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Early Top 25 Draft Board

Posted on: January 28, 2009 11:08 am

1. Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech - The most impressive wide receiver in recent college football history. Top 5 pick.

2. Andre Smith OT Alabama - Franchise left tackle prospect.. Was most consistent tackle. Top 10 pick.

3. Brian Orakpo DE Texas - The best pass rusher in the draft & is solid against the run. Likely top 10 pick.

4. Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State - A complete corner. Has size, speed, & ball skills. Top DB. Likely top 10 pick.

5. Rey Maualuga ILB USC - Best inside linebacker. He is simply great. Top 15 pick.

6. Aaron Curry OLB Wake Forest - Best outside linebacker. Will be very good pro. Likely top 10 pick.

7. Michael Oher OT Mississippi - Very good, but occasionally lacks focus. Highest potential of all o-linemen. Likely top 10 pick.

8. Eugene Monroe OT Virginia - Complete tackle. Solid in all attributes. Likely top 12 pick.

9. Jason Smith OT Baylor - Most athletic tackle. Should be good pro. Likely top 15 pick.

10. Everette Brown DE Florida State - Underrated. Will be very good pass rusher & is solid against the run. Likely top 15 pick.

11. Mark Sanchez QB USC - QB with the highest ceiling. Likely top 10 pick. Battling with Stafford to be 1st drafted.

12. Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri - Can do it all. Has great speed. Can return kicks as well. Top 12 pick.

13. B.J. Raji DT Boston College - The most dominant defensive tackle. If was consistent would be top 5 pick. Likely top 15 pick.

14. Percy Harvin WR Florida - Fastest & shiftiest wide receiver. Great at returns. Top 25 pick.

15. LeSean McCoy RB Pittsburgh - Most complete running back in the draft. Likely top 15 pick.

16. Chris Wells RB Ohio State - Most talented running back in the draft. Likely top 20 pick.

17. Matt Stafford QB Georgia - Has a very high ceiling. Very strong arm. Likely top 10 pick. Battling with Sanchez to be 1st drafted.

18. Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia - Can do it all on the field, but not a speed demon. Likely top 25 pick.

19. Vontae Davis CB Illinois - Another complete corner. Not quite as good ball skills as Jenkins. Likely top 15 pick.

20. Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma State - The top TE in the draft. Solid all around. Should be picked between 10-20.

21. Peria Jerry DT Mississippi - Solid against the pass & run, but slightly better against the pass. Likely top 25 pick.

22. D.J. Moore CB Vanderbilt - Has it all, but size. Might be the best in draft with ball in the air. Likely top 20 pick.

23. James Laurinaitis ILB Ohio State - In most years he would be the best ILB. Solid in all aspects. Likely late first round pick.

24. Brian Cushing OLB USC - Very good OLB. I think he is slightly overrated, but he extremely talented. Likely top 25 pick.

25. Hakeem Nicks WR North Carolina - Very good receiver. Not elite speed, but can do everything else. Mid to late 1st rounder.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Draft

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2009 4:03 pm

Early Top 25 Draft Board

I like your take on the board overall...But seriously, do you think the Detriot Lions will take a WR with the #1 Draft pick ? What do you Lions fans feel about that ? I love the guy, I was hoping the Jets could do something to move up and get him, we really need a #1 WR but at this point. Then again who will be tossing him the rock ?

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2009 3:52 pm

Early Top 25 Draft Board

Looks pretty realistic, but I don't thing Wells will go to Chicago.  I see the bears looking more at thier defensive backfield.  They are stacked with young running backs.  I'm sure it would be nice to have Forte and Wells as a tandem, but I don't think it would last.  Wells won't settle for anything less than a primary role.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2009 1:54 pm

Don't Let the Detroit Lions see this list!

If they Lions see this they may take Crabtree!!! Hide the list, quick!!

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2009 1:42 pm

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The Raiders will not pick a QB in the first round this year. They just spent a ton of money on JeMarkus Russell and he has only played 1 full season. With the QBs coming out next season, they can afford to give Russell another year to determine his future potential. At the same time, they can not afford to have two first round QBs salaries on their cap without a true indicator of their Pro potential.

Other than that, I agree that this is a pretty well thought out board. The Eagles will be looking for a RB to possibly replace Buckhalter, so there a few differences I am sur everyone can add. We will see how it pans out.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2009 12:53 pm

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There are a few I don't really understand here. 

Why would Detroit not go after Matthew Stafford?  He has the strong arm they need to get the ball downfield to Johnson.  Why would the Raiders want Sanchez when they have Russell.  That's two QB's making more money than the whole team.

??? Jeremy Maclin - Texans, Chris Wells - Chicago 

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2009 10:43 am

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i would hold off saying that they are stuck with that pick until after the combine and some of the workouts, you never know, a team like the rams or the chiefs might want to move up even higher to make sure they can get their guy, if a guy like stafford or sanchez perform unbelievably at the combine you never know how much that could effect their draft status.

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2009 10:39 am

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the raiders dont have a need at QB with the pick of Jamarcus Russell two years ago, and also if the lions pass on stafford i see stafford going to st. Louis at #2 and then the chiefs will take sanchez at #3

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2009 9:31 am

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BriMan, nobody is going to trade up for the #1 pick. There is no "must have" player and nobody worth the hassle of trading up to negotiate a #1 contract and all that extra money. The Lions are stuck with this pick.

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2009 8:52 pm

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I like your idea of trading that number 1 pick. No one would see that coming and they could make bank off of it.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2009 6:41 pm

Early Top 25 Draft Board

I'm curious at who the Lions should take #1.  Stafford and Sanchez can be had later, but not as the 1st pick, too much uncertainity.  IMO, Lions should trade the pick or take the best available on either OL or DL.  Get a QB later or sign one as FA.

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