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    By RICK GOSSELIN / The Dallas Morning News


    The NFL knows where to find players. Look at the projected top-15 picks in the 2005 NFL draft to the right. Notice a trend? Big producers from big schools. If you're good enough to compete for national championships, you're good enough to compete for NFL championships.

    Miami (Fla.) has produced first-round picks in each of the last nine drafts. Texas has produced six first-rounders this decade, Michigan and Southern Cal four apiece. Matt Leinart could be the second Southern Cal quarterback picked first overall in three years. Carson Palmer was the first choice of the 2003 draft. Antrel Rolle could join Philip Buchanan (2002) as a first-round corner from Miami. Cedric Benson is trying to walk in the huge draft footsteps of former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams. So there's also a history at these schools at these positions.


    2005 NFL DRAFT PREVIEW


    Here's a look at the top 15:
    Pos. Player School Ht. Wt.
    QB Matt Leinart* USC 6-5 225
    CB Antrel Rolle Miami-Fla. 6-1 197
    WR Braylon Edwards Michigan 6-3 210
    RB Cedric Benson Texas 6-0 215
    RB Ronnie Brown Auburn 6-1 234
    OT Alex Barron Florida St. 6-6 308
    WR Mike Williams* USC 6-4 230
    QB Kyle Orton Purdue 6-4 226
    RB Carnell Williams Auburn 5-11 210
    DE Dan Cody Oklahoma 6-5 265
    SS Thomas Davis* Georgia 6-1 230
    DE Mathias Kiwanuka* Boston College 6-7 260
    OT Chris Colmer N.C. State 6-5 305
    DE David Pollack Georgia 6-3 276
    LB Derrick Johnson Texas 6-4 235
    *junior


    2005 draft preview: Quarterbacks

    The NFL has had great success through the years finding quarterbacks in the upper Midwest. The Big Ten and Notre Dame have produced a string of Pro Bowlers (Trent Green), Super Bowl MVPs (Tom Brady) and Hall of Famers (Joe Montana). But lately, the quarterbacks from the upper Midwest have come from the Mid-American Conference. The MAC has produced three first-rounders in the last four drafts: Chad Pennington (Marshall, Jets), Byron Leftwich (Marshall, Jaguars) and Ben Roethlisberger (Miami, Steelers). Charlie Frye figures to make it four in five drafts. He's the top quarterback prospect this fall taking the snaps at Akron. A four-year starter, Frye owns 49 school records. If he matches his 3,549 passing yards as a junior, he'll break Leftwich's MAC records for total yardage and passing yardage.


    QUARTERBACKS


    Here are the top 15 quarterback prospects in the 2005 draft

    Player School Ht. Wt.
    Charlie Frye Akron 6-4 228
    Dan Orlovsky Connecticut 6-5 238
    Kyle Orton Purdue 6-4 226
    David Greene Georgia 6-3 227
    Andrew Walter Arizona St. 6-5 234
    Jason White Oklahoma 6-3 226
    Ryan Fitzpatrick Harvard 6-3 220
    Matt Jones Arkansas 6-6 237
    Derek Anderson Oregon St. 6-6 240
    Stan Hill Marshall 6-3 215
    Timmy Chang Hawaii 6-2 194
    Darian Durant North Carolina 5-11 217
    Chris Rix Florida St. 6-4 210
    Dondrial Pinkins South Carolina 6-2 245
    James Kilian Tulsa 6-4 215


    2005 draft preview: Running backs

    Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has a problem. He doesn't have enough footballs to hand off this fall. His Tigers boast two of the top three running back prospects for the 2005 draft, and another Top 15 prospect has already transferred out.

    Carnell Williams rushed for 1,307 yards in 2003 on his way to All-SEC honors. When Williams was sidelined with a fractured hip in 2002, Ronnie Brown rushed for 1,008 yards on his way to second-team All-SEC honors.

