Sooners on Mel Kipers Big Board for 2012

Landry Jones is at 6

Jones will draw inevitable comparisons to Sam Bradford (and other OU QBs with huge numbers). But he has good size, a strong arm, and has improved his accuracy. Major prospect.

Ronnell Lewis is at 17

A defensive end at Oklahoma, Lewis will take his elite athleticism to outside linebacker at the next level. Too quick for many offensive tackles, he should pile up sacks. Added here after eligibility issues cleared up.

No Ryan Broyles, yet.

 

Mel Kiper’s latest 2010 Big Board

1 Ndamukong Suh DT
Analysis: Explosive, relentless and consistent. Last week: No. 1

2 Gerald McCoy DT
Analysis: Disruptive force. Productive NFL career ahead. Last week: No. 2

3 Eric Berry DB
Analysis: Ultimate playmaker, in the Ed Reed mold. Last week: No. 4

4 Jimmy Clausen QB
Analysis: Polished, improved through adversity; under-center experience. Last week: No. 6

5 Sam Bradford QB
Analysis: Has underrated arm, great feel for position; is super-accurate. Last week: No. 5

6 Russell Okung OT
Analysis: Athletic, strong and fiery blind-side pass-protector. Last week: No. 7

7 Joe Haden CB
Analysis: Polished cover corner with tackling ability to match. Last week: No. 9

8 Derrick Morgan DE
Analysis: Proven pass-rusher (12.5 sacks this season); stout versus run. Last week: No. 10

9 Jake Locker QB
Analysis: Developing talent whose physical tools are unmatched. Last week: No. 8

10 Brian Price DT
Analysis: Powerful leverage guy who wreaks havoc. Last week: No. 11

11 Dez Bryant WR
Analysis: Dynamic receiver, punt returner and TD maker. Last week:
No. 13

12 Jason Pierre-Paul DE
Analysis: Explosive, natural pass-rusher out of juco ranks. Last week:
No. 14

13 Rolando McClain LB
Analysis: Fiery, vocal team leader with top instincts for position. Last week: No. 15

14 Taylor Mays S
Analysis: Has linebacker size with cornerback speed. Last week: No. 12

15 Everson Griffen DE
Analysis: Supremely talented, now gaining the necessary consistency. Last week: No. 16

16 C.J. Spiller RB
Analysis: Multitalented, superfast, electrifying game breaker. Last week: No. 17

17 Carlos Dunlap DE
Analysis: Physical tools are off the charts. Has unlimited upside. Last week: No. 3

18 Dan Williams DT
Analysis: High motor, consistent, tremendously powerful lower body. Last week: No. 18

19 Aaron Hernandez TE
Analysis: Great hands, and excellent run-after-catch skills for a TE. Last week: NR

20 Brandon Graham DE
Analysis: Awesome athlete and force off the edge. Last week: No. 24

21 Sergio Kindle LB
Analysis: Production finally matches his talent. Last week: No. 21

22 Jermaine Gresham TE
Analysis: The best pass-catching tight end in college football. Last week: No. 22

23 Jerry Hughes DE
Analysis: Prolific pass-rusher who could be a 3-4 OLB. Last week: No. 23

24 Sean Weatherspoon LB
Analysis: Makes plays all over the field. Last week: No. 19

25 Colt McCoy QB
Analysis: Intelligent and resourceful. Can beat you with arm or legs. Last week: No. 25

Mel Kiper’s Big Board for the 2008 NFL Draft, November 21, 2007

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1. Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU (6-2, 292) | Previous: Same
Disruptive force along the interior. If there is one non-skill position player fans should watch, Dorsey is the one because, despite constant double-teams, he is always making plays or opening up space for his teammates.

2. Jake Long, OT, Michigan (6-6, 320) | Previous: Same
Top-drawer left- or right-tackle prospect.

3. Chris Long, DE, Virginia (6-4, 282) | Previous: 4
A 3-4 defensive end with great bloodlines who understands leverage and uses his hands as well as any D-lineman in the country.

4. Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College (6-4, 223) | Previous: 3
He has the size and arm to wow the NFL brass during testing.

5. Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC (6-1, 297) | Previous: Same
Tampa Bay Bucs-style DT with superior quickness and a nonstop motor.

6. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville (6-3, 223) Previous: Same
Polished pure passer in the Jim Kelly mold.

7. Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina (6-4, 298) | Previous: Same
Unbelievably talented player who is primed for a breakout season.

