2016 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Midseason Rankings

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterNovember 4, 2015

2016 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Midseason Rankings

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    Hot names. Big risers. Stock up and stock down.

    The buzzwords that make up the NFL draft industry seem tailor-made for hot takes. That's what we want to avoid here. After all, we're talking about the careers and dreams of 20-somethings, not the newest tech stock. But talking about stocks isn't a bad idea. NFL teams will make investments in these players based on what they see on the field, what they find off the field and what the numbers say on testing day at the NFL Scouting Combine or a pro day. 

    Like some stocks, some of these players will be great out of the gate. Others will crash and burn. Some will be solid but never great. And some will be hidden gems—that sweet stock only a few know about before it becomes a big thing. And that's scouting—finding that next big thing that no one knows about.

    A scout told me this week that scouting isn't about finding the Andrew Lucksanyone can find those. It's finding the players who will build a team that can win. And that's my goal at Bleacher Report: to do the job of a general manager, but by filing reports with you guys and not my war room. Which players are worthwhile investments, which have big potential but may crash and burn, and which sleepers should we all be looking at?

Overall Top 100

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    The top 100 is a snapshot of who the best players in the draft class are today. This isn't a prediction of who will be the best 100 players at the 2016 NFL draft. Scouting is fluid, and these rankings will change a lot between now and then, for me and for NFL teams.

    The top 100 is made up of a lot of juniors—the top senior doesn't come into play until No. 14 overall—which makes this all unstable. Sure, the top juniors generally declare for the draft, but I've learned there are no sure things. With that in mind, this is my best guess as to which juniors and redshirt sophomores will enter the draft.

    Why not include them all, you ask? Because I'm one man who is trying to keep tabs on at least 700 players. Leaving out iffy underclassmen until their status solidifies allows me to focus on the seniors we know will be in the draft.

    So we know there are a lot of underclassmen; where is the strength of the class? Linebacker, defensive tackle and safety. The weaknesses? Right now it looks like quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback.  

    A lot will change between now and then, but as of today, here are the top 100 players overall for the 2016 NFL draft.

    2016 Top 100 Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolPos
    1Jared GoffCaliforniaQB
    2Jaylon SmithNotre DameLB
    3Joey BosaOhio StateEDGE
    4Robert NkemdicheOle MissDL
    5Vernon HargreavesFloridaCB
    6Ronnie StanleyNotre DameT
    7Jalen RamseyFSUCB
    8Laremy TunsilOle MissT
    9Ezekiel ElliottOhio StateRB
    10Myles JackUCLALB
    11Laquon TreadwellOle MissWR
    12Paxton LynchMemphisQB
    13Kenny ClarkUCLADL
    14DeForest BucknerOregonDL
    15Christian HackenbergPenn StateQB
    16Josh DoctsonTCUWR
    17Will FullerNotre DameWR
    18Su'a CravensUSCLB
    19Mackensie AlexanderClemsonCB
    20Maliek CollinsNebraskaDL
    21Andrew BillingsBaylorDL
    22Taylor DeckerOhio StateT
    23Jordan JenkinsGeorgiaEDGE
    24Shaq LawsonClemsonEDGE
    25Corey ColemanBaylorWR
    26Michael ThomasOhio StateWR
    27Jayron KearseClemsonFS
    28Vince BiegelWisconsinEDGE
    29Reggie RaglandAlabamaLB
    30Tre'Davious WhiteLSUCB
    31Jarran ReedAlabamaDL
    32Noah SpenceEastern KentuckyEDGE
    33Carson WentzNorth Dakota St.QB
    34Jerald HawkinsLSUT
    35Austin JohnsonPenn StateDL
    36Joshua PerryOhio StateLB
    37Jeremy CashDukeSS
    38Tyler BoydPittsburghWR
    39Shilique CalhounMichigan StateEDGE
    40Jack ConklinMichigan StateT
    41Jonathan BullardFloridaEDGE
    42Kamalei CorreaBoise StateEDGE
    43A'Shawn RobinsonAlabamaDL
    44Emmanuel OgbahOklahoma StateEDGE
    45Leonard FloydGeorgiaLB
    46Adolphus WashingtonOhio StateDL
    47Cameron SuttonTennesseeCB
    48Kemoko TurayRutgersEDGE
    49Darian ThompsonBoise StateFS
    50Vonn BellOhio StateSS
    51Paul PerkinsUCLARB
    52Denver KirklandArkansasG
    53Tyvis PowellOhio StateFS
    54Kentrell BrothersMissouriLB
    55Chris JonesMiss. StateDL
    56Leonte CarrooRutgersWR
    57Sheldon DayNotre DameDL
    58Hunter HenryArkansasTE
    59Braxton MillerOhio StateWR
    60Devontae BookerUtahRB
    61Kenny LawlerCaliforniaWR
    62Shon ColemanAuburnT
    63William JacksonHoustonCB
    64C.J. ProsiseNotre DameRB
    65Germain IfediTexas A&MT
    66Jake ButtMichiganTE
    67O.J. HowardAlabamaTE
    68Cayleb JonesArizonaWR
    69Vadal AlexanderLSUG
    70Sheldon RankinsLouisvilleDL
    71Evan EngramOle MissTE
    72Spencer DrangoBaylorT
    73Jalen MillsLSUFS
    74Charles TapperOklahomaDL
    75Joe SchobertWisconsinLB
    76Kendell BeckwithLSULB
    77Rashard HigginsColorado StateWR
    78Jason SpriggsIndianaT
    79Tajae SharpeUMassWR
    80Roberto AguayoFSUK
    81Christian WestermanArizona StateG
    82Alex CollinsArkansasRB
    83KJ DillonWest VirginiaFS
    84Christian FrenchOregonEDGE
    85Kendall FullerVirginia TechCB
    86Cody WhitehairKansas StateG
    87Sterling ShepardOklahomaWR
    88Byron MarshallOregonRB
    89Karl JosephWest VirginiaSS
    90Carl NassibPenn StateDL
    91Max TuerkUSCC
    92Will RedmondMiss. StateCB
    93Fabian MoreauUCLACB
    94Pat Elflein Ohio StateG
    95Nick MartinNotre DameC
    96Steven DanielsBoston CollegeLB
    97Kyler FackrellUtah StateEDGE
    98Terence WaughKent StateEDGE
    99Derrick HenryAlabamaRB
    100Evan BoehmMissouriC

