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Position Rankings (1/15)

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by theogt, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    This is a from a poster (dranik44) on another site I visit. I'm just posting it because I respect the poster and think he's pretty much spot on with his rankings.

    So, here they are...

    Quarterbacks

    1 Matt Ryan, Boston College
    2 Brian Brohm, Louisville
    3 Andre Woodson, Kentucky
    4 Colt Brennan, Hawaii
    5 Dennis Dixon, Oregon
    6 John David Booty, USC
    7 Joe Flacco, Delaware
    8 Chad Henne, Michigan
    9 Erik Ainge, Tennessee
    10 Josh Johnson, San Diego
    11 Ricky Santos, New Hampshire
    12 Sam Keller, Nebraska
    13 Matt Flynn, LSU
    14 Paul Smith, Tulsa
    15 Tyler Donovan, Wisconsin

    Running Backs

    1 Darren McFadden, Arkansas*
    2 Jonathan Stewert, Oregon*
    3 Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois*
    4 Felix Jones, Arkansas*
    5 Kevin Smith, Central Florida*
    6 Jamaal Charles, Texas*
    7 Chris Johnson, East Carolina
    8 Ray Rice, Rutgers*
    9 Steve Slaton West Virginia*
    10 Mike Hart, Michigan
    11 Matt Forte, Tulane
    12 Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech
    13 Allen Patrick, Oklahoma
    14 Dantrell Savage, Oklahoma State
    15 James Davis, Clemson*
    16 Justin Forsett, California
    17 Ryan Torain, Arizona State
    18 Tony Temple, Missouri
    19 Cory Boyd, South Carolina
    20 Xavier Omon, Northwest Missouri State
    21 Rafeal Little, Kentucky
    22 Andre Callender, Boston College
    23 BenJarvis Green-Ellis, Mississippi
    24 Chauncey Washington, USC
    25 Omar Cuff, Deleware

    Fullbacks

    1 Owen Schmitt, West Virginia (FB)
    2 Jacob Hester, LSU (FB/HB)
    3 Peyton Hillis, Arkansas (FB/HB)
    4 Brandon McAnderson, Kansas
    5 Jerome Felton, Furman (FB)

    Wide Receivers

    1 Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma*
    2 DeSean Jackson, California*
    3 Mario Manningham, Michigan*
    4 Early Doucet, LSU
    5 Limas Sweed, Texas
    6 Adarius Bowman, Oklahoma State
    7 James Hardy, Indiana*
    8 Harry Douglas, Louisville
    9 Devin Thomas, Michigan State*
    10 Dorien Bryant, Purdue
    11 Jordy Nelson, Kansas State
    12 Davone Bess, Hawaii*
    13 Lavelle Hawkins, California
    14 Adrian Arrington, Michigan*
    15 Steve Johnson, Kentucky
    16 Robert Jordan, California
    17 Earl Bennett Vanderbilt
    18 D.J. Hall, Alabama
    19 Keenan Burton, Kentucky
    20 Josh Morgan, Virginia Tech
    21 Donnie Avery, Houston
    22 Darius Reynaud, West Virginia*
    23 Marcus Monk, Arkansas
    24 Eddie Royal, Virginia Tech
    25 Rudy Burgess, Arizona State
    26 Andre Caldwell, Florida
    27 Jason Rivers, Hawaii
    28 Taj Smith Syracuse
    29 Maurice Purify, Nebraska
    30 Marcus Henry, Kansas
    31 Ryan Grice-Mullen, Hawaii*
    32 Mario Urrutia, Louisville*
    33 William Franklin, Missouri
    34 Anthony Alridge, Houston
    35 Jabari Arthur, Akron

    Tight Ends

    1 Martin Rucker, Missouri
    2 Fred Davis, USC
    3 John Carlson, Notre Dame
    4 Martellus Bennett, Texas A&M*
    5 Kellen Davis, Michigan State
    6 Jacob Tamme, Kentucky
    7 Jermichael Finley, Texas*
    8 Tom Santi, Virginia
    9 Dustin Keller, Purdue
    10 Brad Cottam, Tennessee
    11 Darrell Strong, Pitt
    12 Gary Barnidge, Louisville

