The winless Lions will have two of the top 20 picks in the April's NFL draft, according to the preliminary order released on Monday. Detroit received the 20th pick in the Roy Williams trade with the Cowboys. The following is the preliminary draft order: 1. Detroit 2. St. Louis 3. Kansas City 4. Seattle 5. Cleveland 6. Cincinnati 7. Oakland 8. Jacksonville 9. Green Bay 10. San Francisco 11. Buffalo 12. Denver 13. Washington 14. New Orleans 15. Houston 16. San Diego 17. N.Y. Jets 18. Chicago 19. Tampa Bay 20. Detroit (Dallas) 21. Arizona 22. Philadelphia 23. Minnesota 24. New England 25. Atlanta 26. Miami 27. Baltimore 28. Philadelphia (Carolina) 29. Indianapolis 30. N.Y. Giants 31. Pittsburgh 32. Tennessee
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Tebow Wants Draft Value Projected
Tim Tebow will request a projection from the NFL advisory committee on where he could expect to be selected in April's draft. Tebow, who hopes to win a second national title with the Gators when they take on Oklahoma on Jan. 8 in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game, told reporters Wednesday he's not leaning one way or the other. "I have no clue. I haven't been thinking about it so far," said Tebow.
Top 103 Draft Prospects For 2009, V2.0
Many changes here since the September version. This list features a lot more underclassmen, but please do not read anything into their inclusion as to their declaration status. There are some that have all but declared for the draft already, whereas others are not expected to declare but could change their minds. These ratings reflect player ratings, not necessarily anticipated draft order (that?s what mock drafts are for!). Some weight is given to positions, i.e. a QB or DE with the same grade as a G or TE will be listed higher. This list was complied with input from a couple of current NFL collegiate scouts, my own personal evaluations, and opinions from other sources that I trust. The balance between proven ability and potential NFL upside is almost completely subjective on my part, based on years of scouting and ongoing trends in the NFL. 1. Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State--could be the best CB from Cornerback U., has everything you could ask for in a shutdown corner 2. Andre Smith, T, Alabama--his improved agility and tenacity elevate him to the top of a deep tackle class 3. Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech--just a redshirt sophomore, but has all the ability and characteristics of Anquan Boldin already 4. Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest--not as sexy as the bigger names, but Curry has no visible holes in his game 5. Eugene Monroe, T, Virginia--has looked very strong against NFL-caliber opponents 6. Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia--junior is the clear cream of the QB crop, a strong-armed leader with loads of big-game experience 7. Chris ?Beanie? Wells, RB, Ohio State--his toe injury has stymied his acceleration, but Beanie has shown great vision, speed, and power 8. Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois--impressive athlete knows how to finish his tackles and has great instincts 9. Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas--physical marvel has shown he can do more than rack up sacks 10. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma--redshirt junior has uncanny accuracy and enough zip on his deeper throws 11. Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech--based entirely on potential, not his college production a la Mario Williams 12. Alex Mack, C, California--outstanding athleticism and ability to fire out to the second level make him a special talent 13. Jeremy Maclin, WR/KR, Missouri 14. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia 15. James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State 16. Michael Oher, T, Mississippi 17. BJ Raji, NT, Boston College--best of the big beef 3-4 NT prospects in this draft 18. Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State--more NFL-ready than recent top-shelf TEs, better blocker than receiver at this point 19. Jason Smith, T, Baylor 20. Antoine Caldwell, C, Alabama 21. Percy Harvin, ATH, Florida--a faster version of Eric Metcalf, if he accepts being a RB/WR hybrid 22. Rey Maualuga, LB, USC 23. Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida--big-time hitter is quickly learning how to take better angles 24. Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest 25. George Selvie, DE/OLB, South Florida--the next Lamarr Woodley? 26. Sen?Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn 27. Jonathan Luigs, C, Arkansas--the ?agile tactician? fits best in a zone blocking scheme 28. Mark Sanchez, QB, USC 29. Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois 30. Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State 31. Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland--has a lot of Braylon Edwards in him, for better and for worse 32. Eben Britton, T, Arizona 33. Everette Brown, DE, Florida State 34. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson--has pulled far ahead of teammate James Davis thanks to his speed and balance 35. Auston English, DE, Oklahoma 36. Tyson Jackson, DT, LSU--projects better as a 3-4 DE in the NFL 37. Terrance Cody, NT, Alabama 38. Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut 39. Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma 40. Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi 41. Jason Phillips, LB, TCU 42. Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia 43. Trevor Canfield, G, Cincinnati 44. Sherrod Martin, CB, Troy 45. Greg Hardy, DE, Mississippi--his flashes of greatness show game-changing potential, but he must learn to play every snap 46. Max Unger, OL, Oregon--best fit is at G, but can capably play all 5 line spots 47. Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma 48. DJ Moore, CB, Vanderbilt 49. Cody Brown, DE/OLB, Connecticut 50. Derrick Pegues, DB, Mississippi State--added value as a return man 51. Louis Delmas, S, Western Michigan--physical ballhawk has a lot of Bob Sanders in him 52. Jason Watkins, T, Florida 53. Nate Davis, QB, Ball State 54. Alex Magee, DT, Purdue 55. Brian Cushing, LB, USC--would be significantly higher if not for red flags for injuries 56. Kevin Barnes, CB, Maryland 57. Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky--could rocket up the boards if he works out well and shows strong work ethic 58. Lydell Sargent, CB, Penn State 59. Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati--rediscovering the playmaking ability and making better decisions in coverage 60. Clay Matthews, OLB, USC--moving up quickly, and his dad belongs in the HOF 61. Brandon Tate, WR, North Carolina 62. William Moore, S, Missouri 63. Marcus Freeman, LB, Ohio State 64. Patrick Turner, WR, USC--does more than getting by on natural talent, an oddity for USC wideouts of late. 65. Rashad Johnson, S, Alabama 66. Mohammed Massaquoi, WR, Georgia 67. Pannel Egboh, DE, Stanford 68. Evander ?Ziggy? Hood, DT, Missouri 69. Eric Wood, C, Louisville--reminds me a great deal of Hank Fraley 70. Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri 71. Jahi Word-Daniels, CB, Georgia Tech 72. Victor ?Macho? Harris, CB, Virginia Tech 73. Jamon Meredith, T, South Carolina 74. Londen Fryar, CB, Western Michigan 75. Tyrone McKenzie, OLB, South Florida 76. Chase Coffman, TE, Missouri--has similar skills to Dallas Clark 77. Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State 78. Jonathan Casillas, LB, Wisconsin 79. Louis Murphy, WR, Florida 80. Kevin Ellison, S, USC--if teammate Mays had ? of Ellison?s savvy, Mays would be the #1 overall pick 81. Darry Beckwith, LB, LSU 82. Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa--late to the scene, but that also means coveted fresh legs 83. Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin 84. Tom Brandstater, QB, Fresno State 85. Marko Mitchell, WR, Nevada--deceptive speed for a big wideout, good blocker 86. Dannell Ellerbe, LB, Georgia 87. Antonio Coleman, DE, Auburn 88. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska--quickly maturing into a better prospect, should he declare 89. Zack Follett, LB, California 90. Taylor Mays, S, USC 91. Joe Burnett, CB, Central Florida 92. Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut 93. Ciron Black, T, LSU--needs to go back to school for another year 94. Terrance Taylor, DT, Michigan 95. C.J. Davis, G, Pittsburgh 96. Deangelo Smith, DB, Cincinnati--probably best as a nickel back in the NFL 97. Eric Moncur, DE, Miami FL 98. Alex Boone, T, Ohio State--will play RT in the NFL and has the snarl to make it 99. William Beatty, T, Connecticut 100. Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Wisconsin 101. Courtney Greene, S, Rutgers 102. Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina 103. Kam Chancellor, S, Virginia Tech - This list will be updated next after the first week of bowl games. Jeff.Risdon@RealGM.com