Updated NFL draft Big Board
Louisville QB falls again while Robinson and Jernigan vault up Mel's ranks
My fellow NFL draft analyst has a mock draft this week, the first of the season for us, so you can keep this or Todd's prospect rankings handy to help get a sense of how the mock matches up with how players are valued as prospects overall. As you know, just because I have a player at No. 1 on my Big Board doesn't mean he's going No. 1 in my mock draft.
In terms of movement this week, Teddy Bridgewater slides a little bit as I got to go through some more Louisville tape; it's hard to see every team in every game every week during the season. You also see Marqise Lee moving up a little bit and another nice jump for Greg Robinson, the great young left tackle from Auburn.
As always, scouting reports remain similar week to week, with updates on matchups. Asterisks denote juniors; two asterisks denote redshirt sophomores.
Whether he or Barr is taken first has more to do with scheme fit than performance. Clowney has the quickness to beat people at the point of attack, the power to run through blockers and the speed to pursue all over. He's not just an edge rusher looking to quickly turn the corner; he doesn't even bend that well. He beats average tackles both inside and outside with his first step.
Has emerged as a possibility to go No. 1 overall and could be preferred to Clowney based on fit. A disruptive force even with added attention, Barr has become a better and more complete player. He's a good pass-rusher, using quick feet and hands to free himself, and he's disciplined. I love his pursuit when the play runs away from him. A former fullback, he has a powerful lower half and a long frame and reach.
The top left tackle on the board most of the season, he will see competition depending on who decides to enter the draft. As a player, Matthews has a ton of experience and a feisty, competitive nature. He is an intense worker and has great NFL bloodlines; his father, brother and two cousins have played in the league. Has strong skills as both a pass-protector and a finisher in the run game, where you can see a nasty streak.
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