The NFP Super 30
With the 2010 NFL Draft just one week away in New York, here is the National Football Post’s latest Super 30:
1. DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (6-4, 302)
Potential blue-chip defensive tackles are tough to come by, and Suh grades out as the best overall player in this year’s draft class.
2. DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma (6-4, 298)
McCoy has the ability to consistently beat blocks vs. both the run and pass game and is one of the few instant impact-caliber defenders in this draft.
3. S Eric Berry, Tennessee (5-11, 203)
One of the most instinctive safeties to come along in years; looks like a real ball-hawk-type defensive back at the next level.
4. C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida (6-5, 304)
Exhibits a unique combination of power and fluidity for his size. Is capable of starting from day one and becoming one of the premier players at this position in the NFL.
5. OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State (6-5, 302)
Looks effortless in pass protection, plays with impressive flexibility and length, and is the draft’s most NFL-ready left tackle.
6. RB Jahvid Best, California (5-10, 199)
Best is the draft’s most dynamic runner in my opinion and could have more of an impact than any other rookie in the class.
7. ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama (6-4, 256)
Possesses an impressive athletic skill set for the position and has the ability to instantly make an impact in a 3-4 scheme.
8. RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson (5-11, 195)
A game-changing threat every time he gets his hands on the football; looks like a Felix Jones-type runner at the next level.
9. OG Mike Iupati, Idaho (6-5, 330)
Makes everything look easy inside. Possesses an impressive blend of size, power and fluidity for the position and is one of the most physically gifted guard prospects to come along in years.
10. OT Charles Brown, USC (6-5, 292)
He not only exhibits the footwork to consistently mirror in pass protection, he’s also very natural on the move in the run game and looks ideally suited to play left tackle in a zone-blocking scheme.
11. WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State (6-2, 220)
From a pure talent perspective, the guy is a potential blue-chipper. But there are major concerns about his overall maturity and ability to keep his nose clean once he receives his paycheck.
12. TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida (6-2, 250)
A potential dynamic threat in the pass game at the next level, in the Dallas Clark-type mold.
13. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (6-4, 236)
Possesses the accuracy, arm strength and leadership capabilities to project as a potential franchise quarterback.
14. OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa (6-6, 312)
Never quite regained his form from 2008, but he now looks healthy and is certainly capable of anchoring the left side of an offensive line for many years.
15. DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech (6-3, 266)
Possesses the tools to get after the quarterback in a variety of ways off the edge and is an ideal fit as an every-down defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.
16. CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State (5-10, 186)
Showcases impressive balance and footwork in and out of his breaks and is as polished as any cornerback in this year’s class. Looks ready to compete for an NFL starting job from day one.
17. OG/OT John Jerry, Ole Miss (6-6, 332)
Possesses impressive lateral quickness and athleticism for a man his size; projects as a Leonard Davis-type guard in the NFL.
18. OLB/DE Brandon Graham, Michigan (6-1, 263)
One of the most NFL-ready players in the draft. Possesses a decent first step, but it’s his power, leverage and suddenness on contact that make him tough to block off the edge. Has the versatility to play a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE.
19. DT Brian Price, UCLA (6-2, 300)
A powerful interior lineman who does a great job firing off the snap on time and using his length to fight his way into the backfield. Plus, he’s only 21 years old, and his best football is still ahead of him.
20. CB Joe Haden, Florida (5-11, 190)
An athletic, long-armed corner who has the burst to consistently click and close on the football underneath. However, he has some areas in his game that need polish when asked to turn and run.
21. DT Jared Odrick, Penn State (6-5, 301)
Plays bigger than his frame would indicate and does a great job firing off the snap, gaining initial leverage and finding the ball inside. Has the versatility to play as a three or five technique in the NFL, which only adds to his value.
22. OC Matt Tennant, Boston College (6-4, 300)
Sure, he isn’t the sexiest of prospects, but he’s a tough, technically sound center who looks capable of coming in and starting immediately.
23. RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech (5-11, 230)
A violent runner who exhibits a good feel between the tackles and has the initial burst to separate from defenders into the second level. Will only get better running in a more traditional NFL offense.
24. DT Terrence Cody, Alabama (6-4, 349)
He might have some weight issues, but all the guy does is make everyone around him better; looks like an ideal 3-4 nose tackle who can anchor an NFL defense inside.
25. WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois (6-1, 219)
Isn’t the most explosive of vertical threats, but he knows how to separate underneath and is a load to bring down after the catch. Might be the most NFL-ready wideout in his class.
26. CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers (5-11, 193)
A tall, well-built cornerback with good physicality, balance and footwork for the position. Looks comfortable in both press and off-man and projects as a potential starter early in his career.
27. DT Dan Williams, Tennessee (6-2, 327)
Possesses an impressive lower half and knows how to disengage at the point. However, he doesn’t display the type of power to consistently hold up vs. the double team to be called an elite prospect.
28. OLB Jerry Hughes, TCU (6-2, 255)
An ideal 3-4 OLB prospect who has the first step, body control and short-area quickness to beat blocks and get after the passer in a variety of ways off the edge.
29. TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona (6-6, 258)
A king-sized tight end prospect who possesses the ability to win in both the run and pass game at the next level. Has some health concerns, but is a big-time talent.
30. OLB Daryl Washington, TCU (6-2, 230)
Makes plays sideline to sideline and showcases the ability to tackle on all areas of the field. Is an ideal 4-3 weak-side linebacker who should quickly mature into an NFL starter.
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