I am still working with Derek Stephens to try and publish a full Draft Matrix before the Draft next week. I expect perhaps 250+ graded players in a Draft Board format. Before that comes out I wanted to share an interesting article I read from Doug Kyed, who writes for NESN and covers the Patriots. Doug gave me permission to share this matrix I made using his composite rankings.
Doug created a "Composite 100" of some of the top draft experts-by blending their Top 100 players. The draft experts he uses are Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Daniel Jeremiah, Rob Rang, Matt Miller, Gil Brandt, Josh Norris and James Christensen. He also uses the rankings from CBS Sports, which Derek tells me is done by Rang- so Rang grades are actually in there twice, to a degree. Nevertheless- blending these 9 rankings gives us a pretty good picture of what many experts believe will transpire in Rounds 1-3 (Day 1 and Day 2).
You can see where the pockets of value lie and see the depth of the different positions early in the Draft. WR and CB are the deepest positions early in the Draft AND the deepest positions through Round 7 (could be 30+ of each position before Draft is over). There are 16 WR on this board, and recently, Eric DeCosta (Ravens Personnel Guru) said there are 15 WR he really likes. If memory serves from yesterday’s presser- I believe DeCosta says 12 Corners typically go early in normal draft- (forgot if it was Rd 1 and 2 or Rd 1-3)- there are 12 corners on this board.
When you combine both 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB into one category "Edge"- the numbers may be a tad bit better than some think. Mayock recently said 10 QBs with Round 1-3 Grades, and this Composite shows 8. RB also has good numbers in Round 2-3. The thinnest positions early in the Draft are traditional Linebacker, Center, Tight End and Safety. I believe Guard is light more as a function that Guards are typically selected later and some of the players in the "T" column will actually be Gs in the NFL.
Additionally- I created a color sheet where I highlight players I am interested in for the Seahawks (guys in Yellow), and guys I am REALLY interested in (Green). Green guys are players I believe fit better in the range of where I think Seattle will eventually pick when matched with need. So again, the guys in GREEN are not the "Best Players" per se- more guys that I think match need, value, and the idea that I think Seattle will slide back a bit in Rd 1 or Rd 2 or both.
Enjoy- you can also pair this with my Top 3 Draft Needs for each NFL Team and I think these two sheets will be handy next Thursday and Friday.