My Top 100 NFL Draft Prospects Big Board

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Yesterday I dropped my Patriots Big board, but there are still guys I really like that didn’t make that list for a variety of reasons. Some guys are just going to go too early for the Patriots to take, some might not be perfect fits scheme wise, or they might be a player where need and draft position just did not line up well for the Patriots. The draft is such a crap shoot, but these were the guys that caught my attention and I feel should hear their name called early in the draft process.


Rank Name Position School
Blue Chip
1 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
2 Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
3 Bradley Chubb Edge NC State
4 Minkah Fitzpatrick CB/S Alabama
5 Roquan Smith LB Georgia
1st Round
6 Derwin James S Florida State
7 Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
8 Denzel Ward CB Ohio State
9 Vita Vea DL Washington
10 Derrius Guice RB LSU
11 Harold Landry Edge Boston College
12 Calvin Ridley WR Alabaman
13 Josh Rosen QB UCLA
14 Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
15 James Daniels OC/OG Iowa
Late 1st/Early 2nd
16 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
17 Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
18 Isaiah Wynn OG/OT Georgia
19 Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado
20 Marcus Davenport Edge UTSA
21 Mike Hughes CB UCF
22 Da’Ron Payne DL Alabama
23 Will Hernandez OG UTEP
24 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
25 Sam Darnold QB USC
26 Josh Jackson CB Iowa
27 Maurice Hurst DL Michigan
28 Taven Bryan DL Florida
2nd Round
29 Fred Warner LB BYU
30 Justin Reid S Stanford
31 Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
32 Dallas Goedert TE SD State
33 D.J. Moore WR Maryland
34 Sony Michel RB Georgia
35 Anthony Miller WR Memphis
36 Billy Price OC/OG Ohio State
37 Courtland Sutton WR SMU
38 Ronald Jones II RB USC
39 Nathan Shepherd DL Fort Hays State
40 Leighton Vander Esch LB Boise State
41 Lorenzo Carter LB Georgia
42 Nick Chubb RB Georgia
43 Josh Sweat Edge Florida
44 Jessie Bates S Wake Forest
45 Sam Hubbard Edge Ohio State
46 Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
47 Mike Gesicki TE Penn State
48 Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
49 Connor Williams OT/OG Texas
50 Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
51 Harrison Phillips DL Stanford
52 Carlton Davis CB Auburn
53 Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon
54 Frank Ragnow OC/OG Arkansas
55 Josh Allen QB Wyoming
Late 2nd/Early 3rd
56 Brian O’neill OT Pittsburgh
57 Kemoko Turay Edge Rutgers
58 Duke Ejiofor Edge Wake Forest
59 Rashaan Gaulden CB/S Tennessee
60 Isaac Yiadom CB Boston College
61 James Washington WR Oklahoma State
62 B.J. Hill DL NC State
63 Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame
3rd Round
64 Kyle Lauletta QB Richmond
65 Keke Coutee WR Texas Tech
66 Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn
67 Rashaad Penny RB San Diego State
68 Braden Smith OG Auburn
69 Daeshean Hamilton WR Penn State
70 Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi State
71 Donte Jackson CB LSU
72 Dante Pettis WR Washington
73 Anthony Averett CB Alabama
74 Duke Dawson CB Florida
75 Austin Corbett OG Nevada
76 Tarvarius Moore S Southern Mississippi
77 Dane Cruikshank S Arizona
78 Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
79 Ian Thomas TE Indiana
80 Michael Gallup WR Colorado State
81 Jordan Whitehead S Pittsburgh
82 DJ Chark WR LSU
83 Rasheem Green DL USC
84 Jamarco Jones OT Ohio State
85 Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
86 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Edge Oklahoma
87 Malik Jefferson LB Texas
88 Da’Shawn Hand DL Alabama
89 Arden Key Edge LSU
90 Uchenna Nwosu Edge USC
91 Deadrin Senat DL South Florida
92 Tre’Quan Smith WR UCF
93 Terrell Edmunds S Virginia Tech
Late 3rd/Early 4th
94 Darrell Williams RB LSU
95 Andrew Brown DL Virginia
96 MJ Stewart CB UNC
97 Deon Cain WR Clemson
98 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State
99 Derrick Nnadi DT Florida State
100 Darius Leonard LB South Carolina A&T

