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2018 NFL Draft top 100 big board

Misone Adiasor has his final rankings of the 2018 draft class with tons of movement since putting up his top 50 in January.

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With the 2018 combine in the rearview and the 2018 NFL Draft about six weeks away, it's time for my final rankings of the 2018 draft class.

This has been the most in-depth scouting I have ever done. I had to scout more players than ever before to really get a feel for this class. The reason being the draft class lacks that cluster of players who's head and shoulders above the rest. There's RB Saquon Barkley, and then there's everyone else. This doesn't mean it's a weak draft class — like the 2013 draft was considered to be, and was — but if the grading scale was 1-10, and 10 being the best, usually there are about five guys that can be viewed as a nine or a ten, and about 15-18 guys that are viewed as an 8.

In this class you have Barkley, who most will call a ten — he's a nine to me, but very close to be ten, maybe I should say 9 1/2 — and about 10-12 players who are eights, then about 65-70 guys who are sevens. Making this a draft full of guys with the potential to be barely above average, but hardly any that look like future perennial Pro Bowl players. Mock drafting this will be fun because names are going to be all over the board.

This year’s draft is strongest at the following positions:

  1. Defensive back
  2. Pass rusher
  3. Quarterback

The three weakest position groups this year:

  1. Offensive tackle
  2. Receiver
  3. Offensive guard

So without further ado, the final rankings of my 2018 Draft Big Board...

***THIS IS NOT A MOCK DRAFT AND IS NOT AN INDICATION OF WHERE THE PLAYER WILL BE PICKED. ALL RANKINGS ARE BASED SOLEY ON THE TAPE THAT I HAVE PERSONALLY STUDIED THUS FAR AND MAY BE TWEAKED FOR SOME AS WE DRAW CLOSER TO THE DRAFT***

Top 100 Big Board

Rank Player Position Year School
Rank Player Position Year School
1 Saquon Barkley RB Jr Penn St.
2 Josh Rosen QB Jr UCLA
3 Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Jr Alabama
4 Baker Mayfield QB Sr Oklahoma
5 Derwin James S Jr Florida St.
6 Quentin Nelson OG Sr Notre Dame
7 Bradley Chubb DE Sr NC State
8 Harold Landry EDGE Sr Boston College
9 Lamar Jackson QB Jr Louisville
10 Calvin Ridley WR Jr Alabama
11 Roquan Smith ILB Jr Georgia
12 Denzel Ward CB Jr Ohio St.
13 Vita Vea DT Jr Washington
14 Tremaine Edmunds LB Jr Virginia Tech
15 Josh Jackson CB Jr Iowa
16 Mike Hughes CB Jr South Florida
17 DaRon Payne DT Jr Alabama
18 Will Hernandez OG Sr Texas El-Paso
19 Mike McGlinchey OT Sr Notre Dame
20 Mason Rudolph QB Sr Oklahoma St.
21 Jaire Alexander CB Jr Louisville
22 Sam Darnold QB Jr USC
23 Anthony Miller WR Sr Memphis
24 Courtland Sutton WR Sr Houston
25 Shaquem Griffin OLB Sr South Florida
26 Mark Andrews TE Sr Oklahoma
27 Connor Williams OT Jr Texas
28 Maurice Hurst DT Sr Michigan
29 Ronnie Harrison S Jr Alabama
30 James Daniels C Jr Iowa
31 DJ Chark WR Sr LSU
32 Marcus Davenport DE Sr Texas-San Antonio
33 Josh Allen QB Sr Wyoming
34 Donte Jackson CB Jr LSU
35 Leighton Vander Esch OLB Jr Boise St.
36 Isaiah Oliver CB Jr Colorado
37 Ronald Jones RB Jr USC
38 Isaiah Wynn OG Sr Georgia
39 Derrius Guice RB Jr LSU
40 Carlton Davis CB Jr Auburn
41 Taven Bryan DT Jr Florida
42 Nick Chubb RB Sr Georgia
43 Billy Price C Sr Ohio St.
44 Rashaad Penny RB Sr San Diego St.
45 Christian Kirk WR Jr Texas A&M
46 Martinas Rankin OT Jr Mississippi St.
47 Sony Michel RB Sr Georgia
48 James Washington WR Sr Oklahoma St.
49 Sam Hubbard EDGE Jr Ohio St.
50 Lorenzo Carter EDGE Sr Georgia
51 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo EDGE Sr Oklahoma
52 Orlando Brown OT Jr Oklahoma
53 Kerryon Johnson RB Jr Auburn
54 Uchena Nwosu EDGE Sr USC
55 DJ Moore WR Jr Maryland
56 Tyrell Cosby OT Sr Oregon
57 Rashaan Evans OLB Sr Alabama
58 Tavareus McFadden CB Jr Florida St.
59 DeShawn Hand DE Sr Alabama
60 Malik Jefferson ILB Jr Texas
61 Arden Key EDGE Jr LSU
62 Micah Kiser ILB Sr Virginia
63 Frank Ragnow C Sr Arkansas
64 Dallas Goedert TE Sr South Dakota St.
65 Jerome Baker OLB Jr Ohio St.
66 Mike Gesicki TE Sr Penn St.
67 Austin Corbett OG Sr Nevada
68 Harrison Phillips DT Jr Stanford
69 Anthony Averett CB Sr Alabama
70 Justin Reid S Jr Stanford
71 Rasheem Green DE Jr USC
72 Trenton Thompson DL Jr Georgia
73 Dante Pettis WR Sr Washington
74 Michael Gallup WR Sr Colorado St.
75 Scott Quessenberry C Sr UCLA
76 Kevin Tolliver CB Jr LSU
77 Hayden Hurst TE Jr South Carolina
78 Justin Jackson RB Sr Northwestern
79 Azeem Victor ILB Sr Washington
80 Nathan Shepard DT Sr Fort Hayes St.
81 Brian O'Neill OT Sr Pittsburgh
82 BJ Hill DL Sr NC State
83 Equanimeou St. Brown WR Jr Notre Dame
84 Chukwuma Okorafor OT Sr Western Michigan
85 Marcus Allen S Sr Penn St.
86 KeKe Coutee WR Jr Texas Tech
87 Duke Ejiofor DE Sr Wake Forest
88 Simmie Cobbs Jr. WR Sr Indiana
89 Duke Dawson CB Sr Florida
90 Braden Smith OG Sr Auburn
91 Mason Cole C Sr Michigan
92 Antonio Callaway WR Jr Florida
93 Kendrick Norton DL Jr Miami
94 DJ Reed CB Jr Kansas St.
95 Derrick Nnandi DL Sr Florida St.
96 Terrell Edmunds S Sr Virginia Tech
97 JMon Moore WR Sr Mizzou
98 Josh Sweat ILB Jr Florida St.
99 Rashaan Gaulden S Jr Tennessee
100 Kalen Ballage RB Sr Arizona St.

