1. Chris Long, 6-4, 285, Virginia
A relentless performer, Long has the total package and is coming off a dominant senior season. He turned in a tremendous workout at the NFL Combine.
2. * Vernon Gholston, 6-4, 260, Ohio St.
This athletic junior defender is a force from the outside where he has played both up and down over his short college career. He was one of the stars of the NFL Combine with a monster overall effort.
3. * Derrick Harvey, 6-4, 250, Florida
An explosive edge pass rusher, Harvey has the burst from the outside to make game-changing plays. He is a fast-rising prospect coming off of a good combine effort.
4. * Calais Campbell, 6-7, 280, Miami
Campbell has the size and athletic ability to become an elite NFL defender with some development. He had a good final workout.
5. * Phillip Merling, 6-5, 270, Clemson
A big, mobile end, Merling has been a force in the ACC over the past three seasons and improves a good class of edge pass rushers. He did not work out at the Combine due to a groin injury that jeopardizes his mini camp participation.
6. Quentin Groves, 6-4, 255, Auburn
Groves is an athletic outside pass rusher who finished with a strong 2007 season. He impressed further at the NFL Combine and is making a move into the first round discussion.
7. Cliff Avril, 6-3, 250, Purdue
A versatile athlete, Avril is a "'tweener" who helped his cause at the NFL Combin and continues to rise up the charts.
8 Lawrence Jackson, 6-4, 260, USC
Jackson had a strong finish to his collegiate career, and he continued to elevate his ranking with his Senior Bowl performance.
9. Jason Jones, 6-5, 270, Eastern Michigan
Jones is an intriguing athlete who shined at the Senior Bowl and left a strong impression with NFL scouts.
10. Chris Ellis, 6-4, 260, Virginia Tech
Ellis is a fast rusher off the edge and has shown the ability to get into the backfield and make plays.
Frank Coyle is a nationally known NFL scout who publishes Draft Insiders' Digest and www.draftinsiders.com. In it's 16th season, Draft Insiders' Digest is dedicated to year-round coverage of NFL and NCAA Football. He covers the NFL Draft and free agency extensively with a veteran scouting staff that provides insightful and unique information on players and team potential in the coming seasons. Draft Insiders' Digest is an extensive publication that produces 15 issues throughout the year and a Draft Yearbook with over 450 in-depth scouting reports.