2011 NFL Draft: Matt Miller's Top 500 Players and Position Rankings

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterMarch 30, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: Matt Miller's Top 500 Players and Position Rankings

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    Four weeks from now, 32 NFL teams will pin their futures on the backs of young men barely old enough to buy a beer.

    The 2011 NFL Draft is coming now. No clichés, no hype and no more waiting.

    Thursday, April 28th marks a new beginning for your favorite club. Will your team find Peyton Manning, or JaMarcus Russell in Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert? Is Von Miller the second-coming of Derrick Thomas or Vernon Gholston?

    The beauty in the draft is that no one knows for sure, and very few will agree on anything.

    Over the next four weeks, NFL teams will fight, argue and debate the merits of 500-to-750 players as they build their draft board.

    We are way ahead of them.

    Unveiled today is our top 500 players in the 2011 NFL Draft, broken down by position.

     

    A veteran of the NFL draft and football scouting, Matt Miller is Bleacher Report's resident NFL draft guru. You can follow Matt on Twitter  @nfldraftscout and find his football scouting work at www.newerascouting.com

     


2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Quarterbacks

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    As many as five quarterbacks could be drafted in the first round, depending on team need. What we know for sure is that Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton will hear their names called very early on Thursday night.

    Other players, like Ryan Mallet and Jake Locker, may go as high as the top 15, or they could fall to Round 2.

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    9 1 Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri Jr 6-4 234 4.61
    16 2 Cam Newton QB Auburn rJr 6-5 248 4.56
    22 3 Jake Locker QB Washington rSr 6-3 231 4.5
    31 4 Christian Ponder QB Florida State rSr 6-2 229 4.63
    33 5 Andy Dalton QB TCU rSr 6-2 215 4.82
    39 6 Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas rJr 6-7 253 5.37
    71 7 Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada rSr 6-5 233 4.53
    100 8 Ricky Stanzi QB Iowa rSr 6-4 223 4.87
    130 9 Greg McElroy QB Alabama rSr 6-2 220 4.84
    147 10 Pat Devlin QB Delaware rSr 6-3 225 4.81
    195 11 Tyrod Taylor QB Virginia Tech Sr 6-1 217 4.47
    208 12 Adam Weber QB Minnesota rSr 6-1 209 4.73
    221 13 Taylor Potts QB Texas Tech rSr 6-4 218 5
    271 14 Scott Tolzien QB Wisconsin rSr 6-2 212 4.92
    275 15 Nathan Enderle QB Idaho rSr 6-4 240 5.12
    298 16 T.J. Yates QB North Carolina rSr 6-3 219 5.06
    305 17 Jerrod Johnson QB Texas A&M rSr 6-5 251 4.75
    316 18 Josh Portis QB California (PA) rSr 6-3 211 4.59
    353 19 Jeff Van Camp QB Florida Atlantic rSr 6-5 218 4.83
    405 20 Mike Hartline QB Kentucky rSr 6-5 219 4.95
    426 21 Mitch Mustain QB Southern California rSr 6-2 200 4.74
    430 22 Ben Chappell QB Indiana rSr 6-2 224 5.08
    445 23 Adam Froman QB Louisville Sr 6-4 220 4.56
    469 24 Austen Arnaud QB Iowa State rSr 6-3 230 4.89
    482 25 Blake Bolles QB Northwest Missouri State Sr 6-3 198 4.67
    495 26 Trevor Vittatoe QB Texas-El Paso rSr 6-2 218 4.81
    500 27 Chris Dieker QB Southern Illinois rSr 6-5 232 4.92

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Running Backs

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    No one running back has separated himself from the rest of the pack so far. Most will agree that Mark Ingram and Mikel Leshoure rank as one and two, but in which order?

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    17 1 Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois Jr 6-0 227 4.56
    20 2 Mark Ingram RB Alabama Jr 5-09 215 4.62
    42 3 Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech rSo 5-09 212 4.59
    66 4 Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma State Sr 5-07 199 4.46
    76 5 DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma rSr 6-0 213 4.37
    78 6 Jordan Todman RB Connecticut Jr 5-09 203 4.4
    80 7 Shane Vereen RB California rJr 5-10 210 4.49
    84 8 Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State Sr 6-0 230 4.63
    103 9 Taiwan Jones RB Eastern Washington Jr 6-0 194 4.53
    112 10 Delone Carter RB Syracuse rSr 5-09 222 4.54
    114 11 Jamie Harper RB Clemson Jr 5-11 233 4.53
    135 12 Roy Helu RB Nebraska Sr 6-0 219 4.4
    153 13 Alex Green RB Hawaii Sr 6-0 225 4.45
    154 14 Derrick Locke RB Kentucky Sr 5-08 188 4.37
    159 15 Jacquizz Rodgers RB Oregon State Jr 5-06 196 4.59
    170 16 Da'Rel Scott RB Maryland rSr 5-11 211 4.4
    173 17 Bilal Powell RB Louisville Sr 5-11 207 4.54
    188 18 Stevan Ridley RB LSU rJr 5-11 225 4.65
    205 19 Evan Royster RB Penn State rSr 6-0 212 4.65
    240 20 Dion Lewis RB Pittsburgh rSo 5-07 193 4.56
    241 21 Anthony Allen RB Georgia Tech rSr 6-1 228 4.56
    252 22 Mario Fannin RB Auburn rSr 5-10 231 4.37
    254 23 Noel Devine RB West Virginia Sr 5-08 179 4.34
    268 24 Allen Bradford RB Southern California rSr 5-11 242 4.53
    293 25 Damien Berry RB Miami (Fla.) Sr 5-10 211 4.58
    314 26 John Clay RB Wisconsin rJr 6-1 230 4.83
    359 33 Donald Buckram RB Texas-El Paso rSr 5-09 194 4.4
    372 34 Baron Batch RB Texas Tech rSr 5-10 207 4.5
    377 35 Matt Asiata RB Utah rSr 5-11 229 4.77
    386 36 Armando Allen RB Notre Dame Sr 5-08 199 4.52
    390 37 Shaun Draughn RB North Carolina rSr 5-11 213 4.73
    407 38 Keith Payne RB Virginia rSr 6-2 257 4.63
    410 39 Jay Finley RB Baylor rSr 5-11 203 4.53
    437 40 John Griffin RB Massachusetts Sr 5-11 208 4.54
    461 41 Chad Spann RB Northern Illinois Sr 5-08 201 4.52
    475 42 C.J. Gable RB Southern California rSr 6-0 205 4.56
    490 43 Alexander Robinson RB Iowa State rSr 5-09 182 4.52
    497 44 Joshua Nesbitt RB Georgia Tech Sr 6-1 212 4.62

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Fullbacks

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    An almost forgotten position in today's NFL, fullbacks still carry a ton of value in the right systems. With many teams moving to a West Coast offense in 2011 (Cleveland, San Francisco), the importance of a versatile fullback will return to the NFL.

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    120 1 Charles Clay FB Tulsa Sr 6-3 245 4.69
    128 2 Owen Marecic FB Stanford Sr 6-1 248 4.87
    142 3 Stanley Havili FB Southern California rSr 6-0 227 4.64
    192 4 Henry Hynoski FB Pittsburgh rJr 6-0 257 5.06
    224 5 Anthony Sherman FB Connecticut Sr 5-10 242 4.74
    259 6 Shaun Chapas FB Georgia rSr 6-2 247 4.87
    283 7 Preston Dial FB Alabama rSr 6-2 238 4.83
    301 8 Robert Hughes FB Notre Dame Sr 5-11 233 4.72
    332 9 Ryan Taylor FB North Carolina Sr 6-3 250 4.76
    400 10 Patrick DiMarco FB South Carolina Sr 6-1 240 4.75
    467 11 Bryant Ward FB Oklahoma State Sr 5-11 241 4.95

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Wide Receivers

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    A.J. Green or Julio Jones?

