The NFP Super 30: A Look at The Top Prospects For The 2010 NFL Draft

Dale ThortonCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2009

In the second installment of the National Football Post’s Super 30, we break down and rank the nation’s top draft-eligible prospects through the first five weeks of the college football season.

  1. QB Jake Locker, Washington (6-3, 226)
  The nation’s top quarterback prospect.

2. DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (6-4, 302)
He’s been downright dominant at times this season.

3. S Eric Berry, Tennessee (5-11, 203)
One of the most instinctive safeties to come along in years. Looks like an instant impact player in the NFL.

4. DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma (6-4, 298)
A disruptive force inside who plays with a great motor and consistently finds the football.

5. OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa (6-6, 312)
Picked up right where he left off this week after missing three games with a thyroid condition.

6. QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame (6-3, 223)
His ability to play through pain and bring his team from behind the past two weeks really has his stock soaring.

7. ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama (6-4, 256)
Possesses an impressive athletic skill set for his size and has the ability to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.

8. WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State (6-2, 220)
A powerful route runner who displays the short-area quickness to separate out of his breaks and create after the catch.

9. S Taylor Mays, USC (6-3, 235)
Showcased the type of play-making ability last week vs. Cal that makes him a top 10-caliber prospect.

10. DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida (6-6, 290)
A gifted physical specimen who is now starting to put in the necessary work at practice to take his game to the next level.

11. DT Terrence Cody, Alabama (6-5, 365)
All the guy does is make everyone around him better. I can’t imagine him lasting very long on draft day.

12. DT Arthur Jones, Syracuse (6-3, 295)
A powerful interior presence who uses his hands well to shed blocks and always seems to be making plays on the football.

13. OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers (6-6, 325)
Showcases the size, power and fluidity to develop into a starting-caliber left tackle at the next level.

14. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (6-4, 223)
It will be interesting to see how well Bradford plays once he returns behind the Sooners’ spotty offensive line.

15. RB Jahvid Best, California (5-10, 195)
He’s still a big-time weapon in the open field, but opposing defenses have slowed him down in recent weeks by crowding the box.

16. OLB/DE Ricky Sapp, Clemson (6-4, 248)
The guy makes a living behind the line of scrimmage and has the ability to consistently shed blocks and get after the passer.

17. RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech (5-11, 235)
He’s finally starting to get on track this season and is showcasing the type of talent that makes me think he has the ability to be a featured NFL back.

18. DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State (6-6, 287)
A physically imposing defensive end who has the makings of an impact three-down lineman at the next level.

19. RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson (5-11, 195)
An X-factor on offense who has the ability to create in both the run and pass game.

20. QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (6-7, 238)
He’s red-shirt sophomore who’s draft eligible and possesses a skill set very similar to Ravens QB Joe Flacco.

21. WR Mike Williams, Syracuse (6-2, 204)
An impressive size/speed athlete who can make plays vertically down the field and is a big jump-ball threat.

22. DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina (6-3, 305)
We all knew the physical tools where there, but he’s doing a much better job finding the football this year and using his hands to shed blocks.

23. DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech (6-4, 272)
Possesses the tools to get after the quarterback in a variety of ways.

24. WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois (6-2, 220)
Looked physical and explosive last week vs. Penn State and has the build to make an impact in the NFL from day one.

25. OLB Eric Norwood, South Carolina (6-0, 252)
He isn’t the tallest of linebackers, but the guy is a force when asked to make plays off the edge.

26. DE Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech (6-2, 252)
Exhibits an impressive first step, and his improved power and pad level has really enhanced his ability to get after the passer.

27. RB Noel Devine, West Virginia (5-8, 176)
There’s no denying the kid’s athletic skill set. He looks like a real play-making type scat-back in the NFL.

28. OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State (6-5, 302)
Showcases good fluidity and body control in pass protection, but needs to continue to add more base strength.

29. DT Allen Bailey, Miami (6-4, 288)
The physical skill set is there, but he disappears during stretches of games too often.

30. DT Phil Taylor, Baylor (6-4, 355)
A massive interior lineman who has the ability to anchor a defense at the next level.

Super 30 no more:

OT Nate Solder, Colorado (6-9, 305)
Too raw and won’t be ready until 2011.

OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland (6-7, 310)
Injuries have been his toughest opponent so far this season.

CB Joe Haden, Florida (5-11, 190)
How can a guy so physically gifted give up so many plays?

QB Jevan Snead, Mississippi (6-3, 215)
Consistency is the key to Snead’s play if he hopes to rebound.

OLB Rennie Curran, Georgia (5-11, 225)

An undersized linebacker who is really scheme-limited at the next level.

WR Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas (6-3, 200)
Straight-line speed is his biggest question.

OT Jarriel King, South Carolina (6-5, 312)
Doesn’t always take the best of angles off the snap and needs to add a little more polish to his game.

Just missed the cut:

OLB Bruce Carter, North Carolina (6-3, 225)
OLB/DE Jerry Hughes, TCU (6-2, 257)
QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati (6-6, 226)
DE Greg Hardy, Mississippi (6-4, 265)
QB Colt McCoy, Texas (6-2, 212)
QB Tim Tebow, Florida (6-3, 245)
WR Brandon LaFell, LSU (6-3, 206)
ILB Brandon Spikes, Florida (6-3, 256)
OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri (6-1, 245)
FS Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech (6-1, 210)
TE Ed Dickson, Oregon (6-4, 243)
TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma (6-6, 258)


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