2025 NFL Draft Big Board: Luther Burden III, Will Johnson, Deone Walker Headline Core of Blue-Chip Talent

The early 2025 NFL Draft big board is dominated by blue-chip positional prospects, with Luther Burden III and Will Johnson at the very top.

As the 2024 NFL Draft cycle concludes, attention turns to the 2025 NFL Draft class. What does the group have to offer at an initial glance? What are the strongest positions, and where does the most distinct potential lie?

2025 NFL Draft Big Board

The 2023 college football season set the stage for the 2024 NFL Draft. However, for those who returned to school, it instead served as a springboard to the 2024 campaign and the eventual 2025 NFL Draft cycle.

Countless way-too-early first-round mocks have shown that, this far out, it’s almost impossible to predict how the 2025 NFL Draft class can progress. But it’s important to have a starting point off which to work, and that’s what this 2025 NFL Draft Big Board accomplishes.

Early on, the class serves as an underwhelming second act at QB to a 2024 class that brought us Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, and Jayden Daniels, and six total first-round passers.

Carson Beck, Shedeur Sanders, and others have upside — but right now, the certainty of the 2025 class is in its defensive talent and top playmakers. Below, you can browse our early Top 300 rankings and read about the highest-ranked prospects.

Luther Burden III, WR, Missouri

Like Marvin Harrison Jr. and Brock Bowers before him, Luther Burden III is the player who’s given evaluators premonitions of an early first-round pick since his high school days. He signed with Missouri as a five-star recruit and amassed 86 catches for 1,212 yards and nine scores in 2023.

At 5’11”, 208 pounds, Burden has the frame, density, and contact balance to be a venerable run-after-catch (RAC) threat in the NFL, and he compounds that build with hyper-elite explosiveness and agility.

Burden is a weapon in the creative phase but doubles as a savvy separator and catcher, with the raw, natural instincts for WR play that few can match.

Will Johnson, CB, Michigan

The Michigan defense was one of the driving forces of the team’s National Championship run in 2023, and Will Johnson was one of the best players on that star-studded unit. Now, he returns not only as a first-team All-American but also as a premier 2025 NFL Draft prospect.

Johnson was already on the 2025 NFL Draft radar with his three-interception true freshman campaign in 2022. Still, he tantalized evaluators further with a strong 2023 season that saw him dominate most WRs and go toe-to-toe with Harrison in the finale against Ohio State.

At 6’2″, 202 pounds, Johnson is at his best in off-man and zone coverage, where he can use his lightning-quick reaction moves to manage space, plant-and-drive, and explode downhill with swarming closing speed.

Nevertheless, across coverage looks and on a broad scale, Johnson has the size, athleticism, and playmaking chops to be one of the best CB prospects in recent memory.

Deone Walker, DT, Kentucky

Now and then, a DT prospect comes along who falls so far beyond the prototypes originally established that he forces evaluators to look at him differently. That’s the effect Deone Walker may have as a 2025 NFL Draft prospect.

If you only look at Walker’s production, you’d expect a much different type of player. He put up 7.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss in 2023 — the numbers of a smaller, sawed-off 3-tech. But Walker is a 6’6″, 343-pound behemoth, who defies physics at his size.

Pad level can be an issue for Walker, but few athletes as big as he is are as explosive or abrupt on the lateral plane. He can leverage that size and burst into shocking power, as well as absorb doubles. He’s a force multiplier in waiting for an NFL defense.

Tetairoa McMillan, WR, Arizona

Burden would be the runaway WR1 to start the 2025 NFL Draft cycle — if it weren’t for Tetairoa McMillan. Burden and McMillan could ultimately duel for the WR1 mantle throughout the entire 2025 cycle. Both have the tools to earn the top positional spot.

McMillan joined the Arizona Wildcats as a top-50 recruit in the 2022 class and immediately found a role in Jedd Fisch’s offense. Then, in 2023, he erupted for 90 catches, 1,402 yards, and 10 scores — dominating as just a true sophomore.

At 6’5″ and 210 pounds, McMillan is a superlative size threat and can box out DBs. But much like Harrison and Rome Odunze a cycle before, he has absurd flexibility and movement freedom for his size, and he channels it with polished, precise route running application.

Benjamin Morrison, CB, Notre Dame

Johnson holds the CB1 mantle in the 2025 NFL Draft for now, but Benjamin Morrison is his closest challenger. The Notre Dame cornerback has additional appeal for teams that run an excess of press-man and off-man looks.

Morrison has been great from the jump at Notre Dame. As a true freshman in 2022, he logged six interceptions. Then, in 2023, he racked up three more picks and a career-high 10 pass deflections.

At 6’0″, 185 pounds, Morrison functions as a gnat in coverage with his short-area quickness, closing speed, corrective twitch, and willing physicality, and he has a nose for the football in both tight quarters and trail scenarios.

Big Board: 2025 NFL Draft Prospects

1Luther BurdenWRMissouri
2Will JohnsonCBMichigan
3Deone WalkerDTKentucky
4Tetairoa McMillanWRArizona
5Benjamin MorrisonCBNotre Dame
6Abdul CarterEDGEPenn State
7Walter NolenDTOle Miss
8James Pearce Jr.EDGETennessee
9Harold PerkinsLBLSU
10Emeka EgbukaWROhio State
11Carson BeckQBGeorgia
12Shedeur SandersQBColorado
13Mason GrahamDTMichigan
14Earnest Greene IIIOTGeorgia
15Princely UmanmielenEDGEOle Miss
16Kenneth GrantDTMichigan
17Quinshon JudkinsRBOhio State
18Nic ScourtonEDGETexas A&M
19Kelvin Banks Jr.OTTexas
20Dani Dennis-SuttonEDGEPenn State
21Colston LovelandTEMichigan
22Denzel BurkeCBOhio State
23Malaki StarksSGeorgia
24Tyleik WilliamsDTOhio State
25Ollie Gordon IVRBOklahoma State
26Will CampbellOTLSU
27Evan StewartWROregon
28Barrett CarterLBClemson
29Nic AndersonWROklahoma
30Tyler OnyedimDTIowa State
31Tacario DavisCBArizona
32Derrick MooreEDGEMichigan
33Andrew MukubaSClemson
34Travis HunterCBColorado
35TreVeyon HendersonRBOhio State
36Parker BrailsfordOCAlabama
37Omarion HamptonRBNorth Carolina
38Mykel WilliamsEDGEGeorgia
39Jordan HancockCBOhio State
40Jonah SavaiinaeaOTArizona
41Isaiah BondWRAlabama
42Ephesians PrysockCBWashington
43Gabe JacasEDGEIllinois
44Jaishawn BarhamLBMichigan
45Ashton JeantyRBBoise State
46Cameron WardQBMiami (FL)
47RJ MarylandTESMU
48Barion BrownWRKentucky
49Donovan JacksonOGOhio State
50Xavier NwankpaSIowa
51Emery JonesOTLSU
52Rod MooreSMichigan
53Mitchell EvansTENotre Dame
54Trevor EtienneRBGeorgia
55Will SheppardWRColorado
56Dontay CorleoneDTCincinnati
57Jalon WalkerEDGEGeorgia
58Deontae LawsonLBAlabama
59Dane KeyWRKentucky
60Daylen EveretteCBGeorgia
61Oronde Gadsden IIWRSyracuse
62Jalen MilroeQBAlabama
63Jaydn OttRBCalifornia
64Keon SabbSAlabama
65Luke LacheyTEIowa
66Tez JohnsonWROregon
67Patrick PaytonEDGEFlorida State
68Elic AyomanorWRStanford
69J.T. TuimoloauEDGEOhio State
70Jaeden RobertsOGAlabama
71Damien MartinezRBOregon State
72Sebastian CastroCBIowa
73Davison IgbinosunCBOhio State
74Jonas SankerSVirginia
75Nicholas SingletonRBPenn State
76Jabbar MuhammadCBOregon
77Maxwell HairstonCBKentucky
78Jeffrey BassaSOregon
79Bryson NesbitTENorth Carolina
80Quincy RileyCBLouisville
81Tre HarrisWROle Miss
82Devin NealRBKansas
83Graham MertzQBFlorida
84Ashton GillotteEDGELouisville
85Terrance BrooksCBTexas
86Jeremiah CooperSIowa State
87D.J. UiagaleleiQBFlorida State
88Josh SimmonsOTOhio State
89Noah FifitaQBArizona
90Conner WeigmanQBTexas A&M
91Ricardo HallmanCBWisconsin
92Tate RatledgeOGGeorgia
93Austin BarberOTFlorida
94Jalon DanielsQBKansas
