The NFL Scouting Combine is a great tool to gauge just how athletic a prospect is and to confirm what you’ve seen on tape. More than anything the combine helps you figure out just who you need to put more tape time into. Of course, there will always be combine winners and losers, but tape outweighs everything else. After a few weeks of putting in more work on the top prospects and taking into account how they tested athletically, my big board is beginning to take real shape. Still more work needs to be done and nothing will be finalized until about a week before the 2018 NFL Draft. Thankfully free agency and trades have helped shape the way the draft will potentially play out, meaning mock drafts will be far more helpful going forward. Next week I’ll put out my post-free agency mock draft. Checkout the Armchair NFL Draft podcast, Seven Rounds in Heaven.

Top 100 Big Board 3.0

Rank Player School Strengths/Weaknesses
1 Saquon Barkley, RB Penn State Vision, elusiveness, quickness, burst, receiving ability, ball security, instincts/None
2 Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB Alabama Man, zone, instincts, ball skills, hips, footwork, speed, range, press, aggressiveness, tackling/None
3 Quenton Nelson, OG Notre Dame Pass pro, run blocking, hand use, anchor, pull, finish, second level blocking/Quickness
4 Bradley Chubb, ED NC State Explosion, speed rush, power rush, hand use, shed, leverage, bend, motor, edge setting, strength/None
5 Josh Rosen, QB UCLA Scheme, arm strength, velocity, mechanics, footwork, deep accuracy/Touch
6 Connor Williams, OT Texas Pass pro, run blocking, bend, hand use, anchor, finish/Footwork
7 Roquan Smith, LB Georgia Explosion, burst, instincts, coverage, range, speed, aggressiveness/None
8 Sam Darnold, QB USC Arm strength, velocity, deep accuracy, poise, mobility/Scheme, mechanics
9 Harold Landry, ED Boston College Explosion, burst, hand use, shed, leverage, bend, motor/Power rush, strength
10 Denzel Ward, CB Ohio State Man, zone, explosion, burst, hips, footwork, speed, range/None
11 Tremaine Edmunds, LB Virginia Tech Explosion, burst, tackling, instincts, range, speed, pass rush, hand use, shed, aggressiveness/None
12 Derwin James, S Florida State Zone, instincts, explosion, burst, ball skills, speed, range, press, aggressiveness, tackling/Motor
13 Derrius Guice, RB LSU Vision, balance, elusiveness, power, quickness, burst, instincts/Receiving ability, ball security
14 Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma Arm strength, mechanics, footwork, short accuracy, deep accuracy, poise, mobility/Size, scheme
15 Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama Hands, route running, release, speed, YAC, ball adjustment, seperation, third down impact/Traffic ability, blocking
16 Josh Jackson, CB Iowa Man, instincts, ball skills, hips, footwork/Press, aggressiveness, tackling
17 Jaire Alexander, CB Louisville Zone, ball skills, press, aggressiveness, tackling/Explosion, burst
18 Vita Vea, ID Washington Power rush, hand use, shed, quickness, strength/Speed rush
19 Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville Arm strength, poise, mobility/Velocity, footwork, deep accuracy
20 Christian Kirk, WR Texas A&M Speed, YAC, burst, seperation, traffic ability/Route running
21 Courtland Sutton, WR SMU YAC, ball adjustment, traffic ability, coverage recognition/Hands, burst, seperation
22 Mike McGlinchey, OT Notre Dame Run blocking, hand use, anchor, finish/Footwork, quickness
23 Rashaan Evans, LB Alabama Explosion, burst, pass rush, aggressiveness/None
24 Billy Price, IOL Ohio State Run blocking, anchor, finish, second level blocking/Pass pro, hand use, quickness
25 Taven Bryan, ID Florida Explosion, burst, speed rush, power rush, quickness, motor/Leverage, hold the point
