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The 2018 NFL Combine has come and gone and the craziness that is free agency has mostly quieted down. In the midst of pro days and official pre-draft visits, the draft process is beginning to really pick up steam as we quickly approach the 2018 NFL Draft.

Since my last positional rankings, I have gone back and revisited hours of film to readjust my pre-combine big board and positional rankings. There have been plenty of shakeups in my positional rankings since my initial rankings were released last month before the combine and more changes will likely be made before the draft. But for now, let's take a look at my updated positional rankings.


  1. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (Top 5)
  2. Josh Rosen, UCLA (Top 5)
  3. Sam Darnold, USC (Top 10)
  4. Josh Allen, Wyoming (Top 20)
  5. Lamar Jackson, Louisville (late 1st-2nd)
  6. Kyle Lauletta, Richmond (2nd-3rd)
  7. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State (2nd-4th)
  8. Luke Faulk, Washington State (3rd-5th)
  9. Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech (5th-6th)
  10. Tanner Lee, Nebraska (6th)
  11. Mike White, Western Kentucky (6th)
  12. Logan Woodside, Toledo (6th-7th)
  13. Kurt Benkert, Virgnia (7th)
  14. Riley Ferguson, Memphis (7th-UDFA)
  15. Chase Litton, Marshall (7th-UDFA)

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Running Back

  1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State (Top Player)
  2. Derrius Guice, LSU (Top 20)
  3. Sony Michel, Georgia (2nd)
  4. Ronald Jones II, USC (2nd)
  5. Rashaad Penny, San Diego State (2nd-3rd)
  6. Kerryon Johnson, Auburn (2nd-3rd)
  7. Nick Chubb, Georgia (2nd-3rd)
  8. Mark Walton, Miami (FL) (2nd-3rd)
  9. John Kelly, Tennessee (3rd)
  10. Jordan Wilkins, Ole Miss (3rd)
  11. Nyheim Hines, NC State (3rd-4th)
  12. Kalen Ballage, Arizona State (3rd-4th)
  13. Royce Freeman, Oregon (4th)
  14. Ito Smith, Southern Mississippi (4th-5th)
  15. Bo Scarbrough, Alabama (5th)
  16. Josh Adams, Notre Dame (5th-6th)
  17. Justin Jackson, Northwestern (5th-6th)
  18. Roc Thomas, Jacksonville State (6th)
  19. Akrum Wadley, Iowa (6th-7th)
  20. Martez Carter, Grambling State (7th-UDFA)

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Wide Receiver

  1. Calvin Ridley, Alabama (Top 20)
  2. Antonio Callaway, Florida (Top 20) *Off The Field Issues
  3. Courtland Sutton, SMU (late first)
  4. DJ Chark, LSU (2nd)
  5. DJ Moore, Maryland (2nd)
  6. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (2nd)
  7. James Washington, Oklahoma State (2nd-3rd)
  8. Auden Tate, Florida State (2nd-3rd)
  9. Deon Cain, Clemson (3rd)
  10. Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame (3rd)
  11. Micheal Gallup, Colorado State (3rd-4th)
  12. Anthony Miller, Memphis (3rd-4th)
  13. DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State (4th)
  14. Richie James, Middle Tennessee State (4th-5th)
  15. Allen Lazard, Iowa State (4th-5th)
  16. Keke Coutee, Texas Tech(4th-5th)
  17. Simmie Cobbs Jr., Indiana (4th-5th)
  18. J'Mon Moore, Missouri (5th)
  19. Jordan Lasley, UCLA (5th)
  20. Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State (5th)
  21. Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State (6th)
  22. Cedrick Wilson, Boise State (6th)
  23. Deontay Burnett, USC (6th)
  24. Tre'Quan Smith, UCF (6th)
  25. Darren Carrington, Utah (6th) *Off the field issues
  26. Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa (6th-7th)
  27. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, USF (7th)
  28. Quadree Henderson, Pittsburgh (7th)
  29. Javon Wims, Georgia (7th)
  30. Braxton Berrios, Miami (FL) (7th)

