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Mel Kiper's latest 2010 Big Board

Originally Published: December 9, 2009
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com

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The biggest news after the championship weekend -- Ndamukong Suh didn't do much to change his No. 1 slot, of course -- is that I moved Jake Locker -- who could and maybe should return to Washington -- to No. 5 (he was No. 9 last week). That shifted Sam Bradford, who had been No. 5, to No. 6 (he's also No. 3 among junior QBs, behind Jimmy Clausen and Locker).

It'll be hard to drop Suh. His tape is stunningly strong evidence. That said, many players will rise and fall as the senior all-star games -- that'll be the first chance for many pro scouts to see guys like Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow under center -- bowl season, the combine, and pro days take place. Again, this isn't yet about draft position. That changes everything, because of need. This is a raw ranking of the top NFL prospects, with juniors not in the mix unless they are in the top 15 or 20.

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. 3

4
QB
6-3
223

Analysis: Improved through adversity, has under-center experience. Last week: No. 4

5
QB
6-3
226

Analysis: Developing talent whose physical tools are unmatched. Last week: No. 9


Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst