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Linebackers lead the way heading into 2008

If James Laurinaitis had declared for the 2008 NFL draft, he likely would have been a top-10 pick. Instead, he chose to return to Ohio State for his senior season and is Mel Kiper's No. 1 player heading into 2008.

Originally Published: May 2, 2008
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com

With the 2008 NFL draft now behind us, it's never too soon to look at the top seniors in the class of 2008. My Top 25 Big Board won't be complete until August, but the top 10 is set, highlighted by three linebackers in the top five.

1. James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State (6-2½, 242) If he had declared for the 2008 NFL draft, Laurinaitis most likely would have been a top-10 pick. In addition to being extremely athletic, he has a great nose for the ball and plays with a great deal ...

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