The 2008 NFL Draft has just concluded, NFL rookies will be reporting to mini camp (or beginning their holdout) soon, and spring ball is in full swing on the campuses of the top colleges in America. Which brings us to the preview of the 2009 NFL Draft, which can never come to early, right? Whose stock will fall and who will solidify themselves as #1? Only time will tell, but i can guess. Here my Top 10 players to watch for the upcoming college football season.
Matt Stafford Junior QB Georgia
Matt Stafford has the arm and smarts to be an NFL Franchise Quarterback. If he has a Heisman caliber season or leads his team to the National Championship, expect him to be in contention for the #1 overall pick.
Michael Crabtree So (Rs.) WR Texas Tech
This talented redshirted sophomore put up astounding numbers last year at pass happy Texas Tech. But don't think that those stats are inflated because of the offense or a fluke, he is the real deal. He is one of the more athletic receivers to come around in quite some time. At 6-3 208 he has good size for a WR and the production speaks for itself. While he may not come out this year, he will be a top pick if he does.
James Laurinitis Senior LB Ohio State
Everybody was shocked when this guy decided to stay in school. He woud've been a first round pick in last weeks draft, but passed on the millions because he loves to play college ball. He is a tackling machine with a good head on his shoulders. At 6'3 244lbs Laurinitis has the size to play in the NFL and be the most NFL ready prospect available.
Tim Tebow Junior QB Florida
Lasts years Heisman winner maybe the most intriguing prospect out there. While the system he runs at Florida does not translate to the NFL, Tebow has the athleticism and the arm to make it in the NFL.
Malcom Jenkins Senior CB Ohio State
Jenkins figures to be the top CB prospect in the 09 Draft after staying out of the CB heavy 2008 NFL Draft. Jenkins is a playmaker and could be a top 5 pick although there are some questions about his 40 time.
Michael Oher Senior LT Ole Miss
Oher decided to stay in school after many projected him to be a late first round pick in last weeks draft. If he has a solid senior season and adds more strength to his already massive 6-5 frame he could be the first tackle of the board.He has excellent footwork and enough quickness to handle the talented pass rushers of the NFL.
Rey Maualuga Senior LB USC
At 6'3 250 Maualuga has the size that NFL scouts love in a middle linebacker. He is a run stuffer who has excellent speed and quickness. Could have been a Top 10 pick is he came out last year.
George Selvie Junior (Rs) DE USF
Selvie is instant pass rush. Posting 14.5 sacks last year, he was an absolute terror to QBs. He has the speed as an end rusher that NFL teams love. If he adds some weight this year and has another productive season look for him to go early on in the draft.
Myron Rolle Junior S Florida State
Rolle has everything you want in a safety, size, speed, anticipation, toughness. He can play both safety and corner and can be a playmaker at both. Expect him to be the first safety of the board.
C.J. Spiller Junior RB Clemson
Spiller is a homerun hitter who has the blazing speed NFL scouts crave. He doesnt have a lot of wear and tear, but does have enough experience to be able to play in the NFL.