Mel Kiper Has Posted His Early Big Board, And Tim Tebow Is Thankfully Nowhere To Be Seen
There are a couple no-brainers, including the #1 pick, last year's Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford. Tennessee safety Eric Berry is #2 on the list, and obviously the first defensive player.
There are 13 defensive players and 12 offensive players. Defensive lineman were represented well, with 8 of the 25 players being defensive ends or defensive tackles.
The Oklahoma Sooners led the way with 4 players. Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, USC and Texas each had 2 players, and no other team had more than 1.
One possibly controversial omission is that of Florida QB Tim Tebow. He won a Heisman in his sophomore year, led the Gators to the National Championship in his junior year, and is arguably the best college football player ever. He doesn't make Kiper's list, however, mostly because he does not appear to be a solid pro-style QQB prospect, and may even end up at a different position once he gets to the NFL.
Here's the list, which you can also see over at ESPN's website, if you have an insider subscription:
1. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
2. Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee
3. Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
4. Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
5. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
6. Taylor Mays, DB, USC
7. Jevan Snead, QB, Mississippi
8. Dez Bryant. WR, Oklahoma State
9. Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
10. Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
11. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
12. Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse
13. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
14. Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
15. Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
16. Greg Hardy, DE, Mississippi
17. Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
18. Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
19. Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
20. Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
21. Jahvid Best, RB, California
22. Damian Williams, WR, USC
23. Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
24. Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
25. Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
Let us know what you think of these initial rankings. Do you think someone was snubbed? Is someone ranked way too high? Would you have swapped some of these players? What do you think?