    Tackles

    1 Jake Long, Michigan
    2 Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh
    3 Ryan Clady, Boise State*
    4 Michael Oher, Mississippi*
    5 Sam Baker, USC
    6 Anthony Collins, Kansas
    7 Barry Richardson, Clemson
    8 Chris Williams, Vanderbilt
    9 Kirk Barton, Ohuio State
    10 Tony Hills, Texas
    11 Gosder Cherilus, Boston College
    12 Carl Nicks, Nebraska
    13 King Dunlap, Auburn
    14 Pedro Sosa, Rutgers
    15 John Greco, Toledo

    Guards

    1 Eric Young, Tennessee
    2 Roy Schuening, Oregon State
    3 Chilo Rachal, USC
    4 Duane Brown, Virginia Tech
    5 Branden Albert, Virginia
    6 Robert Felton, Arkansas
    7 Mike McGlynn, Pittsburgh
    8 Shannon Tevaga, UCLA
    9 Adam Kraus, Michigan
    10 Drew Radovich, USC
    11 Jordan Grimes, Purdue*
    12 Jeremy Zuttah, Rutgers
    13 Chris McDuffie, Clemson
    14 Martin O'Donnell, Illinois
    15 Hercules Satele, Hawaii
    16 Andrew Bain, Miami
    17 Andrew Crummey, Maryland
    18 Kirk Elder, Texas A&M
    19 Oniel Cousins, UTEP
    20 Heath Benedict, Newberry

    Centers

    1 Adam Speiker, Missouri
    2 Steve Justice, Wake Forest
    3 John Sullivan, Notre Dame
    4 Mike Pollak, Arizona State
    5 Kory Lichtensteiger, Bowling Green
    6 Cody Wallace, Texas A&M
    7 Matt Spanos, USC
    8 Doug Legursky, Marshall

    Defensive Ends

    1 Chris Long, Virginia
    2 Vernon Gholston, Ohio State*
    3 Calais Campbell, Miami*
    4 Chris Ellis, Virginia Tech
    5 Derrick Harvey, Florida*
    6 Quentin Groves, Auburn (OLB)
    7 Phillip Merling, Clemson*
    8 Lawrence Jackson, USC
    9 Bruce Davis, UCLA (OLB)
    10 Cliff Avril, Purdue (OLB)
    11 Titus Brown, Mississippi State (OLB)
    12 Tommy Blake, TCU
    13 Darrell Robertson, Georgia Tech
    14 Marcus Howard, Georgia (OLB)
    15 Wallace Gilberry, Alabama
    16 Jonal Saint-Dic, Michigan State
    17 Eric Foster, Rutgers
    18 Kendall Langford, Hampton
    19 Jason Jones, Eastern Michigan (OLB)
    20 Louis Holmes, Arizona (OLB)
    21 Johnny Dingle, West Virginia
    22 Kenny Iwebema, Iowa
    23 Chris Harrington, Texas A&M
    24 Chase Ortiz, TCU
    25 Joe Clermond, Pitt

    Defensive Tackles

    1 Glenn Dorsey, LSU
    2 Sedrick Ellis, USC
    3 DeMario Pressley, N.C. State
    4 Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina
    5 Pat Sims, Auburn*
    6 Dre Moore, Maryland
    7 Marcus Harrison, Arkansas
    8 Frank Okam, Texas
    9 Red Bryant, Texas A&M
    10 James McClinton, Kansas
    11 Lionel Dotson, Arizona
    12 Nick Hayden, Wisconsin
    13 Trevor Laws, Notre Dame
    14 Brigham Hartwell, UCLA
    15 Keilen Dykes, West Virginia
    16 Chris Norwell, Illinois
    17 Letroy Guion, Florida State*
    18 Carlton Powell, Virginia Tech
    19 Andre Fluellen, Florida State
    20 Derek Lokey, Texas

    Outside Linebackers

    1 Keith Rivers, USC
    2 Dan Connor, Penn State
    3 Shawn Crable, Michigan
    4 Erin Henderson, Maryland*
    5 Ali Highsmith, LSU
    6 Xavier Adibi, Virginia Tech
    7 Jordon Dizon, Colorado
    8 Beau Bell, UNLV
    9 Larry Grant, Ohio State
    10 Geno Hayes, Florida State
    11 Wesley Woodyard, Kentucky (S)
    12 Alvin Bowen, Iowa State
    13 LaMar Myles, Louisville
    14 Steve Octavien, Nebraska
    15 Malik Jackson, Louisville

    Inside Linebackers

    1 Curtis Lofton, Oklahoma*
    2 Jonathan Goff, Vanderbilt
    3 Philip Wheeler, Georiga Tech (OLB)
    4 Jerod Mayo, Tennessee
    5 Tavares Gooden, Miami
    6 Vince Hall, Virginia Tech
    7 Ezra Butler, Nevada
    8 Jeremy Leman, Illinois
    9 Spencer Larsen, Arizona
    10 Ben Moffitt, South Florida
    11 Bo Ruud, Nebraska
    12 Jolonn Dunbar, Boston College

    Cornerbacks

    1 Antoine Cason, Arizona
    2 Mike Jenkins, South Florida
    3 Aqib Talib, Kansas*
    4 Leodis McKelvin, Troy
    5 DeJuan Tribble, Boston College
    6 Chevis Jackson, LSU
    7 Brandon Flowers, Virginia Tech*
    8 Jack Ikegwuonu, Wisconsin*
    9 Dwight Lowry, San Jose State
    10 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State
    11 Terrell Thomas, USC
    12 Trae Williams, South Florida
    13 Patrick Lee, Auburn
    14 Justin King, Penn State*
    15 Charles Godfrey, Iowa
    16 Jack Williams, Kent State
    17 Tracy Porter, Indiana
    18 Orlando Scandrick, Boise State
    19 Terrence Wheatley, Colorado
    20 Zach Bowman, Nebraska
    21 D.J. Wolfe, Oklahoma
    22 Wilrey Fontenot, Arizona
    23 Marcus Walker, Oklahoma
    24 Simeion Castille, Alabama
    25 Jonathan Zenon, LSU
    26 Glenn Sharpe, Miami
    27 Tyvon Branch, Connecticut
    28 Darnell Terrell, Missouri
    29 Roshaun Fellows, Tennessee
    30 Jonathan Wilhite, Auburn

    Safeties

    1 Kenny Phillips, Miami*
    2 Reggie Smith, Oklahoma*
    3 Jamie Silva, Boston College
    4 Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame
    5 Josh Barrett, Arizona State
    6 Craig Steltz, LSU
    7 Marcus Griffin, Texas
    8 DaJuan Morgan, N.C. State*
    9 Thomas DeCoud, California
    10 Jamar Adams, Michigan
    11 Chris Horton, UCLA
    12 Eric Wicks, West Virginia
    13 Quentin Demps, UTEP
    14 Ryan Mundy, West Virginia
    15 Dennis Keyes, UCLA
    16 Jonathan Hefney, Tennessee
    17 Tony Joiner , Florida
    18 D.J. Parker, Virginia Tech


    Top 50

    1 Darren McFadden, HB, Arkansas*
    2 Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
    3 Chris Long, DE, Virginia
    4 Jake Long, OT Michigan
    5 Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
    6 Vernon Gholston, DE/OLB, Ohio State*
    7 Jonathan Stewert, HB, Oregon*
    8 Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
    9 Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
    10 Kenny Phillips, S, Miami*
    11 Keith Rivers, OLB/ILB, USC
    12 Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
    13 Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State*
    14 Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona
    15 Rashard Mendenhall, HB, Illinois*
    16 Michael Oher OT/OG, Mississippi*
    17 Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma*
    18 Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
    19 Calais Campbell, DE, Miami*
    20 Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas*
    21 Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan*
    22 Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky
    23 Sam Baker, OT, USC
    24 Felix Jones, HB, Arkansas*
    25 Reggie Smith, S, Oklahoma*
    26 DeSean Jackson, WR, California
    27 Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
    28 Dan Connor, OLB/ILB, Penn State
    29 Early Doucet, WR, LSU
    30 Shawn Crable, OLB/DE, Michigan
    31 Martin Rucker, TE, Missouri
    32 Chris Ellis, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
    33 Curtis Lofton, ILB, Oklahoma*
    34 Kentwan Balmer, DT/DE, North Carolina
    35 Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida*
    36 DeMario Pressley, DT/DE, N.C. State
    37 Limas Sweed, WR, Texas
    38 DeJuan Tribble, CB, Boston College
    39 Quentin Groves, OLB/DE, Auburn
    40 James Hardy, WR, Indiana*
    41 Pat Sims, DT/NT, Auburn*
    42 Erin Henderson, OLB/ILB, Maryland*
    43 Kevin Smith, HB, Central Florida*
    44 Chevis Jackson, CB, LSU
    45 Phillip Merling, DE/OLB, Clemson*
    46 Eric Young, OG/OT, Tennessee
    47 Adarius Bowman, WR, Oklahoma State
    48 Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC
    49 Anthony Collins, OT, Kansas*
    50 Jonathan Goff, ILB, Vanderbilt
  2. ddh33

