Looking ahead to 2010 prospects
Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy is early top prospect
Oklahoma has three players -- Gresham, Bradford, McCoy -- in top six
Illinois' Arrileous Benn is top-ranked wide receiver on the board
Scouting college talent for the NFL is a never-ending process. The books are closed on the 2009 NFL Draft and the process of scouting players for next April's event is in full swing. Here's a list of the top draft eligible players who have the potential to impact the 2010 draft. (*denotes underclassman)
1) Greg Hardy/DE/Mississippi: Hardy gave serious consideration to entering April's draft but made the right choice staying in school. He's impacts the game in a variety of ways and possesses unlimited potential.
2) Taylor Mays/S/USC: Mays was another who made the choice to play another season on the college level. He reminds many of former Trojan great Ronnie Lott.
3) Jermaine Gresham/TE/Oklahoma: Gresham is a receiver in a tight end body. He's an athletic freak of who will be a weapon for any offense.
4) Sam Bradford*/QB/Oklahoma: Bradford made the right choice staying in school, where he'll have another season to hone his passing skills.
5) Russell Okung/OT/Oklahoma State: Okung is a complete tackle who stands out in pass protection while dominating as a run blocker.
6) Gerald McCoy*/DT/Oklahoma: Sooners fans look at McCoy and see former OU star Tommie Harris. And like his predecessor, McCoy will be a first-round pick.
7) Mark Herzlich/OLB/Boston College: Herzlich rounded out his game last season and developed into a terrific three-down defender who dominates in all areas.
8) Ndamukong Suh/DT/Nebraska: Suh had a breakout campaign last year, emerging as the most suffocating defender in the Big 12. He's a terrific athlete and a very good football player.
9) Carlos Dunlap*/DE/Florida: Dunlap is a tall but slightly undersized defensive end who makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He has the tools to make a big move up draft boards.
10) Terrence Cody/DT/Alabama: Mount Cody burst onto the scene last year and helped turn Alabama's defense into one of the nation's best. He's a dominant, inside mauler who must control his weight.
11) Trent Williams/OT/Oklahoma: Williams is a tall, athletic tackle with potential on the left or right side.
12) Arrileous Benn/WR/Illinois: Benn is a game-controlling wideout with reliable hands and solid speed.
13) Brandon Spikes/ILB/Florida: Spikes could be the most dominant Gators linebacker to enter the NFL in more than a decade.
14) Dez Bryant*/WR/Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State's top pass catcher has the ability to pick up big yardage after the reception.
15) Eric Berry*/S/Tennessee: Berry lacks the classic size for a centerfielder, yet offers a complete game in the secondary.
16) Jonathan Dwyer*/RB/Georgia Tech: Tech's powerful, interior ball carrier shows surprising speed in the open field. He offers potential as a feature back.
17) Corey Wootton/DE/Northwestern: Prior to the knee injury he suffered in Northwestern's bowl game, Wooton was considered first-round material for the '09 draft.
18) Rolando McClain*/LB/Alabama: McClain is a nice combination of size and athleticism and has the skill to be used at a variety of linebacker spots.
19) George Selvie/DE/South Florida: Selvie comes off a disappointing season, but is still one of the nation's best pass rushers and an NFL prospect in the mold of Simeon Rice.
20) DeMarcus Granger/DT/Oklahoma: Another talented Sooners defender, Granger returns to the field in '09 after struggling with injury last season.
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