Going back well into the college football season, one of the more odd aspects of the season has been the lack of a truly elite offensive lineman. That can be a problem, as it's a running theme that a short path to the top ten in the draft is to not protect your quarterback, and a number of teams drafting high in 2011 could use help on the offensive line. I've said that a team like Dallas offers a case where it might behoove them to trade down, where need meets value.
My biggest move this week -- a relatively quiet one -- is among offensive lineman, where a USC tackle should edge his way into consideration for those drafting in the top ten. There are still some notable pro days left on the calendar, and evaluations to be made. As always, juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
Analysis: An extraordinary athlete, Peterson has 4.34 speed in the 40 and carries safety size. Tape is superb; helps in return game. Solid after recent pro day. Last week: No. 1
Analysis: Little concern after arriving at smaller size in Indy. Had great workouts, then weighed 297 at Auburn pro day. Versatility, skills, tape all imply stardom. Last week: No. 2
Analysis: Dareus is a gifted penetrator with pass-rush skills to burn and a good motor. Well-liked, scheme-versatile, he has impressed during draft lead-up. Last week: No. 3
Analysis: More than a sack artist, Miller has shown coverage skills that complement known pass-rush production. Workout totals icing on the cake. Last week: No. 4
Analysis: Premier wideout in the draft. Good route-runner, great size and hands, good speed (4.48 in Indy). No pro day hiccups. Last week: No. 5