If James Laurinaitis had declared for the 2008 NFL draft, he likely would have been a top-10 pick. Instead, he chose to return to Ohio State for his senior season and is Mel Kiper's No. 1 player heading into 2008.
Dennis Dixon will get a chance to improve his draft stock when he faces a USC defense that is loaded with superstars. Also in the Pac-10, Arizona State will get its first true test of the season against California.