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04-13-18:  Mock Draft Projection & Rankings have been updated... 
After consistent updates to the Top 100 list over the last 6 months, it is now time to build it up from the foundation.  This update illustrates the top 32 (round one) talent
that should be fairly safe bets to make it into Day One of the draft.  As the days unfold leading up to the draft, the rankings will gradually be updated.
04-07-18:  The first ever "DAY 3 NFL DRAFT" hosted by DraftBoardGuru and NFLRoughDraft!

On Easter Weekend this site conducted a first-ever event with my friends over at NFLRoughDraft.com, Mike Luchene and Ray Mencio. This was their brain-child and I was glad to participate with Mike and Ray on a new spin on projecting player value. What was our goal? We were utilizing the hashtag #Day3NFLdraft to tweet draft selections (and eventual rosters) that each of us would form from the players outside of the top 100 prospects. Ray and Mike were gracious enough to use my Top 100 board to serve as the anchor for creating “ineligible” players that would not be in the pool of prospects. We then went through 40 rounds (120 prospects) of selecting our teams with the notion of building a franchise based on the available talent. This exercise allowed all parties to really focus on the “Round-Four and beyond” talent and it was my true pleasure to participate with the consistent and intelligent minds of Mike and Ray.  Here is my thought process from the draft:

* An apparent observation at the beginning of round four is that there is significant inside linebacker talent that could very much be on the board when teams enter the mid-rounds.  And among these prospects, there appears to be many that one could build a new franchise around. My first and second selections were made based on that value that was presented as well as a chance to build very competent inside linebackers in this projected 3-4 defense.  First pick: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State.  Second pick: Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State. These two defensive center-pieces are drafted with the thought of chase and tackle with sideline to sideline speed and consistent tackling. Both are prospects that this site ranks very highly and could, ultimately, end up in the mix for third round selections and inclusion on the final top 100 list.

* Two offensive players were selected during round three and four, and these are once again players that I’m very high on and could see going in the third round depending on how the draft unfolds.  Third Round: Nyheim Hines, RB, North Carolina State.  Fourth Round: Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana.  With the simple fact that franchise QB’s were generally on the ineligible list and already top 100 material, as well as the fact that ace GM Mike Luchene already took Kyle Lauletta at pick # 4 overall, my franchise found the value in adding potential future starters at skill positions for the offensive side. In Hines and Thomas, I found great value and players that could rise to starting caliber. At the least, there is significant upside with both.

* At this point, with defense being the focus of the early draft, my front office found value in the next three picks to help solidify defense:

Round 5 – Jeff Holland, Edge, Auburn (#14 overall)

Round 6 – Andrew Brown, DL, Virginia (#17 overall)

Round 7- Jalyn Holmes, DL, Ohio State (#20 overall)

* To recap the first seven selections, I felt happy that there were two offensive skill pieces in Ian Thomas and Nyheim Hines. Additionally, a 3-4 defensive group that would entail 5-technique pieces in Andrew Brown and Jalyn Holmes became available as well as OLB Jeff Holland and two inside linebackers in Darius Leonard and Christian Sam. Also of thought throughout these early rounds was that Darius Leonard provided me possible flexibility in how he might be played (OLB vs. ILB) depending on how the rest of the draft went.

* Here is the final summary of all 40 picks, divided into sections of offense and defense and with the overall pick number beside the prospect. In an overall sense, I felt as if this roster was very strong in the area of linebacker and cornerback, a possible illustration that there will be mid to late round talent that is available in the real draft.  As a reminder, this DraftBoardGuru team was drafting against two ace draftniks in Ray and Mike from NFLRoughDraft.com.  Please head over to their site and check out all the great information.  I appreciate the camaraderie and partnership that we have established in our dual love of the annual NFL Draft!

Team Offense: (18 players)

QB – Chase Litton, Marshall (#29)… Kurt Benkert, Virginia (#104)

RB – Nyheim Hines, N.C. State (#8)… Bo Scarbrough, Alabama (#71)

FB – Nick Bawden, San Diego State (#101)

WR – JMon Moore, Missouri (#38)… Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State (#116)

WR – Deontay Burnett, USC (#56)…

KR/WR – Cedrick Wilson, Boise State (#83)

TE – Ian Thomas, Indiana (#11)… Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan (#50)

OT – Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T (#23)… Desmond Harrison, West Georgia (#68)

OG – Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech (#47)

C – Bradley Bozeman, Alabama (#89)

OG – Skyler Phillips, Idaho State (#59)… Sean Welsh, Iowa (#74)

OT – Joseph Noteboom, TCU (#26)


Team Defense: (19 players)

DE – Jalyn Holmes, Ohio State (#20)… Foley Fatukasi, Connecticut (#92)

NT –  Poona Ford, Texas (#95)

DE – Andrew Brown, Virginia (#17)… Zach Sieler, Ferris State (#113)

OLB – Jeff Holland, Auburn (#14)… Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, Toledo (#62)

ILB – Darius Leonard, South Carolina State (#2)… Keishawn Bierria, Washington (#98)

ILB – Christian Sam, Arizona State (#5)

OLB – Kylie Fitts, Utah (#35)

SS – DeShon Elliot, Texas (#53)

FS –  Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern (#44)

CB – Kevin Toliver II, LSU (#32)… Levi Wallace, Alabama (#107)

CB – Quenton Meeks, Stanford (#41)… Isaac Yiadom, Boston College (#119)

Slot CB – Parry Nickerson, Tulane (#65)… Grant Haley, Penn State (#77)


Special Teams Specific: (3 players)

Kicker – Eddie Pineiro, Florida (#86)

Punter – JK Scott, Alabama (#80)

Long Snapper – Ike Powell, Auburn (#110)

  * reminder:  WR Cedrick Wilson is pegged to be this team’s primary kick/punt returner


03-25-18:  An entire update of rankings...
With a large majority of the work now complete in assessing the 2018 draft class, the offensive and defensive valueboards have been
updated here at the site.  Additionally, the Top 100 is now refreshed to reflect those latest trends and changes.

Although I really do not like mock draft projections, this project will be next in line for the site.  It's time to start slotting
these prospects to a team and consider the chaos that might continue regarding trades!
With Draft Enthusiasm,
Doug Martz,
                                            As a reminder:  The NFL DRAFT SCHEDULE:                Where?   AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
                                                                                  ROUND 1:            Thursday, April 26th      8:00 P.M. ET
                                                                                  ROUNDS 2 & 3:  Friday, April 27th            7:00 P.M. ET
                                                                                  ROUNDS 4-7:      Saturday, April 28th       Noon ET