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    This is the first board I've posted this year, but I've been updating it & adjusting it the last few months. Things will obviously change later this month and especially in February-March. This is a raw look at where I see players at this point in the process. My next update will come after the Senior Bowl. To keep these rankings organized, I'm going to break them into three sections:
    • I. Top 25 Seniors
    • II. Top 25 Underclassmen
    • III. Big Board (Top 100)

    I break it up so it's easier on your eyes and you can more closely search for certain players. Questions, Comments, or Feedback of any kind is encouraged. Obviously people will disagree, but ask me and I'll explain where I'm coming from. Enjoy!


    I. Top 25 Seniors

    1. Prince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska
    2. Ryan Kerrigan – DE – Purdue
    3. Cameron Jordan – DE – California
    4. Jake Locker – QB – Washington
    5. Von Miller – OLB – Texas A&M
    6. Anthony Castonzo – OT – Boston College
    7. Cameron Heyward – DE – Ohio State
    8. Derek Sherrod – OT – Mississippi State
    9. Nate Solder – OT - Colorado
    10. Allen Bailey – DE – Miami
    11. Adrian Clayborn – DE – Iowa
    12. Jimmy Smith – CB – Colorado
    13. Bruce Carter – OLB – North Carolina
    14. Marcus Cannon – OL - TCU
    15. Gabe Carimi – OT - Wisconsin
    16. Drake Nevis – DT – LSU
    17. Stephen Paea – DT – Oregon State
    18. Quan Sturdivant – ILB – North Carolina
    19. Christian Ballard – DE - Iowa
    20. Lance Kendricks – TE – Wisconsin
    21. Stefan Wisniewski – C – Penn State
    22. DeMarcus Love – OT – Arkansas
    23. Leonard Hankerson – WR – Miami
    24. Mike Pouncey – OG – Florida
    25. Jerel Jernigan – WR - Troy


    II. Top 25 Underclassmen

    - This board does not include all underclassmen necessarily and players that have already committed to returning to school will not appear on this list. For a list of players that have officially declared check out DraftCountdown's home page.

    1. Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*
    2. A.J. Green – WR - Georgia
    3. Da’Quan Bowers – DE - Clemson
    4. Patrick Peterson – CB - LSU
    5. Cameron Newton – QB - Auburn
    6. Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn
    7. Julio Jones – WR – Alabama
    8. Marcell Dareus – DL – Alabama
    9. Robert Quinn – DE – North Carolina
    10. Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State*
    11. Mark Ingram – RB – Alabama
    12. J.J. Watt – DE – Wisconsin
    13. Justin Houston – OLB – Georgia
    14. Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame
    15. Ryan Mallett – QB – Arkansas
    16. Ryan Broyles – WR – Oklahoma
    17. Tyron Smith – OT – USC*
    18. Akeem Ayers – LB – UCLA
    19. Blaine Gabbert – QB – Missouri
    20. Kyle Rudolph – TE – Notre Dame
    21. Brandon Harris – CB – Miami
    22. Jonathan Baldwin – WR – Pittsburgh
    23. Mikel LeShoure – RB – Illinois
    24. Janoris Jenkins – CB – Florida
    25. Martez Wilson – LB – Illinois

    * - indicates Reshirt Sophomore


    III. Big Board (Top 100)

    - Once again, I assumed on some Underclassmen and left off some others. If you need to know if I included one, just ask.

    1. Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford**
    2. A.J. Green – WR – Georgia*
    3. Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson*
    4. Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU*
    5. Cameron Newton – QB – Auburn*
    6. Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn*
    7. Julio Jones – WR – Alabama*
    8. Marcell Dareus – DL – Alabama*
    9. Robert Quinn – DE – North Carolina*
    10. Prince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska
    11. Ryan Kerrigan – DE – Purdue
    12. Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State**
    13. Mark Ingram – RB – Alabama*
    14. Cameron Jordan – DE – California
    15. J.J. Watt – DE – Wisconsin*
    16. Jake Locker – QB – Washington
    17. Justin Houston – OLB – Georgia*
    18. Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame*
    19. Ryan Mallett – QB – Arkansas*
    20. Von Miller – OLB – Texas A&M
    21. Ryan Broyles – WR – Oklahoma*
    22. Tyron Smith – OT – USC**
    23. Akeem Ayers – LB – UCLA*
    24. Anthony Castonzo – OT – Boston College
    25. Blaine Gabbert – QB – Missouri*

