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Shane P. Hallam
03-13-2010, 10:24 PM
Here are my Top 10 by position, been posting this all over the place, hope you enjoy!

QB:

1. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame – Clausen is likely the safest pick at QB, though he may never develop into a superstar QB. He has played in a pro style offense, has adequate arm strength, and has adequate accuracy. Clausen should at least provide a solid QB for whoever drafts him.

2. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma – Bradford is the ultimate boom or bust pick at QB this year. He will cost a team a high first round pick, but there are still uncertainties about if he can hold up against an NFL beating. That being said, he is extremely cerebral and has incredible accuracy, two traits needed in a successful NFL QB. It’s no mistake that he deserves to be the first QB off the board, but it is risky.

3. Colt McCoy, Texas – McCoy thoroughly impressed teams with his interviews due to his drive to compete. McCoy in some ways is Sam Bradford lite. A bit shorter and smaller, but he knows the game and has tons of success in college. Better value, and he can develop into a starter.

4. Tim Tebow, Florida – If Tebow fixes his delivery and the technical issues, teams would salivate over the possibilities of a QB at his size, heart, and intelligence. Sitting down for three years and learning could lead to Tebow being successful in the NFL. There is plenty of work to be done, but his upside is tremendous.

5. Jevan Snead, Ole Miss – Snead had a great sophomore year in college and established himself as a possible top NFL pick. His junior year, however, was terrible and has turned him into a midround prospect. Even so, he has the tools to be an NFL starter and could be the best value in the draft in terms of QBs.

6. Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan – LeFevour has a large following who feel he can be a successful starter in the NFL. He has some tools to work with, but has always been inconsistent and has some of the worst mechanics of QBs in this draft. LeFevour is a big project, but a long term possible starter down the line.

7. Mike Kafka, Northwestern – Kafka is booming up draft boards after a very good Combine and excellent Pro Day. He is extremely intelligent, threw a lot of balls in college, and teams are interested to see if they can transition him to be an excellent back-up in the NFL. Kafka may go earlier than some think he will.


8. John Skelton, Fordham – If Fordham’s Pro Day was any indication, plenty of teams are interested in John Skelton (Eagles, Rams, Bills, etc). Skelton has the strongest arm in this draft, but there has been speculation his work ethic is a concern. If a team can develop Skelton, he does have starting caliber talent.

9. Jarrett Brown,. West Virginia – Brown has had a tremendous offseason, but it doesn’t quite match the tape that we saw at West Virginia. At the combine, Brown looked able to throw the ball down field or even fit it in tight spaces, but did not do that in college. A team will take the risk for a guy of Brown’s athleticism and potential in the mid rounds.

10. Tony Pike, Cincinnati – Pike’s stock has fallen. After an injury during the season, then looking frail throughout the offseason, Pike may not go as high as many thought during the college season. Pike’s inconsistencies just may be too much for a team to overlook. He should still be a mid-late round pick, but his stock is down.

RB:

1. CJ Spiller, Clemson – CJ Spiller is an electrifying runner who can do everything. He has gone between the tackles, has excellent speed, and can carry the load for a team. If a team needs a playmaker, they should look no further than CJ Spiller. He can contribute on special teams, on offense, and may be the closest thing to Chris “Tennesspeed” Johnson since the 2008 draft.

2. Ryan Mathews, Fresno State – Matthews is the runner a team will draft if they want a true three down player. Matthews showed his speed at the combine, along with improved pass catching skills. He seems to be the full package, but still may take some time to be acclimated to the NFL game. There is interested from a wide range of teams (Chargers, Packers, Texans,) and is a similar prospect to Donald Brown last year.


3. Jahvid Best, Cal – Best is an underrated player in the NFL draft who is currently moving up draft boards. Before being knocked out of his junior season with concussion issues, Best was one of the quickest and most elusive runners in the country. As a late 1st or early 2nd round pick, Best could end up a steal and have a very productive rookie year.

4. Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech – Though his speed wasn’t what teams wanted, Jonathan Dwyer still holds the possibility of becoming a successful three down runner in the NFL. Coming from a triple option style offense, there is a question of how he will transition to the NFL. Dwyer showed the ability to take over a game, and makes sense for any team who needs a starter.

5. Montario Hardesty, Tennessee – Hardesty was supposed to be benched as a senior, surpassed by freshman sensation Bryce Brown. Instead, Montario Hardesty took the challenge and turned in an excellent year for the Vols. Showing off excellent vision and cutting ability, Hardesty is a sleeper for the biggest rookie contributer at the RB position. If he finds himself healthy and in a one cut offense (Seattle, Washington, Houston, etc,) he could become a Top 10 RB in the NFL.


6. Toby Gerhart, Stanford – Gerhart was narrowly defeated for the Heisman trophy after putting up eye popping statistics. There are major questions with his speed and cutting ability, but Gerhart is a pounder who a lot of teams like. He is built well and can be used in versatile ways in the NFL.

7. Ben Tate, Auburn – Tate showed excellent speed at the combine despite his 220 pound frame. Tate is moving up boards and may be a 2nd or 3rd round pick as a guy who can contribute immediately in a Shonn Greene type of role in the NFL.

8. LeGarrette Blount, Oregon – Blount is a pounder through and through. Not fast, but he has good vision and always picks up an extra yard or two at the end of his runs. The character questions are plenty, but he could be a steal if picked too late.

9. Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss – McCluster showed his explosiveness at the combine, and he is a quick little guy who could become an intriguing NFL weapon. RB, WR, Wildcat QB, McCluster can do it all and be a playmaker, but will take some creativity from the team who takes him.

10. Joe McKnight, USC – McKnight is an outside runner who can be used on third downs and catch passes. Will he ever be a true NFL starter? Probably not, but with teams looking for a home run hitter, they could look toward McKnight.

WR:
1. Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State – Bryant has all the tools you look for in an NFL WR. He has size, game speed, body control, strength, and good route running. There are maturity questions, but is that enough to drop him to the late first? Bryant is the best WR prospect since Calvin Johnson, but people continue piling on the questions. If a later round team gets Bryant, it will end up as one of the best NFL draft picks in the past decade.

2. Golden Tate, Notre Dame – Though his height is not ideal, Tate shows speed and big time gameplay ability on the football field. Tate was one of the go-to guys for Jimmy Clausen this year, and he always made the easy catches, while fighting for the tough ones. He is a Percy Harvin type of player who can be electric on the field as a receiver, returner, and can burn defenses. Tate may fall to the second, but could end up the most productive wideout in this draft.


3. Arrelious Benn, Illinois – Benn was supposed to be the golden child of the Illini after choosing them as a top high school recruit. Unfortunately, Benn had Juice Williams as his QB and had trouble this past year putting up great statistics. That being said, he is the athletic freak of the WR position. At 6’1, 219 with high 4.4 speed, teams will be intrigued with the possibilities of a true #1 WR in the late 1st or early 2nd round.

4. Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech – Thomas is a risky pick due to his broken foot, lack of concentration, and hands. That being said, teams are starting to buy into the value of taking him in the mid-late 2nd round. His tape shows a possible Brandon Marshall type of player if he can fix the issues he has in tracking the ball and using his hands well. May not make the instant impact some other rookie WRs could, but Thomas has the upside of a Top 10 NFL WR.

5. Andre Roberts, The Citadel – Andre Roberts is the prototypical slot WR who has the hands and speed to be a dangerous weapon in the NFL. After running a 4.46 at the NFL combine, as well as excelling at the Senior Bowl, Roberts could turn into a legit starter in the NFL. Roberts may come from a small school, but he is a big time NFL player and a likely 3rd round pick.

6. Damian Williams, USC – Though USC hasn’t had the best lineage of WRs, Damian Williams may be the best prospect from the school in recent years. A likely 2nd round pick, Williams was inconsistent in college with his use of his hands and body. At 6’1 and running a 4.53, Williams has a shot to be a starter at the next level. Should be a 2nd round selection.

7. Brandon LaFell, LSU – LaFell had an excellent junior year, but dropped balls as a senior and dealt with injuries. LaFell not playing in the Senior Bowl or showcasing his skills in the offseason has hurt him a bit, and he is likely a 2nd round pick. LaFell is big and has decent speed, some team would love to add a player like him to their receiving corp.


8. Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati – Gilyard was electric in college returning kicks and tearing up opposing Big Ten teams. He is the type of player whose on field speed and athleticism doesn’t translate off the field, so he may fall a bit due to this misconception of his game. Gilyard should contribute to a team in multiple ways, and worst case, will be an excellent slot WR.

9. Riley Cooper, Florida – Cooper is a fluid, athletic receiver who is just raw. He contributed to Florida numerous ways and is another guy who will play tough and make the tough catches. Early 3rd round pick who may turn into a starter down the line.

10. Eric Decker, Minnesota – Eric Decker suffered a devastating foot injury this season which has killed his stock. Though some fans have forgotten him, NFL teams have not. He made some very tough catches before the injury and runs extremely crisp routes. Decker may need a year or two before finding his niche.

TE:

1. Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma – Gresham basically had a redshirt year due to injury this year, and looked bit rusty at the combine. That being said, Gresham is a dynamic, physical receiving TE. Gresham was a focal point on offense for the Sooners as a Junior and showed the ability to make big plays down the field as well as create yardage after the catch. He is a legitimate Top 20 pick, who may only fall due to position. If so, he could be a steal when looking back in a few years.

2. Rob Gronkowski, Arizona – Another player who lost his season due to injury, Gronkowski is a more complete TE than Gresham. Though he hasn’t worked out yet, teams are high on Gronkowski as a 2nd round pick who can block and give their offenses a new weapon. Another guy who may need some time to get back ino the football grove, Gronkowski should be able to find a John Carlson type of role on some team.


3. Jimmy Graham, Miami – Jimmy Graham’s upside is unlimited as an ex-basketball player at Da U who moved to football this year. Graham is the ultimate red zone threat, going up for balls and using his leaping ability to his advantage. Graham looked great this offseason as well, living up to expectations. Plenty of teams are loving the possibilities he brings to the table, and may nab him in the 2nd or 3rd round.

4. Dennis Pitta, BYU – With teams like the Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Seahawks, and Rams attending his Pro Day, Dennis Pitta will get a shot as an NFL pass catching TE. Pitta is an extremely intelligent, mature player who has rock solid hands and superb route running ability. Though he won’t block much, if at all, he is a weapon that teams will need to contend with at the next level.

5. Aaron Hernandez, Florida – Aaron Hernandez is more of an H-Back type of player coming out of Florida whose stock has fallen slightly. Hernandez has been battling injuries and has not worked out, leaving some teams to question when to take him. Hernandez was very productive at Florida and is an intriguing weapon if he lives up to expectations.

6. Dorin Dickerson, Pitt – Dickerson wowed scouts at the combine with 4.40 speed at 6’2, 226 pounds. A player who offensive coordinators will salivate over using in creative ways, Dickerson could play an H-Back role or even move into the slot as a WR. Midround prospect with big time upside.

7. Ed Dickson, Oregon – Dickson had an excellent senior season as a solid pass catcher who played in a spread offense in college. He can create some mismatches with linebackers and could be an intriguing midround prospect for a team to bring in.


8. Anthony McCoy, USC – McCoy wasn’t overly impressive at the combine, and may fall down draft boards due to that. He had a very good year at USC, though is far from a complete player. He runs hard and is a good blocker, but isn’t very powerful and has dealt with injuries. Likely to be a #2 TE in the NFL.
9. Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois – Hoomanawanui isn’t a household name by any means, but he may end up being a player drafted higher than some of the highly touted pass catching TEs. Hoomanawanui is a blocking specialist who could end up as a 3rd or 4th round pick, similar to Richard Quinn last year.

10. Tony Moeaki, Iowa – Moeaki is a very injury prone player whose stock relies on team’s thoughts of him staying healthy. He runs very good routes and can do a lot after the catch, as well as blocks pretty well. After a good combine, Moeaki is rising up draft boards.

OT:

1. Russell Okung, Oklahoma State -
2. Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
3. Trent Williams,
4. Anthony Davis, Rutgers
5. Charles Brown, USC
6. Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Rodger Saffold, Indiana
8. Vlad Ducasse, UMass
9. Jared Veldheer, Hillsdale
10. Jason Fox, Miami

OG:
1. Mike Iupati, Idaho
2. John Jerry, Ole Miss
3. Mike Johnson, Alabama
4. Shawn Lauvao, Arizona State
5. Jon Asamoah, Illinois
6. Mitch Petrus, Arkansas
7. Zane Beadles, Utah
8. Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
9. Reggie Stephens, Iowa State
10. Brandon Carter, Texas Tech

C:
1. Maurkice Pouncey, Florida
2. J.D. Walton, Baylor
3. Matt Tennant, Boston College
4. Eric Olsen, Notre Dame
5. Ted Larsen, North Carolina State

DE:
1. Jason Pierre-Paul, USF
2. Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech
3. Brandon Graham, Michigan
4. Carlos Dunlap, Florida
5. Everson Griffen, USC
6. Ricky Sapp, Clemson
7. Jerry Hughes, TCU
8. Koa Misi, Utah
9. Corey Wootton, Northwestern
10. Alex Carrington, Arkansas State

DT:

1. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
3. Dan Williams, Tennessee
4. Jared Odrick, Penn State
5. Brian Price, UCLA
6. Terrence Cody, Alabama
7. Lamarr Houston, Texas
8. Tyson Alualu, Cal
9. Cam Thomas, North Carolina
10. Al Woods, LSU

OLB:

1. Sergio Kindle, Texas
2. Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
3. Daryl Washington, TCU
4. Rennie Curran, Georgia
5. Dekoda Watson, Florida State
6. Navorro Bowman, Penn State
7. Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State
8. Eric Norwood, South Carolina
9. Perry Riley, LSU
10. Arthur Moats, James Madison

ILB:
1. Rolando McClain, Alabama
2. Brandon Spikes. Florida
3. Donald Butler, Washington
4. Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State
5. Sean Lee, Penn State
6. Pat Angerer, Iowa
7. Mike McLaughlin, Boston College
8. Boris Lee, Troy
9. Micah Johnson, Kentucky
10. Darryl Sharpton, Miami

CB:

1. Joe Haden, Florida
2. Kareem Jackson, Alabama
3. Kyle Wilson, Boise State
4. Devin McCourty, Rutgers
5. Patrick Robinson, Florida State
6. Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest
7. Dominique Franks, Oklahoma
8. Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
9. Amari Spievey, Iowa
10. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, IUP

S:

1. Eric Berry, Tennessee
2. Earl Thomas, Texas
3. Taylor Mays, USC
4. Chad Jones, LSU
5. Nate Allen, USF
6. Reshad Jones, Georgia
7. Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech
8. Larry Asante, Nebraska
9. Major Wright, Florida
10. Darrell Stuckey, Kansas

bored of education
03-13-2010, 10:39 PM
I don't like how you have Gilyard at 8!

Draft King
03-13-2010, 10:56 PM
edit: nvm, they are just really close together. Space RB # 3 and 4 out. Good job, I'll finish this later.

FUNBUNCHER
03-13-2010, 11:13 PM
Not in agreement with the order of some of the top 10 prospects, but think the individual analysis dead on!!

TACKLE
03-13-2010, 11:14 PM
Good stuff Shane.


Although I strongly disagree with Bradford as your #2 QB because on the field I see nothing in his game that causes me concern. With that being said, I know you feel strongly about this and are not going to change it.

Glad to see you have Montario Hardesty ranked high. It won't surprise me at all if he ends up being the best RB out of this class. You have to love how he runs and his game translates to the next level very well. He verified everybody what we saw on tape with an excellent combine.

Also totally agree with your ranking of Rennie Curran. Every time I watch Georgia, he pops of the screen. I don't care what his forty was but his explosiveness is elite and his is a violent hitter who never gives up an inch of ground when he makes contact with the ball carrier. His size limits him schematically but I think he could really excel as a WLB in a Tampa 2.

I see you're very high on Andre Roberts. Interesting. He was solid at Senior Bowl and showed great hands. I've watched a bit of him but your ranking of him will probably prompt me to do a bit more research.

My main problem with the ranking. Not so sure what you like so much about Ricky Sapp. He has not been productive over his career at Clemson. When you watch Clemson play, he doesn't consistently bring pressure off the edge. He was a guy who everyone was expecting to break out and he never did. He plays high and isn't nearly as explosive and you'd expect. Despite his lack of production, people believef in his upside because of athleticism. He was expect to put on a show at the combine, being rumored to run in the mid-low 4.5's, but he fell a bit short running a 4.70. Sapp is going to be limited to being a 3-4 OLB. I just don't see the natural pass rushing ability and subsequently, don't understand why he would be ranked ahead of Jerry Hughes. I know his frame and upside is more intriguing. But as far as getting after the quarterback, the thing he will get paid to do, he cannot touch Hughes.


That is all. Keep up the good work. I enjoy listening to your podcast every Saturday.

superman8456
03-13-2010, 11:16 PM
No Andrew Quarless in your TE rankings makes me sad.

Morton
03-13-2010, 11:18 PM
Nice stuff, but you're not going to write extended analysis for the other positions besides RB, QB, WR, TE and such?

LetsGoGiants!
03-13-2010, 11:23 PM
Johnathan Dwyers not on your top 10 RBs?

golota
03-13-2010, 11:31 PM
Here are my Top 10 by position, been posting this all over the place, hope you enjoy!

QB:

1. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame – Clausen is likely the safest pick at QB, though he may never develop into a superstar QB. He has played in a pro style offense, has adequate arm strength, and has adequate accuracy. Clausen should at least provide a solid QB for whoever drafts him.

2. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma – Bradford is the ultimate boom or bust pick at QB this year. He will cost a team a high first round pick, but there are still uncertainties about if he can hold up against an NFL beating. That being said, he is extremely cerebral and has incredible accuracy, two traits needed in a successful NFL QB. It’s no mistake that he deserves to be the first QB off the board, but it is risky.

3. Colt McCoy, Texas – McCoy thoroughly impressed teams with his interviews due to his drive to compete. McCoy in some ways is Sam Bradford lite. A bit shorter and smaller, but he knows the game and has tons of success in college. Better value, and he can develop into a starter.

4. Tim Tebow, Florida – If Tebow fixes his delivery and the technical issues, teams would salivate over the possibilities of a QB at his size, heart, and intelligence. Sitting down for three years and learning could lead to Tebow being successful in the NFL. There is plenty of work to be done, but his upside is tremendous.

5. Jevan Snead, Ole Miss – Snead had a great sophomore year in college and established himself as a possible top NFL pick. His junior year, however, was terrible and has turned him into a midround prospect. Even so, he has the tools to be an NFL starter and could be the best value in the draft in terms of QBs.

6. Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan – LeFevour has a large following who feel he can be a successful starter in the NFL. He has some tools to work with, but has always been inconsistent and has some of the worst mechanics of QBs in this draft. LeFevour is a big project, but a long term possible starter down the line.

7. Mike Kafka, Northwestern – Kafka is booming up draft boards after a very good Combine and excellent Pro Day. He is extremely intelligent, threw a lot of balls in college, and teams are interested to see if they can transition him to be an excellent back-up in the NFL. Kafka may go earlier than some think he will.


8. John Skelton, Fordham – If Fordham’s Pro Day was any indication, plenty of teams are interested in John Skelton (Eagles, Rams, Bills, etc). Skelton has the strongest arm in this draft, but there has been speculation his work ethic is a concern. If a team can develop Skelton, he does have starting caliber talent.

9. Jarrett Brown,. West Virginia – Brown has had a tremendous offseason, but it doesn’t quite match the tape that we saw at West Virginia. At the combine, Brown looked able to throw the ball down field or even fit it in tight spaces, but did not do that in college. A team will take the risk for a guy of Brown’s athleticism and potential in the mid rounds.

10. Tony Pike, Cincinnati – Pike’s stock has fallen. After an injury during the season, then looking frail throughout the offseason, Pike may not go as high as many thought during the college season. Pike’s inconsistencies just may be too much for a team to overlook. He should still be a mid-late round pick, but his stock is down.

RB:

1. CJ Spiller, Clemson – CJ Spiller is an electrifying runner who can do everything. He has gone between the tackles, has excellent speed, and can carry the load for a team. If a team needs a playmaker, they should look no further than CJ Spiller. He can contribute on special teams, on offense, and may be the closest thing to Chris “Tennesspeed” Johnson since the 2008 draft.

2. Ryan Mathews, Fresno State – Matthews is the runner a team will draft if they want a true three down player. Matthews showed his speed at the combine, along with improved pass catching skills. He seems to be the full package, but still may take some time to be acclimated to the NFL game. There is interested from a wide range of teams (Chargers, Packers, Texans,) and is a similar prospect to Donald Brown last year.


3. Jahvid Best, Cal – Best is an underrated player in the NFL draft who is currently moving up draft boards. Before being knocked out of his junior season with concussion issues, Best was one of the quickest and most elusive runners in the country. As a late 1st or early 2nd round pick, Best could end up a steal and have a very productive rookie year.
4. Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech – Though his speed wasn’t what teams wanted, Jonathan Dwyer still holds the possibility of becoming a successful three down runner in the NFL. Coming from a triple option style offense, there is a question of how he will transition to the NFL. Dwyer showed the ability to take over a game, and makes sense for any team who needs a starter.

5. Montario Hardesty, Tennessee – Hardesty was supposed to be benched as a senior, surpassed by freshman sensation Bryce Brown. Instead, Montario Hardesty took the challenge and turned in an excellent year for the Vols. Showing off excellent vision and cutting ability, Hardesty is a sleeper for the biggest rookie contributer at the RB position. If he finds himself healthy and in a one cut offense (Seattle, Washington, Houston, etc,) he could become a Top 10 RB in the NFL.


6. Toby Gerhart, Stanford – Gerhart was narrowly defeated for the Heisman trophy after putting up eye popping statistics. There are major questions with his speed and cutting ability, but Gerhart is a pounder who a lot of teams like. He is built well and can be used in versatile ways in the NFL.

7. Ben Tate, Auburn – Tate showed excellent speed at the combine despite his 220 pound frame. Tate is moving up boards and may be a 2nd or 3rd round pick as a guy who can contribute immediately in a Shonn Greene type of role in the NFL.

8. LeGarrette Blount, Oregon – Blount is a pounder through and through. Not fast, but he has good vision and always picks up an extra yard or two at the end of his runs. The character questions are plenty, but he could be a steal if picked too late.

9. Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss – McCluster showed his explosiveness at the combine, and he is a quick little guy who could become an intriguing NFL weapon. RB, WR, Wildcat QB, McCluster can do it all and be a playmaker, but will take some creativity from the team who takes him.

10. Joe McKnight, USC – McKnight is an outside runner who can be used on third downs and catch passes. Will he ever be a true NFL starter? Probably not, but with teams looking for a home run hitter, they could look toward McKnight.

WR:
1. Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State – Bryant has all the tools you look for in an NFL WR. He has size, game speed, body control, strength, and good route running. There are maturity questions, but is that enough to drop him to the late first? Bryant is the best WR prospect since Calvin Johnson, but people continue piling on the questions. If a later round team gets Bryant, it will end up as one of the best NFL draft picks in the past decade.

2. Golden Tate, Notre Dame – Though his height is not ideal, Tate shows speed and big time gameplay ability on the football field. Tate was one of the go-to guys for Jimmy Clausen this year, and he always made the easy catches, while fighting for the tough ones. He is a Percy Harvin type of player who can be electric on the field as a receiver, returner, and can burn defenses. Tate may fall to the second, but could end up the most productive wideout in this draft.


3. Arrelious Benn, Illinois – Benn was supposed to be the golden child of the Illini after choosing them as a top high school recruit. Unfortunately, Benn had Juice Williams as his QB and had trouble this past year putting up great statistics. That being said, he is the athletic freak of the WR position. At 6’1, 219 with high 4.4 speed, teams will be intrigued with the possibilities of a true #1 WR in the late 1st or early 2nd round.

4. Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech – Thomas is a risky pick due to his broken foot, lack of concentration, and hands. That being said, teams are starting to buy into the value of taking him in the mid-late 2nd round. His tape shows a possible Brandon Marshall type of player if he can fix the issues he has in tracking the ball and using his hands well. May not make the instant impact some other rookie WRs could, but Thomas has the upside of a Top 10 NFL WR.

5. Andre Roberts, The Citadel – Andre Roberts is the prototypical slot WR who has the hands and speed to be a dangerous weapon in the NFL. After running a 4.46 at the NFL combine, as well as excelling at the Senior Bowl, Roberts could turn into a legit starter in the NFL. Roberts may come from a small school, but he is a big time NFL player and a likely 3rd round pick.

6. Damian Williams, USC – Though USC hasn’t had the best lineage of WRs, Damian Williams may be the best prospect from the school in recent years. A likely 2nd round pick, Williams was inconsistent in college with his use of his hands and body. At 6’1 and running a 4.53, Williams has a shot to be a starter at the next level. Should be a 2nd round selection.

7. Brandon LaFell, LSU – LaFell had an excellent junior year, but dropped balls as a senior and dealt with injuries. LaFell not playing in the Senior Bowl or showcasing his skills in the offseason has hurt him a bit, and he is likely a 2nd round pick. LaFell is big and has decent speed, some team would love to add a player like him to their receiving corp.


8. Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati – Gilyard was electric in college returning kicks and tearing up opposing Big Ten teams. He is the type of player whose on field speed and athleticism doesn’t translate off the field, so he may fall a bit due to this misconception of his game. Gilyard should contribute to a team in multiple ways, and worst case, will be an excellent slot WR.

9. Riley Cooper, Florida – Cooper is a fluid, athletic receiver who is just raw. He contributed to Florida numerous ways and is another guy who will play tough and make the tough catches. Early 3rd round pick who may turn into a starter down the line.

10. Eric Decker, Minnesota – Eric Decker suffered a devastating foot injury this season which has killed his stock. Though some fans have forgotten him, NFL teams have not. He made some very tough catches before the injury and runs extremely crisp routes. Decker may need a year or two before finding his niche.

TE:

1. Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma – Gresham basically had a redshirt year due to injury this year, and looked bit rusty at the combine. That being said, Gresham is a dynamic, physical receiving TE. Gresham was a focal point on offense for the Sooners as a Junior and showed the ability to make big plays down the field as well as create yardage after the catch. He is a legitimate Top 20 pick, who may only fall due to position. If so, he could be a steal when looking back in a few years.

2. Rob Gronkowski, Arizona – Another player who lost his season due to injury, Gronkowski is a more complete TE than Gresham. Though he hasn’t worked out yet, teams are high on Gronkowski as a 2nd round pick who can block and give their offenses a new weapon. Another guy who may need some time to get back ino the football grove, Gronkowski should be able to find a John Carlson type of role on some team.


3. Jimmy Graham, Miami – Jimmy Graham’s upside is unlimited as an ex-basketball player at Da U who moved to football this year. Graham is the ultimate red zone threat, going up for balls and using his leaping ability to his advantage. Graham looked great this offseason as well, living up to expectations. Plenty of teams are loving the possibilities he brings to the table, and may nab him in the 2nd or 3rd round.

4. Dennis Pitta, BYU – With teams like the Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Seahawks, and Rams attending his Pro Day, Dennis Pitta will get a shot as an NFL pass catching TE. Pitta is an extremely intelligent, mature player who has rock solid hands and superb route running ability. Though he won’t block much, if at all, he is a weapon that teams will need to contend with at the next level.

5. Aaron Hernandez, Florida – Aaron Hernandez is more of an H-Back type of player coming out of Florida whose stock has fallen slightly. Hernandez has been battling injuries and has not worked out, leaving some teams to question when to take him. Hernandez was very productive at Florida and is an intriguing weapon if he lives up to expectations.

6. Dorin Dickerson, Pitt – Dickerson wowed scouts at the combine with 4.40 speed at 6’2, 226 pounds. A player who offensive coordinators will salivate over using in creative ways, Dickerson could play an H-Back role or even move into the slot as a WR. Midround prospect with big time upside.

7. Ed Dickson, Oregon – Dickson had an excellent senior season as a solid pass catcher who played in a spread offense in college. He can create some mismatches with linebackers and could be an intriguing midround prospect for a team to bring in.


8. Anthony McCoy, USC – McCoy wasn’t overly impressive at the combine, and may fall down draft boards due to that. He had a very good year at USC, though is far from a complete player. He runs hard and is a good blocker, but isn’t very powerful and has dealt with injuries. Likely to be a #2 TE in the NFL.
9. Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois – Hoomanawanui isn’t a household name by any means, but he may end up being a player drafted higher than some of the highly touted pass catching TEs. Hoomanawanui is a blocking specialist who could end up as a 3rd or 4th round pick, similar to Richard Quinn last year.

10. Tony Moeaki, Iowa – Moeaki is a very injury prone player whose stock relies on team’s thoughts of him staying healthy. He runs very good routes and can do a lot after the catch, as well as blocks pretty well. After a good combine, Moeaki is rising up draft boards.

