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AB's Top 5's

Below is my Top 5's for the 2011 nfl draft. By position, in () is my current Overall ranking in my latest Big Board. Enjoy.

OFFENSE:

QB:
1. Andrew Luck, Stanford (1st)
2. Jake Locker, Washington (11th)
3. Ryan Mallet, Arkansas (12th)
4. Cam Newton, Auburn (25th)
5. Pat Devlin, Delaware (47th)

Analysis: Clearly the best prospect is Luck, but after that it is a crap shoot. Locker and Mallet are boom or bust, and Newton to me is too gimicky. Devlin is my sleeper. while others like Gabbert and Stanzi could rise with a good combine.

RB:
1. Mark Ingram, Alabama (16th)
2. DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma (20th)
3. Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech (24th)
4. Noel Devine, West Virginia (48th)
5. Evan Royster, Penn State (61st)

Analysis: A good group here, maybe on of the most talented RB crop in years. Ingram is a tough runner with good catching abilities. Murray and Williams are fast backs. And Devine and Royster are speedy little backs.

WR:
1. A.J. Green, Georgia (6th)
2. Julio Jones, Alabama (8th)
3. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (13th)
4. Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh (42nd)
5. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame (43rd)

Analysis: Very good crop of WRs, but most are underclassmen, without them this is a lackluster crop of WRs. Green is the clear #1 to me. While Jones and Blackmon are battling for the next best, while guys like Floyd, Baldwin, UNC's Greg Little, Arkansas's Greg Childs and even LSU's Terrence Tolliver are expected to be right there in the early rounds.

TE:
1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame (45th)
2. D.J. Williams, Arkansas (51st)
3. Luke Stocker, Tennessee (80th)
4. Jeffery Anderson, UAB (98th)
5. Zach Pianalto, North Carolina (108th)

Analysis: Not looking like a star laden group. Early on before 2010 season began, everyone was drooling over the potential of South Carolina's Weslye Saunders, but since he was suspended, and with Rudolph's injury, he has fallen down the draft board. But Rudolph is still the consenus #1 TE. with the rest looking up at him to me.

C:
1. Stefan Wisniewski, Penn State (31st)
2. Mike Pouncey, Florida (32nd)
3. Kristofer O'Dowd, USC (77th)
4. Ryan McMahon, Florida State (127th)
5. Colin Baxter, Arizona (149th)

Analysis: Agfain, not so star laden at all. Wisniewski may be able to play both Center and Guard. While the rest are Center's, some undersized as well for some schemes.

OG:
1. John Moffitt, Wisconsin (74th)
2. Justin Boren, Ohio State (81st)
3. Rodney Hudson, Florida State (83rd)
4. Orlando Franklin, Miami(Fla.) (102nd)
5. Stephen Schilling, Michigan (103rd)

Analysis: This group has some good players, I like Moffitt and Boren the best, then Hudson is not far behind. And with later round guys like Franklin and Schilling around, teams will find some gems. Also look for BC's Thomas Claiborne and UCONN's Zac Hurd.

OT:
1. Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State (19th)
2. Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin (21st)
3. Anthony Castonzo, Boston College (22nd)
4. Tyron Smith, USC (23rd)
5. Nate Solder, Colorado (28th)

Analysis: I love this group, maybe not a top flight tackle here. But, we have some potential and talent here. Big school guys like Carimi, Smith and Castonzo. To the unknown in Sherrod and Solder who have risen up draft boards.

DEFENSE:

4-3 DE:
1. Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson (3rd)
2. Adrian Clayborn, Iowa (4th)
3. Robert Quinn, North Carolina (10th)
4. Cameron Jordan, California (38th)
5. J.J. Watt, Wisconsin (89th)

Analysis: A great crop here, elite guys in Bowers, Clayborn and Quinn, then sleepers in Jordan and Watt.

3-4 DE:
1. Marcel Dareus, Alabama (7th)
2. Marvin Austin, North Carolina (14th)
3. Cameron Heyward, Ohio State (33rd)
4. Allen Bailey, Miami(Fla.) (34th)
5. Jared Crick, Nebraska (85th)

Analysis: Another great crop to me. Dareus and Austin are or could be elite. And I love Heyward and Bailey. I still have questions on Crick, While sleepers are Jurrell Casey and Jerrell Worthy.

3-4 NT:
1. Nick Fairley, Auburn (9th)
2. Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss. (29th)
3. Kenrick Ellis, Hampton (68th)
4. Phil Taylor, Baylor (95th)
5. Ian Williams, Notre Dame (128th)

Analysis: Not such a elite crop. Fairley is touted as the best ion this category. And is a top 10 pick to most. While Powe is the only other potentiasl 1st rd pick. While Ellis, Taylor and Ian Williams are sleepers.

4-3 DT:
1. Stephen Paea, Oregon State (39th)
2. Drake Nevis, LSU (41st)
3. Corey Luiget, Illinois (67th)
4. Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson (84th)
5. Adrian Taylor, Oklahoma (94th)

Analysis: Some good ones here. Paea and Nevis are potential 1st's even at 39th and 41st on the big board. But they could easily rise. Now Luiget is a sleeper, I have him higher now then originally. And Taylor and Jenkins have fallen off.

3-4 OLB:

1. Akeem Ayers, UCLA (18th)
2. Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue (37th)
3. Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh (40th)
4. Jack Crawford, Penn State (50th)
5. Cliff Matthews, South Carolina (131st)/ Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh (132nd)

Analysis: You have some nice talent here, Ayers and Kerrigan are top notch, while Romeus has so much potental. And Crawford, Matthews and Sheard are nice sleepers.

