SFBay NFL Draft big board

Evaluating NFL talent isn’t a task for the faint of heart. And looking into the minds of 32 general managers is even tougher.

Because of that, SFBay has created our very own Big Board — the top 12 players at every position.

For those relying on ESPN and the NFL Network for draft analysis, this may throw you through a loop. Many of our picks are not consistent with some of the bigger names in media scouting.

But the SFBay staff prides itself on being a little different — after all, this is one of only a few news organizations that was started with no funding from big business or deep pockets.

So here’s the preface for our rankings:

First off, size does matter. A lot, for the NFL. Cornerbacks are getting bigger, so larger receivers are necessary. Wide receivers get bigger, so defensive backs must as well.

Defensive ends are getting faster, so lineman better be speedy with their feet. Got it?

Quarterbacks

  1. Blake Bortles, Central Florida
  2. Derek Carr, Fresno State
  3. Zach Mettenberger, LSU
  4. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
  5. David Fales, San Jose State
  6. Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
  7. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
  8. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
  9. AJ McCarron, Alabama
  10. Tom Savage, Pittsburgh
  11. Aaron Murray, Georgia
  12. Jeff Mathews, Cornell

Running Backs

  1. Tre Mason, Auburn
  2. Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
  3. Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
  4. Jeremy Hill, LSU
  5. Bishop Sankey, Washington
  6. Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
  7. Tyler Gaffney, Stanford
  8. Storm Johnson, Central Florida
  9. Henry Josey, Missouri
  10. Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern
  11. Devonta Freeman, FSU
  12. Charles Sims, West Virginia

Wide Receivers

  1. Kelvin Benjamin, FSU
  2. Sammy Watkins, Clemson
  3. Mike Evans, Texas A&M
  4. Marqise Lee, USC
  5. Allen Robinson, Penn State
  6. Martavis Bryant, Clemson
  7. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
  8. Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
  9. Davante Adams, Fresno State
  10. Jordan Mathews, Vanderbilt
  11. Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
  12. Donte Montcrief, Ole Miss

Offensive Tackle

  1. Greg Robinson, Auburn
  2. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
  3. Taylor Lewan, Michigan
  4. Zack Martin, Notre Dame
  5. Morgan Moses, Virginia
  6. Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
  7. Brandon Thomas, Clemson
  8. Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
  9. Cameron Fleming, Stanford
  10. Joe Bittino, Nevada
  11. JuWaun James, Tennessee
  12. Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

Offensive Guard

  1. David Yankey, Stanford
  2. Cyril Richardson, Baylor
  3. Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
  4. Brandon Thomas, Clemson
  5. Trai Turner, LSU
  6. Anthony Steen, Alabama
  7. Andrew Norwell, Ohio State
  8. Chris Watt, Notre Dame
  9. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
  10. Dakota Dozier, Furman
  11. Jon Halapio, Florida
  12. Spencer Long, Nebraska

Center

  1. Marcus Martin, USC
  2. Travis Swanson, Arkansas
  3. Weston Richburg, CSU Ft. Collins
  4. Tyler Larsen, Utah State
  5. Bryan Stork, FSU
  6. Russell Bodine, North Carolina
  7. Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
  8. James Stone, Tennessee
  9. Andrew Miller, Virginia Tech
  10. Jonotthan Harrison, Florida
  11. Demetrius Rhaney, Tennessee State
  12. Corey Linsley, Ohio State

Tight End

  1. Eric Ebron, North Carolina
  2. Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
  3. Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
  4. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
  5. Xavier Grimble, USC
  6. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
  7. Arthur Lynch, Georgia
  8. Marcel Jensen, Fresno State
  9. Richard Rogers, Berkeley
  10. A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State
  11. Colt Lyerla, Oregon
  12. Jordan Najvar, Baylor

Defensive Tackle

  1. Timmy Jernigan, FSU
  2. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
  3. Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
  4. Louis Nix III, Notre Dame
  5. Ego Ferguson, LSU
  6. Will Sutton, Arizona State
  7. Anthony Johnson, LSU
  8. DaQuan Jones, Penn State
  9. Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
  10. DeAndre Coleman, Berkeley
  11. Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech
  12. Daniel McCullers, Tennessee

Defensive End

  1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
  2. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
  3. Dominique Easley, Florida
  4. Kony Ealy, Missouri
  5. Trent Murphy, Stanford
  6. Scott Crichton, Oregon State
  7. Will Clarke, West Virginia
  8. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
  9. Taylor Hart, Oregon
  10. Kareem Martin, North Carolina
  11. Marcus Smith, Louisville
  12. Michael Sam, Missouri

4-3 Outside Linebacker

  1. Khalil Mack, Buffalo
  2. Anthony Barr, UCLA
  3. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
  4. CJ Mosely, Alabama
  5. Dee Ford, Auburn
  6. Trent Murphy, Stanford
  7. Marcus Smith, Louisville
  8. Christian Jones, FSU
  9. Telvin Smith, FSU
  10. Lamin Barrow, LSU
  11. Jordan Tripp, Montana
  12. Michael Sam, Missouri

3-4 Outside Linebacker

  1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
  2. Khalil Mack, Buffalo
  3. Anthony Barr, UCLA
  4. Dee Ford, Auburn
  5. Trent Murphy, Stanford
  6. Marcus Smith, Louisville
  7. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
  8. Michael Sam, Missouri
  9. Ron Powell, Florida
  10. Adrian Hubbard, Alabama
  11. Kareem Martin, North Carolina
  12. Kyle Van Noy, BYU

Inside Linebacker 3-4 or 4-3

  1. CJ Mosely, Alabama
  2. Shayne Skov, Stanford
  3. Christian Jones, FSU
  4. Lamin Barrow, LSU
  5. Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA
  6. Khairi Fortt, Berkeley
  7. Max Bullough, Michigan State
  8. James Morris, Iowa
  9. Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma State
  10. Andrew Wilson, Missouri
  11. Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut
  12. Chris Borland, Wisconsin

Cornerback

  1. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
  2. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
  3. Bradley Roby, Ohio State
  4. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
  5. Keith McGill, Utah
  6. Jason Verrett, TCU
  7. Marcus Roberson, Florida
  8. Stanley Jean Babtiste, Nebraska
  9. Dontae Jones, Stanford
  10. Phillip Gaines, Rice
  11. Bashaud Breeland, Clemson
  12. LaMarcus Joyner, FSU

Safety

  1. HaHa Clinton-Dix, Alabama
  2. Dion Bailey, USC
  3. Calvin Pryor, Louisville
  4. Deone Bucannon, Washington State
  5. Terrence Brooks, FSU
  6. LaMarcus Joyner, FSU
  7. Ed Reynolds, Stanford
  8. Antone Exum, Virginia Tech
  9. Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State
  10. Craig Loston, LSU
  11. Ahmad Dixon, Baylor
  12. Dezmen Southward, Wisconsin

 


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