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Matt De Lima’s Big Board: Top 100 2011 NFL Draft Prospects

With the NFL season over for 30 of the 32 NFL teams, most NFL fans now turn their attention to the 2011 NFL Draft. This year’s class is fully loaded at the defensive end and defensive tackle positions. Ten of the top twenty spots on the Big Board are reserved for those two positions alone.

Many positions are either top heavy or a bit thin. At wide receiver, for example, there is a clear cut top three in Georgia’s A.J. Green, Alabama’s Julio Jones and Pittsburgh’s Jonathan Baldwin. Beyond that, the position is up for grabs.

Another position in a similar situation is cornerback. Many teams are in serious need of help at CB, but the draft only has two elite prospects: LSU’s Patrick Peterson and Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara. Both of those players should be selected in the top 10. The third corner will inevitably be a reach on the Big Board and no player has truly solidified himself as the third best corner.

Of course, you can’t talk about the NFL without talking about quarterbacks and this class is lacking a true superstar. Due to Stanford’s Andrew Luck opting to stay in school, the quarterback rankings are still in flux. The current buzz quarterback is Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, who is projected top 10 pick. While Gabbert had a good year, he wasn’t dominant or special. Last year’s buzz quarterback, Washington’s Jake Locker, plummeted down draft boards after a poor 2010 season. But his precipitous fall has reversed and Locker has returned to a first-round projection.

The two most intriguing prospects at the position are Auburn’s Cam Newton and Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett. Both players have character concerns looming but their NFL-ready size and strong arms keep them relevant in the conversation. Newton was the 2010 Heisman Memorial Trophy winner and will draw many comparisons to Tennessee Titans’ quarterback Vince Young but Newton may be a better passer when looking at each players’ skill-set upon leaving college. Mallett on the other hand may lack Newton’s footwork but can make every throw on the field. His judgment, both on and off the field has come into question recently, yet he remains a potential first-round pick.

The 2011 NFL Draft will take place from April 28 – 30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY.

1. A.J. Green WR Georgia
2. Patrick Peterson CB LSU
3. Da’Quan Bowers DE Clemson
4. Nick Fairley DT Auburn
5. Marcell Dareus DT Alabama
6. Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
7. Robert Quinn DE North Carolina
8. Von Miller OLB Texas A&M
9. Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA
10. Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
11. Julio Jones WR Alabama
12. Stephen Paea DT Oregon St.
13. Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
14. Aldon Smith DE Missouri
15. Cam Newton QB Auburn
16. Jake Locker QB Washington
17. Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
18. Cameron Jordan DE California
19. J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin
20. Tyron Smith OT USC
21. Mark Ingram RB Alabama
22. Corey Liuget DT Illinois
23. Nate Solder OT Colorado
24. Brandon Harris CB Miami (FL)
25. Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas
26. Rahim Moore S UCLA
27. Cameron Heyward DE Ohio St.
28. Jon Baldwin WR Pittsburgh
29. Allen Bailey DE Miami (FL)
30. Bruce Carter OLB North Carolina
31. Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame
32. Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi St.
33. Aaron Williams CB Texas
34. Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
35. Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
36. Greg Jones ILB Michigan St.
37. Mike Pouncey OG Florida
38. Jimmy Smith CB Colorado
39. Drake Nevis DT LSU
40. Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech
41. Marcus Cannon OG TCU
42. Justin Houston OLB Georgia
43. Stefen Wisniewski C Penn St.
44. DeMarcus Love OT Arkansas
45. Rodney Hudson OG Florida St.
46. Jeremy Beal DE Oklahoma
47. Christian Ballard DT Iowa
48. Curtis Brown CB Texas
49. Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois
50. Torrey Smith WR Maryland
51. Ben Ijalana OT Villanova
52. Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia
53. Jerrel Jernigan WR Troy
54. Martez Wilson ILB Illinois
55. Titus Young WR Boise St.
56. Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple
57. Mark Herzlich OLB Boston College
58. Brandon Burton CB Utah
59. Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh
60. Orlando Franklin OT Miami (FL)
61. Leonard Hankerson WR Miami (FL)
62. Mason Foster OLB Washington
63. Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin
64. Jurrell Casey DT USC
65. Quan Sturdivant ILB North Carolina
66. Randall Cobb WR Kentucky
67. Rashad Carmichael CB Virginia Tech
68. Dontay Moch OLB Nevada
69. Jerrell Powe DT Ole Miss
70. DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma
71. Quinton Carter S Oklahoma
72. Ricky Stanzi QB Iowa
73. Phil Taylor DT Baylor
74. Brooks Reed DE Arizona
75. Shane Vereen RB California
76. D.J. Williams TE Arkansas
77. Terrell McClain DT South Florida
78. Terrence Toliver WR LSU
79. Pat Devlin QB Delaware
80. Johnny Patrick CB Louisville
81. Greg Little WR North Carolina
82. Jason Pinkston OT Pittsburgh
83. Lee Ziemba OT Auburn
84. Luke Stocker TE Tennessee
85. Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma St.
86. DeAndre McDaniel S Clemson
87. Greg Romeus DE Pittsburgh
88. Danny Watkins OG Baylor
89. Jordan Todman RB Connecticut
90. Deunta Williams S North Carolina
91. Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU
92. Jarvis Jenkins DT Clemson
93. Nate Irving ILB North Carolina St.
94. Ronald Johnson WR USC
95. Sam Acho DE Texas
96. Davon House CB New Mexico St.
97. Noel Devine RB West Virginia
98. John Moffitt OG Wisconsin
99. Steven Friday DE Virginia Tech
100. Joseph Barksdale OT LSU

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Matt De Lima is the guy behind the guy behind the guy. Born and raised near Los Angeles, CA during simpler times where the Rams and Raiders both played there. Back when Eddie Murphy was funny and people still listened to Whitney Houston's music. A graduate of Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), he's played fantasy sports for the last 10 years and began writing down his opinions in 2010. You remember that fantasy football league you were in last season, there was that one team that somehow had Aaron Rodgers, Chris Johnson, and Andre Johnson? Matt was that guy. You should listen to him. Follow his exclusive content @ OpenSports.com

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