The San Francisco 49ers are in the midst of meeting prospects, working them out, and observing them at their Pro Days. The 2018 NFL Draft is a little over one month away, which means the team’s big board is just about settled. There are plenty of adjustments to be made, but they likely have a pretty good idea of at least the general area they are considering a lot of players.
While the 49ers continue their work, it is time to get our own big board together. We have not done this every year, but every so often we try and put together a site consensus big board. It involves a ranked voting system where you pick your top 5 players from a group of 25. We started with spots 1-5, are on to 6-10, and continue on.
Yesterday, we had voting on spots 1-5, and the results are as follows, with first place votes in parenthesis:
1. Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State (664 first place votes))
2. Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame (411)
3. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State (643)
4. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech (166)
5. Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama (62)
For a while, Barkley was leading the way in first place votes, but he remained in third place overall throughout. The big difference was in second place votes. Chubb had 521 second place votes, Nelson had 561, and Barkley had 216. Barkley was fourth in second place votes, fifth in third place votes, ninth in fourth place votes, and eighth in fifth place votes. That’s how finished second in first place votes results in a third place overall finish.
The only players to note receive a first place vote in the first round of voting were Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver and Georgia running back Sony Michel.
We’re back with the next round of polling. I’ve added in some offensive lineman, an edge rusher, and a linebacker. It does not handle third names well, so Leighton Vander Esch is listed as Leighton Esch. For the next poll, I’ll combined Vander and Esch into one word.
If you have suggestions for the next group of five players to add into this, let me know in the comments. Click here to vote, and please only vote once.