OT:

1. Russell Okung, Oklahoma State -
2. Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
3. Trent Williams,
4. Anthony Davis, Rutgers
5. Charles Brown, USC
6. Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Rodger Saffold, Indiana
8. Vlad Ducasse, UMass
9. Jared Veldheer, Hillsdale
10. Jason Fox, Miami

OG:
1. Mike Iupati, Idaho
2. John Jerry, Ole Miss
3. Mike Johnson, Alabama
4. Shawn Lauvao, Arizona State
5. Jon Asamoah, Illinois
6. Mitch Petrus, Arkansas
7. Zane Beadles, Utah
8. Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
9. Reggie Stephens, Iowa State
10. Brandon Carter, Texas Tech

C:
1. Maurkice Pouncey, Florida
2. J.D. Walton, Baylor
3. Matt Tennant, Boston College
4. Eric Olsen, Notre Dame
5. Ted Larsen, North Carolina State

DE:
1. Jason Pierre-Paul, USF
2. Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech
3. Brandon Graham, Michigan
4. Carlos Dunlap, Florida
5. Everson Griffen, USC
6. Ricky Sapp, Clemson
7. Jerry Hughes, TCU
8. Koa Misi, Utah
9. Corey Wootton, Northwestern
10. Alex Carrington, Arkansas State

DT:

1. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
3. Dan Williams, Tennessee
4. Jared Odrick, Penn State
5. Brian Price, UCLA
6. Terrence Cody, Alabama
7. Lamarr Houston, Texas
8. Tyson Alualu, Cal
9. Cam Thomas, North Carolina
10. Al Woods, LSU

OLB:

1. Sergio Kindle, Texas
2. Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
3. Daryl Washington, TCU
4. Rennie Curran, Georgia
5. Dekoda Watson, Florida State
6. Navorro Bowman, Penn State
7. Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State
8. Eric Norwood, South Carolina
9. Perry Riley, LSU
10. Arthur Moats, James Madison

ILB:
1. Rolando McClain, Alabama
2. Brandon Spikes. Florida
3. Donald Butler, Washington
4. Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State
5. Sean Lee, Penn State
6. Pat Angerer, Iowa
7. Mike McLaughlin, Boston College
8. Boris Lee, Troy
9. Micah Johnson, Kentucky
10. Darryl Sharpton, Miami

CB:

1. Joe Haden, Florida
2. Kareem Jackson, Alabama
3. Kyle Wilson, Boise State
4. Devin McCourty, Rutgers
5. Patrick Robinson, Florida State
6. Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest
7. Dominique Franks, Oklahoma
8. Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
9. Amari Spievey, Iowa
10. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, IUP

S:

1. Eric Berry, Tennessee
2. Earl Thomas, Texas
3. Taylor Mays, USC
4. Chad Jones, LSU
5. Nate Allen, USF
6. Reshad Jones, Georgia
7. Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech
8. Larry Asante, Nebraska
9. Major Wright, Florida
10. Darrell Stuckey, Kansas

I think Gerhart is rated too low. I dont understand why there are still MAJOR questions about his speed. I understand he posted the fastest 40 of all the big backs at the combine (over 230) Why is still considered slow for?

ThePudge
03-13-2010, 11:36 PM
Very high on LSU defenders... Al Woods (#10 DT), Perry Riley (#9 OLB), Chad Jones (#4 S)

Awesome work, a good read, and unique rankings. Were you planning on keeping the analysis at skill positions or expanding?

Me Likey Rookies
03-14-2010, 12:24 AM
My thoughts:

QB: McCoy, Tebow, and Snead should not be higher than guys like Pike and LeFevour. All 3 are HUGE projects but at least Tebow and Snead have arm strength.

WR: Damian Williams should be higher than Thomas and Roberts. Gilyard > LaFell; I also have a very bad feeling about LaFell.

TE: Graham waayyy too high.

OT: Anthony Davis is still the #2 OT. Trent Williams cant play LT (well) and Bulaga is not as talented as Davis.

OG: Mike Johnson waayy too high.

DT: Price >>>> Odrick. I really hate Odrick as a 4-3 DT, he needs to be a 34 DE.

OLB: Norwood is really low but I can see that for a 4-3 I guess. But in terms of 3-4 OLB he is definitley better than Gibson and most of the other prospects.

CB: Perrish Cox should be way higher.

mellojello
03-14-2010, 12:51 AM
"As a late 1st or early 2nd round pick, Best could end up a steal and have a very productive rookie year."

Excellent pulse on Jahvid Best. Your prediction is going to be right on the money.

CashmoneyDrew
03-14-2010, 01:07 AM
I was happy when I didn't see Jonathan Crompton in your top 10 QBs. I keep seeing people push him up in the rankings and I just chuckle. I agree with everything Tackle said about Hardesty and Bradford as well. Glad to finally see someone wise enough to put Hardesty above Gerhart. :D

scottyboy
03-14-2010, 01:19 AM
you've got some 'splainin to do with Davis and McCOurty at 4 at their repsective positions...

and damn, D'Imperio not even viewed as a top 10 ILB. ugh how he's fallen

YAYareaRB
03-14-2010, 03:44 AM
Lovin the Dennis Pitta love.

bigfreak314
03-14-2010, 09:15 AM
Nice perspective. I like Graham's potential @ TE. Only thing I don't agree with is Jackson over Kyle Wilson but nice rankings

Shane P. Hallam
03-14-2010, 09:40 AM
I did these rankings for a few Fantasy football sites, thus the analysis of skill positions. I'm going to be doing a video today and will focus more on the analysis of the other positions.

Good stuff Shane.


Although I strongly disagree with Bradford as your #2 QB because on the field I see nothing in his game that causes me concern. With that being said, I know you feel strongly about this and are not going to change it.

Glad to see you have Montario Hardesty ranked high. It won't surprise me at all if he ends up being the best RB out of this class. You have to love how he runs and his game translates to the next level very well. He verified everybody what we saw on tape with an excellent combine.

