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NFL Draft: Chris Thomas’ Big Board 2.0

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The NFL Draft is almost here! Due to unfortunate circumstances a majority of most college programs Pro Day’s have been cancelled. So after the NFL combine most prospects have done all they can to raise their draft stock. It is now up to scouts and general managers to watch the game day footage and find players that they want based off that. After evaluating the combine and watching more players I have revamped my Big Board. Here is my big board 2.0, two weeks from the NFL Draft.

*in parenthesis is big board 1.0 ranking*

Big Board 1.0

Big Board 2.0

1 Chase Young (1) EDGE1 Ohio State
2 Jeffery Okudah (3) CB1 Ohio State
3 Isaiah Simmons (5) LB1 Clemson
4 Joe Burrow (2) QB1 LSU
5 Tristan Wirfs (10) OT1 Iowa
6 Jerry Jeudy (9) WR1 Alabama
7 CeeDee Lamb (8) WR2 Oklahoma
8 Tua Tagovailoa (6) QB2 Alabama
9 Henry Ruggs III (14) WR3 Alabama
10 Jedrick Wills (7) OT2 Alabama
11 Derrick Brown (4) DT1 Auburn
12 Mekhi Becton (15) OT3 Louisville
13 C.J. Henderson (16) CB2 Florida
14 Javon Kinlaw (11) DT2 South Carolina
15 D’Andre Swift (12) RB1 Georgia
16 Justin Jefferson (28) WR4 LSU
17 Andrew Thomas (13) OT4 Georgia
18 Kenneth Murray (20) LB2 Oklahoma
19 Patrick Queen (19) LB3 LSU
20 Jonathan Taylor (29) RB2 Wisconsin
21 Xavier McKinney (17) S1 Alabama
22 Justin Herbert (21) QB3 Oregon
23 Yetur Gross-Matos (31) EDGE2 Penn State
24 Antoine Winfield Jr. (45) S2 Minnesota
25 K’Lavon Chaisson (18) EDGE3 LSU
26 Zack Baun (33) EDGE4 Wisconsin
27 Josh Jones (23) OT5 Houston
28 Cesar Ruiz (32) G/C1 Michigan
29 Jeff Gladney (26) CB3 TCU
30 Austin Jackson (40) OT6 USC
31 AJ Epenesa (22) EDGE5 Iowa
32 Jordan Love (30) QB4 Utah State
33 Denzel Mims (63) WR5 Baylor
34 Jaylon Johnson (35) CB4 Utah
35 Tee Higgins (24) WR6 Clemson
36 Kyle Dugger (48) S3 Lenoir Rhyne
37 J.K. Dobbins (25) RB3 Ohio State
38 A.J. Terrell (42) CB4 Clemson
39 Ross Blacklock (34) DT3 TCU
40 Clyde Edwards-Helaire (36) RB4 LSU
41 Kristian Fulton (39) CB5 LSU
42 Laviska Shenault Jr. (27) WR7 Colorado
43 Noah Igbinoghene (53) CB6 Auburn
44 Jeremy Chinn (NR) S4 Southern Illinois
45 Malik Harrison (46) LB4 Ohio State
46 Isaiah Wilson (65) OT7 Georgia
47 Lloyd Cushenberry III (59) G/C2 LSU
48 Michael Pittman Jr. (67) WR8 USC
49 Marlon Davidson (38) EDGE6 Auburn
50 Grant Delpit (43) S5 LSU
51 Trevon Diggs (51) CB7 Alabama
52 Brandon Aiyuk (41) WR9 Arizona State
53 Justin Madubuike (49) DT4 Texas A&M
54 Cole Kmet (44) TE1 Notre Dame
55 Chase Claypool (NR) WR10 Notre Dame
56 Jonah Jackson (NR) G/C3 Ohio State
57 Adam Trautman (61) TE2 Dayton
58 Jordan Elliot (62) DT5 Missouri
59 Jalen Reagor (56) WR11 TCU
60 Jalen Hurts (96) QB5 Oklahoma
61 John Simpson (NR) G/C4 Clemson
62 K.J. Hamler (37) WR11 Penn State
63 Terrell Lewis (54) EDGE7 Alabama
64 Donovan Peoples-Jones (60) WR12 Michigan
65 Darrell Taylor (NR) EDGE8 Tennesse
66 Willie Gay Jr. (NR) LB5 Mississippi State
67 Cameron Dantzler (47) CB8 Mississippi State
68 Curtis Weaver (50) EDGE9 Boise State
69 Neville Gallimore (58) DT6 Oklahoma
70 Cam Akers (76) RB5 Florida State
71 Tyler Biadasz (64) G/C5 Wisconsin
72 Ashtyn Davis (79) S6 California
73 Jonathan Greenard (NR) EDGE10 Florida
74 Matt Hennessy (NR) G/C6 Temple
75 Lucas Niang (69) OT8 TCU
76 Jordyn Brooks (84) LB6 Texas Tech
77 Raekwon Davis (55) DT7 Alabama
78 Ezra Cleveland (NR) OT9 Boise State
79 Julian Okwara (78) EDGE11 Notre Dame
80 Bradlee Anae (66) EDGE12 Utah
81 Jacob Eason (52) QB6 Washington
82 Robert Hunt (NR) G/C7 Louisiana
83 Van Jefferson (74) WR13 Florida
84 Albert Okwuegbunam (NR) TE3 Missouri
85 Prince Tega Wanogho (82) OT10 Auburn
86 Amik Robertson (NR) CB9 Louisiana Tech
87 Joshua Uche (83) EDGE13 Michigan
88 Damon Arnette (70) CB10 Ohio State
89 Bryce Hall (72) CB11 Virginia
90 Devin Asiasi (NR) TE4 UCLA
91 Leki Fotu (86) DT8 Utah
92 Netane Muti (71) G/C7 Fresno State
93 Zack Moss (NR) RB6 Utah
94 Lynn Bowden (NR) WR14 Kentucky
95 Brycen Hopkins (80) TE5 Purdue
96 Akeem Davis-Gaither (NR) LB7 Appalachian State
97 Davon Hamilton (NR) DT9 Ohio State
98 Alton Robinson (91) EDGE14 Syracuse
99 James Lynch (NR) DT10 Baylor
100 Troy Dye (95) LB8 Oregon

