In an annual audit on how the value grades of the NFL draft stood up once performance came into play after 16 regular-season games, Mel adjusts his grades. Some, such as the Raiders, flew up. Others, such as Baltimore, took massive hits.
ESPN NFL draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. ranks the top 25 pro prospects. The Board becomes the subtext for the mock draft. These are the players who have the most pro potential just before the 2010 college football season.
Mel Kiper breaks down the offseasons and needs of each NFC North team. Among other observations: The Lions defensive line may have improved more than any other position group in the NFL. And, believe it or not, the Bears wideouts have potential.
The NFL offseason cycle: team needs, more team needs, draft, evaluate the draft and still more team needs. Ned Macey tackles the final part of that cycle (the remaining post-draft needs) for the teams in the NFC North.
ESPN NFL draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. ranks the top 25 pro prospects on April 21. The Board now becomes the subtext for the mock draft. This is where you want to go to determine just how much value your team is getting at a certain spot.
The 2011 Big Board is here already. But Mel Kiper has players on his board who could be volatile in terms of stock, meaning they could climb or fall off badly. Ryan Mallett heads a group of talented players who can rise or fall quickly.
Pete Carroll's arrival in the Northwest couldn't have been more controversial. And although the coach has an aggressive style, patience paid off when the Seahawks' war room convened. Mel Kiper was impressed enough to give the Hawks top marks.