Commentary

Mel Kiper's latest 2010 Big Board

Originally Published: December 2, 2009
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com

Next season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have a new coach -- and they might need someone new under center as well. I just moved Jimmy Clausen to No. 4 on my Big Board (he was No. 6 last week), and among junior QBs, I finally jumped him over Sam Bradford of the Oklahoma Sooners. The other big news this week on the Big Board is the fall of Carlos Dunlap of the Florida Gators, who went from No. 3 (last week) to No. 17 (this week). He had off-field issues and will miss the SEC championship game as a result. I also dropped him to No. 4 among junior defensive ends. Remember on Aaron Hernandez, who jumped in this week: I wait until a junior cracks the top 15-20 range before adding.

For more on Clausen and Dunlap, read my weekly take, Behind the Big Board.

Big Board Bar

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

2
DT
6-4
297

Analysis: Disruptive force. Productive NFL career ahead. Last week: No. 2

3
DB
5-11
203

Analysis: Ultimate playmaker, in the Ed Reed mold. Last week: No. 4

4
QB
6-3
223

Analysis: Polished, improved through adversity; under-center experience. Last week: No. 6

5
QB
6-4
223

Analysis: Has underrated arm, great feel for position; is superaccurate. Last week: No. 5



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Mel Kiper Jr.

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