    That's the question on everyone's mind when it comes to the 2011 wide receiver class. We rank Green slightly higher due to his ability to stay healthy and his "big play" skills. Jones is not far behind.

    There is an incredible drop-off in talent after these top two players. If you desperately need a wide receiver, you'd better draft them early.

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    6 1 A.J. Green WR Georgia Jr 6-4 211 4.48
    8 2 Julio Jones WR Alabama Jr 6-3 220 4.34
    41 3 Torrey Smith WR Maryland rJr 6-1 204 4.41
    46 4 Randall Cobb WR Kentucky Jr 5-10 191 4.46
    53 5 Titus Young WR Boise State rSr 5-11 174 4.43
    57 6 Leonard Hankerson WR Miami (Fla.) Sr 6-2 209 4.4
    62 7 Jerrel Jernigan WR Troy Sr 5-09 185 4.46
    68 8 Jon Baldwin WR Pittsburgh Jr 6-4 228 4.49
    85 9 Edmond Gates WR Abilene Christian Sr 6-0 192 4.31
    94 10 Greg Little WR North Carolina Sr 6-3 231 4.51
    96 11 Austin Pettis WR Boise State Sr 6-3 209 4.56
    101 12 Niles Paul WR Nebraska Sr 6-1 224 4.45
    113 13 Tandon Doss WR Indiana Jr 6-2 201 4.56
    116 14 Greg Salas WR Hawaii rSr 6-1 210 4.53
    134 15 Terrence Toliver WR LSU Sr 6-4 212 4.52
    158 16 Ronald Johnson WR Southern California Sr 5-11 199 4.46
    162 17 Denarius Moore WR Tennessee Sr 6-0 194 4.43
    165 18 Vincent Brown WR San Diego State Sr 5-11 187 4.68
    166 19 Jeremy Kerley WR TCU Sr 5-10 189 4.56
    176 20 Cecil Shorts III WR Mount Union rSr 6-0 205 4.5
    181 21 Ryan Whalen WR Stanford Sr 6-1 202 4.53
    186 22 Dwayne Harris WR East Carolina rSr 5-10 203 4.53
    191 23 Dane Sanzenbacher WR Ohio State Sr 5-11 182 4.56
    194 24 Jeff Maehl WR Oregon Sr 6-1 190 4.56
    196 25 Darvin Adams WR Auburn Jr 6-2 190 4.56
    202 26 Ricardo Lockette WR Fort Valley State rSr 6-2 211 4.34
    210 27 Tori Gurley WR South Carolina rSo 6-4 216 4.53
    220 28 Stephen Burton WR West Texas A&M Sr 6-1 221 4.5
    235 29 Aldrick Robinson WR Southern Methodist Sr 5-10 184 4.35
    247 30 Chris Matthews WR Kentucky Sr 6-5 218 4.57
    250 31 Courtney Smith WR South Alabama Sr 6-4 223 4.65
    274 32 DeAndre Brown WR Southern Mississippi Jr 6-6 233 4.59
    277 33 Marshall Williams WR Wake Forest rSr 6-1 188 4.56
    284 34 Jimmy Young WR TCU rSr 6-0 204 4.5
    286 35 Jock Sanders WR West Virginia Sr 5-06 181 4.5
    289 36 Lester Jean WR Florida Atlantic Sr 6-3 215 4.61
    300 37 O.J. Murdock WR Fort Hays State rSr 5-11 197 4.53
    324 38 Armand Robinson WR Miami (Ohio) rSr 5-11 197 4.52
    325 39 Owen Spencer WR North Carolina State Sr 6-2 195 4.51
    336 40 Jeremy Ross WR California rSr 6-0 209 4.45
    339 41 Mark Dell WR Michigan State Sr 6-0 193 4.57
    345 42 Armon Binns WR Cincinnati Sr 6-3 209 4.5
    362 43 Kealoha Pilares WR Hawaii Sr 5-10 199 4.56
    363 44 Detron Lewis WR Texas Tech Sr 6-0 198 4.64
    369 45 DeMarco Sampson WR San Diego State rSr 6-2 204 4.69
    383 46 Kris Adams WR Texas-El Paso rSr 6-4 194 4.44
    384 47 James Cleveland WR Houston Sr 6-1 205 4.57
    401 48 Marcus Harris WR Murray State Sr 6-1 187 4.55
    413 49 Andre Holmes WR Hillsdale Sr 6-4 210 4.51
    416 50 Scotty McKnight WR Colorado rSr 5-11 182 4.5
    423 51 Earl Alexander WR Alabama rSr 6-4 213 4.51
    447 52 Derrell Johnson-Koulianos WR Iowa rSr 6-0 204 4.52
    451 53 Kris Durham WR Georgia Sr 6-5 214 4.57
    454 54 Joseph Hills WR Tennessee State Sr 6-4 201 4.59
    466 55 Lyle Leong WR Texas Tech Sr 6-0 176 4.51
    474 56 David Gilreath WR Wisconsin Sr 5-10 170 4.42
    477 57 Vidal Hazelton WR Cincinnati rSr 6-2 213 4.57
    480 58 Doug Baldwin WR Stanford Sr 5-10 189 4.48
    481 59 James Kirkendoll WR Texas Sr 5-11 185 4.49
    489 60 Perry Baker WR Fairmont State rSr 6-0 168 4.58
    493 61 Joe Morgan WR Walsh rSr 6-1 189 4.4
    496 62 Keith Smith WR Purdue rSr 6-2 214 4.65

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Tight Ends

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    The tight end position has experienced a rejuvenation in the NFL thanks to players like Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten.

    Unfortunately, the 2011 draft class is weak at this key position.

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    43 1 Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame Jr 6-6 259 4.64
    59 2 Luke Stocker TE Tennessee rSr 6-5 258 4.68
    73 3 D.J. Williams TE Arkansas Sr 6-2 245 4.59
    91 4 Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin rSr 6-3 243 4.65
    107 5 Jordan Cameron TE Southern California rSr 6-5 254 4.53
    121 6 Rob Housler TE Florida Atlantic rSr 6-5 248 4.46
    126 7 Virgil Green TE Nevada rSr 6-3 249 4.54
    161 8 Andre Smith TE Virginia Tech rSr 6-5 269 4.8
    178 9 Julius Thomas TE Portland State Sr 6-5 246 4.64
    206 10 Mike McNeill TE Nebraska rSr 6-4 232 4.7
    229 11 Weslye Saunders TE South Carolina Sr 6-5 270 4.82
    238 12 Lee Smith TE Marshall rSr 6-6 266 4.94
    243 13 Schuylar Oordt TE Northern Iowa rSr 6-6 261 4.63
    266 14 Charlie Gantt TE Michigan State rSr 6-4 252 4.85
    269 15 Kyle Adams TE Purdue rSr 6-5 257 4.83

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Offensive Tackles

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    As many as five offensive tackles are projected to be drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The tough part is trying to separate them and rank the most talented of the group.

    All five players are equally solid, leaving little room between the first and fifth best player.

