Prospects who are generating some buzz at the right time:
QB Colt McCoy, Texas, and QB Tim Tebow, Florida
Quarterbacks always drive a high price on draft day, and these two possess exceptional intangibles and look like late first-, early second-round options.
RB Jahvid Best, California
There are some concerns about his durability, but the guy is simply too dynamic with the ball in his hands to fall on draft day. I’m hearing he’s a legit option in the mid/late first round.
RB Deji Karim, Southern Illinois
The small-school runner everyone is talking about. Possesses a thick, compact frame with speed that could sneak him into the mid/late portions of the draft.
TE Fendi Onobun, Houston
Not real experienced, but at 6-6, 252 pounds and displaying 4.45 speed at his pro day, he’s the developmental prospect a lot of teams would like to get their hands on.
WR Marcus Easley, Connecticut
He’s very impressive on tape, and I’ve been told by sources close to the Connecticut program that he doesn’t get out of the third round.
OT Charles Brown, USC
We’ve been in love with Brown for months, and he now looks like a guy making a charge into the top 15 on Thursday night.
DT Linval Joseph, East Carolina
His upside is tremendous, and he appears a lock to come off the board at some point in the second round.
DE Tyson Alualu, California
Alualu is a guy I absolutely love. He’s tough, mature and plays with a motor that runs non-stop. I’ve been hearing he’s one of the most sought after second-round prospects.
CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
Wilson is one of the real “hot” names in the first-round mix right now and was told by a source not to be surprised if he’s not just the first cornerback off the board, but ends up going somewhere in the top 10.
CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers
Another cornerback who looks to have solidified himself a spot in the first round and perhaps in the top 20. McCourty is a tall, long-armed defensive back who can press off the line and is said to have a lot of interest from the Ravens and Eagles in recent weeks.
Prospects who seem to be slipping at the wrong time:
RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
A talented runner, but he now looks more like a possible third-round pick.
WR Mike Williams, Syracuse
It’s always something with this guy. The talent is clearly there, but I’ve heard from a number of sources this week that it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he went in the later rounds.
TE Andrew Quarless, Penn State
Immaturity is the biggest issue with him. I’ve heard that he was less than impressive during the interview process this postseason and could be the one tight end who slips down draft boards because of it.
TE Anthony McCoy, USC
After a reported failed drug test, you have to think McCoy could slip in what is considered one of the deeper tight end classes in years.
OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
The star of the 2010 combine now looks like a prospect who could ultimately slip into round two.
DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
Another extremely talented athlete who doesn’t have the type of motor needed for someone to stand up and fight for on draft day. Looks like a second-round pick at best.
CB Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
The off-the-field issues paired with his slow 40 times add up to Cox taking a slide on draft weekend.
CB Syd’Quan Thompson, California
An over-hyped senior cornerback who was exposed during the postseason process and now looks like nothing more than a mid/late-round pick.
CB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky
FS Taylor Mays, USC
He’s the one-guy NFL executives don’t seem to want to make a decision on come draft day. A physical freak, but he looks like a late first- or early second-round pick.
SS Myron Rolle, Florida State
The novelty of Rolle seems to have worn off as he looks little more than an in-the-box safety in the NFL. I think he comes off the board in the mid/late-round range and is more of a reserve type player at the next level.
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