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

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterDecember 10, 2015

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

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    The college football regular season ends this weekend, with the famed Army-Navy game serving as a fantastic finish to the season. That leaves bowl games and the College Football Playoff as all that separates us from draft season being here at 100 percent.

    There are key dates coming up on the calendar: January 16 is the deadline for underclassmen to declare—and those decisions are starting to leak out—and January 30 is the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Those two events will shake up the Big Board in a huge way, and give some much-needed clarity to the draft picture. Until then, this Big Board is based on intel on which players will be entering the draft and which will be staying in school. 

    As of December 10, this is how the top 100 players in the draft shake out. Of course, one of my 10 Scouting Rules is that all grades should be fluid and revisited, so expect these to change between now and the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

Top 100 Overall

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    How does the 2016 draft class look compared to previous seasons? 

    In terms of talent at the top of the class, it's fair to say 2016 is comparable to 2015 but nowhere near close to 2014. As far as depth, this year doesn't have the depth that last year's draft featured, but it's much better than the famous 2013 draft class. In the last five years of drafts, this year's looks to be fourth-best (2014, 2012, 2015, this year, and 2013 in last place), but there is room for that to change if some juniors surprise us all and head back to school. 

    The strengths of this class reside at defensive line and linebacker. There are 13 players in the top 32 along the defensive line, and four linebackers help to round out what looks like a very good defensive class. The weakness, though, will be at key spots like quarterback, safety and tight end.  

    You might not hear many say quarterback is a weakness, but outside of Jared Goff at No. 1 overall—a spot he's fighting to keep with Jaylon Smith and Joey Bosa being exceptional prospects—there isn't a passer in this class I'd compare to the 2014 or 2015 top passers. Paxton Lynch of Memphis doesn't currently grade out as better than Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. That, of course, can change with more film study.

    2016 Top 100 Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolPos
    1Jared GoffCaliforniaQB
    2Jaylon SmithNotre DameLB
    3Joey BosaOhio StateEDGE
    4Robert NkemdicheOle MissDL
    5Ronnie StanleyNotre DameT
    6Laremy TunsilOle MissT
    7Vernon HargreavesFloridaCB
    8Jalen RamseyFlorida StateFS
    9Laquon TreadwellOle MissWR
    10Myles JackUCLALB
    11Mackensie AlexanderClemsonCB
    12DeForest BucknerOregonDL
    13Ezekiel ElliottOhio StateRB
    14Josh DoctsonTCUWR
    15Leonard FloydGeorgiaEDGE
    16Shaq LawsonClemsonEDGE
    17Paxton LynchMemphisQB
    18Su'a CravensUSCLB
    19Andrew BillingsBaylorDL
    20Maliek CollinsNebraskaDL
    21Kenny ClarkUCLADL
    22Michael ThomasOhio StateWR
    23Reggie RaglandAlabamaLB
    24Shon ColemanAuburnT
    25Jayron KearseClemsonFS
    26Emmanuel OgbahOklahoma StateEDGE
    27Corey ColemanBaylorWR
    28Jarran ReedAlabamaDL
    29A'Shawn RobinsonAlabamaDL
    30Austin JohnsonPenn StateDL
    31Noah SpenceEastern KentuckyEDGE
    32Jerald HawkinsLSUT
    33Eli AppleOhio StateCB
    34Tre'Davious WhiteLSUCB
    35Jordan JenkinsGeorgiaEDGE
    36Vince BiegelWisconsinEDGE
    37Joshua PerryOhio StateLB
    38Tyler BoydPittsburghWR
    39Carson WentzNorth Dakota St.QB
    40Christian HackenbergPenn StateQB
    41Taylor DeckerOhio StateT
    42Jonathan BullardFloridaEDGE
    43Jonathan AllenAlabamaEDGE
    44Jeremy CashDukeSS
    45Cameron SuttonTennesseeCB
    46Darian ThompsonBoise StateFS
    47Vonn BellOhio StateSS
    48Paul PerkinsUCLARB
    49Charles TapperOklahomaDL
    50Adolphus Washington Ohio StateDL
    51Vernon ButlerLouisiana TechDL
    52Denver KirklandArkansasG
    53Devontae BookerUtahRB
    54Jason SpriggsIndianaT
    55Kamalei CorreaBoise StateEDGE
    56Shilique CalhounMichigan StateEDGE
    57C.J. ProsiseNotre DameRB
    58Tony ConnerOle MissSS
    59Chris JonesMiss. StateDL
    60Hunter HenryArkansasTE
    61Pharoh CooperSouth CarolinaWR
    62Ryan KellyAlabamaC
    63Kemoko TurayRutgersEDGE
    64Leonte CarrooRutgersWR
    65William JacksonHoustonCB
    66Braxton MillerOhio StateWR
    67Tyvis PowellOhio StateFS
    68Kentrell BrothersMissouriLB
    69Alex CollinsArkansasRB
    70Germain IfediTexas A&MT
    71O.J. HowardAlabamaTE
    72Cayleb JonesArizonaWR
    73Sheldon DayNotre DameDL
    74Vadal AlexanderLSUG
    75Sheldon RankinsLouisvilleDL
    76Jerell AdamsSouth CarolinaTE
    77Landon TurnerNorth CarolinaG
    78Derrick HenryAlabamaRB
    79Jordan HowardIndianaRB
    80Spencer DrangoBaylorT
    81Marcus MayeFloridaFS
    82Cassanova McKinzyAuburnLB
    83Rashard HigginsColorado StateWR
    84Cole TonerHarvardC
    85Tajae SharpeUMassWR
    86Joshua GarnettStanfordG
    87Christian WestermanArizona StateG
    88Keivarae RussellNotre DameCB
    89Miles KillebrewSouthern UtahSS
    90Jalen MillsLSUFS
    91Christian FrenchOregonEDGE
    92Cody WhitehairKansas StateG
    93Kendall BeckwithLSULB
    94Max TuerkUSCC
    95Kendall FullerVirginia TechCB
    96Sterling ShepardOklahomaWR
    97Karl JosephWest VirginiaSS
    98Carl NassibPenn StateDL
    99Jonathan WilliamsArkansasRB
    100Will RedmondMiss. StateCB

