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February 14, 2008
Happy Valentine's Day, draft geeks ...

NFLdraftscout.com, the site where the true draft geek spends his early spring, just released what they refer to as their "pre-Indy" ratings of the top college players. You know it's a solid list because they have my guy, Chris Long, at the tippity top. Some more observations:

• There are three DL in the top 5 and four OTs in the Top 25. Seems like a good year to bulk up your lines. (hint, hint)

• The only two WRs in the Top 25 - DeSean Jackson and James Hardy - are juniors.

• NFLdraftscout has Kentucky QB Andre Woodson ranked No. 42 and Delaware QB Joe Flacco ranked No. 57. I might flip that around.

• Another small-school QB, Josh Johnson, is predicted to be a third rounder at pick No. 80. Will the 49ers go for a QB in the first three rounds? I'm thinking they will not.

• Maryland DE Dre Moore is listed as a third or fourth rounder. I think the 49ers would be very happy indeed if Moore were still there when they picked in the fourth.

• My guys, Trevor Laws and Carl Nicks, are ranked 58th and 61st respectively. Yeah, and no one thought the Giants would win the Super Bowl, either ...

1 Chris Long Virginia DE 6-4 275 4.79 1
2 Glenn Dorsey LSU DT 6-2 316 5.09 1
3 • Darren McFadden Arkansas RB 6-2 210 4.42 1
4 Jake Long Michigan OT 6-7 315 5.08 1
5 Sedrick Ellis Southern Cal DT 6-1 308 4.96 1
6 Matt Ryan Boston College QB 6-5 224 4.79 1
7 • Vernon Gholston Ohio State DE 6-4 258 4.67 1
8 • Ryan Clady Boise State OT 6-6 316 5.28 1
9 Keith Rivers Southern Cal OLB 6-2 236 4.63 1
10 Mike Jenkins South Florida CB 6-0 200 4.49 1
11 • DeSean Jackson California WR 6-0 178 4.32 1
12 • Kenny Phillips Miami FS 6-2 208 4.46 1
13 • Derrick Harvey Florida DE 6-5 252 4.73 1
14 • Jonathan Stewart Oregon RB 5-11 235 4.48 1
15 Brian Brohm Louisville QB 6-3 227 4.79 1
16 Chris Williams Vanderbilt OT 6-6 320 5.29 1
17 Leodis McKelvin Troy CB 5-11 190 4.44 1
18 • Rashard Mendenhall Illinois RB 5-11 210 4.48 1
19 Dan Connor Penn State ILB 6-3 233 4.67 1
20 Fred Davis Southern Cal TE 6-3 250 4.76 1
21 • Felix Jones Arkansas RB 6-0 200 4.39 1
22 • James Hardy Indiana WR 6-6 220 4.59 1
23 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Tennessee State CB 6-2 183 4.44 1
24 Jeff Otah Pittsburgh OT 6-6 340 5.36 1
25 Antoine Cason Arizona CB 6-0 190 4.54 1
26 • Malcolm Kelly Oklahoma WR 6-4 218 4.54 1
27 Kentwan Balmer North Carolina DT 6-5 308 5.12 1
28 Early Doucet LSU WR 6-0 211 4.54 1-2
29 • Calais Campbell Miami DE 6-8 282 4.85 1-2
30 • Mario Manningham Michigan WR 6-0 185 4.48 1-2
31 • Anthony Collins Kansas OT 6-6 308 5.08 1-2
32 Ali Highsmith LSU OLB 6-0 229 4.56 1-2
33 Chad Henne Michigan QB 6-3 228 5.18 1-2
34 • Jamaal Charles Texas RB 6-1 200 4.39 1-2
35 • Aqib Talib Kansas CB 6-2 202 4.52 1-2
36 • Phillip Merling Clemson DE 6-5 272 4.73 2
37 Quentin Groves Auburn OLB 6-3 250 4.46 2
38 • Reggie Smith Oklahoma CB 6-1 198 4.57 2
39 • Curtis Lofton Oklahoma ILB 6-0 238 4.73 2
40 Chris Johnson East Carolina RB 5-11 195 4.27 2
41 Xavier Adibi Virginia Tech OLB 6-2 220 4.54 2
42 Andre' Woodson Kentucky QB 6-4 234 4.81 2
43 • Martellus Bennett Texas A&M TE 6-7 248 4.79 2
44 Sam Baker Southern Cal OT 6-5 308 5.09 2
45 Andre Caldwell Florida WR 6-1 207 4.41 2
