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It was pretty much the consensus that he was top 5, or at least top 10, coming into the season (ala Quentin Moses for 07). Obviously he isn't that now due to performance and mental issues but that was then and this is now.
Tommy Blake was never a top 5 lock entering the year. At best, top 10, but more likely 10-20. Entering the year, the talk was around Darren McFadden, Glenn Dorsey, Jake Long, Brian Brohm as the main 4, from what I recall, with several guys in that 5th spot, ranging from 3 USC guys (Sam Baker, Sedrick Ellis, Keith Rivers), to 2 U guys (Calais Campbell, Kenny Phillips), and several other options.