Thursday, September 16, 2010
Big 12 backs topping Kiper's Big Board
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper revised his list of the top five seniors at each position for the 2011 NFL Draft, and the Big 12 is heavily represented, but nowhere as noticeably as at running back.
Kiper's top three senior running backs are Daniel Thomas, DeMarco Murray and Kendall Hunter, who wasn't on his top 5 in April, but has moved on with an impressive return.
Here's what Kiper had to say:
Thomas isn't the top overall back in the draft class -- he's behind Mark Ingram -- but he could move up the charts with a similar level of productivity in his senior year. So far, so good. He's off to a monster start after shredding UCLA.
You'll need ESPN Insider to read the whole thing, but here are a few other Big 12 notes. Again, this list is only for seniors:
- Texas A&M's Jerrod Johnson has moved up to Kiper's fourth-best quarterback. No. 5 is Idaho's Nathan Enderle, who Nebraska got a look at last weekend, but they'll face No. 1 this weekend, Jake Locker. Oklahoma saw his No. 2, Christian Ponder, last weekend.
- Nebraska's Niles Paul tops the list of receivers and Mike McNeill is Kiper's No. 3 tight end.
- Colorado's Nate Solder is the No. 2 tackle prospect.
- Three Big 12 cornerbacks made the list: Nebraska's Prince Amukamara (No. 1), Colorado's Jimmy Smith (No. 3) and Texas' Curtis Brown (No. 5).
- Oklahoma's Jeremy Beal is the No. 5 defensive end and Adrian Taylor is the No. 5 defensive tackle.
- Von Miller is the Big 12's only representative at outside linebacker. Kiper ranks him No. 2.
- Oklahoma's Quinton Carter ranks as the No. 3 safety.
- Special teams representatives were Nebraska's Alex Henery (No. 2 kicker) and Baylor's Derek Epperson (No. 2 punter).
Here's what his list looked like back in April.