Meanwhile, I just saw Mel Kiper's list of prospects for 2006 NFL Draft, and I really don't think he is serious. He must be intentionally pissing particular players off whose teams he plans on betting on, namely, TROY SMITH, QB, Ohio State. Not only is he not on the board, but he has 6-7 QBs ranked ahead of him! Kyle Wright is one of them! KYLE WRIGHT!!!
Apparently, Kiper didn't watch the Notre Dame/Ohio State game, but that didn't stop him from putting Brady Quinn on top. Brady Quinn will be a decent NFL QB. He looked more confused than our President the one time he faced a tough team.
Kenny Irons of Auburn is one of his top backs. KENNY IRONS! Have you seen this guy play football? He is so average that every RB in college football has just been immensely insulted.
Here's Kiper's list from a few year's back, before the April of the upcoming draft:
1. Mike Williams (jr.), WR, USC (6-foot-5, 230 pounds)
Mike Williams won't be playing for USC this season but he's still the top prospect for 2005.
Williams is only a junior but dominated the collegiate game for two full years before his bid to join the NFL draft as a sophomore was ended by the courts and he was declared ineligible by the NCAA. Williams has made it clear he will enter the 2005 draft, and if he can stay in shape and keep his weight at or below 230 he is easily the best receiver in a group that has little in the way of imposing physical stature.
Williams likely would have been a top-10 pick last season and should be the same this year if he keeps himself in good condition. His size, strength and toughness make Williams a tremendous package who can use his body control and hands to go after the ball over smaller defenders. His two-year totals at USC - Okay, fair pick, but he did go ten.
2. Corey Webster, CB, LSU 6-0, 205)
Recorded seven interceptions and five pass breakups last season. Webster is a super blue-chip cover man who has also seen time at wide receiver during fall camp.
-Second round to the Giants, who don't have much faith. Sorry, but a non-structural knee injury in college doesn't make this guy drop from second pick, to second round.
Kiper, like everyone else, buys into the hype, and apparently he bought into the hype of the national title game. If Justin Vincent hadn't been a freshman the year LSU had won, he'd be the NUMBER ONE PLAYER ON THIS BOARD. Instead, Vincent was often third string last year.
3. Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn (5-10½, 207)
A very creative and deceptively strong runner who has few peers in terms of pure running skills. Williams does not have imposing size but can still get tough inside yards, a skill which contributed to his 1,307 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He needs to work on catching the ball out of the backfield, but that's about it.
-He's no KENNY IRONS!
4. Charlie Frye, QB, Akron (6-3½, 229)
If things play out right for Frye he could become this year's version of Ben Roethlisberger, the former Miami (OHIO) quarterback who was the 11th overall pick last season. Frye will have to get better protection this season, but his physical skills should allow him to thrive in the offense of new head coach J.D. Brookhart, the former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator. Despite being nicked up at times last year Frye still threw for 3,549 yards and 22 touchdowns while gaining another 510 yards and seven scores on the ground.
-In the NFL, and fair at best.
5. Derrick Johnson, OLB, Texas (6-3, 233)
Led the Longhorns with 125 tackles last season, including 20 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Johnson will finish his career with over 400 total tackles and has also intercepted eight passes over the last two seasons.
-Best rookie last year.
6. Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma (5-10, 188)
Clayton set new standards for OU wide receivers last year with his 83 receptions for a 17.2-yard average and 15 touchdowns. He has a TD reception in 13 of the team's last 17 games thanks in large part to his excellent open-field running ability.
-Decent WR, who will get better.
7. Cedric Benson, RB, Texas (5-10½, 222)
Not a flashy back but one who will have more than enough yards at the end of the day. Benson has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his three collegiate seasons and has scored 45 rushing touchdowns over that same span.
8. David Pollack, DE, Georgia (6-2½, 265)
Not physically imposing, Pollack plays with incredible intensity and passion. He is quick off the ball, has great closing speed and wreaks havoc as a pass rusher, as evidenced by his 28 quarterback pressures last season..
9. Alex Barron, OT, Florida State (6-7, 325)
Athletically gifted with great footwork as a pass blocker, Barron has a chance to be a top-10 overall pick.
10. Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn (6-0, 230)
Brown rushed for over 1,000 yards as a replacement for the injured Cadillac Williams in 2002, and despite getting just 446 yards last season as the backup he has the size, instincts, power and quickness to put up unbelievable numbers. Brown would be a Heisman candidate if he were the clear No. 1 on the depth chart.
11. Anttaj Hawthorne, DT, Wisconsin (6-2½, 315)
Has been as impressive in the Big Ten as former Badger Wendell Bryant, who as the 12th overall pick in 2002. Unlike Bryant, though, Hawthorne is going into the season underrated despite being an All-Big Ten selection last season after recording 20 tackles for loss.
-Not in the NFL. Drafted by Raiders in 7th round.
12. Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami (6-0½, 200)
Rolle has consistently proven his mettle against the top wideouts in the country. A perfect example of that came last year when he shut down former Pittsburgh wideout and eventual No. 3 overall draft pick Larry Fitzgerald.
-In Zona, so know one really knows...
13. Marlin Jackson, CB, Michigan (6-0½, 202)
A versatile performer who played safety last season but has switched back to corner. Jackson has great size and top-notch athletic ability to go with that experience.
-Decent CB, late first round pick by Colts. GOt beat a lot in college.
14. Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma (6-4, 265)
Cody increased his tackle total from 16 in 2002 to 43 last year, his TFL from five to 17 and his sacks from three to 10.
