Updated NFL draft Big Board
Several players debut this week, and all could factor into the first round
The latest mock draft will be the storyline this week, but the Big Board also has several new names for people who like to reference this next to the draft when considering overall value. You know about LaMichael James, but also new this week are Lavonte David of Nebraska and Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina. David is an interesting one, a guy who just dominates despite typically playing undersized. He may not have a locked-in position, but he'll be a very good player.
As always, read on and let me know who should be higher or who has been passed over. Juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
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Peyton Manning's departure from Indy clears the way in the draft, but Luck wasn't leaving this spot. Now Luck will be in focus based on what we can expect from him as a rookie. Status quo remains in terms of profile. The total package: arm strength, size, smarts, demeanor. Ready to play.
Kalil did well in Indy and is locked in as a high pick. The tape is great, and it's hard to see him falling outside the top five. The plus for him is he might not need time to develop at right tackle, a common break-in spot for many left tackles.
Another small bump for Griffin III, as teams battle to get in position to draft him. He's accurate, throws a good deep ball, is a proven leader, and I he think has convinced teams he is ready to play early. Expect a deal to get done so he can be the No. 2 pick.
Richardson's pro day will be important after he couldn't run in Indy. Word is he'll be fine by that time. Powerful, fast and showed improved vision and pass-catching skills; he runs with good pad level and breaks tackles with ease.
Did no harm to his stock in Indy, as I never had him down as a total burner, more a true technician. The lesser-known but easily the better LSU corner this past season. Exceptional pure CB with impeccable instincts. Locates the ball and can catch it.
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