Quarterbacks

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    Most NFL-Ready: Jared Goff, California

    Best Arm: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

    Best Runner: Trevone Boykin, TCU

    Best Potential: Jared Goff, California

    Biggest Question Mark: Cardale Jones, Ohio State

    Biggest Sleeper: Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

    Biggest Riser: Paxton Lynch, Memphis

    Biggest Faller: Cardale Jones, Ohio State

    2016 Quarterback Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Jared GoffCalifornia
    2Paxton LynchMemphis
    3Christian Hackenberg Penn State
    4Carson Wentz North Dakota St.
    5Connor CookMichigan State
    6Nate Sudfeld Indiana
    7 Cardale JonesOhio State
    8Brandon DoughtyWestern Kentucky
    9Cody Kessler USC
    10Kevin HoganStanford

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

    Biggest Riser: Alex Collins, Arkansas

    Biggest Faller: Derrick Henry, Alabama

    2016 Running Back Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Ezekiel ElliottOhio State
    2Paul PerkinsUCLA
    3Devontae BookerUtah
    4C.J. ProsiseNotre Dame
    5Alex CollinsArkansas
    6Byron MarshallOregon
    7Derrick HenryAlabama
    8James ConnerPittsburgh
    9Jonathan WilliamsArkansas
    10Kenyan DrakeAlabama

Wide Receivers

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    Most NFL-Ready: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

    Best Boundary Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

    Best Slot Receiver: Tyler Boyd, Pitt

    Best Hands: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

    Best Route-Runner: Josh Doctson, TCU

    Best Potential: Josh Doctson, TCU

    Biggest Question Mark: Leonte Carroo, Rutgers

    Biggest Sleeper: Cayleb Jones, Arizona

    Biggest Riser: Corey Coleman, Baylor

    Biggest Faller: Mike Williams, Clemson (injury)

    2016 Wide Receiver Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Laquon TreadwellOle Miss
    2Josh DoctsonTCU
    3Will FullerNotre Dame
    4Corey ColemanBaylor
    5Michael ThomasOhio State
    6Tyler BoydPittsburgh
    7Leonte CarrooRutgers
    8Braxton MillerOhio State
    9Kenny LawlerCalifornia
    10Cayleb JonesArizona

Tight Ends

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

    Best Slot Tight End: Jerell Adams, South Carolina

    Best Hands: Jake Butt, Michigan

    Best Route-Runner: Hunter Henry, Arkansas

    Best Blocker: O.J. Howard, Alabama

    Biggest Question Mark: O.J. Howard, Alabama

    Biggest Sleeper: Nick Vannett, Ohio State

    Biggest Riser: Jerell Adams, South Carolina

    Biggest Faller: Kyle Carter, Penn State

    2016 Tight End Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Hunter HenryArkansas
    2Jake ButtMichigan
    3O.J. HowardAlabama
    4Evan EngramOle Miss
    5Jerell AdamsSouth Carolina
    6Nick VannettOhio State
    7Austin HooperStanford
    8Bucky HodgesVirginia Tech
    9Darion GriswoldArkansas State
    10Jay RomeGeorgia

Offensive Tackles

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    Most NFL-Ready: Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

    Best Run-Blocker: Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss

    Best Pass-Blocker: Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

    Best Potential: Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

    Biggest Question Mark: Jack Conklin, Michigan State

    Biggest Sleeper: Tyler Johnstone, Oregon

    Lowest Risk: Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

    Biggest Riser: Shon Coleman, Auburn

    Biggest Faller: Jason Spriggs, Indiana

    2016 Offensive Tackle Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Ronnie StanleyNotre Dame
    2Laremy TunsilOle Miss
    3Taylor DeckerOhio State
    4Jerald HawkinsLSU
    5Jack ConklinMichigan State
    6Shon ColemanAuburn
    7Germain IfediTexas A&M
    8Spencer DrangoBaylor
    9Jason SpriggsIndiana
    10Tyler JohnstoneOregon

