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CBSSports.com draft writer lists T.C.U.'s and Boise State's Top 17 Draft Prospects.

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    1. Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU

    Skinny: A first-team All-Mountain West selection as a junior, Cannon primarily played right tackle in his first two years as a starter (2008 and 2009). This season, the 6-foot-5, 358-pound Cannon made the move to the left side -- after not allowing a sack on the right side last year -- and has impressed scouts with his agility, footwork and technique. Cannon's massive frame and strength give teams the option to play him at guard in the NFL, but the way he has performed at left tackle this season speaks volumes of his worth, and it could ultimately make him a first-round pick in the 2011 draft.

    Bottom line: Cannon's move to left tackle and performance there have boosted his draft stock. Very recently he was considered a third-round prospect, due to being typecast as a right tackle who had a big frame and unknown athleticism. To the delight of scouts he's far more advanced athletically than originally thought and in turn could be selected near the end of the first round.

    2. *Nate Potter, OG/OT, Boise State

    Skinny: Touted as the Broncos' top NFL prospect by many scouts entering the 2010 season, the decision by the Boise State coaching staff to move their prized junior lineman from left tackle to left guard during the spring was surprising. But the decision was quickly overturned as injuries along the line at the start of the season forced Potter back to tackle. Playing in a weak conference that has very few NFL-ready pass-rushing threats, the undersized Potter is able to dominate the competition with his athleticism, long arms and quick feet while lacking desirable mass. However, what Potter lacks in strength he's able to overcome with his intelligence and technique, qualities that will stand out during the draft process.

    Bottom line: Potter has the versatility many scouts covet, and if he declares for the 2011 draft, it's possible he will land in the second round. But while there are positives -- his footwork and ability to mirror defenders in pass protection -- Potter lacks bulk and the overall strength needed to dominate as a run blocker.

    3. Titus Young, WR, Boise State

    Skinny: Boise State's vertical threat, Young, who had a sensational junior year with 79 catches for 1,041 yards and 10 touchdowns, has continued to evolve his game this year with his big-play ability downfield and his versatility. His grasp of the offense and the explosive nature he showcases in space have impressed scouts. But scouts are quietly concerned about players like Young, who is 5-11 and 170 pounds, due to mounting concerns over concussions in the NFL. There's no question Young will receive second- or third-round attention, but it's possible teams will reevaluate how they spend their high-round picks on undersized playmakers.

    Bottom line: Young is viewed as a multidimensional threat -- he not only can hurt opponents with his dynamic ability as a receiver, but he can also be used in the run game and as a return specialist. He's an undersized performer and using him in many facets of the game could make him ineffective or result in injury at the next level. He's likely to test well during the offseason and could be selected in the second round.

    4. *Tank Carder, ILB TCU

    Skinny: In his first year as a starter, Carder quickly became one of the Horned Frogs' leaders on defense in '09 and finished the year second on the team in tackles with 89. Despite being undersized at 6-2, 232, Carder has the instincts, quickness and tackling technique to develop into a polished middle linebacker at the next level. The biggest concern scouts have about him is his durability. He underwent shoulder surgery during the offseason but has recovered well and has performed brilliantly for TCU through 10 games this season: 50 tackles, six for a loss, 2½ sacks and one interception.

    Bottom line: There's a chance Carder will capitalize on his two-year success as a starter and decide to declare for the '11 draft. As one of the nation's premier underclassmen at inside linebacker, Carder may look at the senior class, which isn't very deep, and determine it's best for him to take advantage of the potential mid-round grade he receives.

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