2011 NFL Draft Stock Watch: Players That I Rank Higher Than Others

Taiwan Jones: Chris Johnson (Speed/Skill) Meets (Looks) Marshawn Lynch

After Mark Ingram, you have to consider Taiwan the second best player at the position because of his unmatched play-making ability and speed -forget the fact he played at EWU; Chris Johnson played at ECU.

  1. Taiwan Jones, RB from Eastern Washington, is skyrocketing up team’s draft boards; and rightfully so.  Jones has the rare, game-changing speed coveted around the NFL and can make plays, period.  Taiwan will be a difference-maker wherever he is drafted and I undoubtedly would invest a first-round pick on him.  If he does not go at least early second round, teams will pay.  He is the second best back in this class behind Alabama’s Mark Ingram. Third is Kendall Hunter from Oklahoma State. Four is Jacquizz Rodgers out of Oregon State. I believe all four backs, if healthy, will generate over 1,000 all-purpose yards in their rookie campaigns.  Who said the RB’s are weak this year?
  2. Bruce Carter (North Carolina) is the best linebacker.  If not for a torn ACL, he would be a lock for the first round.  He is the most completed and talented ‘backer.  His fellow teammates on the defensive line, Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin, also should not be passed up on, due to off-field issues alone.  I feel this Tar Heel trio will be immediate impact defenders in ’11.  Also, don’t forget safety Deunta Williams and linebacker Quan Sturdivant. The pair of members in the back seven can flat-out play and will contribute immediately on Sundays.
  3. Jordan Cameron, TE from Southern California, is the next big thing at TE.  A former basketball player, endorsed by his buddy Blake Griffin, Cameron is a first-round talent who will go later than he should.  TE-needy teams should not pass on him in the second round.  Look for a smart, playoff team to select him and Jordan to reward them in the postseason with some big-time plays.  He’s going to give you 7-8 touchdowns as a rook.
  4. Cam Jordan (California) is the best defensive lineman.  He’s the closest thing to Julius Peppers/Mario Williams that I see.  He will give opposing offensive tackles fits because of his unreal athleticism.  I also like his personality and the way he handles his business.  He will be a special, special player from day one.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a pick or two.  Perennial Pro-Bowler.  A “sky is the limit” type player who is still learning and will only improve.  UNC’s Quinn is my second-rated defensive lineman.
  5. Two sleepers to keep an eye on that will go 3rd round or later: Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State and Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska. I think Paul can have a Mike Williams-esque impact first year and Marsh has the ability to be the second best corner behind Patrick Peterson. With Marsh, he will get unfairly downgraded because of the school he attended.  Paul doesn’t have the flashy numbers because he played with a running QB in College.

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