Commentary

Updated 2011 draft Big Board

Two notable changes in the top 10 could mean a new No. 1 pick, and more options

Updated: March 30, 2011, 5:17 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com

There are two notable changes near the top of the Big Board this week. In one case, the rise of the top current outside linebacker in the draft has created the possibility for another name to be thrown into the conversation as a No. 1 overall pick. In another case, if you're a team, like the Dallas Cowboys, that needs to address the offensive line but is among the first 10 picks, for the first time, you may have matching value for that spot.

After that, there aren't a tremendous number of moves. That said, there are still some notable pro days left on the calendar, with evaluations to be made. As always, juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.


Big Board Bar

1
CB
6-0
219

Analysis: An extraordinary athlete, Peterson has 4.3 speed, safety size, good cover skills and a willingness to hit. He also offers help in the return game. Last week: No. 1

2
LB
6-3
246

Analysis: Miller can impact NFL games early in his career as a pass-rushing 3-4 outside linebacker, but he's shown coverage skills, too. Big-time athlete. Last week: No. 4

3
DT
6-4
297

Analysis: After facing some questions about his size, has had great workouts, and the pile of tape is still immense. Versatility and skills imply star potential. Last week: No. 2

4
DE
6-3
319

Analysis: Dareus is a gifted penetrator with pass-rush skills to burn and a good motor. Well-liked, scheme-versatile, he has impressed during draft lead-up. Last week: No. 3

5
WR
6-4
211

Analysis: Premier wideout in the draft. Good route-runner, great size and hands, good speed (4.48 in Indy). No pro day hiccups. Last week: No. 5


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