SB Nation's Mocking the Draft has posted a big board of the 32 best players available in the 2011 NFL Draft, and none of it is terribly surprising. Note that it is not a mock draft, but rather a list of the top talents available - even though it does work in the order of some mocks.â†µ
The top 10 talents according to Mocking the Draft?â†µ
â†µâ†µ Rankâ†µ Playerâ†µ Positionâ†µ Collegeâ†µ â†µâ†µ 1â†µ Patrick Petersonâ†µ CBâ†µ LSUâ†µ â†µâ†µ 2â†µ Von Millerâ†µ LBâ†µ Texas A&Mâ†µ â†µâ†µ 3â†µ Da'Quan Bowersâ†µ DEâ†µ Clemsonâ†µ â†µâ†µ 4â†µ Marcell Dareusâ†µ DLâ†µ Alabamaâ†µ â†µâ†µ 5â†µ A.J. Greenâ†µ WRâ†µ Georgiaâ†µ â†µâ†µ 6â†µ Nick Fairleyâ†µ DTâ†µ Auburnâ†µ â†µâ†µ 7â†µ Prince Amukamaraâ†µ CBâ†µ Nebraskaâ†µ â†µâ†µ 8â†µ Julio Jonesâ†µ WRâ†µ Alabamaâ†µ â†µâ†µ 9â†µ Tyron Smithâ†µ OTâ†µ USCâ†µ â†µâ†µâ†µ 10â†µ Robert Quinnâ†µ DE/OLBâ†µ UNCâ†µ
It's not surprising to me that neither Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton are in the top 10 talents - but at least one if not both will likely go in the top 10. Dallas, who holds the ninth overall pick, has been linked to Tyron Smith in past mock drafts, and Smith is rated as the ninth best talent in the draft on this list.â†µ
It'll be interesting to see
what Jason Garrett does with his first pick as a head coach, err, how Jerry Jones will screw this up, how the Cowboys handle the draft and if teams would be willing to overpay to trade up if Newton or Gabbert remain available at No. 9 overall.