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Brian Billick served as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2007, winning Super Bowl XXXV. He has also authored books, including More Than A Game: The Glorious Present and Uncertain Future of the NFL. Follow him on Twitter.

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1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Doesn’t possess elite arm strength, but can easily make all the throws and has Aaron Rodgers-like athleticism.

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2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: Has been given the “athletic quarterback” stigma, but he is a pocket-passer first and foremost, and throws the ball better than both Newton and Vick when they were rookies.

3. Matt Kalil, OT, USC: More finesse than power, but can be trusted on an island with opposition’s best pass rusher.

4. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: Best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson, but the position as a whole has been devalued.

5. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU: Doesn’t have Patrick Peterson’s big return capabilities, but Claiborne grades out as a better overall prospect than his former teammate.

6. David DeCastro, OL, Stanford: Versatile interior lineman who is more experienced as a pulling blocker than any other in the draft. Hard to find flaws in his game.

7. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State: Reminds me of Warren Sapp with his athleticism and foot speed, but could bulk up and improve his overall core body strength.

8. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: May not have elite top-end speed, but everything else about his game is very polished.

9. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa: Just what you’d expect from a Big 10 offensive lineman. He is a mauler and a bulldozer, but needs to improve his pass set to become a franchise left tackle.

10. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: Had some alcohol-related problems in college, but had an incident-free senior season and has narrowed the gap on Blackmon as the top receiver in the class.

11. Quinton Coples, DE, UNC: Superior Senior Bowl began to dismiss concerns about a subpar senior season at Carolina, but this guy isn’t Julius Peppers, yet. He is the prototypical body type, but needs to be more refined.

12. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU: He could be a boom-or-bust prospect with only one solid year of production and a disappointing Combine, but he has all the tools to be special.

13. Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina: You will see him listed as either a defensive end or an outside backer, but could be just as special lining up as a 3-technique in nickel packages. That versatility to very attractive.

14. Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College: Could have been a little bit of an overachiever in college, but there is no question he has the speed, power and instincts to be the first middle linebacker off the board.

15. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: Plays with solid fundamentals and technique and his experience within Stanford’s NFL-style offense will make him a quick study at the next level.

16. Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama: May be best suited as a 4-3 defensive end as the evaluation process continues, but either way, he is an impact edge rusher.

17. Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia: Glenn made the most of the evaluation period as he has quickly ascended draft boards. Originally seen as an interior lineman, but has shown the strength and balance to de a dominant tackle in the NFL, albeit on the right side.

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18. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina: A rangy player with great instincts and route recognition and doesn’t carry the same off-filed baggage as his counterparts.

19. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis: He crushed the Combine, but his game tape doesn’t back it up. He gets sloppy late in games and has a subpar motor to boot. He can’t afford to take off any plays in the NFL.

20. Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama: Similar to Brandon Spikes of New England, but faster on the field and more versatile. He is labeled as an inside backer, but could just as easily play on the edge.

21. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama: Great combination of size and speed. Great coverage radius due to superior wingspan, but will get beat guessing at times. May be a better safety in the NFL.

22. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State: When I think of an NFL offensive tackle, this is the body type that I imagine, but he needs to get stronger.

23. Mark Barron, Safety, Alabama: Easily the top safety in the NFL Draft, it’s not even close. Barron makes for the fifth Crimson Tide player on this list…is that even fair?

24. Nick Perry, DE, USC: Scheme diverse and could play anywhere along the defensive front. His versatility reminds me of Adalius Thomas.

25. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama: Some teams have removed him from their draft boards altogether, but he is a special talent. Not unlike Jimmy Smith last year.

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RANK NAME POSITION SCHOOL
26. Whitney Mercilus* DE             Illinois
27. Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
28. Coby Fleener TE Stanford
29. Peter Conz C Wisconsin
30. Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
31. Josh Robinson CB UCF
32. Kendall Wright WR Baylor
33. Andre Branch DE Clemson
34. Kevin Zeitler   G Wisconsin
35. Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
36. Amini Silatolu G Midwestern State
37. Harrison Smith FS Notre Dame
38. Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut
39. Devon Still DT Penn State
40. Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
41. Doug Martin RB Boise State
42. Ronnell Lewis    LB Oklahoma
43. Lamar Miller* RB Miami (Fla.)
44. Lavonte David LB Nebraska
45. Bobby Massie OT Mississippi
46. Trumaine Johnson CB Montana
47. Shea McClellin LB Boise State
48. Chandler Jones DE Syracuse
49. Orson Charles TE Georgia
50. Rueben Randle WR LSU
51. Brandon Thompson DT Clemson
52. Mychal Kendricks LB California
53. Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers
54. Philip Blake C Baylor
55. Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech
56. Kelechi Osemele G Iowa State
57. Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
58. Ben Jones C Georgia
59. Vinny Curry DE Marshall
60. Brandon Washington G Miami (Fla.)
61. Chris Polk RB Washington
62. Brock Osweiler QB Arizona State
63. Zach Brown LB North Carolina
64. Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State
65. Brandon Brooks G Miami (Ohio)
66. David Wilson RB Virginia Tech
67. Sean Spence LB Miami (Fla.)
68. Dwayne Allen TE Clemson
69. Jared Crick DE Nebraska
70. Travis Lewis LB Oklahoma
71. Ladarius Green TE Louisiana-Lafayette
72. Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska
73. Keenan Robinson LB Texas
74. Mitchell Schwartz OT California
75. Chase Minnifield CB Virginia
76. David Molk C Michigan
77. Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State
78. Michael Egnew TE Missouri
79. LaMichael James RB Oregon
80. Jamell Fleming CB Oklahoma
81. Bruce Irvin DE West Virginia
82. Bobby Wagner LB Utah State
83. Mike Martin DT Michigan
84. Jarius Wright WR Arkansas
85. Joe Adams WR Arkansas
86. Michael Brewster C Ohio State
87. Brandon Boykin CB Georgia
88. Brian Quick WR Appalachian State
89. Dwight Bentley CB Louisina-Lafayette
90. Jonathan Massaquoi LB Troy
91. Josh Chapman DT Alabama
92. Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt
93. Senio Kelemete OT Washington
94. Alameda Ta'amu DT Washington
95. James Brown OT Troy
96. Cyrus Gray RB Texas A&M
97. Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati
98. Audie Cole LB NC State
99. Jeff Allen OT Illinois
100. Billy Winn DE Boise State
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