Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Updated: April 23, 1:08 PM ET
65 names you should know in the draft
By Len Pasquarelli
This isn't how the players will come off the board Saturday, but rather the ESPN.com assessment of the top 65 prospects, with no regard to position or team needs:
1. OT Robert Gallery, Iowa (6-feet-7 1/8, 323 pounds): Terrific long frame, could probably add another 10-15 pounds, and no one would notice. Long arms, delivers a strong punch-out block in pass protection, locks out and then redirects the rusher. Sinks his hips well, a good knee bender, very flexible. Can seal the outside. Slides well laterally and can mirror the pass rusher. Competitive, strong natural leader, high character.
2. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh (6-feet-2 7/8, 225 pounds): Exceptional hand-eye coordination and body control, makes even the tough adjustment to the ball seem natural, and acrobatic catches are routine. Long arms and huge hands, will go up and just snatch the ball away from defenders, wins just about every jump-ball. Attacks corners and pushes them off with initial burst, makes sharp cuts, always comes back to the ball.
3. QB Eli Manning, Mississippi (6-feet-4¾, 221 pounds): Sound mechanics, gets back quickly into setup, a fine release and good touch on the intermediate routes. Holds the ball high and gets it out of his hand with a compact delivery and with some RPMs on it. Good ballhandler and can carry out play-action fake. Buys time in the pocket by sliding around. Good overall pocket presence. Decent enough feet. A patient player, good leader.
4. TE Kellen Winslow, Miami (6-feet-3 7/8, 251 pounds): Polished receiver who runs sharp routes, knows how to find the void in the zone, and has enough speed to get deep up the seam. Reads secondary rotations well and is decisive in adjusting to coverages. The kind of receiver who gets natural separation from linebackers and safeties. Not a very good blocker, especially in-line, takes lazy way out and tries to cut the defenders.
5. FS Sean Taylor, Miami (6-feet-2 ½, 230 pounds): Fluid athlete with great natural size and rare combination of all-around skills. Built like a mini-linebacker, and plays well in the box, but also has superb range for a player who lacks eye-opening straight-line speed. Will go sideline to sideline and is able to get a jump because of football instincts. Well developed coverage skills and has shown flashes that he can play some man-to-man.
6. WR Roy Williams, Texas (6-feet-2½, 212 pounds): Incredible combination of size, speed and playmaking skills. With exception of some questions about durability, has everything you want in the "new-age wide receiver." Fluid route runner and explodes out of cuts to gain separation. Can use his frame to ward off defenders trying to come through him. Will drive back corners and naturally work back to ball. Good change of direction.
7. CB DeAngelo Hall, Virginia Tech (5-feet-10, 202 pounds): Quick-footed and fluid, smooth in backpedal, then can turn his hips and go deep when necessary. Will burst to the ball in front of him and closes quickly. Good hands, will snatch the ball at highest point, and certainly knows the way to the end zone when he grabs an interception. Excellent redirection skill, strong enough through the hands to turn a wideout. Great return man.
8. QB Philip Rivers, North Carolina State (6-feet-5, 229 pounds): Super-competitive player and a charismatic leader who fosters confidence. Courageous pocket passer, a guy who hangs tough as he works through progressions, and will take a hit to deliver the ball. Sees the field and makes great decisions. Uncanny accuracy, completed 63.6 percent of his career attempts. Consistently delivers the ball to receivers when they are in stride.
9. CB Dunta Robinson, South Carolina (5-feet-10 5/8, 186 pounds): Smooth in coverage, has loose hips that allow him to turn quickly and run deep. Excellent athlete with superior speed and nice change of direction. Can plant and drive forward effortlessly on the ball in front of him. Much tougher than his physical appearance might hint. Surprising strength when in "press" coverage. Adjusts well to the ball in the air. Notable recovery skills.
10. DT Vince Wilfork, Miami (6-feet-1¼, 323 pounds): Even after shedding 20 pounds of extra tonnage, still a widebody with a huge butt, the kind of interior "space eater" for whom every defensive coordinator is looking. Thick body, natural strength, especially through the legs. Plays low, anchors at the point of attack, will command double team. Simply eats up blockers. Will have to demonstrate that he can control his weight.
11. DE Will Smith, Ohio State (6-feet-2¾, 275 pounds): Terrific two-way player, anchors nicely against the run, possesses innate pass-rush instincts. Has lined up at both end spots. Explosive first step can carry him into the backfield and he is a disruptive player. Uses his hands well to grab and throw and is also an accomplished bull-rusher. More athletic than appears. Goes strong through the gaps. Good burst over a short area.
12. DE Kenechi Udeze, Southern California (6-feet-2 7/8, 281 pounds): An attacking player who likes to initiate the contact. Long arms and very strong hands. Good athlete who bends at knees, nice flexibility, takes good pursuit angles. Generally holds up at point of attack. Non-stop motor, will make lots of plays with second effort, after it seems he is out of the action. Late rumors about shoulder problem could affect his status.
13. OLB D.J. Williams, Miami (6-feet-0 ¾, 250 pounds): Agile and active defender who is decisive in flowing to the ball, can be an intimidating hitter when he's got momentum. Physical and will take on blocks, sheds nicely, uses his hands well. A "form" tackler who usually breaks down into textbook hitting position, bends his knees and drives through the ball carrier. Doesn't get knocked off feet. Solid range, can get back into short zones.
14. RB Steven Jackson, Oregon State (6-feet-1½, 241 pounds): Terrific body, very muscular, strong through hips and legs. Can get through small creases, runs with power and balance and usually makes the first man miss. Squares up naturally and has deceptive quickness. Durable runner and likes to punish defenders. Only average burst and won't run past people, or elude tacklers at second level. Not as nifty in space as he is in the hole.
15. QB Ben Roethlisberger, Miami-Ohio (6-feet-4 7/8, 241 pounds): Big guy with a big arm. Zips everything with good velocity and accuracy. Holds the ball high and has an over-the-top delivery. Consistent release point, rarely drops down, and the ball comes off his hand with lots of rotation. Because he is so tall in the pocket, and throws with an overhand motion, doesn't get passes blocked. Nice footwork, and can buy himself time.
16. DT Tommie Harris, Oklahoma (6-feet-2 ½, 295 pounds): Quick off the ball and the kind of explosiveness that allows him to get through the gaps and occasionally split the double-team block. Active player who uses his hands well and can get off blocks. Explosive strength, especially in his legs, has a low charge with excellent pad level. Short arms. More a "flash" player, who goes hard in spurts, then disappears for stretches.
17. MLB Jonathan Vilma, Miami (6-feet-0½, 233 pounds): Terrific motor, great intensity, a guy whose competitive speed is much better than his stopwatch times. Knows how to pick up his feet and get out of traffic. Can redirect and work his way back to the play, but rarely makes a misread, and takes excellent pursuit angles. Will step up into the hole. Good pass rusher, especially on delayed inside blitzes, and decent coverage ability.
18. WR Michael Clayton, LSU (6-feet-2¾ , 209 pounds): Precise route-runner who, despite lack of speed, deceptively eats up the cushion on unsuspecting cornerbacks and then is on top of them. Not only sharp in his cuts, but just always seems able to shorten his steps and break off his route at the optimum moment without any loss of speed. Loves to run the "post" pattern. Lacks explosive, second-level speed, will go through slumps.
19. OT Shawn Andrews, Arkansas (6-feet-4 1/8, 347 pounds): Massive, thick player, flat-out dominant run blocker at point of attack when he gets his juices going. Explodes off the ball and quickly, gets his hands inside on defenders and stymies their charge. Strong enough to turn defenders. Long arms, more athletic than people think. Hide the food when he gets near the kitchen. Has ballooned up to more than 400 pounds in the past.
20. RB Kevin Jones, Virginia Tech (6-feet-0 1/8, 227 pounds): Nice live body, very good all-around athlete, loves to compete. No one has to show him the way to the weight room. Gets to top speed quickly and has sudden cutback ability. Can explode through holes and, once he's in the secondary, doesn't get caught from behind. Good change of direction skills. Doesn't break many tackles or create his own hole very often. Lacks great vision.
21. DT Marcus Tubbs, Texas (6-feet-4, 321 pounds): Impressive frame, long and stacked, moves well for a man with his overall size. Better muscle definition than the tackles rated ahead of him. Has always been productive and plays big in big games. Strong hands and can jar a blocker with initial contact. Plays square and moves well laterally. Deceptive athleticism and penetration skills. Quickness is straight-line, only flashes pursuit ability.
22. TE Ben Troupe, Florida (6-feet-4 3/8, 265 pounds): Wide frame, well developed musculature, thick chest and shoulders. Pretty nice athletic skills for a guy this big. Surprising speed, usually defeats the jam, can get up the field better than people think. Versatile enough to move out into the slot at times, and will overpower smaller defenders, will break tackles and add yards. Marginal in-line blocker, and doesn't bury defenders.
