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2009 DRAFT
updated 4/06/09
Players who will have a better NFL career than many
selected higher than them in the draft

QB 

Nathan Brown
Central Arkansas
Brown caught my eye during Senior Bowl practices and also played a nice game.  He is a heady quarterback who has a better arm than many think.  One moment that caught my eye during Senior Bowl practice was the coaching staff stopping a drill and telling the quarterbacks to throw the ball high at the back of the end zone so either a receiver catches it or it goes out of bounds.  Brown then went out and performed extremely well (others did not) taking in the coaching and showing good accuracy.  Brown may not look pretty performing his trade, but can move in the pocket, improvise, and make plays.  He will not be an All Pro quarterback, but at worst he will be a solid backup, and at best, a quarterback a team can win with.  After the big three and Pat White, Brown is the quarterback I would draft, especially if employing the West Coast Offense.
Tom Brandstater
Fresno State
Of the quarterbacks after the big three plus Pat White, Brandstater has the most upside. However, he is no sure thing.  Brandstater is a big kid with a big arm, and better mobility than it appears.  If on the surface that sounds like Big Ben and Baltimore Joe, well, it does.  However, unlike those two, Brandstater makes too many plays that make you scratch your head, and at times overthrows his receivers.  So who will Brandstater be down the line in the NFL?   Will he grow into the quarterback he looks like when he is very, very good; or will he be a tease and a coach killer?  Since I have a fourth round grade on him, not a sixth or seventh like most, I'm betting he will be a good NFL player.  However, I tagged him a round four value, behind Nathan Brown, not a round two value because I recognize the risk.
Jason Boltus
Hartwick
If your looking for a small school sleeper, look no further than Jason Boltus.  He's got good size, is a strong kid (lifted the bar 26 times at the Combine), has a strong arm, is mobile and a leader.  The two major concerns are that he did not face top competition in college and that until his senior year completed passes under 55% (was around 60% as a senior).  Still, Boltus has the base skills that NFL teams like and could be a late round pick as a developmental quarterback.  And while the probability that "developmental quarterbacks" grow into starters is not high, I like Boltus' chances more than most.

RB 

Donald Brown
Connecticut
I like Donald Brown's NFL potential more than I like Knowshon Moreno's, the top running back in the draft on many draft analysts' boards.  Brown is an instinctive runner who is a top athlete and has good speed and quickness.  While not the top name at running back, it wouldn't surprise me if he isn't the top producer from this draft class over the long run.
Javon Ringer
Michigan State
If I read one more analysis of Ringer that ends with a play where he gets tracked down from behind, I'm going to hurl.  Ringer was a highly productive back in college and while yes, he doesn't have top speed, he is fast enough to make some big plays in the NFL.  However, it is his quickness (blistering 3.72 short shuttle on his Pro Day) and change-of-direction skills that set Ringer apart from most backs.  He could be this draft's Steve Slaton.
Andre Brown
North Carolina St
Brown is a big, strong back with sneaky speed, and excellent hands.  He is also an effective blocker.  Brown could be a better NFL player than he was college player.  Brown looked very good during Senior Bowl practices and could, worst case, be a two-way third down back.  He could be both a short yardage back and a shotgun back because he can catch, block and is a load to bring down.
Ian Johnson
Boise State
Ian Johnson is a poor man's Chris Johnson, Tennessee's first round pick of last year.  No, he is not as fast; but who is?  Still Johnson ran a 4.38 forty, lifted the bar 26 times, and displays, both on the field and in workouts, good quickness and cutting ability.  However, it is Johnson's ability to split out wide and be an effective downfield receiver that draws comparisons to Chris Johnson.  Ian Johnson will go mid-to-late on day two, and the team that drafts him will get a player that will contribute in a variety of ways on offense.
Bernard Scott
Abilene Christian
A small school back to keep your eye on is Bernard Scott.  He tore it up at Abilene Christian rushing for over 2100 yards, averaging over 8 yards a carry, and catching 47 balls for 826 yards (an average of almost 18 yards a catch, unheard of for a running back).  With that production, his workout was important to see if he had the athletic ability to transfer those skills to the NFL.  He then proceeded to  finish 8th in the forty, 4th in the broad jump, 1st in the three-cone, and 1st in the short shuttle (tie) amongst running backs at the Combine .  Scott may need time to get acclimated, but this is a kid to watch as he hits the NFL.
Kory Sheets
Purdue
Sheets really looked good during the Senior Bowl game.  He had some very nice runs showing he could accelerate quickly and read his blockers.  He also had a good kick return, caught a screen pass and I saw at least one special teams tackle.  Sheets has some off the field concerns, but his speed and all around ability cannot be questioned.  Sheets could be a later round steal if he gets into a camp, works hard, and does everything his coaches ask him to do.
Javarris Williams
Tennessee State
Williams really impressed me during the East West Shrine Game.  He is a strong kid with better speed than you'd think.  Williams will not be a starter in the NFL, but he could be a very good short-yardage, goal-line back, who could break off the occasional long run if he pops through the hole against a stacked defense.
Devon Moore
Wyoming
Moore is a small back with good third down and return ability.  Moore is fast (4.35 forty), strong (28 bench presses) and an explosive athlete (10'9" broad jump).  He could be a very useful player as a team's number three running back.
Tony Fiametta
Syracuse
Fiametta is one of the best fullback prospects I've encountered in a long time.  He is very strong; is an excellent blocker; has good speed and quickness for a man his size; and has very good hands and run after the catch ability.  If your team selects him higher than you thought a fullback should be picked, know you drafted a very special player.

