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PoD Community Lions Big Board 2012 -- The Results Are In!

Thank you to everyone who turned in a big board.

I've compiled the results, and here is the final big board, ordered by each player's average ranking:

1. Matt Kalil - OT, USC (average ranking: 1.6471, highest: 1, lowest: 6, "expert" rank: 2 [behind only Andrew Luck])

No surprise that the top prospect at one of the most critical positions on the field is the favorite for the Lions to draft if they could, especially in light of Jeff Backus' age and no heir apparent.

2. Morris Claiborne - CB, LSU (average ranking: 2.2941, highest: 1, lowest: 5, "expert" rank: 5)

Another pick that most of us could have called right off the bat. The elite corner from LSU would be a great perfect match of need and value if only we had a top-5 pick.

3. David DeCastro - OG, Stanford (average ranking: 5.0000, highest: 2, lowest: 14, "expert" rank: 8)

Wow, an interior lineman as the third-most wanted player in this draft. I knew he'd be ranked high, and he was my 14th favorite for the Lions to go after, but I didn't know he'd rank all the way up at # 3. Maybe I need to go back and watch all the highlights of our RB's getting stuffed up the middle for no gain ... ... ... and done. ok, great pick :-)

4. Trent Richardson - RB, Alabama (average ranking: 6.1176, highest: 3, lowest: 12, "expert" rank: 4)

The talented back from Alabama is the fourth favorite player for the Lions to draft, in another world where we're a bad team stuck with a top-5 draft pick (seems like just yesterday...) and not a playoff team.

5. Justin Blackmon - WR, Oklahoma State (average ranking: 7.1765, highest: 2, lowest: 16, "expert" rank: 6)

Justin Blackmon is the 5th player on our big board. Imagine a rotation of Megatron, Blackmon, Burleson and Young. That would be quite the spectacle, huh?

6. Quinton Coples - DE, UNC (average ranking: 7.2941, highest: 2, lowest: 16, "expert" rank: 7)

Our pass-rush is the engine that drives our defense, and KVB (and some say Avril) won't be with us forever. Freak-athlete-hopefully-his-work-ethic-is-okay defensive end Quinton Coples comes in at # 6.

7. Riley Reiff - OT, Iowa (average ranking: 7.9412, highest: 4, lowest, 18, "expert" rank: 9)

Another talented pass-protector we'll probably not have a shot at on draft day, Riley Reiff of Iowa ranks as the 7th-most-wanted rookie this year.

8. Dre Kirkpatrick - CB, Alabama (average ranking: 8.7059, highest: 5, lowest: 14, "expert" rank: 13)

Ranking all the way up at # 8 among all rookies, is a cornerback we can hope the Lions draft as someone for LeShoure to get high with. And he could help improve our secondary, too.

9. Jonathan Martin - OT, Stanford (average ranking: 10.2353, highest: 7, lowest: 16, "expert" rank: 15)

The left tackle from Stanford comes in at # 9. might be nice if we could get him at # 23, but I don't know if he'll fall that far.

10. Luke Kuechly - LB, Boston College (average ranking: 11.5882, highest: 5, lowest: 18, "expert" rank: 12)

Despite re-inking Stephen Tulloch (which is completely different from "reinking" which may not be a word), Luke Kuechly makes the top 10 list of the who-should-we-draft's. He probably has the aptitude to play any linebacker position in our defense pretty well, and I'd be happy to see him a Lion this fall, although other needs are more pressing.

11. Melvin Ingram - DE, Alabama (average ranking: 12.5882, highest: 5, lowest: 29, "expert" rank: 10)

Another strong pass-rusher who could join the rotation right away and give us some long-term stability at defensive end is Melvin Ingram.

12. Cordy Glenn - OT, Georgia (average ranking: 13.8235, highest: 6, lowest: 24, "expert" rank: 22)

He has everything you would want in a lineman: size, power, tenacity, arm length, everything, except maybe the talent to play tackle on the blind side and handle elite speed rushers, but that's a good debate for another thread, like this one. Cordy Glenn ranks at # 12.

13. Janoris Jenkins - CB, North Alabama (average ranking: 14.1765, highest: 7, lowest: 29, "experts": 23)

Another guy who could come in right away and improve our secondary, Jenkins is a ball-hawk with great coverage skills. Less great are his size and history of drug issues and getting kicked out of school. I would still love to acquire his talent at # 23.

14. Peter Konz - Center, Wisconsin (average ranking: 17.6471, highest: 5, lowest: 27, "experts": 27)

A big interior lineman who could give us depth at three positions right away and take over for Raiola long-term, Peter Konz is the 14th-most-wanted prospect.

15a. Nick Perry - DE, USC (average ranking: 18.3529, highest: 6, lowest: 30, "experts": 24)

Another pass-rusher who could help our D-Line right away and in the future.