Not Ranked: Stanford Samuels III, CB, Florida State (58); Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia (68); Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU (73); Brandon Jones, S, Texas(75); Matthew Peart, OT, UConn(77); Rashard Lawerence, DT, LSU(81); Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA(85); Nick Harris, G/C, Washington(87); K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State(88); Trey Adams, OT, Washington(89); Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland(90); Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF(92); Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington(93); Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama(94); Jared Pinkeyes, TE, Vanderbilt(97); A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma(98); Ben Bartch, OT, St. Johns(99); Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina(100)

Big Board Notes

  • Iowa’s offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs became the top tackle on my board after his historic combine. Wirfs showed that he is athletic free during the combine. Add his versatility to his athleticism and you get a near perfect draft prospect. Wirfs can go anywhere between No.4-11 in the draft because of the amount of talented tackles in this years draft. Teams near the top will be drafting based on fit rather than talent because of this.
  • The Jerry Jeudy vs. CeeDee Lamb debate will go on until a few years into these guys careers. Right now I’m in favor of Jeudy over Lamb because of how well Jeudy does everything. Jeudy is fast, runs great routes, and can catch balls in tough coverage. Lamb however catches everything regardless of how many defenders are around him. His skillset reminds me of the two best receivers in the league DeAndre Hopkins and Michael Thomas when they were coming out. They were bigger receivers who dominate 50/50 balls and can turn underneath routes into huge plays for the offense. Lambs only downside is that he is doesn’t stretch the field well. I am definitely not the only one who struggles picking between the two. I do not envy the Jets, Raiders, and other teams who might have to make that decision picking between these two receivers.
  • Derrick Brown fell out of my top 10. This thought might be unpopular considering he is one of the best defensive players in the entire draft. Brown is a great player, but I dropped him down because  I am not a fan of his floor compared to the other players in my top 10. The players listed above him have higher floors than Brown. Browns floor is a starting defensive tackle who just eats space to help the pass rushers around him. He can be extremely valuable to have and should be selected in the top-10, I just like the floors of some of the players I have above him more.
  • It would not surprise me if Antoine Winfield Jr. pulls a Darnell Savage and sneaks into the end of the first round. Winfield has been compared to the likes of Tyrann Mathieu and T.J. Ward (in his prime). He might be a safety, but he could do it all. Winfield Jr. can cover, hit, and has great ball skills. If a team feels they can get the All-Pro ceiling out of Winfield I don’t see a reason not to take him in the first round
  • Arguably the NFL Drafts biggest riser because of what he did at the Senior Bowl and Combine is Denzel Mims. Mims showed potential to be a starting receiver and valuable weapon for a team. After factoring Mims offseason with his film it was obvious that he is a first round wide receiver and he shot up my board.
  • The biggest riser on my board is Jeremy Chinn. Many will ask ‘Who is Jeremy Chinn?’, but they should be asking ‘Where to play Jeremy Chinn?’. Chinn has the versatility to play safety and weakside linebacker. He has been called a poor mans Isaiah Simmons which makes Chinn a great consolation prize for those who miss out on drafting Simmons.
  • I’m back on the Jalen Hurts bandwagon! My bold take this summer was that Jalen Hurts was going to follow in former Oklahoma quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray and be the first overall selection in this years draft. That fell apart after the breakout season by Joe Burrow and Hurts stock fell from not showing that he could be a prototypical quarterback at the professional level. I dumped him low on my board. Until he performed well at the combine and realized Hurts had an ‘it factor’. Something about him makes him a threat and leads to wins and success on the field. Hurts should be a day 2 pick and will likely have to wait his turn to start in the NFL. But he he could be a teams starting quarterback as soon as 2021.
  • Both Darrell Taylor and Willie Gay Jr. debuted on my big board at 65th & 66th. Both would make cases to be selected at the end of the first round definitely in the second round under normal circumstances. However both have dealt with their own off the field issues. Teams will take them into consideration before selecting them, but their issues aren’t anything that cannot be fixed. After Jachai Polite’s first season in the league, selecting a player without really looking into them as a person could scare teams away from selecting players like Taylor and Gay Jr. if they haven’t done their research.
  • Cameron Dantzler had one of the biggest drops going from 47-67. This has to do with the fact that he ran a 4.64 40 time. A lot of what corners could do on the next level is goes off speed. If you don’t think so ask the Giants about DeAndre Baker. Dantzler fell a lot lower on my list until he recorded a 4.38 at his Pro Day. Realistically Dantzler hasn’t done much besides train to boost his 40 time so he can show that the Combine was a fluke. He’s actually between a 4.38-4.64 which makes him good, but still not great. He won’t be creeping into the first round but could be selected between the second and mid third.
  • Stamford Samuels III fell completely off the list to the same reason as Dantzler. Samuels ran a 4.65 40 time in the combine. Dantzler at least had great game film to him up and keep him not the list, then rise back up slightly after showing that he does have speed. Samuels could fall victim of the cancelation of Pro Days and could realistically fall to Day 3 because of it.
  • Now what happened to Jake Fromm and Thaddeus Moss? Both are fan favorites that both expect to be on this list. Unfortunately for Fromm he just hasn’t shown anything for a team to think of him as an eventual starter throughout the draft process. Fromm doesn’t have the arm strength to be an NFL starter. Fromm right now projects to be a good number two quarterback. Thaddeus Moss got the eye of the public after being one of Joe Burrows favorite targets during LSU’s road to the National Championship. It also doesn’t hurt to be son of Hall of Famer Randy Moss. He just hasn’t shown enough to get drafted to become anything more than a backup tight end with potential at this point. In my opinion I think if Moss would have pulled an OJ Howard and stayed at school another year and showed what he could after gaining the spotlight for what he did this past season he could have been drafted early next year. I was not a fan at all of Moss declaring this year.

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