WR 

Hakeem Nicks
North Carolina
I felt a lot more comfortable with Nicks on this list prior to him showing up heavy for his Pro Day and running a disappointing 4.43 in the short shuttle.  Nicks has good moves and good hands.  His speed is adequate, but he will develop into a reliable, go-to receiver; a player his quarterback will look for on critical third downs.
Derrick Williams
Penn State
Williams' value started to decline after the Combine where he ran a poor forty while battling the flu.  Williams rebounded with a solid Pro Day but could still be drafted below where I have him valued at the top of round two.  Williams starred during Senior Bowl practices where he was the best receiver on the field; displaying great hands, good ball adjustments, and good speed and quickness. 
Mohamed Massaquoi
Georgia
Massaquoi came into Senior Bowl practices with a rep for being inconsistent catching the ball.  However, before leaving with an injury, Massaquoi was a highlight reel of exception catches.  He showed the separation and hands to be a very good NFL receiver, and that is exactly what I expect him to be.
Mike Thomas
Arizona
Thomas was the player who caught my eye more than any other during the post-season.  He was the best player (in my opinion) during the East West Shrine Game (including skying high to make one grab).  His performance at the Shrine Game earned him an invite to the Senior Bowl where he looked very good during practices, showing exceptional speed and quickness and the ability to escape jams at line.  Thomas, a small receiver with good return skills, reminds me of a more-athletic Wes Welker.  His stats in the NFL will vary depending upon the offense that drafts him.  He will either be a very good slot/return guy, or, if drafted in a New-England-type of offense, he will be a major contributor, maybe even a star.
Mike Wallace
Mississippi
Wallace is a player I have rated more highly than most.  He has good size, great speed and is a terrific deep threat.  What was most impressive, however, was that he displayed reliable hands in Senior Bowl practices and showed superb athleticism and explosion in workouts.  Initially, Wallace will help on returns, but in year three he will be a dangerous offensive weapon.  He reminds me a bit of Joey Galloway.  
Jarrett Dillard
Rice
Dillard, plain and simple, is a football player.  He consistently gets open and makes incredible catches.  While on the short side, Dillard routinely out-jumps defenders and comes down with the ball.  While not a speed/quickness workout stud, Dillard is a receiver whose quarterback will quickly discover that he loves to throw to him.
Johnny Knox
Abilene Christian
Knox could be a steal in the draft.  He was very productive at Abilene Christian, displaying good hands and route adjustments.  Then he showed top speed during workouts.  Knox has the tools to be a good starting wide receiver in the NFL.
Eron Riley
Duke
Riley is fast, an explosive athlete, and was highly productive at Duke.  He will be a very good kick returner and will help a team initially as a #3 or #4 receiver.  He is also not one of those diminutive speed burners.  At almost 6'3" with a 40" vertical, Riley is a unique physical specimen.  He could be a nice surprise down the line as a solid starter for the team that drafts him.
Tiquan Underwood
Rutgers
Underwood is one of the physically gifted receivers in the entire draft class.  His speed, quickness, athleticism and change-of-direction skills are quite impressive.  He does need some work in the weight room.  Two years ago Underwood caught more balls at Rutgers than potential first round pick Britt.  His production dropped last year, but he is still an intriguing second day pick.
Dudley Guice
NW Louisiana State
Looking for a late round/free agent player who could develop into a contributor?  How about Dudley Guice.  Guice is a physical wonder.  At 6'2.4", 209 he ran 4.39 forty, a 4.01 short shuttle, a 6.61 three-cone and had a 39" vertical and a 10'5" broad jump.  With those measureables at his height you can't help but take notice.  Guice, however, only caught 17 balls last year.  He did look very good at the Texas vs the Nation All Star Game showing that he has potential.
Jason Chery
Louisiana Lafayette
Chery is one of the better special team players available in the draft.  He has very good return skills and is strong for his size so will be good on coverage units as well.  However, Chery makes this list because reports from the Texas vs the Nation All Star Game indicated that he caught everything thrown his way in practice so he could surprise as a contributor in multiple receiver sets down the line as well as on special teams.

TE 

Shawn Nelson
Southern Miss
I know I'm not alone in praising Nelson's skills, however, it is deserved.  I am the only one (or one of the only ones) that has Nelson on the top of his tight end board.   The kid can catch, has the speed to get open down field, and blocked better than I expected during Senior Bowl one-on-one blocking drills.  He did look more advanced blocking in pass protection rather than run blocking.
James Casey
Rice
When I watch James Casey another player comes to mind, Frank Wycheck.  Casey is a tough kid who has very reliable hands.  There is a quiet confidence surrounding Casey.  Whether it's making a key block or catching a clutch pass, when Casey is involved you just expect positive results.
Zach Miller
Nebraska-Omaha
Miller is an interesting story.  Miller started out as an option quarterback for Nebraska.  After his coach was fired he transferred to Nebraska-Omaha where is was a successful running-quarterback.  After his senior year Miller was invited to the Cactus Bowl, the Divison II All Star Game, but not as a quarterback, but as a tight end.  After one week of practice as a tight end, Miller had 5 receptions for 116 yards in the game.  On his Pro Day, Miller put up numbers that would have placed him at the top of the "official board" in the forty and vertical jump.  Miller is an intriguing developmental prospect who could also be a wildcat quarterback in addition to a receiving tight end.

OT 

William Beatty
Connecticut
Beatty may be the most physically gifted tackle at the top of the draft.  He needs some work in the weight room, but will be one of the best tackles to come out of this draft class.  Beatty is one of the better run blocking left tackle prospects in the draft and more than held his own against speed rushers during the one-on-one drills at the Senior Bowl.
Xavier Fulton
Illinois
Fulton looked good in during the one-on-one blocking drills during Senior Bowl practices.  He followed that up with an impressive Combine.  Fulton's workout numbers across the board are all in the top third of offensive tackles.  Fulton is a former defensive end who still needs to work on his technique, but he has the tools to be successful.  After the tackles go at the top of the draft, Fulton could be targeted by a team that anticipates a need a left tackle in a couple of years.
Joel Bell
Furman
Bell played at a top level throughout his career at Fruman.  At times things came easy for him so on tape he shows some signs of sloppy play, but I do not believe that will be a problem in the NFL.  Bell has a great combination of size, quick feet and athleticism and is a good developmental player. 
Sebastian Vollmer
Houston
Vollmer is an explosive athlete with very quick feet.  He has great size for a tackle and may be the first offensive lineman not invited to the Combine that gets drafted.  Vollmer is a physical specimen who is a hard worker.  His vertical was the same as receivers Percy Harvin and Brian Robiskie and would have placed in in the top third of running backs.

