Preseason scouting grades often don't hold up to the rigors of the season, but they are important because they set the table for how NFL teams are going to watch the upcoming college football campaign. The highest-rated players are going to get the full attention of all 32 teams, so it's worth looking closer at how the scouting services judge the class of 2011.
Here are 10 observations on the recently released National grades...
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Meanwhile, Ponder scored a 34 on a preseason Wonderlic test and has already earned his MBA. He completed 68 percent of his passes last year and seems like he could adjust quickly at the next level. One of the potential negatives for Ponder is that his coach,
Why do I have the feeling we'll be revisiting this debate next April? Don't be surprised if the lower-profile Ponder is the one who ends up hearing his name called first.
After a weak draft for defensive ends in 2010, pass-rushers could dominate the class of '11. Only three DEs went in the first round in April, and they're all projects (
National may have undervalued another outstanding defensive end. Ohio State's
The North Carolina defense should be the Steel Curtain of college football this season. They have five senior defenders with at least a third-round grade, led by defensive tackle
Running backs don't typically merit high ratings, so Kansas State's
If you saw "The Blind Side," you know the NFL has been left tackle-crazy for some time. According to National's grades, the top left tackles for the class of '11 haven't emerged yet. Boston College's
The low grades for senior wide receivers won't matter next April since the elite pass-catchers have been leaving early for the NFL. Georgia's