    ddh33 Active Member

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    Thanks for the list. I always like these, and I trust some message board posters a lot more than some of the big-time draft experts anyway.
  3. Avery

    Avery The Dog that Saved Charleston

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    Oher (OT) pulled his name back out so he won't be in after all. Not entirely a bad idea as he could very well be top five next year.
  4. Bob Sacamano

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    so all these juniors on the list are for sure declaring, except for Oher who pulled his name back out?

    Clemson DE Phillip Merling is a good one
  5. Tyronosaurus77

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    Running Backs

    1 Darren McFadden, Arkansas*
    2 Jonathan Stewert, Oregon*
    3 Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois*
    4 Felix Jones, Arkansas*
    5 Kevin Smith, Central Florida*

    7 Chris Johnson, East Carolina


    Wide Receivers

    1 Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma*
    2 DeSean Jackson, California*
    3 Mario Manningham, Michigan*
    4 Early Doucet, LSU
    5 Limas Sweed, Texas


    Cornerbacks

    1 Antoine Cason, Arizona
    2 Mike Jenkins, South Florida
    3 Aqib Talib, Kansas*
    4 Leodis McKelvin, Troy





    Those are the players that I would be happy with in the first round, some of them may be around some might its to early to tell with out prodays/senior bowl/ and the scouting combine.

    I cant think about which pick could hold off till a later round, I think we will go Cb (22) and Rb (29) but their are combinations you can make with those players we can draft by "best available" if there is a CB still there that has slippedwe could take him 22 or vice versa.
  6. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Jordy Nelson of KSU is going to be good value in the later rounds. He brings that return man mentality to his receiving game. He doesn't jump out at you, but he is productive. Sort of like Wes Welker. Not quite as shifty as Welker, but bigger.

    Better value than what Limas Sweed will end up giving a team.
  7. SkinsSince96

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    Out of all the players mentioned on that great list here are the names of guys I see that in my opinion have a shot at being special players at the next level. I know they might not all be 1st round picks but these are the guys who in my opinion are the least likely to be busts.

    3 Andre Woodson, Kentucky
    Really made Kentucky football a force and helped them be competitive in almost every game. Has great leadership skills.
    5 Dennis Dixon, Oregon
    Has the chance to be a force at the next level. Dixon should be ranked #1 and probably would of been if he didnt get injured late in the season. This kid can make plays from anywhere on the field at anytime.
    9 Erik Ainge, Tennessee
    Ainge can be a steal for a team in the 2nd - 3rd round area. The guy has all the tools and leadership skills to be a very good QB at the next level. Playing at a overrated Tennessee school hurt his stock.
    2 Jonathan Stewart, Oregon*
    What else can I say. The man is a utter beast. Stewart will be a star for the next 10 years and will have many pro bowls under his belt.
    3 Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois*
    Mendenhall really stepped up his game this year and has the ability to make plays and carry a football team on his back.
    6 Jamaal Charles, Texas*
    Charles may have been the best back in the 2nd half of the season in college football. The kid was tearing up defenses without Limas Sweed in the lineup and Colt McCoy and his up and down play throwing the ball. A 2nd Rd steal.
    10 Mike Hart, Michigan
    The wear and tear he took at Michigan has hurt his draft stock but you cant overlook his heart. I see Hart being like a Warrick Dunn. A solid player for 10 years that makes plays to help his team win. No one should doubt his play.
    12 Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech
    Playing for Georgia Tech and there up and down team really hurt Choice but heis a RB that can make plays happen and is a very solid sleeper.
    16 Justin Forsett, California
    Another RB playing on a team that was up and down. Forsett can make big plays from anywhere on the field. Cals team as a whole slipped and that hurt Forsetts stock. Id look out for him because he could be the steal of the whole draft.
    3 Mario Manningham, Michigan*
    A tall WR that makes plays. Some people think that he is a bust but I see a WR that can make plays happen from anywhere on the field. Id love to have him in Burgundy and Gold next season for my Redskins.
    5 Limas Sweed, Texas
    Another player who got hurt during the regular season but has talent. He will slip into the 2nd Rd and be a steal for anyone who lands him. He has top 15 overall type talent.
    13 Lavelle Hawkins, California
    Over shadowed by other players at California like DeSean Jackson but has talent that if developed the right way could be a playmaker in the NFL in a couple years.
    23 Marcus Monk, Arkansas
    Yet another player hurt by the injury bug but a player that has size and can make big time plays. I see Monk being a 3rd or 4th Rd steal.
    5 Kellen Davis, Michigan State
    Mark my words. Kellen Davis will be the best TE in this class and will be what Vernon Davis has not become. Look out NFL because Davis is coming and one NFL team will be very lucky to have him.
    8 Tom Santi, Virginia
    Santi made plays and moved the chains for a offense that had no real playmakers besides Mikell Simpson. Santi could be a very solid TE for years.
    1 Jake Long, Michigan
    Great OT prospect. This guy is the real deal and will be a starter for 10+.
    1 Chris Long, Virginia
    Watched Chris Long play and he is a guy with a non stop motor that can make plays. I dont hype up UVA players alot but Chris Long is a beast and will be a HOF in the NFL in my opinion.
    6 Xavier Adibi, Virginia Tech
    Adibi is a LB that can make plays and lead a defense. I love watching him play even though I root for UVA. The guy is a stud.
    10 Ben Moffitt, South Florida
    Hes a big reason why South Florida was able to make the run that they did this year. Is a Zach Thomas type of LB.
    1 Antoine Cason, Arizona
    2 Mike Jenkins, South Florida
    3 Aqib Talib, Kansas*
    Probably the best CB class ever is lead by these 3 playmakers. I really believe this CB class will be special.
    3 Jamie Silva, Boston College
    A leader and playmaker for Boston College. I see him making plays for alot of years like a John Lynch.
    6 Craig Steltz, LSU
    Steltz just flat out makes plays and is very underrated because of all the hype Glenn Dorsey gets. Steltz might of been the best player on the LSU team last year.

    A quick list of the top 5 bust canidates imo are Matt Ryan/QB/Boston College, Glenn Dorsey/DT/LSU, DeSean Jackson/WR-KR/Cal, Darren McFadden/RB/Arkansas, and Early Docuet/WR/LSU. I know alot of people are high on these players but I see them being injury prone and in Ryans case just flat out overrated. Not all 5 will be busts but I see a good chance for at least 2-3 of them.
  8. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I think Dixon could and probably should follow the steps of Tony Romo and David Garrard. Both guys got to sit, watch and learn for a few years before taking over their respective teams. Dixon could benefit sitting on the bench for at least 2 years. He has not played in a pro-style system.

    I didn't know much about Romo when he came out of college. Didn't get to see him play, but it appears he benefited greatly from being a back up for 3 years.

    I saw a few games Garrard played when he was at East Carolina and thought with some time to develop he may turn into a decent QB. This year he was a good QB for the Jags and their type of offense.

    Dixon could potentially do the same in a few years.
  9. dmoore

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    I loved watching Dixon at Oregon, but I don't believe he has any chance of being a pro QB. I just don't see it. He still would've been a project had he not gotten injured. I think it's easy to look at him and see Vince Young, but he's not on that level, and VY is still trying to prove to people he can be a franchise QB. I think being a poor mans VY isn't exactly what the NFL is looking for. I wish him the best though. He's got the height, maybe a switch to WR is a possibility?
  10. DaBoys4Life

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    I think Chris Johnson is one of the better RB's in the draft and he's projecting to be a 1st round pick/
  11. Commodore1

    Commodore1 New Member

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    Anyone who picks Limas Sweed over Earl Bennett needs to have their head examined
  12. DaBoys4Life

    DaBoys4Life Benched

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    Limas Sweed is projecting higher than Earl bennet
  13. Bob Sacamano

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    I don't think Dixon will be given the choice to sit or start for awhile

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