2010 NFL Draft: Top Five Players By Position

T.R. TaylorCorrespondent IApril 19, 2010

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Eric Berry #14 of the Tennessee Volunteers looks on against the UCLA Bruins on September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. UCLA beat Tennessee 19-15. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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These are my top five players at each position in this week's NFL Draft.

I know a lot of them go against the majority, but this is how I see it. I'll explain my reasoning on some of the more controversial ones.


1. Jimmy Clausen, ND—Clausen has a strong arm and is experienced in a pro-style offense. He played well in Charlie Weis' system and he is the most NFL ready QB in this draft.

2. Sam Bradford, OU—It's not that I don't like him, I think he will be a good QB in the NFL, he is just not quite as prepared as Clausen.

3. Colt McCoy, UT

4. Tim Tebow, UF

5. Jarrett Brown, WVU


1. C.J. Spiller, Clemson

2. Johnathan Dwyer, GT—I have him this high for the same reasons I had Shonn Greene at No. One last year. Dwyer is a powerful runner and will transition to the NFL well.

3. Ryan Matthews, Fresno St.

4. Jahvid Best, Cal

5. Ben Tate, Auburn—He had a nice combine but what I like about Tate is his hard-nosed running style. He runs hard through the hole and has a nice combination of size and speed.

Wide Receivers

1. Dez Bryant, Oklahoma St.

2. Damian Williams, USC—I really wanted to put him at No. One, but Bryant's physical tools and potential talked me out of it. However, Williams is ready to play in the NFL now. He runs great routes and has nice hands. He will make a team very happy.

3. Arrelious Benn, Illinois

4. Golden Tate, ND

5. Demarius Thomas, GT—The only reason I don't have Thomas higher is because of the system he played in at Georgia Tech. He will be a terrifying weapon if he can run routes well.


1. Jermaine Gresham, OU

2. Rob Gronkowski, Arizona

3. Anthony McCoy, USC

4. Ed Dickson, Oregon

5. Dennis Pitta, BYU

Offensive Tackle

1. Russell Okung, Oklahoma St.

2. Anthony Davis, Rutgers—He has everything you could want in a left tackle: size, agility, footwork, strength. He needs to overcome his weight problems though.

3. Bruce Campbell, Maryland—He is an athletic freak of nature. He is well built and can physically dominate at the next level. Needs a little work with his technique.

4. Bryan Bulaga, Iowa—Bulaga is a hardworking player with good technique. Unfortunately, he is not the most athletic tackle in this draft. Ceiling may be low.

5a. Trent Williams, OU—A massive tackle who can dominate opponents with his strength. Athletic for his size but may struggle with NFL speed rushers.

5b. Charles Brown, USC—QBs can feel comfortable with him protecting their blindside. He does not possess elite strength.

Interior Offensive Line

1. Mike Iupati, Idaho—I don't see him as a tackle like some do but he is such a dominant guard that he might crack the top 20.

2. Maurkice Pounce, UF—Can play guard or center very well.

3. Jon Asamoah, Illinois

4. Mike Johnson, Bama

5. John Jerry, Ole Miss—Jerry will need to move to guard at the next level due to his inability to deal with speed off the edge at tackle. He should be right at home mauling interior linemen with help on both sides.

Defensive End

1. Derrick Morgan, GT

2. Brandon Graham, Michigan—He embarrassed Bryan Bulaga. Great burst and use of his hands will help him at the next level.

3. Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida

4. Everson Griffen, USC

5. Carlos Dunlap, UF—At 6'6" and 280 lbs with a 40 time in the 4.5s at his pro day, Dunlap will have some peoples attention this week (Al Davis.) If he gave more consistent effort he could be a force to be reckoned with.

Defensive Tackles

1. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska—I like him as a better overall player than McCoy.

2. Gerald McCoy, OU—Great  at gap penetration. The Bucs might be seeing Warren Sapp flashbacks if he is available at pick three.

3. Terrance Cody, Bama—I know this will take some flak but Cody is the absolute prototype 3-4 nose tackle. Every 3-4 team could use him. After dropping from 420 lbs at the JC level to 354 lbs now, he moves like no one his size should be able to. He must be double teamed.

4. Dan Williams, Tennessee—He has versatility in a 4-3 or 3-4. With so many 3-4 teams needing a nose tackle he might be in high demand during the first round.

5. Brian Price, UCLA—A disruptive force against the run or pass with a non-stop motor. Fits best in a 4-3.

Outside Linebacker

1. Sean Weatherspoon, Mizz

2. Sergio Kindle, UT—Has experience rushing with his hand in the dirt as well as standing. Will produce for a lucky 3-4 team.

3. Daryl Washington, TCU

4. Navorro Bowman, PSU

5. Jerry Hughes, TCU—His size and athleticism may call for him to move to 3-4 outside backer.

Inside Linebacker

1. Rolondo McClain, Bama—Incredibly smart. Can play 3-4 inside backer or 4-3 middle backer.

2. Sean Weatherspoon, Mizz—Yes, I'm cheating. Weatherspoon is a vocal leader and has the skills to play inside or middle backer too.

3. Brandon Spikes, UF—I don't care what his 40 time is, Brandon Spikes can play the game. He has great instincts and reactions. He finds the ball and makes plays consistently.

4. Sean Lee, PSU

5. Pat Angerer, Iowa


1. Joe Haden, UF

2. Kyle Wilson, Boise St.

3. Patrick Robinson, Florida St.

4. Devin McCourty, Rutgers

5. Perrish Cox, Oklahoma St.—I know most would like to see Kareem Jackson here but I like Cox a little better for his speed and ball skills.


1. Eric Berry, Tennessee

2. Earl Thomas, Texas

3. Taylor Mays, USC—An absolute freak of nature. With some good coaching and/or the right scheme he can be dominant player.

4. Myron Rolle, Florida St.—He fell way off the radar by missing last season. But he missed the season to study at Oxford. Rolle is incredibly smart, something that is often overlooked for athleticism. A possible first round pick if he declared last year, Rolle will be a steal for whoever picks him.

5. Nate Allen, South Florida


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