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By Jonathan Bales

Final 2011 NFL Draft Big Board: Position Rankings and Top 100

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I spent the morning finalizing my board and position rankings.  As is the case with just about everything on this site, there are quite a few deviations from the norm.  Players I “love” more than the general public have *** behind their name, and players I “hate” (not literally, except in the case of Nate Solder) have ^^^ behind their name.
2011 Position Rankings
QB
1.  Cam Newton, Auburn
2.  Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
3.  Blaine Gabbert, Missouri^^^
4.  Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech***
5.  Christian Ponder, Florida State
6.  Jake Locker, Washington^^^
7.  Greg McElroy, Alabama
8.  Ryan Mallett, Arkansas^^^
9.  Andy Dalton, TCU^^^
10.  Pat Devlin, Delaware
11.  Ricky Stanzi, Iowa
  • Overall Position Grade: C
  • A lot of mid-tier prospects, but no franchise quarterback in the bunch

RB
1. Mikel Leshoure, Illinois
2. Taiwan Jones, Eastern Washington***
3. Mark Ingram, Alabama^^^
4. Graig Cooper, Miami***
5. Dion Lewis Pitt***
6. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State***
7. DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma
8.  Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
9. Shane Vereen, Cal
10.  Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech^^^
11. Derrick Locke, Kentucky
12. Jordan Todman, UConn
13. Noel Devine, West Virginia
14. DaRel Scott, Maryland
15. Jamie Harper, Clemson
16. Delone Carter, Syracuse
  • Overall Position Grade: B
  • Extremely underrated position with incredible value in middle/late rounds, but no game-changer
WR
1.  A.J. Green, Georgia
2.  Julio Jones, Alabama
3.  Titus Young, Boise State
4.  Leonard Hankerson, Miami
5. Randall Cobb, Kentucky
6.  Jeremy Kerley TCU
7. Greg Little, UNC
8. Niles Paul, Nebraska
9. Jerrel Jernigan, Troy
10. Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt^^^
11. Torrey Smith, Maryland^^^
12. Edmund Gates, Abilene Christian
13. Jeff Maehl, Oregon
14. Terrance Toliver, LSU
15. Vincent Brown, San Diego State^^^
16. Tandon Doss, Indiana
17. DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss
18. Austin Pettis, Boise State^^^
  • Overall Position Grade: B-
  • Two studs at the top, but a steep fall after that
TE
1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
2. Luke Stocker, Tennessee
3. Jordan Cameron, USC
4. DJ Williams, Arkansas
5. Rob Housler, Florida Atlantic
  • Overall Position Grade: D
  • No studs, nor depth
OT
1. Tyron Smith, USC
2. Ben Ijalana, Villanova***
3. Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
4. Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
5. Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
6. James Carpenter, Alabama
7.  James Brewer, Indiana
8. Willie Smith, East Carolina
9. Nate Solder, Colorado^^^
10. Joseph Barksdale, LSU
  • Overall Position Grade: B-
  • Good depth at top, but steep drop after first five
G/C
1.  Mike Pouncey, Florida
2. Rodney Hudson, FSU***
3. William Rackley, Lehigh***
4. Clint Boling, Georgia
5. Orlando Franklin, Miami
6. Marcus Cannon, TCU
7. Danny Watkins, Baylor^^^
8. Jason Pinkston, Pitt
9. DeMarcus Love, Arkansas
10. Stefen Wiskiewski, Penn State
  • Overall Position Grade: B
  • Group being undersold, as usual with interior linemen
DE
1. Robert Quinn, UNC
2. Justin Houston ,Georgia***
3. Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
4. Aldon Smith, Missouri
5. Brooks Reed, Arizona
6. DaQuan Bowers, Clemson
7. Jabaal Sheard, Pitt
8. Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
9. Sam Acho, Texas
  • Overall Position Grade: B
  • A few potential game-changers, but a lot of question marks as well
DT
1. Marcell Dareus, Alabama
2. Phil Taylor, Baylor***
3. Nick Fairley, Auburn
4. Cameron Jordan, Cal
5. Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple***
6. JJ Watt,  Wisconsin
7. Marvin Austin, UNC
8. Drake Nevis, LSU
9. Stephen Paea, Oregon State
10. Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
11. Kenrick Ellis, Hampton
12. Jurrell Casey, USC
13. Corey Liuget, Illinois
14. Christian Ballard, Iowa
15. Allen Bailey, Miami
  • Overall Position Grade:  A
  • Strongest and deepest DT class I have ever seen
OLB
1. Von Miller, Texas AM
2. Akeem Ayers, UCLA
3. Quan Sturdivant, OLB
4. Bruce Carter, UNC
5. Dontay Moch, Nevada
6. Mason Foster, Washington
  • Overall Position Grade: C-
  • One stud, one starter and a bunch of projects
ILB
1. Martez Wilson, Illinois***
2. Greg Jones, Michigan State
3. Kelvin Sheppard, LSU
  • Overall Position Grade: F
  • Wow.
CB
1. Patrick Peterson, LSU
2. Brandon Harris, Miami***
3. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
4. Jimmy Smith, Colorado
5. Curtis Brown, Texas
6. Curtis Marsh, Utah State
7. Johnny Patrick, Louisville
8. Brandon Burton, Utah
9. Buster Skrine, UT-Chattanooga
10. Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech
  • Overall Position Grade: C-
  • Four first-round grades from me is okay, but the drop is outrageous
S
1. Aaron Williams, Texas
2. Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson***
3. Rahim Moore, UCLA
4. Chris Culliver, South Carolina
5. Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple
6. Deunta Williams, UNC
7. Quinton Carter, Oklahoma
8. Ahmad Black, Florida
9. DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson
10. Tyler Sash, Iowa
  • Overall Position Grade: C+
  • No top players at position, but the depth better than most think with guys like Gilchrist, Culliver, Jarrett and Williams
Overall Top 100
1. Patrick Peterson, CB/S, LSU
2. Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
3. A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
4. Robert Quinn, DE, UNC
5. Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor***
6. Tyron Smith, OT, USC
7. Von Miller, OLB, Texas AM
8. Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
9. Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia***
10. Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
11. Benjamin Ijalana, OT/OG, Villanova***
12. Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
13. Cameron Jordan, DE, UCLA
14. Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
15. Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
16. Brandon Harris, CB, Miami***
17. Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
18. Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple***
19. J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
20. Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
21. Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois***
22. Marvin Austin, DT, UNC
23. Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
24. Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
25. Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
26. Drake Nevis, DT, LSU***
27. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois***
28. Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
29. Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida
30. Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona
31. Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington***
32. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
33. Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
34. DaQuan Bowers, DE, Clemson
35. Aaron Williams, S, Texas
36. Titus Young, WR, Boise State
37. Marcus Gilchrist, FS, Clemson
38. Graig Cooper, RB, Miami***
39. Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
40. Chris Culliver, FS, South Carolina
41. Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
42. Cameron Heyward, DT, Ohio State
43. Dion Lewis, RB, Pitt***
44. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
45. Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton
46. Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
47. Rodney Hudson, G, FSU
48. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
49. William Rackley, G, Lehigh
50. Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
51. Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
52. Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa
53. Clint Boling, G, Georgia
54. Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
55. Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State***
56. James Carpenter, OT, Alabama
57. Jaiquawn Jarrett, FS, Temple
58.  James Brewer, OT, Indiana
59. Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pitt
60. Orlando Franklin OG/OT, Miami
61. Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
62. Deunta Williams, S, UNC
63. Sam Acho, DE, Texas
64. DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma
65. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
66. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech***
67. Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
68. Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State
69. Shane Vereen, RB, Cal
70. Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee
71. Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville
72. Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
73. Jeremy Kerley, WR, TCU
74. Marcus Cannon, G, TCU
75. Greg Little, WR, TCU
76. Danny Watkins, G, Baylor
77. Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska
78. Greg Jones, ILB, Michigan State
79. Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy
80. Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pitt
81. Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
82. Quan Sturdivant, OLB, UNC
83. Willie Smith, OT, East Carolina
84. Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
85. Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
86. Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU
87. Jordan Cameron, TE, USC
88. Quinton Carter, FS, Oklahoma
89. Ahmad Black, S, Florida
90. Stanley Havili, FB, USC
91. Bruce Carter, OLB, UNC
92. Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada
93. DJ Williams, TE, Arkansas
94. Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
95. Buster Skrine, CB, UT-Chattanooga
96. Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech
97. Owen Marecic, FB, Stanford
98. Rob Housler, TE, Florida Atlantic
99. DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson
100. Mason Foster, OLB, Washington

