Mocks, tiers and boards ... oh my

April, 18, 2013
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We are now one week away from the NFL draft, and ESPN's draft page is packed with mock drafts, different scenarios, draft boards and other goodies to get you ready for next weekend.

Where do Big East players fit in? All over the place, it seems.

We'll start with Todd McShay's tier rankings , which group players according to ratings.

Seven tiers and 109 players make up the tier rankings, with 10 players from Big East schools making the cut. (We're including Syracuse and Pitt since their players spent their entire careers in the conference.)

TIER 4
Houston DB D.J. Hayden
Syracuse OT Justin Pugh

TIER 5
UConn CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
SMU DE Margus Hunt

TIER 6
UConn LB Sio Moore
Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib

TIER 7
Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene
Cincinnati TE Travis Kelce
Syracuse S Shamarko Thomas
UConn CB Dwayne Gratz

Then there is Mel Kiper Jr., whose "Grade A" draft acts in the best interest of each NFL team, with three rounds of picks per team.

The Big East players' destinations ...

-SMU DE Margus Hunt, Round (38), Arizona Cardinals
-Syracuse OT Justin Pugh, Round 2 (39), New York Jets
-Houston CB D.J. Hayden, Round 2 (43), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-Syracuse S Shamarko Thomas, Round 2 (46), St. Louis Rams
-UConn LB Sio Moore, Round 2 (50), Chicago Bears
-Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene, Round 2 (53), Cincinnati Bengals
-UConn CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Round 2 (54), Miami Dolphins (via Indianapolis Colts)
-Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, Round 3 (71), Buffalo Bills
-UConn LB Trevardo Williams, Round 3 (86), Indianapolis Colts
-Rutgers LB Steve Beauharnais, Round 3 (89), Houston Texans

No Big East players make Kiper's 25-man Big Board , though Kiper has seven players from the conference in his rankings of top-five players by position .

-Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, No. 3 QB
-SMU's Zach Line, No. 4 FB
-Syracuse's Justin Pugh, No. 4 OT
-Rutgers' Steve Beauharnais, No. 5 ILB
-UConn's Sio Moore, No. 4 OLB
-Houston's D.J. Hayden, No. 5 CB
-Syracuse's Shamarko Thomas, No. 4 S

You can also put your spin on the draft by using Kiper's draft tool here , while Scouts Inc. has a comprehensive breakdown of players and positions by rounds .

Matt Fortuna | email

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