95Billy BowmanSOklahoma
96Caullin LacyWRLouisville
97Ajani CorneliusOTOregon
98Quinn EwersQBTexas
99Tyler BaronEDGEOle Miss
100Cobee BryantCBKansas
101Terrance FergusonTEOregon
102Domani JacksonCBAlabama
103Danny StutsmanLBOklahoma
104Jestin JacobsLBOregon
105Fadil DiggsEDGESyracuse
106Josh Conerly Jr.OTOregon
107Zy AlexanderCBLSU
108Ja'Mori MaclinWRKentucky
109Hudson ClarkSArkansas
110Jason Marshall Jr.CBFlorida
111Raheim SandersRBSouth Carolina
112Jared BrownWRSouth Carolina
113Tory HortonWRColorado State
114Yahya BlackDTIowa
115Tyler WarrenTEPenn State
116Jaylin NoelWRIowa State
117Kamren FabiculananSWashington
118Shemar TurnerEDGETexas A&M
119Jack NelsonOTWisconsin
120Germie BernardWRAlabama
121Joshua GrayOGOregon State
122Jayden HigginsWRIowa State
123Joshua FarmerDTFlorida State
124Jordan BurchEDGEOregon
125Antwane Wells Jr.WROle Miss
126Joey SlackmanDTFlorida
127Trey MooreEDGETexas
128Smael Mondon Jr.LBGeorgia
129Kameryn AlexanderCBOregon
130Roman HembyRBMaryland
131Xavier TrussOGGeorgia
132RJ ObenEDGENotre Dame
133Reuben Fatheree IIOTTexas A&M
134Gus HartwigOCPurdue
135Donovan EdwardsRBMichigan
136Jake BriningstoolTEClemson
137Thor GriffithDTLouisville
138Kendall BohlerCBFlorida A&M
139Malik VerdonSIowa State
140Gavin BartholomewTEPittsburgh
141Francisco MauigoaLBMiami (FL)
142Colbie YoungWRGeorgia
143Duce ChestnutCBSyracuse
144Jack VellingTEMichigan State
145Kaimon RuckerEDGENorth Carolina
146Jeremiah HunterWRWashington
147Jo'Quavious MarksRBUSC
148Tyreem PowellLBRutgers
149Myles PurchaseCBIowa State
150Seth ColemanEDGEIllinois
151Noah ThomasWRTexas A&M
152Woodi WashingtonCBOklahoma
153Riley LeonardQBDuke
154Power EcholsLBNorth Carolina
155Paris ShandDTLSU
156Jonah MonheimOTUSC
157Kolbey TaylorCBVanderbilt
158Montorie FosterWRMichigan State
159Alfred CollinsDTTexas
160Jordan ClarkCBNotre Dame
161Aeneas PeeblesDTVirginia Tech
162Elijhah BadgerWRArizona State
163Ethan BurkeEDGETexas
164Chris LewisWRTroy
165Jasheen DavisEDGEWake Forest
166C.J. BaskervilleSTexas Tech
167Kyren LacyWRLSU
168Jacob ParrishCBKansas State
169Izavion MillerOTAuburn
170Malik Dixon-WilliamsSUConn
171Robert LongerbeamCBRutgers
172Kaleb JohnsonRBIowa
173Tahj BrooksRBTexas Tech
174Barryn SorrellEDGETexas
175Drew AllarQBPenn State
176Kyle MorlockTEFlorida State
177Xavier WattsSNotre Dame
178Anthony BeltonOTNC State
179Fentrell Cypress IIICBFlorida State
180Davin VannDTNC State
181Jaxson DartQBOle Miss
182Jordan FavorsCBAppalachian State
183Joseph AdedireEDGETexas Tech
184Ricky WhiteWRUNLV
185Tellek LocketteOGTexas State
186Jaylin LucasRBFlorida State
187Justin WalleyCBMinnesota
188Ty HamiltonDTOhio State
189Xavier RestrepoWRMiami (FL)
190Jamaree CaldwellDTOregon
191Robert Scott Jr.OTFlorida State
192Avery HelmCBTCU
193Phil MafahRBClemson
194Kobe SavageSOregon
195Will HowardQBOhio State
196Gentry WilliamsCBOklahoma
197Jack SawyerEDGEOhio State
198Jahdae BarronSTexas
199Tyler BookerOGAlabama
200Akili ArnoldSUSC
201Donovan SmithQBHouston