38 Responses to “My Top 100 NFL Draft Prospects Big Board”

  1. Martinvusia says:

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  3. kevinz says:

    1st #23- Rashaan Evans LB
    2nd #43- Fred Warner or Lorenzo Carter which ever drops here
    2nd #51- Rashawn Hand DE
    2nd #63- Ian Thomas TE Goadert or Herndon here
    3rd #95- Brandon Parker OL or Ragnow
    4th #117- Ito Smith RB John kellly or Darrell Williams
    5th #153 – Trey Quinn WR
    6th #198- Chad kanoffQB
    6th #210- LB Shaun Dion Hamilton
    7th #219- QB J. T. Barrett

  4. Daniel says:

    I see the best “value” players who could be selected in rounds far later than I find commensurate to their respective talent, historic production and future potential as follows: P. J. Hall, Dimitri Flowers, Shaun Dion Hamilton and J.T. Barrett. I would love to see them drafted.

    Final Mock with a trade of 31st overall (As devised by Russell on previous thread)

    1st #23- ILB Leighton Vander Esch
    2nd #43- OT/G/C Isaiah Wynn
    2nd #51- TE Dallas Goedert
    2nd #63- OLB Arden Key
    3rd #95- OL Orlando Brown
    4th #117- DL P. J. Hall
    5th #153 – S Quinn Blanding
    6th #198- FB/RB Dimitri Flowers
    6th #210- LB Shaun Dion Hamilton
    7th #219- QB J. T. Barrett

    Comments would be greatly appreciated.

    • Claude Edouard says:

      although I see Arden Key as having the athletic traits as an edge rusher, there are too many red flags (lack of bulk, inability to set the edge against the run, just to name a few) with him in my opinion for the Patriots liking. I think Lorenzo Carter or Josh Sweat would be better options over Key. Orlando Brown is a boom or bust prospect. If you go by his combine workouts, then he has all the makings of a bust but if you go by his game tapes, you see a boom. Which one will he turn out to be, no one knows for sure? Will Patriots be willing to take that chance on him, no one knows for sure? Regardless I think we’re all in for a very interesting 1st round and hopefully Patriots hit on all of their draft picks!

  5. steve earle says:

    Last gasp mock draft:
    #23 Marcus Davenport DE
    #31 Lorenzo Carter OLB
    #43 Brian O’Neill OT
    #63 Frank Ragnow OL
    #95 Shaq Griffin LB/SS
    #198 Justin Watson WR
    #212 Trade for future picks
    #219 Trade for future picks

    • Daniel says:

      look at tape for Dimitri Flowers Steve. He could go in the 6th.

      Also, consider PJ Hall, a very disruptive interior defensive lineman.
      “Finished with 86.5 tackles for loss and 42 sacks for his career.”
      “Staggering pro day numbers included a 38″ vertical, 36 lifts and a sub 4.8 forty.”
      “Has a 700-pound squat to his name.”
      Blocked ten kicks in two college seasons.
      Can be had possibly as late as 4th round!

  6. Russell says:

    Final Patriots Mock, no trades;

    1st- LB Loranzo Carter, maybe early here but looks like a solid prospect.
    1st – DL Harrison Phillips, BB could trade up if Da’Ron Payne falls, but Harrison is a great prospect.
    2nd- OL Barden Smith, Ragnow, Winn, & Price, would also be good choices.
    2nd- DL Tyquan Lewis
    3d – QB Luke Falk
    6th- WR Trey Quinn
    6th- S Quin Blanding
    7th – QB Chad Kanoff
    Good luck to all Mockers, hope you get a hit!!

