- Mel Kiper Jr., Football analyst
And then there were two. With Matt Barkley and now Landry Jones out of the mix for the 2012 draft, just Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III remain on the Big Board among quarterbacks. But that doesn't mean other names won't come into the picture. Nick Foles of Arizona is certainly a name to keep an eye on, and several other quarterbacks have a chance to fly up draft boards during the evaluation process that'll take place in the next few months.
Next week is key, as we'll see my first mock draft of the season with all junior decisions final. Until then, here's the Big Board. As always, read on and let me know who should be higher or who's been passed over, in your opinion. Juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
Andrew Luck *
There's already talk that the Colts have locked on to Luck as the No. 1 pick. Not unexpected. I don't foresee a situation in which he relinquishes this spot before the draft. Has total package: arm strength, size, smarts and demeanor.
LAST WEEK: 1 | PLAYER CARD
Matt Kalil *
Kalil was steady the entire season and has the full range of skills for the left tackle position, not to mention the pedigree. He might not need time to develop at right tackle, and he could be challenged, but he's currently a safe bet for the top five.
LAST WEEK: 2 | PLAYER CARD
Trent Richardson *
Got a big win in what should be his final college game. Splitting carries in his first two seasons has helped him. He looks as strong as ever. Powerful, fast and with improved vision and pass-catching skills; he runs with good pad level and breaks tackles with ease.
LAST WEEK: 3 | PLAYER CARD
Morris Claiborne *
Perhaps the lesser-known of the LSU corners, but the better one. He's just very good, an exceptional pure cover corner with impeccable instincts at the position. Locates the ball and can catch it. Not a burner, but plenty quick.
LAST WEEK: 4 | PLAYER CARD
Justin Blackmon *
Blackmon did it again in the Fiesta Bowl and has cemented his gaudy film status. A better prospect than recent OSU star Dez Bryant. Versatile, explosive and really works to get open. Great ball skills, breaks tackles.
LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD
Mel Kiper's latest Big Board update -- just two quarterbacks dot the Big Board as declaration day looms.