By Clayton Coffman | email@example.com
Sports Editor Clayton Coffman gives his take on the value of the top 32 players in the NFL draft.
Note: This isn’t a mock draft. This list ranks players in order of value.
- Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
More athletic than last year’s top tackle, Jake Long
- Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
Very talented defender. But does he offer upside to get better?
- Mark Sanchez, QB, Southern California
Forget that he was only a starter for one year. He has it all.
- Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
Big-play running back that lacks only top-end speed.
- Rey Maualuga, LB, Southern California
Physical skills are incredible.
- Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
That screw in his foot has people worried now.
- Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
- Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
Has the physical tools to be great. But will his head get in the way?
- BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
At times, can be a terror in the middle.
- Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
Give the ball to Harvin in any situation and he’ll make it count.
- Vontae Davis, DB, Illinois
Has the potential to be one of the best corners in the game.
- Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State
Is this physical runner going to bust like Cedric Benson or turn into Brandon Jacobs?
- Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
Do-it-all athlete with game-breaking speed.
- Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
Perfect skills and size to excel in 3-4 scheme.
- Malcolm Jenkins, DB, Ohio State
If it wasn’t for his 4.6 forty-yard dash at the Combine, he’d be in the top ten.
- Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
Casey Hampton’s twin brother?
- LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh
Next generation runner who can catch as well.
- Brian Cushing, LB, Southern California
A tough and nasty player. Don’t get in his way.
- Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
Whichever team takes him will have to work out some mental issues.
- Aaron Maybin, DE/LB, Penn State
The next Shawne Merriman?
- Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
Has the jaw-dropping moves, but does he have the hands?
- Everette Brown, DE/LB, Florida State
At only 6-1, he may just turn into a situational pass rusher.
- Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
After a tough upbringing, this guy has some people thinking Orlando Pace.
- Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
Prototypical wideout that catches everything.
- Tyson Jackson, DT/DE, Louisiana State
Put this guy anywhere on the line, and he’ll make plays.
- James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
Solid defender but rarely shows up in the spotlight.
- Alphonso Smith, DB, Wake Forest
Good corner that rarely gets beat on consecutive plays.
- Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
Runs extremely well at 270 pounds.
- Alex Mack, C, California
Want a fixture on the offensive line for 10 years? Here’s your guy.
- Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
Inconsistent player as a Wildcat, but has the tools.
- Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma
Massive road-grader that could start right away.
- Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa
Tough, physical runner that gets the extra yard.