (Previous: 5)
Bucker brings us our first real rankings schism, with two analysts ranking him as a top-5 player and two others placing him outside of their first nine names. Kiper and Jeremiah ring bells of happy optimism and joy in ranking the large-handed Oregon dynamo at No's 4 and 5, respectively. Norris and Brooks want that racket turned down just a notch. They wait until No's 10 and 11 to seek Buckner's defensive ways.
7. Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley, 6-foot-6, 315 pounds (Previous: 8)
While Stanley does not earn the No. 1 ranking from any analyst on a Big Board, he ranks No. 1 in humanity's collective heart after signing a shoe deal with Zappos. As for his ranking status on draft boards that do not take shoes into account, our analysts all find similar common ground, with Brooks highest at No. 8, followed by Kiper and Norris at No. 9 and Jeremiah rounding out the party at No. 10.
8. Cal QB Jared Goff, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds (Previous: 7)
Brooks is the highest of our crew when it comes to Goff, placing him at No. 5. Kiper and Jeremiah aren't quite that bullish, but hand him the keys at No's 7 and 8, respectively. No's 7 and 8 are but a dream for Norris, who remains lukewarm on this class of gunslingers. He seats Goff at No. 23.
9. Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III, 5-foot-11, 198 pounds (Previous: 11)
Brooks once again leads the charge, this time in slotting Hargreaves in at No. 6. None of other analysts are quite that bold. Jeremiah (9) and Norris (11) remain vaguely in Bucky's ballpark, but not so with Kiper. Kiper leaves Hargreaves off his board until No. 17.
10. North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz, 6-foot-5, 231 pounds (Previous: 9)
A potential top-5 pick, Wentz doesn't know whether he will attend the draft in Chicago. He might just stay in Fargo. Regardless of how he ultimately spends his evening, our analysts are mostly in consensus here. Jeremiah and Kiper simply flip the positions they held on Jared Goff, with the analysts ranking the FCS destroyer at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Brooks lands him home right at No. 10. Once again, no quarterbacking fun for Norris until we hit the 20's. He ranks Wentz as his No. 24 prospect in this class.
11. Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell, 6-foot-2, 212 pounds (Previous: 12)
Treadwell ran a slow 40-yard dash at his Pro Day and also water is wet. The Ole Miss wideout falls in at No. 12 on the boards of both Rotoworld's Norris and ESPN's Kiper. Both of NFL Media's analysts fade off that slightly, with Jeremiah ranking him at No. 15 and Brooks bringing up the rear at No. 18. Despite the tedious speed questions, he has held firm as the No. 1 wideout on many big boards.
12. Baylor WR Corey Coleman, 5-10, 190 pounds (Previous: 14)
Fittingly, Coleman immediately follows Treadwell in our averaging. Josh Norris is the only one of our four to rank Coleman in his top-10. He sees the Bear home (the actuality of seeing a bear home seems fraught with logistical issues) at No. 8. Jeremiah likes him at No. 14, but neither Brooks nor Kiper rank Coleman as a top-15 player in this pool. Kiper checks him onto his board at No. 20 and Brooks follows suit in his own rankings at No. 21.
13. Baylor DT Andrew Billings, 6-foot-1, 300 pounds (Previous: 15)
Billings fails to crack Kiper's 25-man rundown, so we'll leave him out of the fray and average our other three analysts. Norris leads the way in placing the Baylor standout at No. 7. He fails to see such fertile top-10 ground with NFL Media's experts, as Brooks ranks him at No. 17 and Jeremiah No. 25.
14. Clemson DE Shaq Lawson, 6-foot-3, 275 pounds (Previous: 13)
Brooks comes in first with Lawson at No. 12. He is the only one to place him in the top-15. Norris and Kiper both scoot him into place at No. 16, while Jeremiah plays his lot more conservatively in keeping Lawson out of the top-20 and sliding him in at No. 22.
15. Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins, 6-foot-2, 304 pounds (Previous: 10)
Rankins ranks just fine on the boards of Norris and Kiper, with Rotoworld's main man handing him a lofty perch at No. 6 and Kiper slotting him at No. 13. NFL Media partners in crime Jeremiah and Brooks both drag Rankins down on the average, as the pair join powers in simultaneously ranking the Louisville lineman at No. 26.
