DA Draft Buzz April 21: Comparing Draft Boards

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

One week from today, we’ll know the players selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. And while teams continue to tinker with their boards, many have their top 32 in order. Here’s a look at two of those teams.

During conversations a pair of teams rattled off the players they grade as the top 32 on their draft board. The order or the way the teams graded these players from top to bottom was not revealed nor was it asked.

In comparing the top 32 from both lists, the teams had these 28 players listed as potential first-round picks on their respective boards (listed alphabetically by position):

CB

Gareon Conley

Ohio State

CB

Kevin King

Washington

CB

Marshon Lattimore

Ohio State

CB

Tre'Davious White

LSU

DE

Jonathan Allen

Alabama

DE

Derek Barnett

Tennessee

DE

Taco Charlton

Michigan

DE

Myles Garrett

Texas A&M

DE

Charles Harris

Missouri

DE

Solomon Thomas

Stanford

G

Forrest Lamp

Western Kentucky

ILB

Jarrad Davis

Florida

OLB

Takkarist McKinley

UCLA

OLB

Haason Reddick

Temple

QB

Mitch Trubisky

North Carolina

RB

Dalvin Cook

Florida State

RB

Leonard Fournette

LSU

RB

Christian McCaffrey

Stanford

S

Jamal Adams

LSU

S

Malik Hooker

Ohio State

T

Garett Bolles

Utah

T

Ryan Ramczyk

Wisconsin

T

Cam Robinson

Alabama

TE

O.J. Howard

Alabama

TE

David Njoku

Miami-Fl

WR

Corey Davis

Western Michigan

WR

John Ross

Washington

WR

Mike Williams

Clemson

The breakdown:

6 defensive lineman

4 cornerbacks

4 offensive lineman

3 linebackers

3 running backs

3 wideouts

2 tight ends

2 safeties

1 quarterback

These are the eight players (four for each team) where the franchises differed -- one team had four of these players graded in their top 32 while the other franchise had four completely different prospects:

CB

Chidobe Awuzie

Colorado

CB

Adoree' Jackson

USC

DE

Tarell Basham

Ohio

ILB

Zach Cunningham

Vanderbilt

OLB

Tim Williams

Alabama

QB

Patrick Mahomes

Texas Tech

S

Budda Baker

Washington

S

Jabrill Peppers

Michigan

The breakdown:

2 cornerbacks

2 safeties

2 linebackers

1 defensive lineman

1 quarterback

The Takeaway

1 - I was surprised both teams graded Taco Charlton as a first-round selection.

2 - Neither team grades Deshaun Watson as a top-32 material. Watson has always been a second-round prospect on our board. It doesn’t mean he won’t be selected in the first round.

3 - Reuben Foster has dropped dramatically. The news of his failed/diluted drug test from yesterday was the icing on the cake. One team was ready to take him in the middle of Round 1 but has backed off. I’m told it’s a combination of what’s described as “horrible behavior” as well as concussion issues.

4 - Neither team feels Foster’s teammate, cornerback Marlon Humphrey, grades as one of the top 32 players in the draft. We reported earlier this week that more and more teams are comparing Humphrey to Dee Milliner as a straight-line cornerback.

5 - When asked about UConn defensive back Obi Melifonwu being a potential top-32 prospect, the response from both teams was unanimous -- no way.