15b. Mark Barron - S, Alabama (average ranking: 18.3529, highest: 9, lowest: 32, "experts": 20)

Tying Nick Perry at # 15 on the big board is the hard-hitting safety who could probably challenge Spievey right away, and help us if/when Delmas gets banged up again.

17. Courtney Upshaw - DE, Alabama (average ranking: 20.3529, highest: 10, lowest: 53, "experts": 16)

This draft is deep in pass-rushers. Courtney Upshaw and Whitney Mercilus rank at 17 and 18, respectively.

18. Whitney Mercilus - DE, Illinois (average ranking: 20.7647, highest: 12, lowest: 29, "experts": 25)

The productive DE from Illinois comes in just behind Courtney Upshaw.

19. Mike Adams - OT, Ohio State (average ranking: 22.2353, highest: 12, lowest: 45, "experts": 29)

A pass-protector who could be drafted too high because of all his red flags, or too low because of his physical potential, we'll see...

20. Dont'a Hightower - LB, Alabama (average ranking: 22.8824, highest: 4, lowest: 38, "experts": 30)

4? Somebody here loves the linebacker from Alabama. Looks like a good player who some team will get in the first round, I would expect.

21. Michael Floyd - WR, Notre Dame (average ranking: 23.6471, highest: 10, lowest: 94, "experts": 14)

94? wow. Somebody hates Michael Floyd, or hates Notre Dame. I've got to believe Mayhew would take Floyd at 54, or higher, if he fell far enough on draft weekend. Floyd's rank averages out to 21 on our big board.

22. Zach Brown - LB, UNC (average ranking: 25.1765, highest: 17, lowest: 39, "experts": 28)

The fast and talented linebacker comes in at # 22.

23. Stephon Gilmore - CB, South Carolina (average ranking: 26.8824, highest: 10, lowest: 43, "experts": 41)

And, for the 23rd player, guaranteeing that at least ONE guy from this preceding list will be available at # 23 in three in a half weeks (well, probably more players since there will be QB's Luck and RG3 at the top pushing other players down), is the big cornerback from South Carolina: Stephon Gilmore.

Here is the complete list. If anyone thinks this community big board is a valuable or really neat-o, give this post a rec. It's been fun putting this together. Let me know if there's anything I can do differently next year.