26 Maurice Hurst, ID Michigan Explosion, burst, speed rush, leverage, quickness, motor/Power rush, tackling, strength
27 Justin Reid, DB Stanford Instincts, tackling, explosion, burst/None
28 Arden Key, ED LSU Explosion, burst, pass rush, hand use, shed, range, speed/Coverage, instincts, motor
29 Isaiah Wynn, OG Georgia Run blocking, hand use, anchor, second level blocking/Footwork
30 Marcus Davenport, ED UTSA Explosion, speed rush, motor/Bend, tackling
31 Mike Hughes, CB UCF Man, footwork, press, aggressiveness/Tackling
32 Will Hernandez, OG UTEP Run blocking, Finish, second level blocking/Pass pro, bend
33 James Daniels, C Iowa Quickness, second level blocking/Pass pro, finish
34 D.J. Moore Maryland Hands, speed, YAC, ball adjustment, burst, traffic ability/Route running, coverage recognition
35 Leighton Vander Esch, LB Boise State Explosion, burst, range, speed, motor, aggressiveness/Instincts, coverage, hand use, shed
36 Harrison Phillips, ID Stanford Power rush, hand use, leverage, motor, hold the point, strength/Explosion, burst, speed rush, quickness
37 Da’Ron Payne, ID Alabama Hand use, leverage, hold the point, strength/Speed rush, power rush
38 Ronald Jones, RB USC Elusiveness, quickness, burst/Power, blocking, ball security
39 Isaiah Oliver, CB Colorado Man, instincts, hips, press, aggressiveness/Explosion, burst, tackling
40 Josh Allen, QB Wyoming Scheme, size, arm strength, velocity, mobility/Touch, short accuracy, poise
41 Sam Hubbard, ED Ohio State Hand use, shed, motor, edge setting/Power rush, bend
42 Carlton Davis, CB Auburn Man, instincts, footwork, press, aggressiveness/Zone, ball skills
43 Hercules Mata’afa, ED Washington State Hand use, shed, leverage, motor, strength/Explosion, speed rush, power rush, bend
44 Kyzir White, S West Virginia Instincts, press, aggressiveness, tackling/Man, ball skills, hips
45 Josey Jewell, LB Iowa Tackling, instincts, motor, aggressiveness/Explosion, coverage, range, speed, pass rush, hand use, lateral movement
46 Jessie Bates, S Wake Forest Zone, tackling/Press, aggressiveness
47 Sony Michel, RB Georgia Elusiveness, quickness, burst/Blocking, ball security
48 Ronnie Harrison, S Alabama Instincts, press, aggressiveness/Man, hips, footwork
49 Hayden Hurst, TE South Carolina Hands, speed, YAC, ball adjustment, seperation, release/Route running, blocking, third down impact
50 Nick Chubb, RB Georgia Vision, balance, power, burst/Elusiveness, receiving ability
51 Donte Jackson, DB LSU Man, explosion, burst, footwork, speed, range/Ball skills, press, aggressiveness, tackling
52 D.J. Chark, WR LSU Release, speed, ball adjustment, burst, seperation/Traffic ability, third down impact
53 Kemoko Turay, ED Rutgers Explosion, bend, motor/Power rush, leverage, strength
54 Rashaad Penny, RB San Diego State Vision, balance/Blocking
55 Josh Sweat, ED Florida State Explosion, burst, speed rush, hand use/Power rush, strength
56 Mark Walton, RB Miami Balance, instincts/Power
57 Kyle Lauletta, QB Richmond Short accuracy, mobility/Arm strength, poise
58 Auden Tate, WR Florida State YAC, ball adjustment, traffic ability, blocking/Route running, third down impact, coverage recognition
59 Dallas Goedert, TE South Dakota State Hands, speed, YAC, ball adjustment, release/Route running, third down impact, coverage recognition
60 Kolton Miller, OT UCLA Hand use, quickness, finish/Pass pro, bend, anchor, pull
61 Obo Okoronkwo, ED Oklahoma Explosion, burst, pass rush, hand use, shed, edge setting/Coverage, instincts, range, speed, lateal movement
62 Jerome Baker, LB Ohio State Explosion, burst, range, speed, lateral movement/Pass rush, motor, hand use, shed, aggressiveness
63 Braden Smith, OG Auburn Quickness, Pull, trap/Hand use, anchor
