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300+ linked prospects and the Top 100

There are tons of mock drafts, big boards and positional rankings. What about three handy go-to-sources vs. the draft day confusion?

About the Horizontal Draft Board

A few weeks ago, I wrote about exploring 'Best player available' approaches and draft boards. The bottom line: A BPA approach like Reggie's factors in 'need' by 'at least' putting draft prospects in relation to own players. The visual representation of this comparison-driven approach is the horizontal draft board. It contains both kind of players, sorted by grades and position. It guides the decision-making on draft day, but allows -- other than a strictly BPA -- an 'educated and disciplined use of wiggle room', as I would put it.

I recommended a board with these characteristics at Fieldgulls.com, the SB Nation sister blog covering the Seahawks.

Now Derek Stephens (CBS Sports/NFLDraftscout) and Davis Hsu created a new Seahawks Horizontal Draft Matrix for the upcoming draft. They obviously relate to the Seahawks, but it gives a great and up-to-date example.

Even if you're not that interested in the mentioned topics -- this amazing sheet is a great companion through the mock draft and real draft process, listing 347 college players (and linked profiles!).


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