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    11 1 Tyron Smith OT Southern California Jr 6-5 307 5.08
    13 2 Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin rSr 6-7 314 5.18
    14 3 Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College Sr 6-7 311 5.21
    25 4 Nate Solder OT Colorado rSr 6-8 319 4.96
    27 5 Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi State Sr 6-5 321 5.18
    48 6 Marcus Cannon OT TCU rSr 6-5 358 5.26
    65 7 Orlando Franklin OT Miami (Fla.) rSr 6-6 316 5.11
    82 8 James Carpenter OT Alabama Sr 6-4 321 5.22
    87 9 James Brewer OT Indiana rSr 6-6 323 5.21
    105 10 Marcus Gilbert OT Florida rSr 6-6 330 5.41
    111 11 Jason Pinkston OT Pittsburgh rSr 6-3 317 5.39
    141 12 Joseph Barksdale OT LSU Sr 6-5 325 5.31
    149 13 Lee Ziemba OT Auburn Sr 6-6 317 5.5
    152 14 DeMarcus Love OT Arkansas rSr 6-4 315 5.18
    171 15 Jah Reid OT UCF rSr 6-7 327 5.32
    174 16 Derek Newton OT Arkansas State rSr 6-5 311 5
    193 17 Bryon Stingily OT Louisville Sr 6-5 313 4.96
    223 18 Derek Hall OT Stanford rSr 6-5 305 5.24
    226 19 Chris Hairston OT Clemson rSr 6-6 326 5.38
    239 20 Willie Smith OT East Carolina rSr 6-5 310 5.4
    251 21 D.J. Young OT Michigan State rSr 6-5 307 5.34
    258 22 Trevis Turner OT Abilene Christian Sr 6-7 342 5.43
    297 23 Kyle Hix OT Texas Sr 6-7 319 5.44
    315 24 Jarriel King OT South Carolina Sr 6-5 317 5.03
    321 25 Byron Bell OT New Mexico Sr 6-5 348 --
    330 26 Rich Lapham OT Boston College rSr 6-8 315 5.34
    364 27 Kevin Hughes OT Southeastern Louisiana Sr 6-4 302 5.31
    394 28 David Mims OT Virginia Union Sr 6-8 343 5.65
    412 29 Josh Davis OT Georgia rSr 6-7 313 5.5
    419 30 Adam Grant OT Arizona rSr 6-6 325 5.54
    441 31 Eric Mensik OT Oklahoma rSr 6-6 296 5.08
    456 32 Rob McGill OT Louisiana Tech rSr 6-6 310 5.12
    462 33 Curt Porter OT Jacksonville State Sr 6-7 308 5.4

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Offensive Guards

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    Every NFL team hopes to find the next Logan Mankins hiding at the end of the first round. This may finally be the year someone gets lucky.

    The offensive guard crop in the 2011 draft class is very solid in the first through third rounds. More impressively, many of these players can also play center in a pinch.

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    21 1 Mike Pouncey OG Florida Sr 6-5 303 5.12
    35 2 Danny Watkins OG Baylor Sr 6-3 310 5.36
    50 3 Benjamin Ijalana OG Villanova Sr 6-4 317 5.34
    77 4 Clint Boling OG Georgia Sr 6-5 308 5.28
    86 5 Will Rackley OG Lehigh Sr 6-3 309 5.39
    117 6 John Moffitt OG Wisconsin rSr 6-4 319 5.51
    132 7 Stephen Schilling OG Michigan rSr 6-4 308 5.18
    155 8 Zach Hurd OG Connecticut rSr 6-7 316 5.28
    179 9 Keith Williams OG Nebraska rSr 6-4 318 5.28
    198 10 David Arkin OG Missouri State rSr 6-5 300 5.31
    217 11 Justin Boren OG Ohio State rSr 6-3 309 5.4
    230 12 Andrew Jackson OG Fresno State rSr 6-5 299 5.27
    256 13 Mike Person OG Montana State rSr 6-5 299 5.07
    276 14 Andrew Phillips OG Stanford rSr 6-4 302 5.36
    294 15 Ray Dominguez OG Arkansas rSr 6-4 334 5.45
    304 16 Ricky Henry OG Nebraska rSr 6-3 308 5.68
    317 17 Daniel Kilgore OG Appalachian State Sr 6-3 308 5.28
    343 18 Julian Vandervelde OG Iowa rSr 6-2 301 5.12
    351 19 Caleb Schlauderaff OG Utah rSr 6-4 305 5.18
    352 20 Carl Johnson OG Florida rSr 6-5 361 5.4
    373 21 Maurice Hurt OG Florida rSr 6-3 318 5.42
    374 22 Bryant Browning OG Ohio State rSr 6-3 316 5.42
    392 23 Randall Hunt OG Illinois rSr 6-6 318 5.23
    417 24 Garrett Chisolm OG South Carolina Sr 6-5 312 5.36
    424 25 John Bender OG Nevada rSr 6-8 325 5.32
    449 26 Butch Lewis OG Southern California rSr 6-5 295 5.13
    487 27 Mike Berry OG Auburn rSr 6-3 318 5.48

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Centers

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    Rodney Hudson is one of our favorite players in this entire draft.

    His ability to stone-wall defenders at barely 300 pounds is encouraging, and impressive. He will be a steal for one lucky NFL team in the early second round.

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    45 1 Rodney Hudson C Florida State Sr 6-2 299 5.27
    60 2 Stefen Wisniewski C Penn State Sr 6-3 313 5.29
    131 3 Kristofer O'Dowd C Southern California Sr 6-4 304 5.12
    137 4 Tim Barnes C Missouri rSr 6-4 298 5.17
    177 5 Brandon Fusco C Slippery Rock Sr 6-4 306 5.18
    183 6 Jake Kirkpatrick C TCU rSr 6-2 300 5.32
    216 7 Jason Kelce C Cincinnati rSr 6-3 280 4.89
    234 8 Alex Linnenkohl C Oregon State rSr 6-2 304 5.36
    261 9 Zach Williams C Washington State rSr 6-3 309 5.18
    296 10 Zane Taylor C Utah rSr 6-3 309 5.52
    302 11 Ryan Bartholomew C Syracuse rSr 6-1 302 4.93
    318 12 Kevin Kowalski C Toledo Sr 6-3 300 5.05
    382 13 J.C. Brignone C Mississippi State rSr 6-1 309 5.26
    406 14 Chase Beeler C Stanford rSr 6-3 285 5.26
    409 15 Colin Baxter C Arizona rSr 6-3 311 5.42
    478 16 Ryan Pugh C Auburn Sr 6-1 307 5.46
    486 17 Ben Lamaak C Iowa State rSr 6-4 320 5.28

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Defensive Ends

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    The group of defensive ends available this year is among the most impressive we have ever seen.

    There are edge-rushing freaks like Robert Quinn and Ryan Kerrigan, as well as big-bodied anchors in Adrian Clayborn and Cameron Heyward.

    All in all, 2011 is a good year to need a defensive end.

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    5 1 Robert Quinn DE North Carolina Jr 6-4 265 4.62
    10 2 Cameron Jordan DE California Sr 6-4 287 4.74
    12 3 Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson Jr 6-3 280 4.64
    15 4 J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin rJr 6-5 290 4.81
    18 5 Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa rSr 6-3 281 4.78
    19 6 Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue Sr 6-4 267 4.67
    23 7 Aldon Smith DE Missouri rSo 6-4 263 4.74
    29 8 Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State Sr 6-5 294 4.92
    40 9 Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh Sr 6-3 264 4.68
    49 10 Christian Ballard DE Iowa Sr 6-4 283 4.75
    63 11 Allen Bailey DE Miami (Fla.) Sr 6-3 285 4.71
    102 12 Pernell McPhee DE Mississippi State Sr 6-3 278 4.91
    104 13 Ricky Elmore DE Arizona rSr 6-5 255 4.88
    123 14 Pierre Allen DE Nebraska rSr 6-4 273 4.78
    127 15 Greg Romeus DE Pittsburgh rSr 6-5 264 4.79
    164 16 Ugo Chinasa DE Oklahoma State rSr 6-5 264 4.63
    199 17 Cliff Matthews DE South Carolina Sr 6-4 257 4.81
    204 18 Markus White DE Florida State rSr 6-4 266 4.86
    214 19 Brandon Bair DE Oregon rSr 6-6 276 4.92
    233 20 Eddie Jones DE Texas rSr 6-2 258 4.75
    236 21 Ryan Winterswyk DE Boise State rSr 6-4 268 4.96
    255 22 Lazarius Levingston DE LSU rSr 6-4 292 4.93
    267 23 D'Aundre Reed DE Arizona rSr 6-4 261 4.84
    295 24 Cheta Ozougwu DE Rice Sr 6-2 247 4.84
    299 25 Karl Klug DE Iowa rSr 6-3 275 4.81
    303 26 Steven Friday DE Virginia Tech rSr 6-3 228 4.66
    337 27 Kentrell Lockett DE Mississippi rSr 6-5 241 4.78
    344 28 Clay Nurse DE Illinois rSr 6-3 259 4.87
    357 29 Justin Trattou DE Florida Sr 6-4 255 4.79
    378 30 Demarcus Dobbs DE Georgia rSr 6-2 281 4.87
    379 31 Jonathan Freeny DE Rutgers Sr 6-3 242 4.78
    388 32 Gabe Miller DE Oregon State rSr 6-3 250 4.63
    393 33 Markell Carter DE Central Arkansas Sr 6-4 252 4.76
    427 34 Roberto Davis DE Northwest Missouri State Sr 6-2 247 --
    429 35 Robert Eddins DE Ball State rSr 6-2 242 4.79
    432 36 Zane Parr DE Virginia rJr 6-6 275 4.95
    450 37 Craig Marshall DE South Florida Sr 6-5 276 4.79
    457 38 Junior Tui'one DE Utah Sr 6-4 265 4.74
    468 39 Antoine Carter DE Auburn Sr 6-3 259 4.76
    483 40 Ronnell Brown DE James Madison Sr 6-2 270 4.84
    488 41 Damario Ambrose DE Arkansas Sr 6-3 260 4.8
    491 42 Jake Laptad DE Kansas Sr 6-4 260 4.89
    499 43 Alex Albright DE Boston College rSr 6-5 250 4.82