8. Andre’ Woodson, QB, Kentucky (6-5, 232) | Previous: Same
Big and mobile with a rocket arm.

9. Dan Connor, LB, Penn State (6-2½, 231) | Previous: Same
Big-play performer who always seems to be around the ball.

10. Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn (6-3, 251) | Previous: Same
Speed rusher with the talent to rank as one of the more feared sack artists in the nation.

11. Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh (6-5, 339) | Previous: Same
Light on his feet for a huge bookend, Otah is still developing. He played only one year in high school and two at the junior college level. He also played basketball in junior college and is a tremendous athlete. His upside and potential are going to excite offensive line coaches in the NFL.

12. Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida (5-11½, 202) | Previous: Same
He has excellent recovery speed and the toughness you look for in a cornerback. His size allows him to match up with an opponent’s No. 1 wide receiver.

13. Sam Baker, OT, USC (6-4½, 310) | Previous: Same
Exceptional pass-blocker with superb technique.

14. Limas Sweed, WR, Texas (6-4, 217) | Previous: Same
TD-maker who plays fast with pads on. Sweed is out for the season following a wrist injury, but he proved his playmaking skills over his career.

15. Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt (6-5½, 318) | Previous: 19
Top-drawer talent, possessing superior athleticism and good feet to neutralize outside pass-rushers.

16. Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana (5-10½, 183) | Previous: 18
Not only a skilled coverman, but Porter is a dynamic punt returner as well. A four-year starter, Porter has 16 INT in his career.

17. Ali Highsmith, LB, LSU (6-1, 225) | Previous: 15
Showed tremendous potential in 2005 before taking a step back as a junior. Highsmith is re-establishing himself as one of the top linebackers in the SEC.

18. Early Doucet, WR, LSU (5-11½, 205) | Previous: 17
Super-talented, is LSU’s go-to option this season, although he has been slowed by injuries. Still he has the quickness and natural receiving skills to play on the outside or as a slot receiver in the NFL.

19. Keith Rivers, LB, USC (6-3, 233) | Previous: 19
Has the skill set to become a super blue-chipper.

20. Mike Hart, RB, Michigan (5-8, 200) | Previous: 21
He may not look impressive when it comes to size and speed, but Hart is a true gamer. Not only does he take great care of the ball, but Hart is deceptively strong and has been extremely consistent throughout his career.

21. Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy (5-10½, 185) | Previous: Unranked
Not only a very good cover man with superior recovery ability (runs in the 4.38 range) and the aggressiveness to get the job done in run support, McKelvin has made a name for himself as the top return man in the entire nation. He’s also stood out this season in games against the likes of Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma State, and Georgia. For the year, he’s fifth on the team with 52 stops, while also breaking up eight passes, forcing three fumbles, and coming away with two interceptions. He’s returned 23 punts for an 18.3 yard average and three TD’s, while returning 29 kickoffs for a 21.0 yard average. With his speed and versatility, McKelvin will bring a great deal of value to a football team.

22. Lavelle Hawkins, WR, California (5-11, 183) | Previous: Same
Standout performer on offense for the Golden Bears this season. Hawkins has really impressed me with his tremendous burst out of his break, sure hands and big-play ability.

23. Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC (6-4, 266) | Previous: Same
A strong finish to 2006 has carried over to the first month of the season.

24. Charles Godfrey, CB, Iowa (6-0½, 208) | Previous: Same
A big cover cornerback who has played safety as well. He’s one of the fastest corners and has great recovery speed, which is needed in the NFL.

25. Dennis Dixon, QB, Oregon (6-3, 198) | Previous: 16
He showcases a live arm and has significantly improved his decision-making in the pocket. Dixon has been more accurate with his passes this season and he can always impress you with his ability to run the ball.

DROPPED

DJ Hall, WR, Alabama (6-2½, 189) | Previous: 22
Big-play wideout who has shown improvement every year with the Crimson Tide. Hall should be tested on Saturday against LSU’s secondary.

Louisville’s Brian Brohm No. 1 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board for 2008

1. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville (6-3, 223)
Polished pure passer in the Jim Kelly mold.

2. Jake Long, OT, Michigan (6-6, 320)
Top drawer left or right tackle prospect.

3. Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU (6-2, 292)
Disruptive force along the interior.

4. Sam Baker, OT, USC (6-4½, 310)
Exceptional pass blocker with superb technique.

5. Early Doucet, WR, LSU (5-11½, 205)
Super talented, becomes LSU’s go-to option in 2007.

6. Andre’ Woodson, QB, Kentucky (6-5, 232)
Big and mobile with a rocket arm.

7. Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College (6-6½, 320)
Should thrive with move from right to left tackle in 2007.

