The 2008 Big Board

I did a Top 20 draft board last year, but this year I actually did some scouting myself. Last year’s board was based off some limited scouting, but a big part of it was the work done by the so-called experts, and basing it off a plethora of their opinions. Not this year, these rankings reflect my own viewpoints. Some top prospects are omitted, and that’s because I simply didn’t see them play this year. So here’s my Top 25 for the Falcons this year:

1. DE Chris Long
2. DT Glenn Dorsey
3. QB Matt Ryan
4. DE Vernon Gholston
5. DT Sedrick Ellis
6. OT Jake Long
7. RB Darren McFadden
8. OT Ryan Clady
9. DE Derrick Harvey
10. MLB Dan Connor
11. RB Jonathan Stewart
12. WR Malcolm Kelly
13. CB Reggie Smith
14. CB Brandon Flowers
15. WLB Keith Rivers
16. RB Rashard Mendenhall
17. CB Antoine Cason
18. TE Martin Rucker
19. ILB Philip Wheeler
20. SS Kenny Phillips
21. CB Mike Jenkins
22. QB Brian Brohm
23. OT Chris Williams
24. WR Early Doucet
25. OT/OG Sam Baker

I think there are a “Big 7” this year in terms of elite prospects. They are the first tier, and probably players ranked 8th through 17th would represent my second tier of prospects. The rest are pretty much the remainder of the “first round talent” although I would state that everyone after Mike Jenkins is borderline.

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