Commish’s Board: Top 50 In The Draft

April 12th, 2010
Another Virginia corner for the Bucs?

Another Virginia corner for the Bucs?

Ahh, nothing like a beautiful spring day, an overflow sandwich on great bread, and a pile of NFL Draft analysis to scour.

Joe’s feeling great about now (as great a Bucs fan could knowing his team seemingly turned its nose on a great receiver).

Here’s the latest “Commish’s Board,” NFL Draft guru Justin Pawlowski’s rankings the top 50 players available in the NFL Draft regardless of position. You’ll enjoy a quick look at each player and how their current stock has changed.

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Commish’s Board

1. Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma (same position in previous rankings)
Most disruptive and best pass rushing defensive tackle in the draft.

2. Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska (same)
Most productive college football player in 2009. Suh’s strength is unmatched.

3. Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma St (same)
Balanced offensive tackle who dominated during his time at Oklahoma St.

4. Eric Berry – S – Tennessee (+1)
Might have the most talent in the draft.  Versatility makes Berry more valuable.

5. Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma (-1)
A superb pro day has solidified Bradford as the draft’s top quarterback.

6. Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma (+8)
Williams draft stock continues to rise as may feel he is the most athletic tackle in this draft.

7. Rolando McClain – MLB – Alabama (-1)
McClain is a hard worker, a leader, dedicated to being great, and productive.

8. Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech (-1)
There’s no more balanced end in this draft.  Morgan was very productive and has great character.

9. CJ Spiller – RB – Clemson (+1)
Spiller is a lightning bolt from the running back position.  Return skills add value.

10. Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma (-1)
Without his baggage, Bryant is the top offensive player in this draft.  He has everything you want from an elite receiver.

11. Bryan Bulaga – OT – Iowa (-3)
Bulaga is big and nasty.  He thrives in run blocking, while still be reliable to protect a quarterback’s blindside.

12. Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – USF (-1)
There’s no player with more potential in this draft.  Unfortunately, Pierre-Paul’s lack of production and uncertainty might drop him a bit.

13. Earl Thomas – S – Texas (+2)
Tremendously versatile and able to play corner or safety.  Thomas is a true ballhawk.

14. Brandon Graham – DE – Michigan (+1)
Graham’s production can not go unnoticed.  20 sacks in the last 2 years means he knows how to get to the quarterback.

15. Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise St (+4)
I view Wilson as the most balanced corner in this draft with added returner skills.

16. Jared Odrick – DT/DE – Penn St (+8)
The ideal 3-4 end in this draft.  Odrick could see his stock rise like Tyson Jackson’s did last year.

17. Dan Williams – DT – Tennessee (-5)
Very active nose tackle who excelled in Monte Kiffen’s “Tampa 2” defense.

18. Joe Haden – CB – Florida (-1)
Very athletic corner who’s very good in coverage.  Will miss some tackles at times.

19. Mike Iupati – OG – Idaho (-3)
Dominant and powerful offensive guard.  His feet are not very quick, so a move to tackle or a fit in a zone blocking offense will not work.

20. Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers (+3)
Very talented tackler whom some scouts think might be the best pass protector in this draft.  Weight issues and character have him slipping.

21. Sergio Kindle – OLB – Texas (+4)
Lanky rusher off the edge.  Can play in a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense.

22. Sean Weatherspoon – OLB – Missouri (-4)
Very balanced linebacker who has the versatility to play inside or outside linebacker.

23. Devin McCourty – CB – Rutgers (+3)
McCourty was a big-time playmaker in the Big East.  He also adds treendous value as a special teams ace.

24. Maurkice Pouncey – OC – Florida (-4)
Top center in the draft.  Pouncey has great balance, smarts, and leadership skills.

25. Demaryius Thomas – WR – Georgia Tech (+6)
Tons of raw ability and potential.  Coming from a run-first offense, he needs a team to take a chance on him.

26. Ryan Matthews – RB – Fresno St (+9)
Most balance back in this draft.  Matthews can carry the load 20-25 times a game with the speed to break long runs.

27. Jerry Hughes – DE/OLB – TCU (same)
Great athleticism will allow Hughes to play either end or linebacker in the NFL.

28. Taylor Mays – S – USC (+4)
Mays has the size, speed, and ability teams dream about.  Lack of production is a big worry.

29. Brian Price – DT – UCLA (-7)
Very active hands and a non-stop motor.  Lackluster workouts and production could have him fall.

30. Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame (+7)
Lacks elite size, but Tate has excellent speed and hands.  Unlike Thomas and Benn, Tate is very close to being NFL-ready.

31. Carlos Dunlap – DE – Florida (-2)
All the talent in the world, but does he want to be great?

32. Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma (-6)
Big athletic target and a nice security blanket for a quarterback.  Not much of a blocker.

33. Nate Allen – S – USF (+4)
Has been rising up boards.  Great ball-hawk, centerfielder, and playmaker at the safety position.

34. Terrance Cody – DT – Alabama (same)
Massive body who can take away an opposing run game by himself.  Weight will be a concern.

35. Kareem Jackson – CB – Alabama (-14)
Underrated on a great defense.  Jackson is great in coverage and a solid tackler.

36. Jimmy Clausen – QB – Notre Dame (-6)
Solid skills, but has yet to have a team fall in “love” with him.  Played in Charlie Weis’ pro-style offense, but so did Brady Quinn.

37. Everson Griffen – DE – USC (-1)
Has had great workouts this offseason, but lacked production at USC.

38. Tim Tebow – QB – Florida (NR)
There is no greater leader, no harder worker, and no one tougher than Tim Tebow in this draft.

39. Charles Brown – OT – USC (+1)
Brown has good potential to be a franchise left tackle.  Might need a year to adjust to the pros.

40. Jahvid Best – RB –Cal (-1)
Best is a huge playmaker.  Durability is biggest concern.

41. Cam Thomas – DT – North Carolina (NR)
Despite the lack of production, Thomas is a big body who can play the nose in the NFL.

42. Arrelious Benn – WR – Illinois (-14)
Benn has all the tools of a number 1 receiver.  Benn needs more consistent hands.

43. Linval Joseph – DT – East Carolina (NR)
Joseph is a massive body who can play tackle in a 4-3 defense or nose or end in a 3-4 defense.

44. Patrick Robinson – CB – FSU (same)
Robinson is not very physical, but is excellent in coverage.

45. Chris Cook – CB – Virginia (NR)
Cook has the best combination of size and speed for a corner in this draft.

46. Alex Carrington– DE – Arkansas St. (+1)
Carrington is an ideal fit for an end in a 3-4 defense.  He played very well during senior bowl week.

47. Daryl Washington – ILB – TCU (NR)
Slightly undersized, Washington is a big hitter and physical.  He also has the speed to cover sideline-to-sideline.

48. Aaron Hernandez – TE – Florida (NR)
Great receiver from the tight end position.  Not much of a blocker.

49. Bruce Campbell – OT – Maryland (-11)
Campbell is a freak physically.  His tape and film are terrible.

50. Tyson Alualu – DE/DT – Cal (-8)
Alualu is very active and a hard worker.  I didn’t see enough big plays from him on film.

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