Welcome to the first part of NFL Big Board Stock Watch. The purpose of these articles are to highlight who the draft companies are mocking and where. Of course I will cite all sources and that good stuff. This is the pre-season edition and I will be updating it mid-season, end of season, post-senior bowl, and post NFL Combine. I will not include big boards that are less than 75 prospects.

I am also excluding individual team mocks, and fan recreated boards. As analysts we know it’s important for these future NFL talents to get day 1 or day 2 draft capital. I will be averaging the big board position and throughout the season these articles will track the trends so that we can analyze what prospects are losing or gaining value. I will include my own commentary. Without further-ado let me highlight the current data-pool:

Sports Illustrated – 100 prospects 7/28/22

Draft trek – 100 prospects 8/27/22

PFF – 100 prospects 8/22/22

The Draft Network – 100 Prospects 8/22/22

Draft Countdown – 100 Prospects 8/19/22

Tankathon – 77 prospects 8/18/22

Some housekeeping before we get into the players. If the player is present in less than 50% of big boards they will be mentioned but not counted towards the combined big board. Taking it one step further, if a player is not present on all big boards then their position is counted as 101 for each board they are missing from when doing the averages. This is to give them a benefit of the doubt, and say ‘Hey they were next up’ while also not being misleading because they were ranked highly by three services but not at all by the other three. I will distinguish players that are missing from big boards with a ‘(#)’ and the # represents how many boards the prospect is NOT present on. At the moment I know this is a small sample size but it’s early and the data pool will grow.

Quarterbacks Average ADP:

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  1. CJ Stroud: 3
  2. Bryce Young: 6
  3. Will Levis: 34 (1)
  4. Tyler Van Dyke: 36
  5. Anthony Richardson: 39
  6. Tanner McKee: 63 (1)
  7. Devin Leary: 75
  8. Jaren Hall: 91(1)

Other QBs That Were Present on at Least One Board

  • Hendon Hooker 
  • Grayson McCall 
  • Spencer Rattler
  • Phil Jurkovec 

Take Aways

There’s only a clear consensus of two top QBs in this years class and a handful of maybes. A few will surely rise to the occasion and I’m sure one will fall off. Interestingly, not a single big board had Cameron Ward on it. The draft community is focusing too much on tools, players like Will Levis and Anthony Richardson are project QBs.

Will Levis enters the year with a downgraded WR core and without Wan’Dale bailing him out should struggle. Richardson is extremely athletic but has yet to put it together as a passer. He is set as the starter this year but also doesn’t have much of a receiving core to help him out. Tyler Van Dyke is the clear QB3 to me, there’s plenty of good arguments against him, however he is a QB that elevates the offense around him. Last year he had a ton of WR options that no one was excited about, this year is the same. I expect TVD to replicate last years insane production with mediocre offensive pieces to help him.

My Draft Capital Projections

  1. CJ Stroud: Early 1st
  2. Bryce Young: Early 1st
  3. Tyler Van Dyke: Mid-1st
  4. Anthony Richardson: 1st
  5. Will Levis: 3rd
  6. Cameron Ward: 3rd
  7. Devin Leary: 3rd

Running Back Average Big Board Position

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  1. Bijan Robinson: 10
  2. Jahmyr Gibbs: 41
  3. Zach Evans: 45
  4. Sean Tucker: 55
  5. Tank Bigsby: 60
  6. Devon Achane: 67
  7. Zach Charbonnet: 85 (1)

Other RBs That Were Present on at Least One Big Board

  • Deuce Vaughn
  • Blake Corum
  • DeWayne McBride
  • Kenny McIntosh
  • Isaiah Davis

Take Aways

No Kendall Milton??? The guy projected to receive the bulk of the carries for Georgia is not on a single big board. Madness. I agree with a lot of this except Devon Achane. Running backs sub 200 just don’t get drafted, only four have been drafted the last 11 years, and none have followed up with relevance. I have Achane profiled for a committee role in the NFL and those guys don’t typically get draft capital. A player that has my vote to get onto this list would be Kendre Miller from TCU, a very efficient runner for two years that split with Zach Evans, whom transfers, and now Kendre Miller can become the featured back.

