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BlackGold4vr
02-01-2007, 01:32 PM
By Mel Kiper Jr.
ESPN.com
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Between now and the NFL combine (Feb. 21-27 in Indianapolis), there will be only slight changes to my Top 25 Big Board. The movement you see on the board is based on film evaluation from a player's career. Expect more movement and changes on the Big Board after the combine and individual workouts take place.


1. Calvin Johnson*, WR, Georgia Tech (6-4, 225) | previous: Same
He's not only a tremendous athlete, but he's a hard worker and very team oriented. Based on the needs of the Raiders and Lions, Johnson might not be the No. 1 overall pick, but he won't fall out of the top five.


2. Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin (6-6, 313) | previous: Same
Huge, quick and athletic with a long wingspan.


3. Adrian Peterson*, RB, Oklahoma (6-1, 218) | previous: 5
The most talented running back in the draft with an excellent burst to the outside for his size. The concern with Peterson is his durability.


4. Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame (6-3, 225) | previous: 3
Poised, smart and at his best in pressure situations. Quinn did throw two interceptions in the Sugar Bowl after throwing just one INT in his previous eight games.


5. JaMarcus Russell*, QB, LSU (6-6, 260) | previous: 4
Big, strong signal caller with a powerful arm, and his decision-making improved significantly in 2006.


6. Jamaal Anderson*, DE, Arkansas (6-5, 270) | previous: Same
A gifted athlete who is coming off an exceptional 2006 season. Anderson is a complete player, equally solid against the run and as a pass rusher.


7. Alan Branch*, DT, Michigan (6-5, 328) | previous: 8
Huge and athletic, Branch is a true space-eater along the interior. Once his technique improves, watch out!


8. Ted Ginn Jr.*, WR, Ohio State (5-11, 175) | previous: 9
Takes a backseat to no one in the speed department, brings a big-play dimension to the wide receiver position and also the return game.


9. Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville (6-1, 298) | previous: 13
A four-year veteran, and he is only 19 years old. Okoye is quick and explosive and goes all-out on every play. He is not only good at eating up space but also gets good penetration into the backfield.


10. Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson (6-4, 260) | previous: Same
Flashes dominating ability with his athleticism and quickness. Adams led the Tigers with 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss.


11. LaRon Landry, DB, LSU (6-1, 205) | previous: 12
Four-year starter who has proven to be Mr. Reliable throughout his career.


12. Reggie Nelson*, S, Florida (5-11 198) | previous: 7
Outstanding player who can hit like a safety and excel in coverage like a cornerback. That unique combination makes him a highly regarded prospect.


13. Dwayne Jarrett*, WR, USC (6-4, 210) | previous: 14
Has the size and natural receiving skills to create mismatches against smaller cornerbacks. Jarrett also has better quickness out of his break than people give him credit for.


14. Levi Brown, OT, Penn St. (6-4, 325) | previous: 19
Steady and reliable at protecting the quarterback's blind side.


15. Charles Johnson*, DE, Georgia (6-2, 280) | previous: 17
Not only gifted from a pure talent standpoint, but he also has the work ethic to match. Johnson is active, alert and extremely productive.


16. Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska (6-6, 298) | previous: 24
You don't see many defensive ends carrying 300 pounds who can move as well as Carriker.


17. Leon Hall, CB, Michigan (5-11, 193) | previous: 11
Tough customer who also shows very good anticipation and awareness in coverage.


18. Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU (6-2, 217) | previous: Unranked
Big and productive, Bowe runs excellent routes and has the toughness to catch the ball in traffic.


19. Robert Meachem*, WR, Tennessee (6-2, 210) | previous: 15
Came through with a number of highlight-film plays in 2006. If he runs well at the combine, Meachem could elevate his status in the weeks leading up to the draft.


20. Sidney Rice*, WR, South Carolina (6-3, 200) | previous: 21
An angular wide-out with a nice burst out of his break and above-average hands. The key for Rice will be how well he runs at the combine workouts.


21. Lawrence Timmons*, LB, Florida St. (6-2, 233) | previous: 23
Moves right to the top of a very subpar linebacking group, particularly from the senior class. Timmons' production and consistency from game to game are what jumps out at you.


22. Anthony Spencer, DE, Purdue (6-2, 261) | previous: 25
He became a much more effective pass rusher in 2006 for the Boilermakers. The key at the next level will be his athleticism and versatility, because I project he'll be an ideal outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.


23. Tim Crowder, DE, Texas (6-3, 273) | previous: Unranked
Consistent and reliable in his career, but became more of a playmaker for the Longhorns in 2006.


24. Marshawn Lynch*, RB, California (5-11, 224) | previous: 18
Complete big back, right on the heels of Adrian Peterson when it comes to who will be the top RB in the draft.