-Oversized, slowish LB drafted in 2nd round by Ravens.
15. Marcus Spears, DE, LSU (6-4¼, 293)
A former high school star at both tight end and defensive end, Spears responded big-time last season to the challenge of playing in Nick Saban's defensive system. Spears had 49 tackles, including 13 for lost yardage and six sacks.
-Actually nailed this one.
16. Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan (6-2½, 210)
Came on late last year and could be one of the most feared offensive weapons in the Big Ten this year thanks to his combination of size and athleticism. Edwards will drop a catchable ball every now and then, but overall he just about has it all.
-Top WR taken.
17. Ben Wilkerson, C, LSU (6-3½, 296)
A smart, hard-working player who is strong in both the upper and lower body. Wilkerson has great technique and is also LSU's deep snapper.
-I believe drafted this year, and late.
18. DeMarcus Ware, DE, Troy (6-4, 235)
Last year Ware had 16 TFL and 32 quarterback hurries even a schedule that included Kansas State, Minnesota, Marshall, Nebraska and Virginia. He will have a chance to prove himself against top competition again this year as Marshall, Missouri, South Carolina and LSU are all on the schedule.
19. Charles Frederick, WR, Washington (5-10½, 189)
A tremendous double threat, Frederick is a blue-chip punt returner who averaged 11.7 per return last season to lead the nation. He also caught 59 passes last year as the No. 2 receiver behind Reggie Williams but will be the go-to guy this year.
-Average player. Don't know where he is.
20. Walter Reyes, RB, Syracuse (5-9½, 207)
Reyes has great balance in traffic and can pick up significant yards after initial contact. He rushed for 1,347 yards and 20 touchdowns last season.
-Known solely as Maurice Clarett's cousin. Non-factor.
21. Dan Orlovsky, QB, Connecticut (6-4½, 230)
Orlovsky is blessed with ideal size and has a strong arm that can light opponents up despite a delivery that lacks ideal quickness. Still, Orlovsky passed for 3,485 yards and 33 TDs last season and should get plenty more attention this year.
22. Shaun Cody, DL, USC (6-4, 288)
Could see time at both end and tackle this season after a 2003 season that included six sacks, 10½ TFL and three blocked field goals.
-Second round, Lions.
23. Lance Mitchell, ILB, Oklahoma (6-2¼, 244)
Mitchell left a big hole in the OU lineup after injuring his knee in the third game of the year and sitting out the remainder of the schedule. He back and healthy, hoping to revert to his 2002 form when he had 124 tackles and 19 tackles for loss.
-Got hurt, never recovered.
24. Terrence Murphy, WR, Texas A&M (6-0½, 193)
A former high school quarterback who is extremely versatile. Murphy hauled in 44 balls last year for an average of 17.3 yards per catch, and also averaged 27.2 yards on 23 kickoff returns.
-Yo!!! Nowhere near first round talent.
25. James Butler, S, Georgia Tech (6-2, 210)
One of the most improved players in the nation last season, Butler had 119 total tackles and five interceptions from his free safety spot.
-On the Giants, decent player.
Okay, so that's fine, he's allowed to be wrong. I'm wrong all the time. But the thing of it is, it's not my ONLY JOB TO GET IT RIGHT! He has so many scrubs on this list it's scary.
Here are a list of players who went in this draft who he doesn't have on his "Big Board":
Lets start with, oh, I don't know, the NUMBER ONE OVERALL PICK, ALEX SMITH, UTAH! The number one pick, not on his board. Fair enough, I didn't know much about Smith, but then again, it's not MY JOB TOO KNOW!
Adam "Pacman" Jones, top CB taken, not on list.
Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn, not on list.
Shawn Merriman, Maryland, not on list.
Jamal Brown, OT, Oklahoma, not on list.
Thomas Davis, LB/SS, Georgia, not on list.
Travis Johnson, DE, FSU, not on list.
Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska, not on list.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Cal, not on list.
Jason Campbell, QB, Auburn, not on list.
Chris Spencer, C, NC State, not on list.
Roddy White, WR, Ala-Birm, not on list.
Luis Castillo, DT, Northwestern, not on list.
Heath Miller, TE, Virginia, not on list.
Mike Patterson, DT, USC, not on list.
Okay, it'd be one thing to not get Roddy White, but he did get Terrance Murphy! Point being, he pretends to know about the obscure, when he doesn't really get that part correct. The rest of these players are from MAJOR schools. Nebraska, Oklahoma, Auburn, Georgia, Virginia, USC, not exactly the minor schools, and yet, he gets it wrong.
In the end, this guy doesn't know dick about shit. He repeats what he hears, and probably does minimal work watching games. Even if he does maximum work, how much time can he really have? What does he know? Did he ever play football? Does he have journalism skills like John Clayton? I just don't get it, why ESPN has made this guy the "guru." Get me a former player, or former scouts, or someone with a clue.
In the end, this guy made his name by telling Colts owner Jim Irsay that he's an idiot for not taking Trent Dilfer. Trent Dilfer. Oh, my bad, he's a Superbowl Champion...riiiiight.
ESPN should stop paying this guy because no one buys his garbage.
Come this time next year his current list will be as clueless as the rest of his lists. And I assure you, Troy Smith will be in the Top 10 in the NFL Draft, and Drew Stanton will not be. Tyrone Moss and Michael Hart will be ahead of Kenny Irons, as will Adrian Peterson. These are facts.