Although it's a virtual lock that the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft will come down to Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy and Sam Bradford, there are plenty of people who feel the best football player in the draft might actually be Tennessee safety Eric Berry.
Berry, a three-year starter for the Vols, is so athletic, some scouts feel he could play both corner positions as well as free safety or strong safety, depending on where a team needs him. Although it's a pretty high bar, one of the most frequent comparisons popping up for Berry is Ravens safety Ed Reed. Not only is Berry a playmaker, his leadership skills are highly regarded. As a sophomore, he was voted a captain by his Tennessee teammates.
Asked what he thought about the suggestion he could be the next Reed -- as six-time Pro Bowler, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a likely Hall of Famer -- Berry said he was comfortable with it.
"I think it's a fair comparison based on potential," Berry said. "Obviously Ed Reed has done a lot more than me in the NFL, but I feel like I can do some of the same things he has done. If you look at our track records and compare them, you can see that I'm on pace to to be Ed Reed or better."
Although Reed is currently mulling retirement, Berry isn't a candidate to replace him baring a surprise trade scenario. Most mock drafts project he'll be a top 10 pick, and perhaps even in the top five.