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Mel Kiper's Big Board Updated 3/22

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by theogt, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Top 25 Big Board


    1. Calvin Johnson*, WR, Georgia Tech (6-4, 225) | previous: Same
    He's not only a tremendous athlete, but he's a hard worker and very team oriented. Based on the needs of the Raiders and Lions, Johnson might not be the No. 1 overall pick, but he won't fall out of the top five.

    2. Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin (6-6½, 313) | previous: Same
    Huge, quick and athletic with a long wingspan.

    3. Adrian Peterson*, RB, Oklahoma (6-1½, 218) | previous: Same
    The most talented running back in the draft with an excellent burst to the outside for his size. The concern with Peterson is his durability.

    4. JaMarcus Russell*, QB, LSU (6-6, 260) | previous: Same
    Big, strong signal caller with a powerful arm, and his decision-making improved significantly in 2006.


    5. Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame (6-3½, 225) | previous: Same
    Poised, smart and at his best in pressure situations. Quinn did throw two interceptions in the Sugar Bowl after throwing just one INT in his previous eight games.

    6. LaRon Landry, DB, LSU (6-1½, 205) | previous: Same
    Four-year starter who has proven to be Mr. Reliable throughout his career.

    7. Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville (6-1½, 298) | previous: Same
    A four-year veteran, and he is only 19 years old. Okoye is quick and explosive and goes all-out on every play. He is not only good at eating up space but also gets good penetration into the backfield.

    8. Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson (6-4½, 260) | previous: 9
    Flashes dominating ability with his athleticism and quickness. Adams led the Tigers with 10½ sacks and 15½ tackles for loss.

    9. Leon Hall, CB, Michigan (5-11, 193) | previous: 10
    Tough customer who also shows very good anticipation and awareness in coverage.

    10. Levi Brown, OT, Penn St. (6-4½, 325) | previous: 11
    Steady and reliable at protecting the quarterback's blind side.

    11. Dwayne Jarrett*, WR, USC (6-4, 210) | previous: 12
    Has the size and natural receiving skills to create mismatches against smaller cornerbacks. Jarrett also has better quickness out of his break than people give him credit for.

    12. Greg Olsen*, Miami, TE (6-5, 254) | previous: 13
    His performance at the combine should move Olsen up to the middle of the first round. Great hands and very athletic, Olsen reminds me of Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap.

    13. Jamaal Anderson*, DE, Arkansas (6-5, 270) | previous: 8
    A gifted athlete who is coming off an exceptional 2006 season. Anderson is a complete player, equally solid against the run and as a pass rusher.

    14. Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska (6-6, 298) | previous: Same
    You don't see many defensive ends carrying 300 pounds who can move as well as Carriker.

    15. Marshawn Lynch*, RB, California (5-11, 224) | previous: 16
    Complete big back, right on the heels of Adrian Peterson when it comes to who will be the top RB in the draft.

    16. Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee (6-4 ¼, 302) | previous: 21
    Prior to going down with a season-ending injury (torn biceps), Harrell was performing at the level you would expect from a first-round draft pick.

    17. Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi (6-2, 235) | previous: 22
    Tackling machine with great football sense. Willis lead the Rebels with 137 tackles (87 solo).

    18. Ben Grubbs, OG, Auburn (6-3, 300) | previous: Same
    A versatile athlete who started his career at defensive tackle and then shifted to tight end. Grubbs brings a great deal of athletic ability to the interior of the offensive line.

    19. Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU (6-2, 217) | previous: 15
    Big and productive, Bowe runs excellent routes and has the toughness to catch the ball in traffic.

    20. Steve Smith, WR, USC (5-11½, 198) | previous: 17
    Sure-haneded and faster than advertised at the combine (4.44 40-yard dash). Smith is one of the best receivers at doing damage after the catch.

    21. Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan (6-5½, 300) | previous: 25
    He's a former tight end who has developed into a natural left tackle. Staley brings incredible footwork, athleticism and agility to the position.

