Mark's 2016 Big Board

This board is solely a measure of how good a player is at their current level. It does not estimate the future of a prospect, or the potential growth they will see. It does not account for the system or scheme they are put into at the NFL level. It does not account for injuries. I firmly believe that these are the talent levels of each player as they enter the NFL draft this year. Enjoy the read, and feel free to ask questions. My memory on some of the guys may be vague, but I will do my best to help explain why I place players where I do.

 

My criteria:

 

Talent - Above all else. Regardless of the scheme a player is put into or how favorable their situation is, you can usually get a feel for how truly talented a guy is. This is not necessarily putting up big stats or getting turnovers. This accounts for strength, burst, speed, instincts, and general ability.

 

Technique - The second most important piece of my criteria. Technique is key at the highest level of football. You can be an absolutely monstrous athlete with immense amounts of talent, but if you are unable to apply your skills using proper technique you will fail against people who are better prepared. While technique can be taught, I think it plays a large role from the start. If a prospect hasn’t learned the intricacies of their position by the time they are about to be drafted I have a lot of worry as to their ability to learn it over the course of their NFL career.

 

Intelligence - While this partially falls under technique, I think it is worthy of its own category.  Intelligence is a very tricky thing to scout. It’s difficult to read the field from a player’s eyes when you are not that player. But you can often see it in the way guys react and treat the situation in each play. Does the safety bite on an underneath fake and let a receiver get over the top? Does the linebacker adjust himself properly to meet the ballcarrier as he finds a hole in the line? Does a quarterback know when to pull the ball down and take the hit rather than chuck up a prayer? These things stand out in crucial moments.

 

These are the three big things I look for when scouting. If a player is talented but lacks technique or intelligence, they may drop to the middle of the draft or further for me. If a guy is rather mediocre athletically but possesses a good mental game and great technique they could come out as a borderline first rounder.

 

Grading Scale:

I’m using a system of 0-10 with up to one numeral after the decimal point.

 

10 - 9: Hall of Fame caliber player

8.99 - 8: Perennial All-Pro

7.99 - 7: Potential All-Pro, Perennial Pro Bowler

6.99 - 6: Potential Pro Bowler

5.99 - 5: Consistent NFL starter

4.99 - 4: Potential NFL starter

3.99 - 3: Consistent Backup

2.99 - 2: Depth Player

1.99 - 1: Practice Squad at most

1 - 0: Shouldn’t make a roster

 

 

1st round

Myles Jack LB UCLA 9.2

Jalen Ramsey DB Florida State 8.6

Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame 8.3

Robert Nkemdiche DT/DE Ole Miss 7.6

Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame 7.5

Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky 7.3

Taylor Decker OT Ohio State 6.9

Devontae Booker RB Utah 6.9

William Jackson III CB Houston 6.8

Darron Lee LB Ohio State 6.7

Michael Thomas WR Ohio State 6.6

Shaq Lawson EDGE Clemson 6.5

Karl Joseph S West Virginia 6.4

Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida 6.4

Paxton Lynch QB Memphis 6.4

Reggie Ragland LB Alabama 6.4

DeForest Buckner DE Oregon 6.3

Jared Goff QB California 6.3

Will Fuller WR Notre Dame 6.3

Kenneth Dixon RB Louisiana Tech 6.2

A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama 6.2

Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss 6.1

Cody Kessler QB USC 5.9

Darian Thompson S Boise State 5.8

Kevin Dodd DE/OLB Clemson 5.7

Carl Nassib DE Penn State 5.7

Charles Tapper DE Oklahoma 5.7

Jonathan Bullard DT/DE Florida 5.7

Ryan Kelly C Alabama 5.6

 

 

