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 49-64.
49. S Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech - A good zone defender with some man skills and impressive hitting ability. Burnett may have benefited from another year at Tech, but has starting-caliber NFL attributes.
50. WR Damian Williams, USC - Williams won't blow you away with his speed, but outside of Golden Tate, there may not be a better route-runner in this draft class. A natural fit for any West Coast offense.
51. LB Koa Misi, Utah - Misi is a very football-smart player who could excel as an NFL strong-side linebacker. He's fluid in his drops and rushes the passer very well.
52. RB/WR Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss - He's got the skills and the speed, but where does an NFL team put McCluster? He'll probably be a full-time receiver with some option and return ability.
53. WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois - Questions about injuries and overall effort may dog Benn, but he's an excellent receiver when he's on - tough in traffic and dynamic after the catch.
54. DT Linval Joseph, East Carolina - A huge man with some stamina issues, Joseph is a great run-plugger at his best. Where his value jumps is with his ability to penetrate and rush the passer.
55. FB Toby Gerhart, Stanford -- The almost-Heisman winner and 2009 rushing champ may struggle to be productive with limited burst, but he's surprisingly elusive for a big guy and he's got great feet.
56. LB Sean Lee, Penn State - Lee played all over the place for the Nittany Lions, but the undersized, agile player would fit best on the outside, or in frequent nickel sets.
57. RB Montario Hardesty, Tennessee - Hardesty isn't a fancy runner, but any team in need of a one-cut power back would do well to check out his tape.
58. DT Torell Troup, UCF - Yet another underrated defensive tackle, Troup has amazing strength at the line - he can push inside blockers straight back, and he fires off the snap with surprising quickness.
59. LB Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech - He's got a lot of good film of quick pass rush, but some wonder if Worilds is the latest in a line of VT ends who haven't produced in the NFL.
60. CB Chris Cook, Virginia - Between injuries and academic issues, Cook missed far too much time at Virginia. He's got decent upside, but has a lot of technique work to take care of.
61. WR Eric Decker, Minnesota - Perhaps Decker's most impressive stat is that he dropped only three passes in 354 targets. A very tough player ready to impact a receiver corps with his route correctness and strength in traffic.
62. CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana (PA) - There are always questions about small-school players and their ability to transfer their skills to the next level, but Owusu-Ansah has the playmaking ability to surprise as a standout cornerback.
63 DT Cam Thomas, North Carolina - Thomas could find himself slightly overdrafted due to the need for nose tackles in 3-4 fronts; he transitions to that role well. Not a pass-rusher and doesn't possess a quick burst, but can stop anything over the middle.
64. TE Jimmy Graham, Miami - Teams looking for their next tight end on the hardwood will be looking at Graham, After playing four years of basketball for the ‘Canes, Graham took his raw but impressive athleticism to the football field in 2009.