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Scout.com: Top AFC East prospects

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Over the final weeks leading up to the 2009 season kickoff, Scout.com's Chris Steuber will identify the top 10 prospects from all 32 NFL teams. In this series, an NFL prospect is classified as a player entering their third year or fewer in the NFL or is under 25 years old. Follow along and see who Steuber targets as your favorite team's top 10 prospects.

BUFFALO BILLS

Top Prospect: CB Leodis McKelvin
No. Pos. Prospect NFL Exp. Birthdate
1 CB Leodis McKelvin 2 9/1/85
2 S Donte Whitner 4 7/24/85
3 RB Marshawn Lynch 3 4/22/86
4 QB Trent Edwards 3 10/30/83
5 LB Paul Posluszny 3 10/10/84
6 G/C Eric Wood R 3/18/86
7 DE Aaron Maybin R 4/6/88
8 WR James Hardy 2 12/24/85
9 DB Jairus Byrd R 10/7/86
10 TE Shawn Nelson R 10/5/85
The Bills have a nice future, and they've acquired some good talent over the last three years. But judging from the top 10 prospects in their organization, it's talent that will need time to develop, as four of the top 10 were drafted in 2009. In determining the top prospect in the Bills organization, it came down to who brings the most impact on the field and potential game changing opportunities for the team. And the player who brings that level of excitement is cornerback Leodis McKelvin. Full prospect breakdown ...

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Top Prospect: OT Jake Long
No. Pos. Prospect NFL Exp. Birthdate
1 OT Jake Long 2 5/9/85
2 WR Ted Ginn Jr. 3 4/12/85
3 QB Pat White R 2/25/86
4 WR Davone Bess 2 9/13/85
5 QB Chad Henne 2 7/2/85
6 DE Phillip Merling 2 8/9/85
7 CB Vontae Davis R 3/27/88
8 DE Kendall Langford 2 1/27/86
9 P Brandon Fields 3 5/21/84
10 DB Sean Smith R 7/14/87
There's no question that the top prospect in the Miami Dolphins organization is the top pick from the 2008 draft, Jake Long. Long came in as a rookie, started every game and solidified the left side of the offensive line for the Dolphins. Long's presence was a major reason why the Dolphins went from a 1-15 team in '07 to being the AFC East Division champions in '08 with an 11-5 record. The resurgence of quarterback Chad Pennington, who won the Comeback Player of the Year Award, also helped the Dolphins become one of the league's elite, but without Long upfront, Pennington wouldn't have been as successful. For his efforts as a rookie, Long was selected to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for then-Bills OT Jason Peters, now with the Philadelphia Eagles. Full prospect breakdown ...

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Top Prospect: LB Jerod Mayo
No. Pos. Prospect NFL Exp. Birthdate
1 LB Jerod Mayo 2 2/23/86
2 S Brandon Meriweather 3 1/14/84
3 QB Kevin O"Connell 2 5/25/85
4 CB Darius Butler R 3/18/86
5 CB Jonathan Wilhite 2 2/23/84
6 LB Shawn Crable 2 12/26/84
7 S Patrick Chung R 8/19/87
8 DT Ron Brace R 12/18/86
9 LB Gary Guyton 2 11/14/85
10 CB Terrence Wheatley 2 5/5/85
When it comes to identifying players and knowing when to draft them, the New England Patriots are the head of the class in the National Football League. The Patriots have an impressive eye for defensive talent, and it's shown over the years and in the top 10 prospects in their organization. There are nine defenders in the top-ten and just one offensive player. A true test of their ability to scout prospects and have the confidence to select a player, despite what pick they use to draft him, occurred in the 2008 NFL Draft when they selected linebacker Jerod Mayo with the 10th pick overall. Full prospect breakdown ...

NEW YORK JETS

Top Prospect: CB Darrelle Revis
No. Pos. Prospect NFL Exp. Birthdate
1 CB Darrelle Revis 3 7/14/85
2 QB Mark Sanchez R 11/11/86
3 TE Dustin Keller 2 9/25/84
4 LB Vernon Gholston 2 3/28/85
5 CB Dwight Lowery 2 1/23/86
6 WR Chansi Stuckey 3 10/4/83
7 LB David Harris 3 1/21/84
8 RB Shonn Greene R 8/21/85
9 WR David Clowney 2 7/8/85
10 FB Jehuu Caulcrick 1 8/6/83
During a three-year span, it's likely that a special player distinguishes himself as an elite player prior to his third season, and from the moment the New York Jets made former Pittsburgh cornerback Darrelle Revis their first-round pick (14th overall) in 2007, he's done nothing but impress. The No. 1 prospect in the Jets organization, Revis has been tremendously durable and productive in his first two seasons with the Jets. Full prospect breakdown ...

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