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2015 NFL Draft: Big Blue View Big Board 1.0

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Our first NFL Draft big board of 2015.

Leonard Williams
Leonard Williams
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It is time to begin getting serious about looking ahead to the 2015 NFL Draft. We gave you weekly mock drafts throughout the NFL regular season, mostly to help you learn the names and to begin the discussion. Today, we unveil version 1.0 of the 2015 Big Blue View NFL Draft Big Board.

Our trio of draft connoisseurs, 'Invictus,' Raptor22,' and Jess Bartolis each contributed their individual top 100 big boards. Yours truly tabulated the results and compiled our consensus Big Board. If a player was selected by one or two, but not all of our analysts, that player received a value of 101 whenever he was not on a list. Below, you can see the overall Big Board and how each of our draftniks ranked players on their own. Our No. 1 prospect entering the draft process is currently USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams.

2015 Big Blue View NFL Draft Big Board 1.0

Rank Player ‘Invictus’ Jesse ‘Raptor’ Overall
1 Leonard Williams, DT, USC 1 2 2 5
2 Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska 3 3 3 9
3 Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama 4 4 5 13
4 Shane Ray, DE, Missouri 5 6 4 17
5 Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon 2 15 1 18
6 Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford 6 16 8 30
7 Devante Parker, WR, Louisville 9 14 7 30
8 Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa 8 7 17 32
9 Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor 16 6 10 32
10 Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin 20 9 11 40
11 Kevin White, WR, WVU 18 10 13 41
12 Jameis Winston, QB, FSU 35 1 6 42
13 La'el Collins, OT, LSU 7 32 7 46
14 Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington 10 27 9 46
15 Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida 12 18 12 47
16 Landon Collins, S, Alabama 13 12 30 55
17 Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson 14 26 18 58
18 Trae Waynes, CB, MSU 11 29 22 62
19 Danny Shelton, DT, Washington 19 11 32 62
20 T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh 15 36 15 66
21 Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU 25 23 19 67
22 Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky 23 17 29 69
23 Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia 27 5 42 74
24 Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State 28 34 20 82
25 Benardrick McKinney, LB, Miss. State 29 37 21 87
26 Nate Orchard, DE, Utah 17 50 31 98
27 Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M 30 28 41 99
28 P.J. Williams, CB, FSU 39 35 26 100
29 Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss 24 64 16 104
30 Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State 32 38 35 105
31 Duke Johnson, RB, Miami 33 48 24 105
32 A.J Cann, OG, South Carolina 31 46 33 110
33 Marcus Peters, CB, Washington 46 13 52 111
34 Cam Erving, C, FSU 55 30 28 113
35 Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami 37 19 58 114
36 Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas 43 25 49 117
37 Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA 42 42 38 122
38 Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska 53 47 25 125
39 Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon 57 20 48 125
40 Shilique Calhoun, DE, MSU 40 52 36 128
41 Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan 38 51 43 132
42 Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn 75 21 40 136
43 Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State 45 57 37 139
44 Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami 47 55 39 141
45 Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU 34 73 27 143
46 Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame 21 22 101 144
47 Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana 51 41 54 146
48 Markus Golden, DE, Missouri 64 24 60 148
49 Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma 26 31 101 158
50 Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville 41 68 51 160
51 Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon 36 84 50 170
52 Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville 22 61 94 177
53 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon 44 59 76 179
54 Josue Matias, OG, FSU 71 43 66 180
55 Clive Walford, TE, Miami 70 65 46 181
56 Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina 60 101 23 184
57 Carl Davis, DT, Iowa 58 72 62 192
58 D'haquille (Duke) Williams, WR, Auburn 54 39 101 194
59 Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma 48 67 80 195
60 Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State 76 66 53 195
61 Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota 101 40 55 196
62 Tre' Jackson, OG, FSU 80 53 65 198
63 Hauoli Kikaha, OLB, Washington 65 80 57 202
64 Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford 86 45 71 202
65 Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke 56 101 47 204
66 Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor 69 54 82 205
67 Derron Smith, S, Fresno State 73 101 34 208
68 DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon 50 58 101 209
69 Anthony Harris, S, UVA 52 101 61 214
70 Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn 49 100 67 216
71 Mario Edwards, DE, FSU 82 33 101 216
72 Rashad Greene, WR, FSU 84 69 69 222
73 Kurtis Drummond, S, MSU 98 79 45 222
74 Paul Dawson, LB, TCU 78 101 44 223
75 Nick O'Leary, TE, FSU 79 63 83 225
76 Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA 72 56 101 229
77 T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama 101 44 85 230
78 Eric Striker, OLB, Oklahoma 66 74 92 232
79 Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas 74 99 59 232
80 Arie Kouandjio, OG, Alabama 83 76 77 236
81 Ronald Darby, CB, FSU 77 76 84 237
82 Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA 59 82 101 242
83 Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn 62 101 81 244
84 Ramik Wilson, LB, Georgia 101 87 56 244
85 Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State 101 49 101 251
86 Nelson Agholor, WR, USC 81 101 70 252
87 Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss 88 101 68 257
88 Eli Harold, DE, UVA 63 94 101 258
89 Jalen Collins, CB, LSU 68 91 101 260
90 Durrell Eskridge, S, Syracuse 95 101 64 260
91 Preston Smith, DL, Mississippi State 101 60 101 262
92 Josh Harper, WR, Fresno State 61 101 101 263
93 Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia 89 101 74 264
94 Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State 101 62 101 264
95 Jesse James, TE, Penn State 101 101 63 265
96 Javorius (Buck) Allen, RB, USC 85 101 78 266
97 Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma 101 88 79 268
98 Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio) 67 101 101 269
99 Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame 97 101 73 271
100 J.J. Humphries, OL, Florida 101 70 101 272

NFL teams don't rank players the way the media does in these big boards. They tend to use 'rows,' delineating players in different categories. We can't exactly match the way an NFL team does it, but here is a stab at our own prospect tiers.

Tier 1

(Players who received top 10 grades from each of our analysts)

Leonard Williams, DT, USC
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri

Interesting here that Jesse's disdain for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, whom he ranked No. 15, keeps the probable first overall pick in the draft out of our first tier.

Tier 2

Jerry Reese always says there are probably only 25 players who are considered obvious first-round picks in most drafts.So, Tier 2 lists the remaining players in the top 25.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
Devante Parker, WR, Louisville
Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Kevin White, WR, WVU
Jameis Winston, QB, FSU
La'el Collins, OT, LSU
Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida
Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
Trae Waynes, CB, MSU
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU
Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Benardrick McKinney, LB, Miss. State

Quarterback Jameis Winston is in Tier 2, and I'm sure that 'Invictus' ranking him No. 35 will get your attention.

Tier 3

Numbers 26-50. If our Big Board is accurate you would expect all of these remaining guys to be selected by the end of Round 2.

Nate Orchard, DE, Utah
Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
P.J. Williams, CB, FSU
Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss
Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
A.J Cann, OG, South Carolina
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Cam Erving, C, FSU
Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas
Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan
Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State
Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
anielle Hunter, DE, LSU
Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
Markus Golden, DE, Missouri
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville