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Bucky's Big Board: FSU's Jalen Ramsey debuts atop rankings

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With East-West Shrine Game practices under way, the Senior Bowl taking place next week and the NFL Scouting Combine a little more than a month away, the pre-draft process has swung into gear.

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With that in mind, I thought I would release my 2016 NFL Draft Big Board 1.0 based on information gathered from talking to scouts and watching film. While I know my rankings will lead to a few interesting comments on Twitter (@BuckyBrooks), I'm more than happy to explain my list in greater detail.

1. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State, CB: Ramsey is a versatile defensive back with dynamic playmaking skills and instincts. He will make an immediate impact as a hybrid safety/corner/slot defender from Day 1.

2. Joey Bosa, Ohio State, DE: Bosa is a relentless pass rusher with a non-stop motor and diverse skill set.

3. Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss, OT: Tunsil is a franchise-caliber edge blocker with light feet and exceptional body control. Tunsil has only scratched the surface of his potential, but he already looks like a 10-year veteran on the edges.

4. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame, LB: Smith is an ultra-explosive linebacker with exceptional instincts, awareness and playmaking ability. He is a rare "sideline-to-sideline" menace with the speed and athleticism to stay on the field as a "three-down" linebacker.

5. Myles Jack, UCLA, LB: Jack is an electric "sideline-to-sideline" player ideally suited to thrive as a weakside linebacker in today's pass-happy NFL. Jack is a tackling machine with an explosive combination of pass-rush and cover skills.

6. Jared Goff, Cal, QB: Goff is a poised pocket passer with outstanding physical tools and a high football IQ. Despite playing extensively in a spread offense as a collegian, Goff's skills translate well to the NFL as the potential director of a West Coast offense.

7. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame, OT: Stanley is a big-bodied pass protector with quick feet and long arms. He is a natural left tackle with movement skills to stifle elite pass rushers off the edges.

8. Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida, CB: Hargreaves is an undersized CB1 with a feisty demeanor and versatile cover skills. He's capable of playing on the outside, but his true value might be in his ability to lock down slot receivers as a pro.

9. Shaq Lawson, Clemson, DE: Lawson is a big, athletic edge defender with natural pass-rush skills. While he's not an explosive DPR, he could create chaos as a LDE in a 4-3 scheme.

10. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State, RB: Elliott is a versatile workhorse back with an explosive combination of quickness, balance and body control. Elliott is an excellent playmaker on passing downs as a terrific receiver and pass protector.

11. DeForest Buckner, Oregon, DE: Buckner is a long, rangy defensive end capable of playing on the edges in a 4-3 or as a five-technique in a 3-4 scheme. Buckner's athleticism and versatility could lead to a late surge up the charts when defensive coordinators take a closer look at his game during the pre-draft process.

12. A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama, DT: Robinson is a menacing interior defender with exceptional size and strength. He's an immovable force in the middle, which creates opportunities for his teammates at the second level.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 23
Time: 4 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network


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13. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State, QB: Wentz is a small-school standout with A-plus arm talent and excellent athletic ability. Wentz's winning pedigree, scheme versatility and exceptional football aptitude could lead to a meteoric rise up the charts during the pre-draft process.

14. Jarran Reed, Alabama, DT: Reed is a workmanlike interior defender with the size and strength to control the point of attack. Reed flashes some pass-rush skills, but his value lies in his ability to stop the run.

15. Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss, DT: Nkemdiche is a talented defender with exceptional first-step quickness and lateral movement skills. He remains a work in progress, but evaluators love his potential as a disruptive playmaker at the point of attack.

16. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss, WR: Treadwell is a big-bodied pass-catcher with sticky hands and superb ball skills. Speed is a question, but his ability to work between the hashes and in the red zone will make him a prized commodity for a team looking for a WR1 to build around.

17. Andrew Billings, Baylor, DT: Billings is a rugged nose tackle with rare first-step quickness and agility for a one-technique. Billings flashes disruptive skills as a pass rusher, but he will make his money as a dominant run stopper as a pro.

18. Corey Coleman, Baylor, WR: Coleman is a prolific touchdown maker with explosive speed, quickness and burst. He's a talented vertical deep threat, but his potential as a "catch-and-run" specialist makes him a nice fit for teams coveting receivers with "RAC" (run after catch) ability.

19. Jack Conklin, Michigan State, OT: Conklin is a sound technician with quick feet, balance and body control. He's not as flashy as some pass protectors, but evaluators appreciate his consistency on the edges.

20. Reggie Ragland, Alabama, ILB: Ragland is a productive inside 'backer with outstanding instincts and football IQ. Ragland's ability to control the tackle-to-tackle box will earn him high marks from teams looking for a downhill plugger to insert into the lineup.

21. Kevin Dodd, Clemson, DE: Dodd is a big, athletic edge player with a knack for making plays in the backfield. Dodd's strong performance down the stretch will entice defensive coordinators searching for a "shop wrecker" to place on the edges.

22. Leonard Floyd, Georgia, OLB: Floyd is a long, rangy edge defender ideally suited to play as an "Elephant" in a 3-4 scheme. Floyd flashes the athleticism and versatility to attack from an upright position or three-point stance as a pro.

23. Taylor Decker, Ohio State, OT: Decker is a blue-collar edge blocker with a solid overall game. He consistently wins on the edge with solid footwork and technique.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 30
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network


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24. Josh Doctson, TCU, WR: Doctson is an athletic pass-catcher with excellent ball skills and leaping ability. Doctson terrorizes opponents with his length and ability to come down with 50-50 balls in the red zone.

25. Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State, DE: Ogbah is a disruptive playmaker with intriguing physical tools and instincts. He's not a polished player, but he has the potential to make immediate contributions as a pass rusher in an attack scheme.

26. Darron Lee, Ohio State, OLB: Lee is a "run-and-chase" defender with outstanding speed and quickness. Lee's athleticism should make him a nice fit as a space player (defender over the slot) in a 4-3 or 4-2-5 scheme.

27. Kenny Clark, UCLA, DT: Clark is a destructive defensive tackle with the athleticism and versatility to play multiple positions on the interior.

28. Mackensie Alexander, Clemson, CB: Alexander is a rangy "bump-and-run" cornerback with an aggressive demeanor and fearless game. Scouts will question his ball skills due to his lack of production, but he was rarely challenged as the Tigers' CB1.

29. Derrick Henry, Alabama, RB: Henry is a big-bodied RB1 with exceptional straight-line speed and burst. He needs a bit of a runway to get going, but teams looking for a one-cut runner to plug into a zone-based scheme will covet his big-play potential as a workhorse.

30. Eli Apple, Ohio State, CB: Apple is a long, rangy defender with a solid all-around game. He's a perfect fit in a Cover-2 scheme, but his experience and production as a press corner at Ohio State could boost his stock during the pre-draft process.

31. Connor Cook, Michigan State, QB: Cook is a classic drop-back passer with arm talent and a winning pedigree. He's far from a perfect prospect (completion percentage and leadership concerns), but Cook's skills as a pocket passer will intrigue teams looking for a prototypical passer to build around.

32. Paxton Lynch, Memphis, QB: Lynch is a big, athletic passer with intriguing physical tools. He flashes impressive playmaking talent from the pocket, but a late-season swoon raises concerns about his readiness as a pro.

Follow Bucky Brooks on Twitter @BuckyBrooks.

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