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LA Rams could set tone for fresh start by trading up, picking Jared Goff
Monday March 28th, 2016

Stay focused. Don’t get distracted by the shiny objects. That’s sort of the challenge this time of year when it comes to figuring out how draft prospects should stack up. Between the combine, pro days and an endless stream of hearsay, it can be easy to start pushing players up or down the board.

The latest prominent example came Monday, when Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell posted unofficial times of 4.65 and 4.63 seconds in his two 40-yard dashes at pro day. That is, quite frankly, slow for a receiver.

So what to make of it? Does those times mean Treadwell should be moved down the rankings? Probably not, at least not on their own. Treadwell doesn’t play like a 4.4 or 4.5 receiver—he thrives on physicality and quickness and body positioning, not speed. There are big-play receivers with 4.4 speed in this draft to be had if that is a team’s preference instead.

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An argument against Treadwell’s stock could be made if one loops in his combine numbers: 12 bench-press reps, a disappointing 33-inch vertical, etc. The more details, the stronger the final case.

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But as always, it goes back to what a player can do on the field. Treadwell remains WR1 in our rankings because the way he performed for Ole Miss outweighs any sluggishness in the 40-yard dash. Not everyone will approach the variables in the same manner—that’s why every Big Board looks different and every team’s approach to the draft is unique.

Most of the draft game is trying to project how a player’s skills can translate to the next level, but at least a handful of those projectable abilities have to be present to begin with for a player to hang his hat on as he heads to the draft. Treadwell showed plenty on Saturdays. So, too, did the rest of the prospects in our updated top 100.

How much impact should these early-spring workouts have? Not as much as we tend to assume they will.

The latest rankings:

Chris Burke’s Big Board
Rank Player Pos. School HT. WT.
1 Laremy Tunsil OT 6'5" 310
2 Jalen Ramsey CB/S 6'1" 209
3  Myles Jack LB 6'1" 245
4 Ezekiel Elliott RB 6'0" 225
5  Joey Bosa DE 6'5" 269
6 Laquon Treadwell WR 6'2" 221
7 DeForest Buckner DE 6'7" 291
8 A'Shawn Robinson DT 6'4" 307
9 Ronnie Stanley OT 6'6" 312
10 Vernon Hargreaves CB 5'10" 204
11 Vernon Butler DT 6'4" 323
12 Noah Spence DE 6'2" 251
13 Reggie Ragland LB 6'1" 247
14 Jared Goff QB 6'4" 215
15 Mackensie Alexander CB 5'10" 190
16 Shaq Lawson DE 6'3" 269
17 Sheldon Rankins DT 6'1" 299
18 William Jackson CB 6'0" 189
19 Taylor Decker OT 6'7" 310
20 Darian Thompson S 6'2" 208
21 Darron Lee LB 6'1" 232
22 Jack Conklin OT 6'6" 308
23 Josh Doctson WR 6'2" 202
24 Joshua Garnett G 6'4" 312
25 Jason Spriggs OT 6'6" 301
26 Andrew Billings DT 6'1" 311
27 Tyler Boyd WR 6'1" 197
28 Kevin Dodd DE 6'5" 277
29 Derrick Henry RB 6'3" 247
30 Sterling Shepard WR 5'10" 194
31 Eli Apple CB 6'1" 199
32 Leonard Floyd OLB 6'6" 244
33 Kenny Clark DT 6'3" 314
34 Carson Wentz QB 6'5" 237
35 Jaylon Smith LB 6'2" 223
36 Jarran Reed DT 6'3" 307
37 Jalen Mills CB 6'0" 191
38 Jeremy Cash S 6'0" 212
39 Corey Coleman WR 5'11" 194
40 Su'a Cravens LB 6'1" 226
41 Chris Jones DT 6'6" 310
42 Michael Thomas WR 6'3" 212
43 Robert Nkemdiche DT 6'3" 294
44 Emmanuel Ogbah DE 6'4" 273
45 Cody Whitehair G 6'4" 301
46 Paxton Lynch QB 6'7" 244
47 Jonathan Bullard DT 6'3" 285
48 Braxton Miller WR 6'1" 201
49 Connor Cook QB 6'4" 217
50 Kendall Fuller CB 5'11" 187
51 Karl Joseph S 5'11" 197
52 Ryan Kelly C 6'4" 311
53 Shilique Calhoun DE 6'4" 251
54 Hunter Henry TE 6'5" 250
55 Christian Westerman G 6'3" 296
56 Germain Ifedi OT 6'6" 324
57 Vonn Bell S 5'11" 199
58 Kyler Fackrell OLB 6'5" 245
59 Will Fuller WR 6'0" 186
60 Le'Raven Clark OT 6'5" 312
61 DeAndre Houston-Carson CB/S 6'1" 201
62 Keanu Neal S 6'0" 211
63 Deion Jones LB 6'1" 222
64 Rashard Higgins WR 6'2" 190
65 Jihad Ward DL 6'5" 296
66 Kenneth Dixon RB 5'10" 215
67 Blake Martinez LB 6'1" 239
68 Javon Hargrave DT 6'1" 309
69 Jordan Jenkins OLB 6'2" 257
70 Connor McGovern G 6'4" 305
71 Artie Burns CB 6'0" 197
72 Shawn Oakman DT 6'7" 269
73 Joe Schobert LB 6'1" 247
74 Malcolm Mitchell WR 6'0" 198
75 Willie Henry DT 6'3" 311
76 Ronald Blair DE 6'1" 272
77 Adolphus Washington DT 6'3" 301
78 Kentrell Brothers LB 6'0" 249
79 Nick Vannett TE 6'5" 256
80 Xavien Howard CB 6'2" 200
81 Jordan Howard RB 6'1" 230
82 Jack Allen C 6'1" 297
83 Josh Perry LB 6'3" 253
84 Pharoh Cooper WR 5'11" 207
85 Austin Johnson DT 6'4" 323
86 Kevin Peterson CB 5'10" 173
87 Miles Killebrew S 6'1" 219
88 Kyle Murphy OT 6'6" 300
89 Austin Hooper TE 6'4" 248
90 Antonio Morrison LB 6'1" 232
91 Alex Collins RB 5'11" 215
92 Sheldon Day DL 6'0" 286
93 Joe Dahl G 6'4" 304
94 Matt Judon DE 6'3" 275
95 Leonte Carroo WR 6'0" 211
96 James Cowser OLB 6'3" 244
97 Bronson Kaufusi DE/OLB 6'6" 281
98 Austin Blythe C 6'2" 291
99 Harlan Miller CB 6'0" 182
100 Carl Nassib DE 6'7" 270

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