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Breaking down the top prospects at each position

With 46 underclassmen having been granted special eligibility, here's a breakdown of the top five college football players at each position heading toward the 2009 NFL Draft.

Mike Mayock's top five seniors for the 2009 NFL Draft by position
RankPlayerSchool
Quarterbacks
1
Matthew StaffordGeorgia
2
Mark SanchezUSC
3
Josh FreemanKansas State
4
Nate DavisBall State
5
Rhett BomarSam Houston State
Running backs
1
Chris WellsOhio State
2
Knowshon MorenoGeorgia
3
LeSean McCoyPittsburgh
4
Donald BrownConnecticut
5
Shonn GreenIowa
Fullback
1
Tony FiammettaSyracuase
2
Quinn JohnsonLSU
3
Brannan SoutherlandGeorgia
Wide receivers
1
Michael CrabtreeTexas Tech
2
Jeremy MaclinMissouri
3
Darrius Heyward-BeyMaryland
4
Kenny BrittRutgers
5
Percy HarvinFlorida
Tight ends
1
Brandon PettigrewOklahoma State
2
Cornelius IngramFlorida
3
James CaseyRice
4
Travis BeckumWisconsin
5
Chase CoffmanMissouri
Centers
1
Max UngerOregon
2
Eric WoodLouisville
3
Alex MackCalifornia
4
A.Q. ShipleyPenn State
5
Jonathan LuigsArkansas
Guards
1
Andy LevitreOregon State
2
Duke RobinsonOklahoma
3
Kraig UrbikWisconsin
4
Herman JohnsonLSU
5
Roger AllenMissouri Western State
Offensive tackles
1
Jason SmithBaylor
2
Eugene MonroeVirginia
3
Andre SmithAlabama
4
Michael OherMississippi
5
Eben BrittonArizona
Defensive ends
1
Brian Orakpo (can play OLB in 3-4)Texas
2
Everette Brown (OLB)Florida State
3
Tyson JacksonLSU
4
Aaron Maybin (OLB)Penn State
5
Larry English (OLB)Northern Illinois
Defensive tackles
1
B.J. RajiBoston College
2
Peria JerryMississippi
3
Ron BraceBoston College
4
Fili MoalaSouthern California
5
Evander 'Ziggy' HoodMissouri
Inside linebackers
1
Rey MaualugaSouthern California
2
James LaurinaitisOhio State
3
Darry BeckwithLSU
4
Dannell EllerbeGeorgia
5
Jason PhillipsTexas Christian
Outside linebackers
1
Aaron CurryWake Forest
2
Brian CushingSouthern California
3
Clint SintimVirginia
4
Clay MatthewsUSC
5
Marcus FreemanOhio State
Safeties
1
Rashad JohnsonAlabama
2
William MooreMissouri
3
Louis DelmasWestern Michigan
4
Patrick ChungOregon
5
Michael HamlinClemson
Cornerbacks
1
Malcolm JenkinsOhio State
2
Vontae DavisIllinois
3
Alphonso SmithWake Forest
4
D.J. MooreVanderbilt
5
*Sean SmithUtah

* -- underclassman granted special eligibility

Be sure to watch Under Armour Senior Bowl coverage on NFL Network (broadcast schedule). NFL Network will provide live coverage from Mobile, Ala. in the week leading up to the game, which will be held on Jan. 24, 2009. The Senior Bowl is the nation's most unique football game and football's premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South.

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