2016 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Quarter-Season Rankings

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterOctober 7, 2015

2016 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Quarter-Season Rankings

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    All summer I told you loyal draft fans that the 2016 class looked like the year of the pass-rusher, and it does. But the NFL is about to get an infusion of talent at running back, defensive tackle and linebacker that will rival most draft classes I've seen in my five years at Bleacher Report.

    When you think of the 2016 draft class, you'll probably think of Jared Goff (QB, California) or Joey Bosa (EDGE, Ohio State), and you should, because they are two very capable headliners. But don't forget Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith—a Patrick Willis-like linebacker with three-down skills and the tools to play any of the three linebacker spots in a 4-3 scheme.

    You also can't forget about UCLA nose tackle Kenny Clark, and how his ability to stop the run—the best in college football right now—is blended with rare quickness and athleticism for a 0-technique. And how about Ezekiel Elliott? The Ohio State running back is dominant as a runner and receiver, and he might just take the Heisman Trophy with him to the NFL.

    The list goes on and on. And while draft analysts have a tendency to oversell the value of a class in the summer months, after four weeks of play, there is no doubt that the 2016 draft class has blue chips at the top.

Top 100 Overall

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    The first official rankings of the 2015 season mean major changes to the big board. That's what a month of game film and injuries will do to NFL draft rankings.

    And that's important to note. Draft rankings are supposed to change. You make a list over the summer based on the 2014 season, factoring in potential and expectations, and then it all gets blown away when the actual games start again. Draft evaluations are fluid, and they should change to reflect on-field performance and off-field issues. And that's what you're seeing here.

    2016 Top 100 Rankings
    1Jared GoffCaliforniaQB
    2Jaylon SmithNotre DameLB
    3Joey BosaOhio StateEDGE
    4Ronnie StanleyNotre DameT
    5Vernon HargreavesFloridaCB
    6Robert NkemdicheOle MissDL
    7Laremy TunsilOle MissT
    8Jalen RamseyFlorida StateCB
    9Mike WilliamsClemsonWR
    10Laquon TreadwellOle MissWR
    11Jack ConklinMichigan StateT
    12Christian HackenbergPenn StateQB
    13Ezekiel ElliottOhio StateRB
    14Jordan JenkinsGeorgiaEDGE
    15Myles JackUCLALB
    16Kenny ClarkUCLADL
    17A'Shawn RobinsonAlabamaDL
    18DeForest BucknerOregonDL
    19Taylor DeckerOhio StateT
    20Su'a CravensUSCLB/S
    21Austin JohnsonPenn StateDL
    22Shaq LawsonClemsonEDGE
    23Tyler BoydPittWR
    24Jayron KearseClemsonFS
    25Michael ThomasOhio StateWR
    26Vonn BellOhio StateSS
    27Darron LeeOhio StateEDGE
    28Jeremy CashDukeSS
    29Kenny LawlerCaliforniaWR
    30Josh DoctsonTCUWR
    31Vince BiegelWisconsinEDGE
    32Andrew BillingsBaylorDL
    33Shilique CalhounMichigan StateEDGE
    34Joshua PerryOhio StateLB
    35Reggie RaglandAlabamaLB
    36Scooby WrightArizonaLB
    37Leonard FloydGeorgiaEDGE
    38Adolphus Washington Ohio StateDL
    39Cameron SuttonTennesseeCB
    40Jason SpriggsIndianaT
    41Darian ThompsonBoise StateFS
    42Will FullerNotre DameWR
    43Jarran ReedAlabamaDL
    44Paul PerkinsUCLARB
    45Jonathan BullardFloridaEDGE
    46Kentrell BrothersMissouriLB
    47Chris JonesMississippi StateDL
    48Cardale JonesOhio StateQB
    49Tre'Davious WhiteLSUCB
    50Rashard HigginsColorado StateWR
    51Hunter HenryArkansasTE
    52Sheldon DayNotre DameDL
    53Vadal AlexanderLSUG
    54Connor CookMichigan StateQB
    55Braxton MillerOhio StateWR
    56Germain IfediTexas A&MT
    57O.J. HowardAlabamaTE
    58Emmanuel OgbahOklahoma StateEDGE
    59Max TuerkUSCC
    60Jake ButtMichiganTE
    61Corey ColemanBaylorWR
    62Sheldon RankinsLouisvilleDL
    63C.J. ProsiseNotre DameRB
    64Devontae BookerUtahRB
    65Tajae SharpeUMassWR
    66Derrick HenryAlabamaRB
    67Carson WentzNorth Dakota StateQB
    68Evan EngramOle MissTE
    69Karl JosephWest VirginiaSS
    70Spencer DrangoBaylorT
    71Roberto AguayoFlorida StateK
    72Connor McGovernMissouriG
    73Jacoby BrissettNC StateQB
    74Christian WestermanArizona StateG
    75Daeshon HallTexas A&MEDGE
    76Noah SpenceEastern KentuckyEDGE
    77Maliek CollinsNebraskaDL
    78Cody WhitehairKansas StateG
    79Fabian MoreauUCLACB
    80William JacksonHoustonCB
    81Pat ElfleinOhio StateG
    82Cody KesslerUSCQB
    83Nick MartinNotre DameC
    84Devonte FieldsTCUEDGE
    85Alex CollinsArkansasRB
    86Evan BoehmMissouriC
    87Kodi WhitfieldStanfordFS
    88Byron MarshallOregonRB/WR
    89K.J. DillonWest VirginiaFS
    90Christian FrenchOregonEDGE
    91Chris WormleyMichiganDL
    92Joe SchobertWisconsinLB
    93Sterling ShepardOklahomaWR
    94Carl NassibPenn StateEDGE
    95Eric StrikerOklahomaEDGE
    96Curt MaggittTennesseeEDGE
    97Mike MatthewsTexas A&MC
    98Michael JordanMissouri WesternCB
    99Kendall FullerVirginia TechCB
    100Kendell BeckwithLSULB