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: 3-4 Defensive Ends

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    As the 3-4 defense becomes more prevalent in the NFL we have found it necessary to scout and rank the players who fit this scheme alone.

    A defensive end in a 3-4 generally lines up in a "five" technique, which means he is head-up on the offensive tackle. His job is to jam the tackle at the snap, hold his ground and make sure the runner does not get outside him.

    In some schemes, like Green Bay's, the defensive end will be asked to push the tackle back as far as possible to pressure the quarterback. In New England, they like their ends to crash the pocket and get their hands up to disrupt passing lanes.

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    3 1 Marcell Dareus DT Alabama Jr 6-3 319 4.93
    10 2 Cameron Jordan DE California Sr 6-4 287 4.74
    15 4 J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin rJr 6-5 290 4.81
    18 5 Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa rSr 6-3 281 4.78
    24 3 Corey Liuget DT Illinois Jr 6-2 298 4.97
    29 8 Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State Sr 6-5 294 4.92
    34 5 Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple Jr 6-4 315 4.96
    47 6 Marvin Austin DT North Carolina Sr 6-2 309 4.84
    49 10 Christian Ballard DE Iowa Sr 6-4 283 4.75
    63 11 Allen Bailey DE Miami (Fla.) Sr 6-3 285 4.71
    74 10 Jarvis Jenkins DT Clemson Sr 6-4 310 5.03
    98 12 Lawrence Guy DT Arizona State Jr 6-4 305 4.96
    190 18 Cedric Thornton DT Southern Arkansas Sr 6-3 309 5.25
    255 22 Lazarius Levingston DE LSU rSr 6-4 292 4.93
    299 25 Karl Klug DE Iowa rSr 6-3 275 4.81
    342 27 Mike Blanc DT Auburn Sr 6-3 286 4.95
    378 30 Demarcus Dobbs DE Georgia rSr 6-2 281 4.87
    432 36 Zane Parr DE Virginia rJr 6-6 275 4.95
    450 37 Craig Marshall DE South Florida Sr 6-5 276 4.79
    452 36 Frank Kearse DT Alabama A&M Sr 6-4 315 5.3

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Defensive Tackles

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    Defensive tackles are among the key ingredients to a successful NFL team. Without one, your defense will struggle. Add the right defensive tackle to your defense and watch the opposition tremble in fear.

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time

    2 1 Marcell Dareus DT Alabama Jr 6-3 319 4.93
    4 2 Nick Fairley DT Auburn Sr 6-4 291 4.84
    24 3 Corey Liuget DT Illinois Jr 6-2 298 4.97
    26 4 Phil Taylor DT Baylor rSr 6-3 334 5.09
    34 5 Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple Jr 6-4 315 4.96
    47 6 Marvin Austin DT North Carolina Sr 6-2 309 4.84
    52 7 Stephen Paea DT Oregon State rSr 6-1 303 4.98
    67 8 Kenrick Ellis DT Hampton rSr 6-5 346 5.19
    69 9 Drake Nevis DT LSU Sr 6-1 294 5.06
    74 10 Jarvis Jenkins DT Clemson Sr 6-4 310 5.03
    81 11 Jurrell Casey DT Southern California Jr 6-1 300 5.04
    98 12 Lawrence Guy DT Arizona State Jr 6-4 305 4.96
    125 13 Jerrell Powe DT Mississippi rSr 6-2 335 5.25
    140 14 Ian Williams DT Notre Dame Sr 6-1 319 5.21
    145 15 Terrell McClain DT South Florida Sr 6-2 297 4.98
    172 16 Sione Fua DT Stanford Sr 6-2 308 5.28
    187 17 Martin Parker DT Richmond rSr 6-2 303 4.95
    190 18 Cedric Thornton DT Southern Arkansas Sr 6-3 309 5.25
    203 19 Chris Neild DT West Virginia rSr 6-2 319 5.06
    218 20 David Carter DT UCLA rSr 6-5 297 4.96
    248 21 Ollie Ogbu DT Penn State rSr 6-1 298 5.09
    263 22 Sealver Siliga DT Utah Jr 6-2 305 5.04
    280 23 Colby Whitlock DT Texas Tech Sr 6-2 302 5.27
    292 24 Anthony Gray DT Southern Mississippi rSr 5-11 330 5.18
    311 25 Ladi Ajiboye DT South Carolina Sr 6-1 297 5.31
    334 26 John Graves DT Virginia Tech rSr 6-3 286 5.09
    342 27 Mike Blanc DT Auburn Sr 6-3 286 4.95
    370 28 Ibraham Abdulai DT Arkansas-Pine Bluff Sr 6-2 301 5.24
    381 29 Damik Scafe DT Boston College rSr 6-2 298 5.14
    395 30 Corbin Bryant DT Northwestern rSr 6-3 297 5.1
    398 31 Cory Grant DT TCU rSr 6-1 316 5.09
    414 32 Adrian Taylor DT Oklahoma rSr 6-3 311 5.22
    420 33 Zach Clayton DT Auburn rSr 6-2 299 4.85
    422 34 Ricky Lumpkin DT Kentucky rSr 6-4 313 5.35
    440 35 Dexter Larimore DT Ohio State rSr 6-3 319 5.18
    452 36 Frank Kearse DT Alabama A&M Sr 6-4 315 5.3
    460 37 Guy Miller DT Colorado State Sr 6-3 302 5.27
    463 38 Ted Laurent DT Mississippi Sr 6-1 304 5.04

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Nose Tackles

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    Another of the positions exclusive to the 3-4 defense, a nose tackle's job is to simply plug the hole in the middle of the defense.

    A good nose tackle draws a double team from the center-guard and allows one of the middle linebackers to roam free and make tackles. A great example of this is Kelly Gregg in Baltimore.

    Defensive tackles are not generally drafted early on, but their importance cannot be overlooked.

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    26 4 Phil Taylor DT Baylor rSr 6-3 334 5.09
    67 8 Kenrick Ellis DT Hampton rSr 6-5 346 5.19
    125 13 Jerrell Powe DT Mississippi rSr 6-2 335 5.25
    140 14 Ian Williams DT Notre Dame Sr 6-1 319 5.21
    172 16 Sione Fua DT Stanford Sr 6-2 308 5.28
    187 17 Martin Parker DT Richmond rSr 6-2 303 4.95
    203 19 Chris Neild DT West Virginia rSr 6-2 319 5.06
    263 22 Sealver Siliga DT Utah Jr 6-2 305 5.04
    292 24 Anthony Gray DT Southern Mississippi rSr 5-11 330 5.18
    370 28 Ibraham Abdulai DT Arkansas-Pine Bluff Sr 6-2 301 5.24
    398 31 Cory Grant DT TCU rSr 6-1 316 5.09
    414 32 Adrian Taylor DT Oklahoma rSr 6-3 311 5.22
    422 34 Ricky Lumpkin DT Kentucky rSr 6-4 313 5.35

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Outside Linebackers

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    In 10 years of analyzing and then scouting players for the NFL Draft, I can remember only one outside linebacker with a higher grade than Von Miller has this year.

