NFL Draft 2011 Preview: The Top 100 Prospects and Position Rankings

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NFL Draft 2011 Preview: The Top 100 Prospects and Position Rankings
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Alabama DT Marcell Dareus is the MVP (Most Valuable Prospect) of the 2011 NFL Draft

The 2011 NFL Draft is just a few days away and you can finally feel a little excitement starting to build for this year’s event.

Football fans are in need of something like the draft to come along and distract them from the grim lockout talks that have been running rampant over the last few months.

This weekend, fans will finally have something to look forward to in terms of the future of the league.

This year's draft class is loaded with a ton of potential impact players and it should be interesting to see how things unfold given the current situation.

Considering we’re still in full-blown lockout mode, this draft looks to be about as unpredictable as any we’ve seen in recent years.

Thursday night is going to be a fun beginning for what’s shaping up to be a very interesting weekend.

Here’s a look at how I would rank the top 100 prospects based on value, stock and where I believe they will ultimately be selected.

Although all 32 teams have different grades on every player, these are the prospects who I feel have the best chance to come off the board sometime in the first three rounds.

 

2011 NFL Draft: Top-100 Value Board

1. DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama (Junior)

2. OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M (Senior)

3. QB Cam Newton, Auburn (Junior)

4. WR A.J. Green, Georgia (Junior)

5. CB Patrick Peterson, LSU (Junior)

6. QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri (Junior)

7. DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin (Junior)

8. WR Julio Jones, Alabama (Junior)

9. OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College (Senior)

10. DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina (Junior)

11. CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado (Senior)

12. DT Nick Fairley, Auburn (Junior)

13. DE Aldon Smith, Missouri (Redshirt Sophomore)

14. DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue (Senior)

15. DT Corey Liuget, Illinois (Junior)

16. CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska (Senior)

17. OG Mike Pouncey, Florida (Senior)

18. DE Cameron Jordan, Cal (Senior)

19. OT Tyron Smith, USC (Junior)
 
20. RB Mark Ingram, Alabama (Junior)

21. DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson (Junior)

22. QB Jake Locker, Washington (Senior)

23. NT Phil Taylor, Baylor (Senior)

24. QB Christian Ponder, Florida State (Senior)
 
25. QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (Junior)

26. DT/DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple (Junior)

27. DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa (Senior)

28. QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada (Senior)

29. WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh (Junior)

30. OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona (Senior)

31. OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin (Senior)

32. DT/DE Christian Ballard, Iowa (Senior)

33. RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech (Redshirt Sophomore)

34. S Aaron Williams, Texas (Junior)

35. QB Andy Dalton, TCU (Senior)

36. CB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia (Senior)

37. OT Nate Solder, Colorado (Senior)

38. TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame (Junior)

39. WR Jerrel Jernigan, Troy (Senior)

40. OG Danny Watkins, Baylor (Senior)

41. DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State (Senior)

42. OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA (Junior)

43. CB Brandon Harris, Miami (Junior)

44. OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State (Senior)

45. RB Mikel Leshoure, Illinois (Junior)

46. OLB Justin Houston, Georgia (Junior)

47. OT James Carpenter, Alabama (Senior)

48. WR Randall Cobb, Kentucky (Junior)

49. TE Virgil Green, Nevada (Senior)

50. DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina (Senior)

51. WR Titus Young, Boise State (Senior)

52. LB Martez Wilson, Illinois (Junior)

53. WR Torrey Smith, Maryland (Junior)

54. S Rahim Moore, UCLA (Junior)

55. OLB Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh (Senior)

56. WR Greg Little, North Carolina (Senior)

57. DE Allen Bailey, Miami (Senior)

58. OT James Brewer, Indiana (Senior)

59. DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State (Senior)

60. OLB Bruce Carter, North Carolina (Senior)

61. OT Orlando Franklin, Miami (Senior)

62. CB Johnny Patrick, Louisville (Senior)

