Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Peterson rules Kiper's final Big Board
By Tim Graham
Mel Kiper's final Big Board was posted Wednesday afternoon at ESPN Insider, and Louisiana State cornerback Patrick Peterson remained in the top spot.
The Big Board slots the top 25 players in order of their value, not where Kiper projects they'll be drafted. Peterson commonly is going off the board around the seventh slot in mock drafts.
Kiper still rates Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers sixth in this year's draft class despite concerns about his surgically repaired knee. Bowers could tumble into the second half of the first round because of it.
The only quarterbacks on the chart are Missouri's Blaine Gabbert at No. 14, Auburn's Cam Newton at No. 15 and Washington's Jake Locker in the final No. 25 slot.
Nine defensive linemen made the last Big Board.