Commentary

New tackles join the Big Board

A pair of well-regarded tackles measure up against better competition and make the cut

Updated: October 20, 2010, 2:48 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com

Getting the feel for how good an offensive tackle can be isn't an easy science. Just asking who got beat isn't enough. From how physical a guy is, to his footwork, to his arm length, to his ability to make adjustments -- the list can go on and on.

But competition is key. A pair of new tackles join the Board this week after showing up big in big games. Fans in Wisconsin have been commenting for months about the absence of Gabe Carimi on this list, and while I liked Carimi enough to consistently keep him among the Top 5 players at his position, I really wanted to see him put together a more consistent stretch, and do it against big-time competition. After another solid week in a huge win, he gets the nod this week. As well, another tackle from the SEC has joined the mix.

As always, juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.


Big Board Bar

1
QB
6-4
235

Analysis: Arm, footwork, size, smarts and poise are all there. Solid year, with 16-4 TD-INT ratio through six games. Last week: No. 1

2
WR
6-4
207

Analysis: After a four-game suspension, Green has been unstoppable. Scheduling downer: He won't face off against LSU's Peterson this season. Last week: No. 2

3
CB
6-1
202

Analysis: Safety size with lockdown corner skills. Amukamara has necessary speed and leads a deep CB class. QBs totally avoiding him. Last week: No. 3

4
CB
6-1
211

Analysis: Amazing size-speed combo. Essentially takes a WR out of the game plan. Will be interesting to see if Cam Newton is willing to challenge him at all. Last week: No. 4

5
DE
6-4
267

Analysis: A freakish athlete with decent size, great quickness and pass-rush skills. Ineligible for the year, but scouts still in awe of talent. Last week: No. 5


Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst