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2011 NFL Draft: Big Board and Position Rankings After Underclassmen Declarations

Danny Flynn@FlynnceptionSenior Analyst IJanuary 16, 2011

Auburn DT Nick Fairley
Auburn DT Nick FairleyChristian Petersen/Getty Images

College Bowl season is officially in the rearview mirror and the NFL Playoffs are winding down to a hopefully exciting climax.

Yes, it’s the middle of January and we only we have a few more precious weekends of football left to savor. In a few weeks, the cold of February will get even chillier once they hang the helmets and shoulder pads up for another long offseason.

Luckily for us fans, we have three solid months of draft talk, speculation and debate to hold us over until mini-camps.

We’ve got the Senior Bowl at the end of January, the Combine in February and various other little Draft events leading up to the late April selection ceremony.

Now that the underclassmen deadline has passed, we’ve finally got a good handle on which elite prospects will be hearing their names called early on in this year’s draft.

Guys like Patrick Peterson, Cam Newton, Nick Fairley, A.J. Green and Da’Quan Bowers are likely to get most of the publicity leading up to draft weekend, but that doesn’t mean this year’s group of players isn’t a deep bunch.

There’s certainly talent to be had outside of Round One, so let’s take a look at some of the top prospects in this year's draft.

The Flynn 40

1. DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
Class: Junior

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 300 lbs

2. DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson
Class: Junior

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 280

3. WR A.J. Green, Georgia
Class: Junior

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 210

4. QB Cam Newton, Auburn
Class: Junior

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 250

5. CB Patrick Peterson, LSU
Class: Junior

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 220

6. OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri
Class: Redshirt Sophomore

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 260

7. WR Julio Jones, Alabama
Class: Junior

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 220

8. QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
Class: Junior

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 240

9. DE Marcell Dareus, Alabama
Class: Junior

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 305

10. QB Jake Locker, Washington
Class: Senior

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 230

11. CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
Class: Senior

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 205

12. OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M
Class: Senior

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 245

13. OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
Class: Senior

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 305

14. QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
Class: Junior

Height: 6'7"

Weight: 240

15. DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
Class: Senior

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 290

16. OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA
Class: Junior

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 255

17. DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
Class: Junior

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 305

18. S Rahim Moore, UCLA
Class: Junior

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 195

19. RB Mark Ingram, Alabama
Class: Junior

Height: 5'10"

Weight: 215

20. DE Cameron Jordan, Cal
Class: Senior

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 285

21. DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina
Class: Junior

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 270

22. TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
Class: Junior

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 265

23. CB Brandon Burton, Utah
Class: Junior

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 185

24. RB Bilal Powell, Louisville
Class: Senior

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 215

25. DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State
Class: Senior

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 310

26. WR Jeremy Kerley, TCU
Class: Senior

Height: 5'10"

Weight: 190

27. DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
Class: Senior

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 285

28. OT Nate Solder, Colorado
Class: Senior

Height: 6'9"

Weight: 305

29. CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
Class: Senior

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 205

30. RB Jordan Todman, UCONN
Class: Junior

Height: 5'9"

Weight: 190

31. OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
Class: Senior

Height: 6'7"

Weight: 315

32. WR Tandon Doss, Indiana
Class: Junior

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 195

33. CB Brandon Harris, Miami
Class: Junior

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 195

34. OT Tyron Smith, USC
Class: Junior

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 285

35. DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
Class: Junior

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 290

36. DT Drake Nevis, LSU
Class: Senior

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 285

37. DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
Class: Senior

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 265

38. OLB Justin Houston, Georgia
Class: Junior

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 260

39. TE D.J. Williams, Arkansas
Class: Senior

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 250

40. RB Mikel Leshoure, Illinois
Class: Junior

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 230

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

Running Backs
1. Mark Ingram, Alabama
2. Bilal Powell, Louisville
3. Jordan Todman, UCONN
4. Mikel Leshoure, Illinois
5. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
6. Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
7. Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
8. Shane Vereen, Cal
9. DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma
10. John Clay, Wisconsin
11. Quizz Rodgers, Oregon State
12. Noel Devine, West Virginia
13. Da'Rel Scott, Maryland
14. Delone Carter, Syracuse
15. Jamie Harper, Clemson

Wide Receivers
1. A.J. Green, Georgia
2. Julio Jones, Alabama
3. Jeremy Kerley, TCU
4. Tandon Doss, Indiana
5. Jerrel Jernigan, Troy
6. Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt
7. DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss
8. Leonard Hankerson, Miami
9. Randall Cobb, Kentucky
10. Titus Young, Boise State
11. Torrey Smith, Maryland
12. Dwayne Harris, East Carolina
13. Ronald Johnson, USC
14. Niles Paul, Nebraska
15. Austin Pettis, Boise State

