Posted: Monday February 20, 2012 12:17PM ; Updated: Monday February 20, 2012 2:10PM
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Top 50 draft prospects (cont.)

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Alshon Jeffery
Once considered among the best receivers in the draft, Alshon Jeffery's stock is dropping quickly due to concerns about his speed and conditioning.
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26. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis* -- Poe is a massive defender who easily moves his body around the field, making plays behind the line of scrimmage or out to the flanks. He offers a tremendous amount of upside potential and has the ability to play in a variety of defensive systems.

27. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina* -- Red flags have been raised recently on Jeffery, but he's still a quality prospect. The big-bodied receiver has the ability to out-jump or out-muscle defenders and consistently comes away with the tough reception.

28. Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia -- Glenn has been an impressive offensive line prospect scouts have watched the past three years, and he continues to improve his game. He's a big-bodied lineman who excels as a pass-protector and run-blocker. The ability to line up at right tackle or offensive guard further enhances Glenn's attractiveness to NFL teams.

29. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M -- The Aggies senior has been much talked about in recent months, and his draft stock has been all over the map. He's a talented athlete who grew as a passer in '11 and a quarterback prospect who offers a large upside.

30. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama -- The former Gator proved his worth to NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl, and is fighting for a position in the late part of the first round. He's a talented cornerback who shuts down opponents with regularity.

31. Vinny Curry, DE-OLB, Marshall -- Curry harassed quarterbacks for three years playing at Marshall and is one of the best pass-rushers in this draft. He's athletic, fluid and exceptionally quick. Whether Curry lines up at outside linebacker or defensive end all depends on how fast he runs at the Combine.

32. Whitney Mercilus, DE-OLB, Illinois* -- Mercilus is yet another pass-rusher who graces the top part of the draft. He came out of nowhere in 2011 and was omnipresent behind the line of scrimmage. He's another prospect who projects to multiple positions in the defense.

33. Rueben Randle, WR, LSU* -- The LSU junior could be the most underrated receiver in the draft. He's a tall wideout with deceptive speed and the ability to beat defenders down the field or in underneath coverage. His game is not as polished as many of the top receivers in the class, but Randle comes with a large upside.

34. Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson* -- Allen is shorter than some of the elite tight ends in the NFL, but his physical skills and pass-catching abilities measure up with the best. He's a natural receiver who consistently gets downfield and creates mismatches in the opponent's secondary.

35. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State -- Martin is a complete back who beats opponents carrying the ball, catching it out of the backfield or stopping opponents cold as a blocker. He's not as physically gifted as many of the junior running backs available in April, but his attention to detail will have Martin off the board early in round two.

36. Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson -- Thompson is the top player from a talented Clemson defense. He's a penetrating tackle who opponents struggle to stop from the snap of the ball. He's also well-liked by scouts for his ability to lead by example.

37. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fl)* -- Miller offers tremendous ball-carrying skills and home-run speed. He has the ability to quickly get through running lanes, then take it the distance. Miller needs a little more experience, but comes with big-time potential.

38. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina* -- Gilmore has the makings of a fast riser in the draft if he turns in good workouts at the Combine. He's a speedy cornerback with developing ball skills and a prospect with unlimited potential.

39. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers* -- Teams that need a dependable possession receiver will look to Sanu in the second frame. He's well built, resilient and constantly comes away with the difficult catch in a crowd.

40. Alameda Ta'amu, DL, Washington -- Ta'amu turned a lot of heads during the Senior Bowl and is well thought of in the scouting community. He's a powerful plugger who can line up at defensive tackle or on the nose.

41. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford -- Fleener is a tremendous pass-catching tight end who moves around the field like a large possession wideout. He has reliable hands and a body that should only get bigger and stronger in the future.

42. Andre Branch, DE-OLB, Clemson -- Branch is the next in a long line of athletic pass-rushers who have come from the Clemson program. He forcefully makes plays behind the line of scrimmage and easily chases the action in pursuit. Like many of his predecessors from the school, many question his every-down intensity.

43. Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State -- Wagner is possibly the most underappreciated linebacker in the draft. He combines instincts, athleticism and passionate play to stop opponents. Wagner also offers the potential to play in a variety of defensive systems at the next level.

44. Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State -- Osemele was a fine left tackle for Iowa State, exceeding expectations along the way. He possesses the skill set to move to the right side and offers the body type to play guard. Wherever he ends up, Osemele should be a productive starter in the NFL.

45. Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska -- Dennard consistently shut down opponents in college, but a poor week of practices at the Senior Bowl has caused his draft stock to plummet. He needs to run fast at the Combine or a move to safety could be in the offing.

46. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia -- Boykin is a solid cover corner whose game has been getting better since September. He offers elite speed, which he uses to shut down opponents or break games open returning punts.

47. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State* -- The junior is an explosive interior lineman who consistently penetrates the line of scrimmage, then makes plays in the backfield. Worthy offers starting potential for the next level, but must attend to the details of his position and consistently play with proper mechanics.

48. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State -- Weeden was the arm behind Oklahoma State's lethal passing game. He offers what every NFL team wants in a starting quarterback, but will turn 29 years old during the season, which has some franchises looking away from him.

49. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech* -- Wilson turned in a career season with the Hokies and hopes to cash in during the draft. He's a game-breaking back who can immediately switch gears and run away from opponents. Wilson is not the most instinctive ball-carrier, but comes with a lot of potential.

50. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State* -- Burfict, once considered a top-10 selection, has taken a big tumble down draft boards. He's a dominant defender at the top of his game, but Burfict was plagued with inconsistency, poor decision-making and a lack of maturity much of last season.

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