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Consensus Big Board 1.0

Monday, February 22, 2016

I'll be tossing these up every few weeks on Mondays, so check back over the next month-plus to see how the Consensus Big Board fluctuates with the ebbs and flows of the process. For reference's sake, I've averaged out the boards of Pro Football Focus (February 17), ESPN's Todd McShay (February 18), CBS Sports' Rob Rang (February 17) and Rotoworld's Josh Norris (February 19). You can check out Josh's full Big Board here.


1. Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, 6-foot-5, 275 pounds

Highest- Of our four Big Boards in question, every one other than Norris placed Bosa at No. 1.

Lowest- Norris dropped him all the way to No. 2.

2. Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil, 6-foot-5, 305 pounds

Highest- Rang slots Tunsil in at No. 2 while McShay ranks him at No. 3.

Lowest- PFF's analysis team and Josh Norris are less frisky on him, with PFF ranking him No. 5 and Norris No. 7.

3.FSU CB/S Jalen Ramsey, 6-foot-1, 202 pounds

Highest- McShay's super-duper impressed, placing Ramsey at No. 2. Rang's right behind him with Ramsey as his third best prospect in this class.

Lowest- PFF and Norris fall in lockstep here, more or less, with Norris placing Ramsey at No. 6 and PFF waiting until No. 7 to spring his name.

4. UCLA LB Myles Jack, 6-foot-1, 222 pounds

Highest- Norris' No. 1 prospect. Rang's next up at No.4, with PFF at No. 5.

Lowest- Hit the road, Jack. McShay ranks the UCLA standout at No. 11.

5. Oregon DE DeForest Buckner, 6-foot-7, 290 pounds

Highest- Buckner's had himself a nice week of Internet chatter in the draft community, with both ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and's Lance Zierlein hopping the Duck terror over Buckeye Bosa in mock drafts. PFF's first Big Board similarly pushed Buckner's name to the forefront, ranking him at No. 2 behind Bosa. Check back in a few weeks to see if there's tangible upward movement on the Big Boards.

Lowest- Norris doesn't let Buckner crash the party until No. 12. Rang and McShay find a middle ground between the sky-high ranking by PFF and the less chipper ranking of Norris, slotting him at No. 7 and No. 6, respectively.


6. Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley, 6-foot-6, 315 pounds

Highest- Rang (6), Norris (8) and McShay (5) all more or less see Stanley in the same range.

Lowest- PFF, however, doesn't unveil Stanley until No. 16.

7. Cal QB Jared Goff, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds

Highest- The writers at PFF think highly of both Goff and NDSU's Carson Wentz, placing the Cal gunslinger at No. 3. While not quite as high on him, McShay (9) and Rang (10) see Goff similarly.

Lowest- Norris doesn't see a franchise quarterback in the 2016 pool, placing Goff onto his Big Board at No. 23.

8. North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz, 6-foot-5, 231 pounds

Highest- PFF places Wentz just behind Goff at No. 4. McShay's got him at No. 8.

Lowest- Rang (11) and Norris (24) are more conservative in their rankings of the Bison product. A few fun (?) quarterback notes: All four analysts placed Goff and Wentz next to each other. Three of them ranked Goff a spot above Wentz, while McShay quietly shuffled Wentz ahead. Neither Rang nor PFF have another quarterback cracking the top-32.

9. Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, 6-foot, 225 pounds

Highest- You won't have to scroll long on Josh Norris' rankings to find Elliott. Zeke turns up at No. 3 on his Big Board.

Lowest- Nobody else in our quartet is tossing Elliott up quite that high. Rang's next at No. 9, while McShay (15) and PFF (21) aren't as keen to place a running back in the single digits of their big boards.

10. Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins, 6-foot-2, 304 pounds

Highest- McShay includes the Cardinals' stud at No. 7 on his board, while PFF and Norris are similarly high, with both outfitting Rankins at No. 9.

Lowest- Rob Rang's far more cautious here, waiting until No. 24 to unveil Rankins.

11. Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves IIII, 5-foot-11, 198 pounds

Highest- McShay at No. 4. No other analyst ranks him in the top-10.

Lowest- Everybody who isn't McShay. Technically, PFF's lowest with Hargreaves at No. 19, but Rang (13) and Norris (16) aren't far off from their analysis team.

12. Clemson DE Shaq Lawson, 6-foot-3, 275 pounds

Highest- CBS Sports' Rang by a fair margin with Lawson at No. 5. PFF comes next placing the Clemson star at No. 11.

Lowest- Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Lawson at No. 17 while McShay rounds out the bunch with a Lawson sighting at No. 21.

13. Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell, 6-foot-2, 212 pounds

Highest- Rotoworld's Norris puts the Ole Miss beast at No. 5, while Rob Rang also keeps him in single-digits at No. 8.

Lowest- Not tossing Treadwell into single-digits, McShay (17). Almost leaving him off the top-32 entirely, PFF (26).

14. Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche, 6-foot-4, 296 pounds

Highest- Lock your windows, all four of our analysts rank Nkemdiche in the teens. Norris (13) and Rang (15) lead the parade.

Lowest- PFF (18) and McShay (19) are seeing eye-to-eye on the riddle wrapped in an enigma that is Mr. Nkemdiche.

15. Notre Dame OLB Jaylon Smith, 6-foot-3, 235 pounds

Highest- Norris and McShay find common ground with Smith at No. 14

Lowest- PFF waits until No. 21 to offer Smith forward, while Rang waves him in at No. 19.

