's Top 50 Big Board

The combine is complete and pro days are under way and that means changes on the 2009 NFL draft big board. This year there's more movement than usual due to injuries, poor workouts and strange behavior. Several top five players have taken a significant plunge with the NFL draft now less than two months away while others now grade out as first-round possibilities.

1Aaron CurryLBWake Forest6-3247 lbs
Curry's terrific combine workout may have cemented his spot atop this list for good. He is the safest player in the draft and offers the least amount of downside risk.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 2
2Michael CrabtreeWRTexas Tech6-3214
Crabtree's inability to run for scouts is not a deathblow to his draft ranking but teams will downgrade him.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 1
3Jason SmithOTBaylor6-5305
The Bears athletic tackle answered questions about his strength during the combine, one of the few concerns about his game.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 4
4Brian OrakpoDE-OLBTexas6-4260
Orakpo's dominant combine workout compliments his dominant play on the field.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 1
5Eugene MonroeOTVirginia6-6315
Monroe looked terrific during position drills in Indianapolis and helped preserve some of the preseason draft ranking he lost after a poor senior season.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 8
6Everette BrownDE-OLBFlorida State6-4252
Brown ran well in Indy, which will calm the fears of scouts who project the college defensive end to outside linebacker in the NFL.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 10
7Matt StaffordQBGeorgia6-3228
Stafford bypassed a major opportunity to move higher by not throwing at the combine. He'll put all his eggs in his pro-day basket.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 9
8Jeremy MaclinWRMissouri6-1200
Maclin ran well at the combine but it was not the game-breaking speed many thought he possessed.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 6
9Malcolm JenkinsCBOhio State6-1201
Defensive backs who cannot break 4.50 seconds on a stopwatch will ultimately drop down draft boards. Jenkins is feeling the brunt of his poor combine 40.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 5
10Andre SmithOTAlabama6-4330
Smith showed a lot of immaturity at the combine and it will cost him millions.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 2
11Knowshon MorenoRBGeorgia5-11207
Moreno established himself as the draft's top back at the combine with a solid workout followed by a terrific session of position drills.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 11
12B.J. RajiDTBoston College6-1323
Raji came to Indianapolis in relatively good shape then displayed a lot of athleticism and intensity in his workout.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 13
13Michael OherOTOle Miss6-5318
Oher plays the position well and has enough talent to eventually develop into a starter at either left or right tackle.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 14
14Darrius Heyward-BeyWRMaryland6-3206
Heyward-Bey staked his claim to being the fastest of all the top-rated receivers, which bumps his grade north.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 23
15Vontae DavisCBIllinois6-0204
Davis was the best defensive back on the field at the combine. Character issues still loom large but he helped himself in the past couple weeks.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 22
16Chris WellsRBOhio State6-1237
Wells was a little off his game at the combine and may now slip to the second half of Round 1.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 15
17Percy HarvinWRFlorida5-11195
Harvin did not show the game-breaking speed many thought he possessed. Making matters worse, he chose not to participate in the pass-catching workout.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 16
18Peria JerryDTOle Miss6-2295
Jerry did not work out at the combine due to injury, yet still ranks as one of the top defensive linemen in the draft.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 18
19Mark SanchezQBUSC6-3225
Sanchez was very accurate with his short and intermediate passes at the combine but struggled throwing downfield. He could be poised to slide on draft day.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 17
20Brian CushingLBUSC6-3255
Cushing turned in a solid combine performance and looked good in position drills. There is a concern he may be limited to a 3-4 alignment yet there's no doubt he'll quickly make his mark in the NFL.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 28
21Alphonso SmithCBWake Forest5-9190
Scouts were impressed with Smith's work on the field in Indianapolis and relieved he did not measure under 5-9.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 25
22Brandon PettigrewTEOklahoma State6-6260
Pettigrew ran slow at the combine yet looked sensational in all other aspects of his workout. He's the most complete tight end in this draft.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 20
23James LaurinaitisLBOhio State6-3240
Laurinaitis looked stiff and slow during the combine. As we've said all along, he is a solid NFL linebacker prospect, nothing more.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 21
24Clay MatthewsLBUSC6-3240
Matthews continues to move up and now has a real possibility to go in the first round after his combine performance. He looked fast and athletic in Indianapolis, which compliments the intelligence he plays with.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 36
25Jared CookTESouth Carolina6-5240
Cook scorched the track at the combine, running faster than many of the defensive backs. He proved he is a deep threat at the tight end position.
Pre-Combine Ranking: 50

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