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04/29/17:  A couple of things to throw out there from my tired and sleep-deprived soul to the folks that visit the page:
                   1.) Proud to announce a Top 100 Score of '89,' which is a personal best for this website.
                   2.) National scoring announcements and ratings can be found at The Huddle Report
                   3.) The Mid-Round Talent page has been updated with the top 37 prospects left going into Rd. 4
                   4.) Why 37?  Well, there's 37 picks in Rd. 4, so it seemed like an attention-grabbing number.
04/26/17:  Finally this long process has come to an end.  Mission accomplished for another year....
There's always a small let-down for a draftnik when the pre-draft process evolves into the actual
"sit around and watch the draft unfold" process.  After hundreds of hours, much film watching, much
research, much comparison of statistics and overall production and the various tidbits that we hear
and see.... the DraftBoardGuru pre-draft process now stands complete!
I want to thank anyone and everyone that has nice things to say about the rankings and the site and I hope that
all you NFL and Draft fanatics enjoy the process this year.  There should be plenty of drama!  I have always said,
the NFL is the best Reality TV that's out there.  This year should be the same!
As Round One concludes and then again after night #2, I hope to provide some up to date "best available"
on the Mid-Round Talent Page. 
With regards,

                    ARE NOW UPDATED FOR THE FINAL TIME FOR THE 2017 NFL DRAFT.  See Links Above.
Items coming soon to the site:
Top 100 Final Board & Offensive/Defensive Value Boards  -   Late Tuesday evening...
Final Mock Draft Projection & Steelers Prognostication Page  -   Late Wednesday evening...
04/10/17 - *Update*  Offensive & Defensive Value Boards as well as the Top 100 Prospects are all updated.
03/26/17 - The Top 100 Board and Mock Draft Projections have been updated in full.  Look for further facelifts to take place with the offensive and defensive value-boards over the course of the next week.  There are not major changes to make at this point, but there are small nuggets of information that becomes very valuable in the last month of time before the actual draft.  Many of these nuggets involve psychological or behavioral issues.  Eventually we will learn of drug busts, DUI's, and other character concerns that weren't previously known!  Seriously, it's one month away from the draft, so at any moment now we will start to hear of some things that change the landscape of the 2017 draft class.  Sadly, we've already heard about unfortunate injury at pro day work outs such as the Achilles tear of CB Sidney Jones (Washington) and the pectoral tear of CB Fabian Moreau (UCLA).
03/12/17 - All rankings have been updated at DraftBoardGuru.  The Top 100 and Offensive/Defensive Value Boards (links above) reflect as much whittling of prospects, research, film review, and good old fashioned work that can be done.  These charts have a tradition of accuracy and reliability, as a lot of time is put into them and I believe they will reflect an accurate depiction of where the prospects are likely to be drafted.