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Tight End

  1. Mike Gesicki, Penn State (2nd)
  2. Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State (2nd)
  3. Hayden Hurst, South Carolina (2nd)
  4. Jaylen Samuels, NC State (2nd-3rd)
  5. Mark Andrews, Oklahoma (3rd)
  6. Ian Thomas, Indiana (3rd-4th)
  7. Chris Herndon, Miami (4th-5th)
  8. Dalton Schultz, Stanford (5th)
  9. Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan (5th-6th)
  10. Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin (6th-7th)

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Offensive Tackle

  1. Connor Williams, Texas (Top 10)
  2. Kolton Miller, UCLA (late 1st)
  3. Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame (late 1st-2nd)
  4. Desmond Harrison, West Georgia (2nd) *Off the field issues
  5. Tyrell Crosby, Oregon (2nd)
  6. Brian O'Neill, Pittsburgh (2nd-3rd)
  7. Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan (3rd)
  8. Jamarco Jones, Ohio State (3rd)
  9. Joseph Noteboom, TCU (3rd-4th)
  10. Will Richardson, NC State (4th)
  11. Orlando Brown, Oklahoma (4th)
  12. Geron Christian, Louisville (4th-5th)
  13. Timon Parris, Stony Brook (5th)
  14. Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T (5th)
  15.  Brett Toth, Army (5th-6th)

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Offensive Guard

  1. Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame (Top 3)
  2. Will Hernandez, UTEP (Top 20)
  3. Isaiah Wynn, Georgia (Top 20)
  4. Austin Corbett, Nevada (2nd)
  5. Braden Smith, Auburn (2nd-3rd)
  6. Alex Cappa, Humboldt State (2nd-3rd)
  7. Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech (3rd-4th)
  8. Tony Adams, NC State (3rd-4th)
  9. Jamil Demby, Maine (3rd-4th)
  10. Colby Gossett, Appalachian State (4th)
  11. Skyler Phillips, Idaho State (4th-5th)
  12. Sam Jones, Arizona State (5th)
  13. K.J. Malone, LSU (5th-6th)
  14. Tyrone Crowder, Clemson (6th-7th)
  15. Taylor Hearn, Clemson (7th-UDFA)

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  1. James Daniels, Iowa (Top 20)
  2. Billy Price, Ohio State (late 1st)
  3. Frank Ragnow, Arkansas (2nd)
  4. Brian Allen, Michigan State (2nd-3rd)
  5. Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State (3rd-4th)
  6. Coleman Shelton, Washington (4th)
  7. Will Clapp, LSU (4th-5th)
  8. Bradley Bozeman, Alabama (5th)
  9. Corey Helms, South Carolina (6th)
  10. Austin Golson, Auburn (6th-7th)

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Defensive Line

  1. Da'Ron Payne, Alabama (Top 20)
  2. Maurice Hurst, Michigan (Top 20)
  3. Taven Bryan, Florida (late 1st)
  4. Vita Vea, Washington (2nd)
  5. Tim Settle, Virgnia Tech (2nd-3rd)
  6. Nathan Shepard, Fort Hays State (2nd-3rd)
  7. R.J. McIntosh, Miami (FL) (3rd)
  8. Da'Shawn Hand, Alabama (3rd-4th)
  9. B.J. Hill, NC State (3rd-4th)
  10. Harrison Phillips, Stanford (4th)
  11. Rasheem Green, USC (4th-5th)
  12. P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State (5th)
  13. Jalyn Holmes, Ohio State (5th)
  14. Derrick Nnadi, Florida State (5th-6th)
  15. Justin Jones, NC State (6th)
  16. Deadrin Senat, South Florida (6th)
  17. Andrew Brown, Virginia (6th-7th)
  18. Trenton Thompson, Georgia (6th-7th)
  19. Breeland Speaks, Ole Miss (7th)
  20. Foley Fatukasi, Connecticut (7th)

