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NFL Draft: Prospect rankings by position

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NFL executives are putting the finishing touches on their draft boards with just a few days before the start of the 2009 NFL Combine. Not much has taken place in the past week and there hasn't been much of a change to the overall rankings. However, with the NFL draft season getting into full swing this week, the National Football Post puts together its weekly rankings of the top ten players at each specific position.

Quarterbacks

1. Mark Sanchez: USC (6-3, 225)
2. Matthew Stafford: Georgia (6-3, 236)
3. Josh Freeman: Kansas State (6-6, 248)
4. Nate Davis: Ball State (6-2, 218)
5. Graham Harrell: Texas Tech (6-2, 205)
6. Stephen McGee: Texas A&M (6-3, 216)
7. Rhett Bomar: Sam Houston State (6-2, 216)
8. Pat White: West Virginia (6-0, 192)
9. Nathan Brown: Central Arkansas (6-1, 214)
10. Curtis Painter: Purdue (6-3, 222)

Running Backs

1. Knowshon Moreno: Georgia (5-11, 208)
2. Chris Wells: Ohio State (6-1, 237)
3. LeSean McCoy: Pittsburgh (5-11, 210)
4. Shonn Greene: Iowa (5-11, 235)
5. Donald Brown: Connecticut (5-10, 210)
6. Jeremiah Johnson: Oregon (5-9, 208)
7. Rashad Jennings: Liberty (6-1, 232)
8. Javon Ringer: Michigan State (5-9, 205)
9. Mike Goodson: Texas A&M (6-0, 198)
10. Andre Brown: N.C. State (6-0 224)

Third Down Backs

1. Devin Moore: Wyoming (5-9, 191)
2. Kory Sheets: Purdue (5-11, 203)
3. Keegan Herring: Arizona State (5-10, 195)
4. Bernard Scott: Abilene Christian (5-11, 195)
5. Marcus Thigpen: Indiana (5-8, 198)

Fullbacks

1. Quinn Johnson: LSU (6-1, 260)
2. Conredge Collins: Pittsburgh (5-11, 232)
3. Tony Fiammetta: Syracuse (6-0, 238)
4. Travis McCall: Alabama (6-2, 276)
5. Brannan Southerland: Georgia (6-0, 245)
6. Mark Hafner: Houston (6-2, 235)
7. Marquez Branson: Central Arkansas (6-2, 248)
8. David Johnson: Arkansas State (6-2, 250)
9. Jorvorskie Lane: Texas A&M (6-0, 278)
10. Frank Summers: UNLV (5-9, 243)

Wide Receivers

1. Michael Crabtree: Texas Tech (6-3, 214)
2. Jeremy Maclin: Missouri (6-1, 200)
3. Percy Harvin: Florida (5-11,195)
4. Hakeem Nicks: North Carolina (6-1, 210)
5. Darrius Heyward-Bey: Maryland (6-2, 206)
6. Kenny Britt: Rutgers (6-4, 215)
7. Derrick Williams: Penn State (6-0, 200)
8. Juaquin Iglesias: Oklahoma (6-0 204)
9. Brandon Tate: North Carolina (6-1, 195)
10. Brian Robiskie: Ohio State (6-2, 200)

Slot Receivers

1. Mike Thomas: Arizona (5-8 187)
2. Quan Cosby: Texas (5-9, 191)
3. Deon Butler: Penn State (5-11, 168)
4. Sammie Stroughter: Oregon State (6-0, 189)
5. Jordan Norwood: Penn State (5-10, 174)

Possession Receivers

1. Patrick Turner: USC (6-5, 221)
2. Ramses Barden: Cal Poly (6-6, 227)
3. Austin Collie: BYU (6-2, 206)
4. Aaron Kelly: Clemson (6-5, 193)
5. Greg Orton: Purdue (6-3, 210)

Tight Ends

1. Brandon Pettigrew: Oklahoma State (6-6, 260)
2. Shawn Nelson: Southern Mississippi (6-5, 242)
3. Chase Coffman: Missouri (6-6, 252)
4. James Casey: Rice (6-4, 235)
5. Jared Cook: South Carolina (6-5, 242)
6. Cornelius Ingram: Florida (6-4, 245)
7. Travis Beckum: Wisconsin (6-3, 237)
8. Brian Mandeville: Northeastern (6-6, 255)
9. Davon Drew: East Carolina (6-4, 258)
10. Ryan Purvis: Boston College (6-4, 255)

Offensive Tackles

1. Eugene Monroe: Virginia (6-5, 315)
2. Andre Smith: Alabama (6-4, 340)
3. Jason Smith: Baylor (6-5, 300)
4. Michael Oher: Mississippi (6-5, 320)
5. Eben Britton: Arizona (6-6, 310)
6. William Beatty: Connecticut (6-6, 310)
7. Jamon Meredith: South Carolina (6-5, 289)
8. Fenuki Tupou: Oregon (6-5, 332)
9. Jason Watkins: Florida (6-6, 317)
10. Augustus Parrish: Kent State (6-5, 300)

Offensive Guards

1. Duke Robinson: Oklahoma (6-5, 335)
2. Herman Johnson: LSU (6-7, 382)
3. Tyronne Green: Auburn (6-2, 309)
4. Andy Levitre: Oregon State (6-2, 318)
5. Trevor Canfield: Cincinnati (6-5, 305)
6. Kraig Urbik: Wisconsin (6-6, 323)
7. T.J. Lang: Eastern Michigan (6-4, 312)
8. Seth Olsen: Iowa (6-5, 304)
9. Cornelius Lewis: Tennessee State (6-4, 324)
10. Jaimie Thomas: Maryland (6-4, 331)

Centers

1. Alex Mack: California (6-4, 314)
2. Max Unger: Oregon (6-5, 305)
3. Eric Wood: Louisville (6-5, 308)
4. Antoine Caldwell: Alabama (6-5, 305)
5. Jonathan Luigs: Arkansas (6-5, 314)
6. Cecil Newton: Tennessee State (6-2, 295)
7. A.Q. Shipley: Penn State (6-1, 297)
8. Alex Fletcher: Stanford (6-3, 302)
9. Brett Helms: LSU (6-2, 282)
10. Jon Cooper: Oklahoma (6-2, 292)

4-3 Defensive Ends

1. Brian Orakpo: Texas (6-4, 260)
2. Robert Ayers: Tennessee (6-3, 273)
3. Michael Johnson: Georgia Tech (6-7, 260)
4. Paul Kruger: Utah (6-5, 265)
5. Connor Barwin: Cincinnati (6-4, 255)
6. David Veikune: Hawaii (6-2, 255)
7. Michael Bennett: Texas A&M (6-4, 271)
8. Phillip Hunt: Houston (6-1, 261)
9. Brandon Williams: Texas Tech (6-5, 252)
10. Lawrence Sidbury Jr.: Richmond (6-3, 267)

3-4 Defensive Ends

1. Jarron Gilbert: San Jose State (6-5, 287)
2. Tyson Jackson: LSU (6-4, 295)
3. Everette Pedescleaux: Northern Iowa (6-6, 305)
4. Ra'Shon Harris: Oregon (6-4, 300)
5. Kyle Moore: USC (6-5, 273)
6. Zach Potter: Nebraska (6-7, 277)
7. Pannel Egboh: Stanford (6-6, 272)
8. Khalif Mitchell: East Carolina (6-5, 317)
9. Bobby Greenwood: Alabama (6-5, 280)
10. Alex Field: Virginia (6-6, 272)

Nose Tackles

1. B.J. Raji: Boston College (6-1, 325)
2. Ron Brace: Boston College (6-3, 326)
3. Fili Moala: USC (6-5, 305)
4. Dorell Scott: Clemson (6-3, 310)
5. Terrance Taylor: Michigan (6-1, 314)
6. Sammie Lee Hill: Stillman (6-4, 331)
7. Terrance Knighton: Temple (6-3, 324)
8. Myron Pryor: Kentucky (6-0 310)
9. Marlon Favorite: LSU (6-1, 308)
10. Louis Ellis: Shaw (6-2, 315)

Three-Technique Tackles

1. Peria Jerry: Mississippi (6-3, 295)
2. Sen'Derrick Marks: Auburn (6-1, 295)
3. Evander Hood: Missouri (6-3, 295)
4. Ricky Jean-Francois: LSU (6-3, 290)
5. Mitch King: Iowa (6-2, 275)
6. Alex Magee: Purdue (6-3, 295)
7. Corvey Irvin: Georgia (6-3, 289)
8. Vance Walker: Georgia Tech (6-2, 295)
9. Chris Baker: Hampton (6-2, 308)
10. Clinton McDonald: Memphis (6-2, 289)