OG 

Kraig Urbik
Wisconsin
Urbik is my top rated guard.  He looked like the best offensive lineman on the field during one-on-one blocking drills during Senior Bowl practices, dominating Ziggy Hood, not an easy thing to do.  Urbik will never win the workout award, but gets it done on the field at a high level.  he will be a top caliber starter in the NFL for years.
Jamie Thomas
Maryland
Thomas caught my eye during the East West Shrine Game.   He will be a very good run blocker, especially for a drive-blocking team where he can get out in front of the ball carrier and seal off defenders. 
Seth Olsen
Iowa
Olsen is a good run-blocker who proved to have better feet and be more athletic than originally thought.  Olsen had a solid East wets Shrine Game and I have him rated higher than many other draft analysts.
Louis Vasquez
Texas Tech
Lineman from Texas Tech often struggle adjusting and excelling in the NFL because of the system used there.  However, few lineman have the combination of strength, movement skills and athleticism of Vasquez.  He may need time to acclimate, but Vasquez will become a quality NFL starter.

OC 

Eric Wood
Louisville
The top center on most boards early was Mack, and more recently was Unger.  wood is the top center on my board.  Wood is not someone who excels in drills, however, he is terrific in games.  For instance, Wood played a superb Senior Bowl Game blocking well sealing off holes for runners, leading runner thru holes and pass blocking.  Wood is very strong, has good speed for a 300 pound guy and has quick feet.
Ryan Shuman
Virginia Tech
Shuman is a player I like more than most.  I loved the way he won his one-on-one battles with massive Ron Brace during Senior Bowl practices.  Shuman has quick feet and uses leverage well.
Blake Schlueter
TCU
Wow!  How many times do you see a center be a workout warrior.  However, he ran a 4.79 forty, the only forty (as of this write-up) for centers below 5.05;  ran a 4.28 short shuttle (better than receivers Kenny Britt and Hakeem Nicks, and only 0.02 slower than Jeremy Macklin); and had a 35" vertical jump, second best amongst all offensive lineman as of this write-up.  He will need to bulk up, but he was a three-year starter and was selected All Mountain West three straight years.

DE 

Connor Barwin (olb)
Cincinnati
Barwin is shooting up draft boards but he is landing a lot higher on mine than on most others, all the way up to the bottom of round one.  Barwin is a great athlete who will, most likely, be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense who can put his hand on the ground and rush from a defensive end position in the nickel.  Just as exciting is that he is a top five tight end in the draft as well, the position he played prior to his senior year.  Barwin is the next evolution of Mike Vrabel.
David Veikune
Hawaii
Veikune really jumped out during Senior Bowl practices.   He was a pass rushing demon.  Of the many hybrid speed rushers in this class, I believe Veikune is one who can keep his hand in the dirt (rather than converting to 3-4 outside linebacker) and eventually be a three down defensive end in the NFL.  Although a bit small for a defensive end, the kid is very, very strong.
Mitch King (dt)
Iowa
Hustle, hustle, and more hustle.  Oh yeah, and skill too.  King won't wow you during workouts but on the field he is always around the ball making tackles.  I believe King is a great candidate to play end in a 3-4 defense.  If you draft this kid, you'll like what you get.
Alex MaGee (dt)
Purdue
MaGee isn't going to be a player that gets noticed a lot watching TV on game day.  However, he is a very effective football player.  He can play inside on a defense that values quickness and speed inside, or can play end in a 3-4 defense.
Lawrence Sidbury, Jr.
Richmond
Sidbury Jr. will probably skyrocket up draft boards the closer you get to draft day.  Why?  Because the kid has excellent speed and can rush the passer.  What many overlook, however, is that he has good skills and measureables while carrying sufficient weight to play defensive end full time, and that is what I eventually expect him to do.
Brandon Long (olb)
Michigan State
Ah, finally, a player on this list mainly because of his measureables.  Long will catch on either as a nickel rusher or outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  What I like about Long is that he is strong as well as fast, quick, and a superb athlete.  Oh, he was also a pretty good player at Michigan State where he was All Big Ten honorable mention.  He had 5.5 sacks as a senior.
Henry Melton
Texas
Melton is an intriguing prospect.  A converted running back, Melton is fairly new to defensive end.  Melton is a good athlete with good size who will be a special teams standout while he continues to develop at defensive end.

