Craig’s Pre-Senior Bowl Top 100 Big Board

Craig’s Pre-Senior Bowl Top 100 Big Board
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Craig Strachan, brings us his brand new Pre-Senior Bowl Top 100 Big Board

The deadline for underclassmen to declare has now passed with a large number of juniors yet again making themselves eligible to be selected in April’s Draft. We’re also a couple of weeks away from the first of the major pre-Draft milestones – the Senior Bowl – so now feels as suitable a time as any to release my first Top 100 Big Board of 2022. 

The full list is shown below, but first here’s a few things for you to look out for, delivered in the style of M-People. 

Movin’ on up

Sam Howell - Football - University of North Carolina Athletics
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  1. I often find myself tweeting about North Carolina QB Sam Howell (@UK_draft if you want to come and follow me) and I continue to be a major advocate of his. He’s smart, a great leader, has developed his ability to scramble and run the ball when needed and has a fantastic arm. I’ve got him as my QB1 and my number 12 overall prospect at the moment but when Dan Campbell and the Lions get up close and personal with him at the Senior Bowl it wouldn’t shock me if they identify him as their future quarterback and end up taking him with the 2nd overall pick.
  2. Devin Lloyd is my LB1 at this point sitting at number 17, just 4 spots ahead of Nakobe Dean. I love what both of them bring to the party (sorry…work event) but until the last few days I’ve had Dean as my number 1 linebacker. Lloyd’s performances against Oregon that I’ve only recently got round to watching, and the PAC-12 title game in particular, are what have made me move him up though. I suspect I might flip-flop between these two over the coming weeks.
  3. Every year most draft analysts have a guy they instantly fall in love with the first time they watch him and spend a whole host of time trying to convince everyone else to move him up their boards. This year my guy is Boise State WR Khalil Shakir. He’s a tall, lean catching machine – some of the one-handed grabs I’ve seen him pull in this season are just unbelievable. I don’t like doing pro comparisons, but you’re going to find me drawing lots of Davante Adams and Cooper Kupp parallels when it comes to pure catching ability. 

Movin’ on out

Giants select DeMarvin Leal, Zion Nelson in early 2022 Draft Wire mock
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  1. Texas A&M defensive tackle DeMarvin Leal started the season as pretty much a consensus top 5 pick. Not anymore. His 2021 tape is decidedly underwhelming and while the physical traits are all still there and he flashes elite characteristics at times, deciding whether he was holding himself back to ensure he didn’t get injured or whether he’s plateaued as a prospect is going to be really difficult. I’ve got him at number 23 but I’m really torn on him right now.
  2. Bubba Bolden, the Miami safety, is someone I had in my top 32 in preseason but has now completely dropped out of my top 100. He’s made a bit of a habit of picking up targeting penalties, likely as a result of not being able to diagnose plays quickly enough and having to hurl himself at breakneck speed towards players in order to try and make a tackle.
  3. One player I was never particularly sold on was Clemson receiver Justyn Ross. To come back from a potentially career-ending spinal injury is incredibly impressive and I love his desire to play the game. However he just doesn’t look like the same player he once was and as much as I want him to succeed, I just don’t believe he’s got it in him to become a starting NFL wide receiver anymore. 

Time to break free

A quick list of names of those who just missed out on being included in this iteration of my Top 100 but who will hope that nothing can stop them from making it by the time I do my next version.

  1. D’Vonte Price, RB, Florida International
  2. Jaivon Heiligh, WR, Coastal Carolina
  3. Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA 
  4. Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
  5. Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
  6. Amare Barno, EDGE, Virginia
  7. Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State

Here’s the list in full then.

