Two draft pundits, Mel Kiper and Mike Mayock have recently revealed their 'big boards' as the momentum builds towards the 2009 NFL draft. Click on their names to see the lists. Both have included only seniors to date as we wait to see who declares. The deadline to declare for the NFL draft is January 15th.
Interestingly, neither appears particularly high on offensive tackle Michael Oher. Mayock lists him at number 11 on his board, Kiper has him a little higher in 9th. In fact both experts list Jason Smith higher, he's as high as second on Kiper's rankings and 5th on Mayock's.
James Laurinaitis, who many thought could have been a top 15 pick in last year's draft, appears to be seeing his stock take a hit. Mayock has him at 13th and Kiper at 15th.
They agree on a few of picks. Both have line backer Aaron Curry (Wake Forest) top of their rankings. Tight End Brandon Pettigrew of Oklahoma State is ranked fourth by both. B.J. Raji, defensive tackle (Boston College) is ranked eigth by the duo.
Duke Robinson, guard from Oklahoma and much fancied by a number of Seahawks fans, only finds his way to 22nd on Kiper's big board and isn't included amongst Mayock's top 20 either. He looks like a second round pick at best right now.