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March 19, 2008

Frank Coyle's updated Top 100 list

NFL Draft expert Frank Coyle of www.draftinsiders.com has updated his top 100 prospects for the 2008 NFL Draft.

(List updated: March 19, 2008)

NFL Draft top 100 Prospects
1. Matt Ryan - QB - 6'4" 220 lbs. - Boston College
This savvy, strong-armed prospect retains his top ranking in this talented class. There is a good chance he can be the No. 1 selection in April.
2. Chris Long - DE - 6'5" 285 lbs. - Virginia
A relentless defender, this athletic "tweener" had an impact workout at the NFL Combine. Long is the safest selection in this draft class.
3. Glenn Dorsey - DT - 6'2" 300 lbs. - LSU
Dorsey is an explosive tackle who will give his club a dominant and versatile inside presence.
4. Jake Long - OT - 6'7" 320 lbs. - Michigan
Long is a physical left tackle. He has the skills and college experience to start as a rookie. His NFL Combine workout guaranteed him a top-10 selection.
5. * Vernon Gholston - DE - 6'4" 260 lbs. - Ohio State
This athletic end is a force on the outside, where he has played both up and down. He has the burst off the edge to be a top-flight NFL sack artist. The junior "tweener" had a very strong NFL Combine workout.
6. Sedrick Ellis - DT - 6'2" 295 lbs. - USC
Ellis is a relentless inside force who has impressed at every stage of the scouting process.
7. * Darren McFadden - RB - 6'1" 220 lbs. - Arkansas
This fast junior has the all-around skills to be an impact player early is his career. McFadden had a strong workout at the NFL Combine.
8. Leodis McKelvin - CB - 5'11" 190 lbs. - Troy
McKelvin is a quick cover man and return specialist. He was impressive at both the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, and ranks as the top defensive back in this class.
9. Keith Rivers - LB - 6'3" 220 lbs. - USC
Rivers is an athletic outside linebacker who has the speed, instincts and skills to start early in his pro career.
10. Mike Jenkins - CB - 5'10" 200 lbs. - South Florida
This athletic corner finished an impressive season and postseason with a strong NFL Combine workout.
11. * Ryan Clady - OT - 6'6" 310 lbs. - Boise State
Clady is a nimble left tackle who had a dominant WAC career. Clady had a strong pro day after sitting out the NFL Combine.
12. * Rashard Mendenhall - RB - 5'11" 215 lbs. - Illinois
Mendenhall is a rugged back who has the ability to be a workhorse feature back in the NFL.
13. * Derrick Harvey - DE - 6'4" 245 lbs. - Florida
Harvey is an explosive pass rusher off the edge. He has the burst to make game-changing plays from the outside and puts pressure on the passer.
14. Chris Williams - OT - 6'5" 310 lbs. - Vanderbilt
Williams is a big, mobile left tackle who has developed nicely. Williams graded out high against top SEC talent. He solidified a spot in the first round with a strong postseason.
15. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - CB - 6'1" 185 lbs. - Tennessee State
This athletic corner has been a shutdown cover man, but against lesser competition. He answered questions about his ability when he starred during Senior Bowl week.
16. Brian Brohm - QB - 6'4" 225 lbs. - Louisville
This pocket passer needs a strong pro day (March 24) throwing the ball to solidify a first-round grade.
17. Antoine Cason -CB - 6'1" 185 lbs. - Arizona
This rugged corner has good coverage skills and ball skills. He answered all the key questions with a strong workout at the NFL Combine.
18. * Phillip Merling - DE - 6'5" 270 lbs.- Clemson
This junior has been a big-play performer over his short career. However, he is now battling injury concerns. His stock could fall because of the uncertainty.
19. * Calais Campbell - DE - 6'7" 280 lbs. - Miami
This huge defensive end has the ability to become an elite NFL player. He should be a first-round pick after a good effort at the NFL Combine.
20. Jeff Otah - OT - 6'6" 320 lbs. - Pittsburgh
Otah is a huge prospect who has very good footwork and the highlight film to impress scouts. However, he failed to impress at the NFL Combine.
21. * DeSean Jackson - WR - 5'11" 170 lbs. - California
