January Big Board (01/13/16)

Last Updated: 5/1/2016 1:00 PM ET
January Big Board



With the ending of the College Football Playoffs leading into the final weeks of the NFL playoffs, we have just a few months to go before the NFL Draft. Underclassmen who are eligible for the NFL Draft must declare by January 18th. We had a lot of movement on the Big Board this month, with a few new players making an appearance.

Just one quarterback makes the Big Board this month, Connor Cook (Michigan State). Cook has the tools and efficiency numbers that suggest he would be a good pick-up in the latter half of the first round. Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch fell out of the Big Board rankings this month. Lynch will have a steep adjustment in learning an NFL offense, he also struggled significantly against stronger competition throughout his career

Taking over the top spot on the board is Joey Bosa (DE, Ohio State), an absolute dominant player who can play at multiple positions along the defensive line. A dynamic pass rusher, for statistical comparisons, he is similar to current Oakland Raiders defensive standout Justin Tuck.

One of the biggest risers in this month's Big Board is Michigan State offensive tackle, Jack Conklin, who had an impressive performance against Alabama. Conklin didn't surrender a sack or quarterback hits in the game, going against some of the most feared and dominating pass rushers in college football.

We have four new players making their debut on the Big Board this month, taking the top spot amongst this group is hard hitting defensive back Mackensie Alexander (Clemson). Alexander tried to battle through some injuries during the National Championship Game. Though he couldn't finish the game, scouts have been aware of the shutdown corner from Clemson for a long time. Alexander is a true shutdown corner, opponents failed to score a touchdown all season when targeting him.

Jared Goff (Cal) does not make an appearance on the board again the month. I will talk about this in greater detail as we get into our draft content, but basically he is strikingly similar to current St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles. Both played in the same offense under the same tutelage (Sonny Dykes) and have similar production and efficiency metrics.

A lot will change between now and the first pick of the draft. As it stands now, this is my Top-35 Big Board. We will update the board just a few more times as we get closer to the NFL Draft.

Rankings Player School Position Previous Rank
1 Joey Bosa Ohio State DE 2
2 Jalen Ramsey Florida State CB 11
3 Laremy Tunsil Mississippi OT 4
4 Adolphus Washington Ohio State DT 7
5 Vernon Hargreaves Florida CB 3
6 Laquon Treadwell Mississippi WR 6
7 Jeremy Cash Duke FS-SS 9
8 Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State RB 1
9 Mackensie Alexander Clemson CB NR
10 Sheldon Day Notre Dame DT NR
11 Shaq Lawson Clemson DE 18
12 Su'a Cravens USC OLB 13
13 Taylor Decker Ohio State OT 12
14 Jack Conklin Michigan State OT 25
15 Noah Spence Eastern Kentucky OLB 24
16 Joshua Garnett Stanford OG 19
17 Ronnie Stanley Notre Dame OT 20
18 A'Shawn Robinson Alabama DT 27
19 Shilique Calhoun Michigan State DE 23
20 Corey Coleman Baylor WR 15
21 Emmanuel Ogbah Oklahoma State DE 28
22 Scooby Wright Arizona ILB NR
23 Kentrell Brothers Missouri ILB 29
24 Hunter Henry Arkansas TE 33
25 Myles Jack UCLA OLB 31
26 Connor Cook Michigan State QB 5
27 Derrick Henry Alabama RB 30
28 Reggie Ragland Alabama ILB NR
29 Vonn Bell Ohio State FS 26
30 Robert Nkemdiche Mississippi DT 21
31 Jaylon Smith Notre Dame OLB 8
32 Andrew Billings Baylor DT 14
33 Darron Lee Ohio State OLB NR
34 Leonard Floyd Georgia OLB 16
35 Jayron Kearse Clemson SS 17