Top 32 NFL Draft Prospects

T.R. TaylorCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2009

All teams on draft day consult their big board, a list of how they rank every player in the draft. Here is my top 32 big board. This is not to show where players will go in the draft, but just an overall ranking of the 32 best players in the draft, regardless of position.

1. Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest

He has almost no flaws in his game. He is without a doubt the safest pick in the draft.

2. Eugene Monroe. OT, Virginia

His game is so polished that he should have no trouble starting and protecting his quarterback's backside on day one.

3. Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

A rare combination of athleticism and technique. He can be a great 4-3 defensive end or maybe a 3-4 outside linebacker.

4. Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss

He is often knocked because of his occasional lapse in technique and alleged learning disability. What he doesn't get enough credit for is his playing ability. He has the potential to be the best left tackle in this draft, maybe even the entire NFL.

5. Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

His athleticism and nasty play style is something every team looks for in a left tackle. His running game is a bit untested due to Baylor's scheme.

6. Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

Maybe he doesn't have elite speed but he has prototype hands for an NFL receiver.

7. Vonte Davis, CB, Illinois

He can be inconsistent with his play but none match his cover skills in this draft.

8. B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

Maybe the only dominant nose tackle in this draft. He is a great defensive anchor.

9. Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

A very techniquely sound player. Some think he will play free safety.

10. Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

A huge target with great hands. Pretty good blocker too.

11. Larry English, DE, Northern Illinois

He is way too quick for his size. Will create a lot of miss matches.

12. Everette Brown, DE, Florida State

Very quick and agile. Will make life hard for quarterbacks as a 4-3 end or 3-4 outside backer.

13. Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

Huge and strong with good athleticism for his size. Is a much better fit at right tackle. Had a bad episode at the combine and has weight problems.

14. Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

A huge defensive end who will excel at 5-tech in a 3-4 scheme.

15. Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa

He runs with incredible power and can be an every down back. Very underrated.

16. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia

Incredibly quick and agile. Runs north and south better than most backs like him.

17. Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia

Has an incredible arm but needs to be more accurate and make better decisions.

18. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

Has amazing speed with pretty good hands. Needs to run better routes.

19. Rey Maualuga, LB, USC

A big tough player who can be a forceful run stopper. Still a bit raw.

20. Evander "Ziggy" Hood, DT, Missouri

Very quick one-gap penetrator who can keep quarterbacks under pressure.

21. Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss

A strong one-gap penetrator who is quick for his position.

22. LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh

Very fast with the vision you look for in a running back.

23. Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State

A very big back with great speed. Pay no attention to his combine 40-time.

24. Patrick Chung, S, Oregon

A good athlete who is not afraid to play in the box. A violent hitter.

25. Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest

A very athletic playmaker who should be able to translate his play to the NFL.

26. Brian Cushing, LB, USC

An incredible raw talent who spends plenty of time in the weight room. Boom or bust.

27. Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech

He is a true freak of nature. Incredible size and athleticism. Must play more consistent.

28. Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee

Has a very quick burst off the line with great technique.

29. Clint Sintim, OLB, Virginia

Played in a 3-4 scheme in college and excelled at it. Safest 3-4 outside linebacker pick in the draft.

30. Eben Britton, OT, Arizona

A very smart and techniquely sound player with great size.

31. Jamon Meredith, OT, South Carolina

An incredible athlete who should have no problem with NFL speed rushers.

32. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

A receiver with absurd speed. Has decent hands and could improve his route running.


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