A FEW NOTES:

Saquon Barkley is the best player in this draft. Still I want to lower him a few spots like I did on my first big board, because I wish he would run with more physicality. To be 235 lbs, and that explosive and power (more explosive than Todd Gurley or Leonard Fournette), you almost never see him run through a guy. And some games it bothered me watching how easily he went down from arm tackles. Though he does occasionally get physical and show some of the most impressive leg drive you have seen since Marshawn Lynch entered the draft. But it's far from consistent. He's a massive and faster version of LeSean McCoy, essentially. A space player, who will occasionally flash how powerful he really is.

For the record, the Combine had nothing to do with my love for Shaquem Griffin. If you're a regular listener to TSR, then you already know I have been talking about him since late December. I first heard about him after the 2017 season when he won player of the year in his conference. But what really made me pay attention to him was his brother. His brother, Seattle Seahawks CB Shaquille Griffin, was a baller and performed well as a rookie. By October 3rd I really started to dig into Shaquem even more. By October 4th, I was sold. When January rolled around I was on record saying, if not for his hand, he'd be a surefire first round pick. His hand is going to scare teams, but he could very well come off the board round two. I think he's going to help lead a team to a Super Bowl one day. He brings that much energy to a defense. And he's also that good!

Running back is pretty heavy in this draft. Rashaad Penny is one of the most underrated backs in this class. I personally think this class is better than last year's class just because of the head count. Yes, last year saw a lot of backs go in the top 45 picks, but I think this year we will see about 12 backs come off the board by pick 70. There are some guys I don't have in my top 100 who a case can be made for to be a top 50 player.

There are some legit steals in the 70-100 range. This range of players is loaded with guys who can come in and help immediately. Players like ILB Azeem Victor, WR KeKe Coutee, WR Michael Gallup, CB DJ Reed, ILB Josh Sweat, C Mason Cole (might be the most versatile lineman in the draft), and many others, are going to be early impact players. This is where that huge cluster of player who are all expected to be barely above average comes into play. Every draft has that cluster, but this one has even more. And that means a few guys — some of which I believe I just listed — will actually be more than just barely above average. Reed, Sweat, and Victor could all be some of the biggest steals in the draft.


So there you have it. Be on the look out for my first mock coming soon, and scouting reports. The draft is coming quick, fast, and in a hurry. And from there we are only 90 days from camp.

I love this time of the year. I get the draft and my birthday (dirty 30 this year) within a week every year. I kicks it haaaaard!!!!