Offensive Guards

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    Most NFL-Ready: Denver Kirkland, Arkansas

    Best Run-Blocker: Josh Garnett, Stanford

    Best Pass-Blocker: Vadal Alexander, LSU

    Biggest Upside: Denver Kirkland, Arkansas

    Biggest Question Mark: Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State

    Biggest Sleeper: Joe Thuney, N.C. State

    Biggest Riser: Denver Kirkland, Arkansas

    Biggest Faller: Connor McGovern, Missouri

    2016 Offensive Guard Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Denver KirklandArkansas
    2Vadal AlexanderLSU
    3Christian WestermanArizona State
    4Cody WhitehairKansas State
    5Pat ElfleinOhio State
    6Greg PykeGeorgia
    7Josh GarnettStanford
    8Isaac SeumaloOregon State
    9Sebastian TretolaArkansas
    10Joe ThuneyN.C. State

Centers

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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: Max Tuerk, USC (injury)

    Biggest Sleeper: Ryan Kelly, Alabama

    Biggest Riser: Matt Skura, Duke

    Biggest Faller: None

    2016 Center Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Max TuerkUSC
    2Nick MartinNotre Dame
    3Evan BoehmMissouri
    4Mike MatthewsTexas A&M
    5Ryan KellyAlabama
    6Jack AllenMichigan State
    7Austin BlytheIowa
    8Nick KellyArizona State
    9Matt SkuraDuke
    10Kyle FriendTemple

EDGE

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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: Kamalei Correa, Boise State

    Biggest Riser: Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky

    Biggest Faller: None

    2016 Edge-Rusher Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Joey BosaOhio State
    2Jordan JenkinsGeorgia
    3Shaq LawsonClemson
    4Vince BiegelWisconsin
    5Noah SpenceEastern Kentucky
    6Shilique CalhounMichigan State
    7Jonathan BullardFlorida
    8Kamalei CorreaBoise State
    9Emmanuel OgbahOklahoma State
    10Kemoko TurayRutgers

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: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

    Biggest Question Mark: A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama

    Biggest Sleeper: Chris Jones, Miss. State

    Biggest Riser: Jarran Reed, Alabama

    Biggest Faller: A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama

    2016 Defensive Lineman Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Robert NkemdicheOle Miss
    2Kenny ClarkUCLA
    3DeForest BucknerOregon
    4Maliek CollinsNebraska
    5Andrew BillingsBaylor
    6Jarran ReedAlabama
    7Austin JohnsonPenn State
    8A'Shawn RobinsonAlabama
    9Adolphus WashingtonOhio State
    10Chris JonesMiss. State

Linebackers

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    Most NFL-Ready: Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

    Best Weak-Side Linebacker: Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

    Best Strong-Side Linebacker: Kentrell Brothers, Missouri

    Best Inside Linebacker: Reggie Ragland, Alabama

    Best Run-Stopper: Kentrell Brothers, Missouri

    Best Pass-Rusher: Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

    Best Pass Coverage: Su'a Cravens, USC

    Best Potential: Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

    Biggest Question Mark: Myles Jack, UCLA (injury)

    Biggest Sleeper: Kentrell Brothers, Missouri

    Biggest Riser: Steven Daniels, Boston College

    Biggest Faller: Scooby Wright, Arizona (injury)

    2016 Off-Ball Linebacker Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Jaylon SmithNotre Dame
    2Myles JackUCLA
    3Su'a CravensUSC
    4Reggie RaglandAlabama
    5Joshua PerryOhio State
    6Leonard FloydGeorgia
    7Kentrell BrothersMissouri
    8Joe SchobertWisconsin
    9Kendell BeckwithLSU
    10Steven DanielsBoston College

Cornerbacks

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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: William Jackson, Houston

    Biggest Riser: Mackensie Alexander, Clemson

    Biggest Faller: Cameron Sutton, Tennessee 

    2016 Cornerback Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Vernon HargreavesFlorida
    2Jalen RamseyFSU
    3Mackensie AlexanderClemson
    4Tre'Davious WhiteLSU
    5Cameron SuttonTennessee
    6William JacksonHouston
    7Kendall FullerVirginia Tech
    8Will RedmondMiss. St.
    9Fabian MoreauUCLA
    10Michael JordanMissouri Western

Safeties

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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

    Biggest Riser: Tyvis Powell, Ohio State

    Biggest Faller: Karl Joseph (injury)

    2016 Safety Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Jayron KearseClemson
    2Jeremy CashDuke
    3Darian ThompsonBoise State
    4Vonn BellOhio State
    5Tyvis PowellOhio State
    6Jalen MillsLSU
    7K.J. DillonWest Virginia
    8Karl JosephWest Virginia
    9Deon BushMiami (FL)
    10Kevin ByardMiddle Tennessee St.