Broaddus Big Board: Ansah, Jordan, and Johnson Move Up


This week there were several changes in my Big Board so here they are:

  • I have flipped Oklahoma tackleLane Johnson and Alabama guard Chance Warmack. I did this not as a slam on Warmack but it was something that bothered me last week after I put my list together because I didn't feel like that Johnson was not that far away from Fisher and Joeckel so I wanted to make sure he was in that mix. I still have Cooper over Warmack but would be happy with either player.
  • I have dropped Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to 12 bringing up Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan and BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah. The value of the pass rushers is too great here and both of these players can get after the quarterback. Richardson has value in this Cowboys 4-3 scheme at tackle and the three technique but if either of these two were on the board with him, I have a feeling I know the direction they would go.
  • Texas safety Kenny Vacarro is the only guy in my book that deserves a first round grade and the more I study him, he could be one of those players along with West Virginia's Tavon Austin that teams from the back end of the draft come forward on. Teams have an idea that Dallas might be the final spot for Vacarro to go. St. Louis would worry me as a team that might make a deal for their pick ahead of Dallas. I have put Vacarro at 15 on my board.
  • Moving up six spots is Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner which is a huge jump for me but he was one of the first players that I studied in this draft because I felt like that the Cowboys were going to be hunting defensive ends if something happen with Spencer. Werner is a player that I needed to give more credit to him than what I have. I will probably not move him up much more and keep him at 19. There is a side of me that believes if he were to somehow slide down the board to 18 that he would be a consideration.
  • The players that dropped the most were UCLA defensive end Datone Jones and LSU inside linebacker Kevin Minter. I have to admit that I probably fell in love with both of these players and valued them much higher than where others have them rated but I am not going to drop them out of my Big Board ranking. I think there is some real value to both of these players but when I look at where I have them in relation to players like Kenny Vacarro, Tyler Eifert and Jarvis Jones, then I was a little strong.
    1Eric FisherOTCentral Michigan
    2Sharrif FloydDTFlorida
    3Star LotuleleiDTUtah
    4Luke JoeckelOTTexas A&M
    5Dee MillinerCBAlabama
    6Jonathan CooperOGUNC
    7Lane JohnsonOTOklahoma
    8Chance WarmackOGAlabama
    9Tavon AustinWRWest Virginia
    10Dion JordanDE/OLBOregon
    11Ziggy AnsahDEBYU
    12Sheldon RichardsonDEMissouri
    13Xavier RhodesCBFlorida State
    14Barkevious MingoDE/OLBLSU
    15Kenny VacarroSTexas
    16Tyler EifertTENotre Dame
    17Jarvis JonesOLBGeorgia
    18Cordarrelle PattersonWRTennessee
    19Bjoern WernerDEFlorida State
    20D.J. FlukerOTAlabama
    21Johnthan BanksCBMississippi State
    22Desmond TrufantCBWashington
    23Geno SmithQBWest Virginia
    24Kevin MinterMLBLSU
    25Datone JonesDEFlorida State
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