- Mel Kiper Jr., Football analyst
Going into the 2010 season, Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins was one of the top cover corners in college football and a guy I thought was a likely future first-round pick. He showed great instincts for the position and ideal quickness, and he also was a force in the return game. But after a brilliant sophomore year, he dipped some on my board last year with mixed play, then got himself in some trouble and needed a fresh start. He's since landed with Terry Bowden at North Alabama at the Division II level, and I'm pleased to see he's playing well and showing off the skill set that had him on my radar as far back as early in his freshman season in Gainesville.
Also jumping several spots is Bama's Trent Richardson, who looks as confident and powerful as I've ever seen him. He's the rare running back who might merit a pick safely inside the top 10 when he decides to head to the next level. Read on and let me know who you think should be higher. As always, juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
Andrew Luck *
He's coming off another smooth performance in which he even made a great catch. He's the total package. Arm strength, size, smarts, demeanor. Not many deep throws this year so far, though.
LAST WEEK: 1 | PLAYER CARD
Notched a sack after being stuck for a few weeks. He's on a good pace if you combine this year and last. He's a gifted pass-rusher suited to be a pure 4-3 defensive end at the next level.
LAST WEEK: 2 | PLAYER CARD
Matt Kalil *
Coming off a nice game; Kalil has the size, athleticism, footwork and bloodlines. He projects as a blindside tackle. Unfortunately, beyond him, the USC offensive line has looked really inexperienced so far this season.
LAST WEEK: 3 | PLAYER CARD
Landry Jones *
Jones has been a big number producer, and I like the way he's battled in some tough games so far in 2011. He has good size and a strong arm and has improved his accuracy. Showcase game this week.
LAST WEEK: 4 | PLAYER CARD
Justin Blackmon *
A better prospect than recent OSU star Dez Bryant. Versatile and explosive and really works to get open. Great ball skills; breaks tackles. Exceptional work ethic; just keeps getting better.
LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD
Mel Kiper releases his sixth Big Board of 2012. Janoris Jenkins makes his first appearance on the Big Board this season.