2010 NFL Draft: A Look Ahead

David Nelson@JvilleJaguarsCorrespondent IIIApril 23, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners warm-ups against the Florida Gators during the FedEx BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

What is this?  We are finally about to witness the 2009 NFL draft, and I decide to write about next year's NFL draft?

I know it may seem a little bit early, but next year at this time there will be another NFL draft.  There will be the next big-time quarterback, along with countless players climbing up the board.

The question is, who can we hope to land on our favorite teams next year?

Here are some guys that just may end up being the top prospects for the NFL in 2010:

1. QB/Oklahoma Sam Bradford—He could have come out this year and have been selected as either the first or second quarterback taken.  I personally think he would've been taken first overall by the Detroit Lions.  Bradford, however, decided to return to Oklahoma for his junior season.  As long as he doesn't suffer a devastating injury, or somehow downgrade his play, Bradford will more than likely be a top pick next year.

Comparison: QB/CIN Carson Palmer

Prediction: Top three draft pick.


2. ILB/Florida Brandon Spikes—Deciding to stick around another year will help boost his draft day value.  Spikes is a beast of an inside linebacker, and he will be the most sought after linebacker in next year's draft class.  Great size and speed give him the tools to become a great player at the next level.

Comparison: LB/Giants Antonio Pierce

Prediction: Top five draft pick


3. QB/Texas Colt McCoy—Continuing with an impressive quarterback draft class, McCoy is a great quarterback that will be next year's Mark Sanchez.  He will be the second quarterback to get selected, and after Bradford goes in the top three, McCoy will be the young quarterback that any team with issues at the position will want. 

Comparison: QB/SD Philip Rivers

Prediction: Top 10 draft pick


4. S/USC Taylor Mays—Amazingly talented safety that is a complete beast at the position.  Due to his size, Mays might become a linebacker at the next level and play similarly to Thomas Davis on the Carolina Panthers, who was converted from safety to linebacker in his rookie season in 2005. 

Comparison: S/DEN Brian Dawkins

Prediction: Top 10 draft pick


5. S/Tennessee Eric Berry—Another safety?  That's right.  Unlike this year, next year is going to have plenty of talent at the safety position.  Berry may end up being the best out of them all, especially if Mays gets converted to linebacker.  Berry will get picked early, and somebody will get a great safety for years to come.

Comparison: S/BAL Ed Reed

Prediction: Top 10 draft pick


6. OLB/Texas Sergio Kindle—Recording 8.5 sacks in his junior campaign, Kindle is a great pass-rusher that was shadowed behind Brian Orakpo as the Longhorns' defensive standout.  Kindle is a great player who will be the first outside linebacker off the board. 

Comparison: OLB/SD Shaun Phillips

Prediction: Top 10 draft pick


7. OT/Iowa Bryan Bulaga—Looks like he might end up being the best offensive tackle in next year's draft. Looked very solid blocking for Shonn Green last season.  As long as Bulaga puts up a solid year next year, he should be guaranteed to be the first offensive lineman taken in the draft.

Comparison: OT/PHI Jason Peters

Prediction: Top 10 draft pick


8. OT/Oklahoma State Russell Okung—Another very solid offensive lineman prospect.  At 6'5", Okung is a beast of a player and had a very solid year last season.  There is a chance Okung could become the best offensive tackle in the draft, but as of right now, I would say Bulaga has the advantage.

Comparison: OT/CAR Jordan Gross

Prediction: Top 15 draft pick


9. TE/Oklahoma Jermaine Gresham—He would have been the first tight end taken in this year's draft if he declared, but sticking around another year will just boost his stock for next season.  Gresham is a very talented tight end and will lead next year's tight end draft class as the best one in the group. He is 6'5" and has good speed for a tight end.

Comparison: Tony Gonzalez

Prediction: Top 15 draft pick


10. WR/Oklahoma State Dez Bryant—Wow, two players from Oklahoma State?  There is no denying that Bryant is a very talented wide receiver, and he will lead next year's group as the best one.  He has great size, hands, and speed.  He might end up being a top five pick, but as of right now, he has some work to do to get there. 

Comparison: WR/ARI Anquan Boldin

Prediction: Top 15 draft pick


Those are ten greatly talented prospects for next year's draft.  With plenty of time from now until then, I'm sure some of these guys' stock will rise, and some will fall.  Here are a couple of other guys worth consideration for top picks:

QB/Florida - Tim Tebow, DT/Alabama - Terrence Cody, RB/Oklahoma - DeMarco Murray, RB/Clemson - CJ Spiller, DE/South Florida - George Selvie