    • Daniel says:

      I like Blanding but think he goes sooner. Can I get your feedback on JT Barrett in the 7th to UDFA. I have mentioned him a few times but can’t seem to get anyone interested in responding with their opinion concerning the idea of taking him with a very late pick. Thanks Russell.

      • Stephen J says:

        Here is a JT Barrett breakdown

        It highlights a few of his positives but also highlights why most don’t view him highly

        • Daniel says:

          Great insight Stephen. Thanks for the info. I am still big on selecting him purely as a value perspective. If given the choice of selecting Lamar Jackson at 23 overall or signing Barrett as a UDFA, I’ll choose the latter. I don’t think any quarterback in this draft will be our QB of the future, so why expend such a valuable pick on one. I think Barrett could be better than Lauletta and would require a much smaller investment. Plus, Barrett could be used sparingly for certain types of “gimmick” plays to spell Brady and confuse opposing defenses.

  7. kevinz says:

    1st #23- Rashaan Evans LB saban connection
    2nd #43-Ian Thomas TE reach here for high upside with workers mentality
    2nd #51-Rashawn Hand DE saban Connection can stand up or hands in ground
    2nd #63- Leon Jacobs LB Beilema connection rangy coverage LB
    3d #95-Dorian O’daniel Box saf speedy attack mode good instincts cover slot and rb’s
    5th #153 – Ito Smith RB
    6th #198- Javon rolland-jones DE
    6th #210- Chad Kanoff QB
    7th #219- Lavon Coleman RB

    • Daniel says:

      Do you like Evans more than Leighton Vander Esch, or were you assuming he wouldn’t be available at 23?

      Which LB will make a greater impact in the next couple of years (Brady’s prospective window)?

      • kevinz says:

        Not really a LVE fan dont like how over pursues the run like Elandon roberts. Picked Evans for connection to Saban BB has. Also that reason why chose Dashawn Hand.

  8. kevinz says:

    2Dashawn Hand DE Can stand up or play with hands in the dirt has upside

    2 Frank ragsnow OL Nasty can play all over the line mason last year of contract coming up

    2 Mike White QB strong arm good making throws with traffic around feet. A Transfer who was doubted who improved each year. Sped up his release this past year.
    More mobile than given credit for.

    2 Ian Thomas TE Upside pick hoping pays off since hardworker off the charts athlete try hard player

    3Dorian O’daniel Box saf speed player always in attack mode if have big DT’s which the Pat’s have can be major play maker. good blitzer as well

    3 Pj Hall DT int rusher diff than rest our dt can rush from inside more speed.

    4Leon Jacobs LB coverage LB nice feel in space has upside as a rusher as well long arms for height.

    4 DJ Reed CB good in coverage quick good tackler could play single high Safety

    6 Allen Lazard WR Big WR strong hands can play hback chess piece type help tip the defense let use know if man or zone.

    6 Javon rolland jones LB–DE Rangy not small just short advanced skills to rush could develop in coverage.
    7Tavon Coleman RB- bigger back who surprises with quick speed with hands to adjust to throws.

  9. kevinz says:

    2Fred Warner LB
    2 Frank ragsnow OL
    2 Mike White QB
    2 Ian Thomas TE
    3Ade Aruna DE
    3 Pj Hall DT
    4Leon Jacobs LB
    4 DJ Reed CB
    6 Joshua Kalu S
    6 Javon rolland jones LB–DE
    7Phillip Lindsay RB

  10. Stephen J says:

    Sony Michel

    According to The Ringer’s Mike Lombardi, NFL teams have concerns Georgia RB Sony Michel has a bone-on-bone condition in his knee.

    It can be a career-shortening condition, and contributed to Jay Ajayi’s fall in the 2015 draft. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock has also alluded to medical concerns surrounding Michel, but still sent Michel to the Steelers in the first round in his mock draft on Thursday night. Lombardi said teams have concerns Michel won’t last long enough to play out a second contract.