    Little wonder fullback Brandon Jacobs transferred in 2004 to Southern Illinois. He had a couple of 100-yard games for the Tigers last season but moved to the Salukis, for whom he is the featured runner. In his Gateway Conference debut, Jacobs rushed for 106 yards and four touchdowns against Southeast Missouri State. Here's a look at the Top 15 running back prospects in the 2005 draft (*fullback):


    RUNNING BACKS


    Here are the top 15 running back prospects in the 2005 draft

    Player College Ht. Wt.
    Carnell Williams Auburn 5-11 210
    Cedric Benson Texas 6-0 215
    Ronnie Brown Auburn 6-1 234
    Kevin Harris West Virginia 6-2 245
    Walter Reyes Syracuse 5-10 209
    Marvin Townes East Carolina 6-0 200
    Paul Jefferson* Penn St. 6-1 259
    Anthony Davis Wisconsin 5-8 205
    Lydell Ross Ohio St. 6-0 225
    Cedric Houston Tennessee 6-0 220
    Brandon Jacobs* Southern Illinois 6-4 260
    Jermelle Lewis Iowa 5-11 215
    Art Brown East Carolina 5-9 203
    Darren Sproles Kansas St. 5-7 180
    Alex Haynes Central Florida 5-11 225


    2005 draft preview: Wide receivers

    There are three good reasons for the NFL to scout Josh Davis closely this fall: 1) he's a wide receiver from Marshall; 2) he attended Fork Union Military Academy; 3) he has obvious talent. Davis appears to be the next float in the parade of Marshall wideouts in the NFL, following Troy Brown, Randy Moss, Nathan Poole and Darius Watts. He also is following in the footsteps of Vinny Testaverde, Eddie George, Dexter Coakley and Chris Perry in having prepped at Fork Union. More important, Davis enters his fourth season as a starter at Marshall with a chance at history. He has 220 career receptions, 80 short of the NCAA record. He also has 2,975 receiving yards, just 1,025 short of becoming the second player in Mid-American Conference history to reach 4,000.


    RECEIVERS


    Here are the Top 15 receiver prospects for the 2005 draft

    Name School Ht. Wt.
    Craphonso Thorpe Florida State 6-2 175
    Braylon Edwards Michigan 6-3 210
    Terrence Murphy Texas A&M 6-1 193
    Mark Clayton Oklahoma 5-11 187
    Fred Gibson Georgia 6-4 202
    Charles Frederick Washington 6-0 185
    Josh Davis Marshall 6-1 190
    Roddy White UAB 6-3 205
    Craig Bragg UCLA 6-2 195
    Antonio Carter Alabama 5-9 194
    J.R. Russell Louisville 6-3 204
    Reggie Brown Georgia 6-1 197
    Vincent Jackson Northern Colorado 6-6 235
    Courtney Roby Indiana 6-0 190
    Brandon Jones Oklahoma 6-3 214


    2005 draft preview: Offensive linemen

    Eli Manning was a slam dunk to be a high NFL draft pick and a successful pro quarterback because of his genes. He's the son of Archie Manning, brother of Peyton and the first overall pick of the 2004 NFL draft. It'll be Michael Munoz's turn to capitalize on his gene pool in 2005. He's the son of Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz and has followed in his footsteps creditably. Michael enters his fourth season as the starting left tackle at Tennessee, his second as a team captain. At 6-6, 315 pounds, he's bigger than his dad (6-6, 278 ) and, like Anthony, excels as a pass blocker. He considered entering the draft early in 2004 but opted to finish up his eligibility and education. He's a two-time Academic All-SEC who is working on his master's degree in business administration this fall.