46 • Pat Sims Auburn DT 6-4 312 4.98 2
47 Mike Pollak Arizona State C 6-4 299 4.98 2
48 Tracy Porter Indiana CB 5-11 185 4.38 2
49 Lawrence Jackson Southern Cal DE 6-5 261 4.89 2
50 • Erin Henderson Maryland OLB 6-3 242 4.67 2
51 • Ray Rice Rutgers RB 5-09 195 4.53 2
52 Limas Sweed Texas WR 6-4 212 4.58 2
53 • Devin Thomas Michigan State WR 6-2 215 4.5 2
54 Gosder Cherilus Boston College OT 6-7 315 5.14 2
55 • Jerod Mayo Tennessee ILB 6-2 230 4.67 2
56 John Carlson Notre Dame TE 6-5 256 4.72 2
57 Joe Flacco Delaware QB 6-6 232 4.92 2-3
58 Trevor Laws Notre Dame DT 6-1 297 5.18 2-3
59 Donnie Avery Houston WR 5-11 186 4.34 2-3
60 Darrell Robertson Georgia Tech DE 6-4 247 4.76 2-3
61 Carl Nicks Nebraska OT 6-5 343 5.23 2-3
62 • Steve Slaton West Virginia RB 5-10 195 4.42 2-3
63 • Earl Bennett Vanderbilt WR 6-1 205 4.52 2-3
64 Steve Justice Wake Forest C 6-3 289 5.14 2-3
65 Terrell Thomas Southern Cal CB 6-1 197 4.57 2-3
66 Charles Godfrey Iowa CB 6-0 207 4.38 2-3
67 • Branden Albert Virginia OG 6-7 315 5.37 2-3
68 Red Bryant Texas A&M DT 6-5 326 5.16 2-3
69 Simeon Castille Alabama FS 6-0 190 4.62 2-3
70 Martin Rucker Missouri TE 6-5 248 4.69 2-3
71 Bruce Davis UCLA OLB 6-3 241 4.69 2-3
72 Philip Wheeler Georgia Tech ILB 6-2 245 4.62 2-3
73 Cliff Avril Purdue DE 6-3 252 4.78 2-3
74 Oniel Cousins Texas-El Paso OT 6-4 301 5.06 2-3
75 John David Booty Southern Cal QB 6-3 213 4.92 3
76 • Geno Hayes Florida State OLB 6-2 220 4.67 3
77 Eddie Royal Virginia Tech WR 5-10 182 4.39 3
78 • Brandon Flowers Virginia Tech CB 5-10 190 4.47 3
79 Roy Schuening Oregon State OG 6-4 308 5.19 3
80 Josh Johnson San Diego QB 6-3 198 4.74 3
81 Tavares Gooden Miami ILB 6-1 233 4.54 3
82 Dwight Lowery San Jose State CB 6-1 185 4.55 3
83 Marcus Griffin Texas FS 5-11 198 4.58 3
84 Mike Hart Michigan RB 5-09 195 4.57 3
85 Lavelle Hawkins California WR 5-11 187 4.48 3
86 Marcus Howard Georgia OLB 6-2 245 4.66 3
87 John Sullivan Notre Dame C 6-4 284 5.23 3
88 Jonathan Hefney Tennessee FS 5-09 185 4.47 3
89 Chris Ellis Virginia Tech DE 6-4 260 4.74 3
90 Heath Benedict Newberry OT 6-5 321 4.99 3
91 Jamar Adams Michigan SS 6-2 209 4.52 3
92 • Johnny Dingle West Virginia DE 6-3 273 4.84 3
93 Brad Cottam Tennessee TE 6-8 271 4.74 3
94 John Greco Toledo OT 6-5 320 5.28 3-4
95 Matt Forte' Tulane RB 6-1 221 4.56 3-4
96 D.J. Parker Virginia Tech FS 6-0 195 4.5 3-4
97 Dre Moore Maryland DT 6-4 307 5.04 3-4
98 Eric Young Tennessee OG 6-4 308 5.18 3-4
99 DeJuan Tribble Boston College CB 5-09 190 4.49 3-4
100 Mike McGlynn Pittsburgh OG 6-5 309 5.25 3-4
101 Patrick Lee Auburn CB 6-0 194 4.41 3-4
102 Tashard Choice Georgia Tech RB 5-11 210 4.57 3-4
103 Shawn Crable Michigan OLB 6-5 241 4.65 3-4
104 • Jermichael Finley Texas TE 6-5 236 4.67 3-4
105 Kendall Langford Hampton DE 6-6 275 4.97 3-4
106 Craig Steltz LSU SS 6-1 210 4.59 3-4
107 D.J. Hall Alabama WR 6-2 190 4.49 3-4
108 Erik Ainge Tennessee QB 6-6 225 5.06 3-4
109 Adarius Bowman Oklahoma State WR 6-3 220 4.53 3-4
110 Tom Zbikowski Notre Dame SS 5-11 209 4.58 3-4
111 Ezra Butler Nevada OLB 6-2 248 4.54 3-4
112 Tony Hills Texas OT 6-6 305 5.16 3-4
113 Beau Bell UNLV ILB 6-2 243 4.63 3-4
114 Jordy Nelson Kansas State WR 6-3 215 4.57 3-4

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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