2018 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Pre-Combine Rankings

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterFebruary 20, 2018

2018 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Pre-Combine Rankings

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    As the NFL draft process roles on, there is one major date left on the calendar—the NFL Scouting Combine. 

    That one week in Indianapolis will change much of what you see below, but it's always a good idea to do some housekeeping before the workouts, medicals and interviews take place. That means updating my top 400 big board and breaking it down into positional groups that you see here.

    Now that a complete list of players eligible for the draft is set and the Senior Bowl is in the rearview mirror, this is a look at how the top 50 overall and each position group are shaking out. Of course, this list will change as more time allows for film study and as workout results come in. Those numbers and the interview process allow evaluators to break ties at positions—like the four quarterbacks all grouped together in that ranking below.

Top 50 Overall Players

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    RankPlayerSchool
    1RB Saquon BarkleyPenn State
    2OG Quenton NelsonNotre Dame
    3S Minkah FitzpatrickAlabama
    4EDGE Bradley ChubbNC State
    5QB Sam DarnoldUSC
    6QB Josh RosenUCLA
    7QB Josh AllenWyoming
    8CB Denzel WardOhio State
    9S Derwin JamesFSU
    10LB Tremaine EdmundsVirginia Tech
    11LB Roquan SmithGeorgia
    12QB Baker MayfieldOklahoma
    13OT Connor WilliamsTexas
    14CB Josh JacksonIowa
    15WR Calvin RidleyAlabama
    16RB Derrius GuiceLSU
    17RB Ronald JonesUSC
    18EDGE Harold LandryBoston College
    19LB Rashaan EvansAlabama
    20C Billy PriceOhio State
    21LB Leighton Vander EschBoise State
    22RB Sony MichelGeorgia
    23EDGE Marcus DavenportUT-San Antonio
    24OT Mike McGlincheyNotre Dame
    25C James DanielsIowa
    26OG Isaiah WynnGeorgia
    27DL Vita VeaWashington
    28DL Maurice HurstMichigan
    29CB Isaiah OliverColorado
    30DL Da'Ron PayneAlabama
    31EDGE Arden KeyLSU
    32WR Courtland SuttonSMU
    33LB Malik JeffersonTexas
    34S Ronnie HarrisonAlabama
    35EDGE Sam HubbardOhio State
    36CB Mike HughesCentral Florida
    37TE Dallas GoedertSouth Dakota St.
    38CB Jaire AlexanderLouisville
    39DL Harrison PhillipsStanford
    40DL Derrick NnadiFSU
    41WR Christian KirkTexas A&M
    42WR D.J. MooreMaryland
    43S Justin ReidStanford
    44OG Will HernandezUTEP
    45OT Jamarco JonesOhio State
    46CB Carlton DavisAuburn
    47CB Donte JacksonLSU
    48WR James WashingtonOklahoma St.
    49OT Kolton MillerUCLA
    50DL Taven BryanFlorida

Top 10 Quarterbacks

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    Biggest Riser: Kyle Lauletta, Richmond

    Biggest Faller: Tanner Lee, Nebraska

    Most NFL-Ready: Josh Rosen, UCLA

    Best Arm: Josh Allen, Wyoming

    Best Runner: Lamar Jackson, Louisville

    Best Potential: Allen

    Biggest Question Mark: Allen

    Biggest Sleeper: Mike White, Western Kentucky

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Sam DarnoldUCLA
    2Josh RosenUSC
    3Josh AllenWyoming
    4Baker MayfieldOklahoma
    5Lamar Jackson Louisville
    6Mason RudolphOklahoma State
    7Luke FalkWashington State
    8Kyle LaulettaRichmond
    9Kurt BenkertVirginia
    10Mike WhiteWestern Kentucky

Top 10 Running Backs

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    Biggest Riser: Nick Chubb, Georgia

    Biggest Faller: Josh Adams, Notre Dame

    Most NFL-Ready: Saquon Barkley, Penn State

    Best Third-Down Back: Barkley

    Best Speed: Ronald Jones II, USC

    Best Power: Derrius Guice, LSU

    Best Potential: Barkley

    Biggest Question Mark: Nick Chubb, Georgia (injury history)

    Biggest Sleeper: Mark Walton, Miami (Fla.)