    Michel’s injury history:
    2011 – torn ACL
    2014 – broken shoulder blade
    2014 – sprained ankle
    2016 – fractured left forearm (ATV accident)
    2017 – sprained ankle
    2017 – sprained left knee

  11. Chris D. says:

    Patriots will take Luke Falk at 31 or 43 depending on who is on the board they will over draft for him to assure they get him!! That’s my one draft prediction it’s been fun following everyone this draft season!!!

    • macspak says:

      that would be a “bit” of a surprise and definitely overdrafting for need and out of whack with any rankings of the QB’s.

      • Chris D. says:

        Falk said in an interview today that he knows he will be taken by the end of the first round or by the middle of the second, could be wishful thinking on his part but it’s also right where the Patriots pick!!

  12. Stephen J says:

    Chanhassen High coach Mike Bailey said Arkansas OL Frank Ragnow had New England,Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Minnesota came to Chanhassen to work him out.

  13. Yohy says:

    Excellent job as usual. I love these lists because the Patriots may not draft someone from the list this week but they may pick them in a trade or Free agency down the road.

    My binkie is LB Evans. Definitely want him and if not I hope he does not go to the Steelers.
    I hope Bill keep the picks and grabs 4 starters or at least impact players in rounds 1and 2.

    A LT, LB, DE, and CB would be a dream come true. But deep down my gut tells me he will trade up or down or sideways and pick a guy none of us has ever heard of.

  14. brandon maxham says:

    mock draft 4/25:

    1st:Lamar Jackson QB

    1st:Justin Reid S

    2nd:Fred Warner OLB-ILB

    2nd:Mark Andrews TE

    3rd:Tyquan Lewis DE

    6th:Chase Edmonds RB

    6th:Bentley Spain OT

    7th:Braxton Berrios WR

  15. kevinz says:

    1Rashaan Evans ILB
    1 Fred Warner OLB- WILL flourished there at senior Bowl
    2Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Edge
    2 Ian Thomas TE
    3 Mike White QB
    4 DJ Reed CB
    6 Chad Kanoff QB
    6 Javon rolland jones LB–DE
    7Phillip Lindsay RB

  16. Todti says:

    Patriots Value Mock Draft

    Now, this scenario is highly unlikely, especially since it doesn’t involve any trades, but I just think those players would be too good to pass on if they were available (and fill some needs as well).

    1-23 LB Leighton Vander Esch
    Medical concerns make Vander Esch slip out of the top 20 and BB pulls the trigger due to Vander Esch’s athleticism, instincts, and versatility.

    1-31 OL Isaiah Wynn
    His footwork and experience would allow him to survive at LT this season, while giving the Patriots a) more time to evaluate the potential of Garcia and Croston and b) a potential successor for Mason at OG. The Patriots will turn back to more of a quick-striking passing game, so Wynn should be a better option FOR THIS SEASON than the “true LT” prospects available at this spot.

    2-43 DE Sam Hubbard
    Smart edge setter with good technique and motor. Hubbard would both give them depth at DE and provide a safety net in case offers for Flowers get to high for the Belichick’s liking.

    2-63 QB Kyle Lauletta
    Fits the Patriots’ mold.

    3-95 DB Quenton Meeks
    I don’t know what he will end up as, but his size, athleticism, technique, and work ethics should result in some role on the Pats’ defense.

    6-198 CB Nick Nelson
    I really like Nelson and would like to see him still be available here due to his injury. If not, maybe Logan Woodside would still be available and they could try to stack him on the practice squad (or have him be QB #3 in case of an injury). You can never take enough shots at finding your QB.

    6-210 WR Dylan Cantrell
    The trade of Cooks opens up a spot on the WR depth chart, so why not fill it with a similarly athletic (different in style, of course) option?

    7-219 RB Justin Jackson
    Unorthodox but intriguing prospect. RB is not really a need, but there can be an open roster spot.

    Empirically speaking, I’m just not a fan of drafting WRs and CBs high. I’d rather take a shot at those positions every year and see who can make the team.