Also totally agree with your ranking of Rennie Curran. Every time I watch Georgia, he pops of the screen. I don't care what his forty was but his explosiveness is elite and his is a violent hitter who never gives up an inch of ground when he makes contact with the ball carrier. His size limits him schematically but I think he could really excel as a WLB in a Tampa 2.

I see you're very high on Andre Roberts. Interesting. He was solid at Senior Bowl and showed great hands. I've watched a bit of him but your ranking of him will probably prompt me to do a bit more research.

My main problem with the ranking. Not so sure what you like so much about Ricky Sapp. He has not been productive over his career at Clemson. When you watch Clemson play, he doesn't consistently bring pressure off the edge. He was a guy who everyone was expecting to break out and he never did. He plays high and isn't nearly as explosive and you'd expect. Despite his lack of production, people believef in his upside because of athleticism. He was expect to put on a show at the combine, being rumored to run in the mid-low 4.5's, but he fell a bit short running a 4.70. Sapp is going to be limited to being a 3-4 OLB. I just don't see the natural pass rushing ability and subsequently, don't understand why he would be ranked ahead of Jerry Hughes. I know his frame and upside is more intriguing. But as far as getting after the quarterback, the thing he will get paid to do, he cannot touch Hughes.


That is all. Keep up the good work. I enjoy listening to your podcast every Saturday.

Thanks for the well thought out analysis Tackle, I always appreciate it. As for Bradford/Clausen, it is a debate. As I said, I think Clausen is the safer pick and I am scared about how Bradford will hold up. May make me end up looking like a fool, but I have yet to see him under pressure making throws necessary, which will happen in the NFL. That gives me a bit more pause. I'm all for him going #1 if the Rams feel he is a franchise QB, he has a lot more upside than Clausen.

I like Rennie Curran, think he is underrated. As for Roberts, everyone can listen to my first podcast to see what these rankings truly "are" but I am higher on him than most. He has aced everything this offseason, and guys I trust have confirmed that with tape. He won't be the 5th Wr off the board, heck, may not even be the one of the first 10 off the board, but I think it is right around where his talent level is.

I am a Sapp fan to be honest, in the right scheme. That is what is tough about rankings. I think Sapp on a team like Indianapolis would be a star. Elsewhere, maybe not. I'm intrigued by him as there were times at Clemson he zoomed past defenders and made big plays, but as you said, other times he just couldn't get off of blocks. He did tear his ACL two years ago, came back, and still was very productive. Two years later, maybe in a 3-4 scheme, I really am a fan. Give him good coaching and get him disciplined, he can be successful.

I think Gerhart is rated too low. I dont understand why there are still MAJOR questions about his speed. I understand he posted the fastest 40 of all the big backs at the combine (over 230) Why is still considered slow for?

Well, he didn't have many backs to compete with over 230. Watching the tape on him, I still don't see him getting away from defenders as much as I'd like, but that honestly isn't my biggest problem. It is his cuts, I just don't think they are NFL ready. It is something that can be coached, but he is going to have to be a plodder straight up and hit the hole without cutting or it will be a lot of losses and small gains. Gerhart will go high 2nd round, teams like him and have analyzed him, and he may put up 1200 yards a year, but never will be anything truly special which the backs above him can be.

Very high on LSU defenders... Al Woods (#10 DT), Perry Riley (#9 OLB), Chad Jones (#4 S)

Awesome work, a good read, and unique rankings. Were you planning on keeping the analysis at skill positions or expanding?

I am high on the LSU defenders, though not on purpose. I like Woods, and 10 may be too high, but his upside is tremendous. He is very strong, and just really flashed for me at the combine. I went back and watched more tape, and when focused in on him, he was inconsistent, but flashed at times. Perry Riley is underrated IMO, I wouldn't be surprised to see him go higher than people think. I like Chad Jones' upside, boom or bust type of prospect, but worth the risk.

My thoughts:

QB: McCoy, Tebow, and Snead should not be higher than guys like Pike and LeFevour. All 3 are HUGE projects but at least Tebow and Snead have arm strength.

WR: Damian Williams should be higher than Thomas and Roberts. Gilyard > LaFell; I also have a very bad feeling about LaFell.

TE: Graham waayyy too high.

OT: Anthony Davis is still the #2 OT. Trent Williams cant play LT (well) and Bulaga is not as talented as Davis.

OG: Mike Johnson waayy too high.

DT: Price >>>> Odrick. I really hate Odrick as a 4-3 DT, he needs to be a 34 DE.

OLB: Norwood is really low but I can see that for a 4-3 I guess. But in terms of 3-4 OLB he is definitley better than Gibson and most of the other prospects.

CB: Perrish Cox should be way higher.

If you've watched Pike this offseason, ugh, he hasn't looked good. I don't think he is NFL ready yet and will need more work than anyone above him IMO. I know lots are high on LeFevour, he needs as much work as Tebow but in different ways with his footwork and mechanics. Could he develop into a starter? Absolutely, but not right off the bat. I still think McCoy/Tebow have all the intangibles I want in a QB, and if I am going to take a project, I'll start there. As for Snead, his upside is tremendous and showed me at the combine there is still something there. He intrigues me.

I am lower on Damian Williams than most, he may end up the 4th WR off the board, but I'm not sold on him. Nothing to me looks polished on him, routes, hands, everything is sloppy at times.

Teams are loving Graham, may have to use a 2nd or early 3rd if a team wants him.

Williams showed me he can play LT, and Bulaga doesn't have as much natural talent, but we know he will work at it. Davis' combine didn't tell me about his talent, but told me he may lack the work ethic to work up to the numbers we expect. Not weighing in at your Pro Day? That was a big mistake. Something is wrong here...

I like Mike Johnson more than most, thought he was key to the offensive success by Alabama this year.

Price may not go in the first round anymore, and I still believe Odrick may move up draft boards as a 3-4 DE.

I like Norwood, think he will be successful, but he is such a niche fit.

