Syracuse New Yor
NFL draft countdown's HOT list 03/30
Updated March 30th, 2005
The following is not a projection of how I feel the draft will break down but merely a list of players who have scouts and teams interest right now. For example, a potential late round pick could be moving into the middle round area, thus creating a buzz and earning them a spot high on this list.
1. David Pollack, DE, Georgia
A player scouts either love or hate, Pollack is the hottest name in the draft right now and could go Top 10.
2. Matt Jones, WR, Arkansas
A classic "Workout Warrior", Jones' stock is soaring and he could even slip into late round one by Draft Day.
3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, California
Had an outstanding private workout, showing teams he can be a franchise quarterback and could go #1 overall.
4. Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
The one player in this Draft that could create a frenzy with teams trying to trade up for a shot at drafting him.
5. Alex Barron, OT, Florida St.
Displayed amazing athleticism in his workout and is the one guy available who could be a franchise left tackle.
6. Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn
Coming off a great senior season in which he won the Thorpe Award, he is blowing people away in workouts.
7. Alex Smith, QB, Utah
Was excellent in his private workout and solidified himself as a serious contender for the #1 overall pick.
8. Demarcus Ware, DE, Troy
A DE/OLB 'tweener but is one of the top pure pass rushers in the draft and will likely go higher than you expect.
9. Shawne Merriman, DE, Maryland
Hybrid DE/OLB with amazing athleticism and pass rush ability which could make him the first defender chosen.
10. Khalif Barnes, OT, Washington
Followed up a top performance at the Senior Bowl in Mobile by being a "Workout Warrior" at the Combine.
11. Darryl Blackstock, OLB, Virginia
A bit of a one-dimensional pass rusher at this point, Blackstock could end up in the first round.
12. Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska
A productive college player who flew under the radar until he blazed sub-4.3 forty times at the Combine.
13. Mike Williams, WR, USC
It seems as though everyone at the top of the draft is looking for wideouts and he is secure as a Top 10 pick.
14. David Greene, QB, Georgia
One of the most successful college signal callers of all-time, he is a guy who is moving up draft boards.
15. J.J. Arrington, RB, California
Coming off a monster senior campaign, it seems as though everyone is in love with this running back.
16. Adam Seward, ILB, U.N.L.V.
One of the stars of the Combine workouts, this guy could be one of the top inside linebackers selected now.
17. Jonathan Welsh, OLB, Wisconsin
A college defensive end who will be changing positions, this guy is super fast and an amazing athlete.
18. Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami (FL)
Answered critical questions about his speed in workouts and is now in the running to be the top CB chosen.
19. Josh Bullocks, S, Nebraska
Ballhawk and playmaker in the secondary who has shown excellent speed in workouts which is moving him up.
20. Adrian McPherson, QB, Florida St.
Tremendous physical specimen with the tools to be great, but how soon will someone roll the dice?
21. Brodney Pool, S, Oklahoma
A great athlete who can cover as well as play the run, don't be surprised if he is the first true safety selected.
22. Marlin Jackson, CB, Michigan
Had an up and down college career but showed in workouts that he has the speed to play CB at the next level.
23. Chris Spencer, C, Ole Miss
The best true center in what is considered a very strong class for the position, a lot of teams like this guy.
24. Jason Campbell, QB, Auburn
Seemingly has all the tools you look for in a quarterback and could be the third signal caller selected.
25. Scott Young, OG, B.Y.U.
Another "Workout Warrior" from the Scouting Combine after putting up an amazing 43 reps of 225. lbs.