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Posted: Friday February 20, 2009 10:55AM; Updated: Friday February 20, 2009 4:25PM

SI.com's Top 50 Big Board

Listing the top 2009 NFL draft prospects heading into the NFL Scouting Combine

NFL executives, general managers, coaches and scouts have descended upon Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine. For the next few days, 330 NFL hopefuls will be tested physically, medically and mentally by future employers. Here's a list of SI.com's top 50 players as we move into the next critical phase of scouting for April's draft.

 
1 Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech 6-3 214 lbs
Widely considered the top prospect in the draft. Crabtree is a dominant, game controlling receiver with Calvin Johnson-type ability.
 
2 Andre Smith OT Alabama 6-4 330 lbs
Smith draws a variety of opinions but has gotten the job done for three years. He is a stalwart pass protector who can play a number of different positions.
 
3 Aaron Curry LB Wake Forest 6-3 247 lbs
Curry is a three down linebacker with a total game. He's an impact defensive prospect that will quickly start on the NFL level.
 
4 Jason Smith OT Baylor 6-5 305 lbs
Another terrific pass protector, Smith reminds many of Jonathan Ogden. He's a tremendous athlete with a great amount of upside.
 
5 Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State 6-1 201 lbs
Jenkins is a shut down cover man who can effectively play in a variety of defensive systems.
 
6 Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri 6-1 200 lbs
Maclin possesses home run hitting speed and changes the momentum of games with long pass receptions or big kick returns.
 
7 Brian Orakpo DE-OLB Texas 6-4 260 lbs
One of the nations best pass rushers, Orakpo is a disruptive force who terrorizes opposing quarterbacks.
 
8 Eugene Monroe OT Virginia 6-6 315 lbs
Monroe is another athletic tackle with top size, skill and starting potential.
 
9 Matt Stafford QB Georgia 6-3 228 lbs
The Bulldogs gunslinger is the perfect passer for any vertical offense and a signal caller who does the little things well.
 
10 Everette Brown DE-OLB Florida State 6-4 252 lbs
Brown comes off a terrific junior season and was omnipresent in the opponents backfield all year.
 
11 Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia 5-11 207 lbs
Moreno is the complete package at running back and a ball carrier who can be a feature player in the NFL.
 
12 Rey Maualuga ILB USC 6-2 260 lbs
Injuries plagued Maualuga last year and his play fell short of expectations. He's still a difference maker at the top of his game.
 
13 B.J. Raji DT Boston College 6-1 323 lbs
Raji was stellar after sitting out '07 and capped a terrific season with a dominant performance at the Senior Bowl. He is hands down the best tackle in April's draft.
 
14 Michael Oher OT Ole Miss 6-5 318 lbs
Oher plays the position well and has enough talent to eventually develop into a starter at either left or right tackle.
 
15 Chris Wells RB Ohio State 6-1 237 lbs
The Buckeye ball carrier is a powerful interior runner who can carry the load. He's not a back for everyone but should do well for a ball control team.
 
16 Percy Harvin WR Florida 5-11 195 lbs
One of the fastest players in April's draft, Harvin can score from any point on the field and is a game breaker handling the ball as a receiver or ball carrier.
 
17 Mark Sanchez QB USC 6-3 225 lbs
The Trojan junior has great intangibles and terrific accuracy. He must learn to improve his deep passes yet Sanchez has the tools to lead a franchise.
 
18 Peria Jerry DT Ole Miss 6-2 295 lbs
Jerry is a penetrating one-gap lineman who can fit a variety of defensive systems.
 
19 Larry English DE-OLB Northern Illinois 6-2 254 lbs
English is another versatile defender who can line up in a three point stance or stand up over tackle at linebacker.
 
20 Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma State 6-6 260 lbs
Pettigrew is the most complete TE to enter the draft in a while. He was a pass catching demon in college then showed outstanding blocking skills at the Senior Bowl.
 
21 James Laurinaitis LB Ohio State 6-3 240 lbs
Laurinaitis is by no means an impact player on the defensive side of the ball rather a steady, three down linebacker.
 
22 Vontae Davis CB Illinois 6-0 204 lbs
Davis is a sensational athlete who flashes the skills to shut down opponents. He's a bit rough around the edges but offers a high upside.
 
23 Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland 6-3 206 lbs
The Terrapins game breaking receiver strikes fear in opponents with his ability to stretch the field.
 
24 LeSean McCoy RB Pitt 5-11 210 lbs
McCoy is a shifty, elusive runner with the ability to create his own yardage. Scouts question whether or not he's an every down back.
 
25 Alphonso Smith CB Wake Forest 5-9 190 lbs
Smith has been a terrific player in college and is a well rounded cornerback with a terrific game. His frame downgrades him on draft boards.
 
 

 
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