Jackson is an all-purpose playmaker. He can be an impact performer as a receiver or return specialist. He had a strong workout at the NFL Combine and his pro day.
22. Quentin Groves - DE - 6'4" 255 lbs. - Auburn
This athletic outside pass rusher struggled with injuries in 2007 after a strong junior season. He impressed further at the NFL Combine to move into the first round.
23. * Kenny Phillips - FS - 6'1" 205 lbs. - Miami
Phillips is a fluid defender with the skills to shine in the pro game. However, his average 2007 season and NFL Combine performance make him a first-round bubble prospect.
24. * Branden Albert - OG - 6'6" 335 lbs. - Virginia
This huge junior guard has the talent to play well on the inside. He is quickly moving up several draft boards after a big NFL Combine performance and some late scouting work.
25. * Malcolm Kelly - WR - 6'3" 210 lbs. - Oklahoma
This big, athletic prospect flashed playmaking ability over his career. He could become a No. 1 option in an NFL offense.
26. Kentwan Balmer - DT - 6'5" 290 lbs. - North Carolina
Balmer has shown fine production for the Tar Heels. His triangle numbers (height, weight, speed) allowed him to impress further in the postseason and solidify his first-round grade.
27. * Jonathan Stewart - RB - 5'11" 235 lbs. - Oregon
This explosive back faces a difficult rehab following March toe surgery that puts his draft status in question. When healthy, he has the size to be a powerful inside runner with the speed to break the big play.
28. * Curtis Lofton - LB - 6' 240 lbs. - Oklahoma
This explosive junior was a dominant performer in the Big 12 this season. With some development, he could be a premier pro prospect.
29. Limas Sweed - WR - 6'4" 220 lbs. - Texas
This physical wideout looks for a big Texas pro day (March 19) after only an average NFL Combine performance following an injury-marred final season.
30. * Felix Jones - RB - 5'10" 200 lbs. - Arkansas
This fast all-purpose performer had a good workout at the NFL Combine, which may place him in the first round of the draft.
31. * Brandon Flowers - CB - 5'9" 190 lbs. - Virginia Tech
Flowers is a quick, tough corner who has good coverage skills. He has the technique and playmaking ability to match up with the best receivers. However, he needs a big pro day to recover from a very average NFL Combine performance.
32. Dan Connor - LB - 6'2" 235 lbs. - Penn State
This rugged inside linebacker has the physical talent, intangibles and production to become a starter. Connor is NFL-ready after playing at a high level in the Big Ten.
33. Early Doucet - WR - 6' 200 lbs. - LSU
National championship winner had a solid effort during Senior Bowl week, but sat out the NFL Combine. That makes his March 26 pro day vital to his final draft status.
34. * Aqib Talib - CB - 6'1" 200 lbs. - Kansas
With some development, this ball-hawking corner has the talent to become a shutdown cover man in the NFL.
35. * James Hardy - WR - 6'5" 215 lbs. - Indiana
Hardy is a tall receiver who was a force for the Hoosiers in the Big Ten. He had a great 2007 season and a fine workout at the NFL Combine. Hardy can be a big-time playmaker.
36. * Erin Henderson - LB - 6'2" 235 lbs. - Maryland
Henderson is a speedy underclassman who is a fine athlete with big-play ability. He has the talent and toughness to be an early NFL starter.
37. * Mario Manningham - WR - 6' 180 lbs. - Michigan
Manningham has been a fine playmaker during his Big Ten career, and he is physically ready for the NFL game. He recovered from a weak NFL Combine with a strong Michigan pro day that keeps him in the top 40 prospects.
38. * Justin King - CB - 5'11"185 lbs. - Penn State
This agile corner is a very good athlete. He solidified a top-50 grade with a strong workout at the NFL Combine.
39. * Jerod Mayo - LB - 6'2" 230 lbs. - Tennessee
This underclassman showed sideline-to-sideline speed. He has the instincts and tackling ability to finish plays. His NFL Combine effort moves him into the top 50 prospects.
40. * Reggie Smith - CB - 6' 200 lbs. - Oklahoma
This big, athletic junior has the size, strength and speed necessary to play the position. He could develop into a top pro defender, but faces concerns related to a foot injury.
41. Gosder Cherilus - OT - 6'6" 320 lbs. - Boston College
Cherilus is a massive yet athletic left tackle. He had a solid week at the Senior Bowl and ranks right behind the top prospects the draft's strongest position.
42. Chad Henne - QB - 6'2" 230 lbs. - Michigan
Henne is a classic pocket passer. He battled through injuries in 2007, and his strong performances at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine answered many questions about his health.
43. * Devin Thomas - WR - 6'2" 215 lbs. - Michigan State
This fast junior receiver came on nicely this season, showing big-play ability as both a receiver and returner. Thomas had a very strong NFL Combine workout, which likely moves him into the first two rounds.
44. Dustin Keller - TE - 6'3" 230 lbs. - Purdue
This receiving tight end has been very productive over his Big Ten career. He can give the right offense an added dimension. Keller had a huge effort at his NFL Combine workout, which will warrant an early selection.
45. Chris Johnson - RB - 5'11" 200 lbs. - East Carolina
This fast back displayed big-play ability as a runner, receiver and return specialist in his college career. Johnson had a monster workout at the NFL Combine.
46. Sam Baker - OT - 6'4" 310 lbs. - USC
This mobile left tackle had an injury-marred final season. Baker had a decent week at the Senior Bowl, but wasn't good enough to grade him a first-round talent at this very deep position.
47. Pat Lee - CB - 6' 200 lbs - Auburn
The fast cover man has the athletic ability to become a fine pro after a big final season in the always-tough SEC.
48. Lawrence Jackson - DE - 6'5" 270 lbs. - USC
Jackson is an athletic player who had a strong finish to his career. He impressed at the Senior Bowl, and a good showing at the NFL Combine.
49. * DaJuan Morgan - SS - 6' 205 lbs. - North Carolina State
This tough underclassman is coming off an impressive 2007 campaign for the Wolfpack. He has proven to be effective in run support and pass coverage.
50. Trevor Laws - DT - 6'1" 300 lbs. - Notre Dame
This quick senior tackle had a strong postseason - at the Senior Bowl and during drills at the NFL Combine.
51. Xavier Adibi - LB - 6'1" 225 lbs. - Virginia Tech
Adibi is a mobile outside linebacker who has fine speed, quickness and instincts. He proved very productive over his college career.
52. Fred Davis - TE - 6'4" 255 lbs. - USC
Davis is a mobile and athletic tight end who has shown fine receiving skills and improved blocking ability. He should be an early NFL starter.
53. * Ray Rice - RB - 5'9" 200 lbs. - Rutgers
This strong, compact junior tailback has natural skills and is another fine addition to this very strong running back class. He had a solid effort at the NFL Combine.
54. Tracy Porter - CB - 5'10" 185 lbs. - Indiana
Athletic senior cornerback performed well at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. His workouts have him flying up the charts.
55. Andre' Woodson - QB - 6'5" 230 lbs. - Kentucky
Woodson has great size, and he impressed at his pro day after only average weeks at the NFL Combine and Senior Bowl.
56. John Carlson -TE - 6'5" 255 lbs. - Notre Dame
Carlson is a sure-handed tight end who was a bit lost in the horrible season for the Irish. He also has had a subpar postseason, which makes his March 19 pro day vital to his final draft status.
57. Cliff Avril - DE - 6'3" 255 lbs. - Purdue
Avril is an athletic "tweener" type. He will be highly coveted by teams who run the 3-4 scheme on defense.
58. * Earl Bennett - WR - 6'1" 200 lbs. - Vanderbilt
This underclassman completed a tremendous career in the SEC. His performance at the Combine was only average, which moves him to the second tier of receivers.
59. * Kevin Smith - RB - 6'1" 215 lbs. - Central Florida
Smith is a natural runner who has received a ton of carries at the college level. He has good skills and has an early pro starting grade. Only concern might be his speed which is only average.
60. Eddie Royal - WR - 5'9" 185 lbs. - Virginia Tech
Royal is a fast all-purpose performer. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl and a fine NFL Combine, which moved him into the top 60 prospects.
61. * Pat Sims - DT - 6'1" 320 lbs. - Auburn
