Only 32 men per year can call themselves first-round draft picks. That man you see on the left will likely be the first of the 2010 class come this Thursday.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t more than 32 who are “worthy” per se, but for those near the cut it sometimes comes down to the luck of the draw.
Even after all the combine activities, pro days, and private workouts are done and the “grades” are finalized, there are still external personnel factors in play that can move a fringe player either into or out of the top 32.
Based on what they’ve done and where they fit in (and perhaps a little draft-day maneuvering), a few guys who were initially considered second-round prospects inevitably find their way into the bottom of the first round—an honor that’s also accompanied by a lot more money.
While anything can still happen in the final few days leading up to the draft, these five players could likely be the one or ones who find their way into Thursday’s proceedings.
NOTE: All rankings courtesy of NFL Draft Scout and cbssports.com.