8. Frank Okam, DT, Texas (6-5, 318)
Great physical ability and overall potential.

9. Keith Rivers, LB, USC (6-3, 233)
Has the skill set to become a super blue chipper.

10. Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona (5-11, 183)
Experienced cover man who thrives on a challenge.

11. Chad Henne, QB, Michigan (6-2, 222)
Can make all the throws, but needs more consistency.

12. Dan Connor, LB, Penn St. (6-2½, 231)
Big-play performer who finds the ball.

13. Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC (6-1, 297)
Tampa Bay Bucs style DT with superior quickness and non-stop motor.

14. Limas Sweed, WR, Texas (6-4, 217)
TD-maker who plays fast with pads on.

15. Terrell Thomas, CB, USC (6-0, 200)
Proven cover corner who is both steady and reliable.

16. DJ Hall, WR, Alabama (6-2½,, 189)
Big-play wideout who has shown improvement every year with the Crimson Tide.

17. Bruce Davis, LB, UCLA (6-3, 241)
Combo DE/OLB, ideal as a pass rusher off the edge in a 3-4 scheme.

18. Chris Long, DE, Virgina (6-4, 282)
3-4 DE with great bloodlines who understands leverage and uses his hands as well as any D-lineman in the country.

19. Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii (6-2, 198)
Thrives in QB friendly system with his quick release and above-average arm.

20. Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC (6-4, 268)
Pass rusher who needs to build on strong second half from last season.

21. Dwight Lowery, CB, San Jose St. (5-11½, 193)
Ball-hawk with great anticipation and awareness.

22. Harry Douglas, WR, Louisville (5-10½, 175)
Underrated, bringing speed, toughness and great hands to the WR spot.

23. Barry Richardson, OT, Clemson (6-6, 335)
This should be the year the talented bookend maximizes his potential.

24. Keenan Burton, WR, Kentucky (6-1½, 195)
Athletic, versatile and tough with a high concentration level.

25. Kendall Langford, DE, Hampton, (6-5½, 290)
Intriguing Division I-AA prospect due to his size, athleticism and natural pass-rush ability.

Mel Kiper Big Board Feb 22: Russell moves past Quinn as top QB on Big Board

Although Notre Dame senior Brady Quinn spent the entire 2006 season as the top quarterback in the country, LSU junior JaMarcus Russell has now moved ahead of Quinn on my Top 25 Big Board.

Simply put, Russell’s body of work was better than Quinn’s. Russell’s overall performance in big games against elite competition was better than that of Quinn’s. Head-to-head in the Sugar Bowl, Russell looked better against Notre Dame than Quinn did against LSU.

The NFL combine starts this week in Indianapolis, so you can expect more movement and changes on the Big Board and my first-round projections 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 (6-6½, 313) | previous: Same
Huge, quick and athletic with a long wingspan.

3. Adrian Peterson*, RB, Oklahoma (6-1½, 218) | previous: Same
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. JaMarcus Russell*, QB, LSU (6-6, 260) | previous: 5
Big, strong signal caller with a powerful arm, and his decision-making improved significantly in 2006.

5. Jamaal Anderson*, DE, Arkansas (6-5, 270) | previous: 6
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.

6. LaRon Landry, DB, LSU (6-1½, 205) | previous: 11
Four-year starter who has proven to be Mr. Reliable throughout his career.

7. Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville (6-1½, 298) | previous: 9
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.

8. Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson (6-4½, 260) | previous: 10
Flashes dominating ability with his athleticism and quickness. Adams led the Tigers with 10½ sacks and 15½ tackles for loss.

9. Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame (6-3½, 225) | previous: 4
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.

10. Ted Ginn Jr.*, WR, Ohio State (5-11, 175) | previous: 8
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.

11. Lawrence Timmons*, LB, Florida St. (6-2¼, 233) | previous: 19
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.

12. Levi Brown, OT, Penn St. (6-4½, 325) | previous: Same
Steady and reliable at protecting the quarterback’s blind side.

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

14. Dwayne Jarrett*, WR, USC (6-4, 210) | previous: Same
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.

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

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

17. Reggie Nelson*, S, Florida (5-11½ 198) | previous: 16
Outstanding player who can hit like a safety and excel in coverage like a cornerback. That unique combination makes him a highly regarded prospect.

18. Craig Davis, LSU, WR, LSU (6-1¼, 200) | previous: Unranked
Possesses outstanding speed (4.35 40-yard dash) to go along with his size. Davis was steady and reliable for most of his career, then took his game to a new level late in the season.

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

20. Alan Branch*, DT, Michigan (6-5½, 328) | previous: 7
Huge and athletic, Branch is a true space eater along the interior. Once his technique improves, watch out!