Sims is a wide-bodied defender who can stack the middle. He can collapse the pocket and has the explosiveness to make plays along the line.
62. Joe Flacco - QB - 6'6" 230 lbs. - Delaware
This I-AA passer has a very strong arm. He moved up significantly after an impressive final season, and continues to rise after strong showings at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
63. * Jamaal Charles - RB - 6' 200 lbs. -Texas
The Longhorns standout decided to join the pro ranks after a big finish to the 2007 season. He is another talent in a very deep running back class. Charles carries an NFL starting grade.
64. Terrell Thomas - CB - 6' 200 lbs. - USC
Strong senior cornerback impressed against top receivers at the Senior Bowl. He elevated his rating after an inconsistent final season with an excellent overall workout at the Combine.
65. Andre Caldwell - WR - 6' 200 lbs. - Florida
Caldwell is an agile receiver who has sure hands and a good understanding of the passing game. He had a good workout in Indianapolis.
66. Matt Forte - RB - 6'1" 220 lbs. - Tulane
Forte is a big, strong workhorse back who had a dominant 2000-yard rushing performance in 2007. He was very impressive at both the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
67. * Martellus Bennett - TE - 6'6" 255 lbs. - Texas A&M
This big, physical tight end has the talent and skills to become an NFL star, but he had a frustrating 2007 season.
68. * Steve Slaton - RB - 5'9" 200 lbs. - West Virginia
This fast all-purpose back is an explosive performer who needs to prove durable as a pro.
69. Charles Godfrey - CB - 6' 205 lbs. - Iowa
This veteran corner had a solid career against NFL-caliber receivers, and displayed that again at the Senior Bowl.
70. Jason Jones - DE - 6'5" 270 lbs. - Eastern Michigan
This intriguing and athletic lineman showcased his fine talent at the Senior Bowl and Combine. His name may not sound familiar to fans, but scouts know him well.
71. Keenan Burton - WR - 6'1" 200 lbs. - Kentucky
Talented receiver/return specialist has shown big-play ability in both roles. He finished with a strong showing at the NFL Combine to dispel concerns about knee problems.
72. Jonathan Hefney - FS - 5'9" 185 lbs. - Tennessee
This athletic senior safety has the speed, quickness and instincts to match up in coverage and the ability to come up and support the run. He could also play corner if needed.
73. Chris Ellis - DE - 6'4" 260 lbs. - Virginia Tech
Ellis is a quick edge rusher who has shown the burst from the outside to get to - and sack - the quarterback.
74. John Greco - OT - 6'5" 320 lbs. - Toledo
Greco is a physical left tackle who has displayed a fine combination of power, technique and quickness.
75. Quintin Demps - FS - 6' 205 lbs. - UTEP
This athletic free safety displays a combination of speed, quick reactions, instincts and tackling ability. He is one of the top defensive backs in the class.
76. Philip Wheeler - LB - 6'2" 245 lbs. - Georgia Tech
This quick senior linebacker has the versatility to blitz, cover and support the run.
77. Donnie Avery - WR - 5'11" 190 lbs. - Houston
The very fast senior wideout had good weeks at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.
78. Wesley Woodyard - LB - 6'1" 225 lbs. - Kentucky
This mobile, quick outside linebacker shows good speed, instincts and playmaking ability. He could be an every-down NFL player.
79. John David Booty - QB - 6'2" 210 lbs. - USC
Booty is an efficient passer who recovered from a broken finger to impress at the Senior Bowl.
80. Marcus Harrison - DT - 6'3" 310 lbs. - Arkansas
This powerful and athletic tackle was very productive in the SEC. He gave a consistently good effort at the Senior Bowl.
81. * Geno Hayes - LB - 6'1" 230 lbs. - Florida State
This fast linebacker impressed over his short career. He combines speed, instincts and tackling ability that will earn him early pro starting time.
82. Red Bryant - DT - 6'4" 325 lbs. - Texas A&M
Massive defensive tackle flashes big play ability but has been inconsistent. He combines power, agility and quickness between the tackles.
83. Josh Barrett - SS - 6'2" 235 lbs. - Arizona State
