Stacking the Board

The Defensive Draft Value Chart
Defensive Value-Board Ratings:
*Final Rankings*
4/25/17
*** 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      Gareon Conley, Ohio St. 1B       1B

          Charles Harris, Missouri
          Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
 


          

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

           Taco Charlton, Michigan
           
 
          


            
2B      Chris Wormley, Michigan 2B      Tarell Basham, Ohio 2B      Z. Cunningham, Vanderbilt [ilb] 2B      Teez Tabor, Florida 2B      Josh Jones, N.C. State [ss] 2B
                     Tyus Bowser, Houston
          Fabian Moreau, UCLA              


          

 
2C      Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama 2C      Derek Rivers, Youngstown St. 2C      Raekwon McMillan, Ohio St. [ilb] 2C      Sidney Jones, Washington 2C      Jabrill Peppers, Michigan [ss] 2C
          Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova           Ryan Anderson, Alabama
          Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson
 
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Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte Tim Williams, Alabama
Cameron Sutton, Tennessee Marcus Maye, Florida [fs]  
Montravius Adams, Auburn Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M Duke Riley, LSU [olb] Damontae Kazee, San Diego St. Marcus Williams, Utah [fs]  



Ahkello Witherspoon, Col.
 
Jaleel Johnson, Iowa Dawuane Smoot, Illinois Alex Anzalone, Florida [ilb] Shaquill Griffin, UCF Justin Evans, Texas A&M [ss]  
Caleb Brantley, Florida DeMarcus Walker, Florida St. Vince Biegel, Wisconsin [olb] Rasul Douglas, West Virginia Desmond King, Iowa [fs/cb]  
Carlos Watkins, Clemson

Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
 
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Nazair Jones, North Carolina Carl Lawson, Auburn Carroll Phillips, Illinois [olb] Brian Allen, Utah Eddie Jackson, Alabama [ss]  
Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA Trey Hendrickson, Fla. Atl. Anthony Walker, N'Western [ilb] Howard Wilson, Houston Tedric Thompson, Colorado [ss] Zane Gonzalez, Arizona St. [k]
Davon Godchaux, LSU Devonte Fields, Louisville Ben Gedeon, Michigan [ilb] Corn Elder, Miami Xavier Woods, Louis. Tech [ss]  
Vincent Taylor, Oklahoma St. Keionta Davis, Chattanooga Blair Brown, Ohio [ilb] Jeremy Cutrer, Middle Tenn. John Johnson, B. College [fs]  
Issac Rochell, Notre Dame Avery Moss, Youngstown St. Kendell Beckwith, LSU [ilb] Brendan Langley, Lamar Delano Hill, Michigan [ss]  
Elijah Qualls, Washington Josh Carraway, TCU Harvey Langi, BYU [ilb] Marquez White, Florida St. Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami [fs]  
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Hunter Dimick, Utah Samson Ebukam, E. Wash Jayon Brown, UCLA [olb] Nate Hairston, Temple Montae Nicholson, Mich. St. [ss]  
Treyvon Hester, Toledo Fadol Brown, Ole Miss Marquel Lee, Wake Forest [olb] Channing Stribling, Michigan Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis [fs] Jake Elliott, Memphis [k]
D.J. Jones, Ole Miss Ejuan Price, Pittsburgh Jordan Evans, Oklahoma [ilb] Jalen Myrick, Minnesota Josh Harvey-Clemons, Lou. [ss]  
Deatrich Wise, Arkansas  Joe Mathis, Washington Elijah Lee, Kansas St. [olb] D.J. Killings, UCF Rudy Ford, Auburn [fs]  
Jeremiah Ledbetter, Arkansas Matt Milano, Bos. College Tanner Vallejo, Boise St. [ilb] Ashton Lampkin, Oklahoma St. David Jones, Richmond [fs] Austin Rehkow, Idaho [p]
Tanzel Smart, Tulane Tashawn Bower, LSU Javancy Jones, Jackson St. [olb] Aarion Penton, Missouri Jadar Johnson, Clemson [ss]  
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, USC Bryan Cox, Florida Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tenn. [olb] Brandon Wilson, Houston Shalom Luani, Wash St. [ss]  
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Ryan Glasgow, Michigan Keion Adams, Western Mich. Connor Harris, Lindenwood [ilb/fb] Ezra Robinson, Tennessee St. Nate Gerry, Nebraska [ss] Kenny Allen, Michigan [p]
Jarron Jones, Notre Dame Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado Hardy Nickerson, Illinois [ilb] Najee Murray, Kent State Dymonte Thomas, Michigan [ss] Adam Griffith, Alabama [k]
Grover Stewart, Albany St. Dylan Cole, Missouri St. Dylan Donahue, W. Georgia [olb] Xavier Coleman, Portland St. Chuck Clark, Virginia Tech [fs] Anthony Kukwa, Lake Erie [ls]
Josh Tupou, Colorado Lewis Neal, LSU Ben Boulware, Clemson [ilb] Sojourn Shelton, Wisconsin Fish Smithson, Kansas [fs] Justin Vogel, Miami [p]
Charles Walker, Oklahoma Darius English, So. Carolina Steven Taylor, Houston [olb] Jack Tocho, N.C. State Jordan Sterns, Oklahoma St. [fs] Rigoberto Sanchez, Hawaii [k]
Joey Ivie, Florida Garrett Sickels, Penn St. Calvin Munson, S. Diego St. [olb] Des Lawrence, North Carolina D'Nerius Antoine, So. Miss [ss] Hayden Hunt, Colorado St. [p]
DeAngelo Brown, Louisville Noble Nwachuku, West Virginia Riley Bullough, Michigan St. [ilb] Jeremy Clark, Michigan Dallas Lloyd, Stanford [ss] Cole Mazza, Alabama [ls]
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172 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.