Commentary

Updated 2011 draft Big Board

The options are opening up for offensive linemen, but the quarterback class is dipping

Updated: April 6, 2011, 11:39 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com

One of the bigger draft stories looking at this class is the lack of a truly elite offensive lineman -- at least for much of the season. We've seen one name crack the top 10 from that group, and as the draft approaches, more overall depth in the class has emerged. I now see a likely top-10 pick, plus about four to five others who could land in the first round.

Other moves this week involve another slight drop for our top two quarterbacks. Let's be clear: the need clearly outweighs the overall talent when it comes to this quarterback class. There are still a few pro days left on the calendar, and evaluations that could change. As always, juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.


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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. 2

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. 3

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. 4

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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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst