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Injuries dealing blows to senior class; QBs lead top 32

Todd McShay's latest Draft Buzz looks seniors who are dealing with significant injuries, and he updates Scouts Inc.'s top 32 prospects.

Originally Published: October 31, 2008
By 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.

[+] EnlargeTravis Beckum
AP Photo/Gary KazanjianTravis Beckum's pass-catching skills are often overshadowed by durability issues.
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.

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