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The Top 32 & Overall Big Board for the 2018 NFL Draft

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We graded a lot of players, here’s where they fall.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Texas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

On the Lightning Round Podcast we’ve spent months digging through tape on the 2018 draft prospects and this year we created our own grading system. We both used a uniform 100-point grading scale of what we felt were the 5 most important categories for each position group and graded accordingly. The numerical grade was our most fitting representation for each player’s NFL projection. Once given a total grade, the player was then slotted into what round and specifically how high or low in that round in which the player’s talent lands on the draft scale. Below are our “Top 32” players and as you’ll see not every player on this list has a 1st round grade, 32 players will go in the 1st but not all will have a 1st Round grade. Tom Telesco said it yesterday in his press conference, he’s never been part of an organization that’s had 32 1st Round grades on Draft Day, it is not all that uncommon. So here are our Top 32:

Garrett Sisti

Player Pos. Grade
Quenton Nelson OG Top-5
Roquan Smith LB Top-5
Saquon Barkley RB Top-5
Minkah Fitzpatrick S Top-5
Bradley Chubb EDGE Top-5
Derwin James S Top-10
Maurice Hurst DT Top-10
Vita Vea DT Top-10
Isaiah Wynn OG Top-10
Denzel Ward CB Top-10
Baker Mayfield QB 1st Round
Lamar Jackson QB 1st Round
Harold Landry EDGE 1st Round
Jaire Alexander CB 1st Round
Derrius Guice RB 1st Round
Will Hernandez OG 1st Round
Hercules Mata’afa EDGE 1st Round
Josh Rosen QB High 2nd
Joshua Jackson CB High 2nd
Connor Williams OT/OG High 2nd
Sony Michel RB High 2nd
D.J. Moore WR High 2nd
James Daniels C High 2nd
Ronnie Harrison S High 2nd
Sam Darnold QB High 2nd
Billy Price C High 2nd
Dallas Goedert TE High 2nd
Rashaan Evans LB Mid 2nd
Josh Sweat EDGE Mid 2nd
Christian Kirk WR Mid 2nd
Isaiah Oliver CB Mid 2nd
Justin Reid S Mid 2nd

Jamie Hoyle

Player Pos. Grade
Quenton Nelson OG Top-5
Saquon Barkley RB Top-5
Minkah Fitzpatrick S/CB Top-5
Bradley Chubb EDGE Top-5
Isaiah Wynn OL Top-5
Vita Vea NT Top-10
Josh Rosen QB Top-10
Connor Williams OT Top-10
Calvin Ridley WR Top-10
Sam Darnold QB Top-10
Will Hernandez OG 1st Round
Christian Kirk WR 1st Round
Derwin James S/CB 1st Round
Rashaan Evans LB 1st Round
Denzel Ward CB High 2nd
Roquan Smith LB High 2nd
Derrick Nnadi NT High 2nd
Derrius Guice RB High 2nd
Baker Mayfield QB High 2nd
Mike McGlinchey OT High 2nd
Tyrell Crosby OT High 2nd
Da'Ron Payne DT High 2nd
Maurice Hurst DT High 2nd
Justin Reid S High 2nd
Sony Michel RB Mid 2nd
Billy Price C Mid 2nd
Jaire Alexander CB Mid 2nd
Harold Landry EDGE Mid 2nd
Malik Jefferson LB Mid 2nd
Martinas Rankins OL Mid 2nd
Jamarco Jones OT Mid 2nd
Joshua Jackson CB Mid 2nd

Since we each graded over 100+ players here is each of our Overall Big Board. You’ll see we each graded the majority of the same players (with different grades) but there will be some that one of us graded while the other didn’t, if names aren’t on this list we either watched and didn’t grade or just didn’t have time to watch. Our grades stop around the middle of the 5th Round because the line between a 6th Round pick and an UDFA is slim so neither of us bothered to rank guys we felt fell that low. Here is our individual Overall Big Board:

Garrett Sisti

Player Pos. Grade
Quenton Nelson OG Top-5
Roquan Smith LB Top-5
Saquon Barkley RB Top-5
Minkah Fitzpatrick S Top-5
Bradley Chubb EDGE Top-5
Derwin James S Top-10
Maurice Hurst DT Top-10
Vita Vea DT Top-10
Isaiah Wynn OG Top-10
Denzel Ward CB Top-10
Baker Mayfield QB 1st Round
Lamar Jackson QB 1st Round
Harold Landry EDGE 1st Round
Jaire Alexander CB 1st Round
Derrius Guice RB 1st Round
Will Hernandez OG 1st Round
Hercules Mata’afa EDGE 1st Round
Josh Rosen QB High 2nd
Joshua Jackson CB High 2nd
Connor Williams OT/OG High 2nd
Sony Michel RB High 2nd
D.J. Moore WR High 2nd
James Daniels C High 2nd
Ronnie Harrison S High 2nd
Sam Darnold QB High 2nd
Billy Price C High 2nd
Dallas Goedert TE High 2nd
Rashaan Evans LB Mid 2nd
Josh Sweat EDGE Mid 2nd
Christian Kirk WR Mid 2nd
Isaiah Oliver CB Mid 2nd
Justin Reid S Mid 2nd
Tremaine Edmunds LB Mid 2nd
Mike McGlinchey OT Mid 2nd
Da’Ron Payne DT Mid 2nd
Anthony Miller WR Mid 2nd
Ronald Jones RB Mid 2nd
Frank Ragnow C Mid 2nd
DeShon Elliott S Mid 2nd
Derrick Nnadi DT Mid 2nd
Carlton Davis CB Mid 2nd
Calvin Ridley WR Mid 2nd
Rashaad Penny RB Low 2nd
Rashaan Gaulden DB Low 2nd
Courtland Sutton WR Low 2nd
Arden Key EDGE Low 2nd
Taven Bryan DT Low 2nd
Jessie Bates III S Low 2nd
Kerryon Johnson RB Low 2nd
Marcus Davenport EDGE Low 2nd
Mike Hughes CB Low 2nd
Fred Warner LB Low 2nd
Tim Settle DT Low 2nd
Leighton Vander Esch LB Low 2nd
Kolton Miller OT Low 2nd
Sam Hubbard EDGE Low 2nd
James Washington WR Low 2nd
Michael Gallup WR High 3rd
Marcell Ateman WR High 3rd
Kyzir White S High 3rd
Mike Gesicki TE High 3rd
Tavaris McFadden CB High 3rd
Jaylen Samuels TE/RB High 3rd
Nick Chubb RB High 3rd
Dasean Hamilton WR High 3rd
Nyheim Hines RB High 3rd
Harrison Phillips DT High 3rd
Kemoko Turay EDGE Mid 3rd
Armani Watts S Mid 3rd
Genard Avery LB Mid 3rd
Nathan Shephard DT Mid 3rd
Jerome Baker LB Mid 3rd
Marcus Allen S Mid 3rd
Durham Smythe TE Mid 3rd
Malik Jefferson LB Low 3rd
Martinas Rankin OT/OG Low 3rd
Tegray Scales LB Low 3rd
Dante Pettis WR Low 3rd
Kalen Ballage RB Low 3rd
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo EDGE Low 3rd
Equanimeous St. Brown WR Low 3rd
Ian Thomas TE Low 3rd
Austin Corbett OG Low 3rd
Tyrell Crosby OT Low 3rd
Trayvon Henderson S Low 3rd
Josh Allen QB Low 3rd
Simmie Cobbs Jr. WR Mid 3rd
Jack Cichy LB High 4th
Josey Jewell LB High 4th
Jamarco Jones OT High 4th
Brian O’Neill OT High 4th
Alex Cappa OT High 4th
John Kelly RB High 4th
Deon Cain WR High 4th
Donte Jackson CB High 4th
B.J. Hill DT High 4th
Chukwuma Okorafor OT High 4th
Josh Adams RB High 4th
Hayden Hurst TE High 4th
Auden Tate WR High 4th
Mason Cole C High 4th
Mason Rudolph QB High 4th
Mark Andrews TE High 4th
Dalton Schultz TE Mid 4th
Orlando Brown OT Mid 4th
RJ McIntosh DT Mid 4th
Deadrin Senat DT Low 4th
Foley Fatukasi DT Low 4th
Shaun Dion Hamilton LB Low 4th
Luke Falk QB Low 4th
Poona Ford DT Low 4th
P.J. Hill DT High 5th
Mike White QB High 5th
Shaquem Griffin EDGE High 5th
Bo Scarborough RB Mid 5th

