Top 10 players by position for the NFL draft

Former Auburn quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton appears headed to Carolina. (Associated Press)

Former Auburn quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton appears headed to Carolina. (Associated Press)

BIRDLAND – Here are the links to the final draft board.

You can make your own tiers.

Top 10 defensive backs

Top 10 defensive linemen

Top 10 special teamers

Top 10 quarterbacks

Top 10 wide receivers

Top 10 linebackers

Top 10 offensive linemen

Top 10 tight ends

Top 10 running backs

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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April 28th, 2011
5:14 am

Orlando I see you are up early for Draft day..Good stuff here. thanks for the great coverage.

Season Ticker Holder

April 28th, 2011
7:33 am

Its draft day. Hopefully the Falcons can pick up the impact players needed to get to the next level

The Real Falcon

April 28th, 2011
7:47 am

Right on Season Ticket Holder.
That 2480.00 I sent them needs to bring a bigger return this year!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2011
8:34 am

UGASlobberknocker – Thanks for your kind words. Couldn’t sleep last night. I’m fired up and ready to go. Got to get my Quick Trip coffee though.


April 28th, 2011
8:52 am

DLed- Thank you for your coverage of the draft this year. Do you know of any potential Falcons interest in Mark Ingram if he were to fall to them? I recognize the other needs greater than RB, but he’d be a nice late first round value pick and “impact player” at a position they might have planned to address in the 3rd or 4th anyway. Thanks again!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2011
9:12 am

Brian — I have not heard of any interest in Mark Ingram. Some teams are concerned about his knee. He could be there and I think they’ll pass on him. He is a good back, but his knee and lack of breakaway speed hurts him. I have him going to Green Bay at 32. They have look at a lot of the speed backs. Don’t be surprised if they get Jaquizz Rodgers in the 3rd or 4th.


April 28th, 2011
9:15 am

I disagree that Akeem Dent would be listed ahead of Greg Jones and Bruce Carter.

Dontay Moch as well.

He’s a solid linebacker but he’s not better than those guys.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2011
9:25 am

PMC — That’s fine. Dent was highly productive and played in two systems. I like Dontay. I watched him in the Boise State game. Jones and Carter are good prospects. It’s not a good year for the LB group.

Just saying..

April 28th, 2011
9:38 am

DOL- You’ve done a great job putting out the info this Draft season. Any late indication we might drop back a few slots in the 1st round for a couple more picks?


April 28th, 2011
9:43 am

Agreed D. It’s not that deep this year.
Thanks for all the updates on the draft.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2011
12:17 pm

Just saying . . Thanks. I think they could drop back. It will depend on how many teams want to come up to get quarterbacks.

Outside Observer

April 28th, 2011
1:19 pm

D., I wanted to thank you for all of your work you do with the draft this year. While we may disagree on multiple issues (Cam Heyward seems like an awful scheme fit to me, and I think Rudolph is clearly the best TE, yet based on your rankings, he is a fifth or sixth round pick), you do a solid job of reporting information. Some of it may be true. Some of it may just be a smokescreen. But it has been enjoyable. Thanks!


April 28th, 2011
2:03 pm

Have too disagree with not putting Ricardo Lockette in the top 10 Bill Parcells is even high on this guy, he is gonna make a lot of GMs look stupid. This guy has DeSean Jackson type speed, which cannot be coached.