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    Most NFL-Ready: Jared Goff, California

    Best Arm: Cardale Jones, Ohio State

    Best Runner: Trevone Boykin, TCU

    Best Potential: Cardale Jones, Ohio State

    Biggest Question Mark: Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati

    Biggest Sleeper: Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

    2016 Quarterback Rankings
    1Jared GoffCalifornia
    2Christian Hackenberg Penn State
    3Cardale JonesOhio State
    4Connor CookMichigan State 
    5Carson WentzNorth Dakota St.
    6Jacoby BrissettNC State
    7Cody KesslerUSC
    8Blake FrohnapfelUMass
    9Trevone BoykinTCU
    10Dak PrescottMiss. State

Running Backs

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    Most NFL-Ready: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

    Best Third-Down Back: C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame

    Best Speed: Byron Marshall, Oregon

    Best Power: Derrick Henry, Alabama

    Best Potential: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

    Biggest Question Mark: Derrick Henry, Alabama

    Biggest Sleeper: Alex Collins, Arkansas

    2016 Running Back Rankings
    1Ezekiel ElliottOhio State
    2Paul PerkinsUCLA
    3C.J. ProsiseNotre Dame
    4Devontae BookerUtah
    5Derrick HenryAlabama
    6Alex CollinsArkansas
    7Byron MarshallOregon
    8Aaron GreenTCU
    9Tre MaddenUSC
    10Kenyan DrakeAlabama

Wide Receivers

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    Most NFL-Ready: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

