- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
The 2008 season is just beginning, but it's never too early to look ahead to the 2009 NFL draft.
Below are Scouts Inc.'s initial rankings of the top 32 senior prospects for 2009, led by linemen and linebackers in the top six spots and featuring only six offensive skill-position players. Of those six only a pair of tight ends ranks in the top 15, and Purdue's Curtis Painter at No. 25 is the only quarterback on the list.
This list will undergo a weekly face-lift during the college season and be overhauled in the run-up to the draft as film is evaluated more thoroughly and eligible underclassmen declare, but the list below represents those seniors who have shown the most NFL potential to this point in their careers. Each prospect is listed with his height, weight, 40-yard dash time and current Scouts Inc. grade.
Scouts Inc.'s initial rankings of the top 32 senior prospects for the 2009 NFL draft is heavy on linemen and linebackers, led by Georgia Tech DE Michael Johnson at No. 1.