21. Sidney Rice*, WR, South Carolina (6-3, 200) | previous: Same
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.

22. Aaron Ross, CB, Texas (6-0½, 196) | previous: Same
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.

23. Marshawn Lynch*, RB, California (5-11, 224) | previous: 25
Complete big back, right on the heels of Adrian Peterson when it comes to who will be the top RB in the draft.

24. Arron Sears, OL, Tennessee (6-4, 320) | previous: Unranked
He played both guard and tackle in college and will give a team some versatility along the offensive line.

25. Robert Meachem*, WR, Tennessee (6-2½, 210) | previous: 20
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.

*– Underclassman

Dropped
Anthony Spencer, DE, Purdue (6-2½, 261) | previous: 23
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.

Tim Crowder, DE, Texas (6-3¼, 273) | previous: 24
Consistent and reliable in his career, but became more of a playmaker for the Longhorns in 2006.

Mel Kiper’s Big Board January 17, Ted Ginn Jr. joins the board

*1. Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech (6-4, 225) | previous: Same
He’s not only a tremendous athlete, but he’s also a hard worker and very team oriented.

2. Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin (6-6½, 313) | previous: Same
Huge, quick and athletic with a long wingspan.

3. Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame (6-3½, 225) | previous: Same
Poised, smart and at his best in pressure situations. Quinn did throw two interceptions in Sugar Bowl after throwing just one INT in his previous eight games.

*4. JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU (6-6, 260) | previous: same
Big, strong signal caller with a powerful arm. Decision-making improved significantly this season.

*5. Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma (6-1½, 218) | previous: 6
Talented RB with an excellent burst to the outside for a back his size. The concern is durability.

*6. Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas (6-5, 270) | previous: 5
Gifted athlete, coming off an exceptional 2006 campaign. A complete player, equally as solid versus the run as he is as a pass rusher.

*7. Reggie Nelson, S, Florida (5-11½ 198) | previous: UR
Outstanding football player who can hit like a safety and excel in coverage like a CB. That unique combination is what makes him such a highly regarded NFL prospect.

*8. Alan Branch, DT, Michigan (6-5½, 328) | previous: 7
Huge and athletic, Branch is a true space-eater along the interior. Once his technique improves, watch out!

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

10. Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson (6-4½, 260) | previous: 9
Flashes dominating ability with his athleticism and quickness. Adams leads the Tigers with 10½ sacks and 15½ tackles for loss.

11. Leon Hall, CB, Michigan (5-11, 193) | previous: 10
Tough customer who also shows very good anticipation and awareness in coverage. Hall leads the Wolverines with three interceptions.

12. LaRon Landry, DB, LSU (6-1½, 205) | previous: 11
Four-year starter who has proven to be Mr. Reliable throughout his career. Landry lead LSU with 42 solo tackles.

13. Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville (6-1½, 298) | previous: 12
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. He’s second on the Cardinals in both sacks and tackles for loss.

14.  Jeff Samardzija, WR, Notre Dame (6-4½, 215) | previous: 13
Super hands and concentration with outstanding speed-to-size ratio. He caught a touchdown pass in the final five games of the season.

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

*16. Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee (6-2½, 210) | previous: 15
Came through with a number of highlight film type “wow” plays this season. If he runs well at the Combine, Meachem could elevate his draft position in the weeks leading up to the draft.

17. 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 in the nation.

*18.  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.

*19. Marshawn Lynch, RB, California (5-11, 224) | previous: 8
Complete big back, right on the heels of Adrian Peterson when it comes to who will be the top RB in the draft.

20. Levi Brown, OT, Penn St. (6-4½, 325) | previous: 18
Steady and reliable at protecting the quarterback’s blind side.

*21. Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida (6-5, 250) | previous: UR
Speed rusher who is also excellent in pursuit, using his lateral quickness to chase down running plays before they can amount to anything.
*22. Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina (6-3, 200) | previous: 19
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 workout.
23. Ryan Kalil, C, USC (6-2½, 292) | previous: 20
His performance during the latter stages of his career has been that of a first- or second-round draft choice.

*24. Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida St. (6-2¼, 233) | previous: 21
Moves right to the top of a very subpar LB’ing corps overall, particularly from the senior class. His production and consistency from game to game are what jumps out at you with Timmons.

*25. Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas (5-11, 189) | previous: UR
Extremely confident man to man cover corner, thriving on the challenge of going against the opposition top wide-out. A very physical corner with a superior strength quotient, he’s at his best in bump and run coverage.

*-denotes underclassman