    OFFENSIVE LINEMEN


    Here are the Top 15 offensive line prospects for the 2005 draft

    Player College Ht. Wt.
    T Alex Barron Florida St. 6-6 308
    T Chris Colmer N.C. State 6-5 305
    G Adam Snyder Oregon 6-6 320
    T Nick Kaczur Toledo 6-5 305
    T Jammal Brown Oklahoma 6-6 313
    T Roy Willis Florida St. 6-6 320
    G Elton Brown Virginia 6-6 338
    G Chris Kemoeatu Utah 6-4 338
    T Jeremy Parquet Southern Miss 6-7 337
    T Rob Pettiti Pittsburgh 6-6 335
    G David Baas Michigan 6-5 307
    T Michael Munoz Tennessee 6-6 315
    C Ben Wilkerson LSU 6-4 297
    T Marcus Johnson Mississippi 6-6 330
    C Vince Carter Oklahoma 6-3 294


    2005 draft preview: Defensive linemen

    If Kenechi Udeze had returned to Southern Cal for his senior season, the Trojans would have had the best defensive line in college football. They still might. Shaun Cody is the top-rated defensive tackle in the 2005 draft, and teammate Mike Patterson also is in the top five. "It would have been great to be a part of that again," said Udeze, the NCAA sack leader in 2003. "Those guys are special players. But we all have to do what's best for ourselves." Udeze became a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings last April, and now Cody is the top-rated tackle in the 2005 draft. He started three seasons for the Trojans at defensive tackle but moves to end for his senior season. Patterson projects as the top-rated nose tackle in the 2005 draft. His nickname is "Baby Sapp," after Oakland's Warren Sapp, and he has 15 ½ sacks in his career. Here's a look at the Top 15 defensive line prospects in the 2005 draft:


    DEFENSIVE LINEMEN


    Here are the Top 15 defensive line prospects for the 2005 draft

    Pos. Name School Ht. Wt.
    E David Pollack Georgia 6-3 276
    T Shaun Cody USC 6-4 285
    T Anttaj Hawthorne Wisconsin 6-3 312
    E Marcus Spears LSU 6-4 298
    E Matt Roth Iowa 6-4 270
    T Jonathan Babineaux Iowa 6-2 280
    E Dan Cody Oklahoma 6-5 265
    T Luis Castillo Northwestern 6-3 305
    T Mike Patterson USC 6-0 290
    E Bill Swancutt Oregon St. 6-4 259
    E Demarcus Ware Troy 6-4 232
    E Jimmy Verdon Arizona St. 6-4 280
    T Lorenzo Alexander California 6-3 300
    E Eric Moore Florida St. 6-4 244
    E George Gause South Carolina 6-5 265


    2005 draft preview: Linebackers

    Remember when Penn State was considered Linebacker U? That distinction belongs to Nevada-Las Vegas in 2004, with two of the top 12 linebacking prospects for the 2005 draft. Adam Seward was an All-Mountain West selection in 2002-03, and Ryan Claridge joins him as a preseason all-conference pick in 2004. Seward is the Rebels' all-time leading tackler with 312 and can join Randall Cunningham and Jamaal Brimmer as three-time all-conference picks at UNLV. But Claridge is the bigger, higher-rated and more interesting prospect. He's the brother of former Southern Cal All-America tackle Travis Claridge, who was a second-round draft pick by Atlanta in 2000. He goes 6-3, 250 pounds and has the speed to play outside in the NFL. But his college career was slowed by a hernia in 2002, which forced him to redshirt that season.


    LINEBACKERS


    Here are the top 15 linebacker prospects in the 2005 draft

    Pos. Player School Ht. Wt.
    OLB Derrick Johnson Texas 6-4 235
    OLB Barrett Ruud Nebraska 6-2 240
    OLB Kevin Burnett Tennessee 6-3 235
    MLB Marcus Lawrence South Carolina 6-3 236
    OLB Matt Grootegoed USC 5-11 215
    OLB Jonathan Pollard Oregon St. 6-1 243
    OLB Jared Newberry Stanford 6-2 235
    MLB Robert McCune Louisville 6-2 245
    OLB Ryan Claridge UNLV 6-3 250
    MLB Lance Mitchell Oklahoma 6-3 244
    MLB Adam Seward UNLV 6-2 245
    OLB Roger Cooper Montana St. 6-3 238
    OLB Paul Walkenhorst BYU 6-5 252
    MLB Ronald Stanley Michigan St. 6-0 234
    MLB Boomer Grigsby Illinois St. 6-1 241


