Thursday, February 25, 2010
Haden, McClain move up on Big Board
By ESPN.com staff
Florida cornerback Joe Haden and Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain have both moved up on Mel Kiper's latest Big Board of the top prospects in the NFL draft.
With the NFL combine kicking off this week, Haden is now No. 5 and McClain No. 8. The top SEC player on Kiper's board is Tennessee safety Eric Berry, who's No. 3.
Kiper has Berry as his top safety, Haden as his top cornerback and McClain as his top linebacker, further validation of the caliber of defensive talent the SEC produces year in and year out.
Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams has also moved up to No. 17.
The Vols are the only team in the country with two defenders ranked among Kiper's top 20 prospects, which doesn't exactly back up former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin's repeated claims last season that the Vols were hurting for talent.
Florida joins Oklahoma as the only two teams nationally with three players on Kiper's Big Board. Center Maurkice Pouncey is No. 18 and defensive end Carlos Dunlap is No. 22.