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NFL Draft big board: Ranking the draft prospects and Miami Dolphins needs

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We rack and stack the prospects heading into the NFL Draft.

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The NFL Draft is about 24 hours away, with teams doing their final preparations for the three-day selection process. While draft boards are all built and ready, teams are still talking to scouts, looking at film one last time, and calling other teams about possible trade deals. Today feels like the calm before the storm, but inside the front offices, there is a lot of work being done.

As we get ready to prepare for the Draft here on The Phinsider, I decided I would build my own big board. It is below, but a little explanation is in order first. Typically, a draft board is built with the rounds as rows and the positions as columns. In this case, I reversed that, simply due to space - a horizontal board would either be cut off on the right or would be so small, you could not read it. The players, however, are built as if this were still a horizontal board, so the top player in each round is on top, then down. A gap between players in the round indicates a gap in the assessment, typically meaning a borderline pick between the rounds (i.e., a late-first- or early-second round pick).

This draft board has also be ordered by need, rather than straight across by position. The draft boards you will usually see start at quarterback and work their way through the offense and then the defense. I chose to put the needs, at least how I see them, to the left, starting with cornerback, and moving across - or in this vertical case, cornerback to the top, then moving down.

Will your draft board match mine? Will the Dolphins' draft board match any other board? Of course not. Scouts see things differently. Fans argue about prospects. And coaches and front offices know more about the players they already have, and thus the actual needs they have, than anyone else. But, this is, hopefully, at least a decent big board for the 2016 Draft.

On to the board:

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
CB Vernon Hargreaves Kendall Fuller Jalen Mills
Eli Apple Artie Burns Xavien Howard
William Jackson Sean Davis
Mackensie Alexander
Will Redmons
KelVarae Russell
G / C Ryan Kelly (C) Joshua Garnett Max Tuerk (C)
Nick Martin (C) Joe Dahl
Christian Westeman Isaac Seumalo
Connor McGovern
Vadal Alexander
Cody Whitehair
RB Ezekiel Elliott Derrick Henry Paul Perkins
Devontae Booker Jordan Howard
Kenneth Dixon Kenyan Drake
Jonathan Williams
C.J. Proise Alex Collins
OT Laremy Tunsil Germain Ifedl Jerald Hawkins
Ronnie Stanley Le'Raven Clark Caleb Benenoch
Jack Conklin Shon Coleman Willie Beavers
Taylor Decker
Jason Spriggs
LB Myles Jack Deion Jones Tyler Matakevich
Darron Lee Kentrell Brothers
Reggie Ragland
B.J. Goodson
Joshua Perry Scooby Wright
DT Sheldon Rankins Chris Jones Hassan Ridgeway
A'Shawn Robinson Kenny Clark Javon Hargrave
Jarran Reed Austin Johnson Jihad Ward
Robert Nkemdiche Sheldon Day
Vernon Butler Mallek Collins
Andrew Billings
Pass Rush Joey Bosa Su'a Cravnes Carl Nassib
DeForest Buckner Emmanuel Ogbah Charles Tapper
Shaq Lawson Kamalei Correa Bronson Kaufusi
Leonard Floyd Jonathan Bullard Jordan Jenkins
Noah Spence Dean Lowry
Kevin Dodd Shilique Calhoun Matt Judon
S Jalen Ramsey (FS) Karl Joseph (SS) Justin Simmons (FS)
Keanu Neal (SS) T.J. Green (FS) Miles Killebrew (SS)
Darlan Thompson (FS) DeAndre Houston-Carson (FS)
Vonn Bell (SS) Jeremy Cash (SS) Kevin Byard (SS)
TE Hunter Henry Austin Hooper
Nick Vannett
Thomas Duarte
WR Laquan Treadwell Tyler Boyd Pharoh Cooper
Corey Coleman Michael Thomas Rashard Higgins
Josh Doctson Sterling Shepard Kolby Listenbee
Leonte Carroo
Kenny Lawler
Will Fuller Braxton Miller Jordan Payton
QB Jared Goff Cardale Jones
Carson Wentz Christian Hackenberg
Paxton Lynch
Connor Cook
FB
P
K
Roberto Aguayo