4-3 OLB:
1. Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma (15th)
2. Von MIller, Texas A&M (27th)
3. Bruce Carter, North Carolina (44th)
4. Justin Houston, Georgia (56th)
5. Mark Herzlich, Boston College (59th)

Analysis: Good crop, no elite guys, but you got some good ones. Miller and Beal are more polished to me, while Carter has fallen off, while I love the potential of Justin Houston, and how can you not love the story of BC's Mark Herzlich.

ILB:
1. Greg Jones, Michigan State (46th)
2. Don'Ta Hightower, Alabama (58th)
3. Chris Gallipo, USC (69th)
4. Mike Mohamed, California (75th)
5. Kelvin Sheppard, LSU (92nd)

Analysis: No real elite guy, Jones and Hightower are the best, but are not a Patrick Willis or Jon Beason type player. Gallipo, Mohamed and Sheppard are good ones, so I expect some good things from this class. And my sleeper is UNC's Quan Sturvidant.

CB:
1. Patrick Peterson, LSU (2nd)
2. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska (5th)
3. Janoris Jenkins, Florida (17th)
4. Aaron Williams, Texas (26th)
5. Brandon Harris, Miami(Fla.) (35th)

Analysis: Defintely the best Crop or one of the best in the 2011 draft class. Peterson & Amukamara are elite, while Jenkins, Williams and Harris are the next best, I like the potential of some others, namely Brandon Burton(Utah), Jimmy Smith(Colorado) and Ras-I Dowling(Virginia).

S:
1. Rahim Moore, UCLA (30th)
2. DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson (52nd)
3. Mark Barron, Alabama (57th)
4. Quinton Carter, Oklahoma (62nd)
5. Deunta Williams, North Carolina (65th)

Analysis: Unlike 2010, there is no Eric Berry type Safety in this draft. But the top 5 are good ones, and some sleepers are WVU's Robert Sands and Florida's tandem, Will Hill and Ahmad Black.

[ Edited by AB83Rules on Dec 30, 2010 at 12:10:16 ]
Nice work. I'm not that hype on this crop of running backs. A lot good ass defensive players coming out this year.
thanks guys, updated.
FYI, in some scouting circles, Jabaal Sheard is now considered a borderline 1st round prospect. I tout him as a 2nd, but that's a heck of a rise he made this season to be considered a 1st now.
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Nice Thread.

As far as QB's, I'd go:

QB:
1. Andrew Luck, Stanford
2. Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
3. Ryan Mallet, Arkansas
4. Cam Newton, Auburn
5. Jake Locker, Washington
Daniel Thomas out of KState isnt even in your top 5?!?!?!

he and Murray are neck and neck....no way you rank Royster and Devine ahead of this dude.
offtopic: AB, why do u think that the panthers need some DEs (more than DTs?)...the panthers' pass-rushers arent that bad.
I'm baffled by Mike Mohamed as a top-5 ILB, I'm a Cal fan and do not think that highly of him
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
FYI, in some scouting circles, Jabaal Sheard is now considered a borderline 1st round prospect. I tout him as a 2nd, but that's a heck of a rise he made this season to be considered a 1st now.

True, He has and will continue to rise for most, right now I dont see him as a 1st rd pick, yet.
Originally posted by communist:
offtopic: AB, why do u think that the panthers need some DEs (more than DTs?)...the panthers' pass-rushers arent that bad.

Not really saying they need a DE more so, just with no Peppers you would think they would target a DE early on, lol.

But I would go the FA route without a 2nd rd pick.
Originally posted by AB83Rules:
Originally posted by communist:
offtopic: AB, why do u think that the panthers need some DEs (more than DTs?)...the panthers' pass-rushers arent that bad.

Not really saying they need a DE more so, just with no Peppers you would think they would target a DE early on, lol.

But I would go the FA route without a 2nd rd pick.
they will look at FA somehow or other, especially for a DT...charles johnson has collected 11.5 sacks but i dont know whether he got them the ahmad brooks-way, if you know what i mean...and guys like everette brown or greg hardy seem to emerge additionally.
but they dont have any stud-DT at all...if they dont switch the system, they will get one in the FA and another in the draft. i think that the DT-class is deep enough to get a good 2nd-round project with their 3rd-round pick.
Originally posted by communist:
Originally posted by AB83Rules:
Originally posted by communist:
offtopic: AB, why do u think that the panthers need some DEs (more than DTs?)...the panthers' pass-rushers arent that bad.

Not really saying they need a DE more so, just with no Peppers you would think they would target a DE early on, lol.

But I would go the FA route without a 2nd rd pick.
they will look at FA somehow or other, especially for a DT...charles johnson has collected 11.5 sacks but i dont know whether he got them the ahmad brooks-way, if you know what i mean...and guys like everette brown or greg hardy seem to emerge additionally.
but they dont have any stud-DT at all...if they dont switch the system, they will get one in the FA and another in the draft. i think that the DT-class is deep enough to get a good 2nd-round project with their 3rd-round pick.

thats true, good points. I wouldnt be surprised if a Guy like Kenrick Ellis(Hampton) or Phil Taylor(Baylor) falls to 3rd rd for CAR.
Evan Royster is not speedy or little. At all.
Originally posted by spizzy:
Evan Royster is not speedy or little. At all.

and not very good.