Industry Consensus Big Board: What It Means
I’ve compiled rankings from 20 different boards around the industry. By the 2023 NFL Draft, that number will grow beyond 85. For now, that means the top 100 players ranked instead of the top 300, which we’ll have by the time the draft rolls around.
This method has historically done a fantastic job at predicting where players will go in the draft, telling which players are the most polarizing, explaining how different kinds of experts evaluate different types of prospects, and anchoring our discussions on the NFL draft.
This early in the draft cycle, however, we might see unusual stuff. Not every draft board included in the rankings this early was updated at the same time. People roll out their analyses at different dates throughout the year, and this version includes boards updated from late November through early December.
As we continue to update this board, we’ll drop any boards that are over a month old and add in any new ones that might have fresh insight. That way, we can best keep track of player movement until the 2023 NFL Draft rolls around in Kansas City.
How To Read the Industry Consensus Big Board
You might notice some unusual positional designations as you read through the chart. “DL1T” refers to nose tackles, “DL3T” refers to defensive tackles with more pass-rushing responsibility, and “DL5T” refers to players who can play 3-4 defensive end or could be either an edge rusher or interior pass rusher. We also have nickel corners listed as NCBs, which represents who will primarily be expected to play in the slot.