    26. Cameron Heyward – DE – Ohio State
    27. Kyle Rudolph – TE – Notre Dame*
    28. Derek Sherrod – OT – Mississippi State
    29. Nate Solder – OT – Colorado
    30. Brandon Harris – CB – Miami*
    31. Allen Bailey – DE – Miami
    32. Adrian Clayborn – DE – Iowa
    33. Jonathan Baldwin – WR – Pittsburgh*
    34. Mikel LeShoure – RB – Illinois*
    35. Janoris Jenkins – CB – Florida*
    36. Martez Wilson – LB – Illinois*
    37. Jimmy Smith – CB – Colorado
    38. Bruce Carter – OLB – North Carolina
    39. Marcus Cannon – OL – TCU
    40. Gabe Carimi – OT – Wisconsin
    41. Aaron Williams – CB – Texas*
    42. Drake Nevis – DT – LSU
    43. Stephen Paea – DT – Oregon State
    44. Shane Vereen – RB – California*
    45. Rahim Moore – FS – UCLA*
    46. Quan Sturdivant – ILB – North Carolina
    47. Corey Liuget – DT – Illinois*
    48. Torrey Smith – WR – Maryland*
    49. Kenny Tate – FS – Maryland*
    50. Jared Crick – DT – Nebraska*

    51. Christian Ballard – DL – Iowa
    52. Lance Kendricks – TE – Wisconsin
    53. Ryan Williams – RB – Virginia Tech**
    54. Cordy Glenn – OG – Georgia*
    55. Stefan Wisniewski – C – Penn State
    56. Aldon Smith – DE – Missouri**
    57. Jordan Todman – RB – Connecticut*
    58. Zach Brown – OLB – North Carolina*
    59. Chase Minnifield – CB – Virginia*
    60. DeMarcus Love – OL - Arkansas
    61. Muhammed Wilkerson – DT – Temple*
    62. Leonard Hankerson – WR – Miami
    63. Mike Pouncey – OG - Florida
    64. Mark Barron – SS – Alabama*
    65. Jerel Jernigan – WR – Troy
    66. Orlando Franklin – OT - Miami
    67. Deunta Williams – FS – North Carolina
    68. Jeremy Beal – DE - Oklahoma
    69. Jurrell Casey – DT – USC*
    70. Brandon Burton – CB – Utah*
    71. DeAndre McDaniel – SS – Clemson
    72. Mason Foster – LB – Washington
    73. Greg Romeus – DE - Pittsburgh
    74. Mark Herzlich – LB – Boston College
    75. D.J. Williams – TE – Arkansas

    76. Jabaal Sheard – DE - Pittsburgh
    77. Luke Stocker – TE – Tennessee
    78. DeMarco Murray – RB – Oklahoma
    79. Travis Lewis – LB – Oklahoma*
    80. Titus Young – WR – Boise State
    81. Ben Ijalana – OG - Villanova
    82. Davon House – CB – New Mexico State
    83. Dontay Moch – OLB – Nevada
    84. Ras-I Dowling – CB – Virginia
    85. Greg Little – WR – North Carolina
    86. Quinton Carter – FS - Oklahoma
    87. Christian Ponder – QB – Florida State
    88. Sam Acho – DE - Texas
    89. Brandon Hogan – CB – West Virginia
    90. Jacquizz Rodgers – RB – Oregon State*
    91. Curtis Brown – CB - Texas
    92. Pierre Allen – DE – Nebraska
    93. Johnny Patrick – CB – Louisville
    94. Rodney Hudson – C – Florida State
    95. Greg Jones – ILB – Michigan State
    96. Kelvin Sheppard – LB - LSU
    97. K.J. Wright – OLB – Mississippi State
    98. Daniel Thomas – RB – Kansas State
    99. Nate Irving – ILB – North Carolina State
    100. Pat Devlin – QB – Delaware

    * - indicates Junior
    ** - indicates Redshirt Sophomore


    Next up ... A closer look at the Top 10 Underclassmen and Pre-Senior Bowl Positional Rankings.

    big props to BoneKrusher for the sig & avatar
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  • #2
    Great work man. Lookiing forward to your in depth breakdown of your top ten.

