Seniors only pre-draft rankings
Mike Detillier's Top "Senior Only" Prospects for the 2008 NFL Draft
1. Jake Long, Offensive Tackle, Michigan, 6-7, 330
I thought Long dominated at the best left tackle position just as much as Wisconsin’s Joe Thomas did last season.
2. Brian Brohm, Quarterback, Louisville, 6-3, 225
Pinpoint passer, who can make all the throws in the book, but there is a question about his durability.
3. Glenn Dorsey, Defensive Tackle, LSU, 6-2, 290
Reminds me of a younger version of La’Roi Glover.
4. Limas Sweed, Wide Receiver, Texas, 6-4, 220
King-sized receiver, who excels in getting open in critical situations and also in the red zone.
5. Dan Connor, Outside/Inside Linebacker, Penn State, 6-3, 230
Versatile, tough, instinctive, and this Nittany Lion is a defensive playmaker.
6. Keith Rivers, Outside Linebacker, USC, 6-3, 225
Rivers has a super quick initial step toward the ball carrier and great range out on the field.
7. Colt Brennan, Quarterback, Hawaii, 6-2, 205
Taller version of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees.
8. Chris Long, Defensive End, Virginia, 6-4, 285
Howie’s son is making quite a name for himself.
9. Sam Baker, Offensive Tackle, USC, 6-5, 310
Baker is a fundamentally sound OL, who excels in pass protection and also as a heavy-duty run blocker.
10. Early Doucet, Wide Receiver, LSU, 6-0, 210
Doucet has Torry Holt (St. Louis Rams) type big-play ability and run-after-catch skills.
11. Lawrence Jackson, Defensive End, USC, 6-3 ½, 265
Jackson flashes game-changing pass rush skills and the foot speed to run down backs from the backside.
12. Andre’ Woodson, Quarterback, Kentucky, 6-5, 230
He isn’t quite as physically gifted as former LSU QB JaMarcus Russell, but there are a lot of similarities in their play.
13. Frank Okam, Defensive Tackle, Texas, 6-5, 325
NFL teams will love his size and his ability to clog up the inside running lanes, but he must play with more intensity on a consistent basis to reach his full potential.
14. Tommy Blake, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, TCU, 6-2 ¾, 250
Former standout prep running back, who really can put some heat on the QB coming off the edge.
15. Antoine Cason, Cornerback, Arizona, 5-11, 195
Best one-on-one match-up cover man on the West Coast.
16. Adarius Bowman, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State, 6-4,220
Bowman has great size and he is really a load to bring down out in the open field.
17. Barry Richardson, Offensive Tackle, Clemson, 6-6, 320
Richardson has got his weight under control now and he has a real strong chance to develop into a dominant left tackle as a senior.
18. Dwight Lowery, Cornerback, San Jose State, 6-1, 200
If you count the 15 games he played at Cabrillo Junior College and the 13 games he played for San Jose State last season, Lowery has intercepted 24 passes in college. Has the size, 1st rate recovery speed and ball reaction skills that the pros really covet.
19. Sedrick Ellis, Defensive Tackle, USC, 6-1, 298
Ellis has quick hands, good movement skills and he does a superb job destroying the inside pocket.
20. Jasper Brinkley, Middle Linebacker, South Carolina, 6-2, 255
Rugged, real physical inside backer, who is like a heat-seeking missile out on the field.
21. Bruce Davis, Defensive End, UCLA, 6-2 ¾, 255
Davis is built more along the same lines of an outside linebacker, but he has tremendous closing speed to the QB and outstanding pass rush moves and countermoves.
22. Gosder Cherilus, Offensive Tackle, Boston College, 6-6 ½, 315
Gosder is a mountain of a man at 6-6, 315 lbs. and he anchors one of the best offense lines in college football.
23. John Carlson, Tight End, Notre Dame, 6-5, 255
Carlson is a very athletic tight end, with strong hands and he is a big-play threat after the catch.
24. John David Booty, Quarterback, USC, 6-3, 215
J.D. is healthy, he has a whip for an arm and he looks like he is primed for a “special” senior season for the Trojans.
25. DeJuan Tribble, Cornerback, Boston College, 5-10, 189
Tribble lacks great size, but he has outstanding foot speed, excellent ball reaction skills and when the ball is in flight, he thinks it’s meant for him.
26. Quentin Groves, Defensive End, Auburn, 6-3, 255
Groves could well end up playing linebacker in a 3-4 alignment in the NFL due to his speed, quickness and superb athletic ability.
27. Chad Henne, Quarterback, Michigan, 6-3, 220
This Wolverine signal-caller is smart, he has a good grasp of the passing game and Chad has really upgraded his overall accuracy skills.
28. Keenan Burton, Wide Receiver, Kentucky, 6-1, 195
Burton is a major college sleeper, with excellent size, acceleration after the catch and he will fight for the ball in traffic.
29. Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Boston College, 6-4, 220
There is no question that Matt has the makings of a starting NFL quarterback.
30. Andre Fluellen, Defensive Tackle, Florida State, 6-2½, 295
Andre is a big-time run stuffer, who also gets good inside penetration.
31. Andre Caldwell, Wide Receiver, Florida, 6-0 ½, 195
He is fully recovered from the 2005 knee injury and he could well turn Tim Tebow’s main receiving target in 2007.
32. Kendall Langford, Defensive End, Hampton, 6-5 ¾, 300
Langford has tremendous physical skills and now he is ready to really explode onto the college football map.
33. Xavier Abidi, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech, 6-2½, 230
Fast, explosive and he covers a tremendous amount of ground out on the football field.
34. Kenny Iwebema, Defensive End, Iowa, 6-3 ½, 262
Kenny had a banged-up shoulder all last season, but when he is healthy this former Texas high school standout is really a terror coming off the edge.
35. Jonathan Hefney, Free Safety, Tennessee, 5-9, 189
Top Junior Prospects for the 2008 Draft
1. Darren McFadden, Halfback, Arkansas
2. Calais Campbell, Defensive End, Miami (Fla.)
3. Ryan Clady, Offensive Tackle, Boise State
4. Derrick Harvey, Defensive End, Florida
5. Kenny Phillips, Free Safety, Miami (Fla.)
6. DeSean Jackson, Wide Receiver/Kick Returner, California
7. Tyson Jackson, Defensive End, LSU
8. Michael Oher, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi
9. Rey Maualaga, Inside Linebacker, USC
10. Jack Ikegwuonu, Cornerback, Wisconsin
11. Mario Manningham, Wide Receiver, Michigan
12. James Laurinaitis, Inside Linebacker, Ohio State
13. Malcolm Jenkins, Cornerback, Ohio State
14. Steve Slaton, Halfback, West Virginia
15. Vernon Gholston, Defensive End, Ohio State
16. Darry Beckwith, Middle Linebacker, LSU
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