64 Mike Gesicki, TE Penn State Hands, speed, ball adjustment, traffic ability, third down impact/Route running, blocking
65 Nyheim Hines, RB NC State Elusiveness, quickness, burst/Vision, power, blocking, ball security
66 Malik Jefferson, LB Texas Explosion, burst, range, speed, lateral movement/Instincts, pass rush, motor
67 Dante Pettis, WR Washington Hands, speed, YAC, ball adjustment/Blocking, coverage recognition
68 Duke Ejiofor, ED Wake Forest Hand use, shed, leverage, motor, edge setting/Explosion, speed rush, power rush, bend
69 Lorenzo Carter, ED Georgia Explosion, burst, pass rush, hand use, shed/Coverage, instincts, lateral movement
70 Chukwuma Okorafor, OT WMU Pass pro, footwork, quickness/Run blocking, hand use, finish, second level blocking
71 Alex Cappa, OL Humboldt State Finish, hand use/Footwork, bend, pull
72 Frank Ragnow, C Arkansas Run blocking, second level blocking/Bend, quickness
73 Tyrell Crosby, OT Oregon Run blocking, hand use, anchor, pull, finish/Pass pro, footwork, bend, quickness
74 Dorance Armstrong Jr., ED Kansas Speed rush, hand use, shed, bend/Power rush, edge setting, strength
75 Uchenna Nwosu, LB USC Explosion, burst, pass rush, instincts, motor/Coverage, edge setting, tackling
76 Jeff Holland, ED Auburn Hand use, shed/Power rush, tackling
77 Matthew Thomas, LB Florida State Explosion, burst, coverage, range, speed, motor, lateral movement/Tackling, pass rush, hand use, shed, aggressiveness
78 Brian O’Neill, OT Pittsburgh Hand use, quickness, pull, trap/Pass pro, footwork, bend, anchor, finish
79 Fred Warner, LB BYU Explosion, burst, coverage/Pass rush, hand use, shed, aggressiveness
80 Genard Avery, LB Memphis Motor, aggressiveness/Instincts, coverage, hand use, shed
81 Tegray Scales, LB Indiana Aggressiveness, lateral movement/Tackling, hand use, shed
82 Kalen Ballage, RB Arizona State Vision, balance, quickness, receiving ability/Power, blocking, ball security
83 Tarvarus McFadden, CB Florida State Zone, ball skills, hips/Explosion, burst, speed, range, press, aggressiveness, tackling
84 Equanimeous St. Brown, WR Notre Dame Speed, ball adjustment, burst, seperation/Third down impact, blocking
85 Holton Hill, CB Texas Man, press, aggressiveness/Explosion, burst, ball skills, hips, footwork
86 Mason Rudolph, QB Oklahoma State Size, arm strength, touch, deep accuracy/Scheme, velocity, poise, mobility
87 Armani Watts, S Texas A&M Zone, explosion, burst, speed, range/Press, aggressiveness, tackling
88 Anthony Miller, WR Memphis YAC, ball adjustment/Route running, blocking
89 Trey Quinn, WR SMU Hands, ball adjustment, traffic ability, third down impact/Blocking, coverage recognition
90 Terrell Edmunds, S Virginia Tech Explosion, burst, speed, range, press, aggressiveness, tackling/Man, zone, ball skills, hips, footwork
91 Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB Alabama Tackling, motor/Coverage, pass rush, hand use
92 Nick Nelson, CB Wisconsin Man, footwork, press, aggressiveness/Zone, instincts, explosion, burst, speed, range
93 Jeremy Reaves, DB South Alabama Zone, press, aggressiveness/Man, ball skills, footwork
94 Nathan Shepherd, ID Fort Hays State Hand use, shed, quickness, motor/Speed rush, leverage, hold the point, tackling
95 Quenton Meeks, CB Stanford Press, aggressiveness/Zone, hips, tackling
96 Wyatt Teller, OG Virginia Tech Pull, trap, finish, second level blocking/Pass pro, footwork, bend, quickness
97 Jordan Whitehead, DB Pittsburgh Press, aggressiveness, tackling/Man, ball skills, hips
98 Austin Corbett, OG Nevada Run blocking, hand use, anchor/Pass pro, footwork, second level blocking
99 Kerryon Johnson, RB Auburn Vision, balance/Burst, blocking
100 Deon Cain, WR Clemson Release, speed, ball adjustment, burst, separation/Hands, route running, third down impact, coverage recognition