63. OG Rodney Hudson, Florida State (Senior)

64. OT Marcus Cannon, TCU (Senior)

65. CB/S Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson (Senior)

66. DT Jurrell Casey, USC (Junior)

67. OT/OG Ben Ijalana, Villanova (Senior)

68. WR Edmond Gates, Abilene Christian (Senior)

69. OG Clint Boling, Georgia (Senior)

70. OT Marcus Gilbert, Florida (Senior)

71. RB Taiwan Jones, Eastern Washington (Junior)

72. DE/OLB Sam Acho, Texas (Senior)

73. DT Terrell McClain, South Florida (Senior)

74. RB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State (Senior)

75. CB Curtis Brown, Texas (Senior)

76. RB DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma (Senior)

77. WR Greg Salas, Hawaii (Senior)

78. LB Casey Matthews, Oregon (Senior)

79. OT Jah Reid, Central Florida (Senior)

80. CB Brandon Burton, Utah (Junior)

81. WR Leonard Hankerson, Miami (Senior)

82. RB Shane Vereen, Cal (Junior)

83. CB Jalil Brown, Colorado (Senior)

84. OLB Chris Carter, Fresno State (Senior)

85. OG Will Rackley, Lehigh (Senior)

86. RB Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh (Redshirt Sophomore)

87. DT Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson (Senior)

88. RB Daniel Thomas, Kansas State (Senior)

89. LB Mason Foster, Washington (Senior)

90. CB Buster Skrine, Chattanooga (Senior)

91. LB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina (Senior)

92. WR Tandon Doss, Indiana (Junior)

93. OG/C Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State (Senior)

94. S Quinton Carter, Oklahoma (Senior)

95. TE Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin (Senior)

96. DT Drake Nevis, LSU (Senior)

97. OT Byron Stingily, Louisville (Senior)

98. QB Ricky Stanzi, Iowa (Senior)

99. TE Luke Stocker, Tennessee (Senior)

100. CB Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State (Senior)

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2. OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M

 

And here's a look at my personal position rankings.

These rankings are based on how I feel each player should be rated as a pro prospect. They don't reflect the order in which I believe the players will be picked this weekend.

Quarterbacks

1. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
2. Cam Newton, Auburn
3. Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
4. Christian Ponder, Florida State
5. Jake Locker, Washington
6. Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
7. Andy Dalton, TCU
8. Ricky Stanzi, Iowa
9. Jeff Van Camp, Florida Atlantic
10. Greg McElroy, Alabama
11. Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
12. T.J. Yates, North Carolina
13. Pat Devlin, Delaware
14. Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
15. K.J. Black, Prairie View A&M

Running Backs

1. Mikel Leshoure, Illinois
2. Bilal Powell, Louisville
3. Mark Ingram, Alabama
4. Jordan Todman, Connecticut
5. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
6. Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
7. Derrick Locke, Kentucky
8. Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
9. Johnny White, North Carolina
10. Alex Green, Hawaii
11. Dion Lewis, Pitt
12. DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma
13. Shane Vereen, Cal
14. Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
15. Taiwan Jones, Eastern Washington

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Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett has been dogged by character concerns but you can't deny his unbelievable talent

Fullbacks

1. Owen Marecic, Stanford
2. Anthony Sherman, Connecticut
3. Henry Hynoski, Pitt
4. Patrick DiMarco, South Carolina
5. Shaun Chapas, Georgia

Wide Receivers

1. Julio Jones, Alabama
2. A.J. Green, Georgia
3. Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt
4. Titus Young, Boise State
5. Greg Little, North Carolina
6. Jerrel Jernigan, Troy
7. Tandon Doss, Indiana
8. Leonard Hankerson, Miami
9. Jeremy Kerley, TCU
10. Torrey Smith, Maryland
11. Greg Salas, Hawaii
12. Randall Cobb, Kentucky
13. Edmond Gates, Abilene Christian
14. Vincent Brown, San Diego State
15. Austin Pettis, Boise State

Tight Ends

1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
2. Virgil Green, Nevada
3. Luke Stocker, Tennessee
4. Rob Housler, Florida Atlantic
5. Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
6. Jordan Cameron, USC
7. Zack Pianalto, North Carolina
8. Julius Thomas, Portland State
9. Cameron Graham, Louisville
10. Daniel Hardy, Idaho

H-Backs

1. Charles Clay, Tulsa
2. D.J. Williams, Arkansas
3. Preston Dial, Alabama
4. Stanley Havili, USC
5. Ben Guidugli, Cincinnati

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Alabama WR Julio Jones is the best offensive player in this year's draft