4-3 Outside Linebackers

1. Aaron Curry: Wake Forest (6-2, 246)
2. Brian Cushing: USC (6-4, 243)
3. Tyrone McKenzie: South Florida (6-2, 235)
4. Marcus Freeman: Ohio State (6-1, 238)
5. Zack Follett: California (6-2, 238)
6. Mortty Ivy: West Virginia (6-1, 236)
7. Nic Harris: Oklahoma (6-3, 233)
8. Lee Robinson: Alcorn State (6-2, 249)
9. Jason Williams: Western Illinois (6-1, 241)
10. Brian Toal: Boston College (6-1, 238)

3-4 Outside Linebackers

1. Everette Brown: Florida State (6-4, 252)
2. Aaron Maybin: Penn State (6-4, 238)
3. Clay Matthews: USC (6-3, 246)
4. Larry English: Northern Illinois (6-2, 254)
5. Clint Sintim: Virginia (6-3, 249)
6. Cody Brown: Connecticut (6-2, 242)
7. Victor Butler: Oregon State (6-2 241)
8. Orion Martin: Virginia Tech (6-2, 248)
9. Moise Fokou: Maryland (6-2, 233)
10. Slade Norris: Oregon State (6-3, 245)

Inside Linebackers

1. Rey Maualuga: USC (6-2, 260)
2. James Laurinaitis: Ohio State (6-2, 240)
3. Scott McKillop: Pittsburgh (6-1, 240)
4. Darry Beckwith: LSU (6-1, 235)
5. Frantz Joseph: Florida Atlantic (6-2, 243)
6. Worrell Williams: California (6-0, 250)
7. Gerald McRath: Southern Miss (6-3, 220)
8. Dannell Ellerbe: Georgia (6-1, 236)
9. Jason Phillips: TCU (6-1, 235)
10. Jasper Brinkley: South Carolina (6-2, 265)

Cornerbacks

1. Malcolm Jenkins: Ohio State (6-0, 200)
2. D.J. Moore: Vanderbilt (5-10, 184)
3. Sean Smith: Utah (6-3, 215)
4. Vontae Davis: Illinois (6-0, 205)
5. Alphonso Smith: Wake Forest (5-9. 190)
6. Coye Francies: San Jose State (6-0 179)
7. Asher Allen: Georgia (5-10, 198)
8. Jairus Byrd: Oregon (6-0 200)
9. Darius Butler: Connecticut (5-11, 187)
10. Victor Harris: Virginia Tech (5-11, 195)

Free Safeties

1. Louis Delmas: Western Michigan (6-0, 196)
2. William Moore: Missouri (6-1, 226)
3. Rashad Johnson: Alabama (6-0, 190)
4. Derek Pegues: Mississippi State (5-10, 195)
5. Sherrod Martin: Troy (6-1, 193)
6. Darcel McBath: Texas Tech (6-1, 198)
7. David Bruton: Notre Dame (6-2, 210)
8. Troy Nolan: Arizona State (6-1, 207)
9. Brandon Underwood: Cincinnati (6-1, 192)
10. Curtis Taylor: LSU (6-2, 208)

Strong Safeties

1. Patrick Chung: Oregon (5-11, 210)
2. Chip Vaughn: Wake Forest (6-2, 214)
3. Emanuel Cook: South Carolina (5-10, 205)
4. Kevin Ellison: USC (6-1, 228)
5. Michael Hamlin: Clemson (6-3, 206)
6. Stephen Hodge: TCU (6-0 214)
7. Trimane Goddard: North Carolina (5-11, 195)
8. Otis Wiley: Michigan State (6-2, 210)
9. Courtney Greene: Rutgers: (6-1, 211)
10. Kevin Akins: Boston College (6-2, 224)

Specialists

1. K/P Louie Sakoda: Utah (5-9, 171)
2. K/P Graham Gano: Florida State (6-1, 192)
3. LS Jake Ingram: Hawaii (6-3 235)
4. K Jose Martinez: UTEP (5-9, 200)
5. P Thomas Morstead: Southern Methodist (6-4, 228)
6. P Kevin Huber: Cincinnati (6-1, 224)
7. K Pat McAfee: West Virginia (6-0 228)
8. K Sam Swank: Wake Forest (6-0 202)
9. K Jeff Wolfert: Missouri (6-1, 187)
10. K Ryan Succop: South Carolina (6-2, 224)

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