    That player was Lavar Arrington.

    While Arrington's career was cut short by injury, his potential was amazing.

    Miller is in that same elite category.

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    2 1 Von Miller OLB Texas A&M Sr 6-3 246 4.42
    30 2 Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA rJr 6-3 254 4.81
    32 3 Brooks Reed OLB Arizona rSr 6-3 263 4.65
    37 4 Justin Houston OLB Georgia rJr 6-3 270 4.62
    51 5 Bruce Carter OLB North Carolina Sr 6-2 241 4.57
    64 6 Sam Acho OLB Texas Sr 6-2 262 4.67
    70 7 Dontay Moch OLB Nevada rSr 6-1 248 4.4
    75 8 Chris Carter OLB Fresno State Sr 6-1 248 4.58
    106 9 K.J. Wright OLB Mississippi State Sr 6-3 246 4.75
    109 10 Mason Foster OLB Washington Sr 6-1 245 4.75
    138 11 Lawrence Wilson OLB Connecticut rSr 6-1 229 4.71
    148 12 Ross Homan OLB Ohio State rSr 6-1 240 4.66
    160 13 Mark Herzlich OLB Boston College rSr 6-4 244 4.91
    180 14 Brian Rolle OLB Ohio State Sr 5-10 229 4.53
    185 15 Jonas Mouton OLB Michigan rSr 6-1 239 4.84
    200 16 Scott Lutrus OLB Connecticut rSr 6-2 241 4.68
    222 17 Thomas Keiser OLB Stanford rJr 6-5 244 4.84
    225 18 Doug Hogue OLB Syracuse Sr 6-3 235 4.62
    231 19 J.T. Thomas OLB West Virginia rSr 6-1 241 4.65
    246 20 Adrian Moten OLB Maryland rSr 6-2 228 4.53
    262 21 Jabara Williams OLB Stephen F. Austin rSr 6-2 223 4.64
    290 22 Quentin Davie OLB Northwestern rSr 6-4 232 4.72
    312 23 Jeremiha Hunter OLB Iowa rSr 6-1 239 4.77
    313 24 Bruce Miller OLB UCF rSr 6-1 254 4.81
    323 25 D.J. Smith OLB Appalachian State Sr 5-11 239 4.75
    331 26 Craig Stevens OLB Auburn rSr 6-2 230 4.67
    350 27 Ricky Brewer OLB Colorado State rSr 6-1 222 4.7
    358 28 Wayne Daniels OLB TCU rSr 6-0 260 5.03
    375 29 Kenny Rowe OLB Oregon Sr 6-2 244 4.9
    396 30 Eric Gordon OLB Michigan State rSr 6-0 225 4.55
    411 31 Victor Aiyewa OLB Washington Sr 6-1 219 4.67
    425 32 Jamari Lattimore OLB Middle Tennessee rSr 6-2 218 4.74
    436 33 Michael Morgan OLB Southern California rSr 6-3 220 4.64
    444 34 Spencer Paysinger OLB Oregon rSr 6-3 234 4.75
    448 35 Chris Walker OLB Tennessee Sr 6-2 236 4.72
    458 36 Anthony Leon OLB Arkansas rSr 6-4 226 4.68
    471 37 Brian Smith OLB Notre Dame Sr 6-3 235 4.72
    476 38 Eric McBride OLB Richmond rSr 6-1 232 4.76
    479 39 Anthony Egbuniwe OLB Georgia Tech rSr 6-4 256 4.98
    492 40 Nate Bussey OLB Illinois Sr 6-1 219 4.64

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: 3-4 Outside Linebackers

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    An outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense is really asked to do one thing: kill the quarterback.

    There are some strong-side linebackers who will drop back in to coverage depending on which defensive coordinator you follow, but for the most part outside 'backers in a 3-4 are just super-fast pass rushers.

    The 2011 draft does not disappoint with top-ranked talent at the position. Rounds two through seven, however, are not as promising.

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    2 1 Von Miller OLB Texas A&M Sr 6-3 246 4.42
    5 1 Robert Quinn DE North Carolina Jr 6-4 265 4.62
    19 6 Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue Sr 6-4 267 4.67
    23 7 Aldon Smith DE Missouri rSo 6-4 263 4.74
    30 2 Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA rJr 6-3 254 4.81
    32 3 Brooks Reed OLB Arizona rSr 6-3 263 4.65
    37 4 Justin Houston OLB Georgia rJr 6-3 270 4.62
    40 9 Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh Sr 6-3 264 4.68
    64 6 Sam Acho OLB Texas Sr 6-2 262 4.67
    75 8 Chris Carter OLB Fresno State Sr 6-1 248 4.58
    104 13 Ricky Elmore DE Arizona rSr 6-5 255 4.88
    106 9 K.J. Wright OLB Mississippi State Sr 6-3 246 4.75
    109 10 Mason Foster OLB Washington Sr 6-1 245 4.75
    164 16 Ugo Chinasa DE Oklahoma State rSr 6-5 264 4.63
    200 16 Scott Lutrus OLB Connecticut rSr 6-2 241 4.68
    204 18 Markus White DE Florida State rSr 6-4 266 4.86
    231 19 J.T. Thomas OLB West Virginia rSr 6-1 241 4.65
    295 24 Cheta Ozougwu DE Rice Sr 6-2 247 4.84
    303 26 Steven Friday DE Virginia Tech rSr 6-3 228 4.66
    312 23 Jeremiha Hunter OLB Iowa rSr 6-1 239 4.77
    313 24 Bruce Miller OLB UCF rSr 6-1 254 4.81
    358 28 Wayne Daniels OLB TCU rSr 6-0 260 5.03
    375 29 Kenny Rowe OLB Oregon Sr 6-2 244 4.9
    388 32 Gabe Miller DE Oregon State rSr 6-3 250 4.63
    471 37 Brian Smith OLB Notre Dame Sr 6-3 235 4.72

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Inside Linebackers

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    Inside linebackers must be exceptional athletes, intelligent enough to make play calls and strong enough to lead the defense.

    This isn't an easy job to fill.

    The 2011 class is full of promising young men with all the requirements to take over their new teams.

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    38 1 Martez Wilson ILB Illinois rJr 6-4 250 4.42
    83 2 Quan Sturdivant ILB North Carolina Sr 6-1 241 4.63
    93 3 Colin McCarthy ILB Miami (Fla.) rSr 6-1 238 4.59
    97 4 Greg Jones ILB Michigan State Sr 6-0 242 4.75
    118 5 Casey Matthews ILB Oregon Sr 6-1 231 4.79
    122 6 Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU rSr 6-2 250 4.7
    143 7 Nate Irving ILB North Carolina State rSr 6-1 240 4.77
    167 8 Jeremy Beal ILB Oklahoma rSr 6-2 262 5.14
    169 9 Josh Bynes ILB Auburn Sr 6-1 240 4.8
    184 10 Mike Mohamed ILB California rSr 6-3 239 4.65
    228 11 Chris White ILB Mississippi State Sr 6-3 240 4.74
    242 12 Nick Bellore ILB Central Michigan Sr 6-1 245 4.84
    253 13 Akeem Dent ILB Georgia rSr 6-1 242 4.78
    265 14 Mario Harvey ILB Marshall rSr 5-11 250 4.73
    273 15 Greg Lloyd ILB Connecticut rSr 6-1 246 4.8
    329 16 Orie Lemon ILB Oklahoma State rSr 6-1 242 4.87
    340 17 Brian Duncan ILB Texas Tech rSr 6-1 235 4.89
    356 18 Derrell Smith ILB Syracuse rSr 6-0 243 4.8
    360 19 Alex Wujciak ILB Maryland rSr 6-3 247 4.78
    376 20 Jeff Tarpinian ILB Iowa rSr 6-2 238 4.64
    380 21 Elijah Joseph ILB Temple Sr 6-1 243 4.8
    408 22 Tressor Baptiste ILB Texas A&M-Kingsville Sr 6-0 235 4.82
    446 23 Brad Jefferson ILB Georgia Tech Sr 6-2 240 4.75
    465 24 Cobrani Mixon ILB Kent State rSr 6-1 241 4.69

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Cornerbacks

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    In 10 years of ranking players for the draft, not once has a cornerback been ranked No. 1 overall.

