Friday, March 16, 2012
RG3, Blackmon moving up draft boards
By ESPN.com staff
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay released their respective updated draft boards after a few pro days across the landscape, and here's where the Big 12 talents landed.
No. 2: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (last week: 3)
Griffin's ridiculous 4.41-second 40-yard dash and impressive interview sessions at the combine pushed him into the No. 2 spot on the board. The Washington Redskins paid a huge price -- first-round picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and a second-rounder in 2012 -- to the St. Louis Rams to move into the No. 2 overall pick, and it's all but a certainty they will select Griffin.
Griffin also moved from No. 3 to No. 2 on Kiper's board .
Justin Blackmon moved up from No. 8 to No. 6 on McShay's board.
"Blackmon ran the 40 in the 4.5-second range at his recent pro day, and with that speed plus his route-running, hands and physical style, he is the clear-cut No. 1 wideout on the board," McShay wrote.
Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill fell from No. 13 to No. 17, however.
"Surgery on a broken foot has prevented Tannehill from working out to this point, so his pro day will be important for his final evaluation," McShay wrote. "His physical tools are impressive and he is raw as a quarterback, but his potential is intriguing and could make him a top-10 pick."
Kendall Wright also fell from No. 22 to No. 25 on McShay's board, but moved to No. 23 from No. 24 on Kiper's board.
"He lost a little ground when his combine performance was average but ran well at his pro day," Kiper wrote. "I think the tape will win out. Wright plays fast in pads, beats people deep and has good hands. He can be the second receiver off the board."