Mayock's Top Prospects

We're less than a week away from the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine, where BaltimoreRavens.com will bring you behind-the-scenes content beginning Thursday, February 21.

In addition to BR.com's presence in Indianapolis, the NFL Network will have blanket coverage of all the prospects with the continuation of its "Path to the Draft." All this week, draft expert Mike Mayock released his top five prospects by position and his overall top 20 draft prospects heading into the Combine.

In all, NFL Network will televise 26 hours of live, high-definition combine coverage. NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" kicked off in January with 19 hours of original programming over six days at the Under Armour Senior Bowl.

With Xs & Os breakdowns from this past season, Mayock explained why Illinois' Rashard Mendenhall beats out Arkansas' Darren McFadden as his top running back and why USC's Sedrick Ellis (whom many analysts are projecting the Ravens to select with the eighth pick) gets the edge over LSU's Glenn Dorsey at defensive tackle.

Mayock on Illinois' Rashard Mendenhall vs. Arkansas' Darren McFadden:

"Mendenhall translates better to the NFL game. He's 225 pounds and has great feet and tremendous burst and acceleration for a player of his size. My biggest concern with McFadden is that although he also has great burst and acceleration, I don't think he has the lower body strength that you're looking for in a first-round NFL back."

Mayock on USC's Sedrick Ellis vs. LSU's Glenn Dorsey:

"They are both great football players and it's a very difficult evaluation between the two as to who is better because they are both top-10 picks. What I like about Ellis is that he played nose tackle in a 3-4 defense at USC and that will appeal to 3-4 NFL teams. In addition, he will also appeal to the 4-3 teams because he has the quickness to play the "three technique." Dorsey is a great football player and I give him credit for playing through injuries the past few years. However his durability is a concern."

**MIKE MAYOCK'S TOP 20 (as of February 12, 2008)

  1. Matt Ryan - QB, Boston College
  2. Sedrick Ellis – DT, USC
  3. Chris Long - DE, Virginia
  4. Glenn Dorsey – DT, LSU
  5. Vernon Gholston – DE, Ohio State
  6. Jake Long – OL, Michigan
  7. Ryan Clady – OL, Boise State
  8. Keith Rivers – LB, USC
  9. Phillip Merling – DE, Clemson
  10. Leodis McKelvin – CB, Troy
  11. Brandon Flowers – CB, Virginia Tech
  12. Rashard Mendenhall – RB, Illinois
  13. Jeff Otah – OL, Pittsburgh
  14. Derrick Harvey – DE, Florida
  15. Kentwan Balmer – DT, North Carolina
  16. Aqib Talib – CB, Kansas
  17. Chris Williams – OL, Vanderbilt
  18. Mario Manningham – WR, Michigan
  19. Limas Sweed – WR, Texas
  20. Branden Albert – OL, Virginia

MIKE MAYOCK'S TOP 5 RANKINGS BY POSITION (as of February 12, 2008)**

Quarterback
1. Matt Ryan - Boston College
2. Chad Henne - Michigan
3. Brian Brohm - Louisville
4. Joe Flacco - Delaware
5. Andre Woodson - Kentucky

Running Back1. Rashard Mendenhall - Illinois
2. Darren McFadden - Arkansas
3. Jonathan Stewart - Oregon
4. Felix Jones - Arkansas
5. Chris Johnson - East Carolina

Fullback
1. Jacob Hester - LSU
2. Peyton Hillis - Arkansas
3. Owen Schmitt - West Virginia

Wide Receiver
1. Mario Manningham - Michigan
2. Limas Sweed - Texas.
3. DeSean Jackson - California
4. Malcolm Kelly - Oklahoma
5. Early Doucet - LSU

Tight End
1. Fred Davis - USC
2. John Carlson - Notre Dame
3. Dustin Keller - Purdue
4. Jermichael Finley - Texas
5. Brad Cottam - Tennessee

Offensive Tackle1. Jake Long - Michigan
2. Ryan Clady - Boise State
3. Jeff Otah - Pittsburgh
4. Chris Williams - Vanderbilt
5. Gosder Cherilus - Boston College

Interior Offensive Line
1. Branden Albert - Virginia
2. Chilo Rachal - USC
3. Roy Schuening - Oregon St.
4. Mike Pollak - Arizona State
5. Mackenzy Bernadeau - Bentley College

Defensive End
1. Chris Long - Virginia
2. Vernon Gholston - Ohio State
3. Phillip Merling - Clemson
4. Derrick Harvey - Florida
5. Lawrence Jackson - USC

Defensive Tackle
1. Sedrick Ellis - USC
2. Glenn Dorsey - LSU
3. Kentwan Balmer - North Carolina
4. Trevor Laws - Notre Dame
5. Letroy Guion - Florida State

Inside Linebacker
1. Dan Connor - Penn State
2. Curtis Lofton - Oklahoma
3. Spencer Larsen - Arizona
4. Beau Bell - UNLV
5. Jo-Lonn Dunbar - Boston College

Outside Linebacker
1. Keith Rivers - USC
2. Erin Henderson - Maryland
3. Xavier Adibi - Virginia Tech
4. Tavares Gooden – Miami (FL)
5. Ali Highsmith - LSU

Cornerback
1. Leodis McKelvin - Troy
2. Brandon Flowers - Virginia Tech
3. Aqib Talib - Kansas
4. Mike Jenkins - South Florida
5. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - Tennessee State

Safety
1. DaJuan Morgan - N.C. State
2. Kenny Phillips - Miami (FL)
3. Thomas DeCoud - California
4. D.J. Wolfe - Oklahoma
5. Tyrell Johnson - Arkansas State

** Rankings subject to change

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content

Advertising