2011 NFL Draft: Strengths and Weaknesses for Top 20 Big Board Prospects

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2011 NFL Draft: Strengths and Weaknesses for Top 20 Big Board Prospects
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My latest mock draft projections came out yesterday and I even surprised myself while making a few selections.

The scenarios created this year by quarterback-needy teams without the opportunity to touch free agency has made things a bit hectic.

Today, however, we are not focusing on the teams in question, but more specifically the players that will likely be selected in the top half of the draft.

Everything from 40-times to medical concerns has been considered and there really are not too many surprises in the top 20 of my big board.

Patrick Peterson is easily my No. 1 prospect. He's the most gifted player in this draft, should be a Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl candidate and is arguably the best defensive back prospect since Charles Woodson entered the league in 1998.

Three of the next four players in the top five come out of the SEC (Marcell Dareus-No. 2, A.J. Green-No. 3, Nick Fairley-No. 5) with Texas A&M's Von Miller breaking things up at No. 4.

My top 10 is rounded out by Da'Quan Bowers, Prince Amukamara, Cameron Jordan, Julio Jones and Robert Quinn.

The 11-20 prospects feature four defensive ends (J.J. Watt-No. 14, Aldon Smith-No. 17, Ryan Kerrigan-No. 19, Adrian Clayborn-No. 20); three quarterbacks (Cam Newton-No. 12, Blaine Gabbert-No. 16, Jake Locker-No.18); two offensive tackles (Anthony Castonzo-No. 13, Tyron Smith-No. 15) and one running back (Mark Ingram-No. 11).

Nothing crazy, these players have all earned their way into the top 20, and today we are going to break down their strengths and weaknesses heading into the draft.

Wes O'Donnell covers all things football for Bleacher Report. He is best followed on Twitter for timely updates.

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