16. Ohio State OLB Darron Lee, 6-foot-1, 234 pounds (Previous: 32)
Lee finds himself in the company of a more favorable set of draft experts this time around, jumping to No. 16 after finding himself at No. 32 in our end of March consensus. Jeremiah leads the parade for Lee in ranking him at No. 11. Norris and Kiper find harmony at No. 19, while Brooks brings home no sunshine for the Buckeye until No. 25.
17. Alabama DL Jarran Reed 6-foot-3, 313 pounds (Previous: 18)
No love from Kiper for Reed, leaving us to average our three other boards. Brooks (14) and Jeremiah (13) are within shouting distance of each other. They will have to shout much, much louder if they hope to get Norris' attention here. He waits until No. 29 to unveil Reed for the masses.
18. Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland, 6-2, 259 pounds (Previous: 22)
This time, it's Kiper and Jeremiah close to a lockstep. Kiper plugs in Ragland at No. 11 on his board, while Jeremiah sees him home at No. 12. Brooks places the Tide linebacker squarely at No. 20. Norris, meanwhile, lets Ragland twist in the wind until No. 38.
19. TCU WR Josh Doctson, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds (Previous: 17)
Three of our four analysts view Doctson in the same range. The fourth – looking your way, Daniel Jeremiah – is a ways away from that trio. Norris is first up to bat, calling on the TCU receiving wizard at No. 13. He is followed closely by Kiper (14) and Brooks (16). That leaves us with Jeremiah off in the snowy wilderness. He ranks Doctson as his No. 40 overall prospect.
20. Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd, 6-foot-3, 232 pounds (Previous: 19)
Kiper bars Floyd from his 25-prospect Big Board. Our other three analysts in question all come to play here. Jeremiah leads the pack in pounding the pavement for the Bulldog, slotting him into place at No. 16. Norris tosses his chips in at No. 20 while Brooks finishes out ranking Floyd his No. 29 prospect for the 2016 class.
21. Michigan State OT Jack Conklin, 6-foot-6, 318 pounds (Previous: 20)
Norris stands as the outlier when it comes to Conklin. He sees him as the 50th best player in the pool. That number sticks out in comparison to our other three analysts. Indeed, I would love to be a fly on the wall to hear a discussion of the Spartan warrior between Norris and Mel Kiper Jr. Kiper sees Conklin into the party at No. 10 – a difference of 40 spots between the two analysts on this one. Brooks (19) and Jeremiah (20) sit nervously between those two opposing forces.
22. Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche, 6-foot-4, 296 pounds (Previous: 24)
Nkemdiche fails to crack Kiper's Big Board and slots into Josh Norris' rankings at an uninspiring No. 41. Sunnier forecasts from Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks save the day for the Ole Miss riddle, with Jeremiah shutting the window for him at No. 19 and Brooks showing even more generosity in allowing him to flutter into the rankings in the No. 15 position.
23. Alabama C Ryan Kelly, 6-foot-5, 296 pounds (Previous: N/R)
Kiper and Norris are both keen on Kelly, ranking him 18th and 17th, respectively. Daniel Jeremiah isn't too far behind when he punches the clock for Kelly at No. 21. Bucky Brooks plays things tentatively and holds out until placing Kelly at No. 45
24. Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler, 6-foot-4, 325 pounds (Previous: 23)
Norris lets Butler join the Big Board fun first, seeing him into the race with his No. 15 slot. Neither Daniel Jeremiah (27) nor Bucky Brooks (34) offer such generosity. And Kiper, well, Kiper leaves him on the curb completely.
25. Alabama DT A'Shawn Robinson 6-foot-3, 312 pounds (Previous: 28)
Brooks is our only analyst to include Robinson in the top-15, as he assigns a No. 13 ranking to the Tide defender. Jeremiah unrolls the crimson-colored carpet for the 6-foot-3, 312-pounder at No. 17. Kiper and Norris don't quite see it in the same light. The latter checks Robinson into the proceedings at No. 47, while the former leaves him on the outside looking in.