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Defensive End/EDGE

  1. Bradley Chubb, NC State (Top 5)
  2. Harold Landry, Boston College (Top 20)
  3. Marcus Davenport, UTSA (late 1st)
  4. Arden Key, LSU (late 1st) *Off the field issues
  5. Josh Sweat, FSU (2nd)
  6. Lorenzo Carter, Georgia (2nd)
  7. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma (2nd-3rd)
  8. Sam Hubbard, Ohio State (2nd-3rd)
  9. Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest (3rd)
  10. Kemoko Turay, Rutgers (3rd)
  11. Dorance Armstrong Jr, Kansas (3rd-4th)
  12. Hercules Mata'afa, Washington State (3rd-4th)
  13. Chad Thomas, Miami (FL) (4th)
  14. Kylie Fitts, Utah (4th)
  15. Jeff Holland, Auburn (4th-5th)
  16. Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss (5th)
  17. Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State (5th)
  18. Ade Aruna, Tulane (5th-6th)
  19. Jojo Wicker, Arizona State (6th)
  20. Joe Ostman, Central Michigan (6th-7th)

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  1. Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech (Top 10)
  2. Roquan Smith, Georgia (Top 10)
  3. Rashaan Evans, Alabama (Top 20)
  4. Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State (late 1st)
  5. Malik Jefferson, Texas (2nd)
  6. Darius Leonard, South Carolina State (2nd)
  7. Fred Warner, BYU (2nd-3rd)
  8. Shaquem Griffin, UCF (2nd-3rd)
  9. Uchenna Nwosu, USC (3rd)
  10. Jerome Baker, Ohio State (3rd)
  11. Tegray Scales, Indiana (3rd-4th)
  12. Mike McCray, Michigan (4th)
  13. Josey Jewell, Iowa (4th)
  14. Leon Jacobs, Wisconsin (4th-5th)
  15. Micah Kiser, Virginia (5th)
  16. Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson (5th)
  17. Christian Sam, Arizona State (6th)
  18. Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama (6th)
  19. Skai Moore, South Carolina (6th-7th)
  20. Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State (7th)

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  1. Denzel Ward, Ohio State (Top 10)
  2. Jaire Alexander, Louisville (Top 20)
  3. Josh Jackson, Iowa (Top 20)
  4. Isaiah Oliver, Colorado (late first)
  5. Mike Hughes, Central Florida (2nd) *Off the field issues
  6. Carlton Davis, Auburn (2nd)
  7. Quenton Meeks, Stanford (2nd-3rd)
  8. Donte Jackson, LSU (2nd-3rd
  9. Greg Stroman, Virginia Tech (3rd-4th)
  10. Holton Hill, Texas (3rd-4th) *Off the field issues
  11. Anthony Averett, Alabama (4th)
  12. Nick Nelson, Wisconsin (4th-5th)
  13. Parry Nickerson, Tulane (5th)
  14. Kevin Toliver, LSU (5th)
  15. Duke Dawson, Florida (5th-6th)
  16. D.J. Reed, Kansas State (6th)
  17. Tavarus McFadden, Florida State (6th)
  18. Isaac Yiadom, Boston College (6th-7th)
  19. J.C. Jackson, Maryland (7th)
  20. Tony Brown, Alabama (7th)

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  1. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (Top 10)
  2. Derwin James, Florida State (Top 10)
  3. Justin Reid, Stanford (late first)
  4. Ronnie Harrison, Alabama (2nd)
  5. Jessie Bates III, Wake Forest (2nd)
  6. Kyzir White, West Virginia (2nd-3rd)
  7. Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech (3rd)
  8. Marcus Allen, Penn State (3rd)
  9. DeShon Elliott, Texas (3rd-4th)
  10. Armani Watts, Texas A&M (4th)
  11. Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh (4th)
  12. M.J. Stewart, North Carolina (4th)
  13. Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern (4th-5th)
  14. Siran Neal, Jacksonville State (5th)
  15. Stephen Roberts, Auburn (5th-6th)
  16. Dane Cruikshank, Wisconsin (6th)
  17. Quin Blanding, Virginia (6th)
  18. Damon Webb, Ohio State (6th-7th)
  19. Kameron Kelly, San Diego State (7th)
  20. Tre Flowers, Oklahoma State (7th)

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