Stacking the Board

The Defensive Draft Value Chart
Defensive Value-Board Ratings:
*Mid-April Update*
4/10/17
*** This is the projected order (stacked-board style) for which the players will come off the board during the draft. Rounds 1 & 2 are each whittled into sectors "1A, 1B, etc."  In this case, "1A," for example, stands for picks in the first one-third of round one (picks 1-10), and something like "2C" would equate to the last one-third of Rd. 2.  Likewise, in Rd's 3-7 all players are stacked vertically by way of their grade / expected order drafted in that round.***
Round
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4/5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6/7
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Priority
F.A.
 
 
 
 
 
Defensive Line Edge-Rusher Linebacker Cornerback Safety Specialty Players
1A      Jonathan Allen, Alabama 1A      Myles Garrett, Texas A&M 1A      Reuben Foster, Alabama [ilb] 1A      Quincy Wilson, Florida 1A       Jamal Adams, LSU [ss] 1A

          Solomon Thomas, Stanford                         Marshon Lattimore, Ohio St.            Malik Hooker, Ohio St. [fs]  
           



 
1B       1B      Derek Barnett, Tennessee 1B      Haason Reddick, Temple [i/o] 1B      Marlon Humphrey, Alabama 1B       1B

          Taco Charlton, Michigan
          Gareon Conley, Ohio St.
 





 
1C      Malik McDowell, Michigan St. 1C      Charles Harris, Missouri 1C       1C      Kevin King, Washington 1C      Obi Melifonwu, UConn [ss] 1C
                      Takkarist McKinley, UCLA                       Tre'Davious White, LSU           Budda Baker, Washington [fs]  
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2A       2A      T.J. Watt, Wisconsin 2A      Jarrad Davis, Florida [ilb] 2A      Chidobe Awuzie, Col. [cb/fs] 2A      2A

          Carl Lawson, Auburn
          Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson             
          


            
2B      Caleb Brantley, Florida 2B      Derek Rivers, Youngstown St. 2B      Z. Cunningham, Vanderbilt [olb] 2B      Adoree' Jackson, USC 2B      Jabrill Peppers, Michigan [ss] 2B
          Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte           Tyus Bowser, Houston
          Teez Tabor, Florida           Josh Jones, N.C. State [ss]  


                     Fabian Moreau, UCLA
 
2C      Chris Wormley, Michigan 2C      Jordan Willis, Kansas St. 2C      Raekwon McMillan, Ohio St. [ilb] 2C      Desmond King, Iowa [cb/fs] 2C       2C
           Jaleel Johnson, Iowa           Tarell Basham, Ohio
          Sidney Jones, Washington
 
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Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova Tim Williams, Alabama Duke Riley, LSU [olb] Ahkello Witherspoon, Colorado Marcus Williams, Utah [fs]  
Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama

Cameron Sutton, Tennessee Marcus Maye, Florida [fs]  
Carlos Watkins, Clemson Ryan Anderson, Alabama
Damontae Kazee, San Diego St.
 
Montravius Adams, Auburn
Alex Anzalone, Florida [olb] Rasul Douglas, West Virginia
 
Vincent Taylor, Oklahoma St. DeMarcus Walker, Florida St. Anthony Walker, N'Western [ilb] Jalen Myrick, Minnesota Eddie Jackson, Alabama [ss]  
Elijah Qualls, Washington Trey Hendrickson, Fla. Atl.
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
 
