Spiller, Weatherspoon crack the top ten
by David Stern
Now that the NFL Scouting Combine has officially concluded, I have updated my 2010 NFL Draft Big Board to reflect my most recent player evaluations.
1. Ndamukong Suh, DT- Nebraska: Suh is the consensus best player in the draft. The Nebraska product is the best defensive tackle to enter the draft since Warren Sapp. Suh’s stock cannot get any higher, especially after a stellar showing at the Combine (32 reps of 225).
2. Gerald McCoy, DT- Oklahoma: Fantastic player with tons of upside. Would be the clear cut best DT in any other draft class. While not as talented as Suh, McCoy may be a superior fit as a three-technique tackle who excels at disrupting the passer.
3. Eric Berry, S- Tennessee: Great talent, comparisons to Ed Reed throughout the season. His fantastic Combine only solidifies his status as the best safety prospect in recent years.
4.. Dez Bryant, WR- Oklahoma State: Clear cut best wideout in the draft despite being suspended almost all year. He compares to Larry Fitzgerald due to his outstanding vertical leap and ability to make big plays.
5. Russell Okung, OT- Oklahoma State: Best tackle in the draft, but falls short of the top tackles in previous years. Displayed exceptional strength in drills this past weekend and is a lock to be the first tackle selected in April.
6. Rolando McClain, MLB- Alabama: The top MLB prospect in this class. His stock slides a bit because of questions surrounding his sideline to sideline speed.
7. Joe Haden, CB- Florida: Best cover corner in the last two drafts. He may fall out of the top ten due to a poor 40 yard dash at the Combine, but has a bright future due to his fluid coverage skills.
8. C.J. Spiller, RB- Clemson: A dynamic talent who can go the distance on any play. Spiller’s 4.37 second 40 yard dash only helped increase my man-crush on him. He will be an elite NFL talent and surely make an impact in his rookie season.
9. Derrick Morgan, DE- Georgia Tech: Great combination of size and speed, struggles in coverage (doesn’t project as a 3-4 OLB). He is productive in defending both the run and the pass, unlike many one-dimensional pass rushers.
10. Sean Weatherspoon, OLB- Missouri: You get what you see. ‘Spoon is an all-around athlete who has showcased his elite physical ability and talent at both the Senior Bowl and the Combine.
11. Jimmy Clausen, QB- Notre Dame: Clausen has the physical tools and proven success in a pro-style offense, yet it will take a few seasons before he develops into a starting quarterback in the NFL.
12. Brian Bulaga, OT- Iowa: Showcased his pass-blocking skills by dominating Derrick Harvey in the Orange Bowl. Bulaga is solid pro prospect who has been starting since his freshman season.
13. Jason Pierre- Paul, DE- South Florida: This grad is based on his potential. Pierre-Paul has unbelievable upside due to his phenomenal athleticism but he is extremely raw.
14. Earl Thomas, S- Texas: Thomas is flying up draft boards after a great workout in Indianapolis this past weekend. Although he is only a redshirt sophomore, Mike Mayock projects Thomas to be the best safety in this class.
15. Bruce Campbell, OT- Maryland: As expected, Campbell was this year’s Combine Monster. He tore up every drill, displaying his unreal athleticism. He has tons of upside, but he is a very raw talent (only started 17 games). 16. Sam Bradford, QB- Oklahoma: An accurate passer but a history of injuries and arm strength are two major concerns. The 2008 Heisman winner will likely be taken earlier than his talent level suggests due to the lack of depth at the quarterback position in this draft class.
16. Sam Bradford, QB- Oklahoma: An accurate passer but a history of injuries and arm strength are two major concerns. The 2008 Heisman winner will likely be taken earlier than his talent level suggests due to the lack of depth at the quarterback position in this draft class.
17. Taylor Mays, S- Southern California: He is overhyped at times and needs to work on his coverage and wrap-tackling. Displayed tremendous physical ability this past weekend running an unreal 4.43 forty yard dash at 231 pounds!
18. Trent Williams, OT- Oklahoma: Good in pass protection, not dominant enough vs. the run. Impressive showing at the Combine could help him be the second tackle off the board.
19. Anthony Davis, OT- Rutgers: Excels at the point of attack and possesses great run blocking technique. His stock takes a hit after receiving mixed reviews for his performance at the Combine.
20. Sergio Kindle, DE- Texas: Great production throughout his career. His skills will tempt 3-4 teams to draft him as OLB.