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Comparing PFF's Browns Big Board for the NFL Draft to Our Results

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Similar to how we compiled our own Cleveland Browns Big Board for the 2016 NFL Draft here at Dawgs By Nature, Pro Football Focus also took the time to compile big boards that were specific to each of the 32 teams in the NFL.

Let's take a look at their rankings below within the Top 45. The first column below is PFF's ranking of the player specifically for the Browns. The final column is where that player appeared on the DBN Big Board; in parenthesis is the difference between the PFF ranking and the DBN ranking. This helps show that the Top 11 are within reasonable range, but the No. 12-15 spots have significant differences. At the bottom of the table are players who were in the DBN Top 45, but did not crack the PFF Top 45 (for the Browns).

PFF Rank Browns Big Board
According to PFF
DBN Rank
1 QB Jared Goff 1 (0)
2 DE DeForest Buckner 6 (Falling4)
QB Carson Wentz 8 (Falling5)
LB Myles Jack 5 (Falling1)
5 OT Laremy Tunsil 2 (Rising3)
6 RB Ezekiel Elliott 7 (Falling1)
7 DB Jalen Ramsey 3 (Rising4)
8 WR Corey Coleman 15 (Falling7)
9 WR Josh Doctson 12 (Falling3)
10 DT Sheldon Rankins 14 (Falling4)
11 DE Joey Bosa 4 (Rising7)
12 DT Chris Jones 38 (Falling26)
13 OG Cody Whitehair 37 (Falling24)
14 WR Sterling Shepard 41 (Falling27)
15 OLB Jaylon Smith 34 (Falling19)
16 OLB Leonard Floyd 20 (Falling4)
17 ILB Reggie Ragland 23 (Falling6)
18 DT Jarran Reed 24 (Falling6)
19 CB William Jackson III 25 (Falling6)
20 OT Jack Conklin 17 (Rising3)
21 DE Shaq Lawson 13 (Rising8)
22 OT Ronnie Stanley 9 (Rising13)
23 TE Hunter Henry 36 (Falling13)
24 QB Paxton Lynch 32 (Falling8)
25 WR Leonte Carroo 46 (Falling21)
26 CB Mackenzie Alexander 19 (Rising7)
27 WR Rashard Higgins 51 (Falling24)
28 WR Michael Thomas (OSU) 21 (Rising7)
29 DT Vernon Butler 47 (Falling18)
30 ILB Scooby Wright III 68 (Falling38)
31 WR Laquon Treadwell 10 (Rising21)
32 DT Andrew Billings 26 (Rising6)
33 DE Jonathan Bullard 54 (Falling21)
34 S Karl Joseph 40 (Falling6)
35 WR Michael Thomas (SM) 56 (Falling21)
36 WR Will Fuller 45 (Falling9)
37 C Ryan Kelly 28 (Rising9)
38 OT Austin Johnson 64 (Falling26)
39 RB Paul Perkins N/A
40 CB Eli Apple 29 (Rising11)
41 QB Connor Cook 53 (Falling12)
42 C Nick Martin 70 (Falling28)
43 OT Jason Spriggs 39 (Rising4)
44 DT Robert Nkemdiche 31 (Rising13)
45 DT Adolphus Washington 69 (Falling24)

The following players in our cumulative Top 45 were not among PFF's Top 45:

  • No. 11: CB Vernon Hargreaves III
  • No. 16: OLB Darron Lee
  • No. 18: DE Noah Spence
  • No. 22: OT Taylor Decker
  • No. 27: DT A'Shawn Robinson
  • No. 30: DE Emmanuel Ogbah
  • No. 33: DE Kevin Dodd
  • No. 35: S Vonn Bell
  • No. 42: WR Tyler Boyd
  • No. 43: RB Derrick Henry
  • No. 45: WR Will Fuller

Top 10 Players We Underrated, Per PFF

  1. DT Chris Jones
  2. OG Cody Whitehair
  3. WR Sterling Shepard
  4. OLB Jaylon Smith
  5. WR Leonte Carroo
  6. WR Rashard Higgins
  7. LB Scooby Wright III
  8. DE Jonathan Bullard
  9. DT Austin Johnson
  10. C Nick Martin

PFF's Identified Targets in Each Round

PFF also identified and provided descriptions for which players the Browns should consider in the first three rounds of the draft. In the first round, this includes LB Myles Jack (No. 4), WR Josh Doctson (No. 9) and DE DeForest Buckner (No. 2). They feel "Jack's role as a hybrid player would be a great fit in Cleveland." With Doctson, they say he was their "top-graded receiver before injuring his wrist" and that his "body control and ability to catch wayward passes is top notch." Buckner is labeled as an "absolute monster" and would be the "perfect scheme fit for Cleveland" if he were to fall to No. 8.

In the second round, the three players PFF identify are DE Noah Spence (No. 99), QB Paxton Lynch (No. 24), and WR Michael Thomas (No. 35) of Southern Mississippi. The mention of Spence is the most puzzling -- they say he has "tremendous upside as a pass-rush specialist that is too much to pass up on," yet they have him No. 99 on the Browns' board (but No. 36 on their general big board). With Lynch, while they grade him as a third-round prospect, quarterback stock often gets elevated on draft day, and they believe "Lynch is a good option to sit and learn for a year or two." PFF is really high on the other Thomas, who they say "was snubbed of a combine invite after catching 71 passes for 1,392 yards and 14 touchdowns, posting 2.98 yards per route run (fifth-best in class)."

Finally, in the third round, PFF identifies DE Bronson Kaufusi (No. 52), OT Kyle Murphy (No. 67), and OLB Joe Schobert (No. 83) as the players Cleveland should look at. Kaufusi is praised for having a "quick first step to go with arguably the best hands of any defensive lineman in this class." Murphy would be a cheap replacement at right tackle for Mitchell Schwartz, saying that he is a good run-blocker. Lastly, Schobert is described not as having superior athletcism, but good intellect on-the-fly: "Schobert does a great job reading the tackle’s footwork and body position, and then making a move that beats him."