Tight Ends
1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
2. D.J. Williams, Arkansas
3. Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
4. Luke Stocker, Tennessee
5. Jordan Cameron, USC
6. Virgil Green, Nevada
7. Cameron Graham, Louisville
8. Jeffery Anderson, UAB
9. Preston Dial, Alabama
10. Richard Gordon, Miami
11. Charlie Gantt, Michigan State
12. Andre Smith, Virginia Tech
13. Mike McNeill, Nebraska
14. Zach Pianalto, North Carolina
15. Allen Reisner, Iowa

Offensive Tackles
1. Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
2. Nate Solder, Colorado
3. Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
4. Tyron Smith, USC
5. Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
6. DeMarcus Love, Arkansas
7. Marcus Cannon, TCU
8. Jason Pinkston, Pitt
9. Lee Ziemba, Auburn
10. Derek Hall, Stanford
11. Marcus Gilbert, Florida
12. Willie Smith, East Carolina
13. Joseph Barksdale, LSU
14. Chris Hairston, Clemson
15. Danny Watkins, Baylor

Interior Offensive Lineman
1. Rodney Hudson, Florida State
2. Ben Ijalana, Villanova
3. Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU
4. Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
5. Mike Pouncey, Florida
6. Keith Williams, Nebraska
7. John Moffitt, Wisconsin
8. Justin Boren, Ohio State
9. Kristofer O’Dowd, USC
10. Sampson Genus, South Florida
11. Clint Boling, Georgia
12. Brandon Fusco, Slippery Rock
13. Zane Taylor, Utah
14. Zach Hurd, UConn
15. Stephen Schilling, Michigan

Defensive Tackles
1. Nick Fairley, Auburn
2. Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
3. Stephen Paea, Oregon State
4. Drake Nevis, LSU
5. Christian Ballard, Iowa
6. Corey Liuget, Illinois
7. Jurrell Casey, USC
8. Phil Taylor, Baylor
9. Marvin Austin, North Carolina
10. Kenrick Ellis, Hampton
11. Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss
12. Sione Fua, Stanford
13. Lawrence Guy, Arizona State
14. Sealver Siliga, Utah
15. Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson

Defensive Ends
1. Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson
2. Marcell Dareus, Alabama
3. Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
4. Cameron Jordan. Cal
5. Robert Quinn, North Carolina
6. Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
7. J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
8. Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
9. Allen Bailey, Miami
10. Sam Acho, Texas
11. Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State
12. Jabaal Sheard, Pitt
13. Brandon Bair, Oregon
14. Cliff Matthews, South Carolina
15. Ricky Elmore, Arizona

Outside Linebackers
1. Aldon Smith, Missouri
2. Von Miller, Texas A&M
3. Akeem Ayers, UCLA
4. Justin Houston, Georgia
5. Thomas Keiser, Stanford
6. Bruce Carter, North Carolina
7. Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma
8. Dontay Moch, Nevada
9. Mason Foster, Washington
10. Mark Herzlich, Boston College
11. K.J. Wright, Mississippi State
12. Quentin Davie, Northwestern
13. Jamari Lattimore, Middle Tennessee
14. Chris Carter, Fresno State
15. Lawrence Wilson, UConn

Inside Linebackers
1. Martez Wilson, Illinois
2. Greg Jones, Michigan State
3. Kelvin Sheppard, LSU
4. Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
5. Nate Irving, North Carolina State
6. Josh Bynes, Auburn
7. Mike Mohamed, Cal
8. Jonathan Cornell, Ole Miss
9. Brad Jefferson, Georgia Tech
10. Alex Wujciak, Maryland
11. Mario Harvey, Marshall
12. Casey Matthews, Oregon
13. Ross Homan, Ohio State
14. Derrell Smith, Syracuse
15. Akeem Dent, Georgia

Cornerbacks
1. Patrick Peterson, LSU
2. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
3. Brandon Burton, Utah
4. Jimmy Smith, Colorado
5. Brandon Harris, Miami
6. Aaron Williams, Texas
7. Johnny Patrick, Louisville
8. Curtis Brown, Texas
9. Brandon Hogan, West Virginia
10. Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
11. Brandyn Thompson. Boise State
12. Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State
13. Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech
14. Shareece Wright, USC
15. Kevin Rutland, Missouri

Safeties
1. Rahim Moore, UCLA
2. Ahmad Black, Florida
3. Quinton Carter, Oklahoma
4. DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson
5. Tejay Johnson, TCU
6. Robert Sands, West Virginia
7. Tyler Sash, Iowa
8. Nate Williams, Washington
9. Jermale Hines, Ohio State
10. Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple
11. Deunta Williams, North Carolina
12. Will Hill, Florida
13. Joe Lefeged, Rutgers
14. Dejon Gomes, Nebraska
15. David Sims, Iowa State

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