Updated 2011 draft Big Board
The options are opening up for offensive linemen, but the quarterback class is dipping
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.
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
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
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
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
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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