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2009 NFL Draft: Steuber's Big Board

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by Thumper, May 1, 2008.

  1. Thumper

    Thumper WHS

    Aug 24, 2005
    2009 NFL Draft: Steuber's Big Board

    By Chris Steuber
    Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst
    Posted Apr 29, 2008

    With the 2008 NFL Draft complete, it's never too early to take a look at the top senior prospects that will be available for the 2009 NFL Draft. Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber debuts his Big Board of the Top 19 seniors who will be available in 2009.

    1) James Laurinaitis, LB - Ohio State

    Steuber says: Laurinaitis is a gifted defender who has great instincts, ball skills and leadership qualities. He has the unique ability to change the face of a game on one play.

    2) Michael Oher, OT - Ole Miss

    Steuber says: Oher is a durable, reliable bookend who excels as a run blocker. He dominates the opposition with his massive frame and is the best OT in college football.

    3) Malcolm Jenkins, CB - Ohio State

    Steuber says: Jenkins has great size, speed, instincts and ball skills. He's smooth in coverage and transitions well with receivers. He's the best CB in the country.

    4) Tyson Jackson, DE - LSU

    Steuber says: After a breakout sophomore season in 2006, Jackson struggled in 2007 and looks to regain his status as one of the nation's feared pass rushers.

    5) William Moore, FS - Missouri

    Steuber says: One of college football's unknown playmakers. Moore has tremendous size, instincts and ball skills that intimidate the opposition.

    6) Curtis Painter, QB - Purdue

    Steuber says: The quarterback position is weak at this point, but Painter is the exception. He has great size, poise and has been productive the last two seasons.

    7) Rey Maualuga, LB - USC

    Steuber says: A terrorizing tackler with great instincts and leadership qualities, Maualuga flies around the ball and is always in position to make a play.

    8) Travis Beckum, TE - Wisconsin

    Steuber says: Beckum is the nation's best pass catching TE and is a major threat. He has great hands, good speed and consistently finds openings within a defense.

    9) Phil Loadholt, OT - Oklahoma

    Steuber says: A monstrous tackle with incredible strength, Loadholt mauls the opposition at the line of scrimmage and is a dominant run blocker.

    10) Hunter Cantwell, QB - Louisville

    Steuber says: With Brian Brohm no longer at Louisville, Cantwell will get his opportunity to shine with the Cardinals. He's a talented QB who can make all the throws.

    11) Nic Harris, SS - Oklahoma

    Steuber says: Harris is a big, physical safety with playmaking ability. He has good speed, awareness and has the potential to be difference maker on defense.

    12) Max Unger, OT - Oregon

    Steuber says: An extremely versatile player, Unger has the ability to play all five positions on the offensive line. He has a great frame and the physical tools to be an elite lineman.

    13) Brian Cushing, LB - USC

    Steuber says: Injuries have stalled Cushing's development, but when healthy he's one of the best linebackers in the country.

    14) Alex Boone, OT - Ohio state

    Steuber says: Boone is a reliable tackle who's developed into one of the best in the country. He has a great frame and is still getting stronger; he has a lot of upside.

    15) Aaron Kelly, WR - Clemson

    Steuber says: An explosive WR with great size, speed and hands. Kelly is a playmaker with a huge upside. He had a breakout 2007 season and will only get better this year.

    16) Duke Robinson, OG - Oklahoma

    Steuber says: Robinson is a great run blocker, who uses his massive frame to his advantage. He mauls the opposition at the line of scrimmage and shows good athleticism.

    17) Michael Johnson, DE - Georgia Tech

    Steuber says: An undersized defensive end with great pass rushing ability. Johnson has a big frame, but he has to get stronger to become an every down player.

    18) Chase Coffman, TE - Missouri

    Steuber says: A prolific pass catcher at the tight end position, Coffman is a player the opposition game plans around. He has great ability and is deadly in the redzone.

    19) Ian Campbell, DE/LB - Kansas State

    Steuber says: Campbell plays with a high motor and is one of the best pass rushers in the nation. He has great speed and quickness and is a terror in the backfield.
  2. Showmeyourbolt

    Showmeyourbolt Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Oher should be number 1 IMO.
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  3. Thumper

    Thumper WHS

    Aug 24, 2005
    I agree, but it's so early now. A lot may change over a year, but right now I'd have no problem with Oher as the number one prospect.
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  4. LT-Express

    LT-Express Bolttalk.com Janitor since 06' Staff Member Super Moderator

    Aug 4, 2006
    either of the Oklahoma OLine boys are studs...Loadholt is a beast and Robinson is going to be this years Brandon Albert!
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  5. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    We'll probably never see any of these guys as Chargers since we'll be picking 32nd next year. :tup:
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    RMANCIL Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Phil Loadholt, OT - Oklahoma must improve his pass blocking other wise he may have to move to OG. He is a monster and has some sweet feet . He gets the hat on the 2nd level guys pretty darn well.

    He along with Duke Robinson should carry on the Sooner tradition for producing very good OL.
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  7. Rainman

    Rainman BoltTalker

    Sep 4, 2006
    Hard to know what will be available with the 32nd pick... :tup:

    But if the right OT isn't there, and the right DT isn't there, I'd go for a kick *** strong safety to replace Hart's ***. :icon_banana:

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