This is my senior Big Board for the 2011 NFL Draft. My talent evaluation consists of hundreds of hours of game tape analysis as well as a players' intangible makeup. The 2010 college football season will be upon us after a grueling summer of waiting for the gridiron to come in the fall, but in the meantime, let's evaluate the senior class of prospects.
I have a key to better understand my star system:
: Elite Talent
: Top-8 Talent
: Solid First-Round Talent
: Fringe First-Round Talent; Very Strong Round 2 Talent
: Second-Round Talent
Jake Locker, QB, Washington
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh
Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
Joe Barksdale, T, Louisiana St.
Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
Jerrelle Powe, NT, Ole Miss
Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina
DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson
Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina
Kris O'Dowd, C, USC
Mike Pouncey, G, Florida
Christian Ponder, QB, Florida St.
Demarcus Love, T, Arkansas
Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
Greg Jones, OLB, Michigan St.
Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio St.
Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma
Allen Bailey, DT, Miami FL
Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn St.
Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi St.
Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College
Terrance Toliver, WR, Louisiana St.
Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
*Denotes 4-3 Defensive End ONLY
**Denotes 3-4 Rush Linebacker ONLY
Honestly 49ers need so much work, might as well turn the 2 pck into multiple. If they don't I would love to see allen from bama because the 49ers are invested in two young ends. I think switching to a 4-3 will help armstead and buckner since they are so lengthy. Pair those two up with a nose tackle who will attract attention from a guard and make armstead and buckner face one on once matchups will be helpful for them. If not allen I would love to see a trade back get jabrill peppers and have him as a tampa 2 linebacker/safety (Urlacher anyone?). have a new kind of version of the 4-4 defense where it would have 3 linebackers and 3 safeties. one for pass one to help the rush, and the other as a multi function player.
With the default order as provided by WF, the aim of this mock is to explore what would go down if the draft didn't see any trades on day one- which is very possible, as most people are forgetting. The shock value is not in the unlikely pick swaps that people like to dream up, myself included, but rather in the picks themselves. I'm not trying to write the same mock as everyone else here, so some of these selections might surprise you, and that's the point. Enjoy, and please give feedback! Thanks.