These rankings do not reflect where these players will go in the draft or how I think they will fall in the draft. It is just how good I think these players are on my personal draft board.

I have a key to better understand my star system:
: Elite Prospect
: Top 8 Prospect
: Solid First-Round Prospect
: Fringe First-Round Prospect; Very Strong Round 2 Prospect
: Second-Round Prospect
: Third-Round Prospect
: 4th-5th Round Prospect
: Late Round/Undrafted Free Agent


  1. Matt Ryan, Boston College.
    Matt Ryan headlines the quarterbacks in this draft...but he isn't deserving of 4.5 stars because of his inconsistencies.

  2. Andre'Woodson, Kentucky.
  3. Joe Flacco, Delaware.
  4. John David Booty, USC.
  5. Brian Brohm, Louisville.

Running Backs

  1. Darren McFadden, Arkansas.
    Darren McFadden is the top back in this class, but I'm just not as sold on him as an elite prospect. He has scrawny legs and I'm concerned about his ability to run between the tackles. Excellent athleticism and talent though, but is it enough?

  2. Jonathan Stewart, Oregon.
  3. Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois.
  4. Jamaal Charles, Texas.
  5. Felix Jones, Arkansas.


  1. Peyton Hillis, Arkansas.
    Has excellent bulk, blocking technique, experience, and athleticism considering his position.

  2. Owen Schmitt, West Virginia.
  3. Jehuu Caulcrick, Michigan State.
    Made my preseason All-Underrated team.

  4. Jacob Hester, LSU.
  5. Jerome Felton, Furman.

Wide Receivers

  1. DeSean Jackson, California
    I had questions about DeSean Jackson as a pure receiver, but after going over some tape I think his route running skills are very underrated. After he runs a 4.35 at the Combine, his stock will rise. Can he impress the coaches in the interview process, or will he come across as "MeSean"?

  2. Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma.
  3. Mario Manningham, Michigan.
  4. James Hardy, Indiana.
  5. Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt.

Tight Ends

  1. Fred Davis, USC.
    An excellent route runner with athleticism and sticky hands...much better prospect than Greg Olsen in my opinion.

  2. John Carlson, Notre Dame.
  3. Jacob Tamme, Kentucky.
    Only fits this three-star rating as an H-Back or in a scheme where he can play the slot. Perfect fit for the Colts and can be better than Dallas Clark.

  4. Martellus Bennett, Texas A&M.
  5. Martin Rucker, Missouri.

Offensive Tackles

  1. Jake Long, Michigan.
    An excellent tackle prospect, but doesn't have elite athleticism for the position.

  2. Ryan Clady, Boise State.
  3. Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh.
  4. Sam Baker, USC.
    An elite guard prospect in a zone-blocking scheme, and can probably only play tackle in the ZBS due to his short arms and lack of bulk.

  5. Carl Nicks, Nebraska.


  1. Branden Albert, Virginia.
    Tops my guard prospects because of his combination of athletic ability and great size.

  2. Chilo Rachal, USC.
  3. Roy Schuening, Oregon State.
  4. Eric Young, Tennessee.
  5. Robert Felton.


  1. John Sullivan, Notre Dame.
  2. Mike Pollack, Arizona State.
  3. Fernando Velasco, Georgia.
  4. Steve Justice, Wake Forest.
  5. Kory Lichtensteiger.

    Missing Include

    See Matt's Top 5 Defensive Players By Position

    2008 NFL Mock Draft

    2008 NFL Free Agents

    NFL Mock Draft Database

    2008 NFL Draft Prospects

    2009 NFL Mock Draft



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