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2021 NFL Draft: Big Blue View consensus big board

How we rank the 2021 NFL Draft’s top prospects

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It’s finally here.

We are proud to present the Big Blue View consensus big board for the 2021 NFL Draft.

This year I was joined by Mark Schofield, Nick Falato, and Joe DeLeone, and this board represents the consensus of our various grades on this year's prospects.

As is our custom, this is a 2-axis big board, separating the players into position group and the “neighborhood” we feel is appropriate value for them. From there, they are separated into how we generally rank the players within that neighborhood. While all the players in a neighborhood have a similar grade, the players that are higher in a particular round grouping are viewed more favorably than ones who are lower within that neighborhood.

This year’s big board came with a number of novel hurdles to overcome, with some prospects playing full seasons, some playing shortened seasons, and many opting out of the 2020 season completely. It was difficult to reconcile grades on players with wildly varying amounts of tape available, but that is a struggle facing the NFL as well.

It’s also important to remember that these are our rankings. They aren’t based on where any one of us thinks a particular prospect will be drafted, nor how we think the New York Giants would value them, only how we value them.

Finally, some players are listed with asterisks beside their names, along with another position. That signifies that while we evaluated them at the position at which they are listed, we project them to settle at the position in parenthesis.

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