Consensus NFL Draft Big Board: Defense

Continuing the exercise started yesterday, today we turn our attention to how five draft websites grade the best defensive players available in this weekend’s draft. Unlike their offensive brethren, who are generally considered to be members of a weak crop (especially at the skill positions), there are scores of highly regarded defensive players available for teams to snatch up. Again, the five authors/websites I used were:

Charlie Campbell (CC), Walterfootball.com

Rob Rang (RR), NFLDraftScout.com

Scott Wright (SW), draftcountdown.com

Mike Mayock (MM), NFL.com

Authors unknown, Draftek.com (DT)

And now the consensus best 32 available defensive players in this year’s draft…

Consensus Top-Five Prospect:

1. Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle, Florida.

  • Average big board rank: 5.0
  • High: (MM)
  • Low: 12 (SW)

Consensus Top-Ten Prospects:

2. Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Utah.

  • Average big board rank: 6.0
  • High: (CC)
  • Low: 11 (MM)

3. Dee Milliner, cornerback, Alabama.

  • Average big board rank: 7.2
  • High: (RR, SW, DT)
  • Low: 16 (MM)

4. Dion Jordan, linebacker, Oregon.

  • Average big board rank: 8.6
  • High: (DT)
  • Low: 20 (RR)

5. Ezekial Ansah, defensive end, Brigham Young.

  • Average big board rank: 9.2
  • High: (RR)
  • Low: 13 (CC)

6. Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri.

  • Average big board rank: 9.2
  • High: (CC, MM)
  • Low: 13 (DT)

Consensus First-Round-Worthy Prospects

7. Jarvis Jones, linebacker, Georgia.

  • Average big board rank: 11.6
  • High: (CC)
  • Low: 19 (MM)

8. Barkevious Mingo, defensive end/outside linebacker, Louisana State.

  • Average big board rank: 14.8
  • High: 10 (MM)
  • Low: 22 (RR)

9. Bjoern Werner, defensive end, Florida State.

  • Average big board rank: 17.0
  • High: (DT)
  • Low: 26 (MM)

10. Kenny Vaccaro, safety, Texas.

  • Average big board rank: 17.6
  • High: 15 (SW, DT)
  • Low: 24 (RR)

11. Xavier Rhodes, cornerback, Florida State. 

  • Average big board rank: 19.6
  • High: 16 (RR, DT)
  • Low: 23 (CC, SW)

12. Desmond Trufant, cornerback, Washington.

  • Average big board rank: 24.4
  • High: 14 (DT)
  • Low: 35 (MM)

Consensus Late First Round/Early Second Round Prospects:

13. Datone Jones, defensive end, UCLA.

  • Average big board rank: 27.8
  • High: 21 (DT)
  • Low: 31 (CC, RR)

14. Damontre Moore, defensive end, Texas A&M.

  • Average big board rank: 28.2
  • High: 18 (CC)
  • Low: 33 (MM)

15. Sylvester Williams, defensive tackle, North Carolina.

  • Average big board rank: 28.8
  • High: 19 (SW)
  • Low: 47 (RR)

16. Manti Te’o, inside linebacker, Notre Dame.

  • Average big board rank: 29.6
  • High: 18 (SW)
  • Low: 36 (RR, DT)

17. Arthur Brown, inside linebacker, Kansas State.

  • Average big board rank: 31.2
  • High: 19 (DT)
  • Low: 47 (CC)

18. Matt Elam, safety, Florida.

  • Average big board rank: 33.0
  • High: 20 (CC)
  • Low: 50 (SW)

19. Alec Ogletree, inside linebacker, Georgia.

  • Average big board rank: 35.0
  • High: 12 (CC)
  • Low: 70 (RR)

20. Kawann Short, defensive tackle, Purdue.

  • Average big board rank: 37.0
  • High: 21 (CC)
  • Low: 44 (SW)

21. Kevin Minter, inside linebacker, Louisiana State.

  • Average big board rank: 37.2
  • High: 27 (CC)
  • Low: 49 (RR)

22. Eric Reid, safety, Louisiana State.

  • Average big board rank: 37.8
  • High: 27 (SW)
  • Low: 59 (CC)

23. Jamar Taylor, cornerback, Boise State.

  • Average big board rank: 38.4
  • High: 27 (RR)
  • Low: 51 (MM)

24. Jonathan Cyprien, safety, Florida International.

  • Average big board rank: 38.6
  • High: 28 (DT)
  • Low: 46 (RR)

Consensus Second-Round-Worthy Prospects:

25. Johnthan Banks, cornerback, Mississippi State.

  • Average big board rank: 42.6
  • High: 37 (CC)
  • Low: 50 (RR)

26. Margus Hunt, defensive end, Southern Methodist.

  • Average big board rank: 45.2
  • High: 32 (RR)
  • Low: 72 (DT)

27. Johnathan Hankins, defensive tackle, Ohio State.

  • Average big board rank: 45.6
  • High: 33 (SW)
  • Low: 64 (RR)

28. D.J. Hayden, cornerback, Houston.

  • Average big board rank: 47.2
  • High: 14 (MM)
  • Low: 112 (DT)

29. Cornellius Carradine, defensive end, Florida State.

  • Average big board rank: 47.6
  • High: 22 (DT)
  • Low: Unlisted (MM)

30. Alex Okafor, defensive end, Texas.

  • Average big board rank: 49.4
  • High: 25 (CC)
  • Low: 79 (MM)

31. Jonathan Jenkins, defensive tackle, Georgia.

  • Average big board rank: 54.4
  • High: 38 (CC)
  • Low: 71 (MM)

Consensus Late Second Round/Early Third Round Prospect:

32. Jesse Williams, defensive tackle, Alabama.

  • Average big board rank: 57.4
  • High: 26 (DT)
  • Low: 97 (MM)
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