Sobo's 30-Pack for 2008

The OBR's draft fiend and moderator of the year-round Draft Brew Forum is looking ahead to next year already. If you missed him last night on the OBR's Radio Program, here's a quick look at Sobo's Top 30 players heading to the NFL in 2008...

Some are already questioning, "What was it worth to give up a future 2008 first round pick for Brady Quinn? Was it too much?" Well here is an early look at those players who are likely to be in said range just less than a year from now.

1. Darren McFadden* RB Arkansas
-- If you were drooling over Adrian Peterson, you will be slobbering over McFadden.

2. Brian Brohm QB Louisville
-- Top notch quarterback prospect since the day he stepped on Louisville's campus.

3. Kenny Phillips* S Miami
-- Next in line for the Hurricanes pipeline of great players.

4. Jake Long OT Michigan
-- During the Rose Bowl, showed the athleticism and technique to be an elite blindside protector.

5. Limas Sweed WR Texas
-- Big time target who goes about his business quietly and effectively.

6. James Laurunitis* LB Ohio St.
-- Arguably as talented as another former Buckeye linebacker who was drafted in the top five recently.

7. Jared Gaither* OT Maryland
-- If Gaither learns to become consistent and play up to his potential each and every snap, then he has Ogden-like potential.

8. Desean Jackson* WR Cal
-- A weapon extraordinaire, if teams can overlook his slight stature.

9. Glen Dorsey DT LSU
-- Disruptive interior defensive lineman who demands the bulk of attention from opposing offenses.

10. Michael Oher* OT Ole Miss
-- Amazing talent who has an even better story.

11. Andre' Woodson* QB Kentucky
-- 6'4" 240 lbs. and better overall numbers with a weaker cast than JaMarcus Russell.

12. Jake Ikewuonu* CB Wisconsin
-- Top notch ball skills and coverage ability.

13. Mario Manningham* WR Michigan
-- Can stretch the field like no other in this class.

14. Rey Muauluga* LB USC
-- The most talented linebacker Peter Carroll has had on his roster during their recent dynasty.

15. Vernon Gholston* DE Ohio St.
-- Physically amazing, Gholston has the upside to be an elite pass rushing end.

16. Steve Slaton* RB West Virginia
-- Maybe a product of Rich Rodriguez's spread offense; but his cutting ability, speed, and production are top notch.

17. Sam Baker OT USC
-- Consistent, technically sound, and experienced.

18. Antoine Cason CB Arizona
-- Prototype corner prospect who just needs to become more consistent.

19. Dan Conner LB Penn St.
-- Linebacker U has another tackling machine prowling for running backs.

20. Jonathan Stewart* RB Oregon
-- Will carry the load this year on a very potent Duck offense.

21. Eric Ainge QB Tennessee
-- Another year under offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe could push Ainge's stock through the roof.

22. Mario Urrutia* WR Louisville
-- Big physical receiver who will be Brian Brohm's top target this season.

23. Martin Rucker* TE Missouri
-- Would have been the top tight end prospect in this past draft if he were eligible.

24. Xavier Adibi LB VaTech
-- Undersized linebacker with speed to burn. A sideline to sideline beast.

25. Ryan Clady* OT Boise St.
-- Small school stud. More talented than another Bronco left tackle who went in the second round recently.

26. Lawrence Jackson DE USC
-- Found his zen…and the quarterback the second half of last season. Now a full season of that production will put him back on the map.

27. Keith Rivers* LB USC
-- Actually led the loaded Trojan defense in tackles last season.

28. James Hardy* WR Indiana
-- Struggled early last season due to a family loss, but his first round talent on his 6'7" frame will shine this season.

29. Tom Zbikowski S Notre Dame
-- Hardnosed football player who needs to elevate the play of those around him.

30. Colt Brennan QB Hawai'i
-- Can his phenomenal production overshadow his technique and physical limitations?

The OBR Top Stories