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    • #3
      No pouncey?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by CDCB14 View Post
        No pouncey?
        He has Pouncey at #63.

        Sig by BoneKrusher

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        • #5
          Pudge, you're the man. You could honestly do this for a living.

          Great list. Would love to see positional lists at some point if that's not too time consuming.

          R.I.P. Junior Seau

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ElectricEye View Post
            Pudge, you're the man. You could honestly do this for a living.

            Great list. Would love to see positional lists at some point if that's not too time consuming.
            I've got the Seniors pretty much laid down. You can expect a list of positionals by Thursday & a more comprehensive look at the Top 10 Underclassmen. Back to school = plenty of time to get work done.

            Honestly, if you ask me a specific position I can probably get it whipped up for you now.

            big props to BoneKrusher for the sig & avatar
            - For daily NFL draft coverage:
            www.twitter.com/ryanlownes

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            • #7
              nice work Pludge.I can't wait for senior bowl week .

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ThePudge View Post
                I've got the Seniors pretty much laid down. You can expect a list of positionals by Thursday & a more comprehensive look at the Top 10 Underclassmen. Back to school = plenty of time to get work done.

                Honestly, if you ask me a specific position I can probably get it whipped up for you now.
                I would love to see some 3-4 rankings type stuff if you had the time at some point down the line, but honestly, no rush.

                R.I.P. Junior Seau

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ElectricEye View Post
                  I would love to see some 3-4 rankings type stuff if you had the time at some point down the line, but honestly, no rush.
                  Not a problem at all. In the past I haven't done 3-4 rankings though with half of NFL teams running the 3-4, it's probably a good idea for me to start including them in my rankings. Now, I should note that this Nose Tackle class looks very weak right now and there are not nearly as many true NTs in this class as you'd like. That said, I might be stretching just a bit with a couple that I include at that position and it's not going to look pretty. I'll give it my best shot though.

                  3-4 Nose Tackles

                  1. Stephen Paea - Oregon State
                  2. Jarvis Jenkins - Clemson
                  3. Jerrell Powe - Mississippi
                  4. Phil Taylor - Baylor
                  5. Sione Fua - Stanford


                  3-4 Defensive End (5-Tech)

                  1. Marcell Dareus - Alabama*
                  2. Cameron Jordan - California
                  3. J.J. Watt - Wisconsin*
                  4. Cameron Heyward - Ohio State
                  5. Jared Crick - Nebraska*
                  6. Christian Ballard - Iowa
                  7. Allen Bailey - Miami
                  8. Adrian Clayborn - Iowa
                  9. Muhammed Wilkerson - Temple*
                  10. Pernell McPhee - Mississippi State


                  3-4 Outside Linebacker

                  1. Robert Quinn - North Carolina*
                  2. Justin Houston - Georgia*
                  3. Von Miller - Texas A&M
                  4. Akeem Ayers - UCLA*
                  5. Martez Wilson - Illinois*
                  6. Dontay Moch - Nevada
                  7. Mark Herzlich - Boston College
                  8. Jeremy Beal - Oklahoma
                  9. Vinny Curry - Marshall*
                  10. Jabaal Sheard - Pittsburgh

                  - If Courtney Upshaw declares he could wind up on this list.

                  big props to BoneKrusher for the sig & avatar
                  - For daily NFL draft coverage:
                  www.twitter.com/ryanlownes

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ThePudge View Post

                    3-4 Nose Tackles

                    1. Stephen Paea - Oregon State
                    2. Jarvis Jenkins - Clemson
                    3. Jerrell Powe - Mississippi
                    4. Phil Taylor - Baylor
                    5. Sione Fua - Stanford
                    You think Paea is big enough to play the nose in the 3-4? I think he might actually be able to slide to end in a 3-4.