2nd round

Josh Doctson WR TCU 5.6

Vonn Bell S Ohio State 5.6

Christian Westerman OG  Arizona State 5.6

Cody Whitehair OG Kansas State 5.5

Kenny Clark DT UCLA 5.5

Joshua Perry LB Ohio State 5.5

Jarran Reed DT Alabama 5.5

Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss 5.4

Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State 5.4

Eli Apple CB Ohio State 5.4

Nick Vannett TE Ohio State 5.4

Hunter Henry TE Arkansas 5.3

Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State 5.3

Jeremy Cash S Duke 5.3

Jack Conklin OT Michigan State 5.2

Corey Coleman WR Baylor 5.2

Joey Bosa DE Ohio State 5.1

Kentrell Brothers LB Missouri 5.1

Sheldon Day DT Notre Dame 5.1

Austin Johnson DT Penn State 5.0

Keanu Neal S Florida 5.0

Paul Perkins RB UCLA 5.0

Braxton Miller RB/WR Ohio State 5.0

Artie Burns CB Miami 5.0

Chris Jones DT Mississippi State 5.0

Nick Martin C Notre Dame 5.0

TJ Green CB Clemson 4.9

Shon Coleman OG Auburn 4.9

DeAndre Houston-Carson S William & Mary 4.9

Bronson Kaufusi DE BYU 4.8

Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville 4.8

Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech 4.8

 

 

3rd round

Pharoh Cooper WR South Carolina 4.7

Spencer Drango OT Baylor 4.7

Germain Ifedi OT Texas A&M 4.7

Mackenzie Alexander CB Clemson 4.7

Sterling Shepard WR Oklahoma 4.7

Aaron Burbridge WR Michigan State 4.6

Adolphus Washington DT Ohio State 4.6

Deion Jones LB LSU 4.6

Beniquez Brown LB Mississippi State 4.5

Geronimo Allison WR Illinois 4.5

Shawn Oakman DE/OLB Baylor 4.5

Le’Raven Clark OT Texas Tech 4.5

Josh Forrest LB Kentucky 4.4

Tyler Boyd WR Pittsburgh 4.3

Joshua Garnett OG Stanford 4.2

Jack Allen C Michigan State 4.1

Emmanuel Ogbah EDGE Oklahoma State 4.0

Hassan Ridgeway DT Texas 4.0

Scooby Wright III LB Arizona 3.9

 

 

4th round

Leonte Carroo WR Rutgers 3.9

Jason Spriggs OT Indiana 3.9

Connor McGovern OG Missouri 3.9

Alex Collins RB Arkansas 3.9

Derrick Henry RB Alabama 3.8

Ezekiel Elliot RB Ohio State 3.8

Kyler Fackrell OLB Utah State 3.8

Christian Hackenberg QB Penn State 3.7

Connor Cook QB Michigan State 3.6

Denver Kirkland OG Arkansas 3.6

Vadal Alexander OG LSU 3.6

Landon Turner OG North Carolina 3.5

Sua Cravens S USC 3.5

Andrew Billings DT Baylor 3.4

Blake Frohnapfel QB UMass 3.4

 

 

5th round

Tyler Matakevich LB Temple 3.2

Xavien Howard CB Baylor 3.2

Jalen Mills S LSU 3.1

 

 

6th round

Maliek Collins DT Nebraska 2.8

Trae Elston S Ole Miss 2.7

Kevin Byard S Middle Tennessee State 2.7

Caleb Benenoch OT UCLA 2.5

Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech 2.4

Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia 2.3

Joel Stave QB Wisconsin 2.1

 

7th round

Jake Rudock QB Michigan 2.1

Miles Killebrew S Southern Utah 2.0

 

PUDFA

Vad Lee QB James Madison (convert to RB) 1.8

Nate Sudfeld QB Indiana 1.8

Tre Roberson QB Illinois St (convert to RB) 1.8

 

UDFA

CJ Prosise RB Notre Dame 1.6

Daxx Garman QB Maryland 1.1

Yannick Ngakoue EDGE Maryland 0.8

Marquise Williams QB North Carolina 0.6