    2005 draft preview: Cornerbacks

    The NFL likes big cornerbacks who can get their hands on footballs and receivers. The NFL will love Michigan's Marlin Jackson. He has the size (6-1, 197) to stand up to a Randy Moss and the instincts to survive against the Pro Bowl quarterbacks. He is a rare four-year starter at Michigan who holds the school record for passes broken up in a season (18 ) and a game (6). He has broken up 29 career passes and also has eight interceptions. He played cornerback as a freshman and sophomore, and then moved to free safety in 2003, and now he's back at cornerback. The guy on the other side, Markus Curry, also is projected as a first-day draft pick. He lacks Jackson's size at 5-11, 183, but compensates with his speed. He set a state of Michigan prep record with eight kick returns for touchdowns.


    CORNERBACKS


    Here are the Top 15 cornerback prospects for the 2005 draft

    Player College Ht. Wt.
    Antrel Rolle Miami, Fla. 6-1 197
    Marlin Jackson Michigan 6-1 199
    Corey Webster LSU 6-0 201
    Antonio Perkins Oklahoma 6-0 190
    Darrent Williams Oklahoma St. 5-9 170
    Ronald Bartell Howard 6-1 195
    Alphonso Hodge Miami, Ohio 5-11 205
    Karl Paymah Washington St. 6-0 198
    Cedrick Williams Kansas St. 5-10 170
    Vincent Fuller Virginia Tech 6-1 184
    Markus Curry Michigan 5-11 183
    Eric Green Virginia Tech 6-0 197
    Bryant McFadden Florida St. 6-0 180
    Derrick Johnson Washington 6-0 190
    Abraham Elimimian Hawaii 5-10 191
    Travis Daniels LSU 6-1 187
    Jerron Wishom Louisiana Tech 6-0 195
    Domonique Foxworth Maryland 5-11 178


    2005 draft preview: Safeties

    With the NFL cracking down on illegal contact in pass coverage these days, the value of cover safeties is on the rise. Safeties can no longer just maul tight ends, they must run with them. That benefits Ohio State's Dustin Fox, who played safety as a freshman but is in his third season as a starting cornerback for the Buckeyes. He projects inside in the NFL and will bring cover skills. He broke up a team-leading 14 passes in Ohio State's national championship season in 2002 and has finished among the team's top five tacklers each of the last two years. His uncle, Tim Fox, was a former All-America safety at Ohio State and a first-round draft pick by New England in 1976. He started six seasons for the Patriots and had 17 career interceptions.


    SAFETIES


    Here are the top 15 safety prospects in the 2005 draft

    Player College Ht. Wt.
    Jamaal Brimmer UNLV 6-1 215
    James Butler Georgia Tech 6-3 210
    Aaron Francisco BYU 6-2 215
    Jermaine Harris South Carolina 6-4 210
    Dustin Fox Ohio St. 6-0 190
    Justin Beriault Ball St. 6-3 200
    Jason Leach USC 5-11 210
    Donte Nicholson Oklahoma 6-2 216
    Sean Considine Iowa 6-0 206
    Oshiomogho Atogwe Stanford 6-0 205
    Terry Holley Rice 6-2 210
    Jamacia Jackson South Carolina 6-1 210
    Chris Harrell Penn St. 6-2 210
    Marviel Underwood San Diego St.. 5-11 200
    Justin Fraley Minnesota 6-0 210


    2005 draft preview: Special teams

    The 2005 NFL draft is stocked with elite kick returners, including two from Oklahoma. Darrent Williams of Oklahoma State and Antonio Perkins of Oklahoma rank among the NCAA leaders in punt returns. They also double as cornerbacks. Williams will bring speed to the NFL and Perkins productivity. Williams, who prepped at Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt, clocked a 4.28-second 40-yard dash at Oklahoma State's timing day last spring. Perkins has tied NCAA records for punt returns for touchdowns in a season (four in 2003) and a career (eight). And don't forget Adam "Pac Man" Jones of West Virginia. Noland "Super Gnat" Smith, Gerald "Ice Cube" McNeil, Michael "Pinball" Clemons ... there's something magical about a nickname for a return specialist.


    SPECIAL TEAMS


    Here are the top 15 special teams prospects in the 2005 draft

    Pos. Player School Ht. Wt.
    KR Darrent Williams Oklahoma St. 5-9 175
    KR Adam Jones West Virginia. 5-11 185
    K Mike Nugent Ohio St. 5-10 180
    KR Antonio Perkins Oklahoma 6-0 190
    KR j-Justin Miller Clemson 5-11 200
    P Cole Farden Oklahoma St. 5-11 200
    K Dave Rayner Michigan St. 6-2 209
    P Reggie Hodges Ball St. 6-0 205
    DS L.P. Ladouceur California 6-5 260
    K Jonathan Nichols Mississippi 6-0 180
    P Dustin Colquitt Tennessee 6-2 196
    P Gary Cook UNLV 6-1 200
    DS Greg Warren North Carolina 6-3 247
    K Rhys Lloyd Minnesota 6-1 220
    DS Jon Condo Maryland 6-3 230
    K-Kicker; P-Punter; KR-Kick returner; DS-Deep snapper; j-Junior
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    Excellent post - thanks.
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    Can't remember his name but Auburn has a very good corner that isn't on the list.
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    Carlos Rogers
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    Carlos Rogers and yes he is undeniably top 15.
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    Draft watch: The top 15
    12:48 AM CST on Sunday, January 9, 2005
    By RICK GOSSELIN / The Dallas Morning News


    The NFL knows where to find players. Look at the projected top-15 picks in the 2005 NFL draft to the right. Notice a trend? Big producers from big schools. If you're good enough to compete for national championships, you're good enough to compete for NFL championships.

    Miami (Fla.) has produced first-round picks in each of the last nine drafts. Texas has produced six first-rounders this decade, Michigan and Southern Cal four apiece. Matt Leinart could be the second Southern Cal quarterback picked first overall in three years. Carson Palmer was the first choice of the 2003 draft. Antrel Rolle could join Philip Buchanan (2002) as a first-round corner from Miami. Cedric Benson is trying to walk in the huge draft footsteps of former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams. So there's also a history at these schools at these positions.


    2005 NFL DRAFT PREVIEW

    Here's a look at the top 15:
    Pos. Player School Ht. Wt.
    QB Matt Leinart* USC 6-5 225
    CB Antrel Rolle Miami-Fla. 6-1 197
    WR Braylon Edwards Michigan 6-3 210
    RB Cedric Benson Texas 6-0 215
    RB Ronnie Brown Auburn 6-1 234
    OT Alex Barron Florida St. 6-6 308
    WR Mike Williams* USC 6-4 230
    QB Kyle Orton Purdue 6-4 226
    RB Carnell Williams Auburn 5-11 210
    DE Dan Cody Oklahoma 6-5 265
    SS Thomas Davis* Georgia 6-1 230
    DE Mathias Kiwanuka* Boston College 6-7 260
    OT Chris Colmer N.C. State 6-5 305
    DE David Pollack Georgia 6-3 276
    LB Derrick Johnson Texas 6-4 235
    *junior


    2005 draft preview: Quarterbacks

    The NFL has had great success through the years finding quarterbacks in the upper Midwest. The Big Ten and Notre Dame have produced a string of Pro Bowlers (Trent Green), Super Bowl MVPs (Tom Brady) and Hall of Famers (Joe Montana). But lately, the quarterbacks from the upper Midwest have come from the Mid-American Conference. The MAC has produced three first-rounders in the last four drafts: Chad Pennington (Marshall, Jets), Byron Leftwich (Marshall, Jaguars) and Ben Roethlisberger (Miami, Steelers). Charlie Frye figures to make it four in five drafts. He's the top quarterback prospect this fall taking the snaps at Akron. A four-year starter, Frye owns 49 school records. If he matches his 3,549 passing yards as a junior, he'll break Leftwich's MAC records for total yardage and passing yardage.