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I also ended up completing scouting reports for 39 different potential Dallas Cowboys draft picks, and the links are below if you want to review anyone before the draft.

Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

Cameron Jordan, DT/DE, Cal

Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, UNC

Cameron Heyward, DT/DE, Ohio State

Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

Tyron Smith, OT, USC

Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA

Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor

Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

Muhammad Wilkerson, DT/DE, Temple

Corey Liuget, DT/DE, Illinois

Martez Wilson, ILB/OLB, Illinois

Casey Matthews, ILB, Oregon

Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois

Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

Nick Fairley, DT/DE, Auburn

Jaiquawn Jarrett, FS, Temple

Ben Ijalana, OT/OG, Villanova

Drake Nevis, DT/DE, LSU

Dontay Moch, DE/OLB, Nevada

Brooks Reed, DE/OLB, Arizona

Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas

JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin

William Rackley, OT, Lehigh

Allen Bailey, DE, Miami

Akeem Ayers, ILB/OLB, UCLA

Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville

Jeremy Kerley, WR, TCU

Chris Culliver, FS, South Carolina

Marcus Gilchrist, FS, Clemson

Kenrick Ellis, NT, Hampton

Orlando Franklin, G/T, Miami

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Coming later today:  Latest Dallas Cowboys draft rumors and final thoughts on their draft strategy

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14 Responses to Final 2011 NFL Draft Big Board: Position Rankings and Top 100

  1. willis says:

    I just saw Marcus Cannon has cancer. Never want to hear that. Hope he’s ok.

