Mel Kipers Big Board???

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Not doubting you Fuzz, but I'd like to see evidence of it.

    It really doesn't change my stance that Mocks are just for entertainment purposes and the true value of what these guys do lies in the profiles.

    I remember Berman babbling about a tip from a Taxi driver, was that Whitner and last year? Hard to recall because I was there and listening through headphones.
  2. Big Country

    Big Country Rolling Thunder

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    Main Entry: mock
    Pronunciation: 'mäk, 'mok
    Function: verb
    Etymology: Middle English, from moker
    transitive verb

    1 : to treat with contempt or ridicule : DERIDE
    2 : to disappoint the hopes of
    4 a : to imitate (as a mannerism) closely : MIMIC b : to mimic in sport or derision

    intransitive verb : JEER, SCOFF
    synonym see RIDICULE, COPY
    - mock·er noun
    - mock·ing·ly /'mä-ki[ng]-lE, 'mo-/ adverb

  3. thundercowboy

    thundercowboy New Member

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    Kiper's evaluation of players is what we all like. He'd have to be a mind reader to know what the teams are actually going to pick or have inside scoop.
  4. 5mics

    5mics Next Year's Champions

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    Yup, if I remember correctly. Every year there is always a "taxi driver" who correctly picks the Bills 1st rounder..... :)
  5. StarPower

    StarPower Benched

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  6. junk

    junk I've got moxie

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    Mayock called that on the NFL Network the night before the draft. Not sure if he actually thought that or was just hearing some buzz around league circles. I don't think he had him that high anytime before then.

    I remember laughing at him when he said it. :(

  7. junk

    junk I've got moxie

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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: Same
    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: Same
    Tough customer who also shows very good anticipation and awareness in coverage.

    10. Ted Ginn Jr.*, WR, Ohio State (5-11, 175) | previous: 22
    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.

    11. Greg Olsen*, Miami, TE (6-5, 254) | previous: 12
    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.

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

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

    14. Dwayne Jarrett*, WR, USC (6-4, 210) | previous: 11
    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.

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

    16. Jamaal Anderson*, DE, Arkansas (6-5, 270) | previous: 13
    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.

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

    18. Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee (6-4 ¼, 302) | previous: 16
    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.

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

    21. Ben Grubbs, OG, Auburn (6-3, 300) | previous: 18
    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.

    22. 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.

    23. Robert Meachem*, WR, Tennessee (6-2½, 210) | previous: Unranked
    Came through with a number of highlight-film plays in 2006. Meachem's stock has been on the rise leading up to the draft.

    24. Jarvis Moss*, DE, Florida (6-5, 250) | previous: Unranked
    Speed rusher who is also excellent in pursuit, using his lateral quickness to chase down running plays before they can amount to anything.

    25. Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn St. (6-1½, 235) | previous: Unranked
    A productive and consistent player who studies and prepares as thoroughly as anybody.

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

    Eric Weddle, DB, Utah (5-11¼, 205) | previous: 24
    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.

    Lawrence Timmons*, LB, Florida St. (6-2¼, 233) | previous: 25
    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.
  8. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    combine, pro day, wonderlic, juniors declaring, personal interviews, off field troubles........stuff happens you know.
  9. StarPower

    StarPower Benched

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    I understand that, and thats why i said i understand that the big board will fluctuate. But to fluctuate like 25 spots, when the kids gameplay resume is the exact same as it was when you had him at like 8 a month ago, its just too much.

    I think that Mel falls victim to (and is himself) the HYPE. I dont want that from his big board, his hype - (so and so talked to some teams scout and they rated this guy very high so mel takes that into account and so on. just give me your eval) I can get hype on any draft website. Like I said, i would prefer a mock draft from him if he is gonna be THAT fluid.
  10. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Sorry chief, that is just the way it is. He works for ESPN and you and I only wish we had that much power.
  11. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    I don't remember Nelson ever being ranked in the top 15, but regardless, I have a couple points. First, Kiper's Big Board changes constantly before the draft because he's selling a product. He can get more clicks if it changes weekly.

    Second, it's quite possible that in the last month he spoke with some scouts that are starting to put their boards together and realized that many people are ranking some players differently than he is.
  12. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    HERE is his final mock with that safety going early last year.
  13. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    hes at least top 20.
  14. shaketiller

    shaketiller Active Member

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    I've followed Kiper's work for many years -- at one time much more closely than I do now. I actually miss the old days, when Kiper would have players ranked pretty considerably different than would other analysts and the teams themselves.

    I don't think Mel has become arrogant. He's a draft geek and a pretty nice guy. But he has become an "insider." Rather than follow his own instincts, I think now he bends much more to the conventional wisdom. Usually, by the time draft day rolls around, his board looks awfully similar to the boards from which the teams are working, it seems.

    He wasn't nearly as accurate in predicting the draft during those early years, but he was challenging, and frequently he was right. He will still occasionally present a different, controversial opinion -- hyping Mike Williams, for instance (and obviously he was wrong) -- but in general, he seems to have become shaped to the needs of the Draft telecast. He doesn't seem to want to stray too far from conventional wisdom.

    I still think that Kiper is a very good draft analyst. If you're going to point to his obvious mistakes, you must at least acknowledge that even the most astute teams make mistakes as well.

    I don't think Kiper is as fresh, insightful and controversial as he was during what I think of as his glory days. I recall that Kiper was among the first to recognize the amount of talent Jimmy Johnson was assembling in Dallas during the early 90s.

    Now Kiper is a good resource to learn during the weeks leading to the draft which players are "rising and falling." In reality, the movement probably isn't nearly as volatile as it seems. Analysts such as Kiper merely are beginning to discover what the teams are really thinking.

    But it's fun, and it's entertaining. It's pro football for geeks like me when the news otherwise would be dead. For that, I appreciate the trail that Kiper helped to blaze.
  15. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Absolutely great post.

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