On Wednesday, Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. updated his Big Board, and for the first time in months, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is not the No. 1 talent. He was unable to perform at the NFL Combine after doctors confirmed the spinal stenosis that forced him to transfer from USC to Athens in the first place. Thus, while the Draft world awaits the Bulldogs’ pro day, Kiper looks in another direction to fill his very top slot.
And, needless to say, Georgia fans are not going to be happy.
25. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide
24. John Cyprien, S, Florida International Golden Panthers
23. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina Tar Heels
22. Matt Elam, S, Florida Gators
21. DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama Crimson Tide
20. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee Volunteers
19. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
18. Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia Bulldogs
17. Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
16. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas Longhorns
15. Tavon Austin, RB/WR/KR, West Virginia Mountaineers
14. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri Tigers
13. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State Seminoles
12. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah Utes
11. Ezekiel Ansah, BYU Cougars
10. Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma Sooners
9. Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama Crimson Tide
8. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina Tar Heels
7. Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU Tigers
6. Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon Ducks
5. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia Bulldogs
4. Luke Jockel, OT, Texas A&M Aggies
3. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan Chippewas
2. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide
1. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida Gators
At 6-foot-3 and a shade under 300 pounds, Floyd moves like a man half his size but possesses the strength to be a monster up the middle for any team that selects him.
The Kansas City Chiefs, picking No. 1-overall, have been reportedly looking at an offensive lineman throughout the draft evaluation process, and Kiper’s Big Board is not a projection as to where a player will be slotted come late April.
Every NFL organization is playing things extremely close to the vest this time of year. However, one thing is certain: The stock of Floyd, as well as that of Milliner, is soaring.