- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
Injuries are beginning to take their toll on an already-thin 2009 NFL draft senior class. Here's a look at the five most highly regarded senior prospects looking to overcome season-ending injuries:
1. Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida -- Ingram was supposed to compete with Oklahoma State's Brandon Pettigrew for the title of top senior tight end in the 2009 draft, but that was before Ingram suffered a torn ACL during fall camp. The converted quarterback is still raw and he will never be more than a decent blocker in space, but he is an exceptionally gifted athlete with loads of upside. Ingram could be selected on Day 1 of the draft but it's unlikely he will sneak into the bottom of the first round.
2. Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin -- Beckum's disappointing senior season came to an end with a broken left fibula, suffered against Illinois on Oct. 25. The injury adds to scouts' concerns regarding the undersized H-back's durability issues. When healthy Beckum is a fluid athlete with outstanding hands, but it's doubtful at this point that a team would risk a top-60 selection on a tweener H-back/slot-receiver with marginal blocking skills and a mounting injury report.
Todd McShay's latest Draft Buzz looks at seniors who are dealing with significant injuries, and he updates Scouts Inc.'s top 32 prospects.