1st round MLB: Rey Maualuga (USC) vs. James Laurinaitis (Ohio) vs. Brandon Spikes (Florida)
Rey Maualuga 6'3 250 junior
Maualuga is the top senior prospect on my 2009 draft board at this insanely early point in the process, although he wouldn't be the first senior off the board. I've never seen a defensive player take over a game the way Maualuga did versus Illinois in the Rose Bowl, and his recognition skills are clearly catching up with his rare physical tools.
James Laurinaitis 6'3 240 senior
Laurinaitis surprised many NFL scouts when he elected to return to Columbus for his senior season. Assuming he continues to make progress in 2008, there's no reason to believe he will fall out of the top 20 picks in next year's draft. The instinctive, high-motor inside linebacker would be a nice addition to a Denver defense in search of more stout defenders up the middle.
Brandon Spikes 6'3 243 sophmore
quick and powerful tackling machine
1st round Safety: William Moore (missori) vs.
William Moore 6'1 215 senior
Moore emerged as a playmaking machine in 2007, when he notched 114 tackles and eight interceptions. At 6-1 and 215 pounds he could be the versatile strong safety