    Best Boundary Receiver: Mike Williams, Clemson

    Best Slot Receiver: Tyler Boyd, Pitt

    Best Hands: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

    Best Route-Runner: Tyler Boyd, Pitt

    Best Potential: Mike Williams, Clemson

    Biggest Question Mark: Mike Williams, Clemson

    Biggest Sleeper: Corey Coleman, Baylor


    2016 Wide Receiver Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchool
    1Mike WilliamsClemson
    2Laquon TreadwellOle Miss
    3Tyler BoydPitt
    4Michael ThomasOhio State
    5Kenny LawlerCalifornia
    6Josh DoctsonTCU
    7Will FullerNotre Dame
    8Rashard HigginsColorado St.
    9Braxton MillerOhio State
    10Corey ColemanBaylor

Tight Ends

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    Most NFL-Ready: O.J. Howard, Alabama

    Best Slot Tight End: Kyle Carter, Penn State

    Best Hands: Jake Butt, Michigan

    Best Route-Runner: Hunter Henry, Arkansas

    Best Blocker: Kyle Carter, Penn State

    Biggest Question Mark: O.J. Howard, Alabama

    Biggest Sleeper: Nick Vannett, Ohio State

    2016 Tight End Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchool
    1Hunter HenryArkansas
    2O.J. HowardAlabama
    3Jake ButtMichigan
    4Evan EngramOle Miss
    5Nick VannettOhio State
    6Kyle CarterPenn State
    7Jake DuzeyIowa
    8Ryan MalleckVirginia Tech
    9Steven ScheuVanderbilt
    10Jerell AdamsSouth Carolina 


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    Most NFL-Ready: Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

    Best Run-Blocker: Jack Conklin, Michigan State

    Best Pass-Blocker: Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

    Best Potential: Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

    Biggest Question Mark: Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss

    Biggest Sleeper: Tyler Johnstone, Oregon

    Lowest Risk: Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

    2016 Offensive Tackle Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchool
    1Ronnie StanleyNotre Dame
    2Laremy TunsilOle Miss
    3Jack ConklinMichigan State 
    4Taylor DeckerOhio State
    5Jason SpriggsIndiana
    6Germain IfediTexas A&M
    7Spencer Drango Baylor
    8Clint Van HornMarshall
    9Tyler JohnstoneOregon
    10John TheusGeorgia


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    Most NFL-Ready: Vadal Alexander, LSU

    Best Run-Blocker: Connor McGovern, Missouri

    Best Pass-Blocker: Vadal Alexander, LSU

    Biggest Upside: Landon Turner, North Carolina

    Biggest Question Mark: Aaron Morris, Ole Miss

    Biggest Sleeper: Parker Ehinger, Cincinnati

    2016 Guard Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchool
    1Vadal AlexanderLSU
    2Connor McGovernMissouri
    3Christian WestermanArizona State
    4Cody WhitehairKansas State
    5Pat ElfleinOhio State
    6Greg PykeGeorgia
    7Vi TeofiloArizona State
    8Landon TurnerNorth Carolina 
    9Parker EhingerCincinnati
    10Aaron MorrisOle Miss


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    Most NFL-Ready: Max Tuerk, USC

    Best Run-Blocker: Mike Matthews, Texas A&M

    Best Pass-Blocker: Max Tuerk, USC

    Best Upside: Evan Boehm, Missouri

    Biggest Question Mark: Dan Voltz, Wisconsin

    Biggest Sleeper: Ryan Kelly, Alabama

    2016 Center Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchool
    1Max TuerkUSC
    2Nick MartinNotre Dame
    3Evan BoehmMissouri
    4Mike Matthews Texas A&M
    5Dan VoltzWisconsin
    6Ryan KellyAlabama
    7Jack AllenMichigan State 
    8Austin BlytheIowa
    9Jake BrendelUCLA
    10Kyle FriendTemple


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    Most NFL-Ready: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

    Best Run-Stopper: Jonathan Bullard, Florida

    Best 4-3 Defensive End: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

    Best 3-4 Outside Linebacker: Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