202Elijah RobertsDTSMU
203Sean BrownSNC State
204Chris BrazzellWRTennessee
205Dorian StrongCBVirginia Tech
206Tyler Van DykeQBWisconsin
207Jager BurtonOGKentucky
208Danny StriggowEDGEMinnesota
209Rivaldo FairweatherTEAuburn
210LaMiles BrooksSGeorgia Tech
211J. Michael SturdivantWRUCLA
212Jalen TravisOTPrinceton
213Ethan JohnsonCBAppalachian State
214Ashton GrableOTFlorida A&M
215Malachi MooreSAlabama
216Tim SmithDTAlabama
217Lathan RansomSOhio State
218Brady CookQBMissouri
219Dorian SingerWRUtah
220Yam BanksSOle Miss
221Spencer BrownOTOklahoma
222Sean MartinDTWest Virginia
223Dillon GabrielQBOregon
224LaJohntay WesterWRColorado
225Josaiah StewartEDGEMichigan
226Matthew BedfordOGOregon
227Andrew ArmstrongWRArkansas
228B.J. Green IIDTColorado
229Ozzy TrapiloOTBoston College
230Daylan DotsonEDGEUCF
231CJ DonaldsonRBWest Virginia
232Kaidon SalterQBLiberty
233Jah-Marien LathamDTAlabama
234Jerand BradleyWRBoston College
235Rod Heard IISNorthwestern
236Wendell MoeOGArizona
237Nazir StackhouseDTGeorgia
238Caleb EtienneOTBYU
239Tavian ColemanDTTexas State
240Kyle MonangaiRBRutgers
241Steve LintonEDGETexas Tech
242Simeon BarrowDTMichigan State
243Jaden VoisinSSouth Alabama
244Zion YoungEDGEMissouri
245Treshaun WardRBBoston College
246Ricky BarberDTUCF
247Jah JoynerEDGEMinnesota
248T.J. SandersDTSouth Carolina
249Daniel JacksonWRMinnesota
250Tony GrimesCBUNLV
251John PiusEDGEWisconsin
252Bangally KamaraLBPittsburgh
253Savion WilliamsWRTCU
254Jalen RiversOTMiami (FL)
255Anthony Dunn Jr.EDGEFlorida A&M
256Omari ThomasDTTennessee
257Gilber EdmondEDGESouth Carolina
258Lawrance ToafiliRBFlorida State
259Jahlil FlorenceCBOregon
260Brandon BaldwinOTMichigan State
261Jamon Dumas-JohnsonLBGeorgia
262J.J. WeaverEDGEKentucky
263Akheem MesidorDTMiami (FL)
264Dequan FinnQBBaylor
265Logan LoyaWRUCLA
266Eric GentryLBUSC
267Tahveon NicholsonCBLouisville
268Jalil FarooqWROklahoma
269Kam ArnoldLBBoston College
270Joseph EvansDTUTSA
271John Saunders Jr.CBOle Miss
272Kori RobersonDTSMU
273Justin FloweLBArizona
274Khordae SydnorEDGEVanderbilt
275Shemar StewartDTTexas A&M
276Deshawn PaceLBUCF
277Nathan CarterRBMichigan State
278Leon LowerySWisconsin
279C.J. DippreTEAlabama
280Chez MellusiRBWisconsin
281Oluwafemi OladejoLBUCLA
282Antoineo Harris Jr.EDGEIndiana State
283Malik BensonWRFlorida State
284Kydran JenkinsEDGEPurdue
285A.J. HaulcySHouston
286Devin KirkwoodCBUCLA
287NaNa Osafo-MensahEDGETCU
288Myles PriceWRIndiana
289Tysheem JohnsonSOregon
290Traeshon HoldenWROregon
291K.J. JeffersonQBUCF
292Leshon WilliamsRBIowa
293Garnett Hollis Jr.CBWest Virginia
294Oscar CardenasTEUTSA
295Ulysses BentleyRBOle Miss
296De'Rickey WrightSVanderbilt
297K.J. WallaceSUCLA
298Latrell JeanDTFAU
299Reggie GrimesEDGEOklahoma
300Percy LewisOTAuburn
301Davonte BrownSFlorida State
302DJ GiddensRBKansas State
303Antwuan PowellEDGEVirginia Tech
304Gentle HuntDTTransfer
305Sione LoloheaEDGEFlorida State
306Jalen StromanSVirginia Tech

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