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The Shutdown Corner big board: 33-48

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Now that we're mere hours away from the start of the 2010 draft, let's separate team needs from player skills and just line those draft prospects up on the basis of pure talent, as most teams do in their war rooms. In four parts, here's one man's opinion of how this draft class ranks from the perspective of sheer potential impact on the NFL - this has nothing to do with, "Well, the Rams need a quarterback, so Bradford's the first guy on the board". No, it's about pure potential and nothing else. 64 total names, and here's 33-48.

33. DT Brian Price, UCLA - A real fireplug in a 4-3 scheme, Price is an aggressive and quick defender who will spend a lot of time in opposing backfields.

34. OT Charles Brown, USC - Brown is a former tight end who isn't great with power in run blocking, but he's a great fir in any zone-blocking scheme with his experience and agility.

35. QB Colt McCoy, Texas - McCoy could be the next Drew Brees(notes), or he could be the next Charlie Frye(notes). The difference will come from his competitive edge and hunger to succeed.

36. OT Rodger Saffold, Indiana - An underrated and complete blocker, Saffold is a longtime starter with a great overall sense of line play. Could be someone's sleeper pick.

37. RB Jahvid Best, Cal - Best is an explosive playmaker who can blast a play outside and blow by everybody. Injury concerns drop him a bit. Might be a real bargain here.

38. DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida - At 6-6 and 280 pounds, running a 4.6 40, Dunlap brings ridiculous athleticism to the table. He'll need some finishing work to make a real difference as an NFL pass rusher, though.

39. DT Terence Cody, Alabama - Getting down to 350 pounds has allowed Cody to look quicker in drill and up his draft stock. A one-dimensional run-stopper, but it's quite a dimension.

40. DT Tyson Alualu, Cal - Cal was one of three BCA teams that played a 3-4 base defense, and Alualu excelled as and end in that scheme. In the pros, he probably projects better inside in a 4-3 front.

41. CB Patrick Robinson, Florida - Robinson has all the athleticism in the world, but he'll have to shore up his inconsistent play at the next level.

42. S Nate Allen, FSU - South Florida brings some estimable talent to this year's draft, and Allen may be the most impressive. A complete player whose hasn't reached his peak.

43. LB Daryl Washington, TCU - At 6-2 and 230 pounds, Washington will need the right scheme to succeed, but he's got intriguing safety-type skills and could be an agile 3-4 inside guy.

44. QB Tim Tebow, Florida - The most controversial player in this class; either you love the intangibles or cringe at the delivery. The truth is somewhere in-between - Tebow will need the right system to succeed.

45. DT Lamarr Houston, Texas - Slightly eclipsed by a ridiculous tackle class, Houston is a natural three-tech who plays with the force of a nose tackle.

46. OG Vladimir Ducasse, UMass - A big man with surprising agility and somewhat raw technique, Ducasse is a project player to a point, but a potentially rewarding one.

47. TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona - Seems to be over the back injury that kept him out of the 2009 season; Gronkowski is the most complete tight end in this class. The upside is Jason Witten(notes).

48. OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland - Campbell is certainly the most athletic offensive lineman this year; one doesn't expect tackles to be this ripped. It's a shame the game tape doesn't yet match up.

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