23. WE Reggie Williams, Washington (6-feet-3¾, 229 pounds): Lean and athletic, sturdy player with long arms, the kind of frame every team wants. Gets on top of smaller corners and takes advantage of his size. Will go into traffic, works nicely between the hashes, and can play the muscle game when going after the ball. Isn't the dynamic game-breaker that some of the other wide receivers seem to be. Too often just seems to float through games.
24. CB Ahmad Carroll, Arkansas (5-feet-9 5/8, 195 pounds): Former track sprinter has impressive speed and solid build. Excellent overall athletic skills and usually plays up to his stopwatch speed. Long arms help compensate for lack of height. Smooth and fluid and works with an economy of motion. Has estimable twitch on balls thrown in front of him and will burst on the sideline route. Chases plays all over the field. Very raw.
25. OG Justin Smiley, Alabama (6-feet-3¼, 299 pounds): Technically sound in just about everything he does. Moves really well and can get downfield on screens and block at the second level. Plays with a nice base, rarely off his feet, and shows good recovery skills. Will demonstrate a nasty streak. Will get back on his heels occasionally and knocked off balance. Looks bigger than he is, and might have to add upper-body size.
26. OG/OT Vernon Carey, Miami (6-feet-4 3/8, 325 pounds): Girthy guy, hard to get around him, because he's just so big all over. Naturally strong and, when he is playing with leverage and paying attention to technique, has the ability to dominate. Sustains his blocks in the running game and against the inside pass rush. Strong hands, can deliver a powerful initial jolt. Looks too soft and will fall into habit of trying to finesse defenders.
27. FS Sean Jones, Georgia (6-feet-1 3/8, 218 pounds): Decent range and certainly can handle most tight ends, and even some backs, in single coverage. Very alert, especially in zone coverage, and gets around the football. Solid build, long arms, functional strength. Has played both safety spots and looked comfortable doing so. A superb special teams player who will contribute quickly on kick coverage and on blocking placements.
28. DT Dwan Edwards, Oregon State (6-feet-2 ¾, 297 pounds): Better instincts than some of the tackle prospects rated ahead of him. Big chest and thick all over. Short arms but seems to know how to extend, get into blockers, lock on and redirect. Pure power player who doesn't get knocked off feet, is surprisingly agile, and will battle for every inch. Big motor and likes to compete. Decent bull-rusher, needs more counter moves.
29. CB Chris Gamble, Ohio State (6-feet-1¼, 198 pounds): Has the kind of physique you get when you type the term "new-age cornerback" into computer and ask for a printout of the prototype. Fantastic size-speed ratio and loads of potential. Competitive all-around athlete who can accelerate. Plays with confidence. Soft hands and a good jumper. Played so many positions he never got settled in at corner. Started just 18 games on defense.
30. DE Antwan Odom, Alabama (6-feet-5 ¾, 274 pounds): Long and lean, can probably add 10-15 pounds once he gets into an NFL weight program, and it wouldn't hurt his quickness. Looks like a prototype weakside end. Gets upfield, can "corner" back to the pocket, changes direction well and chases down plays. Nice body control for redirecting. Long arms, can reach over tackles to get to passer, and will bat down a lot of passes.
31. DT Terry "Tank" Johnson, Washington (6-feet-2¾, 304 pounds): Good athlete with a quick first step. Blossomed in postseason and opened lots of eyes at the East-West game and the combine workouts. Has natural ability to slant through gaps, get into backfield, disrupt flow. Surprisingly good pass rush moves, can spin off blocks, and find the ball. Not very stout, physically or competitively, must continue to press himself to get better.
32. WR Rashaun Woods, Oklahoma State (6-feet-2 1/8, 202 pounds): Consistently productive over course of career. Nice frame, looks like a prototypical West Coast-style wideout, strong through the shoulders and enough power to force himself through most "press" coverages. Spatially aware and seems to understand where everyone is on the field and where the voids exist. Plays with the kind of vision usually inherent to tailbacks.
33. DT Darnell Dockett, Florida State (6-feet-3 3/8, 297 pounds): Physical specimen, good body mass, but could get even bigger. Naturally strong and explosive off the ball. When he hits the gap, he's getting through, and is going to wreak havoc. Excellent knee-bender, comes off low, makes himself difficult to block. Terrific motor and will chase the ball to the sideline. Can dominate for long stretches. Has played both inside and outside.