26. Clemson CB Mackenzie Alexander, 5-foot-10, 195 pounds (Previous: 16)
Jeremiah ranks the confident corner as his No. 23 prospect. Rotoworld's Norris could certainly understand that, seeing as though he parks Alexander just two spots lower at No. 25. Brooks follows a short time later in clipping the Tiger's claws at No. 32. Kiper will let the claws grow and grow and grow. You won't find Alexander on his 25-man board.
27. Ohio State OT Taylor Decker, 6-foot-7, 317 pounds (Previous: 35)
Kiper jumps back into action with Decker by his side. The analyst ranks him as the 21st prospect in this class. Brooks is the only other one of our gurus to assign the Ohio State standout a top-30 ranking, placing him at No. 23. Jeremiah falls just outside at No. 31, while Norris bides his time until No. 34.
28. Notre Dame WR Will Fuller, 6-foot, 186 pounds (Previous: 34)
Jeremiah (29), Brooks (30) and Norris (32) all see Fuller at a similar speed, but Kiper holds off on including him on his 25-man board.
29. Houston CB William Jackson III, 6-foot, 189 pounds (Previous: 26)
Kiper brings home the bacon as the first of our analysts to rank Jackson. He conjures the Houston corner into existence at No. 15. Jeremiah takes his sweet time before unveiling the corner at No. 32, while Norris and Brooks check him off their boards at No's 35 and 43 respectively.
30. Alabama RB Derrick Henry, 6-foot-3, 254 pounds (Previous: N/R)
Kiper doesn't find room for King Henry, but our other three analysts are on a different boat. Norris stands at the bow of said boat like a modern day draft George Washington, waving Henry's flag at No. 27. Bucky Brooks isn't quite that high at No. 31. Jeremiah follows them up in tossing Henry to the board at No. 36.
31. UCLA DT Kenny Clark, 6-foot-3, 308 pounds (Previous: 30)
Clark's good name first crops up on the board of NFL Media's Brooks, who ranks him 27th. Rotoworld's Norris, meanwhile, is just a few slots behind in tagging the Bruin defensive lineman, doing so at No. 30. Jeremiah is the last of our analysts to offer Clark a ranking, doing so at slot No. 39. Kiper is unable to find space on his Big Board the 6-foot-3, 308-pounder.
32. Florida DE Jonathan Bullard, 6-foot-3, 283 pounds (Previous: 25)
Norris pulls Gator standout Bullard from the swamp at No. 21. He is the lone ranger to rank the defensive end in his top-30. On the NFL Media boards, Brooks takes his sweet time until No. 37 to unleash Bullard while Jeremiah takes his even sweeter time until slot No. 44. Kiper does not believe in time and fails to rank Bullard here, leaving us to average the work of our three other analysts.
So close, yet so far—just missing the top-32 cut
33. Ohio State WR Michael Thomas, 6-foot-3, 212 pounds (Kiper NR, Norris 14, Brooks 41, Jeremiah 50)
34. Memphis QB Paxton Lynch, 6-foot-6, 225 pounds (Kiper 25, Norris 68, Brooks 42, Jeremiah 28)
35. Kansas State OG Cody Whitehair, 6-foot-4, 309 pounds (Kiper NR, Norris 33, Brooks 44, Jeremiah 47)
36. Ohio State CB Eli Apple, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds (Kiper NR, Norris 72, Brooks 28, Jeremiah 24)
37. Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah, 6-foot-4, 273 pounds (Kiper 24, Norris 83, Brooks 24, Jeremiah 42)
Lone Soldiers—names that crack the top-32 on just one Big Board
Boise State EDGE Kamalei Correa, 6-foot-3, 243 pounds (Kiper, 22)
Texas A&M T Germain Ifedi, 6-foot-6, 324 pounds (Kiper, 23)
Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard, 5-foot-10, 194 pounds (Norris, 26)
Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon, 5-foot-10, 215 (Norris, 28)
South Carolina State DL Javon Hargrave, 6-foot-2, 295 (Norris, 31)