25. Aaron Ross, CB, Texas (6-0, 196) | previous: Unranked
An instinctive tackler who has excellent ball skills. Ross led the Longhorns in 2006 with six interceptions and broke up 19 passes. He also finished third on the team in tackles with 80.


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Tony Ugoh, OT, Arkansas (6-5, 308) | previous: 16
Ugoh's stock has been rising all year to the point where he's one of the more intriguing senior prospects.


Jarvis Moss*, DE, Florida (6-5, 250) | previous: 20
Speed rusher who is also excellent in pursuit, using his lateral quickness to chase down running plays before they can amount to anything.



Ryan Kalil, C, USC (6-2, 292) | previous: 22
His performance during the latter stages of his career has been that of a first- or second-round draft choice.

This top 25 supports the statements made in the other thread Mel Kipers mock draft! Okoye, Okoye, Okoye!

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Captcoolhand
02-01-2007, 01:47 PM
I watched Ginn alot this year but if being the top propect in this years draft is all they have..... Bad draft for WR :scratch:

BlitzburghRockCity
02-01-2007, 04:51 PM
Interesting how many mocks have Russell going to Oakland, yet they rate Quinn higher...

Koopa
02-01-2007, 05:21 PM
Interesting how many mocks have Russell going to Oakland, yet they rate Quinn higher...

lol, they rate quinn higher because where he came from and they think he's a more ready product.....but they have russell going number one because he has more upside and they feel al davis would rather have russell then quinn...........

K Train
02-01-2007, 06:21 PM
Spencer might be out number 1 pick

Black@Gold Forever32
02-01-2007, 08:40 PM
I have been pimp'in Spencer for some time now so I'm all for the drafting of Anthony Spencer.

K Train
02-01-2007, 08:42 PM
i know you have been and you've sold him on me lol

Black@Gold Forever32
02-01-2007, 08:43 PM
i know you have been and you've sold him on me lol

lol Anthony Spencer and your franchise punter and were set for next year.:tt02:

BlackGold4vr
02-01-2007, 09:06 PM
lol, they rate quinn higher because where he came from and they think he's a more ready product.....but they have russell going number one because he has more upside and they feel al davis would rather have russell then quinn...........

If I am drafting a QB its hands down Jamarcus Russell! You seen this guy play? Looks like he just flicks the ball with his wrist and it goes 70 yards in the air. He has got a gun for an arm. Size that will make him hard to bring down and if hes got to run he's bigger than most linebackers! Not something a 185 lb DB wants to see coming at him at 260! I think Russell is a no brainer! I have seen a few ND games this year and Quinn does not impress me at all. Charlie Weiss gives him a "like Tom Brady" endorsement........thats a stretch and just a little biased........don't ya think?

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K Train
02-01-2007, 09:06 PM
yep spencer is my new first round pick, i read more on him and i like him.

1.Spencer
2.Bush/Leonard
3.Josh Beekman -OG *subject to change
4.Daniel Sepulveda-Can light up the sky with his kicks, can light up the carrier with his hits :banana: franchise punter in the making

5-7 TBD

Koopa
02-01-2007, 09:21 PM
If I am drafting a QB its hands down Jamarcus Russell! You seen this guy play? Looks like he just flicks the ball with his wrist and it goes 70 yards in the air. He has got a gun for an arm. Size that will make him hard to bring down and if hes got to run he's bigger than most linebackers! Not something a 185 lb DB wants to see coming at him at 260! I think Russell is a no brainer! I have seen a few ND games this year and Quinn does not impress me at all. Charlie Weiss gives him a "like Tom Brady" endorsement........thats a stretch and just a little biased........don't ya think?

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same here, i've seen russell play a few times over the last two years and i liked what i've seen......i've seen more of quinn though, and i never once got what the hype is all about.....he doesn't even show up in big games...... i think that's why he wants the browns to draft him. so when he sucks he can say it's not only him it's the ****** team he plays for..........

K Train
02-01-2007, 09:28 PM
Quinns a good Qb, hes a little overrated because of the notre dame factor but he will be good, he had a bad online and mediocre defense. He wont do well right away but he would be great if he went in the mid first round like ben or cutler, but the overratedness has completly robbed him of that option....top 5 for him and years of having the **** kicked out of him because hes on a bad team.

Did you ever see him run.....the ****er is FAST

Koopa
02-01-2007, 09:51 PM
Quinns a good Qb, hes a little overrated because of the notre dame factor but he will be good, he had a bad online and mediocre defense. He wont do well right away but he would be great if he went in the mid first round like ben or cutler, but the overratedness has completly robbed him of that option....top 5 for him and years of having the **** kicked out of him because hes on a bad team.

Did you ever see him run.....the ****er is FAST

naw, i just saw him lose big game after big game............ but he sure does know how to dominate the weak lol