 

Top 10 Quarterbacks

Highest Ceiling: Sam Darnold, USC

Highest Floor: Josh Rosen, UCLA

Best Bet: Josh Rosen, UCLA

Value Pick: Kyle Lauletta, Richmond

Wildcard: Lamar Jackson, Louisville

Sleeper: Kurt Benkert, Virginia

Biggest Arm: Josh Allen, Wyoming

Most Accurate: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Best Scrambler: Lamar Jackson, Louisville

Rank QB School Pro Comparison
1 Josh Rosen UCLA Eli Manning
2 Sam Darnold USC Tony Romo
3 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma Jeff Garcia
4 Lamar Jackson Louisville Michael Vick
5 Josh Allen Wyoming Daunte Culpepper
6 Kyle Lauletta Richmond Jimmy Garoppolo
7 Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State Nick Foles
8 Kurt Benkert Virginia Derek Carr
9 Mike White Western Kentucky Chad Henne
10 Luke Falk Washington State Cody Kessler

Top 10 Running Backs

Highest Ceiling: Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Highest Floor: Derrius Guice, LSU

Best Bet: Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Value Pick: John Kelly, Tennessee

Wildcard: Kalen Ballage, Arizona State

Sleeper: Phillip Lindsay, Colorado

Most Elusive: Ronald Jones, USC

Best Power: Derrius Guice, LSU

Best Receiver: Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Best Scatback: Nyheim Hines, NC State

Rank RB School Pro Comparison
1 Saquon Barkley Penn State Marshall Faulk
2 Derrius Guice LSU Marshawn Lynch
3 Ronald Jones USC LeSean McCoy
4 Sony Michel Georgia Clinton Portis
5 Nick Chubb Georgia Mark Ingram
6 Rashaad Penny San Diego State Thomas Jones
7 Mark Walton Miami DeAngelo Williams
8 Nyheim Hines NC State Duke Johnson
9 Kalen Ballage Arizona State Tevin Coleman
10 Kerryon Johnson Auburn DeMarco Murray

Top 10 Wide Receivers

Highest Ceiling: Courtland Sutton, SMU

Highest Floor: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Best Bet: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Value Pick: Trey Quinn, SMU

Wildcard: Equanimeous St. Brown

Sleeper: Keke Coutee, Texas Tech

Best Hands: Dante Pettis, Washington

Best Routes: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Best Slot: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Best Deep Threat: D.J. Chark, LSU

Biggest Red Zone Threat: Auden Tate, Florida State

Rank WR School Pro Comparison
1 Calvin Ridley Alabama Stefon Diggs
2 Christian Kirk Texas A&M Golden Tate
3 Courtland Sutton SMU Brandon Marshall
4 D.J. Moore Maryland Jarvis Landry
5 D.J. Chark LSU Tyrell Williams
6 Auden Tate Florida State Alshon Jeffery
7 Dante Pettis Washington Marvin Jones
8 Equanimeous St. Brown Notre Dame DeVante Parker
9 Anthony Miller Memphis Santana Moss
10 Trey Quinn SMU Adam Thielen