16. Eastern Kentucky Edge Noah Spence, 6-foot-3, 254 pounds

Highest- Norris turns in the former Buckeye at No. 10, while PFF's team checks him in at No. 12.

Lowest- Rang hits up Spence at No. 16. That's lower than PFF and Norris, but Todd McShay takes the cake by putting the edge rusher at No. 32.

17. Baylor WR Corey Coleman, 5-10, 190 pounds

Highest- Rotoworld's Norris thinks the world of Coleman and ranks him as his No. 4 overall prospect. PFF's team of analysts aren't far behind at No. 10

Lowest- McShay keeps the all-universe Baylor star out of his top-32, while he barely nudges into Rang's rankings at No. 29.

18. Baylor DT Andrew Billings, 6-foot-1, 300 pounds

Highest- Norris checks Billings in just shy of his top-10 at No. 11.

Lowest- The rest of our fair analysts place him 20 or higher, with Rang putting down the former Bear at No. 20, followed by both PFF and McShay at No. 24.

19. Clemson CB Mackenzie Alexander, 5-foot-10, 195 pounds

Highest- Rang and PFF both offer Alexander forward at No. 14.

Lowest- McShay unleashes the Tiger at No. 26, while Norris waits until No. 32 to open the door.

20. Alabama DL Jarran Reed 6-foot-3, 313 pounds

Highest- CBS Sports analyst Rang has him scraping the top-10 at No. 12. McShay isn't far behind, tossing the champ in at No. 16.

Lowest- Norris and PFF are decidedly lower here, with Reed at No. 29 on Norris' Big Board. PFF fells him all the way to No. 36.

21. Alabama DT A'Shawn Robinson 6-foot-3, 312 pounds

Highest- McShay's ranking of Robinson at No. 12 and Rang's at 17 aren't just a little higher than those of PFF and Norris. They're flying so high above that they can't even see the other rankings.

Lowest- PFF not only keeps Robinson out of their top-32, they don't have him in their top-40. Neither does Norris for that matter, as you'll find the former Tide star at No. 42 on his Big Board.

22. Michigan State OT Jack Conklin, 6-foot-6, 318 pounds

Highest- McShay includes Conklin at No. 13. PFF has him slightly lower at No. 17.

Lowest- While Rang's ranking of 26 for Conklin is relatively low, Norris bests (worsts?) that by placing the Spartan warrior down at 52.

23. Ohio State OLB Darron Lee, 6-foot-1, 234 pounds

Highest- Rotoworld's Norris turns to Lee at No. 19, while McShay and Rang wait a few more slots until No. 25.

Lowest- PFF doesn't include the former Buckeye in their top-40.

24. TCU WR Josh Doctson, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds

Highest- Norris is most bullish on Doctson, placing him at No. 20. PFF follows at No. 25.

Lowest- McShay and Rang do not include the former Horned Frog on their boards.

25. Ohio State OT Taylor Decker, 6-foot-7, 317 pounds

Highest- McShay and Rang are within shouting distance here, as the former ranks Decker No. 22 while the latter boosts him a spot at No. 21.

Lowest- PFF doesn't rank the Ohio State lineman in their top-40, while Norris has him ranked 36th.

26. Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland, 6-2, 259 pounds

Highest- McShay's by far the highest on Ragland of our bunch, ranking him as the No. 10 prospect in this draft pool.

Lowest- Norris doesn't drop Ragland in until No. 40, with Rang (32) and PFF (30) slightly higher on the Tide leader.

27. Kansas State OG Cody Whitehair, 6-foot-4, 309 pounds

Highest- Norris is the first on the scene with Whitehair at No. 21. PFF follows a few slots later at No. 27.

Lowest- No such dice for the offensive lineman on either McShay or Rang's boards. Neither analyst tosses him into the fray for this round.

28. Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd, 6-foot-3, 232 pounds

Highest- Norris and Rang meet at No. 22 with Floyd.

Lowest- McShay and PFF, not so hot. McShay ranks the former Bulldog at No. 29, while PFF omits him from their top-40 completely.

29. Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler, 6-foot-4, 325 pounds

Highest- Norris is the only one to place Butler within his top-20, lining him up at No. 18.

Lowest- McShay places Butler at No. 28, Rang at No. 31. He doesn't make the cut for PFF.

30. Florida DE Jonathan Bullard, 6-foot-3, 283 pounds

Highest- Rang (27) and PFF (29) buoy Bullard in our consensus.

Lowest- The Florida product fails to crack either Todd McShay's or Josh Norris' top-32, though Norris has him just outside that at No. 33.

31. UCLA DT Kenny Clark, 6-foot-3, 308 pounds

Highest- Rang and Norris both rank Clark within the top-32, with Rang slotting the Bruin slightly higher 23 to 31.

Lowest- PFF has him near the bottom of their top-40 at No. 37. McShay does not include Clark on his 32-man big board.

32. Memphis QB Paxton Lynch, 6-foot-6, 225 pounds

Highest- Norris slots Lynch in just after Goff and Wentz at No. 25. McShay sees the situation likewise and places the gunslinger at No. 27.

Lowest- Lynch just makes the cut in PFF's top-40, falling into line at No. 39. Rang leaves him out of the party altogether.

Mark Lindquist holds a master's degree from the University of Iowa and writes baseball and college football for He's currently working on a memoir about life, death, rock 'n' roll and his year teaching at a Chinese university. You can reach him on Twitter @markrlindquist.
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