Draft expert breaks down prospects by position on NFL Total Access this week
Illinois' Rashard Mendenhall No. 1 RB; USC's Sedrick Ellis tops among DTs
NFL Network's exclusive coverage of the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine presented by Reebok begins Thursday, Feb. 21.
In all, NFL Network will televise 26 hours of live, high-definition combine coverage. NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" kicked off in January with 19 hours of original programming over six days at the Under Armour Senior Bowl.
Mayock's pre-combine thoughts and player rankings are as follows:
Mayock on Illinois' Rashard Mendenhall vs. Arkansas' Darren McFadden: "Mendenhall translates better to the NFL game. He's 225 pounds and has great feet and tremendous burst and acceleration for a player of his size. My biggest concern with McFadden is that although he also has great burst and acceleration, I don't think he has the lower body strength that you're looking for in a first-round NFL back."
Mayock on USC's Sedrick Ellis vs. LSU's Glenn Dorsey: "They are both great football players and it's a very difficult evaluation between the two as to who is better because they are both top-10 picks. What I like about Ellis is that he played nose tackle in a 3-4 defense at USC and that will appeal to 3-4 NFL teams. In addition, he will also appeal to the 4-3 teams because he has the quickness to play the "three technique." Dorsey is a great football player and I give him credit for playing through injuries the past few years. However his durability is a concern."
Mike Mayock's top 20 (as of Feb. 12, 2008)**
- Matt Ryan - QB, Boston College
- Sedrick Ellis – DT, USC
- Chris Long - DE, Virginia
- Glenn Dorsey – DT, LSU
- Vernon Gholston – DE, Ohio State
- Jake Long – OL, Michigan
- Ryan Clady – OL, Boise State
- Keith Rivers – LB, USC
- Phillip Merling – DE, Clemson
- Leodis McKelvin – CB, Troy
- Brandon Flowers – CB, Virginia Tech
- Rashard Mendenhall – RB, Illinois
- Jeff Otah – OL, Pittsburgh
- Derrick Harvey – DE, Florida
- Kentwan Balmer – DT, North Carolina
- Aqib Talib – CB, Kansas
- Chris Williams – OL, Vanderbilt
- Mario Manningham – WR, Michigan
- Limas Sweed – WR, Texas
- Branden Albert – OL, Virginia
** Rankings subject to change
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