Quarterbacks

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    Most NFL-Ready: Connor Cook, Michigan State

    Best Arm: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

    Best Runner: Trevone Boykin, TCU

    Best Potential: Cardale Jones, Ohio State

    Biggest Question Mark: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

    Biggest Sleeper: Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

    Biggest Riser: Brandon Allen, Arkansas

    Biggest Faller: Cardale Jones, Ohio State

    2016 Quarterback Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Jared GoffCalifornia
    2Paxton LynchMemphis
    3Carson Wentz North Dakota St.
    4Christian Hackenberg Penn State
    5Connor CookMichigan State
    6Brandon AllenArkansas
    7Nate Sudfeld Indiana
    8Brandon DoughtyWestern Kentucky
    9 Dak PrescottMississippi State
    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: Jordan Howard, Indiana

    Biggest Faller: James Conner, Pittsburgh

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

Wide Receivers

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    Most NFL-Ready: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

    Best Boundary Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

    Best Slot Receiver: Corey Coleman, Baylor

    Best Hands: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

    Best Route-Runner: Tyler Boyd, Pitt

    Best Potential: Michael Thomas, Ohio State

    Biggest Question Mark: Leonte Carroo, Rutgers

    Biggest Sleeper: Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina

    Biggest Riser: Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina

    Biggest Faller: Kenny Lawler, California

    2016 Wide Receiver Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1 Laquon Treadwell Ole MIss
    2Josh Doctson TCU
    3Michael ThomasOhio State
    4Corey ColemanBaylor
    5Tyler BoydPittsburgh
    6 Pharoh CooperSouth Carolina
    7 Leonte Carroo Rutgers
    8 Braxton MillerOhio State
    9 Cayleb JonesArizona
    10Rashard HigginsColorado State

Tight Ends

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

    Best Slot Tight End: Evan Engram, Ole Miss

    Best Hands: Hunter Henry, Arkansas

    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: Jordan Leggett, Clemson

    Biggest Faller: Evan Engram, Ole Miss

    2016 Tight End Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Hunter HenryArkansas
    2O.J. HowardAlabama
    3Jordan Leggett Clemson
    4Jerell AdamsSouth Carolina
    5Austin HooperStanford
    6Evan EngramOle Miss
    7Jake McGeeFlorida
    8Nick VannettOhio State
    9Bryce WilliamsEast Carolina
    10Bucky HodgesVirginia Tech

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: Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

    Biggest Question Mark: Shon Coleman, Auburn

    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
    2 Laremy Tunsil Ole Miss
    3 Shon ColemanAuburn
    4Jerald HawkinsLSU
    5Taylor DeckerOhio State
    6Jason Spriggs Indiana
    7Germain Ifedi Texas A&M
    8Spencer Drango Baylor
    9 Le'Raven ClarkTexas Tech
    10Tyler Johnstone Oregon

Guards

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    Most NFL-Ready: Vadal Alexander, LSU

    Best Run-Blocker: Denver Kirkland, Arkansas

    Best Pass-Blocker: Vadal Alexander, LSU

    Biggest Upside: Landon Turner, North Carolina

    Biggest Question Mark: Aaron Morris, Ole Miss

    Biggest Sleeper: Cody Whitehair, Kansas State

    Biggest Riser: Denver Kirkland, Arkansas

    Biggest Faller: Greg Pyke, Georgia

    2016 Guard Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Denver KirklandArkansas
    2 Vadal AlexanderLSU
    3Landon TurnerNorth Carolina
    4Joshua GarnettStanford
    5Christian Westerman Arizona State
    6Cody Whitehair Kansas State
    7Pat Elflein Ohio State
    8Greg Pyke Georgia
    9Isaac Seumalo Oregon State
    10Sebastian Tretola Arkansas

