NFL Draft 2018: Big Board – Post-Combine edition

As draft season progresses, we update the RealSport draft board - see how the top 120 prospects currently rank here.


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While most draft grades don’t change a great deal as a result of the Combine, the data acquired certainly is an important part of the process, and performances can result in going back to the tape and re-evaluating as and where unexpected testing results occurred. That, alongside further work in general on game film, means that the RealSport draft board looks a little different post-Combine.

The previous version of the board, released in January, gives some details on the reasoning behind grades on the top 20 prospects as they were ordered at the time. In addition, notes on other players at several positions (wide receiver, guard, defensive line and cornerback so far) have been given in our continuing Top 10 series. Please use this information, linked below, to read further on those players, as opposed to duplicating the writeups again here.

January Big Board article.

Top 10 Position Rankings articles.

One of the biggest changes to an individual player grade, is that of Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown, after his now-infamous showing at the Combine. A few notes on him and his grading. Firstly, unlike many, he never held a particularly high grade for me. He held a late 2nd-round grade on the January board, and even that was a little begrudgingly, as his film felt more third round worthy at the time.

While nobody expected him to be athletic, few saw him being that poor looking in Indianapolis; it was genuinely shocking. While some will feel he either should maintain a good grade or only drop slightly, if those people liked his film, there’s cause to consider a larger drop, such as in the high 4th-round grade he now holds with RealSport.

A few years ago, LSU right tackle Vadal Alexander was viewed for a while as a Day 2 prospect. Very early on for some he even had some suggestions of a first round guard prospect. He tested very poorly at the Combine and eventually landed in the 7th round. USC guard Damien Mama had a similarly unathletic performance and went from a possible mid-round prospect for some, to undrafted in the end. It remains to see how things will go for Brown, but the stock drop for many can be argued.

There’s still a bit further to go in this draft process before the big event at the end of April. The final version of the draft board will inevitably have some further changes. The Top 10 series will continue over the next couple weeks and then be built upon with a full position by position ranking series. We’ll also have mock drafts and other features to add to the coverage over the next six weeks. We hope everyone is enjoying draft season so far!

RealSport 2018 NFL Draft Board – Top 120

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1Saquon BarkleyRBPenn State
2Quenton NelsonOGNotre Dame
3Minkah FitzpatrickS/CBAlabama
4Josh RosenQBUCLA
5Bradley ChubbEDGENC State
6Denzel WardCBOhio State
7Derwin JamesSFlorida State
8Sam DarnoldQBSouthern California
9Roquan SmithLBGeorgia
10Baker MayfieldQBOklahoma
11Vita VeaDLWashington
12Tremaine EdmundsLBVirginia Tech
13Da’Ron PayneDLAlabama
14Rashaan EvansLBAlabama
15Marcus DavenportEDGETexas-San Antonio
16Will HernandezOGTexas-El Paso
17Calvin RidleyWRAlabama
18Josh AllenQBWyoming
19Harold LandryEDGEBoston College
20Jaire AlexanderCBLouisville
21Josh JacksonCBIowa
22Connor WilliamsOT/OGTexas
23Billy PriceC/OGOhio State
24Dallas GoedertTESouth Dakota State
25Derrius GuiceRBLSU
26Isaiah WynnOG/CGeorgia
27Isaiah OliverCBColorado
28Mike McGlincheyOTNotre Dame
29Sony MichelRBGeorgia
30Mike HughesCBUCF
31Courtland SuttonWRSMU
32DJ MooreWRMaryland
33Josh SweatEDGEFlorida State
34Sam HubbardEDGEOhio State
35James DanielsCIowa
36Christian KirkWRTexas A&M
37Ronald Jones IIRBSouthern California
38Harrison PhillipsDLStanford
39Leighton Vander EschLBBoise State
40Maurice HurstDLMichigan
41DJ CharkWRLSU
42Lamar JacksonQBLouisville
43Arden KeyEDGELSU
44Kerryon JohnsonRBAuburn
45Lorenzo CarterEDGEGeorgia
46B.J. HillDLNC State
47Mike GesickiTEPenn State
48Kolton MillerOTUCLA
49Malik JeffersonLB/EDGETexas
50Frank RagnowC/OGArkansas
51James WashingtonWROklahoma State
52Ronnie HarrisonSAlabama
53Anthony MillerWRMemphis
54Braden SmithOG/OTAuburn
55Mike WhiteQBWestern Kentucky
56Martinas RankinOG/CMississippi State
57Hayden HurstTESouth Carolina
58Tyrell CrosbyOG/OTOregon
59Rashaad PennyRBSan Diego State
60Justin ReidSStanford
61Taven BryanDLFlorida
62Carlton DavisCBAuburn
63Nathan ShepherdDLFort Hays State
64Deon CainWRClemson
65Rasheem GreenDLSouthern California
66Nick ChubbRBGeorgia
67Tim SettleDLVirginia Tech
68Chad ThomasEDGEMiami (FL)
69Kyzir WhiteS/LBWest Virginia
70Dante PettisWRWashington
71Alex CappaOG/OTHumboldt State
72Nick NelsonCBWisconsin
73Derrick NnadiDLFlorida State
74Rashaan GauldenCBTennessee
75Uchenna NwosuEDGE/LBSouthern California
76Jamarco JonesOT/OGOhio State
77Mark AndrewsTEOklahoma
78Da’Shawn HandDLAlabama
79Kemoko TurayEDGERutgers
80Brian O’NeillOTPittsburgh
81Equanimeous St. BrownWRNotre Dame
82Breeland SpeaksDLOle Miss
83Terrell EdmundsSVirginia Tech
84Donte JacksonCBLSU
85Darius LeonardLBSouth Carolina State
86Ian ThomasTEIndiana
87Michael GallupWRColorado State
88Austin CorbettOG/CNevada
89MJ StewartCBNorth Carolina
90Duke DawsonCBFlorida
91Royce FreemanRBOregon
92Simmie Cobbs Jr.WRIndiana
93Will ClappCLSU
94Kentavius StreetDL/EDGENC State
95Jessie BatesSWake Forest
96DaeSean HamiltonWRPenn State
97Godwin IgwebuikeSNorthwestern
98Dorance Armstrong Jr.EDGEKansas
99Shaquem GriffinLBUCF
100Mason ColeC/OG/OTMichigan
101Marcus AllenSPenn State
102Anthony AverettCBAlabama
103Dorian O’DanielLBClemson
104Auden TateWRFlorida State
105Mark WaltonRBMiami (FL)
106Trenton ThompsonDLGeorgia
107Brandon ParkerOT/OGNorth Carolina A&T
108Tyquan LewisEDGEOhio State
109Stephen RobertsS/CBAuburn
110Deadrin SenatDLSouth Florida
111Taron JohnsonCBWeber State
112Nyheim HinesRBNC State
113Chukwuma OkoraforOTWestern Michigan
114Chris WorleyLBOhio State
115Bo ScarbroughRBAlabama
116Darren Carrington IIWRUtah
117Micah KiserLBVirginia
118DeShon ElliottSTexas
119Josey JewellLBIowa
120JC JacksonCBMaryland

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