DT 

Peria Jerry
Mississippi
Jerry is a quick, penetrating defensive tackle, who also has a good bull rush, and who dominated all comers during the one-on-ones during Senior Bowl practices.  He is a great fit inside for a team that plays a 4-3 defense.  He is one of those rare defensive tackles who can play the run and rush the passer very effectively.
Ziggy Hood
Missouri
Ziggy, Ziggy, Ziggy, where to start.  Yes you have a very good spin move, but sometimes, you try it a bit too much; good coaching will control that.  However, no coaching is needed to correct Hood's potential and ability.  Hood has an amazing mix of speed, quickness, strength and athletic ability for a 300 pound man.  And he also had solid production at Missouri.
Roy Miller
Texas
Miller is a player I like more than most.  Most of the comments you hear draft analysts say about Miller is that he is an effort-guy that gets the most out of his ability.  However, he is more than that.  Miller is very strong.  Miller has good speed for a tackle, which combined with his all-out effort is why he is in on a lot of plays.  And Miller is more athletic than he appears.  Miller is a player I would draft for my team.
Khalif Mitchell
East Carolina
Mitchell is a player who showed the athletic ability in workouts to overcome some of the flaws scouts saw on tape.  He is a big, strong kid who will need coaching, but could pay big dividends for the team that drafts him.
Will Johnson
Michigan
Wow!  How does 47 bench presses, a 9'4" broad jump, and in the top third in quickness and change-of direction skills for defensive tackles sound to you?  That sounds mighty fine to me.  Whether at tackle in a 4-3 or end in a 3-4 this kid has to have some GM drooling.  He is worth a shot late in the draft.

OB 

Aaron Maybin (de)
Penn State
There is debate about Maybin.  Some have him as a second-half of the first round prospect, others as a top-ten prospect.  Put me in the top ten category.  Maybin will be a very good pass-rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  He is fast and an explosive athlete.
Marcus Freeman
Ohio State
Freeman is an overlooked linebacker in this draft.  he could end up being the best sideline-to-sideline WILL in the draft.  Freeman is fast, quick and has excellent change-of-direction skills.  Interesting, one knock some draft analysts have on Freeman is that he lacks the strength to take on blockers.  However, he lifted the bar 30 times.   Freeman will be a star in the NFL.
Jason Williams
Western Illinois
Williams is ideal for teams that value speed and athleticism in their linebackers.  He runs like a wide receiver.  Williams was a two-time All American at Western Illinois.  Oh, and for for those that will look at Williams as solely a chase and tackle backer and not a hitter, he forced 14 fumbles and is one of the stronger linebackers in this class. 
Zack Follett (ib)
California
Follett is a solid football player who will not be making Pro Bowls, but who can perform well in all aspects required of a SAM.  Follett is a sure tackler, can cover and can rush the passer.
Cody Brown (de)
Connecticut
Brown is one of the many defensive ends projected to outside linebacker in the NFL.  However, based on his post-season performance and measureables, he is one of the safest players to project to linebacker.  In fact, Brown has shown the skills to play SAM in a 4-3 as well as outside in a 3-4.
Robert Francois (ib)
Connecticut
Francois played a very well at the East West Shrine Game.  While, he may never be a star (or even a full time starter), he will be a reliable backup and top special teams player.  Francois has good speed, is a sure tackler and a very tough kid.

