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2016 NFL Draft: Top 100 draft prospects, pre-Combine

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The NFL Combine is next week, so there's no better time to take a first stab at ranking the players in this year's draft class!

With the NFL draft talk now in full swing, you may be finding yourself panicking at your local water cooler, trying to make sense of the dozens of new names you're supposed to know about before they join the NFL. No sweat, here at Buffalo Rumblings, we did the research for you.

I began compiling this list in September, and it represents the roughly 115 prospects whom I've viewed and written up, pared down to the 100 best options. My methodology: I watch at least three games of each prospect using Draft Breakdown (or other sources when available) and my No Huddle Remote for slowmo/rewind, and write roughly two to eight paragraphs of notes and thoughts about the player when I'm done. If you read the daily scouting reports last year, that's essentially the style I worked with.

All of my thoughts are compiled into a single, massive spreadsheet where I've collected the roughly 350 players that I'm tracking this year. While the spreadsheet will eventually be released to you all at the end of the draft season, here's a sneak peek:

Spreadsheet preview

The main thing lacking from this top 100 ranking is the height-weight and athletic information. Certain players appear to be small, large, fast, or slow on tape. When the Combine drills and pro days are run through, I can look at the outliers and re-assess what I thought. Sometimes a particular drill or measurement will highlight a diamond in the rough.

Here's the list. Go ahead and tell me how wrong I am in the comments.

Rank Name Position School
1 Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
2 Jalen Ramsey S Florida State
3 Myles Jack LB UCLA
4 Jared Goff QB Cal
5 Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
6 Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky
7 Robert Nkemdiche DL Ole Miss
8 DeForest Buckner DL Oregon
9 Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
10 Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
11 Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
12 Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
13 Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
14 Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
15 Cody Whitehair OG Kansas State
16 Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
17 Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
18 Mackenzie Alexander CB Clemson
19 Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame
20 Joshua Garnett OG Stanford
21 Kenny Clark NT UCLA
22 Nick Martin OC Notre Dame
23 Darian Thompson S Boise State
24 Michael Thomas WR Ohio State
25 Jarran Reed DL Alabama
26 Jonathan Bullard DL Florida
27 Eli Apple CB Ohio State
28 Hunter Henry TE Arkansas
29 Kentrell Brothers LB Missouri
30 Darron Lee LB Ohio State
31 Leonard Floyd ER Georgia
32 Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
33 Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State
34 Josh Doctson WR TCU
35 A'Shawn Robinson DL Alabama
36 Vernon Butler DL Louisiana Tech
37 Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
38 Chris Jones DL Mississippi State
39 Derrick Henry RB Alabama
40 Paul Perkins RB UCLA
41 Jason Spriggs OT Indiana
42 Sterling Shepard WR Oklahoma
43 Kenneth Dixon RB Louisiana Tech
44 Charles Tapper DE Oklahoma
45 Jihad Ward DL Illinois
46 Mike Thomas WR Southern Mississippi
47 Shon Coleman OT Auburn
48 Germain Ifedi OT Texas A&M
49 Jordan Jenkins ER Georgia
50 Jacoby Brissett QB NC State
51 Ryan Kelly OC Alabama
52 Leonte Carroo WR Rutgers
53 Jack Allen OC Michigan State
54 Corey Coleman WR Baylor
55 Kevin Peterson CB Oklahoma State
56 Su'a Cravens LB USC
57 Tyler Boyd WR Pittsburgh
58 Landon Turner OG North Carolina
59 Jeremy Cash S Duke
60 DJ Reader NT Clemson
61 Joe Dahl OG Washington State
62 DJ White CB Georgia Tech
63 Carl Nassib DE Penn State
64 Andrew Billings NT Baylor
65 Braxton Miller WR Ohio State
66 Max Tuerk OC USC
67 Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
68 Kyler Fackrell ER Utah State
69 Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech
70 Bronson Kaufusi DE Brigham Young
71 Javon Hargrave DT South Carolina State
72 Will Fuller WR Notre Dame
73 Sheldon Day DL Notre Dame
74 Connor Cook QB Michigan State
75 Emmanuel Ogbah ER Oklahoma State
76 William Jackson III CB Houston
77 Keyarris Garrett WR Tulsa
78 Brandon Doughty QB Western Kentucky
79 Antonio Morrison LB Florida
80 Bralon Addison WR Oregon
81 Nate Sudfeld QB Indiana
82 De'Runnya Wilson WR Mississippi State
83 Joe Schobert LB Wisconsin
84 Karl Joseph S West Virginia
85 Evan Boehm OC Missouri
86 Rashard Higgins WR Colorado State
87 Kyle Friend OC Temple
88 Fahn Cooper OT Ole Miss
89 Bryce Williams TE East Carolina
90 Graham Glasgow OC Michigan
91 Devontae Booker RB Utah
92 Kevin Hogan QB Stanford
93 Austin Blythe OC Iowa
94 Christian Hackenberg QB Penn State
95 Dean Lowry DE Northwestern
96 Vernon Adams Jr QB Oregon
97 D'haquille Williams WR None (Auburn)
98 Cardale Jones QB Ohio State
99 Taveze Calhoun CB Mississippi State
100 Dak Prescott QB Mississippi State