Chad Ford's Big Board Has A New Player At No. 10
ESPN.com's Chad Ford has re-ranked the players in the 2013 Draft
for the first time since the NBA Combine wrapped up a week ago. And at No. 10, Ford has Indiana center/power forward Cody Zeller.
Zeller helped himself tremendously with his athletic testing numbers at the combine. He tested as the most athletic big man in the draft and was in the top five of all participants at the combine. Now he just needs to complete the deal by proving to scouts that he has the perimeter skills to make the transition to the 4 position. If he shoots the ball well, he'll move up another few spots on our board.
Zeller makes frequent appearances in the Mock Draft Database
at the No. 10 pick and was recently selected by ESPN.com's Amin Elhassan as one of the best fits for Portland
in this draft, so no real surprise that Ford has him ranked at No. 10. It should be noted that Ford currently has the Trail Blazers taking Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
in his most recent mock draft, though I'm not really sure what the substantive difference is between his "big board" and mock draft. I guess the mock draft factors in team need, which is a completely unnecessary exercise, especially at the top.
Ford also lists Lehigh guard CJ McCollum and Croatian small forward Dario Saric along with Caldwell-Pope as potential Trail Blazers targets.