on April 21, 2010 @ 12:14:00
The 2010 NFL Draft is less than a week away. All the testing and evaluations are complete. So who's hot and who's not heading into the 2010 NFL Draft? We take a look at what some of the top draft experts are saying and throw in a little of our own perspective to find out...
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma - I'm still not sold on Bradford -- especially if the heat is on -- but there is no denying his stock is on the rise. He's done what many thought was the unthinkable and replaced Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as the consensus #1 overall draft pick by the pundits. He showed well at his Pro Day, and there is no reason to believe he did anything but enhance his draft stock during the workout.
Mike Kafka, QB, Northwestern - Kafka followed up a strong performance at the NFL Scouting Combine with a solid outing at Northwestern's first Pro Day. He was unable to duplicate the performance in Northwestern's second Pro Day, but he's gone from being an undrafted free agent to a near surefire draft pick. And who knows, the way some of the other quarterbacks have been performing, he could be high on some general managers' boards.
Zac Robinson, QB, Oklahoma State - With seemingly uninspiring offseason performances from several of the top name quarterbacks, guys like Zac Robinson, Kafka and Jarrett Brown have moved up the rankings. Robinson showed off his wheels at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 40-time of 4.71, third best among the quarterbacks. And he followed that up by throwing well at Oklahoma State's Pro Day.
Ryan Mathews, RB, Fesno State - Wear and tear was our biggest concern with Mathews. But he was one of the top performers at the NFL Scouting Combine. While most are still salivating over Clemson's C.J. Spiller, I bet NFL execs are talking about Mathews behind closed doors.
Blair White, WR, Michigan State - One of our top sleeper picks in the 2010 NFL Draft, he's done nothing but back it up with strong performances at the NFL Scouting Combine and at his Pro Day. He may not be a sexy pick, but he's gone from late rounder to middle rounder, in our opinion.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona - If past history is any indication, we'll see one tight end and one tight end only in the first round. This year's potential candidates include Gronkowski and Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham. The Gronk apparently crushed his workout, which should alleviate any concerns over his back and put him firmly ahead of Gresham.
Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa - Bulaga was our second-rated offensive tackle once he declared himself for the draft, but it seemed like it took a while for some of the others pundits to buy-in to the Iowa City product . That is not the case any longer as CBS/NFLDraftScout now has Bulaga rated as their third offensive tackle and 10th overall. Scott Wright over at DraftCountown also has Bulaga as his third offensive tackle and eighth overall.
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma - Williams was already one of the top-rated offensive tackles, and his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine only enhanced his stock. His footwork looked good enough to be an effective left tackle at the next level.
Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida State - Pouncey continues to rise up draft boards and everyone from Mel Kiper to Todd McShay have him going high. Here are a few more excerpts from our twitter feed:
Pouncey is one of the safest picks in the draft - Sigmund Bloom
Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan - Graham is another guy we've been high on from the beginning (pre-Senior Bowl). He's been the lone bright spot for the Michigan defense and always...and I mean that literally...in the middle of the action. So his Senior Bowl coming out party was not much of a surprise to us. Since then, however, he's been the talk of the town and has worked his way into the Top 25 on virtually everyone's board. We are probably still more optimistic than most and have him at #11 overall.
Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State - Despite not working out at the NFL Scouting Combine, Wilson's value continued to grow. Once a middle-of-the-second-round pick, he is everyone's favorite name to throw out there as first round "sleeper" which has snowballed into him being a potential first round pick, according to many experts. Running a sub-4.4 at his Pro Day certainly helped his cause.
Joe Haden, CB, Florida - Forty times be damned! After posting a shocking 4.57 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, Haden's draft stock was in free fall mode. But he recovered with a reported sub-4.4 time at Florida's Pro Day. A quick scan of some of the rankings and Haden checks in at #8 on CBS/NFLDraftScout and #6 at DraftCountown.
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame - Clausen started out as our top pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, mainly based on the team needs of the St. Louis Rams and the fact that we feel he is more polished and been has been under heavier fire than Bradford. But his inability to go full-speed this offseason, including during his Pro Day, has hindered his ability to show off for scouts.
Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan - LeFevour's draft stock first took a hit when he decided not to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine. A seemingly uninspiring workout during his Pro Day probably hasn't helped his cause.
Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati - With many of the top name quarterbacks deciding to pass on the NFL Scouting Combine, Pike had the opportunity to seize the day. Unfortunately his performance was quite frankly...not very memorable. And that's not a good thing for a quarterback who completed 5-of-12 passes at the Senior Bowl.
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma St. - An already tough year hasn't got much better for Dez in the offseason. A hamstring injury kept him out the NFL Scouting Combine and then there was his Allen Iverson-esque "What do this got to do with me playing football?" rant when he hit his breaking point with reporters. To top things off Bryant's Pro Day performance was "solid but unspectacular" according to McShay. All that said, Bryant still remains the top receiver in the draft and seems destined to end up with the Denver Broncos.
Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers - Once widely considered at worst the second-rated offensive tackle in the draft, he's been leapfrogged by Bulaga and Oklahoma's Trent Williams on most pundit's boards, including ours. The big fella is never going win a Mr. Olympia contest, and he turned in a relatively blah performance at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma - I wouldn't say McCoy's stock has necessarily dropped. But the buzz surrounding him potentially jumping Suh came to a screeching halt once he was only able to muster 22 reps (22 more that 99.9 percent of NFL fans could do BTW) on the bench at the NFL Scouting Combine. He seems to be an afterthought in the conversation right now.
Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama - Call this one a personal drop. After watching more film, he seemed to engulf runners more than deliver a blow. Still our top linebacker in the draft, but he's fallen from #5 to #15 overall in our rankings.
Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida - While forty-times don't mean everything, you certainly don't want to hang a 5 on the board. That is apparently just what Spikes did at the Gators Pro Day. Which may have put him on the first day bubble. However, despite his apparent lack of speed, he delivers a blow and is better than most middle linebackers in pass coverage. We still believe he'll end up going in the first round.
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