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NFL DRAFT
Draft Study Guide: Top 5 Players by Position
Matt Maiocco breaks down the five best draft prospects at each position

  • Matt Maiocco ranks USC quarterback Mark Sanchez as the second-best quarterback in the draft, behind Georgia signal caller Matthew Stafford. (MARK J. TERRILL / Associated Press)

Round, Player (Height/Weight), School, Comment

1. Matthew Stafford (6-foot-2/225), Georgia: He can make every throw, but the transition will be rough.

1. Mark Sanchez (6-2, 227), USC: Many believe he will be better than Stafford in a couple years.

1. Josh Freeman (6-6/248), Kansas State: Projects well as a pro, even with an unspectacular college career.

2-3. Pat White (6-0, 197), West Virginia: Hell be valued in this age of the Wildcat formation.

3. Rhett Bomar (6-2, 225), Sam Houston State: Transfer from Oklahoma has an NFL arm.

Best of the rest: Stephen McGee (Texas A&M), Nate Davis (Ball State), Tom Brandstater (Fresno State).

RUNNING BACKS

1. Knowshon Moreno (5-11, 217), Georgia: Hard-worker who will be complete back in NFL.

1. Chris Wells (6-1, 235), Ohio State: Fantastic size and speed, but hes a big target for big hits.

1-2. Donald Brown (5-10, 210), Connecticut: He knows how to gain yards 2,083 last season.

2. LeSean McCloy (5-11, 204), Pittsburgh: Great running ability but needs to cut down on fumbles.

2. Andre Brown 6-0, 224), North Carolina State: Flashes of brilliance exceed the occasional inconsistency.

Best of the rest: Shonn Greene (Iowa), Rashad Jennings (Liberty), Cedric Peerman (Virginia).

WIDE RECEIVERS

1. Michael Crabtree (6-2, 215), Texas Tech: An elite talent who might drop further than he should.

1. Jeremy Maclin (6-0, 198), Missouri: Fantastic speed and play-making ability; worth top-10 pick.

1. Darrius Heyward-Bey (6-2, 210), Maryland: Size and speed are unquestioned, hands can betray him.

1. Percy Harvin (5-11, 192), Florida: Explosive athlete . . . might Raiders make him surprise pick?

1-2. Hakeem Nicks (6-1, 212), North Carolina: Sticky fingers and dangerous after the catch.

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