DraftAce Top 50
We're getting to the point in the draft season where its time to put together a draft board. So with just over a month in the draft, here's how I would rank the players based on their ability and potential to succeed at the next level. Keep in mind, this isn't a true draft board. It does not take into consideration needs and general consensus of a players worth. Guys that I have highly rated, may be worth waiting on in the actual draft if you think he'll be available later. For example, I believe Calais Campbell is a top ten talent. However, if I'm sitting at the 10th pick and I want him, I would strongly consider trading down and getting him later because he is likely to be on the board into the 20s, if not into the second round. However, I rate Matt Ryan much lower than many others. I would not adjust my draft board to reach for a player that I don't feel deserve to come off the board at that position. So with all that said, here is how I would rate the top 50 players in the draft.

1. Darren McFadden RB Arkansas
He's simply the most dominant and explosive player in the draft.
2. Sedrick Ellis DT USC
With all the talented defensive lineman, Ellis might be the most explosive off the line.
3. Glenn Dorsey DT LSU
A powerful defensive lineman, but not as quick or explosive as Ellis.
4. Chris Long DE Virginia
Long isn't a sack master, but there isn't a more consistent player in this draft class.
5. Vernon Gholston DE Ohio State
Gholston may be the most intriguing physical specimen in this draft class.
6. Jonathan Stewart RB Oregon
Injuries are a concern, but he has the potential to be a true workhorse at the next level.
7. Keith Rivers LB USC
Rivers is the only elite prospect at linebacker in this draft class.
8. Phillip Merling DE Clemson
Merling is equally effective getting to the quarterback and stuffing the run.
9. Calais Campbell DE Miami FL
He won't be drafted this high, but physically, no one can match his potential.
10. Rashard Mendenhall RB Illinois
A big, bruising running back that also has the shiftiness to break off the big run.
11. Ryan Clady OT Boise State
Big enough to be a grinder, but quick enough to be a franchise left tackle.
12. Jake Long OT Michigan
Lacks the quick feet to be a true franchise left tackle, but you can't deny his consistency.
13. Malcolm Kelly WR Oklahoma
Isn't a great deep threat, but has the best hands in the draft.
14. Kenny Phillips S Miami FL
A playmaker and a hard hitter that got lost on a bad Miami team last season.
15. Mike Jenkins CB South Florida
Fast enough to match up with anyone, and flashes the ability to be a true playmaker.
16. Chris Williams OT Vanderbilt
Has the size and quickness you look for in a left tackle and is still improving.
17. Felix Jones RB Arkansas
Needs to prove he can carry the load, but there isn't a more explosive running back in the draft.
18. Quentin Groves DE Auburn
Undersized, but an elite athlete that can get to the quarterback.
19. Tracy Porter CB Indiana
Fast enough to be a true cover corner, and won't shy away from being physical at the line of scrimmage.
20. Brian Brohm QB Louisville
There isn't a sure thing at quarterback this year, but Brohm looks like the most complete player.
21. Lawrence Jackson DE USC
Not the sack master he was as a sophomore, but has developed into an even more complete lineman.
22. Dan Connor LB Penn State
Connor is an even better prospect than former teammate Paul Posluszny.
23. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB Tennessee State
Physically he looks like he can do it all, but he needs to prove it again the big boys.
24. Sam Baker OT USC
Not flashy, and probably not a left tackle, but he simply gets the job done.
25. Jeff Otah OT Pittsburgh
A big, tough lineman that may be best suited shifting inside to guard.
26. Jamaal Charles RB Texas
A true home run threat that is still developing and has enormous upside.
27. Aqib Talib CB Kansas
Not the elite athlete he's made out to be by some, but still a playmaker in the secondary.
28. DaJuan Morgan S N.C State
A physical safety that is slowly climbing up the charts.
29. Dustin Keller TE Purdue
Keller has established himself as the top tight end on the board.
30. Leodis McKelvin CB Troy
A workout warrior, but he is still very raw as a cover corner.
31. Andre' Woodson QB Kentucky
Not an elite prospect, but he's smart and could succeed if given a chance to develop.
32. DeSean Jackson WR California
No one stretches the field like DeSean Jackson.
33. Matt Ryan QB Boston College
Has the intangibles, but his incredibly high interception total is a major red flag.
34. Kentwan Balmer DT North Carolina
Not flashy, but a strong player that has shown steady improvement.
35. Branden Albert OG Virginia
Could be an instant starter if he lands in the right situation.
36. Erin Henderson LB Maryland
Looks the part, but so did his brother E.J.
37. Mario Manningham WR Michigan
No one was hurt more by their combine performance.
38. Gosder Cherilus OT Boston College
Strictly a right tackle or guard, but could have a long career at one of those unglamorous positions.
39. Jerod Mayo LB Tennessee
Has the physical ability, but never really stood out in college.
40. Phillip Wheeler LB Georgia Tech
Big, physical and one of the more underrated players in the draft.
41. Limas Sweed WR Texas
Lacks break away speed, but will be a reliable possession receiver.
42. Anthony Collins OT Kansas
Has the ability to line up at every position on the line other than center.
43. James Hardy WR Indiana
Flashes a rare combination of size and speed.
44. Devin Thomas WR Michigan State
A true workout warrior, but he has to prove he can put that athleticism to work on the field.
45. Reggie Smith CB Oklahoma
May be too slow for cornerback, but has experience at safety.
46. Early Doucet WR LSU
Injuries have never allowed him to live up to potential.
47. Chris Johnson RB East Carolina
He won't be an every down back, but he is the definition of a home run threat.
48. Bruce Davis DE UCLA
A bit of a 'tweener, but has the athleticism to consistently get to the quarterback.
49. Curtis Lofton LB Oklahoma
Not a flashy player, but the type of guy that is always around the ball.
50. Matt Forte RB Tulane
Put together a standout season, and his workouts are showing he may be the real deal.

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