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Smith, Curry, Crabtree headline top 32

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.

Originally Published: January 15, 2009
By 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)

Scouts Inc.'s Top 32 Prospects
Player Position School Height Weight Grade
1. Andre Smith* OT Alabama 6-4⅞ 341 98
2. Aaron Curry OLB Wake Forest 6-1¾ 247 98
3. Michael Crabtree** WR Texas Tech 6-2½ 208 98
4. Mark Sanchez* QB USC 6-2½ 225 97
5. Matthew Stafford* QB Georgia 6-2½ 235 96
6. Eugene Monroe OT Virginia 6-5⅛ 310 96
7. Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State 6-0 195 96
8. Aaron Maybin** DE Penn State 6-3½ 250 96
9. Jeremy Maclin** WR Missouri 6-0⅝ 198 95
10. Brian Orakpo DE Texas 6-3½ 255 95
11. Jason Smith OT Baylor 6-4½ 300 95
12. Knowshon Moreno** RB Georgia 5-10⅜ 207 94
13. Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma State 6-5⅝ 260 93
14. B.J. Raji* DT Boston College 6-1¼ 334 93
15. Rey Maualuga ILB USC 6-1⅞ 260 93
16. Percy Harvin* WR Florida 5-10¾ 187 93
17. Vontae Davis* CB Illinois 5-11⅞ 203 93
18. Everette Brown* DE Florida State 6-4¼ 252 93
19. Tyson Jackson DE LSU 6-4¼ 295 92
20. Brian Cushing OLB USC 6-2¾ 253 92
21. Chris Wells* RB Ohio State 6-1 235 92
22. James Laurinaitis ILB Ohio State 6-2 240 91
23. Michael Oher OT Mississippi 6-5 330 91
24. LeSean McCoy** RB Pittsburgh 5-11 205 91
25. D.J. Moore* CB Vanderbilt 5-10 184 91
26. Hakeem Nicks* WR N. Carolina 6-1 215 91
27. Clint Sintim OLB Virginia 6-3⅜ 249 90
28. Peria Jerry DT Mississippi 6-3 310 90
29. William Moore S Missouri 6-0⅜ 228 90
30. Sean Smith* CB Utah 6-2½ 212 90
31. Darrius Heyward-Bey* WR Maryland 6-1⅞ 203 90
32. Max Unger C Oregon 6-4½ 311 89

Todd McShay is the director of college football scouting for Scouts Inc. He has been evaluating prospects for the NFL draft since 1998.