Commentary

Big Board leads into NFL combine

Offensive lineman under the microscope in a last ranking before the NFL combine

Updated: February 23, 2011, 12:58 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com

There aren't a lot of major moves this week. But with the NFL combine set to shake this all up a bit, one position to keep an eye on is at offensive tackle. It's such a rare thing to have a draft in which no offensive lineman is considered a lock for the top 10 on draft day. But this year could change that.

Right now, I don't have a single offensive tackle among the Top 10 on the Big Board, which could force some teams into the precarious position of reaching a bit if they don't have a trade-down dance partner and feel they really need to address that position. Of course, players could still rise, and a couple of guys on this list could move up with more good showings. As always, juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.


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1
DT
6-5
310

Analysis: He's in great position, so I wonder if he'll do full workouts in Indy. A force all season, even when not 100 percent; no defense he can't help. Last week: No. 1

2
DE
6-4
277

Analysis: The draft's most gifted pass-rusher, even in a deep class. Suited to work down in a 4-3 or standing up in a 3-4. Not doing full workouts this week. Last week: No. 2

3
WR
6-4
207

Analysis: Premier wideout in the draft. Good route-runner, great size and hands, and speed is fine. A complete player. Last week: No. 3

4
CB
6-1
211

Analysis: An extraordinary athlete, Peterson has safety size and elite speed at corner. A starter even as he develops. Dangerous returner as well. Last week: No. 4

5
DE
6-4
267

Analysis: Great natural pass-rusher, solid athlete, serious motor. Expect that he'll continue to shine in pre-draft workout process. Last week: No. 5



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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst