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Thursday, January 14, 2010
DraftWatch: Early look at No. 23

By Kevin Seifert

As we noted earlier this week, Green Bay will have the No. 23 overall pick in the draft. That’s easy to figure out. Now the hard part: Who might they choose if they remain in that spot?

At this point in the draft season, it’s nearly impossible to tell. But draft evaluation is a year-round business, so there is always a list. Below, I’ve given you two assessments of the players who enter the Senior Bowl ranked in the middle-to-end of the draft’s first round. Remember, in some cases juniors haven’t declared for the draft.

First, here is the 10 players ranked between No. 18 and No. 28 by Scouts, Inc.:

18. USC safety Taylor Mays
19. North Carolina outside linebacker Bruce Carter
20. Florida inside linebacker Brandon Spikes
21. Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap
22. California running back Jahvid Best
23. Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham
24. Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell
25. Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson
26. Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate
27. Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga
28. Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen

Mel Kiper’s Big Board only includes 25 players, so here are Mel’s Nos. 18-25:

18. Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis
Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham
Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle
22. Gresham
23. Best
24. Illinois receiver Arrelious Benn
25. Robinson