Top 10 Tight Ends

Highest Ceiling: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

Highest Floor: Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

Best Bet: Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

Value Pick: Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan

Wildcard: Mark Andrews, Oklahoma

Sleeper: Dalton Schultz, Stanford

Best Hands: Mike Gesicki, Penn State

Best Routes: Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

Best Slot Tight End: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

Best Blocker: Dalton Schultz, Stanford

Best H-Back: Mike Gesicki, Penn State

Rank TE School Pro Comparison
1 Hayden Hurst South Carolina Hunter Henry
2 Dallas Goedert South Dakota State Greg Olsen
3 Mike Gesicki Penn State Zach Ertz
4 Ian Thomas Indiana Dallas Clark
5 Mark Andrews Oklahoma Kyle Rudolph
6 Troy Fumagalli Wisconsin Heath Miller
7 Tyler Conklin Central Michigan Zach Miller
8 Durham Smythe Notre Dame Vance McDonald
9 Christopher Herndon Miami Jared Cook
10 Dalton Schultz Stanford Austin Hooper

Top 10 Offensive Tackles

Highest Ceiling: Kolton Miller, UCLA

Highest Floor: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame

Best Bet: Connor Williams, Texas

Value Pick: Tyrell Crosby, Oregon

Wildcard: Orlando Brown Jr., Oklahoma

Sleeper: Desmond Harrison, West Georgia

Best Pass Blocker: Connor Williams, Texas

Best Run Blocker: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame

Sweetest Feet: Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan

Best Pull/Trap: Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh

Meanest SOB: Connor Williams, Texas

Rank OT School Pro Comparison
1 Connor Williams Texas Zack Martin
2 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame Taylor Decker
3 Kolton Miller UCLA Nate Solder
4 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan Terron Armstead
5 Tyrell Crosby Oregon Morgan Moses
6 Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh Matt Kalil
7 Martinas Rankin Mississippi State Gabe Jackson
8 Jamarco Jones Ohio State Marcus Gilbert
9 Desmond Harrison West Georgia Garett Bolles
10 Orlando Brown Jr. Oklahoma Zach Strief

Top 10 Interior Offensive Linemen

Highest Ceiling: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Highest Floor: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Best Bet: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Value Pick: Frank Ragnow, Arkansas

Wildcard: Alex Cappa, Humboldt State

Sleeper: Maea Teuhema, SE Louisiana

Best Guard: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Best Center: Billy Price, Ohio State

Best Pass Blocker: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Best Run Blocker: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Best Pull/Trap: Braden Smith, Auburn

Meanest SOB: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Rank IOL School Pro Comparison
1 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame Brandon Scherff
2 Billy Price Ohio State Travis Frederick
3 Isaiah Wynn Georgia Shaq Mason
4 Will Hernandez UTEP Mike Iupati
5 James Daniels Iowa Jason Kelce
6 Braden Smith Auburn Kyle Long
7 Alex Cappa Humboldt State Rodger Saffold
8 Frank Ragnow Arkansas Max Unger
9 Wyatt Teller Virginia Tech Richie Incognito
10 Austin Corbett Nevada Ali Marpet