My Draft Capital Projections

  1. Bijan Robinson: Early First
  2. Jahmyr Gibbs: Early 2nd
  3. Zach Evans: Early 2nd
  4. Sean Tucker: Mid 2nd
  5. Tank Bigsby: Late 2nd
  6. Kendall Milton: Late 2nd
  7. Zach Charbonnet: 3rd
  8. Kendre Miller: 3rd

Wide Receiver Average Big Board Position

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  1. Kayshon Boutte: 8
  2. Jaxon Smith-Njigba: 9
  3. Jordan Addison: 20
  4. Quentin Johnston: 20
  5. Josh Downs: 33
  6. Jermaine Burton: 47
  7. Parker Washington: 64 (1)
  8. Dontay Demus: 66 (1)
  9. Cedric Tillman: 69 (2)
  10. Marvin Mims: 71 (2)
  11. Rakim Jarett: 80 (1)
  12. Tyler Harrell: 82 (3)

Other WRs That Were Present on at Least One Big Board

  • Cornelius Johnson
  • Dontayvion Wicks
  • Xavier Hutchinson
  • Jayden Reed
  • Ainas Smith
  • Jalen McMillian
  • Konata Mumpfield
  • AT Perry
  • Rashee Rice
  • Elijah Higgins
  • Mitchell Tinsley

Take Aways

I just don’t think some of these services are even doing any homework. The top six seem to be consensus, not is that exact order but consistent top six. I’ve been saying this all off season, but a 100% healthy Dontay Demus is getting second round DC, If Rakim can take the next step and be the WR1 in this offense than he’s a second. Both of these guys can’t succeed, that’s just my stance. Jermaine Burton is a first rounder for me. There’s not a reason for him to not be an absolute stud in this offense and Alabama WR1s get day one DC. Speaking of Bama, Tyler Harrel got a few lofty expectations. Harrell is just a speedy field stretcher, that’s it, just a simple role player, not a versatile piece or a featured piece. Opinions of Marvin Mims are also greatly varied, I have the same opinion of him as I do Tyler Harell.

Three guys I expect to see on more big boards by mid-season is Dontayvion Wicks, Mitchell Tinsley, Konata Mumpfield. Wicks has a great release but for a player with his physical attributes needs to offer more in the YAC game. Tinsley is a favorite of mine, JUCO to WKU to Penn State. I think he’s a decent route runner with a ultra-productive profile. I don’t typically endorse 5th years but there’s a few good ones coming out. Akron transfer Konata is an excellent route runner and i cant wait for him to be the featured piece in Pitt.

My Draft Capital Projections

  1. Kayshon Boutte: Early 1st
  2. Jaxon Smith-Njigba: Early 1st
  3. Quentin Johnston: Mid-1st
  4. Jermaine Burton: Mid-1st
  5. Jordan Addison: Late-1st
  6. Josh Downs: Late-1st/Early 2nd
  7. Healthy Dontay Demus: Early 2nd
  8. Konata Mumpfield: Mid 2nd
  9. Parker Washington: Late 2nd
  10. Cedric Tillman: Late 2nd
  11. Dontayvion Wicks: Early 3rd
  12. Mitchell Tinsley: 3rd
  13. Donavon Greene: 3rd
  14. Jayden Reed: 3rd

Tight End Average Big Board Position

Standout Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer
  1. Michael Mayer:12
  2. Arik Gilbert: 50 (1)
  3. Jahiem Bell: 62 (1)
  4. Tucker Kraft: 74 (3)
  5. Cameron Latu: 77 (2)
  6. Sam LaPorta: 83 (1)

Other TEs That Were Present on at Least One Big Board

  • Jahleel Billingsley
  • Dalton Kincaid
  • Luke Musgrave
  • Erick All
  • Darnell Washington

Take Aways

Not much here, its tight ends. I don’t believe Michael Mayer gets that DC, good not great prospect. Cameron Latu shouldn’t be on this list come mid-season. The one interesting thing here is a FCS TE getting some expected draft capital, Tucker Kraft has legit size and athletics. Not sure yet how much I believe in him as a fantasy asset but he looks to fit in with the pros. Bell is undersized but will boast a productive resume. I expect Benjamin Yurosek to get more recognition by mid-season. An athletic TE from Stanford that’s been productive and the featured piece last year. Darnell Washington is gigantic and from UGA, they’ve had TEs do less and get DC; his combine will earn him some cash.

My Draft Capital Projections

  1. Michael Mayer: Late 1st
  2. Arik Gilbert: Mid 2nd
  3. Benjamin Yurosek: Early 3rd
  4. Tucker Kraft: Mid 3rd
  5. Sam LaPorta: Mid 3rd
  6. Darnell Washington: Mid 3rd
  7. Jahiem Bell: Late 3rd

That wraps up the Big Board watch, I cant wait until we have more data points from more services gearing up for the NFL draft. Also, can’t wait to see how wrong I am. The purpose of this article is to give y’all some players to keep an eye on. Until next time!

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