IB 

Rey Maualuga
USC
While Maualuga is a top player on all draft boards, he is not getting the attention he truly deserves.  This is the type of kid who can come in and be the centerpiece and identity for an entire defense.  He will be one of the best middle linebackers in the league and will see multiple Pro Bowls before his career is done. 
Jasper Brinkley
South Carolina
Brinkley is going to be a special player in the NFL.  He has the size to play inside in a 3-4, and the speed to play the middle in a 4-3.  Brinkley is a force against the run and is a player I would target early if I needed an inside linebacker.  In fact, I wouldn't say anything negative if a team selected him late in round one.  That's how highly I rate this player.
Darry Beckwith
LSU
Beckwith is not an exceptional athlete and is not very quick.  However, he has good instincts against the run, doesn't shy away from taking on blockers, and has good football speed.  He will not be a three down linebacker, since he lacks the skills to be effective in pass coverage, however, he will be a solid starter on early downs.
Michael Tauiliilli
Duke
Tauuiliilli was all over the field both on defense and special teams during the East West Shrine Game.  He has great instincts, tremendous hustle, and while not very athletic or fast, has excellent quickness and makes quick, sharp cuts.  He is also short, which is too bad, because his skill set is perfect for a 3-4 defense.  As it is he will be a top special teams player and a solid backup in a 4-3 defense.  If given a chance, he has a similar look and game to Zack Thomas.

CB 

Alphonso Smith
Wake Forest
Smith is an undersized corner with great cover and ball skills.  Smith can play in a man-to-man or in a cover-two scheme.  The team that drafts Smith will get a playmaker in addition to a terrific cornerback.  Smith will be a star in the NFL.  In fact, if I were a NFL GM, I would target Smith as my guy, even over some of the more highly touted corners in the draft.
Macho Harris
Virginia Tech
Harris a quick corner who may be best served with a team that plays zone.  Harris mirrors receivers very well, breaks well on the ball, and is a sure tackler.  Best of all, he has the make-up of a successful corner.  He will have a long and successful NFL career.
Keenan Lewis
Oregon St
Lewis has nice size and looked very good in drills during Senior Bowl practices in press coverage.  He did not look as effective playing off his man.  Lewis is an explosive athlete.   In addition, while some scouting reports questioned his ability to play physically, Lewis lifted the bar 20 times so he has good strength.  Lewis is higher on my board than on many others, but I'm very comfortable with where I have him graded.
Captain Munnerlyn
South Carolina
Munnerlyn is a very good prospect as a slot corner and return man.  He is both fast and quick; is very strong for a kid his size, and has no problem playing physically.  An ideal player to add to a team's roster, in addition to growing into a top nickel corner, Munnerlyn will be a core special teams player as well.
Ellis Lankster
West Virginia
Lankster had some great moments in the post-season and some okay moments.  He started a bit slowly during Senior Bowl week, but came on strongly, showing the ability to play well both in press and off coverage during one-on-one drills during practice.  During the Senior Bowl Game, Lankster made two of the better plays.  One was great coverage and a terrific interception, the other was a great play coming up to stop a run where he was very physical.  Other than those two plays he was okay in pass coverage except for a play at the end of the second quarter where he let a receiver beat him deep when he made a bad decision to jump a route.  All-in-all I like Lankster and expect him to be an important contributor on a team's defense, whether in the base defense, or nickel or dime packages is to be determined.
Bradley Fletcher (fs)
Iowa
Fletcher looked good in practices and during the game at the East West Shrine Game.  All he needed was a solid workout to sustain that momentum.  Bradley, who is a little over 6'0", ran a 4.44 forty and had a 40" vertical, a10'7" broad jump, and lifted the bar 20 times.  Fletcher is an intriguing prospect who will be either a good cover two corner, or free safety.
Brice McCain
Utah
McCain is an interesting prospect.  He is a small corner with great speed and quickness who is a very good  at man coverage.  He also has good strength and is a good prospect as a return man as well.  McClain is one of the better slot corners available in the draft.  He is a real sleeper.
Derrick Cox
William & Mary
A 6'0.2" corner with a 11'8" vertical who runs 4.39 forty and a 6.80 short shuttle and who was second team All Conference.  Two of his four interceptions last year were returned for touchdowns. That's no surprise since he is a dynamic return man.
Terrail Lambert
Notre Dame
Lambert is a terrific all around athlete.  He has speed.  he has quickness.  He is strong for his size.  Lambert is the type of kid who will be a better player in the NFL than he was in college.  Look for him to start off on special teams and possibly be a dime back.  In a couple of years he will be a regular contributor on defense.

