- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
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The deadline has passed for underclassmen to declare themselves eligible for the NFL draft, and now that we know exactly what the 2009 class will look like, it's time to revamp the Scouts Inc. draft board.
Below is a look at our new ranking of the top 32 prospects, and exactly half of the players on the list are underclassmen, including four of the top five. All four are offensive players, with a lineman, a wide receiver and a pair of quarterbacks.
Juniors Hakeem Nicks and Sean Smith make their initial appearances in the top 32 this week, as does senior Max Unger. Overall, five of the first six players are from the offensive side of the ball, but the first running back does not appear on the list until No. 12.
(Note: * denotes draft-eligible junior; ** denotes draft-eligible third-year sophomore)
Todd McShay is the director of college football scouting for Scouts Inc. He has been evaluating prospects for the NFL draft since 1998.
Todd McShay's latest Draft Buzz examines which underclassmen are headed to the NFL and which are staying in school, and offers an updated top 32 and mock top 10.