34. OLB Karlos Dansby, Auburn (6-feet-3¼, 251 pounds): Fluid defender with outstanding pursuit ability, can chase plays from just about anywhere on the field, very quick-footed. Looks best on plays run away from him. Great range, can get deep into the secondary and, as demonstrated by eight interceptions and 15 passes defensed, is a factor versus pass. Good blitzer and has enough explosiveness to beat tackles with first move.
35. Lee Evans, Wisconsin (5-feet-10 7/8, 197 pounds): Given his battle with knee surgeries, a determined player who isn't about to quit on himself. More quick than fast, gets in and out of cuts with economy of motion. Adjusts well to the ball and can really track the pass thrown directly over his head. Knows how to sit down in the open areas and make himself available, understands the importance of working back to the line.
36. OG Chris Snee, Boston College (6-feet-2 ¾, 314 pounds): Superb drive blocker, explodes out of stance, gets quickly into a defender's body. Delivers a forceful first strike, comes out of stance with leverage and momentum, and strikes a textbook rising blow. Good athlete with excellent quickness. Good enough feet to make the long trap and get downfield to the second level on screens. Needs some work on pass-blocking skills.
37. DE Jason Babin, Western Michigan (6-feet-2 5/8, 260 pounds): Excellent athlete and superb desire-type defender. Huge motor. Flexible and quick and can chase down plays all over the field. Watch him on tape and he consistently gets up off the mat to get back into the play. Plays low and, when coming off the edge, corners nicely and closes on the pocket. Some solid pass rush moves and has learned to use his hands. Needs more size.
38. OT Jacob Rogers, Southern California (6-feet-6 1/8, 307 pounds): Fundamentally sound, can slide and mirror to stay in front of defenders, has long arms and will lock out on people. Seems to have a natural feel for playing angles and has demonstrated good change of direction and recovery skills. Tall, angular frame, agile and athletic for his size. Balance isn't quite what it should be. Initial quickness is blunted by lack of explosion.
39. CB Ricardo Colclough, Tusculum (5-feet-10 5/8, 194 pounds): About as raw as Steak Tartar, but showed at Senior Bowl he could compete with players from higher-profile schools, and never backed down. Plays under control at all times and seems to float to the ball. Physical with receivers and will use his hands and arms to bounce them around. Makes a lot of plays on the ball. Has played single coverage almost exclusively.
40. DT Randy Starks, Maryland (6-feet-3 3/8, 314 pounds): Huge frame, thick through the legs, long arms and strong hands. Better athlete than he first appears and moves well laterally. Good combination of power and agility. Keeps his pads under him, getting much better at playing with leverage. Holds his ground and, when he is really cranked up, will merit double-team blocking. Can work his way back to the ball. Must play tougher.
41. WR Michael Jenkins, Ohio State (6-feet-4½, 218 pounds): Muscular body, great build overall, and surprised scouts with a blistering time on his recent "pro day." Can kick it into high gear, and run away from defenders, in a blink. Has the strength to break tackles. Naturally soft hands and catches the ball out in front. Well coordinated and has improved routes. Good jumper and attacks the ball. Will go fearlessly over the middle.
42. QB J.P. Losman, Tulane (6-feet-2¼, 224 pounds): Excellent accuracy on the run, out of the pocket in general, and a good scrambler who likes to take on defenders when he turns upfield. A quick arm and live release, can really drill the ball on the slants, and can gun the thing deep with little effort. Good mechanics, fundamentally sound footwork, gets back smoothly into his plant. Enough natural arm strength to throw off the back foot.
43. C Jake Grove, Virginia Tech (6-feet-3 3/8, 303 pounds): Hard worker, a self-made and self-motivated blocker who doesn't have to be pointed to the weight room, plays every snap tough and will play hurt. Really strong in the upper body, uses his hands well enough, can turn defenders and steer them. Nice size for the position, could probably handle 10-12 more pounds pretty easily. Very smart, aware player, makes all adjustment calls.
44. RB Chris Perry, Michigan (6-feet-0, 224 pounds): Great character player and natural leader. Won't dazzle anyone, but a durable and workmanlike back who does a lot of the little things well. Has good leg drive, can pick his way through the trash in the hole, runs with balance. Squares up naturally. Very good receiver on the swing and flat routes and a willing blocker. Not flashy or elusive, lacks natural body lean, doesn't always finish runs.