  17. kevinz says:

    1Lamar Jackson QB
    1 Frank ragsnow OL
    2Lorenzo Carter LB
    2 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Edge
    3 Leon Jacobs LB Coverage LB with upside to rush
    4 Chris Herdon TE drop here since hurt Mcl
    6 Chad Kanoff QB gives two qb for risk of style jackson plays plus 2 chances to dev. a QB
    6 Javon rolland jones LB–DE advanced at rushing qb mayb maxed out but rangy out of his space for tackles as well
    7Phillip Lindsay RB Pats type player ST plays hard small good vision plays hard no matter score good hands to catch

    • steve earle says:

      Two QB’s interesting idea but at least for year 1 they would get little practice snaps. TB the majority then Hoyer a few leaving scraps for two to scramble for. It still might work if they trade Hoyer next year but I would be shocked if it happened. Another out of the box idea, keep them coming the’re fun.

  18. macspak says:

    Observations – based upon your top 100 I see why you are high on CB Alexander going to the Pats at 23. Most everybody’s favorite Pats OT binkie Kolton Miller not even in your top 100!

    My this year binkie

    Lamar Jackson

    Hope like heck he is there at 23.

    • Daniel says:

      I did. I no longer do. I honestly can’t figure out why so much hype for Jackson in the 1st and not a peep even in the 7th for J T Barret.

    • steve earle says:

      I’m not really high on Jackson QB but know you are so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. Maybe one of the guys here might actually have BB pick one of our prospects. That would be cool. Of course I’d hope it will be one of mine at #23 but hoping to win power ball tonight too.

    • steve earle says:

      Wonder if we might actually have a shot at CB Alexander. He’s only 5-10 so maybe he slides? If he was 6-0 he would be top 10 they say. We’ll see how that turns out tomorrow, can’t wait.

      • Stephen J says:

        Alexander’s 5’10 1/4″ height isn’t concerning. Personally I don’t see the Pats drafting Alexander even if he is on the board. Yes his athletic traits are exactly what the Pats look for almost identical to Stephon Gilmore’s, it’s Alexander’s on field production or lack their of that is the concerning part. As I laid out in another post of previous CB’s the Pats have drafted over the years the common links of each seem to be the Pats love having their CB’s have a high solo tackle rate combined with a high PBU rate. One other aspect that can be included with that but isn’t mandatory is Int’s. Then they combine that with certain athletic traits such as the 3 cone 20 shuttle or a fast 40.

        As far as Alexander goes for his career(29 games) he had 58 Solo tackles 7 Int’s and 15 PBU’s. That would be great if that happened in one year over 12-13 games. I’d be all on board.
        Now compare that to Logan Ryan in 2012 where he played in 13 games. Logan had 59 solo tackles and 17 PBU’s and 4 Int’s. That combined with a 4.56 40, 6.69 3 cone, and 4.06 20 Shuttle from an athletic point of view and still the Pats drafted him in the 3rd round.

    • Mike Gerken says:

      To me, Miller has first round physical and athletic traits with 5th round tape. He ended up just outside the top 100 (102 to be exact).
      My thought on the Tackle position is this. Outside of McGlinchey, I don’t think any of these guys are ready to play as a rookie. The team has last year’s first pick Garcia as a developmental Tackle. Why do they take another one that is in the same situation as Garcia. I have no issue with grabbing another Tackle later, but I do not see anyone in this class worth spending a 1st round pick. There are plenty of players who can have an impact on this team immediately at other positions.
      The only developmental player I am okay with in the 1st is a QB.

      • steve earle says:

        You may well be right based on your history of accurate projections and maybe those of us on the Miller wagon are just a little panicked by the loss of Solder we will know tomorrow night. I would prefer Marcus Davenport as my #23 but doubt he will be available. Mike McGlinchey my next best (still a little panic) also a question that far down. Several others on my block at #23 so have to just wait now.

  19. Stephen J says:

    2018 OL Draft Rankings Brandon Thorn

    An in-depth breakdown that I thought was very well done.

    • macspak says:

      excellent article. A good if not a must read. Author/evaluator much higher on interior OL than OT.

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