Top 50 prospects (cont.)
21) Brandon Harris/CB/Miami-Fl: Harris is a natural cover-corner with the size and ball skills to start at the next level. He's best in a man-cover system and is a prospect who can help a franchise as a rookie.
22) Christian Ballard/DL/Iowa: Unlike teammate Adrian Clayborn, Ballard is zipping up draft boards. He's a sensational athlete at 288 pounds and offers the ability to play several defensive line spots.
23) Derek Sherrod/T/Mississippi State: Sherrod has shot straight up draft boards after a terrific senior campaign. He's one of the few pure left tackles available in the draft.
24) Ryan Mallett/QB/Arkansas: Mallett is a pure pocket passer and enters April's draft with possibly the strongest arm of any quarterback available. He needs a lot of work on his fundamentals and decision-making.
25) Nate Solder/OT/Colorado: The former tight end is considered a project in the works. He has the size and athleticism to start at the all important left tackle spot yet needs to polish his game.
26) Phil Taylor/NT/Baylor: He impressed scouts with his play on the field and the work he put in off it. Taylor, who transferred from Penn State, is the top nose tackle prospect in the draft.
27) Anthony Castonzo/T/Boston College: Castonzo's stock is on the rise after impressing scouts the past five months. He offers potential at both offensive tackle spots.
28) Jimmy Smith/CB/Colorado: Smith is a large, physical cornerback who quarterbacks purposely avoid. He has starting potential at the next level.
29) Muhammad Wilkerson/DL/Temple: Wilkerson is one of the most underrated defensive line prospects in April's draft. He's a great combination of size, athleticism and brute force.
30) Gabe Carimi/OT/Wisconsin: Carimi played well against top competition last season and continued the momentum with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl. He's another with possibilities at either tackle positions.
31) Allen Bailey/DL/Miami: Bailey disappointed scouts as he never improved off the brilliance he showed early in his Miami career. He's still a quality lineman and may just need proper coaching.
32) Jonathan Baldwin/WR/Pittsburgh: The next top receiver from the Pittsburgh program, Baldwin is a tall, imposing wideout who takes over contests when focused on his game.
33) Brooks Reed/DE-LB/Arizona: Reed is on the rise as he's a nasty defender whose style is drawing comparisons to Clay Matthews.
34) Marvin Austin/DL/North Carolina: The incredibly talented Austin flashed dominance in Carolina yet also displayed a lot of inconsistency and poor judgment in his college career.
35) Aaron Williams/CB/Texas: Williams comes off a solid year and offers big-league size with the ball skills to match.
36) Torrey Smith/WR/Maryland: Smith is one of the few game-breaking receivers available in April. He needs work on the details of his game yet comes with a high upside.
37) Drake Nevis/DL/LSU: Nevis was unstoppable for most of his senior season. Size concerns (6-1, 291 pounds) will push him down draft boards.
38) Jake Locker/QB/Washington: Locker's physical skills and leadership qualities are early round-one caliber. His poor mechanics, accuracy and often suspect decision-making drops him a full round.
40) Kendall Hunter/RB/Oklahoma State: Hunter lacks the size to be a feature runner in the NFL but has the makings of a Leon Washington-type player.
41) Colin Kaepernick/QB/Nevada: Kaepernick answered the call at the Senior Bowl and improved his draft stock by a full round. The combine will give him an opportunity to prove it was no fluke.
42) Jabaal Sheard/DE-OLB/Pittsburgh: Sheard stepped up last season after his talented teammate Greg Romeus went down with injury. He offers potential at defensive end or outside linebacker.
43) Leonard Hankerson/WR/Miami-Fla: The Miami senior comes off a career season and has positioned himself as the top senior wideout in the draft.
44) Danny Watkins/OL/Baylor: The former firefighter from Canada plays smart, tough football and continues to exceed expectations.
45) Justin Houston/DE-OLB/Georgia: The Georgia junior is a tremendous pass rusher out of a three-point stance. The problem is Houston lacks the size for the defensive end position and has poor instincts as a linebacker.
46) Jerrel Jernigan/WR/Troy State: Jernigan is a tremendous skill player who positively affects the game as a receiver, return specialist and on the occasions he's asked to run reverses.
47) Jerrell Powe/NT/Mississippi: Powe is a big man who controls the line of scrimmage. He's a dominant force at the top of his game yet has stretches where he disappears from the action.
48) Michael Pouncey/G/Florida: Though not as gifted as his brother Maukrice, first-round pick of the Steelers last April, Michael is still legitimate starting material in the NFL.
49) Stephen Paea/DT/Oregon State: Disappointing play as a senior followed by an injury during the Senior Bowl has pushed Paea into the second round.
50) Kyle Rudolph/TE/Notre Dame: Rudolph sits atop a very weak class of tight ends. He's a terrific blocker and solid pass catcher but not a consistent downfield playmaker.