Kiper has taken Washington’s Jake Locker and Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett out of his top 25 and he does not have a quarterback among his top five. Carolina has the top pick, but the early indications are there isn’t a quarterback worthy of that choice. With strong interviews and good workouts at the combine or in private, Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert may be able to rise.
But it’s looking more and more like Carolina will be choosing between a pair of defensive linemen – Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley and Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers. They’re the top two players on Kiper’s board and they’re among 10 defensive linemen in the top 25.