  2. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    Hmmm, Tyrone Smith ahead of Von Miller is questionable to me. Also, I’d go w/ Watt ahead of Jordan.

    But I would have to agree w/ all the rest. I must admit that I think this will be an extremely interesting draft given the lack of elite QBs, RBs, OLBs (besides Miller), CBs (besides Peterson) and WRs (besides Green and Jones).

    Perhaps 3 years from now, the “weakness” of this draft might make for fairly interesting statistical subject matter…

  3. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    One exception I just noticed – I’d have Ras I-Dowling at 5th among CBs and probably around 47th or so on big board

  4. john coleman says:

    Nothing like having your donkey in the wind! I have to say you are definitely on the edge. It will be interesting to see how some of these “no names” you like end up performing against the “bigdogs”.

    QB-I agree with the grade and overall assessment. I am also not high on Gabbert. I am much higher on Mallet and Dalton. I think Mallet is the best pure passer in the draft. I think Dalton and Kaepernick are both huge upside guys, but for different reasons. Dalton will be a good leader and is a winner with solid tools. Kaepernick is probably the best athlete of the bunch and has the biggest arm. I’m still not sold on Newton being as squeaky clean as some would have us to believe. All of the smoke that has followed him surely indicates fire somewhere. He has great tools but he won’t dominate the game in the league like he did in college. Don’t forget VY and how he was in college. Honestly Cam has to prove he can read defenses to me. I believe Chizek at Auburn was doing all the reading. Remember the back away from center and look to the sidelines routine.

    RB-I’m not high on any one of them. I do think Cooper is rated way to low. I also think DaRel Scott is a underrated player, who will at least be a good 3rd down receiving threat. Jordan Todman would probably be my overall favorite.

    TE- I think Rudolph will be a bust. Housler has really good measurables. I like Oordt as a late pick for the Boys or a UDFA. We have to get a TE every year.

    DT-I’m not as high on Dareus as most. Fairley is a beast when he wants to be. I’m with you one Taylor and Ellis because of their true NT size. Austin could be the steal. Luiget will be a strong anchor. I also think Ballard will end up being a player. Good group overall and I agree with your grade and assessment. Don’t forget Heyward either.

    DE- I’m just not sold.

    OLB-I have fallen out of love with the position. Guys seem to think all the need to do is run around the OT. Very few balanced football players here.

    ILB-I think the 3-4 defense and rush OLBs have hurt the talent pool inside. I do like Wilson. A few guys like Lutrus, Irving, and McCarthy have potential. Definitely a weak group.

    WR- Agree. I like Hankerson on the outside. Later guys like Ronald Johnson and Greg Salas have some slot potential.

    FS-Overall to me it is a very weak class. Their are a bunch of mid rd guys who at the very least have a shot at being very good SS, if they can’t play FS.

    CB-Peterson is the front runner, but I’m not sure if he is as good as the hype. He definitely have the measurables and some decent to good tape. Personally I think Jimmy Smith probably has the largest upside. I’m also still uneasy about the Prince. Several of the 2nd to 3rd rds have good longterm potential.

    With all of the flaws like character concerns, motors, injuries etc., this whole draft is dicey. If the guys play up to potential and act like pro’s, there could be some real steals.

    OT-Oops! I almost forgot. I like any of the top six as an upgrade over Columbo. I also am not high at all on Solder, so we will probably get him and reach to do it. He wouldn’t be bad in the 4th or 5th. I believe he can be a good OT, but he is at least a year if not two or three away.

    OG-Pouncey. Rackley. then Boling in the late 3rd or 4th. Hudson is too small.

    C-Wisniewski could end up being a player. I would rate him above Pouncey at C.

  5. Trent says:

    i can’t fathom how you don’t have daniel thomas in your top 16 running backs.

    your boy, mayock, has him as the number 2 running back.

    in other news, i’m getting pretty excited. it seems like JJ is on track to trade back, so i am hoping that we go back as far as we can and still get Ijalana and then use the extra picks to come back up and get phil taylor. after that, i would be ok with BPA with an emphasis on OL and DB (and Huff of course when FA opens).

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  7. Yeah, Cannon’s lymphoma is apparently still present…really sad to hear.

    Tyrone–Von Miller is certainly talented, but I just find him slightly too one-dimensional to be in the my top 5. I could understand a case for Ras I, though.

  8. Trent–I love Mayock, but I don’t see what he sees in Thomas. I absolutely cannot see him being a starting NFL RB. But your scenario of Ijalana/Taylor is my dream.

  9. JC–Awesome comments and position analysis. Yeah…I look forward to a few years down the line when I can take a good look at how my rankings played out. And I’d rate more than six OTs as instant upgrades over Colombo..more like 20. Not even joking.

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