Zach Metkler’s 2018 NFL Draft Pre-Combine Big Board

Three weeks have passed since the end of the NFL season, which means just one thing: the 2018 NFL Draft is quickly approaching. Before we get to that point, one more massive event will take place where many prospects will see their stocks soar or plummet.

From February 27 to March 5, prospects will test their skills and athleticism in various events at the NFL Scouting Combine to see how they compare to not only each oth , but to prospects that have come before them. The Combine isn’t the only evaluation tool for prospects heading into the draft, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to put on a great performance.

But, before that happens, I have gone through hours of film study putting together my pre-Combine big board and positional rankings. There will likely be plenty of shakeups in the big board below after the combine concludes and we head into Pro Days and individual workouts (plus, continued film study never hurt anybody) but for the time being, my big board is finally (temporarily) completed.

  1. Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  2. Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State
  3. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. Roquan Smith, ILB, Georgia
  5. Derwin James, S, Florida State
  6. Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
  7. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  8. Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  9. Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  10. Tremaine Edmunds, ILB, Virginia Tech
  11. Vita Vea, DL, Washington
  12. Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  13. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  14. Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  15. Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
  16. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  17. Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  18. Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  19. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  20. Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama
  21. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  22. Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
  23. Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
  24. Billy Price, C, Ohio State
  25. Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
  26. Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama
  27. Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
  28. Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  29. Arden Key, EDGE, LSU
  30. Leighton Vander Esch, ILB, Boise State
  31. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  32. Malik Jefferson, ILB, Texas
  33. Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  34. Taven Bryan, DL, Florida
  35. Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
  36. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  37. Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
  38. Rasheem Green, DL, USC
  39. Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  40. Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  41. Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
  42. Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  43. Tim Seattle, DL, Virginia Tech
  44. Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
  45. Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
  46. Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
  47. Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State
  48. Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
  49. Harrison Phillips, DL, Stanford
  50. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
  51. Chukwuma Korafor, OT, Western Michigan
  52. Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State
  53. Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
  54. Braden Smith, OG, Auburn
  55. Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  56. Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
  57. Darius Leonard, ILB, South Carolina State
  58. James Daniels, C, Iowa
  59. Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
  60. DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
  61. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, EDGE, Oklahoma
  62. Derrick Nnadi, DL, Florida State
  63. Josey Jewell, ILB, Iowa
  64. Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  65. Uchenna Nwosu, ILB, USC
  66. Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
  67. Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest
  68. Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
  69. R.J. McIntosh, DL, Miami (FL)
  70. Duke Ejiofor, EDGE, Wake Forest
  71. Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin
  72. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
  73. Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
  74. D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
  75. Justin Reid, S, Stanford
  76. Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
  77. Jeff Holland, EDGE, Auburn
  78. Lorenzo Carter, ILB, Georgia
  79. Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
  80. Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
  81. Kameron Kelly, CB, San Diego State
  82. Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  83. Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
  84. Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
  85. Da’Shawn Hand, DL, Alabama
  86. Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
  87. Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
  88. Jerome Baker, ILB, Ohio State
  89. Chad Thomas, EDGE, Miami (FL)
  90. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
  91. Holton Hill, CB, Texas
  92. Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
  93. Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
  94. Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada
  95. Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
  96. Deontay Burnett, WR, USC
  97. Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
  98. Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
  99. Coleman Shelton, C, Washington
  100. Tegray Scale, ILB, Indiana
  101. Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State
  102. Dorian O’Daniel, ILB, Clemson
  103. B.J. Hill, DL, NC State
  104. Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh
  105. D.J. Reed, CB, Kansas State
  106. Dorance Armstrong Jr., EDGE, Kansas
  107. Will Richardson, OT, NC State
  108. Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama
  109. Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
  110. Nathan Shepard, DL, Fort Hays State
  111. D.J. Clark, WR, LSU
  112. Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU
  113. Trenton Thompson, DL, Georgia
  114. Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State
  115. Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA
  116. Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
  117. Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
  118. Jaylen Samuels, HB/FB/TE, NC State
  119. Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
  120. Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
  121. Fred Warner, ILB, BYU
  122. Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
  123. Justin Jones, DL, NC State
  124. Mark Walton, RB, Miami (FL)
  125. M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
  126. Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame
  127. Folorunso Fatukasi, DL, Connecticut
  128. Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech
  129. Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
  130. Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame
  131. Andrew Brown, EDGE, Virginia
  132. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
  133. Micah Kiser, ILB, Virginia
  134. Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan
  135. Hercules Mata’afa, EDGE, Washington State
  136. Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State
  137. Levi Wallace, CB, Alabama
  138. Will Clapp, C, LSU
  139. Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State
  140. Shaun Dion Hamilton, ILB, Alabama
  141. Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
  142. Tyquan Lewis, EDGE, Ohio State
  143. Mason Cole, C, Michigan
  144. Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
  145. Ryan Izzo, TE, Florida State
  146. Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
  147. Godwin Igwebuike, S, Northwestern
  148. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
  149. Skai Moore, ILB, South Carolina
  150. Joe Ostman, EDGE, Central Michigan

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