Top 10 Interior Defensive Linemen

Highest Ceiling: Taven Bryan, Florida

Highest Floor: Harrison Phillips, Stanford

Best Bet: Vita Vea, Washington

Value Pick: B.J. Hill, NC State

Wildcard: Tim Settle, Virginia Tech

Sleeper: Poona Ford, Texas

Best 1-Tech: Vita Vea, Washington

Best 3-Tech: Maurice Hurst, Michigan

Best 5-Tech: Taven Bryan, Florida

Stud Pass Rusher: Maurice Hurst, Michigan

Biggest Space Eater: Da’Ron Payne, Alabama

Most Athletic: Taven Bryan, Florida

Most Versatile: Vita Vea, Washington

Rank IDL School Pro Comparison
1 Vita Vea Washington Haloti Ngata
2 Taven Bryan Florida Cameron Heyward
3 Maurice Hurst Michigan Geno Atkins
4 Harrison Phillips Stanford Kyle Williams
5 Da’Ron Payne Alabama Brandon Williams
6 Nathan Shepherd Fort Hays State Malik Jackson
7 Poona Ford Texas Grady Jarrett
8 B.J. Hill NC State Johnathan Hankins
9 Tim Settle Virginia Tech D.J. Reader
10 Andrew Brown Virginia Dominique Easley

Top 10 Edge Defenders

Highest Ceiling: Harold Landry, Boston College

Highest Floor: Bradley Chubb, NC State

Best Bet: Braldey Chubb, NC State

Value Pick: Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest

Wildcard: Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State

Sleeper: Kylie Fitts, Utah

Best 4-3 Defensive End: Bradley Chubb, NC State

Best 3-4 Outside Linebacker: Harold Landry, Boston College

Stud Pass Rusher: Harold Landry, Boston College

Best Run Defender: Bradley Chubb, NC State

Most Versatile: Marcus Davenport, UTSA

Rank ED School Pro Comparison
1 Bradley Chubb NC State Michael Bennett
2 Harold Landry Boston College Cameron Wake
3 Marcus Davenport UTSA Carlos Dunlap
4 Sam Hubbard Ohio State Ryan Kerrigan
5 Hercules Mata’afa Washington State Brandon Graham
6 Kemoko Turay Rutgers Chandler Jones
7 Josh Sweat Florida State Danielle Hunter
8 Duke Ejiofor Wake Forest Preston Smith
9 Dorance Armstrong Jr. Kansas Shaun Phillips
10 Jeff Holland Auburn Noah Spence

Top 10 Hybrid Linebackers

Highest Ceiling: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

Highest Floor: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

Best Bet: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

Value Pick: Shaquem Griffin, UCF

Wildcard: Arden Key, LSU

Sleeper: Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State

Best Off-Ball Linebacker: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

Best Edge Defender: Arden Key, LSU

Best Coverage: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

Best Run Defender: Obo Okoronkwo, Oklahoma

Best Pass Rusher: Arden Key, LSU

Most Versatile: Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

Rank HY LB School Pro Comparison
1 Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech Brian Urlacher
2 Arden Key LSU Jason Taylor
3 Obo Okoronkwo Oklahoma Bruce Irvin
4 Lorenzo Carter Georgia Anthony Barr
5 Uchenna Nwosu USC Ryan Shazier
6 Marquis Haynes Ole Miss Barkevious Mingo
7 Shaquem Griffin UCF Vince Williams
8 Leon Jacobs Wisconsin Antwan Barnes
9 Darius Jackson Jacksonville State Eli Harold
10 Garret Dooley Wisconsin Tyler Matakevich

Top 10 Linebackers

Highest Ceiling: Roquan Smith, Georgia

Highest Floor: Roquan Smith, Georgia

Best Bet: Roquan Smith, Georgia

Value Pick: Jack Cichy, Wisconsin

Wildcard: Josey Jewell, Iowa

Sleeper: Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson

Best Weakside Linebacker: Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Best Middle Linebacker: Roquan Smith, Georgia

Best Strongside Linebacker: Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State

Most Violent: Roquan Smith, Georgia

Best Coverage: Fred Warner, BYU

Best Run Defender: Josey Jewell, Iowa

Best Pass Rusher: Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Rank LB School Pro Comparison
1 Roquan Smith Georgia Lavonte David
2 Rashaan Evans Alabama Thomas Davis
3 Leighton Vander Esch Boise State Rolando McClain
4 Josey Jewell Iowa Sean Lee
5 Jerome Baker Ohio State Telvin Smith
6 Malik Jefferson Texas Derrick Johnson
7 Matthew Thomas Florida State Kwon Alexander
8 Fred Warner BYU Mychal Kendricks
9 Genard Avery Memphis Zach Brown
10 Tegray Scales Indiana Danny Trevathan