                    Originally posted by SolidGold
                    Bortlezzzzzzz
                    Originally posted by Monomach
                    Brilliant letting one of Scott Pioli's henchmen have his own team to ruin.  One of the premier GM jobs in the NFL and it gets handed to a stupid **** who makes three facepalm moves for every good one.  Awesome.  Just like handing a new Mercedes to a 16 year old girl who's already been in three wrecks. 

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                    • #11
                      Good stuff.

                      Agree completely about the NT class being pretty barren this year. I think Phil Taylor could be in for a huge rise at some point just because of how bad it is. He fits the label a bit better than some of the other guys who could do it as well. Sione Fua is a guy I like a lot. Really shows up when you watch the games, but you have to question if his game translates to the next level quite so well with his size.

                      As far as five techs go, I'm interested to hear your opinion on Watt in that role. There's currently debates in just about every thread where he comes up as to if he could be effective as a 3-4 DE. I'm inclined to think so. Wisconsin moves him around quite a bit and I've seen him come from the interior enough to be confident that he can handle the two gap.

                      R.I.P. Junior Seau

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jrdrylie View Post
                        You think Paea is big enough to play the nose in the 3-4? I think he might actually be able to slide to end in a 3-4.
                        He's one of the strongest guys in this class and he's got a stout build listed at 6'1 311. I think his best fit is NT in a 4-3, but I think he could be attractive to some 3-4 teams at the Nose Tackle spot.

                        big props to BoneKrusher for the sig & avatar
                        - For daily NFL draft coverage:
                        www.twitter.com/ryanlownes

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ThePudge View Post
                          He's one of the strongest guys in this class and he's got a stout build listed at 6'1 311. I think his best fit is NT in a 4-3, but I think he could be attractive to some 3-4 teams at the Nose Tackle spot.
                          It's a weak NT class for sure. However, the 3-4 End class is fantastic, especially if you include Nick Fairley (though I think he would be wasted in the role compared to how great he could be in the 4-3).

                          Originally posted by SolidGold
                          Bortlezzzzzzz
                          Originally posted by Monomach
                          Brilliant letting one of Scott Pioli's henchmen have his own team to ruin.  One of the premier GM jobs in the NFL and it gets handed to a stupid **** who makes three facepalm moves for every good one.  Awesome.  Just like handing a new Mercedes to a 16 year old girl who's already been in three wrecks. 

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                          • #14
                            Terrific work, but I hate to see Martez getting recognized by non-Illini fans. I've already come to terms with losing Liuget and LeShoure, I can't bare to see Martez go as well.

                            What do you think Martez's best fit is? 3-4 rush backer? I see him as more of 4-3 SAM or 3-4 ILB, though realistically he could play anywhere.

                            EDIT: Also, why so low for Aldon Smith? He's raw and doesn't have much of a repertoire of pass rushing moves (or really any repertoire at all for that matter), but I think the elite measurables, along with some pretty decent production, is good enough to warrant a first round grade. Any decent defensive line coach would get a lot out of him IMO.
                            Last edited by ChiFan24; 01-04-2011, 10:59 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ChiFan24 View Post
                              Terrific work, but I hate to see Martez getting recognized by non-Illini fans. I've already come to terms with losing Liuget and LeShoure, I can't bare to see Martez go as well.

                              What do you think Martez's best fit is? 3-4 rush backer? I see him as more of 4-3 SAM or 3-4 ILB, though realistically he could play anywhere.
                              I agree with that. Fits best on the strong-side in a 4-3 or inside in the 3-4, but I think he could be an effective 3-4 outside linebacker. Very versatile Linebacker prospect.

                              big props to BoneKrusher for the sig & avatar
                              - For daily NFL draft coverage:
                              www.twitter.com/ryanlownes

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