Centers

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    Most NFL-Ready: Max Tuerk, USC

    Best Run-Blocker: Ryan Kelly, Alabama

    Best Pass-Blocker: Max Tuerk, USC

    Best Upside: Evan Boehm, Missouri

    Biggest Question Mark: Dan Voltz, Wisconsin

    Biggest Sleeper: Cole Toner, Harvard

    Biggest Riser: Ryan Kelly, Alabama

    Biggest Faller: Mike Matthews, Texas A&M

    2016 Center Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Ryan KellyAlabama
    2Cole TonerHarvard
    3Max Tuerk USC
    4Evan Boehm Missouri
    5Nick MartinNotre Dame
    6Mike MatthewsTexas A&M
    7Jack AllenMichigan State
    8Austin BlytheIowa
    9Matt Skura Duke
    10Kyle FriendTemple

Edge-Defenders

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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: Leonard Floyd, Georgia

    Best Pass-Rusher: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

    Best Potential: Vince Biegel, Wisconsin

    Biggest Question Mark: Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky

    Biggest Sleeper: Vince Biegel, Wisconsin

    Biggest Riser: Leonard Floyd, Georgia

    Biggest Faller: Kemoko Turay, Rutgers

     

    2016 Edge-Defender Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Joey Bosa Ohio State
    2Leonard FloydGeorgia
    3 Shaq LawsonClemson
    4Emmanuel Ogbah Oklahoma State
    5Noah SpenceEastern Kentucky
    6Jordan JenkinsGeorgia
    7Vince Biegel Wisconsin
    8Jonathan Bullard Florida
    9Jonathan AllenAlabama
    10 Kamalei Correa Boise State

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: Shawn Oakman, Baylor

    Biggest Sleeper: Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech

    Biggest Riser: Jarran Reed, Alabama

    Biggest Faller: Adolphus Washington, Ohio State

    2016 Defensive Lineman Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Robert Nkemdiche Ole Miss
    2 DeForest BucknerOregon
    3Kenny ClarkUCLA
    4Andrew Billings Baylor
    5 Maliek CollinsNebraska
    6 Jarran ReedAlabama
    7 A'Shawn RobinsonAlabama
    8Austin JohnsonPenn State
    9Charles TapperOklahoma
    10Vernon ButlerLa. Tech

Linebackers

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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: Kyler Fackrell, Utah State

    Biggest Riser: Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn

    Biggest Faller: Scooby Wright, Auburn

    2016 Linebacker Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1 Jaylon SmithNotre Dame
    2Myles JackUCLA
    3 Su'a CravensUSC
    4Reggie Ragland Alabama
    5Joshua PerryOhio State
    6 Kentrell BrothersMissouri
    7 Cassanova McKinzy Auburn
    8Kendall Beckwith LSU
    9Antonio MorrisonFlorida
    10 Kyler Fackrell Utah State

Cornerbacks

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    Most NFL-Ready: Vernon Hargreaves, Florida

    Best Man Coverage: Mackensie Alexander, Clemson

    Best Zone Coverage: Vernon Hargreaves, Florida

    Best Potential: Mackensie Alexander, Clemson

    Biggest Question Mark: KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame

    Biggest Sleeper: Michael Jordan, Missouri Western

    Biggest Riser: Mackensie Alexander, Clemson

    Biggest Faller: Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech

    2016 Cornerback Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1Vernon HargreavesFlorida
    2 Mackensie AlexanderClemson
    3Eli AppleOhio State
    4 Tre'Davious WhiteLSU
    5Cameron SuttonTennessee
    6William JacksonHouston
    7Kendall FullerVirginia Tech
    8 KeiVarae RussellNotre Dame
    9Will RedmondMississippi State
    10Fabian Moreau UCLA

Safeties

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    Most NFL-Ready: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

    Best Coverage: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

    Best Strong Safety: Vonn Bell, Ohio State

    Best Free Safety: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

    Best Run-Stopper: Jeremy Cash, Duke

    Best Potential: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

    Biggest Question Mark: Jalen Mills, LSU

    Biggest Sleeper: Darian Thompson, Boise State

    2016 Safety Rankings
    RankPlayerSchool
    1 Jalen RamseyFlorida State
    2 Jayron Kearse Clemson
    3Jeremy CashDuke
    4 Vonn BellOhio State
    5 Darian ThompsonBoise State
    6Tony ConnerOle Miss
    7 Tyvis PowellOhio State
    8Marcus MayeFlorida
    9 Jalen MillsLSU
    10Miles Killebrew Southern Utah