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    2010 NFL Draft preview ( Breaks down each of the positions in the draft over the next week. Starts today with Quarterbacks.

    Top five quarterbacks
    1 Sam Bradford - Oklahoma - 8.54
    Analysis: While he may need a year or two to develop into a starting QB, he does have a tremendous upside.
    2 Jimmy Clausen - Notre Dame - 7.83
    Analysis: Clausen understands a pro style offense, so he is apt to come to camp better prepared than most.
    3 Colt McCoy - Texas - 6.93
    Analysis: McCoy is a natural leader with high character. Played with a lot of intelligence in Texas' system.
    4 Tony Pike - Cincinnati - 6.67
    Analysis: Very accurate in the short passing game. Was very productive playing in spread offense in college.
    5 - Dan LeFevour - Central Michigan - 6.44
    Analysis: Possesses the release quickness teams look for. Has the arm strength to make most NFL throws.

    My favorite sleeper

    Two quarterbacks have to be considered here: Jonathan Crompton of Tennessee and Mike Kafka from Northwestern. Crompton is a one-year wonder under the guidance of Lane Kiffin, who spent just one year with him. He wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, threw a total of nine touchdowns the previous three seasons, but hit the end zone 27 times in 2009. Crompton's big and athletic enough to make an NFL team, and sitting on a bench for a few years can only help
    Might be a good guy to grab in the later rounds so we can concentrate on the defence early on.

    Teams with the greatest need

    The Redskins just took care of their quarterback need by trading for McNabb, but that still leaves the following teams hoping this draft satisfies a need at the most important position in football. Most teams are drafting a quarterback they can develop for the future and not necessarily a guy to march out on the field the first week of the season. St. Louis, Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Oakland, Carolina, San Francisco, Minnesota, and even Pittsburgh have to be looking closely at this QB class.

    I'll post the other positions in this topic as they come out.
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    Re: 2010 NFL Draft preview (

    hmmm.. Tebow doesn't make the top 5 list?


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    Re: 2010 NFL Draft preview (

    Today, Running backs.

    Top five running backs
    1 C.J. Spiller - Clemson - 8.6
    Analysis: Spiller is a super explosive threat with superb speed; has the vision and patience to find lanes.
    2 Ryan Mathews - Fresno State - 8.0
    Analysis: Mathews is a highly competitive performer, who consistently battles for extra yardage.
    3 Jahvid Best - California - 7.9
    Analysis: Best's game is all about speed, quickness, acceleration and elusiveness.
    4 Dexter McCluster - Mississippi - 7.8
    Analysis: McCluster possesses elite speed and explosiveness for the running back position.
    5 Jonathan Dwyer - Georgia Tech - 7.1
    Analysis: Dwyer has an outstanding blend of bulk, size and speed. Was highly productive in college.

    Player with most to prove

    Mississippi's Dexter McCluster measured at 5-foot-8 and 172 pounds and ran a 4.58 40 at the combine. On top of all that, McCluster hasn't really made his living as a return specialist, which begs the question: How does he make it in the NFL?

    Is he Warrick Dunn, Brian Westbrook or even Darren Sproles, or just a guy too small to make it at the next level?

    After watching McCluster at the Senior Bowl and on tape, it appears he carries a big chip on his shoulder. McCluster may have what it takes but still has a lot to prove.
    I really like this kid. He is going to make one team really happy, and 29 other teams regret taking him.

    Teams with the greatest need

    The old adage in pro football is that you can never have enough running backs, so in that sense every team could take one in this draft. The teams with the most pressing need for some type of back are the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams.
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    Wide Receivers and Tight Ends up next.

    Top five wide receivers
    1 Dez Bryant - Oklahoma State - 8.5
    Analysis: Bryant possesses the agility necessary to consistently gain separation as a route runner.
    2 Arrelious Benn - Illinois - 8.2
    Analysis: Benn's naturally athletic and comfortable getting the ball in a variety of ways, including on returns.
    3 Dezmon Briscoe - Kansas - 7.8
    Analysis: Briscoe can grab the errant throw, fight for the jump ball and extend and catch away from his body.
    4 Demaryius Thomas - Georgia Tech - 7.6
    Analysis: Thomas possesses elite size and physicality for the receiver position. Has good top-end speed.
    5 Golden Tate - Notre Dame - 7.5
    Analysis: Tate is smooth in and out of his breaks and has experience in a pro-style system.

    Player with most upside

    Golden Tate from Notre Dame is a former running back with lots of raw talent and is very dangerous after the catch. He's really just a two-year player at wide receiver with 22 starts. He is a blend of Percy Harvin and Anquan Boldin. He's plenty fast and averaged more than a touchdown per start. I got the chance to meet him at the NFL Scouting Combine, and his character and love of the game impressed me as much as his unofficial 4.36-second 40-yard dash.
    Not a first round guy in my opinion, but I agree with this assessment big time. He will be a nice 2nd round pick for a team.

    The 2010 Wes Welker

    Texas' Jordan Shipley is the guy I would be after if looking for a Welker-type. He only ran a 4.57 40 at the combine, but he can change direction on a dime, create separation and catches everything thrown his way. There's no substitute for experience, and Shipley played in 53 college games grabbing 248 passes and 33 touchdowns. Don't worry about beating press coverage, because slot receivers off the line are rarely pressed. Shipley has a great ability to work the underneath routes and has the ability to beat man and zone coverage.
    Every team needs a guy like this. Thankfully, we already have one.

    Top five tight ends
    1 Jermaine Gresham - Oklahoma - 8.3
    Analysis: Bryant vertical threat that consistently makes big plays and has a knack for getting into the end zone.
    2 Rob Gronkowski - Arizona - 7.9
    Analysis: Gronkowski has prototypical size and good speed. Shows fluid hips and runs precise routes.
    3 Anthony McCoy - Southern California - 7.7
    Analysis: McCoy has soft hands and good body control, and runs efficient routes.
    4 Aaron Hernandez - Florida - 7.6
    Analysis: Extremely productive in college, Hernandez has impressive speed and athleticism for the position.
    5 Ed Dickson - Oregon - 7.0
    Analysis: Athletic and quick with good hip fluidity, Dickson makes impressive cuts and has good body control.

    Player with most to prove

    Jimmy Graham of Miami fits the bill for different reasons. He's a converted basketball player with one college start and 17 receptions. He recognizes his lack of experience and demonstrated at the Senior Bowl that he's willing to work on those issues.

    Teams with the greatest need

    Every team will probably select at least one wide receiver somewhere in the draft, but the teams with the biggest need include Carolina, St. Louis, Buffalo, Miami, Cleveland, Chicago, Denver (if they trade Marshall), and Tennessee. As for teams looking for a tight end -- Cincinnati, New England, Baltimore, Kansas City, Arizona and St. Louis.
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