Barrett is a physical 'In the Box' safety who has been a force in the Sun Devils' secondary. He finished with a monster workout at the NFL Combine.
84. Will Franklin - WR - 6'1" 200 lbs.- Missouri
Franklin is a fast, athletic wideout who impressed at the NFL Combine and at his pro day. The workouts moved him into our top 100.
85. * Letoy Guion - DT - 6'4" 285 lbs. - Florida State
An athletic junior tackle, Guion had only an average NFL Combine. He still needs some development before he can become a starter in the NFL.
86. Tyrell Johnson - FS - 6' 200 lbs. - Arkansas State
Johnson put on a show at the NFL Combine, and he carries an early pro starting grade despite playing at Arkansas State.
87. Shawn Crable - LB - 6'5" 245 lbs. - Michigan
Crable is a rangy linebacker with big-play ability off the edge, but he needs to be in the right scheme. He helped his cause a bit at the Combine.
88. * Anthony Collins - OT - 6'5" 310 lbs. - Kansas
Collins is a big and nimble left tackle. He developed nicely over the 2007 season and has the tools to be a fine pro. However, his workout performance was disappointing.
89. DeMario Pressley - DT - 6'3" 300 lbs. - North Carolina State
This quick defensive tackle can be explosive on the snap, and he has shown the power and agility to make plays.
90. Terrence Wheatley - CB - 5'9" 185 - Colorado
Wheatley is a quick, aggressive player who completed a fine postseason. He is in the second tier of cover men.
91. Tom Zbikowski - SS - 5'11" 210 lbs. - Notre Dame
This tough safety/return specialist had a fine 2007 season for a bad team. He showcased his athletic skills at the NFL Combine to rank among the top safeties.
92. * Chilo Rachal - OG - 6'5" 315 lbs. - USC
Rachal is a big, agile junior who had an impressive 2007 season and NFL Combine. He has moved up draft boards over the past month.
93. Tyvon Branch - CB - 5'11" 200 lbs. - Connecticut
Branch is a tough, instinctive senior defensive back. He had a huge workout at the NFL Combine after a strong final season.
94. Brad Cottam - TE - 6'8" 270 lbs. - Tennessee
Cottam is a gigantic tight end who has shown some athletic ability in the postseason. He impressed at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
95. Darrell Robertson - DE/LB - 6'5" 255 lbs. - Georgia Tech
Robertson is a rangy "tweener" defender. He displayed big play ability off the edge during his Tech career.
96. Beau Bell - LB - 6'1" 245 lbs. - UNLV
Bell is a versatile and athletic player who needs to light it up at his March 31 workout after sitting out the NFL Combine.
97. Zack Bowman - CB - 6'1" 190 lbs.- Nebraska
Bowman is the wild card of the draft. When healthy he is a quality corner, but he comes with big injury concerns.
98. Dre Moore - DT - 6'4" 310 lbs. - Maryland
Moore is a rising 'workout warrior.' He had a huge NFL Combine, but his production doesn't match his athleticism.
99. Allen Patrick - RB - 5'11" 195 lbs. - Oklahoma
Patrick is a quick tailback who has shown a fine burst to the hole and has the natural running skills to get to the second level. However, he needs to prove that he is healthy after a knee injury. He had only an average pro day, which probably places him in the middle rounds.
100. Jonathan Goff - LB - 6'2" 245 lbs. - Vanderbilt
This middle linebacker performed well against a high level of competition in the SEC. Goff finished his postseason with a strong effort at the NFL Combine.

These rankings do not correspond to the order in which he projects these players to be selected in the draft. (* - Underclassman)

(List updated: March 18, 2008)

Previous Rankings: Jan. 26 | Feb. 18

Frank Coyle is a nationally known NFL scout who publishes Draft Insiders' Digest and www.draftinsiders.com. In it's 16th season, Draft Insiders' Digest is dedicated to year-round coverage of NFL and NCAA Football. He covers the NFL Draft and free agency extensively with a veteran scouting staff that provides insightful and unique information on players and team potential in the coming seasons. Draft Insiders' Digest is an extensive publication that produces 15 issues throughout the year and a Draft Yearbook with over 450 in-depth scouting reports.



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