Pre-combine NFL draft board
Ndamukong Suh remains the consensus No. 1 player heading into April's draft
WR Dez Bryant needs a solid combine workout to regain his standing
Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen, the top two QBs, have questions to answer
The combine kicks off this week as more than 330 NFL hopefuls arrive in Indianapolis to be tested physically and mentally. The results of the next seven days will shape draft boards around the league. Heading into the gathering at Lucas Oil Stadium, here's a look at the top 50 prospects for April's draft. (*Junior).
1) Ndamukong Suh/DT/Nebraska: Suh is hands down the best prospect available. His ability to play more than one position up front in multiple defensive schemes makes him extremely attractive to NFL teams.
2) Eric Berry*/S/Tennessee: Berry has outstanding coverage skills and is an excellent run defender. He's a great centerfield prospect who can also play over the slot receiver on passing downs.
3) Gerald McCoy*/DT/Oklahoma: The former Sooner has been a force to be reckoned with the past three seasons. He has the potential to be very productive at the next level.
4) Russell Okung/T/Oklahoma State: More than any other offensive lineman in this draft, Okung has a great combination of size, power and athleticism. He offers tremendous upside at either tackle position.
5) Joe Haden*/CB/Florida: This terrific cover man is the only cornerback in the draft without any glaring weaknesses in his game. He could start immediately. He also has the potential to be a productive special teams player.
6) Dez Bryant/WR/Oklahoma State: His skills have been compared favorably to Michael Crabtree, the productive rookie who was selected with the 10th pick of the '09 draft. Bryant's combine workout is critical because a suspension kept him on the sidelines for much of last season.
7) Anthony Davis*/T/Rutgers: The best pass protecting tackle in the draft, Davis is a junior prospect who's just beginning to scratching the surface of his ability. Scouts will question him long and hard at the combine about his passion for the game.
8) Jason Pierre-Paul*/DE/South Florida: Pierre-Paul set the Big East on fire last season, his only year on the field at South Florida. He has tremendous upside and the ability to be a three-down defender at the next level.
9) Bruce Campbell*/T/Maryland: Scouts feel Campbell may have as much upside as any other offensive tackle in the draft. He's expected to turn in a great combine workout and move higher up draft boards by the time April comes around.
10. Derrick Morgan*/DE-OLB/Georgia Tech: He was a good pass rusher for the Yellow Jackets, but scouts are not sure he's big enough to hold down the defensive end position in the pros. Morgan must run well at the combine because many teams are starting to project him to outside linebacker.
11) Brian Price*/DT/UCLA: Price is a disruptive force in the middle of the line and is expected to be drafted in the middle of the first round. He has potential as a three-technique lineman and some also believe Price has the skills to be a two-gap end.
12) Damian Williams*/WR/USC: He's the only first-round receiver considered to have legitimate home-run-hitting speed. His 40 time at the combine could cement that notion. He also holds value for any team still in need of a game-breaking return man.
13. Rolando McClain*/ILB/Alabama: He's a tremendous run stuffer on the inside, though scouts wonder about his speed and athleticism, questions that must be answered at the combine.
14. Earl Thomas*/S/Texas: Thomas lacks classic safety size, yet is a terrific athlete and sensational defensive back. His coverage skills are so good some feel the third-year sophomore could handle cornerback duties at the next level.
15. Dan Williams/DT/Tennessee: Scouts handed Williams a free-agent grade before the start of the '09 season. His play as a senior was nothing short of dominant. If Williams uses the combine to convince teams he can handle the nose tackle position at the next level, his stock will rise further.
16. Sam Bradford*/QB/Oklahoma: Heading into '09, most considered Bradford top 10 material. Then he suffered a pair of shoulder injuries, and subsequent surgery to repair the damage. Bradford must impresses during his combine and pro-day workouts if he hopes to regain that momentum.
17. Sergio Kindle/DE-LB/Texas: Kindle terrorized quarterbacks last season and was a major force on the Longhorns' defensive line. Several teams project him to linebacker. His agility tests and ball skills during the combine will impact his draft grade.
18. Mike Iupati/G/Idaho: Iupati moves toward April as the highest-rated guard since Steve Hutchinson, whom Seattle selected with the 17th pick in the 2001 draft. He offers outstanding physical skills and the ability to play in a variety of blocking systems.
19. Taylor Mays/S-OLB/USC: Mays has been moving down draft boards since his disappointing senior season. He's expected to turn in a good workout at the combine, yet scouts are still not convinced he's anything other than a straight-line safety.
20. Bryan Bulaga*/T/Iowa: The Hawkeye junior draws a variety of opinions in the scouting community. Many feel Bulaga lacks the athleticism and footwork necessary to handle the left tackle spot, but others disagree. His workout at the combine will bolster one of these arguments.
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