NFL Draft Big Board – Rookie Rankings Risers and Fallers with Matty Kiwoom

by Matty Kiwoom · NFL Draft

The latest installment of Matty Kiwoom’s NFL Top 100 NFL Draft Big Board is LIVE. Three wide receivers are in the top five and the offensive lineup continues to fly up the board. With the NFL Draft just over the hill, it is time to dive into some of the highest risers and lowest fallers for fantasy football according to the NFL Draft Big Board that many will consider significant movement. 

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Highest Risers

Xavier Worthy | Wide Receiver | Texas – Up 15 Spots

The football world waited on bated breath to see if speedy receiver Xavier Worthy was that road runner kind of prospect. Not only was Worthy fast, but he was record breaking fast. He ran a 4.21 40-yard dash which broke the NFL Combine previously held by John Ross. Worthy has elite start and stop ability with scary speed. I would project him to have a top 20 ceiling now in the NFL Draft. 

Jaylen Wright | Running Back | Tennessee – Up 17 Spots

Jaylen Wright needed to prove that he is one of the most athletic players at the running back decision. Well guess what?

Mr. Wright showed up to Indianapolis and went nuclear. He ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, leaped more than 11 feet in the broad jump, and displayed 38-inch hops. That would be a top 4 mark across the board. Wright has a real chance at being the first running back selected in the NFL Draft.

Spencer Rattler | Quarterback | South Carolina – Up 21 Spots

Anyone who has been following my takes throughout draft szn knows that I am not a fan of Spencer Rattler‘s game. But one thing is undeniable. The NFL views Rattler closer to the Michael Penix Jr. / Bo Nix tier than most realize. He ultimately carries a 6.19 grade, which is a solid backup, but has enough juice to find a path to a starting position. Rattler being selected in the top 100 picks seems safe at this point. 

Lowest Fallers

Troy Franklin | Wide Receiver | Oregon – Down 13 Spots

There aren’t many things that I dislike more about a prospect than one that constantly underdelivers. It is easy to see why Troy Franklin was one of my favorite wide receiver prospects coming off the season. But since then, it has been a streak of “L’s” for the former Duck ever since. Franklin came in lighter than expected, but it didn’t lead him to crush the speed testing. Then during the wide receiver drills portion, he put together one of the worst performances over the last decade. I wonder how he wins at the NFL level. I still project Franklin to be a pick during the early part of Day 2.

Ja’Tavion Sanders | Tight End | Texas – Down 14 Spots

Bad combine performances can be a deflating thing when evaluating prospects. Ja’Tavion Sanders laid one of the biggest eggs in Indianapolis. Elite athletes translate the best at the tight end position, so the underwhelming workout metrics for Sanders are concerning.

As a big fan of his game, I was hoping for a better showing. I still have Sanders as the second-best tight end in the class. but he left the door WIDE OPEN to fall on NFL big boards.

Tez Walker | Wide Receiver | North Carolina – Down 22 Spots

When I had the chance to talk with Tez Walker at the NFL Combine, I asked him what three words best describe his game. He said “speed, speed, speed.” Walker is not lying when he says he is fast, but it is starting to look like that might be all that he has in his bag. His best comparable player on PlayerProfiler is Chosen Robbie Anderson. I one hundred percent agree with that…and that is NOT a good thing.

The NFL Draft is vastly approaching, and the fantasy universe cannot wait to see where these prospects land. Draft capital is a major factor when projecting outcomes for the NFL newcomers. It can boost the value of a player that I may not be a fan of throughout the evaluation process. Beforehand, it is all about what I have witnessed in their analytical profiles and seen in their tapes. Stay tuned for more updates to the NFL Draft Big Board!