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Saquon BarkleyPenn State
    2Derrius GuiceLSU
    3Ronald Jones USC
    4Sony MichelGeorgia
    5Kerryon Johnson Auburn
    6Mark WaltonMiami
    7Rashaad PennySDSU
    8Nick ChubbGeorgia
    9Nyheim HinesNC State
    10Akrum WadleyIowa

Top 5 Fullbacks

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    Most NFL-Ready: Dimitri Flowers, Oklahoma

    Best Pass-Blocker: Nick Bawden, SDSU

    Best Receiver: Flowers

    Best Power: Khalid Hill, Michigan

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Dimitri FlowersOklahoma
    2Nick BawdenSDSU
    3Donnie Ernsberger Western Michigan
    4Khalid HillMichigan
    5Austin RameshWisconsin

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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    Biggest Riser: James Washington, Oklahoma State

    Biggest Faller: Deon Cain, Clemson

    Most NFL-Ready: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

    Best Boundary Receiver: Courtland Sutton, SMU

    Best Slot Receiver: Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

    Best Hands: Ridley

    Best Route-Runner: Ridley

    Best Potential: Sutton

    Biggest Question Mark: Cain

    Biggest Sleeper: Korey Robertson, Southern Miss

         

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Calvin RidleyAlabama
    2Courtland SuttonSMU
    3Christian KirkTexas A&M
    4D.J. MooreMaryland
    5James WashingtonOklahoma State 
    6Deon CainClemson
    7Simmie CobbsIndiana
    8D.J. CharkLSU
    9Dante PettisWashington
    10Michael GallupColorado State

Top 10 Tight Ends

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    Biggest Riser: Mike Gesicki, Penn State

    Biggest Faller: Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

    Most NFL-Ready: Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

    Best Slot Tight End: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

    Best Hands: Gesicki

    Best Route-Runner: Gesicki

    Best Blocker: Mark Andrews, Oklahoma

    Best Power: Hurst

    Biggest Question Mark: Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

    Biggest Sleeper: Christopher Herndon, Miami

         

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Dallas GoedertSouth Dakota State 
    2Mike GesickiPenn State
    3Hayden HurstSouth Carolina
    4Mark AndrewsOklahoma
    5Ryan IzzoFSU
    6Jaylen SamuelsNC State
    7Ian ThomasIndiana
    8Chris HerndonMiami (Fla.)
    9Will DisslyWashington
    10Troy FumagalliWisconsin

Top 10 Offensive Tackles

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    Biggest Riser: Jamarco Jones, Ohio State

    Biggest Faller: Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan

    Most NFL-Ready: Connor Williams, Texas

    Best Run-Blocker: Jones

    Best Pass-Blocker: Williams

    Best Potential: Williams

    Biggest Question Mark: Desmond Harrison, West Georgia

    Biggest Sleeper: Joseph Noteboom, TCU

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Connor WilliamsTexas
    2Mike McGlincheyNotre Dame
    3Jamarco JonesOhio State
    4Kolton MillerUCLA
    5Orlando BrownOklahoma
    6Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan 
    7Desmond HarrisonWest Georgia
    8Joseph NoteboomTCU
    9Brian O'NeillPittsburgh
    10Tyrell CrosbyOregon

Top 10 Offensive Guards

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    Biggest Riser: Braden Smith, Auburn    

    Biggest Faller: None

    Most NFL-Ready: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

    Best Run-Blocker: Nelson

    Best Pass-Blocker: Nelson

    Best Potential: Nelson

    Biggest Question Mark: Isaiah Wynn, Georgia

    Biggest Sleeper: Skyler Phillips, Idaho State

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Quenton NelsonNotre Dame
    2Isaiah WynnGeorgia
    3Will HernandezUTEP
    4Braden SmithAuburn
    5Austin CorbettNevada
    6Sam JonesArizona State 
    7Sean WelshIowa
    8Taylor HearnClemson
    9Skyler PhillipsIdaho State
    10Wyatt TellerVirginia Tech

Top 10 Centers

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    Biggest Riser: James Daniels, Iowa

    Biggest Faller: Mason Cole, Michigan

    Most NFL-Ready: Billy Price, Ohio State

    Best Run-Blocker: Daniels

    Best Pass-Blocker: Price

    Best Potential: Price

    Biggest Question Mark: Frank Ragnow, Arkansas (injury)

    Biggest Sleeper: Will Clapp, LSU

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Billy PriceOhio State
    2James DanielsIowa
    3Frank RagnowArkansas
    4Will ClappLSU
    5Mason ColeMichigan 
    6Bradley Bozeman Alabama
    7Scott Quessenberry UCLA
    8Coleman SheltonWashington 
    9Brian AllenMichigan State 
    10Jake BennettColorado State