    Best Pass-Rusher: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

    Best Potential: Vince Biegel, Wisconsin

    Biggest Question Mark: Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky

    Biggest Sleeper: Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M


    2016 Edge-Defender Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchool
    1Joey BosaOhio State
    2Jordan JenkinsGeorgia
    3Shaq LawsonClemson
    4Darron LeeOhio State 
    5Vince BiegelWisconsin
    6Shilique CalhounMichigan State
    7Leonard FloydGeorgia
    8Jonathan BullardFlorida
    9Emmanuel Ogbah Oklahoma State
    10Noah SpenceEastern Kentucky

Defensive Linemen

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    Most NFL-Ready: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

    Best Run-Stopper: Kenny Clark, UCLA

    Best Nose Tackle: Kenny Clark, UCLA

    Best 3-4 Defensive End: DeForest Buckner, Oregon

    Best 3-Technique: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

    Best Pass-Rusher: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

    Best Potential: Shawn Oakman, Baylor

    Biggest Question Mark: Shawn Oakman, Baylor

    Biggest Sleeper: Austin Johnson, Penn State

    2016 Defensive Lineman Rankings
    1Robert NkemdicheOle Miss
    2Kenny ClarkUCLA
    3A'Shawn RobinsonAlabama
    4DeForest BucknerOregon
    5Austin JohnsonPenn State
    6Andrew BillingsBaylor
    7Adolphus Washington Ohio State
    8Jarran ReedAlabama
    9Chris JonesMississippi State 
    10Sheldon DayNotre Dame


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    Most NFL-Ready: Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

    Best Weak-Side Linebacker: Myles Jack, UCLA

    Best Strong-Side Linebacker: Kentrell Brothers, Missouri

    Best Inside Linebacker: Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

    Best Run-Stopper: Kentrell Brothers, Missouri

    Best Pass-Rusher: Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

    Best Pass Coverage: Myles Jack, UCLA

    Best Potential: Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

    Biggest Question Mark: Eric Striker, Oklahoma

    Biggest Sleeper: Kentrell Brothers, Missouri

    2016 Linebacker Rankings
    1Jaylon SmithNotre Dame
    2Myles JackUCLA
    3Su'a CravensUSC
    4Joshua PerryOhio State
    5Reggie RaglandAlabama
    6Scooby WrightArizona
    7Kentrell Brothers Missouri
    8Kendell BeckwithLSU
    9Eric StrikerOklahoma
    10Kris FrostAuburn


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    Most NFL-Ready: Vernon Hargreaves, Florida

    Best Man Coverage: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

    Best Zone Coverage: Vernon Hargreaves, Florida

    Best Potential: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

    Biggest Question Mark: KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame

    Biggest Sleeper: Michael Jordan, Missouri Western


    2016 Cornerback Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchool
    1Vernon Hargreaves Florida
    2Jalen RamseyFlorida State
    3Cameron SuttonTennessee
    4Tre'Davious WhiteLSU
    5Fabian MoreauUCLA
    6William JacksonHouston
    7Michael JordanMissouri Western
    8Kendall FullerVirginia Tech
    9Zack SanchezOklahoma
    10Will RedmondMississippi State


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    Most NFL-Ready: Jayron Kearse, Clemson

    Best Coverage: Jayron Kearse, Clemson

    Best Strong Safety: Vonn Bell, Ohio State

    Best Free Safety: Jayron Kearse, Clemson

    Best Run-Stopper: Jeremy Cash, Duke

    Best Potential: Jayron Kearse, Clemson

    Biggest Question Mark: Jalen Mills, LSU

    Biggest Sleeper: Darian Thompson, Boise State


    2016 Safety Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchool
    1Jayron KearseClemson
    2Vonn BellOhio State
    3Jeremy CashDuke
    4Darian Thompson Boise State
    5Karl JosephWest Virginia 
    6Kodi WhitfieldStanford
    7Jalen MillsLSU
    8Deon BushMiami (Fla.)
    9Elijah ShumateNotre Dame
    10Tony ConnerOle Miss

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