Hoping For The Next Level

By Lloyd Vance
Updated: February 15, 2009

PHILADELPHIA — With all the All-Star games completed, this NFL junkie is starting to think about the upcoming draft in April. I know the hapless Detroit Lions (0-16) who own two picks in the first round (No. 1 and No. 20 thanks to Roy Williams and Jerry Jones) are. Here are my top pro prospects for the 2009 draft at each position as of February 2009.

Quarterbacks

1. Matthew Stafford, Georgia (Jr.)

2. Mark Sanchez, USC (Jr.)

3. Nate Davis, Ball State (Jr.)

4. Josh Freeman, Kansas State (Jr.)

5. Pat White, West Virginia

6a. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech

6b. Jacary Atkinson, Tuskegee

Running Backs

1. Chris “Beanie” Wells, OSU (Jr.)

2. Knowshon Moreno, Georgia (Jr.)

3. Shonn Greene, Iowa (Jr.)

4. LeSean McCoy, PITT (Jr)

5. Javon Ringer, Michigan State

Wide Receivers

1. Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech (Soph- RS)

2. Jeremy Maclin, Missouri (Soph – RS)

3. Percy Harvin, Florida (Jr.)

4. Hakeem Nicks, NC State (Jr.)

5. Kenny Britt, Rutgers (Jr.)

6a. Brian Robiskie, OSU

6b. Derrick Williams, Penn State

Tight Ends

1. Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State

2. Chase Coffman, Missouri

3. Cornelius Ingram, Florida

4. Travis Beckum, Wisconsin

5. Andrew Davie, Arkansas (Jr.)

Offensive Tackles

1. Andre Smith, Alabama (Jr.)

2. Michael Oher, Ole Miss

3. Eben Britton, Arizona (Jr.)

4. Eugene Monroe, Virginia

5. Alex Boone, Ohio State

Offensive Guards

1. Duke Robinson, Oklahoma

2. Anthony Parker, Tennessee.

3. Herman Johnson, LSU

4. Ray Feinga, BYU

5. Greg Isdaner, West Virginia (Jr.)

Centers

1. Antoine Caldwell, Alabama

2. Eric Wood, Louisville

3. Alex Mack, California

4. Max Unger, Oregon

5a. A.Q. Shipley, Penn St

5b. Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas

Defensive Ends

1. Tyson Jackson, LSU

2. Aaron Maybin, Penn St (Soph – RS)

3. Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech

4. Brian Orakpo, Texas

5a. Chris Baker, Hampton

5b. Everette Brown, Florida State

Defensive Tackles

1. Fili Moala, USC

2. Peria Jerry, Mississippi

3. Vance Walker, Georgia Tech

4. B.J. Raji, Boston College

5. Terrance Taylor, Michigan

Linebackers

1. Rey Maualuga, USC

2. Aaron Curry, Wake Forest

3. James Laurinaitis, Ohio State

4. Brian Cushing, USC

5. Marcus Freeman, Ohio State

Safeties

1. William Moore, Missouri

2. Rashad Johnson, Alabama

3. Courtney Greene, Rutgers

4. Patrick Chung, Oregon — SS

5. Derek Pegues, Mississippi State

Cornerbacks

1. Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State

2. Mike Mickens, Cincinnati

3. Vontae Davis, Illinois (Jr.)

4. Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest

5. Victor “Macho” Harris, Virginia Tech

6. Domonique Johnson, Jackson State

Kickers

1. Graham Gano, Florida St.

2. Jose Martinez, UTEP

3. Louie Sakoda, Utah

4. Kevin Kelley, Penn State

5. Ryan Succop, South Carolina

Punters

1. Chris Miller, Ball St.

2. Kevin Huber, Cincinnati

3. Thomas Morstead, SMU

4. Aaron Perez UCLA

5. Britton Colquitt Tennessee