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Nazair Jones, North Carolina Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M Carroll Phillips, Illinois [olb] Jeremy Cutrer, Middle Tenn. John Johnson, B. College [fs]  
Davon Godchaux, LSU Dawuane Smoot, Illinois Ben Gedeon, Michigan [ilb] Shaquill Griffin, UCF Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami [fs] Zane Gonzalez, Arizona St. [k]
Tanzel Smart, Tulane Devonte Fields, Louisville Kendell Beckwith, LSU [ilb] Howard Wilson, Houston Justin Evans, Texas A&M [ss]  
Ryan Glasgow, Michigan Keionta Davis, Chattanooga Vince Biegel, Wisconsin [olb] Corn Elder, Miami Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis [fs]  
Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA  Joe Mathis, Washington Elijah Lee, Kansas St. [olb] Brian Allen, Utah Xavier Woods, Louis. Tech [ss] Austin Rehkow, Idaho [p]
Hunter Dimick, Utah Josh Carraway, TCU Harvey Langi, BYU [ilb] Marquez White, Florida St. Jadar Johnson, Clemson [ss]  
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Jarron Jones, Notre Dame Ejuan Price, Pittsburgh Marquel Lee, Wake Forest [ilb] Nate Hairston, Temple Josh Harvey-Clemons, Lou. [ss]  
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, USC Bryan Cox, Florida Connor Harris, Lindenwood [ilb] Aarion Penton, Missouri Tedric Thompson, Colorado [ss] Jake Elliott, Memphis [k]
Jeremiah Ledbetter, Arkansas Tashawn Bower, LSU Jordan Evans, Oklahoma [ilb] Brendan Langley, Lamar David Jones, Richmond [fs]  
Deatrich Wise, Arkansas Dylan Cole, Missouri St. Blair Brown, Ohio [ilb] Ezra Robinson, Tennessee St. Jordan Sterns, Oklahoma St. [fs] Kenny Allen, Michigan [p]
DeAngelo Brown, Louisville Samson Ebukam, E. Wash Steven Taylor, Houston [olb] Channing Stribling, Michigan Johnathan Ford, Auburn [fs] Adam Griffith, Alabama [k]
D.J. Jones, Mississippi Matt Milano, Bos. College Jayon Brown, UCLA [ilb] Brandon Wilson, Houston D'Nerius Antoine, So. Miss [ss]  
Joey Ivie, Florida Keion Adams, Western Mich. Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tenn. [olb] Ashton Lampkin, Oklahoma St. Dallas Lloyd, Stanford [ss]  
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Issac Rochell, Notre Dame Avery Moss, Youngstown St. Hardy Nickerson, Illinois [ilb] Najee Murray, Kent State Dymonte Thomas, Michigan [ss] Cole Mazza, Alabama [ls]
Treyvon Hester, Toledo Lewis Neal, LSU Javancy Jones, Jackson St. [olb] Xavier Coleman, Portland St. Montae Nicholson, Michigan St. [ss] Rigoberto Sanchez, Hawaii [k]
Charles Walker, Oklahoma Garrett Sickels, Penn St. Dylan Donahue, W. Georgia [olb] Sojourn Shelton, Wisconsin Delano Hill, Michigan [fs] Justin Vogel, Miami [p]
Josh Tupou, Colorado Darius English, So. Carolina Ben Boulware, Clemson [ilb] Jack Tocho, N.C. State Ahmad Thomas, Oklahoma [fs] Hayden Hunt, Colorado St. [p]
Aaron Curry, TCU Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado Calvin Munson, S. Diego St. [olb] Des Lawrence, North Carolina Fish Smithson, Kansas [fs] Colin Holba, Louisville [ls]
Collin Bevins, N.W. Miss St. Noble Nwachuku, West Virginia Riley Bullough, Michigan St. [ilb] Jeremy Clark, Michigan Shalom Luani, Wash St. [ss] Conrad Ukropina, Stanford [k]
Ralph Green III, Indiana Sydney Omameh, G. Valley St. Ukeme Eligwe, Georgia So. [olb] Treston Decoud, Oregon St. Maurice Smith, Georiga [fs] Toby Baker, Arkansas [p]
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176 Defensive/Special Teams Players are ranked here for 2017
They're ranked in a formula/evaluation method that couples "expected off the board order" along with evaluation of athletic skill at their respective position.  It so happens that most years the DraftBoardGuru formula leads to approx. 170-180 prospects in the category of defensive/special teams players.
 
On defense:  The strongest position this year is the Defensive Backfield.  Both the safety and cornerback positions are absolutely loaded, with 40 players with grades of "round 5 or better."  Many "blue-chip" all-pro types also fill the round one area in the CB/SS/FS categories.  The DB's are star-studded at the top and also with great depth.  DB's = A++ grade.  The Edge Rush group receives a B+ grade, with nice round 1 & 2 talent and decent depth overall.  The DL and LB group are not a bad group (B-/C+), with good top level talent... but they lack depth this year.  If the NFL teams want a difference maker at DL or LB from this draft, the player must be taken before the end of round three.