Top 10 Cornerbacks

Highest Ceiling: Denzel Ward, Ohio State

Highest Floor: Jaire Alexander, Louisville

Best Bet: Denzel Ward, Ohio State

Value Pick: Quenton Meeks, Stanford

Wildcard: Holton Hill, Texas

Sleeper: Jordan Thomas, Oklahoma

Best Man Coverage: Josh Jackson, Iowa

Best Zone Coverage: Jaire Alexander, Louisville

Best Run Defender: Jaire Alexander, Louisville

Best Press Corner: Carlton Davis, Auburn

Most Versatile: Denzel Ward, Ohio State

Rank CB School Pro Comparison
1 Denzel Ward Ohio State Marshon Lattimore
2 Josh Jackson Iowa Darius Slay
3 Jaire Alexander Louisville Chris Harris Jr.
4 Mike Hughes UCF A.J. Bouye
5 Isaiah Oliver Colorado Jimmy Smith
6 Carlton Davis Auburn Aqib Talib
7 Tarvarus McFadden Floirda State James Bradberry
8 Holton Hill Texas Xavier Rhodes
9 Nick Nelson Wisconsin Quinton Dunbar
10 Quenton Meeks Stanford Sean Smith

Top 10 Nickels

Highest Ceiling: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Highest Floor: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Best Bet: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Value Pick: Rashaan Gaulden, Tennessee

Wildcard: Donte Jackson, LSU

Sleeper: Parry Nickerson, Tulane

Best Man Coverage: Donte Jackson, LSU

Best Zone Coverage: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Best Run Defender: Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh

Best Cornerback: Donte Jackson, LSU

Best Safety: Justin Reid, Stanford

Most Versatile: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Rank NB School Pro Comparison
1 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama Charles Woodson
2 Justin Reid Stanford Malcolm Jenkins
3 Donte Jackson LSU Bradley Roby
4 Jordan Whitehead Pittsburgh Lamarcus Joyner
5 D.J. Reed Kansas State Brent Grimes
6 Darius Phillips Western Michigan Patrick Robinson
7 Rashaan Gaulden Tennessee Desmond King
8 Tony Brown Alabama Aaron Colvin
9 Duke Dawson Florida E.J. Gaines
10 Avonte Maddox Pittsburgh Jason Verrett

Top 10 Safeties

Highest Ceiling: Derwin James, Florida State

Highest Floor: Derwin James, Florida State

Best Bet: Derwin James, Florida State

Value Pick: Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama

Wildcard: Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech

Sleeper: Cole Reyes, North Dakota

Best Free Safety: Derwin James, Florida State

Best Strong Safety: Ronnie Harrison, Alabama

Biggest Hitter: Kyzir White, West Virginia

Best Man Coverage: Derwin James, Florida State

Best Zone Coverage: Armani Watts, Texas A&M

Best Run Defender: Kyzir White, West Virginia

Most Versatile: Derwin James, Florida State

Rank S School Pro Comparison
1 Derwin James Florida State Adrian Wilson
2 Kyzir White West Virginia Reshad Jones
3 Jessie Bates Wake Forest Reggie Nelson
4 Ronnie Harrison Alabama Keanu Neal
5 Armani Watts Texas A&M Devin McCourty
6 Terrell Edmunds Virginia Tech Deone Bucannon
7 Jeremy Reaves South Alabama Jordan Poyer
8 DeShon Elliott Texas Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
9 Marcus Allen Penn State Kenny Vaccaro
10 Cole Reyes North Dakota T.J. McDonald

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I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.
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Vice President of Media | The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.

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