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McShay's Top 10 Seniors For 2008

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Brohm the early leader to be the top pick

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    By Todd McShay
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    Now that the 2007 NFL draft is over, it's time to starting thinking about the 2008 draft. Here are the top 10 as well as the top five by position.

    Top 10 for 2008
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    Louisville QB Brian Brohm completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 3,049 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2006.


    1. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
    Brohm lacks ideal mobility and has experienced some durability issues (thumb and shoulder) over the course of the past year. Otherwise, he possesses all the tangible and intangible qualities of a top-five draft pick. Brohm possesses prototypical size and good arm strength to go along with outstanding decision-making skills and accuracy as a passer. In order to land the top spot in the 2008 draft, Brohm must quickly adapt to new coach Steve Kragthorpe's system and avoid the nagging injuries that have plagued him in the past.

    2. Sam Baker, OT, USC

    Baker made a wise decision to return for his senior season, allowing him another full year to improve his bulk and strength. If he can carry more weight and become more physical in the run game without it affecting his outstanding feet and quickness, Baker will undoubtedly earn a top-10 spot in next year's draft. Baker will be fighting off Michigan's Jake Long for the honor of top offensive lineman in 2008.

    3. Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU

    Dorsey is an explosive one-gap defensive tackle with elite initial burst and change-of-direction skills for his size. After splitting time in a rotation behind Claude Wroten and Kyle Williams early in his career, Dorsey experienced a breakout season as a first-year starter in 2006 (64 total tackles, including 8.5 for losses). If he continues to improve his lower-body strength and overall technique as a senior, Dorsey should be the top interior defensive lineman selected in the 2008 draft

    4. Jake Long, OT, Michigan

    Long could have been a top-10 pick in the 2007 draft but instead elected to return to Ann Arbor for his final season of eligibility. At 6-foot-7, 320 pounds with great experience and quick feet, there's not many holes to pick in Long's game. He missed nearly half of the 2005 season with an ankle injury but returned to form as a full-time starter last year. Another healthy and productive campaign in 2007 should land Long a top-10 spot in next year's draft.

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    Early Doucet has all the makings of being the first WR drafted next year.

    5. Early Doucet, WR, LSU
    Doucet has paid his dues as the No. 3 receiver behind a pair of first-rounders in Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs, No. 23 overall) and Craig Davis (Chargers, No. 30 overall). Now it's Doucet's time to shine. The 6-foot, 205-pound speedster should quickly emerge as new starting QB Matt Flynn's favorite target. If Doucet embraces the spotlight and proves capable of handling the double-team attention that comes along with it, he could become the top receiver selected in the 2008 draft.

    6. Paul Oliver, CB, Georgia

    Oliver is one of the most underrated prospects in the 2008 class right now. This 6-foot, 205-pound cornerback impressed me with his improved coverage skills during the second half of the 2006 season, including a tremendous effort versus former Georgia Tech star WR Calvin Johnson (Lions, No. 2 overall). Don't be surprised if Oliver emerges as a top-10 pick a year from now.

    7. Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky

    The light finally came on for Woodson as a junior in 2006, when he threw 25 more touchdowns (31) compared to only one more interception (seven) from the previous year. The 6-5, 235-pound gunslinger is seeing the entire field and has learned to better protect the football. Woodson also has a strong arm and good mobility for his size. If he builds on this momentum as a senior, the top two quarterbacks (Brohm and Woodson) selected in the 2008 draft could hail from the state of Kentucky.

    8. Limas Sweed, WR, Texas

    Sweed is a thoroughbred wide receiver measuring in at 6-5 and 218 pounds with 4.5 speed. He led the Longhorns with 801 yards and 12 touchdowns on 46 receptions last season, including a career best eight-catch, 119-yard performance at Nebraska. QB Colt McCoy isn't a rookie anymore, which should lead to more opportunities for Sweed in a more wide-open Texas offense in 2007. Sweed can solidify his spot in Round 1 by running more polished routes and by continuing to step up in the big games.

    9. Chad Henne, QB, Michigan

    Henne is an experienced starter with good size and arm strength. He's not the type of quarterback that can carry a team, but he does an excellent job of managing games and distributing the ball to his playmakers. Henne made the wise decision of returning to school for his senior season in 2007. His accuracy and overall decision making must improve in order to warrant first-round consideration in the 2008 draft.

    10. Frank Okam, DT, Texas

    Okam's upside is nearly limitless. At 6-5, 320 pounds, he flashes the mobility and power to dominate the interior. Much like Michigan's Alan Branch, who dropped out of this year's first round, Okam's motor is too inconsistent. He needs to turn it up a notch and play with more fire in order to maximize his draft stock, which easily could reach top-10 heights.

    Top 5 by position

    Quarterbacks


    1. Brian Brohm, Louisville
    2. Andre Woodson, Kentucky
    3. Chad Henne, Michigan
    4. Colt Brennan, Hawaii
    5. Erik Ainge, Tennessee

    Running Backs

    1. Allen Patrick, Oklahoma
    2. Branden Ore, Virginia Tech
    3. Mike Hart, Michigan
    4. Dantrell Savage, Oklahoma State
    5. Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech

    Wide Receivers


    1. Early Doucet, LSU
    2. Limas Sweed, Texas
    3. Adarius Bowman
    4. Keenan Burton, Kentucky
    5. D.J. Hall, Alabama

    Tight Ends

    1. Martin Rucker, Missouri
    2. John Carlson, Notre Dame
    3. Dustin Keller, Purdue
    4. Jacob Tamme, Kentucky
    5. Fred Davis, USC