Jamie Hoyle

Player Pos. Grade
Quenton Nelson OG Top-5
Saquon Barkley RB Top-5
Minkah Fitzpatrick S/CB Top-5
Bradley Chubb EDGE Top-5
Isaiah Wynn OL Top-5
Vita Vea NT Top-10
Josh Rosen QB Top-10
Connor Williams OT Top-10
Calvin Ridley WR Top-10
Sam Darnold QB Top-10
Will Hernandez OG 1st Round
Christian Kirk WR 1st Round
Derwin James S/CB 1st Round
Rashaan Evans LB 1st Round
Denzel Ward CB High 2nd
Roquan Smith LB High 2nd
Derrick Nnadi NT High 2nd
Derrius Guice RB High 2nd
Baker Mayfield QB High 2nd
Mike McGlinchey OT High 2nd
Tyrell Crosby OT High 2nd
Da'Ron Payne DT High 2nd
Maurice Hurst DT High 2nd
Justin Reid S High 2nd
Sony Michel RB Mid 2nd
Billy Price C Mid 2nd
Jaire Alexander CB Mid 2nd
Harold Landry EDGE Mid 2nd
Malik Jefferson LB Mid 2nd
Martinas Rankins OL Mid 2nd
Jamarco Jones OT Mid 2nd
Joshua Jackson CB Mid 2nd
Donte Jackson CB Mid 2nd
Equanimeous St Brown WR Mid 2nd
Carlton Davis CB Mid 2nd
Ronnie Harrison S Mid 2nd
Lorenzo Carter EDGE Mid 2nd
Deasean Hamilton WR Mid 2nd
Kolton Miller OT Mid 2nd
Tremaine Edmunds LB Low 2nd
James Washington WR Low 2nd
Nick Chubb RB Low 2nd
Kerreyon Johnson RB Low 2nd
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo EDGE Low 2nd
Lamar Jackson QB Low 2nd
Jesse Bates S Low 2nd
Josh Sweat EDGE Low 2nd
Leighton Vander Esch LB Low 2nd
DJ Moore WR Low 2nd
Frank Ragnow C Low 2nd
Arden Key EDGE Low 2nd
Tim Settle DT Low 2nd
Kyzir White S Low 2nd
Marcel Ateman WR Low 2nd
Shaquem Griffen LB Low 2nd
Isaiah Oliver CB Low 2nd
Michael Hughes CB Low 2nd
Hayden Hurst TE Low 2nd
Michael Gallop WR Low 2nd
James Daniels C Low 2nd
Ronald Jones RB High 3rd
Kalen Ballage RB High 3rd
Brian O'Neill OT High 3rd
Nick Nelson CB High 3rd
Ian Thomas TE High 3rd
Chris Herndon TE High 3rd
Armanti Watts S High 3rd
Jeff Holland EDGE High 3rd
Orlando Brown OT High 3rd
Terrell Edmunds S High 3rd
Darius Leonard LB High 3rd
Rashaad Penny RB High 3rd
Marcus Davenport EDGE High 3rd
Holton Hill CB High 3rd
Daulton Schultz TE High 3rd
Tavares McFadden CB High 3rd
Hercules Mata'afa EDGE Mid 3rd
Nyheim Hines RB Mid 3rd
Mason Rudolph QB Mid 3rd
Harrison Phillips DT Mid 3rd
DJ Chark WR Mid 3rd
Anthony Miller WR Mid 3rd
Kendrick Norton DT Mid 3rd
Nathan Shepard DT Mid 3rd
Josh Allen QB Low 3rd
Mike Gisecki TE Low 3rd
Braden Smith OG Low 3rd
Skai Moore LB Low 3rd
Dallas Goeddert TE Low 3rd
Kemoko Turay EDGE Low 3rd
Luke Faulk QB Low 3rd
Courtland Sutton WR Low 3rd
Durham Smythe TE Low 3rd
Fred Warner LB Low 3rd
Taven Bryan DT Low 3rd
Duke Ejiofor EDGE Low 3rd
Marcus Allen S Low 3rd
Kyle Lauletta QB High 4th
Tre'Quan Smith WR High 4th
Ito Smith RB High 4th
Mike Andrews TE High 4th
Auden Tate WR High 4th
Mike White QB Mid 4th
Deon Cain WR Mid 4th
DeShone Elliott S Mid 4th
Alex Cappa OT Low 4th
Christian Sam LB Low 4th
Kirk Benkurt QB Low 4th
Mark Walton RB Low 4th
Damon Webb S Low 4th
Chikwuma Okorafor OT High 5th
KC McDermott OL High 5th
Micah Kiser LB High 5th