PoD rank Prospect Average Highest Lowest Original rank
1 OT - Matt Kalil - USC - 6`6 306 4.99 1.6471 1 6 2
2 CB - Morris Claiborne - LSU - 5`11 188 4.47 2.2941 1 5 5
3 OG - David Decastro - Stanford - 6`4 316 5.43 5.0000 2 14 8
4 RB - Trent Richardson - Alabama - 5`10 228 dnp 6.1176 3 12 4
5 WR - Justin Blackmon - Oklahomma St - 6`1 207 dnp 7.1765 2 17 6
6 DE - Quinton Coples - UNC - 6`6 284 4.72 7.2941 2 16 7
7 OT - Riley Reiff - Iowa - 6`5 313 5.23 7.9412 4 18 9
8 CB - Dre Kirkpatrick - Alabama - 6`2 186 4.43 8.7059 4 14 13
9 OT - Jonathan Martin - Stanford - 6`5 312 dnp 10.2353 7 16 15
10 LB - Luke Kuechly - Boston College - 6`3 242 4.50 11.5882 5 18 12
11 DE - Melvin Ingram - South Carolina - 6`1 264 4.66 12.5882 5 29 10
12 OT - Cordy Glenn - Georgia - 6`5 345 5.15 13.8235 6 24 22
13 CB - Janoris Jenkins - North Alabama - 5`10 193 4.44 14.1765 7 29 23
14 OC - Peter Konz - Wisconsin - 6`5 314 dnp 17.6471 5 27 27
15 DE - Nick Perry - USC - 6`3 271 4.50 18.3529 8 30 24
16 SS - Mark Barron - Alabama - 6`1 213 dnp 18.3529 9 32 20
17 DE - Courney Upshaw - Alabama - 6`2 272 dnp 20.3529 10 53 16
18 DE - Whitney Mercilus - Illinois - 6`4 261 4.63 20.7647 12 29 25
19 OT - Mike Adams - Ohio St - 6`7 323 5.40 22.2353 12 45 29
20 LB - Donta Hightower - Alabama - 6`2 265 4.62 22.8824 4 38 30
21 WR - Michael Floyd - Notre Dame - 6`3 220 4.47 23.6471 10 94 14
22 LB - Zach Brown - UNC - 6`1 244 4.44 25.1765 17 39 28
23 CB - Stephon Gilmore - South Carolina - 6`0 190 4.44 26.8824 10 43 41
24 DT - Dontari Poe - Memphis - 6`4 346 4.87 29.8824 5 105 21
25 WR - Stephen Hill - Georgia Tech - 6`4 215 4.36 33.2353 13 93 32
26 RB - Doug Martin - Boise St - 5`9 223 4.47 34.1765 15 47 45
27 WR - Kendall Wright - Baylor - 5`10 196 4.61 34.2353 14 95 18
28 RB - David Wilson - Virginia Tech - 5`10 206 4.40 34.5294 19 57 36
29 RB - Lamar Miller - Miami - 5`11 212 4.38 35.5882 25 57 34
30 DT - Michael Brockers - LSU - 6`5 322 5.33 37.2353 16 102 11
31 OG - Kevin Zeitler - Wisconsin - 6`3 314 5.39 38.1176 27 48 42
32 DE - Andre Branch - Clemson - 6`4 259 4.62 38.5294 23 78 33
33 DT - Fletcher Cox - Mississippi St - 6`4 298 4.79 40.4118 17 106 19
34 OT - Kelechi Osemele - Iowa St - 6`6 333 5.36 41.5882 21 68 44
35 CB - Brandon Boykin - Georgia - 5`9 182 dnp 42.0588 18 60 57
36 CB - Alfonzo Dennard - Nebraska - 5`10 204 4.51 42.7059 26 61 49
37 QB - Andrew Luck - Stanford - 6`4 224 4.67 43.4706 1 110 1
38 DT - Devon Still - Penn St - 6`5 303 5.00 44.5294 18 111 17
39 WR - Reuben Randle - LSU - 6`3 210 4.55 45.4706 30 98 35
40 DE - Vinny Curry - Marshall - 6`3 266 4.85 46.3529 30 75 46
41 WR - Alshon Jeffery - South Carolina - 6`3 216 dnp 46.5882 20 92 40
42 LB - Lavonte David - Nebraska - 6`1 233 4.56 47.7647 18 71 51
43 SS - Harrison Smith - Notre Dame - 6`2 213 4.56 48.0000 16 71 60
44 DT - Jerel Worthy - Michigan St - 6`2 308 4.97 48.5294 30 107 31
45 CB - Jayron Hosley - Virginia Tech - 5`10 178 4.38 50.9412 32 69 58
46 QB - Robert Griffin III - Baylor - 6`2 223 4.41 51.4706 2 111 3
47 TE - Coby Fleener - Stanford - 6`6 247 dnp 52.1765 22 113 39
48 LB - Ronnell Lewis - Oklahoma - 6`2 253 4.69 52.8235 38 64 52
49 OT - Zebrie Sanders - Florida St - 6`6 320 5.41 54.3529 22 77 63
50 CB - Chase Minnifield - Virginia - 5`10 183 dnp 54.5882 21 84 65
51 DT - Kendall Reyes - Conecticut - 6`4 299 4.79 54.7647 33 101 47
52 DE - Jared Crick - Nebraska - 6`4 279 4.94 54.7647 38 93 53
53 TE - Dwayne Allen - Clemson - 6`3 255 4.89 55.2941 31 112 37
54 WR - Mohamed Sanu - Rutgers - 62 211 4.67 56.1765 45 96 50
55 LB - Bobby Wagner - Utah St - 6`0 241 dnp 56.4706 36 73 61
56 DT - Brandon Thompson - Clemson - 6`2 314 dnp 56.5294 36 103 38
57 RB - LaMichael James - Oregon - 5`8 194 4.37 56.5882 27 78 70
58 DE - Derek Wolfe - Cincinnati - 6`5 295 4.94 57.7647 42 74 55
59 TE - Orson Charles - Georgia - 6`2 251 dnp 58.5882 35 114 43