Top 100 Big Board

1-50

NoNameCollegePosition
1Kayvon ThibodeauxOregonEDGE
2Kyle HamiltonNotre DameS
3Evan NealAlabamaOT
4Aidan HutchinsonMichiganEDGE
5Ikem EkwonuNC StateOT
6George KarlaftisPurdueEDGE
7Tyler LinderbaumIowaIOL
8Charles CrossMississippi StateOT
9Derek Stingley Jr.LSUCB
10Andrew BoothClemsonCB
11Chris OlaveOhio StateWR
12Sam HowellNorth CarolinaQB
13Treylon BurksArkansasWR
14Matt CorralOle MissQB
15Ahmad GardnerCincinnatiCB
16Garrett WilsonOhio StateWR
17Devin LloydUtahLB
18Kenyon GreenTexas A&MIOL
19Jordan DavisGeorgiaDT
20Drake JacksonUSCEDGE
21Nakobe DeanGeorgiaLB
22Kaiir ElamFloridaCB
23DeMarvin LealTexas A&MDT
24Jameson WilliamsAlabamaWR
25Malik WillisLibertyQB
26David OjaboMichiganEDGE
27Kenny PickettPittsburghQB
28Drake LondonUSCWR
29Daxton HillMichiganS
30Trevor PenningNorthern IowaOT
31Trent McDuffieWashingtonCB
32Jahan DotsonPenn StateWR
33Carson StrongNevadaQB
34Isaiah SpillerTexas A&MRB
35Myjai SandersCincinnatiEDGE
36Jaquan BriskerPenn StateS
37Nicholas Petit-FrereOhio StateOT
38Roger McCrearyAuburnCB
39Jalen WydermyerTexas A&MTE
40Kingsley EnagbareSouth CarolinaEDGE
41Travon WalkerGeorgiaDT
42Desmond RidderCincinnatiQB
43Christian HarrisAlabamaLB
44David BellPurdueWR
45Trey McBrideColorado StateTE
46Darian KinnardKentuckyOT
47Jermaine Johnson IIFlorida StateEDGE
48Derion KendrickGeorgiaCB
49George PickensGeorgiaWR
50Kenneth WalkerMichigan StateRB

51-100

51Bernhard RaimannCentral MichiganOT
52Martin EmersonMississippi StateCB
53Perrion WinfreyOklahomaDT
54Lewis CineGeorgiaS
55Daniel FaaleleMinnesotaOT
56Breece HallIowa StateRB
57Zion JohnsonBoston CollegeIOL
58Cameron ThomasSan Diego StateEDGE
59Jeremy RuckertOhio StateTE
60Khalil ShakirBoise StateWR
61Nik BonittoOklahomaEDGE
62Kyler GordonWashingtonCB
63Sean RhyanUCLAOT
64Jalen TolbertSouth AlabamaWR
65Brandon SmithPenn StateLB
66Jaxson KirklandWashingtonOT
67Kyren WilliamsNotre DameRB
68Travis JonesConnecticutDT
69Arnold EbiketiePenn StateEDGE
70Logan HallHoustonDT
71John Metchie IIIAlabamaWR
72Jamaree SalyerGeorgiaIOL
73Phidarian MathisAlabamaDT
74Josh JobeAlabamaCB
75Devonte WyattGeorgiaDT
76Charlie KolarIowa StateTE
77Tyler AllgeierBYURB
78Wan’Dale RobinsonKentuckyWR
79Darrian BeaversCincinnatiLB
80Marcus JonesHoustonCB
81Max MitchellLouisiana-LafayetteOT
82Damone ClarkLSULB
83James CookGeorgiaRB
84Romeo DoubsNevadaWR
85Hassan HaskinsMichiganRB
86Sam WilliamsOle MissEDGE
87Haskell GarrettOhio StateDT
88Ed IngramLSUIOL
89Chad MumaWyomingLB
90Mykael WrightOregonCB
91Smoke MondayAuburnS
92Alec PierceCincinnatiWR
93Zamir WhiteGeorgiaRB
94Abraham LucasWashington StateOT
95Jerome FordCincinnatiRB
96Josh PaschalKentuckyEDGE
97Bailey ZappeWestern KentuckyQB
98Coby BryantCincinnatiCB
99Cade MaysTennesseeIOL
100Christian WatsonNorth Dakota StateWR

What are do you think of Craig’s top 100 big board? Let us know over on twitter @NinetynineYards & @UK_draft

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