    22. Ted Ginn Jr.*, WR, Ohio State (5-11, 175) | previous: 19
    Takes a backseat to no one in the speed department, brings a big-play dimension to the wide receiver position and also the return game.

    23. Ryan Kalil, C, USC (6-3, 285) | previous: Same
    Game improved dramatically thanks in part to facing great competition in practice.

    24. Eric Weddle, DB, Utah (5-11¼, 205) | previous: Unranked
    Makes his debut on the Big Board after a standout senior season for the Utes. An incredibly intelligent player, Weddle has the versatility to play either cornerback or safety.

    25. Lawrence Timmons*, LB, Florida St. (6-2¼, 233) | previous: 20
    Moves right to the top of a very subpar linebacking group, particularly from the senior class. Timmons' production and consistency from game to game are what jumps out at you.


    Dropped


    Alan Branch*, DT, Michigan (6-5½, 328) | previous: 24
    Huge and athletic, Branch is a true space eater along the interior. Once his technique improves, watch out!

    *-- Underclassman
  2. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    wow, I like Weddle, but a 1st rounder?
  3. Crown Royal

    Crown Royal Insulin Beware

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    I'm kinda surprised at the WRs he has higher than Meachum.

    And I woulda thought that Staley was higher than that.
  4. smarta5150

    smarta5150 Mr. Wright

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    Kiper values guys who can play more than one position.
  5. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    No way Weddle is a 1st round pick, Kiper Jr. stinks. I can't stand him...really I can't.
  6. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    So we are getting Tedd Ginn Jr? Wow


    Jamaal Anderson
    Steve Smith
    thought that was funny seeing those names again
  7. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    I think Meachem's generally overrated on this board. He's a good prospect and is certainly worthy of a #22 pick, but I don't think it's a situation where he's clearly the #2 receiver in the draft.
  8. dallasfaniac

    dallasfaniac Active Member

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    Remeber, his Big Board is not where they will get drafted but how he rates them. He had a guy in his top 20 a few years ago that didn't get drafted till 6th and is out of the league.
  9. Bob Sacamano

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    I haven't seen anyone say Meachem is the #2 WR in this draft, just only him and CJ possess the great size/speed ratio that they do
  10. Wimbo

    Wimbo Active Member

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    This is strictly so Mel can say "I had him at the top of my board in March", in case he gets picked up early.
  11. dallasfaniac

    dallasfaniac Active Member

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    As an example, Kiper had both Derek Hagan and Jason Avant in his top 25 for the 2006 draft. One was drafted in the 3rd, the other the 4th.
  12. Crown Royal

    Crown Royal Insulin Beware

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    I've said it. I personally like Meachum only slightly less than Johnson. Love his size, speed, work ethic, etc. Good team guy.

    Ginn is good, but I like tall WRs. The speed/hands of Meachum and the YAC ability of Crayton pleases me.
  13. smarta5150

    smarta5150 Mr. Wright

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    Even I wouldn't have had Avant that high.

    As for Braylon Edwards, of course.

    Look out for Mario Manningham in years to come.

    He will be a junior this year and I can see him leaving early since the rest of the offensive stars are seniors.
  14. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    But he is a top ten talent!
  15. smarta5150

    smarta5150 Mr. Wright

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    Yeah lets all laugh at the Michigan players, ha ha ha.
  16. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    I openly laugh at all Michigan players.

    Except Manningham. He's good.
  17. smarta5150

    smarta5150 Mr. Wright

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    Jake Long would have been top 10 if he left... he would be right there with Joe Thomas.

    Henne and Hart arent gonna be anything special in the NFL.

    Like you said though, Manningham is good.
  18. Bob Sacamano

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    OSU>>>Michigan
  19. smarta5150

    smarta5150 Mr. Wright

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    Nothing to brag about.

    Florida >>> OSU
  20. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    I'm not an OSU fan, I'm just making fun of your school :laugh2:

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