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Thursday, January 13, 2011
DraftWatch2011: Updated Big Board

By Kevin Seifert

Our inaugural 2011 DraftWatch post got lost in the shuffle following quarterback Andrew Luck's surprise announcement that he would bypass the draft and instead return to Stanford next season. This week, we'll take another look at Mel Kiper's updated Big Board, which requires an Insider subscription for full viewing, and extract his top two players at the three positions most likely to be targeted by the NFC North teams whose draft position is set.

(Wow. That was a mouthful.)

The Minnesota Vikings need a quarterback. The Detroit Lions could use help at cornerback and outside linebacker. Here is how Kiper currently rates the elite players at those positions among his top 25 prospects:

8. Blaine Gabbert* (Missouri)
14. Cam Newton* (Auburn)

4. Patrick Peterson* (LSU)
6. Prince Amukamara (Nebraska)

9. Von Miller (Texas A&M)
12. Akeem Ayers* (UCLA)