Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Pac-12 movement on the 'Big Board'
By Ted Miller
There's some movement on ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper's latest "Big Board" after the NFL combine concluded.
Former California defensive end Cameron Jordan has moved up to No. 14 from 17, but the other three Pac-12 players on the board moved down.
Kiper demotes former USC tackle Tyron Smith from 16th to 18th, Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith from 18th to 20th, and Buffaloes tackle Nate Solder from 15th to 22nd.
For much of the season, Kiper's Big Board also included Washington quarterback Jake Locker, UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers, and Bruins safety Rahim Moore.
Kiper listed Jordan as a "winner" after the combine:
The consensus on Jordan is that he's a guy who could help a team early in his career. What he showed in Indy is that he has the size to man the 3-4 defensive end spot, but even at 6-foot-4, 287 pounds, he has the athleticism to hold up as a strongside 4-3 defensive end. When you are a sharp player, show great versatility and athleticism and have teams convinced you're ready to help, you probably won't last past around pick No. 15.
Kiper also said this about former Oregon defensive tackle Stephen Paea: "Stephen Paea's record on the bench should further help his profile as an anchor D-tackle who can't be moved on the inside."
Kiper listed Ayers as one of the combine "losers."
Ayers got pegged as a really impressive physical talent with a lot of range, but you wouldn't know it as other linebackers who have less of a reputation outperformed him in the drills. His 40 time -- neither run could get below 4.80 -- didn't do him any favors. When much of your upside is dependent on people assuming you have all the physical tools, a showing like this will hurt.