Top 10 Defensive Linemen

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    Biggest Riser: Da'Ron Payne, Alabama

    Biggest Faller: none

    Most NFL-Ready: Vita Vea, Washington

    Best Run-Stopper: Vea

    Best Pass-Rusher: Maurice Hurst, Michigan

    Best Potential: Payne

    Biggest Question Mark: R.J. McIntosh, Miami

    Biggest Sleeper: Tim Settle, Virginia Tech

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Vita VeaWashington 
    2Maurice HurstMichigan
    3Da'Ron PayneAlabama
    4Harrison PhillipsStanford
    5Derrick NnadiFSU
    6Taven BryanFlorida
    7Tim SettleVirginia Tech
    8Rasheem Green USC 
    9Da'Shawn HandAlabama
    10R.J. McIntoshMiami (Fla.)

Top 10 Edge-Rushers

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    Biggest Riser: Marcus Davenport, UTSA

    Biggest Faller: Hercules Mata'afa, Washington State

    Most NFL-Ready: Bradley Chubb, NC State

    Best Run-Stopper: Sam Hubbard, Ohio State

    Best Pass-Rusher: Arden Key, LSU

    Best Potential: Chubb

    Biggest Question Mark: Key

    Biggest Sleeper: Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Bradley ChubbNC State
    2Harold LandryBoston College
    3Marcus DavenportUTSA
    4Arden KeyLSU
    5Sam HubbardOhio State
    6Dorance Armstrong Kansas
    7Uchenna NwosuUSC
    8Chad ThomasMiami (Fla.)
    9Tyquan LewisOhio State
    10Jeff HollandAuburn

Top 10 Linebackers

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    Biggest Riser: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

    Biggest Faller: None

    Most NFL-Ready: Edmunds

    Best Run-Stopper: Rashaan Evans, Alabama

    Best Pass Coverage: Edmunds

    Best Pass-Rusher: Malik Jefferson, Texas

    Best Potential: Edmunds

    Biggest Question Mark: Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama (injuries)

    Biggest Sleeper: Josey Jewell, Iowa

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Tremaine EdmundsVa. Tech
    2Roquan SmithGeorgia
    3Rashaan EvansAlabama
    4Leighton Vander Esch Boise State
    5Malik JeffersonTexas 
    6Jerome BakerOhio State
    7Josey JewellIowa
    8Marquis HaynesOle Miss
    9Lorenzo CarterGeorgia
    10Davin BellamyGeorgia

Top 10 Cornerbacks

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    Biggest Riser: Mike Hughes, Central Florida    

    Biggest Faller: Tarvarus McFadden, FSU

    Most NFL-Ready: Denzel Ward, Ohio State

    Best Slot Cornerback: Jaire Alexander, Louisville

    Best Man Coverage: Ward

    Best Zone Coverage: Anthony Averett, Alabama

    Best Potential: Hughes

    Biggest Question Mark: Holton Hill, Texas (suspended for violating team rules)

    Biggest Sleeper: Anthony Averett, Alabama

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Denzel WardOhio State
    2Josh JacksonIowa
    3Isaiah OliverColorado
    4Mike HughesCentral Florida
    5Jaire Alexander Louisville 
    6Carlton DavisAuburn
    7Donte JacksonLSU
    8M.J. StewartNorth Carolina 
    9Tarvarus McFadden FSU
    10Anthony AverettAlabama

Top 10 Safeties

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    Biggest Riser: Justin Reid, Stanford

    Biggest Faller: Jordan Whitehead, Pitt

    Most NFL-Ready: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

    Best Coverage: Fitzpatrick

    Best Strong Safety: Derwin James, FSU

    Best Free Safety: Fitzpatrick

    Best Hybrid Defender: James

    Best Run-Stopper: Ronnie Harrison, Alabama

    Best Potential: James

    Biggest Question Mark: DeShon Elliott, Texas 

    Biggest Sleeper: Jessie Bates, Wake Forest

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Minkah FitzpatrickAlabama
    2Derwin JamesFSU
    3Ronnie HarrisonAlabama
    4Justin ReidStanford
    5Kyzir WhiteWest Virginia 
    6Jessie BatesWake Forest
    7Marcus AllenPenn State
    8Terrell EdmundsVirginia Tech
    9Quin BlandingVirginia 
    10DeShon ElliottTexas