Offensive Tackles

1. Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
2. Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
3. Marcus Cannon, TCU
4. Tyron Smith, USC
5. Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
6. James Carpenter, Alabama
7. Byron Stingily, Louisville
8. Nate Solder, Colorado
9. Marcus Gilbert, Florida
10. James Brewer, Indiana
11. Orlando Franklin, Miami
12. Jah Reid, Central Florida
13. Chris Hairston, Clemson
14. Joseph Barksdale, LSU
15. Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh

Interior Offensive Linemen

1. Rodney Hudson, Florida State
2. Mike Pouncey, Florida
3. Danny Watkins, Baylor
4. Ben Ijalana, Villanova
5. Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
6. Clint Boling, Georgia
7. Alex Linnenkohl, Oregon State
8. Will Rackley, Lehigh
9. Keith Williams, Nebraska
10. Garrett Chisolm, South Carolina
11. John Moffitt, Wisconsin
12. Bryant Browning, Ohio State
13. Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU
14. Zach Hurd, Connecticut
15. DeMarcus Love, Arkansas

Defensive Ends

1. Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
2. Aldon Smith, Missouri
3. Cameron Jordan, Cal
4. Christian Ballard, Iowa
5. J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
6. Robert Quinn, North Carolina
7. Allen Bailey, Miami
8. Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
9. Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson
10. Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh
11. Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
12. Brandon Bair, Oregon
13. Eddie Jones, Texas
14. Ugo Chinasa, Oklahoma State
15. Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State

 

Defensive Tackles

1. Marcell Dareus, Alabama
2. Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
3. Jurrell Casey, USC
4. Nick Fairley, Auburn
5. Phil Taylor, Baylor
6. Marvin Austin, North Carolina
7. Corey Liuget, Illinois
8. Kenrick Ellis, Hampton
9. Terrell McClain, South Florida
10. Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson
11. Stephen Paea, Oregon State
12. Drake Nevis, LSU
13. Ian Williams, Notre Dame
14. Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss
15. Sione Fua, Stanford

3-4 "Rush" Linebackers

1. Von Miller, Texas A&M
2. Chris Carter, Fresno State
3. Akeem Ayers, UCLA
4. Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh
5. Brooks Reed, Arizona
6. K.J. Wright, Mississippi State
7. Justin Houston, Georgia
8. Dontay Moch, Nevada
9. D’aundre Reed, Arizona
10. Sam Acho, Texas
11. Quentin Davie, Northwestern
12. Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma
13. Justin Trattou, Florida
14. Cheta Ozougwu, Rice
15. Steven Friday, Virginia Tech

4-3 Linebackers

Outside

1. Ross Homan, Ohio State
2. Bruce Carter, North Carolina
3. Doug Hogue, Syracuse
4. Mason Foster, Washington
5. Colin McCarthy, Miami
6. Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut
7. Jonas Mouton, Michigan
8. Mark Herzlich, Boston College
9. Brian Rolle, Ohio State
10. D.J. Smith, Appalachian State

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Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan should turn into a star pass rusher in the NFL



Inside

1. Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
2. Martez Wilson, Illinois
3. Greg Jones, Michigan State
4. Casey Matthews, Oregon
5. Mario Harvey, Marshall
6. Nate Irving, North Carolina State
7. Kelvin Sheppard, LSU
8. Akeem Dent, Georgia
9. Alex Wujciak, Maryland
10. Chris White, Mississippi State

 

Cornerbacks

1. Jimmy Smith, Colorado
2. Patrick Peterson, LSU
3. Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
4. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
5. Brandon Burton, Utah
6. Johnny Patrick, Louisville
7. Kendric Burney, North Carolina
8. Curtis Brown, Texas
9. Brandon Harris, Miami
10. Chris L. Rucker, Michigan State
11. Jalil Brown, Colorado
12. Brandon Hogan, West Virginia
13. Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State
14. Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech
15. Buster Skrine, Chattanooga

Safeties

1. Rahim Moore, UCLA
2. Aaron Williams, Texas
3. Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson
4. David Sims, Iowa State
5. Joe Lefeged, Rutgers
6. Robert Sands, West Virginia
7. Ahmad Black, Florida
8. Quinton Carter, Oklahoma
9. Tyler Sash, Iowa
10. Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple
11. Jerrard Tarrant, Georgia Tech
12. DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson
13. Nate Williams, Washington
14. Da’Norris Searcy, North Carolina
15. Eric Hagg, Nebraska

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