Initially I was going to wait a couple days before posting the results of the top 5 in our community big board, but we got enough responses yesterday that the results are fairly solid for who is going to be our top 5. Also, I won't list the results after the top 5 because I don't want to potentially influence voters.
1. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee (1,216 points)
2. Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma St (1,057 points)
3. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska (954 points)
4. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson (805 points)
5. Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa (677 points)
Now I know plenty of you will disagree with some or all of this Big Board. You're more than welcome to disagree, but please be respectful of everybody else's opinion. After all, this is a community Big Board, and not a single person's board.
I closed the polls at 9:45 this morning and in the span of 26 hours and 45 minutes we had 557 people participate. In the end you can see where there were some relatively clear delineations in the voting. Berry was the clear-cut #1, finishing with 114 first place votes. Suh actually finished with the second most 1st place votes (103), but Okung was in more individuals top 5 overall, which is what moved him past Suh. The most interesting battle was between Suh and Spiller. Suh won fairly handily in the end, but it was actually back and forth between the two of them for most of the day. Suh didn't start pulling away until late yesterday afternoon.
After the jump, I've posted a few pointers on the vote and the poll for spots 6-10. The primary thing to keep in mind is that you're making your selections based on how you think the 49ers should order their own big board. You can go best player available, need, value, character concerns, or any combination of those. Again, please just vote once. But do vote, because the more people that vote, the more accurate the representation will be of the community as a whole.
First off, remember that you can use the scroll bar on the right side to see the last few names. They're in alphabetical order by last name.
I realize I've probably left out players you might like, but given that we're looking at spots 6-10, I think I've included most, if not all, of the important names. To fill out the 25 candidates, I took the 20 individuals that didn't get in the top 5, and then added 5 more players. I added in a couple requested players from the last thread, and then a couple others from the Scouts Inc Top 32.
In the end, how you vote is up to you, but just remember that this is a 49ers big board. Not a mock draft and not a big board that can be applied to every team. Use your own philosophy, but just pretend this would be going to the 49ers when we're done.
If you think an essential player is missing, double-check the list first.