FS 

Louis Delmas
Western Michigan
Delmas has a great combination of big time hitter, football instincts and big-play ability.  He can come up and make a big hit, and can sit back in centerfield and make a key interception.  Delmas is a first round talent who may slip to round two.
Derek Pegues
Mississippi State
Pegues is a pure free safety who can read a quarterback's eyes and make breaks on the ball.  He is also a smart player who will stay in position against the run rather than over-pursuing and allowing big gains on cutbacks.  He is also one of the better return men available in the draft.  I like the kid and have him ranked higher than some other draft analysts.
David Bruton (ss)
Notre Dame
Bruton was productive in college and proved to be faster, more athletic, more fluid and stronger than originally thought.  He has tremendous physical skills and could be a very pleasant surprise for the team that drafts him.
Brandon Underwood
Cincinnati
Underwood is a good athlete who, worst case is a nickel safety because he has plus cover skills for a safety.  Underwood is a heady player who flows quickly to the ball and will grow into a starter in time.

SS 

Patrick Chung
Oregon
Chung is a rare strong safety worthy of first round consideration.  He is strong and can play in the box to stop the run.  However, he showed in the post-season that he has very good cover skills for a strong safety.  
Chip Vaughn
Wake Forest
Everyone both on and off the football field should keep an eye on this kid.  A hard-hitting safety, Vaughn ran a 4.40 forty.  However, his speed is not just straight line.  He also ran a 4.12 short shuttle and a 7.03 three-cone.  Vaughn is ideal as an in-the-box strong saftey.
Courtney Greene
Rutgers
Coming into 2008, Greene was a player NFL teams were keeping close tabs on.  However, he regressed in 2008, in part due to a new scheme.  Greene is a head-hunting hitting machine, who has the speed to be decent in coverage but will need development in that area.  He will also need to concentrate on making the tackle as well as delivering the big blow.  Still, I can't help feeling that a NFL coaching staff will get hold of this kid and turn him into a special player.
Keith Fitzhugh
Mississippi State
Fitzhugh looked great in the East West Shrine Game.  he was all over the field against the run, against the pass and on special teams.  Fitzhugh will not be selected as high as I have him rated, but he will come into a camp, impress his coaching staff and make the team.  He will start off on special teams, but in time will be a valuable player on defense as well.
Jamarca Stanford
Mississippi
A safety who possess great strength (29 lifts), terrific speed (4.43 in the forty), good quickness and is tough kid who gives great effort and makes tackles all over the field is a player you'd think would be high on teams' boards. But here's the rub.  The kid is undersized at 5'9.7".  However, he will be a special teams terror and is the type of player who if he gets a chance to play in the base defense because of injury, may never leave the starting lineup.
De'Von Hall (ob)
Utah State
Hall has an excellent mix of size, speed, strength and athleticism.  Hall will be a terrific special teams player while he hones his craft at strong safety.