- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
College football is well past the midpoint while the NFL is just about there, so we're starting to get a feel for the needs of NFL teams and what college players could step in and help out immediately. With that in mind, here's a look at how the top 10 of the 2009 NFL draft would look right now. Note that this list includes draft-eligible players (denoted by asterisks), so there is a chance some of these players could return to school. Also, to determine the top 10 draft order, we looked at strength of schedule to break any ties in team records.
1. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 0-7) -- Andre Smith*, OT, Alabama
Drafting a running back with the first overall pick is risky business, which is why the Bengals would pass on Ohio State RB Chris Wells here, assuming Wells comes out. Cincinnati needs help in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and Smith appears to be a franchise-type left tackle prospect. The 6-foot-5, 350-pound junior displays good initial quickness and overwhelming strength.
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