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Mel Kiper's latest 2010 Big Board

Updated: October 28, 2009, 8:04 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com

I'm going to talk about it at length in Behind the Big Board, but I'll state it here, as well: Dez Bryant is still going to be a top pick in the upcoming NFL draft, based on everything we know. Personnel people at the NFL level aren't going to see the heavy-handed punishment of the NCAA as a detriment. For that reason, he remains among my top 10.

Elsewhere, I added Joe Haden of Florida and Rolando McClain of Alabama to the Board this week. As I've said in the past, I like to wait for a junior to get high enough on the Board that I'd assume there is a greater chance he will stay in the draft before I add him. Both of these guys project as safely within the first round. Earlier, I wouldn't add juniors until they were safely in the top 15, but I'm adjusting that to include the the top 20 this week, which keeps Jahvid Best in the mix.

Big Board Bar

Analysis: Explosive, relentless and consistent. Last week: No. 1

2
DB
5-11
203

Analysis: Ultimate playmaker, in the Ed Reed mold. Last week: No. 2

3
DT
6-4
297

Analysis: Disruptive force. Productive NFL career ahead. Last week: No. 3

Analysis: Linebacker size and cornerback speed. Last week: No. 4

5
QB
6-4
223

Analysis: Has underrated arm, great feel for position; super-accurate. Last week: No. 5


Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst