This is my Big Board for the 2011 NFL Draft. I do not rank redshirt sophomores simply because the odds that these players declare
is extremely low, and I won't speculate much on them as far as my rankings or mock drafts are concerned until we get closer toward the end
of the season and we get some rumors on where prospects stand (sorry, Andrew Luck)
The last time I updated my Big Board was on May 3, but I don't have that many changes taking place here because there haven't been any games. Arkansas
quarterback Ryan Mallett dropped like a rock from No. 26 overall to now being a third-round grade. Ohio State defensive lineman Cameron Heyward went from
No. 6 overall to a second-round grade.
The biggest riser easily for me over the summer has been senior Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara. He is now No. 6 overall on my board after I watched
some of his game tapes. He's the best run support corner in the nation and is just an absolute playmaker. He lacks elite deep speed, but has plenty
of athleticism and quickness to be regarded as one of the top prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft.
I have a key to better understand my star system:
: Elite Talent
: Top-8 Talent
: Solid First-Round Talent
: Fringe First-Round Talent; Very Strong Round 2 Talent
: Second-Round Talent
Patrick Peterson, CB, Louisiana St.
Jake Locker, QB, Washington
Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh
Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
Joe Barksdale, T, Louisiana St.
Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
Jerrelle Powe, NT, Ole Miss
Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
Don'ta Hightower, ILB, Alabama
Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina
Kris O'Dowd, C, USC
Mike Pouncey, G, Florida
Adrian Robinson, DE/OLB, Temple
Christian Ponder, QB, Florida St.
Demarcus Love, T, Arkansas
Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona St.
*Denotes 4-3 Defensive End ONLY
**Denotes 3-4 Rush Linebacker ONLY
I really don't understand why you keep bashing the 49ers contracts. You have to overpay for guys when you have one of the worst rosters in the NFL. Beyond that, they have nearly $70 mill in cap space even after free agency, so what's the big deal if they overspend?