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Matt McGuire's 2011 NFL Draft Prospects
Top 5 By Position - Offense

These rankings do not reflect where these players will go in the draft or how I think they will fall in the draft. It is just how good I think these players are on my personal draft board.

I have a key to better understand my star system:
: Elite Prospect
: Top 8 Prospect
: Solid First-Round Prospect
: Fringe First-Round Prospect; Very Strong Round 2 Prospect
: Second-Round Prospect
: Third-Round Prospect
: 4th-5th Round Prospect
: Late Round/Undrafted Free Agent

Matt McGuire's 2011 NFL Draft Prospects:
Top Five Defensive Players By Position

Sept. 2, 2010


  1. Jake Locker, Washington
    Consensus top quarterback prospect in the nation, and must build on junior campaign after throwing away chance at No. 1 overall pick in 2010 NFL Draft.

  2. Christian Ponder, Florida State
    Good passing instincts, nice mechanics, athleticism. Has a solid arm. A well-rounded quarterback prospect going under the radar in Tallahasse.

  3. Nathan Enderle, Idaho
    Love his accuracy and efficiency in a pro-style passing attack.

  4. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
    Big arm, but there isn't much else here to get excited about. Inaccurate with bad mechanics, he's a stiff athlete and all hype.

  5. Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M
    Physical skill set is absolutely there, but seems to not be a natural at the position. He could prove me wrong next season and I hope he does.

Running Backs

  1. Mark Ingram, Alabama
    Heisman trophy winner has the talent to be a No. 1 back in the NFL. He's a top 20 pick.

  2. Shane Vereen, California
    Highly underrated talent in the West Coast who has the speed, moves and talent to have a big year.

  3. Demarco Murray, Oklahoma
    Good third down back with speed and hands, but is a mediocre back between the tackles. A poor-man's Reggie Bush.

  4. Noel Devine, West Virginia
    Love his speed and game-breaking ability, but he can't be any better than Darren Sproles in the NFL. Size is a huge problem.

  5. Allen Bradford, USC
    Tough, physical runner with solid intangibles off the field.


  1. Stanley Havili, USC
    Prototypical West Coast offense fullback. Has the athleticism, hands and talent to really make plays.

  2. Owen Marecic, Stanford
    Excellent run blocker and looks like a starter at the next level.

  3. Ben Guidugli, Cincinnati
    Very tough football player, but might struggle to make a roster.

Wide Receivers

  1. A.J. Green, Georgia
    Great route runner and is a huge vertical threat in the passing game. Consensus top receiver currently on the board.

  2. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
    Possesses a huge frame and natural receiving skills with athleticism to boot. He's a shoe-in for the first round.

  3. Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
    Baldwin is the stereotypical possession receiver who can catch anything and uses his length, but lacks some speed and isn't a burner.

  4. Julio Jones, Alabama
    Too inconsistent last season and needs to step it up in 2010 for me to rank him higher. We all know the talent is there, now it is time for Jones to take over or become a second-round pick like Limas Sweed or Malcolm Kelly.

  5. Terrance Toliver, Louisiana State
    Underrated player who looks to be a big, threatening No. 2 receiver in the league.

Tight Ends

  1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
    Athletic and can do some serious damage after the catch, and isn't a poor in-line blocker either.

  2. Jeffrey Anderson, UAB
    Vertical threat at the position with great hands - he's one to keep an eye on.

  3. Wesley Saunders, South Carolina
    Everyone loves his skill set, but he didn't live up to his potential in 2009.

  4. D.J. Williams, Arkansas
    The Arkansas passing game makes him look better than he is. Isn't much more than a backup tight end at the next level with starting potential.

  5. Rob Housler, Florida Atlantic
    Lanky tight end with talent, but must put on some muscle mass to his frame.

Offensive Tackles

  1. Joe Barksdale, Louisiana State
    I don't really feel like this is a competition at the moment. On tape, he blows every other tackle prospect out of the water with his outstanding technique and athleticism. My main concern is he misses some assignments.

  2. Demarcus Love, Arkansas
    Talented tackle prospect, but must refine his skills to be a first-round pick in 2010. Athleticism is there to be a potential left tackle and can play four positions on the line.

  3. Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
    Zone blocking scheme left tackle who reminds me a lot of Ryan Harris.

  4. Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
    Overrated talent with bad feet and marginal athleticism. Not a natural knee bender. No way he's a first-round pick.

  5. James Carpenter, Alabama
    Solid tackle prospect who looks like a potential starter on the right side because of his run blocking and size.


  1. Mike Pouncey, Florida
    Size, athleticism and tenacity are all where you want it to be. Leverage and awareness could improve next season.

  2. Nate Potter, Boise State
    Moving from left tackle to left guard this season, and might have the talent to play tackle at next level.

  3. John Moffitt, Wisconsin
    Very strong, tough guard prospect in the stereotypical Wisconson mold. Loves to get physical at the line and get nasty.


  1. Kris O'Dowd, USC
    Has some durability concerns, but I don't doubt his talent level or production.

  2. Stefen Wisniewki, Penn State
    Wisniewski is the prototypical center for the zone blocking scheme and reminds me a lot of Jeff Saturday.

  3. Ryan Bartholomew, Syracuse
    Well-rounded center prospect with intelligence, instincts, strength, size and agility.

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