Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Breaking down the offensive draft boards
By ESPN.com staff
You've surely seen plenty of mock drafts and draft boards by position by now, but those are all put together by mashing together players' total skill sets.
So what would happen if you broke down those skill sets and re-ranked players in the draft? Todd McShay did exactly that for every draftable offensive player.
Here's a look at what he had to say.
- Missouri's Blaine Gabbert was No. 3 in intelligence and decision-making, behind Greg McElroy of Alabama and TCU's Andy Dalton.
- Gabbert was No. 1 in throwing accuracy.
- He's the Big 12's only draftable quarterback, according to McShay, and ranked No. 1 overall on his positional draft board.
- McShay ranked DeMarco Murray as the No. 1 running back in the draft, according to receiving skill.
- Murray was also No. 1 in pass blocking. Kansas State's Daniel Thomas was No. 2.
- Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter is the Big 12's top back on his positional draft board. Hunter ranks No. 4. Thomas is No. 5. Murray ranked 10th.
- Baylor's Danny Watkins ranked No. 2 in pass blocking among draftable guards.
- Watkins also ranked No. 2 in run blocking among guards.
- He ranked No. 1 in "toughness" among guards.
- Watkins was the No. 6 overall offensive line prospect available. Texas' Kyle Hix was his No. 42 available and Missouri's Tim Barnes was No. 50.