NFL draft Big Board: 2016’s top 100 prospects

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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

OT

6'5"

310

2

CB/S

6'1"

209

3

LB

6'1"

245

4

RB

6'0"

225

5

DE

6'5"

269

6

WR

6'2"

221

7

DE

6'7"

291

8

DT

6'4"

307

9

OT

6'6"

312

10

CB

5'10"

204

11

DT

6'4"

323

12

DE

6'2"

251

13

LB

6'1"

247

14

QB

6'4"

215

15

CB

5'10"

190

16

DE

6'3"

269

17

DT

6'1"

299

18

CB

6'0"

189

19

OT

6'7"

310

20

S

6'2"

208

21

LB

6'1"

232

22

OT

6'6"

308

23

WR

6'2"

202

24

G

6'4"

312

25

OT

6'6"

301

26

DT

6'1"

311

27

WR

6'1"

197

28

DE

6'5"

277

29

RB

6'3"

247

30

WR

5'10"

194

31

CB

6'1"

199

32

OLB

6'6"

244

33

DT

6'3"

314

34

QB

6'5"

237

35

LB

6'2"

223

36

DT

6'3"

307

37

CB

6'0"

191

38

S

6'0"

212

39

WR

5'11"

194

40

LB

6'1"

226

41

DT

6'6"

310

42

WR

6'3"

212

43

DT

6'3"

294

44

DE

6'4"

273

45

G

6'4"

301

46

QB

6'7"

244

47

DT

6'3"

285

48

WR

6'1"

201

49

QB

6'4"

217

50

CB

5'11"

187

51

S

5'11"

197

52

C

6'4"

311

53

DE

6'4"

251

54

TE

6'5"

250

55

G

6'3"

296

56

OT

6'6"

324

57

S

5'11"

199

58

OLB

6'5"

245

59

WR

6'0"

186

60

OT

6'5"

312

61

CB/S

6'1"

201

62

S

6'0"

211

63

LB

6'1"

222

64

WR

6'2"

190

65

DL

6'5"

296

66

RB

5'10"

215

67

LB

6'1"

239

68

DT

6'1"

309

69

OLB

6'2"

257

70

G

6'4"

305

71

CB

6'0"

197

72

DT

6'7"

269

73

LB

6'1"

247

74

WR

6'0"

198

75

DT

6'3"

311

76

DE

6'1"

272

77

DT

6'3"

301

78

LB

6'0"

249

79

TE

6'5"

256

80

CB

6'2"

200

81

RB

6'1"

230

82

C

6'1"

297

83

LB

6'3"

253

84

WR

5'11"

207

85

DT

6'4"

323

86

CB

5'10"

173

87

S

6'1"

219

88

OT

6'6"

300

89

TE

6'4"

248

90

LB

6'1"

232

91

RB

5'11"

215

92

DL

6'0"

286

93

G

6'4"

304

94

DE

6'3"

275

95

WR

6'0"

211

96

OLB

6'3"

244

97

DE/OLB

6'6"

281

98

C

6'2"

291

99

CB

6'0"

182

100

DE

6'7"

270

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