    Offensive Tackles

    1. Sam Baker, USC
    2. Jake Long, Michigan
    3. Gosder Cherilus, Boston College
    4. Barry Richardson, Clemson
    5. Tony Hills, Texas
    Guards

    1. Will Arnold, LSU
    2. Shannon Tevaga, UCLA
    3. Jordan Grimes, Purdue
    4. Adam Kraus, Michigan
    5. Andrew Crummey, Maryland

    Centers

    1. Kory Lichtensteiger, Bowling Green
    2. John Sullivan, Notre Dame
    3. Doug Legursky, Marshall
    4. Tony Brinkhaus, Minnesota
    5. Trevor Rees, Northwestern

    Defensive Ends

    1. Lawrence Jackson, USC
    2. Quentin Groves, Auburn
    3. Chris Long, Virginia
    4. Bruce Davis, UCLA
    5. Dexter Manley II, Oregon

    Defensive Tackles

    1. Glenn Dorsey, LSU
    2. Frank Okam, Texas
    3. DeMario Pressley, NC State
    4. Sedrick Ellis, USC
    5. Andre Fluellen, Florida State

    Inside Linebackers

    1. Vince Hall, Virginia Tech
    2. Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina
    3. Jonathan Goff, Vanderbilt
    4. Jeremy Leman, Illinois
    5. Mike Klinkenborg, Iowa

    Outside Linebackers


    1. Keith Rivers, USC
    2. Dan Connor, Penn State
    3. Malik Jackson, Louisville
    4. Xavier Adibi, Virginia Tech
    5. Phillip Wheeler, Georgia Tech

    Cornerbacks


    1. Paul Oliver, Georgia
    2. Antoine Cason, Arizona
    3. Dwight Lowery, San Jose State
    4. Terrell Thomas, USC
    5. DeJuan Tribble, Boston College

    Safeties

    1. Jonathan Hefney, Tennessee
    2. Darien Williams, Oklahoma
    3. Jamar Adams, Michigan
    4. Tierre Green, Nebraska
    5. Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame
  2. smarta5150

    smarta5150 Mr. Wright

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    Time to be a homer.

    Long could have been a top 10 THIS year but is only the 2nd best OT in 2008? Can someone please explain his logic.

    Marion Manningham will be top 5 on everyones board, top 3 actually.
  3. Hostile

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    I would take Long over Baker any day of the week, and that isn't a slight to Baker. He can definitely play. I just think Long is that good.

    Manningham will be a Junior, this list is Seniors.
  4. smarta5150

    smarta5150 Mr. Wright

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    Its not my fault you put that bit of information in the worst possible place...
  5. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    I'm devious that way.
  6. smarta5150

    smarta5150 Mr. Wright

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    The title?!?!

    I blow past those things apparently.
  7. dogberry

    dogberry Well-Known Member

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    Will we be converting Lawrence Jackson to OLB? I wasn't beaten enough as a child.
  8. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    Sammie Stroughter should be on that list in place of Adarius Bowman and D.J. Hall should be one of the top two guys at this point.
  9. mschmidt64

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    I'd guess he'll come out because this is a weak WR class compared to this year.
  10. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Agreed. I also think Jackson from California could. Nice to see you Schmitty.
  11. Rampage

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    atleast get his name right. it's MARIO
  12. BigWillie

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    Tierre Green the 4th best senior safety in the country?

    Dexter Manley II as the 5th best DE in the country? I'm guessing after starting zero games while having 8 tackles for the year gives him a great reason for being that high.

    Fred Davis that low?

    At least McShay doesn't surprise me with alot of stuff anymore.
  13. ThreeSportStar80

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    I like the QB from Kentucky, he's a got a chance to be a real good one.

    Brohm has bust written all over him in the NFL... He's a real statue in the pocket/ I like Brady Quinn over him and that's not really saying something...
  14. Hostile

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    The QB who intrigues me is Colt Brennan from Hawaii. He's 6'3" but only 196 pounds. He's a ball machine. Can just throw it all day long. Last year he threw for over 5500 yards and 58 TDs while completing over 72% of his passes. No idea what kind of NFL QB he might become but that has my attention.

    I also like Ainge from Tennessee a lot. Good mechanics on that kid. Seems to be pretty bright as well.
  15. CrazyCowboy

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    DMAC will come out hopefully
  16. RCowboyFan

    RCowboyFan New Member

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    Heck no way Henne is 1st round pick. He has the same issues as Navarre had. Up and down play. He probably at most worth low 2nd round pick. Unless he improves by leaps and bounds his senior year. Henne drives me crazy with his play.

    Some games he can be really good, then suddenly he will be throwing high/low/holding onto the ball etc.
  17. The30YardSlant

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    So basically, he's Brady Quinn
  18. RCowboyFan

    RCowboyFan New Member

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    Says the guy who thought Reggie McNeal is going to be a Better QB than Vince Young!! :rolleyes:
  19. cboyd

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    Adarius Bowman should be the top wr drafted when all said and done after seeing all the WR he is by far the best WR of this senior group. He just does not get his name mentioned just because he is not from a big time program.
  20. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    I would like to see more consistency out of Limas Sweed this year. Last year he dropped a lot of catchable balls. If he can keep his concentration he should be a bad mamma jamma this year and really put his draft stock high.

    I like OT Tony Hills. He is a mountain of a man and has been very good at UT. He definitely impresses me. I will keep an eye on him to see how he does this year.

    I would not be upset if we took Sweed and either Hills or Okam next year in the first.....

    Of course, make no mistake about it, my eyes will definitely be what I consider the prize, Darren McFadden.....

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