Cox didn't answer any questions he had, he is falling fast.

you've got some 'splainin to do with Davis and McCOurty at 4 at their repsective positions...

and damn, D'Imperio not even viewed as a top 10 ILB. ugh how he's fallen

McCourty and Davis are grouped right in that four as the bottom of their given tiers. McCourty has a shot at Round 1, but I just see more consistency on tape from Jackson and Wilson in terms of sticking to receivers, using their hands, and all around in coverage. McCourty isn't far off from them. I explained Davis above.



I appreciate the rest of the comments! Glad to share this with everyone.

scottyboy
03-14-2010, 10:04 AM
wow, i'm surprised I didn't get a "shut up scotty" haha
I have no problem with your explaination with Davis.

The homer in me, and the amount I've seen of McCourty vs Jackson and Wilsom, disagrees with you on McCourty. His biggest knock I feel is his playmaking ability however. I feel McCourty's a better tackler than Jackson, and faster than Wilson (totally forgot his combine numbers though)
great stuff overall. And here we go...a non-Rutgers question, brace yourself:

Why Hughes so low? It IS a pretty good DE/pass rusher draft, I just feel he's a little low. What's your take on him?

Shane P. Hallam
03-14-2010, 10:27 AM
wow, i'm surprised I didn't get a "shut up scotty" haha
I have no problem with your explaination with Davis.

The homer in me, and the amount I've seen of McCourty vs Jackson and Wilsom, disagrees with you on McCourty. His biggest knock I feel is his playmaking ability however. I feel McCourty's a better tackler than Jackson, and faster than Wilson (totally forgot his combine numbers though)
great stuff overall. And here we go...a non-Rutgers question, brace yourself:

Why Hughes so low? It IS a pretty good DE/pass rusher draft, I just feel he's a little low. What's your take on him?

I think it would be tough to argue him being much higher than he is already. He and Sapp are pretty similar as both are going to be pure pass rushers at the next level. I love Hughes ability, but I still wonder about his explosiveness at the next level and how he'll do in space. I think Hughes will be a solid player, but a 2nd round pick in my book.

Babylon
03-14-2010, 12:25 PM
Johnathan Dwyers not on your top 10 RBs?

He's not where he should be on the list (lower) that's probably why you didnt notice him.

I'm not getting what Toby Gerhart has to do to get any respect around here. At the combine he clearly outshined Dwyer. Having Gerhart ranked below Dwyer and Best actually is beyond comprehension to me.

Rosebud
03-14-2010, 01:10 PM
I've asked in other threads, but why is Odrick ahead of Price and Houston at DT? Is it just because he's a better 5-tech?

golota
03-14-2010, 02:29 PM
He's not where he should be on the list (lower) that's probably why you didnt notice him.

I'm not getting what Toby Gerhart has to do to get any respect around here. At the combine he clearly outshined Dwyer. Having Gerhart ranked below Dwyer and Best actually is beyond comprehension to me.

He could have gained 3000 yds/40 tds and ran a 4.3 and did 40 bp and still not be the top ranked RB by the media (Kiper/McSHay) and the other pundits.

They would still say he doesnt 'look" fast and lacks explosion through the holes and makes poor cuts and is not NFL ready. Should be a FB.

ThePudge
03-14-2010, 02:38 PM
He could have gained 3000 yds/40 tds and ran a 4.3 and did 40 bp and still not be the top ranked RB by the media (Kiper/McSHay) and the other pundits.

They would still say he doesnt 'look" fast and lacks explosion through the holes and makes poor cuts and is not NFL ready. Should be a FB.

Well if he did all that then he'd be a different player and everyone would have to reconsider their ranking. If LeGarette Blount ran a 4.3 his stock would be much higher too.

Gerhart is plenty NFL ready, I'm just not sure any team is going to see him as a do-it-all, every-down back so he'll likely find himself in the 2nd-3rd Round drafted to be the thunder to a team's lightning.

Babylon
03-14-2010, 03:00 PM
Well if he did all that then he'd be a different player and everyone would have to reconsider their ranking. If LeGarette Blount ran a 4.3 his stock would be much higher too.

Gerhart is plenty NFL ready, I'm just not sure any team is going to see him as a do-it-all, every-down back so he'll likely find himself in the 2nd-3rd Round drafted to be the thunder to a team's lightning.

I thought he showed good hands at the combine so i think keeping him on the field on 3rd is no problem. As for how the game is played now no back is getting all the work.

Shane P. Hallam
03-14-2010, 08:03 PM
If you want more explanations, you can watch the video:

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thetedginnshow
03-14-2010, 08:21 PM
I think you should put up a green screen behind you so you can have videos of prospects going on constantly while you talk about them. And dress clothes!

DiG
03-14-2010, 09:17 PM
great job as always. only a few spots where i strongly disagree. i dont think dwyer is deserving of that high a rating and im not at all a nate allen fan. where would you put saffold on the guard rankings? i agree with where you have him on the OT rankings just curious where you put him as a guard prospect. i have him #2 after iupati.

Shane P. Hallam
03-15-2010, 04:23 AM
great job as always. only a few spots where i strongly disagree. i dont think dwyer is deserving of that high a rating and im not at all a nate allen fan. where would you put saffold on the guard rankings? i agree with where you have him on the OT rankings just curious where you put him as a guard prospect. i have him #2 after iupati.

I'd definitely agree with that.

I'm not letting the combine knock Dwyer down as much. His tape looks much better to me than the numbers suggest.

And feel free to send me a green screen ginn, haha.

UncleHulka
03-20-2010, 06:15 PM
Perry Riley is underrated IMO, I wouldn't be surprised to see him go higher than people think. I like Chad Jones' upside, boom or bust type of prospect, but worth the risk.


I agree with you. Saw quite of bit of both and while not sold on whether Jones will make it, believe that in the right system Riley could be a very solid pro. His game speed is impressive and the LSU coaches love him. In fact, I'm such a fan that I even want my Chargers to draft him, though he'd be out of position in many of their schemes. However, Rivera (Tony Iommi's eviler twin) has devolved their once aggressive 3-4 into a finesse hybrid in which he might find a place.