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The guys just off the Big Board

They're not top 25 now, but names like Mardy Gilyard could shine

Updated: December 17, 2009, 2:49 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.Com
Mardy GilyardBrad Schloss/Icon SMIGilyard's got some legitimately sweet instincts.

Behind the Big Board accompanies the release of every Mel Kiper Jr. Big Board leading up to the 2010 NFL draft -- here is the most recent, released Dec.16 -- explaining why players moved up and down the rankings and other hot topics associated with the Board.

There's plenty of consensus building on who will be sitting near the top of the first mock drafts. Of course, we can't say much with any certainty until an actual draft order is established. And while things are bound to change significantly after the senior all-star games and the combine, it's fair to say that aside from some new additions -- and I predict I'll have at least one significant add for next week -- the Big Board will play a big part in the first round selections I pick when we mock it up in January.

But it only goes to 25, so let's flesh out the guys I see as sitting between 26 and 32 right now. Not in any order, mind you, but all in the mix.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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