Mel Kiper's latest 2010 Big Board

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.

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1Ndamukong SuhDT6-4300 Analysis: Explosive, relentless and consistent. Last week: No. 1

2Gerald McCoyDT6-4297 Analysis: Disruptive force. Productive NFL career ahead. Last week: No. 2

3Eric BerryDB5-11203 Analysis: Ultimate playmaker, in the Ed Reed mold. Last week: No. 4


Jimmy Clausen


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

5Sam BradfordQB6-4223 Analysis: Has underrated arm, great feel for position; is superaccurate. Last week: No. 5