    Charles Woodson was close, but Peyton Manning carried the top spot on our big board in 1997. Champ Bailey was also close, but we are embarrassed to admit Tim Couch was our No. 1 guy in '99.

    Patrick Peterson carries the distinction of being our No. 1 player this year. He might also become the first cornerback drafted first overall in the modern era.

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    1 1 Patrick Peterson CB LSU Jr 6-0 219 4.31
    7 2 Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Sr 6-0 206 4.38
    28 3 Jimmy Smith CB Colorado rSr 6-2 211 4.42
    36 4 Brandon Harris CB Miami (Fla.) Jr 5-10 191 4.46
    44 5 Aaron Williams CB Texas Jr 6-0 204 4.55
    54 6 Curtis Brown CB Texas Sr 6-0 185 4.51
    55 7 Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia Sr 6-1 198 4.4
    56 8 Davon House CB New Mexico State Sr 6-1 200 4.44
    61 9 Brandon Burton CB Utah rJr 6-0 190 4.5
    79 10 Shareece Wright CB Southern California rSr 5-11 185 4.41
    89 11 Marcus Gilchrist CB Clemson Sr 5-10 195 4.45
    90 12 Chimdi Chekwa CB Ohio State rSr 6-0 191 4.38
    92 13 Johnny Patrick CB Louisville rSr 5-11 191 4.59
    108 14 Buster Skrine CB Chattanooga Sr 5-10 186 4.37
    110 15 Curtis Marsh CB Utah State Sr 6-1 197 4.42
    124 16 Jalil Brown CB Colorado Sr 6-1 204 4.52
    129 17 Chykie Brown CB Texas rSr 5-11 190 4.49
    139 18 Brandon Hogan CB West Virginia Sr 5-10 192 4.43
    144 19 Rashad Carmichael CB Virginia Tech rSr 5-10 192 4.53
    146 20 Kendric Burney CB North Carolina rSr 5-09 186 4.71
    157 21 Cortez Allen CB Citadel rSr 6-1 197 4.5
    168 22 Ryan Jones CB Northwest Missouri State rSr 5-11 197 4.42
    175 23 Chris L. Rucker CB Michigan State Sr 6-1 195 4.55
    197 24 Justin Rogers CB Richmond rSr 5-11 180 4.45
    207 25 Byron Maxwell CB Clemson rSr 6-0 202 4.43
    212 26 Anthony Gaitor CB Florida International Sr 5-10 177 4.48
    213 27 Ryan Hill CB Miami (Fla.) rSr 5-11 202 4.6
    219 28 Richard Sherman CB Stanford rSr 6-3 195 4.54
    237 29 Josh Thomas CB Buffalo Sr 5-10 191 4.46
    260 30 Loyce Means CB Houston Sr 5-10 177 4.45
    264 31 Korey Lindsey CB Southern Illinois Sr 5-10 189 4.56
    272 32 DeMarcus Van Dyke CB Miami (Fla.) Sr 6-1 176 4.25
    308 33 Devon Torrence CB Ohio State Sr 6-0 199 4.68
    319 34 Darrin Walls CB Notre Dame rSr 6-0 188 4.47
    322 35 Kevin Rutland CB Missouri rSr 6-0 190 4.58
    361 36 Josh Gatlin CB North Dakota State Sr 6-1 196 4.39
    366 37 Demond Washington CB Auburn Sr 5-09 180 4.45
    368 38 Mario Butler CB Georgia Tech Sr 6-0 182 4.65
    387 39 Jason Teague CB TCU Sr 6-2 184 4.54
    389 40 Andrew McGee CB Oklahoma State Sr 5-11 195 4.71
    402 41 Julian (Joonie) Posey CB Ohio rSr 5-10 189 4.48
    415 42 Talmadge Jackson CB Oregon Sr 5-09 186 4.46
    418 43 Brandyn Thompson CB Boise State Sr 5-09 189 4.5
    428 44 Mike Holmes CB Syracuse Sr 5-10 182 4.5
    433 45 James Dockery CB Oregon State rSr 6-1 185 4.52
    438 46 Vance Cuff CB Georgia Sr 5-10 178 4.53
    442 47 Vince Agnew CB Central Michigan rSr 5-10 192 4.4
    459 48 Bryant Nnabuife CB California Sr 6-1 193 4.57
    472 49 Jamal Robinson CB Houston rSr 5-10 190 4.56
    484 50 Carl Gettis CB Missouri Sr 5-10 201 4.73

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Safeties

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    It is unfortunate, but no safety ranked in our top 500 players makes the cut as a first-round prospect this year.

    Other positions in this draft are stocked full of talented players from Round 1 through Round 7. At safety, we find the rounds stocked from the second to the fourth.

     

    Free Safety

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    58 1 Rahim Moore FS UCLA Jr 6-0 202 4.58
    72 2 Quinton Carter FS Oklahoma rSr 6-1 208 4.57
    99 3 Chris Conte FS California Sr 6-2 197 4.52
    119 4 Jaiquawn Jarrett FS Temple Sr 6-0 198 4.62
    133 5 Robert Sands FS West Virginia rJr 6-4 217 4.53
    136 6 Chris Culliver FS South Carolina Sr 6-0 199 4.36
    163 7 Deunta Williams FS North Carolina rSr 6-2 205 4.53
    189 8 Jerrard Tarrant FS Georgia Tech rJr 6-0 204 4.57
    201 9 Eric Hagg FS Nebraska Sr 6-1 209 4.62
    209 10 Jermale Hines FS Ohio State Sr 6-1 219 4.61
    245 11 Mark LeGree FS Appalachian State Sr 6-0 210 4.49
    281 12 Chris Prosinski FS Wyoming rSr 6-1 201 4.42
    287 13 Will Hill FS Florida Jr 6-1 202 4.64
    320 14 Brian Lainhart FS Kent State rSr 6-0 211 4.64
    347 15 Tommie Campbell FS California (PA) rSr 6-2 204 4.45
    355 16 Colin Jones FS TCU rSr 6-0 201 4.4
    399 17 Jonathan Nelson FS Oklahoma rSr 5-11 198 4.51
    453 18 Javes Lewis FS Oregon Jr 6-1 201 4.57
    494 19 Jeremy Kellem FS Middle Tennessee Sr 5-10 190 4.53

    Strong Safety

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    88 1 DeAndre McDaniel SS Clemson Sr 6-0 217 4.63
    95 2 Tyler Sash SS Iowa rJr 6-0 211 4.62
    115 3 Ahmad Black SS Florida Sr 5-10 184 4.7
    150 4 Joe Lefeged SS Rutgers Sr 6-0 210 4.42
    156 5 Da'Norris Searcy SS North Carolina Sr 5-11 223 4.55
    182 6 Jeron Johnson SS Boise State rSr 5-10 212 4.51
    211 7 Shiloh Keo SS Idaho rSr 5-11 219 4.74
    227 8 Nate Williams SS Washington Sr 6-0 211 4.68
    249 9 Dom DeCicco SS Pittsburgh Sr 6-3 232 4.64
    270 10 DeJon Gomes SS Nebraska Sr 6-0 208 4.5
    306 11 David Sims SS Iowa State Sr 5-09 200 4.5
    310 12 Isa Abdul-El Quddus SS Fordham Sr 6-0 200 4.52
    341 13 Eugene Clifford SS Tennessee State Sr 6-1 204 4.56
    367 14 Johnny Brown SS Mississippi Sr 6-0 212 4.57
    371 15 Davonte Shannon SS Buffalo Sr 6-0 211 4.64
    397 16 Zac Etheridge SS Auburn rSr 5-11 201 4.6
    404 17 Jay Valai SS Wisconsin rSr 5-08 200 4.74
    435 18 Alex Ibiloye SS TCU rSr 5-11 196 4.56
    439 19 Mana Silva SS Hawaii rSr 6-1 212 4.64
    443 20 Andrew Rich SS Brigham Young Sr 6-3 220 4.65
    455 21 Kevin Brown SS Middle Tennessee Sr 6-1 210 4.58
    498 22 Davon Morgan SS Virginia Tech Sr 6-0 194 4.7

2011 NFL Draft Top 500: Specialists

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    Every few years a kicker comes along that is good enough to see him drafted in the top 150 selections.

    This year we just might be so lucky.

     

    Kickers

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    151 1 Alex Henery K Nebraska rSr 6-2 177 4.87
    244 2 Kai Forbath K UCLA rSr 5-11 197 4.78
    257 3 Josh Jasper K LSU Sr 5-10 174 5.06
    279 4 Dan Bailey K Oklahoma State rSr 6-0 193 4.92
    291 5 Jake Rogers K Cincinnati rSr 6-2 213 5.06
    346 6 Thomas Weber K Arizona State rSr 6-1 200 4.9
    391 7 Wes Byrum K Auburn Sr 6-1 217 4.82
    403 8 Kyle Brotzman K Boise State rSr 5-10 200 4.86

     

     

    Punters

     

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    215 1 Chas Henry P Florida Sr 6-3 219 4.85
    232 2 Ryan Donahue P Iowa rSr 6-2 193 4.9
    278 3 Reid Forrest P Washington State rSr 6-0 189 4.71
    285 4 Matt Bosher P Miami (Fla.) rSr 6-1 208 4.78
    288 5 Derek Epperson P Baylor Sr 6-3 237 5.05
    365 6 Trevor Hankins P Arizona State rSr 6-4 235 5.15
    434 7 Anthony Santella P Illinois rSr 6-1 181 5.04
    485 8 Dan Hutchins P Pittsburgh rSr 5-11 195 --

    Long Snappers

    OVR Pos. Rank Player Pos. School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time
    275 1 Danny Aiken LS Virginia Sr 6'5 244 5.09

2011 NFL Draft: The Top 500 Players Available

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    Overall, the 2011 NFL Draft class is considerably strong.

    The talent at quarterback, offensive tackle, defensive end and cornerback is solid from top to bottom. Other positions like wide receiver, tight end and inside linebacker are deep in the middle rounds of the draft, where they will provide great value.

    What we know for sure is that the 2011 NFL Draft will be an exciting three days. We hope you're ready.

     

    Overall Pos. Rank Player Position School Ht. Wt.
    1 1 Patrick Peterson CB LSU 6-0 219
    2 1 Von Miller OLB Texas A&M 6-3 246
    3 1 Marcell Dareus DT Alabama 6-3 319
    4 2 Nick Fairley DT Auburn 6-4 291
    5 1 Robert Quinn DE North Carolina 6-4 265
    6 1 A.J. Green WR Georgia 6-4 211
    7 2 Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska 6-0 206
    8 2 Julio Jones WR Alabama 6-3 220
    9 1 Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri 6-4 234
    10 2 Cameron Jordan DE California 6-4 287
    11 1 Tyron Smith OT Southern California 6-5 307
    12 3 Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson 6-3 280
    13 2 Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin 6-7 314
    14 3 Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College 6-7 311
    15 4 J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin 6-5 290
    16 2 Cam Newton QB Auburn 6-5 248
    17 1 Mikel LeShoure RB Illinois 6-0 227
    18 5 Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa 6-3 281
    19 6 Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue 6-4 267
    20 2 Mark Ingram RB Alabama 5-09 215
    21 1 Mike Pouncey OG Florida 6-5 303
    22 3 Jake Locker QB Washington 6-3 231
    23 7 Aldon Smith DE Missouri 6-4 263
    24 3 Corey Liuget DT Illinois 6-2 298
    25 4 Nate Solder OT Colorado 6-8 319
    26 4 Phil Taylor DT Baylor 6-3 334
    27 5 Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi State 6-5 321
    28 3 Jimmy Smith CB Colorado 6-2 211
    29 8 Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State 6-5 294
    30 2 Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA 6-3 254
    31 4 Christian Ponder QB Florida State 6-2 229
    32 3 Brooks Reed OLB Arizona 6-3 263
    33 5 Andy Dalton QB TCU 6-2 215
    34 5 Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple 6-4 315
    35 2 Danny Watkins OG Baylor 6-3 310
    36 4 Brandon Harris CB Miami (Fla.) 5-10 191
    37 4 Justin Houston OLB Georgia 6-3 270
    38 1 Martez Wilson ILB Illinois 6-4 250
    39 6 Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas 6-7 253
    40 9 Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh 6-3 264
    41 3 Torrey Smith WR Maryland 6-1 204
    42 3 Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech 5-09 212
    43 1 Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame 6-6 259
    44 5 Aaron Williams CB Texas 6-0 204
    45 1 Rodney Hudson C Florida State 6-2 299
    46 4 Randall Cobb WR Kentucky 5-10 191
    47 6 Marvin Austin DT North Carolina 6-2 309
    48 6 Marcus Cannon OT TCU 6-5 358
    49 10 Christian Ballard DE Iowa 6-4 283
    50 3 Benjamin Ijalana OG Villanova 6-4 317
    51 5 Bruce Carter OLB North Carolina 6-2 241
    52 7 Stephen Paea DT Oregon State 6-1 303
    53 5 Titus Young WR Boise State 5-11 174
    54 6 Curtis Brown CB Texas 6-0 185
    55 7 Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia 6-1 198
    56 8 Davon House CB New Mexico State 6-1 200
    57 6 Leonard Hankerson WR Miami (Fla.) 6-2 209
    58 1 Rahim Moore FS UCLA 6-0 202
    59 2 Luke Stocker TE Tennessee 6-5 258
    60 2 Stefen Wisniewski C Penn State 6-3 313
    61 9 Brandon Burton CB Utah 6-0 190
    62 7 Jerrel Jernigan WR Troy 5-09 185
    63 11 Allen Bailey DE Miami (Fla.) 6-3 285
    64 6 Sam Acho OLB Texas 6-2 262
    65 7 Orlando Franklin OT Miami (Fla.) 6-6 316
    66 4 Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma State 5-07 199
    67 8 Kenrick Ellis DT Hampton 6-5 346
    68 8 Jon Baldwin WR Pittsburgh 6-4 228
    69 9 Drake Nevis DT LSU 6-1 294
    70 7 Dontay Moch OLB Nevada 6-1 248
    71 7 Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada 6-5 233
    72 2 Quinton Carter FS Oklahoma 6-1 208
    73 3 D.J. Williams TE Arkansas 6-2 245
    74 10 Jarvis Jenkins DT Clemson 6-4 310
    75 8 Chris Carter OLB Fresno State 6-1 248
    76 5 DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma 6-0 213
    77 4 Clint Boling OG Georgia 6-5 308
    78 6 Jordan Todman RB Connecticut 5-09 203
    79 10 Shareece Wright CB Southern California 5-11 185
    80 7 Shane Vereen RB California 5-10 210
    81 11 Jurrell Casey DT Southern California 6-1 300
    82 8 James Carpenter OT Alabama 6-4 321
    83 2 Quan Sturdivant ILB North Carolina 6-1 241
    84 8 Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State 6-0 230
    85 9 Edmond Gates WR Abilene Christian 6-0 192
    86 5 Will Rackley OG Lehigh 6-3 309
    87 9 James Brewer OT Indiana 6-6 323
    88 1 DeAndre McDaniel SS Clemson 6-0 217
    89 11 Marcus Gilchrist CB Clemson 5-10 195
    90 12 Chimdi Chekwa CB Ohio State 6-0 191
    91 4 Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin 6-3 243
    92 13 Johnny Patrick CB Louisville 5-11 191
    93 3 Colin McCarthy ILB Miami (Fla.) 6-1 238
    94 10 Greg Little WR North Carolina 6-3 231
    95 2 Tyler Sash SS Iowa 6-0 211
    96 11 Austin Pettis WR Boise State 6-3 209
    97 4 Greg Jones ILB Michigan State 6-0 242
    98 12 Lawrence Guy DT Arizona State 6-4 305
    99 3 Chris Conte FS California 6-2 197
    100 8 Ricky Stanzi QB Iowa 6-4 223
    101 12 Niles Paul WR Nebraska 6-1 224
    102 12 Pernell McPhee DE Mississippi State 6-3 278
    103 9 Taiwan Jones RB Eastern Washington 6-0 194
    104 13 Ricky Elmore DE Arizona 6-5 255
    105 10 Marcus Gilbert OT Florida 6-6 330
    106 9 K.J. Wright OLB Mississippi State 6-3 246
    107 5 Jordan Cameron TE Southern California 6-5 254
    108 14 Buster Skrine CB Chattanooga 5-10 186
    109 10 Mason Foster OLB Washington 6-1 245
    110 15 Curtis Marsh CB Utah State 6-1 197
    111 11 Jason Pinkston OT Pittsburgh 6-3 317
    112 10 Delone Carter RB Syracuse 5-09 222
    113 13 Tandon Doss WR Indiana 6-2 201
    114 11 Jamie Harper RB Clemson 5-11 233
    115 3 Ahmad Black SS Florida 5-10 184
    116 14 Greg Salas WR Hawaii 6-1 210
    117 6 John Moffitt OG Wisconsin 6-4 319
    118 5 Casey Matthews ILB Oregon 6-1 231
    119 4 Jaiquawn Jarrett FS Temple 6-0 198
    120 1 Charles Clay FB Tulsa 6-3 245
    121 6 Rob Housler TE Florida Atlantic 6-5 248
    122 6 Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU 6-2 250
    123 14 Pierre Allen DE Nebraska 6-4 273
    124 16 Jalil Brown CB Colorado 6-1 204
    125 13 Jerrell Powe DT Mississippi 6-2 335
    126 7 Virgil Green TE Nevada 6-3 249
    127 15 Greg Romeus DE Pittsburgh 6-5 264
    128 2 Owen Marecic FB Stanford 6-1 248
    129 17 Chykie Brown CB Texas 5-11 190
    130 9 Greg McElroy QB Alabama 6-2 220
    131 3 Kristofer O'Dowd C Southern California 6-4 304
    132 7 Stephen Schilling OG Michigan 6-4 308
    133 5 Robert Sands FS West Virginia 6-4 217
    134 15 Terrence Toliver WR LSU 6-4 212
    135 12 Roy Helu RB Nebraska 6-0 219
    136 6 Chris Culliver FS South Carolina 6-0 199
    137 4 Tim Barnes C Missouri 6-4 298
    138 11 Lawrence Wilson OLB Connecticut 6-1 229
    139 18 Brandon Hogan CB West Virginia 5-10 192
    140 14 Ian Williams DT Notre Dame 6-1 319
    141 12 Joseph Barksdale OT LSU 6-5 325
    142 3 Stanley Havili FB Southern California 6-0 227
    143 7 Nate Irving ILB North Carolina State 6-1 240
    144 19 Rashad Carmichael CB Virginia Tech 5-10 192
    145 15 Terrell McClain DT South Florida 6-2 297
    146 20 Kendric Burney CB North Carolina 5-09 186
    147 10 Pat Devlin QB Delaware 6-3 225
    148 12 Ross Homan OLB Ohio State 6-1 240
    149 13 Lee Ziemba OT Auburn 6-6 317
    150 4 Joe Lefeged SS Rutgers 6-0 210
    151 1 Alex Henery K Nebraska 6-2 177
    152 14 DeMarcus Love OT Arkansas 6-4 315
    153 13 Alex Green RB Hawaii 6-0 225
    154 14 Derrick Locke RB Kentucky 5-08 188
    155 8 Zach Hurd OG Connecticut 6-7 316
    156 5 Da'Norris Searcy SS North Carolina 5-11 223
    157 21 Cortez Allen CB Citadel 6-1 197
    158 16 Ronald Johnson WR Southern California 5-11 199
    159 15 Jacquizz Rodgers RB Oregon State 5-06 196
    160 13 Mark Herzlich OLB Boston College 6-4 244
    161 8 Andre Smith TE Virginia Tech 6-5 269
    162 17 Denarius Moore WR Tennessee 6-0 194
    163 7 Deunta Williams FS North Carolina 6-2 205
    164 16 Ugo Chinasa DE Oklahoma State 6-5 264
    165 18 Vincent Brown WR San Diego State 5-11 187
    166 19 Jeremy Kerley WR TCU 5-10 189
    167 8 Jeremy Beal ILB Oklahoma 6-2 262
    168 22 Ryan Jones CB Northwest Missouri State 5-11 197
    169 9 Josh Bynes ILB Auburn 6-1 240
    170 16 Da'Rel Scott RB Maryland 5-11 211
    171 15 Jah Reid OT UCF 6-7 327
    172 16 Sione Fua DT Stanford 6-2 308
    173 17 Bilal Powell RB Louisville 5-11 207
    174 16 Derek Newton OT Arkansas State 6-5 311
    175 23 Chris L. Rucker CB Michigan State 6-1 195
    176 20 Cecil Shorts III WR Mount Union 6-0 205
    177 5 Brandon Fusco C Slippery Rock 6-4 306
    178 9 Julius Thomas TE Portland State 6-5 246
    179 9 Keith Williams OG Nebraska 6-4 318
    180 14 Brian Rolle OLB Ohio State 5-10 229
    181 21 Ryan Whalen WR Stanford 6-1 202
    182 6 Jeron Johnson SS Boise State 5-10 212
    183 6 Jake Kirkpatrick C TCU 6-2 300
    184 10 Mike Mohamed ILB California 6-3 239
    185 15 Jonas Mouton OLB Michigan 6-1 239
    186 22 Dwayne Harris WR East Carolina 5-10 203
    187 17 Martin Parker DT Richmond 6-2 303
    188 18 Stevan Ridley RB LSU 5-11 225
    189 8 Jerrard Tarrant FS Georgia Tech 6-0 204
    190 18 Cedric Thornton DT Southern Arkansas 6-3 309
    191 23 Dane Sanzenbacher WR Ohio State 5-11 182
    192 4 Henry Hynoski FB Pittsburgh 6-0 257
    193 17 Bryon Stingily OT Louisville 6-5 313
    194 24 Jeff Maehl WR Oregon 6-1 190
    195 11 Tyrod Taylor QB Virginia Tech 6-1 217
    196 25 Darvin Adams WR Auburn 6-2 190
    197 24 Justin Rogers CB Richmond 5-11 180
    198 10 David Arkin OG Missouri State 6-5 300
    199 17 Cliff Matthews DE South Carolina 6-4 257
    200 16 Scott Lutrus OLB Connecticut 6-2 241
    201 9 Eric Hagg FS Nebraska 6-1 209
    202 26 Ricardo Lockette WR Fort Valley State 6-2 211
    203 19 Chris Neild DT West Virginia 6-2 319
    204 18 Markus White DE Florida State 6-4 266
    205 19 Evan Royster RB Penn State