FEB. 3, 2017:
*** Most underrated Offensive Prospect:  WR John Ross, Washington.
Wouldn't be shocked if stock has risen significantly in 4-6 weeks time; will run a great 40 in Indy.
*** Most underrated Defensive Prospect:   CB Quincy Wilson, Florida.
Like Ross, I believe in my own eyes and think he's the #1 CB.  Anxious to see combine workouts w/ him.
*** Flashiest Small School Weapon:   OLB/Edge Derek Rivers, Youngstown St.
Some major, major crankiness coming off the edge.  Watch out, QB's ! (Combine "too-watch" list)
*** One Issue Holding Him Back:  RB Corey Clement, Wisconsin.
"Fumbilitis Majora."  If he could hold on to ball, feet (A+) & vision (A+) would make him a 2nd rounder.  3rd/4th instead.
*** Only QB That Actually Could Be a Star:  Deshaun Watson, Clemson.
I don't trust any of the others, but Watson could have something special.  Good team/time to develop important.
*** Cleanest/Easiest Projection:  TE O.J. Howard, Alabama.
Will be pro-bowler/top 5 TE in league... there's just no holes in his game / little to doubt.  Top 15 lock.  EASY PROJECTION!
*** Makes Defensive Coordinators' Mouth Water:  Safety Budda Baker, Washington.
So extremely dynamic, fast, aggressive.  Possibly Troy Polamalu Junior.
*** Looks Lost Award:  OT Adam Bisnowaty, Pittsburgh.
A nightmare waiting to happen at OT.  Just won't be able to handle NFL speed.  Must change to interior and work hard.
*** Flying Under the Radar Award:  WR Chris Godwin, Penn State.
Will catapult up pundits/journalists discussions... likely already a high 3rd / low 2nd round grade by scouts.
*** Likely to Fail Award:  DL Charles Walker, Oklahoma.  Dude walked away from his team in November to "start draft preparation."  Quitter-Attitude/Poor Character Revealed.  This site ranks him as a 6th/7th rounder, but might go undrafted with that stunt.  Could have easily been Top 100... luckily, he helped the scouts complete their report.
01/22/17 - The Defensive Draft Valueboard has been loaded.  Just like the comment below about the offensive value board, there is still a lot of work to do to manipulate the prospects into place and much will change over the course of the coming weeks.
01/21/17 - The Offensive Draft Valueboard has been loaded up.  Though this is much earlier than the site typically starts posting the constantly flowing/fluid chart, I wanted to get it out there because some have been asking for it.  Much will change over the weeks with more knowledge gained on this draft class, but this is a starting point.  Defensive draftboard coming later in the weekend...
01/19/17 - An amazing 95 underclassmen prospects have declared for the NFL Draft, a whopping number that in some ways can be considered quite sad.  Often times, close to 1/3rd of the underclassmen that declare do not end up being drafted.  In this case, that would mean that 30-35 of these young men will have to hope for undrafted free agency for a ride on to an NFL roster.  The deadline (16th of January) has now passed and this number of 95 will hold firm going forward.  After considering recent news and continuing to evaluate players and considering this pool of underclassmen... the Top 100 prospects board has been updated!  This update will be considered the "pre East-West Shrine Game" update.  To see a full list of all underclassmen that have declared for the draft, Click Here.
01/12/17 -  After monitoring the decisions of collegiate underclassmen and their intentions on declaring for the draft or going back to school, the rankings of the Top 100 draft board have been updated accordingly.   This draft class is shaping up to be a most talented one and it should be remarkable fun to see these athletes work out at the annual Combine in Indianapolis during the first week of March.  What positions seem to be stacked within the range of the top 100-150 prospects?  Cornerback, Tight End, Safety, and Edge-Rushers are the top positions.  Running back finishes in a close 5th place, just outside that group of top gems.  The QB's, OT, and DL are generally weak this year, while the interior offensive line and linebackers are yet to be fully defined by this site, as there needs to be a lot more analysis of their abilities with the Combine and lead-up to the draft.  The wide receiver position is another one that is hard to describe thus far.  It has a nice balance at the top with prospects Corey Davis (my #1 WR), and Mike Williams/John Ross/Juju Smith-Schuster, followed by a group of another 8 or 9 that can fit into the top 100 of the draft, but there's a lot of work to be done to separate these prospects.  Many of them are good at one thing (routes or hands or speed), while having deficiency in other areas.
12/30/16 -  The New Year's Top 100 Prospects list has been posted.  This site is still working off a list of over 600 potential prospects and a culmination of notes and summer/fall ideas that became apparent while studying the potential 2017 draft class.  Much will change as the various steps of the process proceed such as those underclassmen that do and do not declare for the draft, the fall-out from remarkable one-on-one matchups in the bowl games, the annual NFL Combine from Indianapolis, and of course the various breaking news that comes out during the next 100+ days.  Stay tuned.... DraftBoardGuru.com expects to once again provide the most accurate draftboard projections that can be found anywhere on the internet.  We stay below the radar and are never talked about, never publicized or given attention to... but that's the way we like it.  We will be seen and not heard here at DraftBoardGuru.com



Draft:  April 27, 28 & 29 (from Philadelphia, PA this year)
With Draft Enthusiasm,
Doug Martz,
                                            As a reminder:  The NFL DRAFT SCHEDULE:                Where?    Philadelphia, PA
                                              Round 1:  Thursday, April 27th - 8:00 PM
                                              Round 2/3:  Friday, April 28th - 7:00 PM                                   Television Coverage:  NFL Network, ESPN & ESPN 2
                                              Rounds 4-7:  Saturday, April 29th - Noon