Building the Most Accurate War Room Draftboard on the Web
The Early Top 50
for the 2018 NFL Draft
UPDATE:  09-25-17
by Doug Martz, of DraftBoardGuru.com


Doug Martz's Top 100 draft
board has had the top average
score (83.4) over the past five
years according to The Huddle
Report, which tracks the top 
draft analysts in the nation
(see link below)






1 Sam Darnold QB USC
2 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
3 Derwin James S Florida State
4 Arden Key Edge LSU
5 Josh Allen QB Wyoming
6 Harold Landry LB Boston College
7 Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama
8 Josh Rosen QB UCLA
9 Christian Wilkins DL Clemson
10 Courtland Sutton WR SMU
11 Derrius Guice RB LSU
12 Connor Williams OT Texas
13 Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
14 Maurice Hurst DL Michigan
15 Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
16 Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida State
17 Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
18 Malik Jefferson LB Texas
19 Vita Vea DL Washington
20 Derrick Nnadi DL Florida State
21 Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
22 Bo Scarbrough RB Alabama
23 Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
24 Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi State
25 Sam Hubbard Edge Ohio State
26 Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
27 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State
28 Bradley Chubb Edge N.C. State
29 Tyquan Lewis Edge Ohio State
30 Deon Cain WR Clemson
31 Ronald Jones II RB USC
32 Tremaine Edmunds Edge Virginia Tech
33 Josh Sweat Edge Florida State
34 Mike Gesicki TE Penn State
35 Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
36 Jerome Baker LB Ohio State
37 James Washington WR Oklahoma State
38 Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota State
39 Mitch Hyatt OT Clemson
40 Luke Falk QB Washington State
41 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
42 Marcus Allen S Penn State
43 Tyrone Crowder OG Clemson
44 Dre'Mont Jones DL Ohio State
45 Lowell Lotulelei DL Utah
46 Godwin Igwebuike S Northwestern
47 Iman Marshall CB USC
48 Micah Kiser LB Virginia
49 Antonio Callaway WR Florida
50 Armani Watts S Texas A&M
The "Top 100 Projection" is that item at DraftBoardGuru.com for which the credibility of the site has been built over the past decade.  It is my hope in 2018 to once again provide an accurate, well-studied, researched, and polished list for my draft colleagues, friends, and the enthusiasts that visit this website.  This site strives to be the best at two things:  Projecting the Top 100 prospects and slotting the players into a very close coordinate to where they will be expected to be drafted (see Offensive and Defensive Value Boards)  Please give me feedback and/or constructive criticism to this list via email (coachdmartz@hotmail.com) or twitter (twitter.com/DraftBoardGuru).  - Doug Martz
The Huddle Report (http://thehuddlereport.com) does exceptional reporting and collaboration on media/website success within the NFL Draft.  I've been a member of their scoring for nine years now, going on ten this year.  They are an incredible site with the ultimate level of credibility.  Please check them out! (see link below)
Previously scored results by the Huddle Report, THE BEST and MOST RECOGNIZED name in scoring collaboration:
89-(2017); 86-(2016);  83-(2015);  81-(2014);  85-(2013);  82-(2012);  81-(2011);  82-(2010);  78-(2009);  84-(2008)
Over the most recent five-year span that the Huddle Report has scored this site,
the average is at 84.8, which is currently first in the nation during that time.


Note about Top 100 List:
Although Top 100 sounds easy, quick, and painless (like a 10-minute job)...  nothing could be further from the truth.  Designing and narrowing this list down from an initial group of over 700+ to a chunk of 100 guys that will go in the first 100 selections is the hardest line of work for draft preparations.  It's also my favorite here at DraftBoardGuru.com.  The process involves as much naked-eye assessment of how these players are slotted into a draft position as possible.  Along with that, keen research on official team visits, pro-day workouts, and combine workouts are extremely valuable. Special consideration is also given to the regular season collegiate games and how the players did against other good (draftable) athletes.  The part of the Top 100 that's easy is the first 50.  It's that next 50 that takes hours upon hours to narrow down.  Finally, it's the players from #80 to #100 that makes the difference to whether this list can be credible or not.  The difference between scoring in the high 80's on this task (a good score) and getting a 70 depends on what happens in the final half of round three of the NFL draft.  Although mock drafting and building draftboards are fun, they pail in comparison to the workload involved in the slotting of players into a successful Top 100 list.