The best: Brodrick Bunkley, Florida State; Haloti Ngata, Oregon; Claude Wroten, LSU; Gabe Watson, Michigan.
The next wave: DT Rodrique Wright, Texas; Orien Harris, Miami (Fla.); Dusty Dvoracek, Oklahoma; Jesse Mahelona, Tennessee; John McCargo, N.C. State; Babatunde Oshinowo, Stanford.
Possible sleepers: Steve Williams, NW Missouri State; Manaia Brown, Brigham Young.
First-round projections: Bunkley, Ngata, Wroten.
Quick hits: Ngata cited financial concerns and his mother's illness when he announced he was entering the draft after his junior season; his mother died a few days later at the age of 44 from an apparent heart attack while undergoing dialysis for a severe kidney ailment. ... Bunkley has been compared by some to NFL veteran Warren Sapp. ... Harris is the younger brother of former San Francisco 49ers first-round pick Kwame Harris, an offensive tackle from Stanford. ... Wroten was arrested on Jan. 4 following a traffic stop when police found marijuana in his car, but the charges later were dropped. Wroten's invitation to the Senior Bowl was rescinded because of the incident.