60 LB - Shea McClellin - Nebraska - 6`3 260 4.62 58.6471 29 80 62
61 FS - Markelle Martin - Oklahoma St - 6`1 207 dnp 58.9412 26 84 67
62 OG - Brandon Washington - Miami - 6`3 320 5.25 59.8824 32 76 66
63 WR - Chris Givens - Wake Forest - 5`11 198 4.41 61.8824 43 104 56
64 SS - Goerge Iloka - Boise St - 6`4 225 4.59 62.1765 41 74 69
65 DT - Alameda Ta`amu - Washington - 6`3 348 5.34 63.5882 44 108 54
66 DE - Chandler Jones - Syracuse - 6`5 266 4.85 63.8235 47 82 64
67 OC - Ben Jones - Georgia - 6`2 303 5.44 65.3529 17 89 83
68 CB - Casey Hayward - Vanderbilt - 5`11 192 4.53 67.0588 52 80 72
69 OT - Mitchel Schwartz - California - 6`5 318 5.45 67.0588 22 81 77
70 OG - Amini Silatolu - Midwestern St - 6`4 311 5.43 67.1765 34 77 76
71 DE - Cam Johnson - Virginia - 6`3 268 4.75 67.7647 42 77 74
72 OT - Andrew Datko - Florida St - 6`6 315 5.32 68.2353 34 91 75
73 DE - Billy Winn - Boise St - 6`4 294 4.95 68.8235 52 90 68
74 LB - Vontaze Burfict - Arizona St - 6`1 248 4.93 70.0588 26 114 73
75 QB - Ryan Tanehil - Texas A&M - 6`4 221 dnp 71.0000 22 113 26
76 WR - AJ Jenkins - Illinois - 6`0 190 4.39 71.4118 56 99 71
77 OT - Bobby Massie - Mississippi - 6`6 316 5.23 72.1176 23 85 81
78 CB - Josh Robinson - Central Florida - 5`10 199 4.29 76.5882 37 93 90
79 RB - Chris Polk - Washington - 5`11 215 4.46 77.2353 59 92 80
80 LB - Bruce Irvin - West Virginia - 6`3 245 4.5 77.4706 58 92 79
81 OG - Brandon Brooks - Miami Ohio - 6`5 346 dnp 78.2353 33 94 91
82 CB - Jamell Fleming - Oklahoma - 5`11 206 4.43 78.8824 62 87 84
83 LB - Sean Spence - Miami - 5`11 231 4.56 79.4706 46 95 85
84 QB - Brock Osweiler - Arizaona St - 6`6 242 dnp 81.1176 45 116 59
85 QB - Brandon Weeden - Oklahoma St - 6`4 221 dnp 81.7647 48 116 48
86 CB - Trumaine Johnson - Montana - 6`2 204 4.50 81.8235 35 95 92
87 WR - Juron Criner - Arizona - 6`3 224 4.68 82.0588 69 97 82
88 CB - Leonard Johnson - Iowa St - 5`10 196 4.65 82.8824 51 92 89
89 WR - Nick Toon - Wisconsin - 6`2 215 4.54 83.5882 30 100 86
90 DT - Mike Martin - Michigan - 6`1 306 4.84 84.0000 25 109 87
91 LB - Nigel Bradham - Florida St - 6`2 241 4.53 84.7059 64 91 88
92 CB - Dwight Bentley - LA Lafayette - 5`10 182 4.37 86.5882 50 96 94
93 QB - Nick Foles - Arizona - 6`5 243 5.14 87.9412 33 115 78
94 DE - Tyrone Crawford - Boise St - 6`4 275 4.81 89.4118 66 97 95
95 OC - Michael Brewster - Ohio St - 6`4 312 5.35 91.5294 35 113 97
96 CB - Josh Norman - Coastal Carolina - 6`0 197 4.56 91.8824 34 109 107
97 OG - James Brown - Troy - 6`5 306 5.30 92.1765 70 98 96
98 LB - Keenan Robinson - Texas - 6`3 242 4.69 92.1765 40 102 101
99 SS - Antonio Allen - South Carolina - 6`1 210 4.62 92.9412 74 101 99
100 RB - Isaiah Pead - Cincinnati - 5`10 197 4.41 93.1176 23 108 106
101 LB - Audi Cole - North Carolina St - 6`4 246 4.72 94.1765 72 100 98
102 OG - Senio Kelemete - Washington - 6`4 307 5.52 94.8235 41 105 103
103 RB - Cyrus Gray - Texas A&M - 5`10 206 4.41 96.5882 75 102 100
104 QB - Kirk Cousins - Michigan St - 6`3 214 4.93 98.1765 54 116 93
105 OT - Brandon Mosley - Auburn - 6`6 314 5.21 99.6471 78 106 104
106 WR - Dwight Jones - UNC - 6`3 230 4.55 100.0000 84 112 102
107 RB - Bernard Pierce - Temple - 6`0 218 4.50 100.4118 79 107 105
108 WR - Marvin Jones - California - 6`2 199 4.46 104.5294 90 109 108
109 OG - Lucas Nix - Pittsburgh - 6`5 317 5.43 105.1176 81 112 112
110 TE - Ladarius Green - LA Lafayette - 6`6 238 4.53 106.2353 74 116 109
111 WR - Joe Adams - Arkansas - 5`11 179 4.55 106.5294 91 111 110
112 LB - Travis Lewis - Oklahoma - 6`1 246 4.81 107.0588 82 114 114
113 RB - Ronnie Hillman - San Diego St - 5`9 200 4.41 107.5882 73 115 115
114 DT - Marcus Forston - Miami - 6`1 301 5.10 107.7647 88 112 111
115 DT - Kheeston Randall - Texas - 6`5 293 5.00 109.8235 90 113 113
116 TE - Michael Egnew - Missouri - 6`5 252 4.62 113.7647 107 116 116

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