Kelly’s Pre-Combine Big Board: Top 50

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With the conclusion of the NFL playoffs, all 32 fan bases have shifted to full-time draft mode, which means there is no better time to release an initial big board.

I wanted to do my due diligence on each prospect before releasing any sort of full-position ranking. While the NFL Combine and further film study will change some of these rankings, this will serve as a strong indication about my feelings of the class as a whole.

My Big Board was made using our interactive tool; Build You Own Build Boardwhich releases to the public on February 25th. The feature will allow you to build your own board for up to 300 prospects from our database!

Without further delay, here are my current top 50 prospects in the NFL Draft.

Top 10

By now you’ve likely heard that the EDGE class is a strong one, and that is evidenced by four of them making an appearance in the top 10. Along with them are three interior defensive lineman in Quinnen Williams, Ed Oliver and Jeffery Simmons. It’s the perfect year if your major draft need is along the defensive line.


The first wide receiver makes an appearance in D.K. Metcalf, as I think he’s the clear-cut top wideout. The offensive line class isn’t necessarily top-heavy, but the strength of the class should be towards the middle and end of the first round with players such as Cody Ford, Chris Lindstrom, Garrett Bradbury and Jawaan Taylor.


Finally getting to a quarterback and a running back in the 20’s, Kyler Murray and Joshua Jacobs have separated themselves from the pack at their respective positions. While I have concerns about both of their games, they have the highest ceilings at both spots. Dwayne Haskins is the only clear challenger to Kyler Murray’s current status as QB1.


The strength of the defensive line class continues, as potential tweeners such as Charles Omenihu and Rashan Gary may sneak into the first round. Montez Sweat was a notable standout at the Senior Bowl practices, but his bend around the edge currently pushes him outside of the top 30.


If you haven’t noticed, were now up to 6 tight ends within the top 50. I’m in the club that recognizes the upside of the tight ends, as I think it’s one of the strongest position groups in the class. Players such as Isaac Nauta and Dawson Knox offer athletic ceilings despite limited collegiate production.

Once again, make sure you keeps your eyes peeled for the launch of Build Your Own Build Board on February 25th!

Written By:

Brad Kelly

NFL Draft Analyst

NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Wide Receivers Coach at Salve Regina University. Salve Regina Football ‘15.