It's been over a month since I unveiled my "too-early" Big Board for the 2016 NFL draft, a ranking that includes 2015 underclassmen. I'll go a little deeper for each position group, so you'll get an idea of over 100 of the top NFL prospects for 2016. It goes without saying that these rankings are preliminary, as I have countless hours of evaluation ahead for the 2016 class.
A couple of important notes about the rankings below:
• I've split them into seniors and underclassmen; it's important to have a baseline number of seniors because those players are certain to be a part of the 2016 NFL draft process (if they choose to).
• I won't go too heavy into actual scouting reports, as those are still a work in progress.
With those parameters in mind, here's an early look at the top QB prospects in the 2016 draft class.
Top 5 senior quarterbacks
1. Connor Cook, Michigan State Spartans: He was wise to return to East Lansing for another season. Cook has good length and athleticism and a strong arm. He plays in a system NFL coaches recognize, and he put together a solid 2014 season, with a 24-8 TD-INT ratio. In coming back, he needs to improve on his accuracy, which can suffer from poor footwork and from throwing off balance.