Defensive board taking shape

Scouts Inc. is wrapping up its NFL draft projections, and the final draft board is coming together. Below is a look at how the defensive board is stacked at this point, with each prospect (in order within position groups) assigned to the round most appropriate to his draft grade. By draft day, the board will be loaded with more names and it will be a much deeper list, but this is how it stands right now.

NFL teams use charts and boards similar to this one to avoid reaching for players too early and to keep an eye on players who might slip and turn into value picks later in the draft.