45. WR Devery Henderson, LSU (5-feet-11½, 198 pounds): Tough, live body, looks more like a tailback, and that's the position at which he began his career. Thick through the chest and shoulders and will bully people. That isn't to say he's a limited speed guy because, with sub-4.4 speed, he has corners backpedaling when he breaks the huddle. A real vertical threat who stretches secondaries and creates a lot of room for himself.
46. DT Donnell Washington, Clemson (6-feet-5½, 332 pounds): True wide-body and the kind of "anchor" tackle a lot of teams want now. Long arms, good upper body and tons of pure strength. Not a penetrator or disruptive defender, but a guy who can take on double-team blocks and free up teammates to run to the ball. Not a complete player yet, but has the sort of rare tools a team that needs interior help will find very difficult to ignore.
47. SS Bob Sanders, Iowa (5-feet-8 3/8, 204 pounds): Physical in everything he does, loves to compete. Attacks the ball, can play down in the box, but still back out into coverage. An explosive tackler who strikes with the textbook rising blow and always seems to be broken down in classic hitting form. Low in his backpedal and, despite some rough edges, will get out of his turn well enough. Height will always be a concern.
48. OT Nat Dorsey, Georgia Tech (6-feet-7, 322 pounds): Great size and long arms, when he gets into a pass rusher and locks out, he can steer and redirect. Adjusts well and has above average change of direction skills. Plays with a good base, has a nice, natural pass-block setup and rarely is back on heels. Weight has always been an issue and merits close monitoring. Had shoulder injuries in the past, which he gutted his way through.
49. RB Greg Jones, Florida State (6-feet-1 3/8, 249 pounds): Big body, thick through the calves and thighs, potential to wear down defenses by simply beating on them. Excellent competitor and showed diligence in rehabilitation from knee surgery. Has nice feel for where the rushing lanes are opening up and possesses surprisingly nifty feet. Good lean, finishes runs and relishes contact. Not nearly as explosive a runner as before knee injury.
50. OLB Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma (6-feet-1½, 240 pounds): Tough and competitive, plays every snap like it might be his last breath, finds a way to overcome his limited athleticism. Disciplined and diagnostic, reads keys quickly, plays with his head as much as with his body. Flows laterally and makes plays down the line. Very good body control, economy of movement, and chops his steps to stay out of the low wash, can redirect.
51. DE Darrion Scott, Ohio State (6-feet-3 1/8, 289 pounds): Played tackle as a senior, but more an end, the position at which he started for two seasons. Versatile and athletic, will flash explosiveness off the ball at times. In general, though, isn't real flashy, but is a good two-way player, and can hold his own at the point of attack. A little hint of a hybrid, in-between player who will provide you with snaps and should settle in at the end spot.
52. DT Isaac Sopoaga, Hawaii (6-feet-2¼, 317 pounds): Very strong nose tackle-type defender with a great upper body, and has really moved up draft charts recently because so many teams covet tackles. Very thick build and, when he sets himself, it's like trying to budge a fire hydrant. Has started to show a little bull-rush skill versus the pass. A hard-nosed kid who doesn't have great change of direction, but plays every snap with passion.
53. FS Matt Ware, UCLA (6-feet-2 3/8, 209 pounds): Outstanding size so, while he probably will end up at free safety, most teams will start him out at cornerback in hopes of developing a big, physical outside cover man. Tall and durable, long arms, strong through the upper body. Good enough speed to play on the corner because he can bully receivers and, once he gets his hands on wideouts, can nudge them out of pass routes.
54. OLB Michael Boulware, Florida State (6-feet-2, 225 pounds): Runs well and usually plays to the level of his 40-yard speed. Closes quickly and chases down plays in pursuit, in part by taking good angles to the ball. Also has nice short-area quickness. Good athlete who relies on natural skills and speed to get him to plays. An aware and instinctive defender who reads well. Durable and will play hurt. Could wind up at strong safety.
55. CB Keith Smith, McNeese State (5-feet-11½, 201 pounds): Small-school corner with big-time skills and a world of confidence. Possesses great feet, can get up and "press" a wide receiver and then turn and run deep with him. Explosive when coming forward on balls thrown in the short and intermediate areas. Has trouble locating the balls at times and is going to have to work on techniques. Will take a lot of gambles on interceptions.
56. OLB Dontarrious Thomas, Auburn (6-feet-2½, 241 pounds): Excellent all-around athlete, had a 38-inch vertical jump and sub-4.6 time in the 40, and a good mix of size and speed. Once he commits to a play, flashes good burst, can close the gap with surprising quickness. Lots of range in the running game, can go from sideline to sideline, and showing improvement versus the pass. A much better athlete than he is a player.
57. OT Kelly Butler, Purdue (6-feet-7 3/8, 320 pounds): Late bloomer but has really come on in last few months. Wide hips and long arms, a huge frame, and tough to get around him. Has strong hands and can lock out on a pass rusher. Slides nicely to pick up rushers. Better feet than originally believed. Still developing in lots of areas and probably won't be able to contribute for a year or two. Footwork is going to need refinement.
58. CB Joey Thomas, Montana State (6-feet-0 7/8, 195 pounds): Gifted athlete whose best football is ahead of him. Spent virtually his entire college career playing "Cover 1." Can play up at the line of scrimmage, be physical with receivers, but still back off into coverage. Will hand-check and harass receivers all the way up the field. Long arms and can leap out of the building with NBA-caliber vertical jump. Superior pure ability.
59. RB Julius Jones, Notre Dame (5-feet-9¾, 217 pounds): Good feet, natural running skills, very instinctive to the hole, can redirect in traffic. Picks his feet up to get through the trash and, once in space, accelerates quickly. Can get to full speed in a blink and has terrific hip swivel for getting upfield. Will break some tackles, but prefers getting to the corner, won't get caught in the secondary. Very viable as punt or kickoff returner.
60. TE Ben Watson, Georgia (6-feet-3 ½, 258 pounds): Nice frame and flashes good combination of size and speed. Impressive frame and might be able to get a little bigger. Rare quickness, gets in and out of routes crisply and understands where the holes are in a secondary. Explosive coming off the ball, is starting to use his hands well to elude the jam. Doesn't play with passion and, when you see him on tape, looks like he is coasting.
61. CB Derrick Strait, Oklahoma (5-feet-11 1/8, 196 pounds): In terms of playing time and career starts, certainly the most experienced corner in this draft, and a very savvy performer. Can move to a point and get in front of a receiver because he reads keys so well. Plants and drives nicely on the ball in front of him but still best playing in zone or combination schemes. Might lack quick, hair-trigger twitch to ever be an elite cover man.
62. WR Keary Colbert, Southern California (6-feet-0 7/8, 207 pounds): Solid route runner who plants nicely and gets in and out of his cuts sharply. Very polished. Gets his hips turned to present a good target to quarterback, especially on intermediate routes, and swivels his head to see the ball. Plays with good feel, vision and decisiveness. Tough receiver over middle and in traffic, strong hands, will give up body to extend for catch.
63. FS Stuart Schweigert, Purdue (6-feet-2, 218 pounds): Textbook size, a wealth of experience, given his four years as a starter. Good awareness. Competitive and plays hard. Above average athlete at his best when he is close to the line of scrimmage. Had a lot of off-field problems, mostly a combination of drinking and driving, had to undergo alcohol counseling. Not as strong as he looks, and he doesn't play as fast as he tests.
64. CB Rich Gardner, Penn State (5-feet-10 5/8, 199 pounds): One of the fastest risers in the entire draft over the past month. At a time when the rules changes are certain to place an emphasis on speed, his mid-4.4 times have skyrocketed his stock. A fluid player who gets out of his backpedal nicely and breaks well on the ball. A feisty defender against the run but has to improve as a tackler. Not spectacular, but a fundamentally sound player.
65. MLB Daryl Smith, Georgia Tech (6-feet-1 5/8, 234 pounds): A naturally squared-up defender who plays with textbook form, works up and down the line, can step quickly into the hole and plant the back. Disciplined and alert, isn't often out of position and has a knack for taking away the cutback. Plays stronger than his size and good enough balance to anchor at the point of attack. Can slip blocks and uses his hands to ward off blockers.
Ten who came close: DT Igor Olshansky (Oregon), DE Marquise Hill (LSU), OG Sean Locklear (North Carolina State), LB Cody Spencer (North Texas), DT Matthias Askew (Michigan State), WR Derrick Hamilton (Clemson), RB Mewelde Moore (Tulane), DT Junior Siavii (Oregon), LB Keyaron Fox (Georgia Tech), QB Matt Schaub (Virginia).
Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.