I've heard over and over again that Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen and Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike are two of the are most 'NFL ready' QBs that will be in next years NFL draft class. Yet when you go to some of the popular sports sites like Scout.com, or Scott Wright's Draft Countdown they are rated after Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow and in some cases even Sam Bradford. I'm thinking that's probably because at the time these sports pundits rated college QBs that are entering the draft next year were not aware of the fact that Clausen and Pike were both going to commit to leaving college as juniors for NFL eligability.
My point being that the Rams should take the 'best player available' in the draft when it's their turn to pick. There should be several good quarterbacks in round 2 and they won't cost us round 1 pay.
So with that here's Mel Kiper Jr's 2010 Big Board as of last week...
Next season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have a new coach -- and they might need someone new under center as well. I just moved Jimmy Clausen to No. 4 on my Big Board (he was No. 6 last week), and among junior QBs, I finally jumped him over Sam Bradford of the Oklahoma Sooners.
The other big news this week on the Big Board is the fall of Carlos Dunlap of the Florida Gators, who went from No. 3 (last week) to No. 17 (this week). He had off-field issues and will miss the SEC championship game as a result. I also dropped him to No. 4 among junior defensive ends.
Mel's top 5 after the fold1 Ndamukong Suh DT 6-4 300
Analysis: Explosive, relentless and consistent. Last week: No. 1
2 Gerald McCoy DT 6-4 297
Analysis: Disruptive force. Productive NFL career ahead. Last week: No. 2
3 Eric Berry DB 5-11 203
Analysis: Ultimate playmaker, in the Ed Reed mold. Last week: No. 4
4 Jimmy Clausen QB 6-3 223
Analysis: Polished, improved through adversity; under-center experience. Last week: No. 6
5 Sam Bradford QB 6-4 223
Analysis: Has underrated arm, great feel for position; is super accurate. Last week: No. 5