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50. Pat White, QB, West Virginia (6-0¼, 197)
Went 34-8 as the Mountaineers' starting QB, started and won four bowl games and was the Senior Bowl MVP. Set NCAA record for career rushing yards by a QB, and completed at least 63 percent of his passes in his last three years as a starter. He deserves a chance to be a QB and will be a quality addition to anybody's locker room. 49. Louis Murphy, WR, Florida (6-2⅜, 203)
Potential gem here. Had some bouts of immaturity Urban Meyer said Murphy was simply "eating a scholarship'' early in his career but was named a team captain in '08, has upper-tier speed and has a big upside if he can smooth out the rough spots in his routes.
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Played in 48 games in his career, starting 42 of them. Those who've seen him a lot say the commitment he showed in workouts leading up to the '08 season made a big difference went from 64 tackles in '07 to 111 in '08. 47. Jared Cook, TE, South Carolina (6-4¾, 246)
Combine workout was spectacular, so he has the goods. But then people look at the seven career touchdowns and wonder why there weren't far more. 46. Clint Sintim, LB/OLB, Virginia (6-2¾, 256)
Started last 49 games of his career with the Cavaliers. Played all over in Al Groh's defense, including in the slot from time to time. Doesn't keep using same pass rush moves over and over again, varies his attack. 45. Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers (6-2⅞, 218)
A riser who could go far earlier than this spot this weekend. Might be the youngest player on the board won't be 21 until September to go with size, speed and two 1,200-yard receiving seasons. 44. Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech (6-6⅞, 266)
This is the guy almost every scout in the league wants to see more from. Entered the season as the highest-rated senior by many in the league, and didn't play like it. 43. Marcus Freeman, LB, Ohio St. (6-0⅝, 239)
Three-year starter who played at both weak- and strong-side linebacker. Played much of '08 on a sore right foot/ankle, but was healthy for his workouts and it showed. 42. Phil Loadholt, T, Oklahoma (6-7, 332)
Took a dip with an inconsistent week at the Senior Bowl, but teams have liked his workouts a little better since. Big-framed player who missed just one game in his two seasons with the Sooners, but needs more consistency overall. 41. Jamon Meredith, T/G, South Carolina (6-4⅝, 304)
Played both tackle spots for the Gamecocks and played nine games at left guard in '08. Also worked at guard at the combine, and some teams believe that's where he'll be as a pro. 40. Connor Barwin, OLB/DE, Cincinnati (6-3⅝, 258)
A most intriguing player. Put up 11 sacks in '08, the first year of his football life that he played defensive end. Was a starter at tight end in '07, and played 39 career games for the Cincinnati hoops team as a forward, as well. 39. Larry English, OLB/DE, Northern Illinois (6-2⅛, 255)
Plays with everything he's got on every play. Put up 56 career tackles for loss and 31.5 career sacks, despite getting the better part of attention from opposing blockers most of the time. 38. Max Unger, C/G, Oregon (6-4⅝, 309)
Started 51 consecutive games in his career, including 27 at left tackle and 24 at center. Oregon coaches say he is one of the strongest players they have ever had in the program. 37. Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio St. (6-2⅞, 209)
Well-schooled, as you would expect from a player whose father is a long-time NFL receivers' coach. Also fast enough to have run on the Buckeyes' 4x100 relay team that finished second at the Big Ten outdoor meet. 36. LeSean McCoy, RB, Pitt (5-10⅜, 198)
Had at least 1,300 yards rushing in both of his seasons with the Panthers, to go with 35 rushing touchdowns in those two years combined. Good vision and low mileage. Makes defenders miss. 35. Alex Mack, C, Cal.-Berkeley (6-3⅞, 311)
Won the Draddy Award the academic Heisman in '08, so you know he's smart. He also has top-level movement skills and tremendous work ethic. Was named Pac 10's best blocker in both '07 and '08. 34. Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut (5-10¼, 210)
Started just one full season, but made it count for 2,083 yards and 18 rushing TDs. Had 199 yards rushing against Rutgers in his first career start in '06 and finished career with eleven 100-yard games in '08. 33. Evander (Ziggy) Hood, DT, Missouri (6-2⅞, 300)
An interior player who gets into the backfield despite a healthy dose of double-teams against him. Flirted with coming out into the '08 draft, but helped himself immensely by staying one more season.
Classic case of a multi-task player who scouts like more than many receivers' coaches do. So a team with a more vocal/powerful personnel side will likely take him earlier. Recent reports of a failed drug test at the combine don't help his cause, considering players know they will be tested there, so getting caught is an even bigger red flag. 31. Eben Britton, T, Arizona (6-6, 309)
Came out as a junior, having started all 37 games he played for the Wildcats. Started two seasons at right tackle, one on the left. Ran better in workouts than most of the tackles in the draft. 30. Everette Brown, DE, Florida St. (6-1½, 256)
Finished his career with 46.5 tackles for loss and 23 sacks in just 3 seasons. Some may try him at linebacker because could have a difficult time keeping bigger tackles off of him. 29. Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma St. (6-5⅜, 251)
In a year when almost every other tight end is either just a glorified receiver or an extra tackle, he is the best receiver/blocker combo on the board. Played on an injured ankle for much of '08. 28. Michael Oher, T, Mississippi (6-4½, 309)
Started 47 consecutive games in his career at Ole Miss. But end to end, '08 may have been his only consistent season. Potential is there if he chooses to pursue his career with some vigor. 27. Brian Cushing, LB, USC (6-2⅞, 243)
Played both the strong side and as a stand-up end in the Trojans' scheme, so can adapt to almost any scheme in the NFL. The worry is he's had a fractured hand to go with ankle, knee and shoulder surgeries already in his career. 26. Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut (5-10⅜, 183)
Did not have an interception in '08 because most people who faced the Huskies didn't bother to throw his way. Moves well enough that bigger players have a difficult time pinning him to shield the ball. Also caught 9 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown on offense in '08.