    QUARTERBACKS


    Here are the top 15 quarterback prospects in the 2005 draft

    Player School Ht. Wt.
    Charlie Frye Akron 6-4 228
    Dan Orlovsky Connecticut 6-5 238
    Kyle Orton Purdue 6-4 226
    David Greene Georgia 6-3 227
    Andrew Walter Arizona St. 6-5 234
    Jason White Oklahoma 6-3 226
    Ryan Fitzpatrick Harvard 6-3 220
    Matt Jones Arkansas 6-6 237
    Derek Anderson Oregon St. 6-6 240
    Stan Hill Marshall 6-3 215
    Timmy Chang Hawaii 6-2 194
    Darian Durant North Carolina 5-11 217
    Chris Rix Florida St. 6-4 210
    Dondrial Pinkins South Carolina 6-2 245
    James Kilian Tulsa 6-4 215


    2005 draft preview: Running backs​


    Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has a problem. He doesn't have enough footballs to hand off this fall. His Tigers boast two of the top three running back prospects for the 2005 draft, and another Top 15 prospect has already transferred out.

    Carnell Williams rushed for 1,307 yards in 2003 on his way to All-SEC honors. When Williams was sidelined with a fractured hip in 2002, Ronnie Brown rushed for 1,008 yards on his way to second-team All-SEC honors.

    Little wonder fullback Brandon Jacobs transferred in 2004 to Southern Illinois. He had a couple of 100-yard games for the Tigers last season but moved to the Salukis, for whom he is the featured runner. In his Gateway Conference debut, Jacobs rushed for 106 yards and four touchdowns against Southeast Missouri State. Here's a look at the Top 15 running back prospects in the 2005 draft (*fullback):



    RUNNING BACKS

    Here are the top 15 running back prospects in the 2005 draft

    Player College Ht. Wt.
    Carnell Williams Auburn 5-11 210
    Cedric Benson Texas 6-0 215
    Ronnie Brown Auburn 6-1 234
    Kevin Harris West Virginia 6-2 245
    Walter Reyes Syracuse 5-10 209
    Marvin Townes East Carolina 6-0 200
    Paul Jefferson* Penn St. 6-1 259
    Anthony Davis Wisconsin 5-8 205
    Lydell Ross Ohio St. 6-0 225
    Cedric Houston Tennessee 6-0 220
    Brandon Jacobs* Southern Illinois 6-4 260
    Jermelle Lewis Iowa 5-11 215
    Art Brown East Carolina 5-9 203
    Darren Sproles Kansas St. 5-7 180
    Alex Haynes Central Florida 5-11 225


    2005 draft preview: Wide receivers​


    There are three good reasons for the NFL to scout Josh Davis closely this fall: 1) he's a wide receiver from Marshall; 2) he attended Fork Union Military Academy; 3) he has obvious talent. Davis appears to be the next float in the parade of Marshall wideouts in the NFL, following Troy Brown, Randy Moss, Nathan Poole and Darius Watts. He also is following in the footsteps of Vinny Testaverde, Eddie George, Dexter Coakley and Chris Perry in having prepped at Fork Union. More important, Davis enters his fourth season as a starter at Marshall with a chance at history. He has 220 career receptions, 80 short of the NCAA record. He also has 2,975 receiving yards, just 1,025 short of becoming the second player in Mid-American Conference history to reach 4,000.


    RECEIVERS


    Here are the Top 15 receiver prospects for the 2005 draft

    Name School Ht. Wt.
    Craphonso Thorpe Florida State 6-2 175
    Braylon Edwards Michigan 6-3 210
    Terrence Murphy Texas A&M 6-1 193
    Mark Clayton Oklahoma 5-11 187
    Fred Gibson Georgia 6-4 202
    Charles Frederick Washington 6-0 185
    Josh Davis Marshall 6-1 190
    Roddy White UAB 6-3 205
    Craig Bragg UCLA 6-2 195
    Antonio Carter Alabama 5-9 194
    J.R. Russell Louisville 6-3 204
    Reggie Brown Georgia 6-1 197
    Vincent Jackson Northern Colorado 6-6 235
    Courtney Roby Indiana 6-0 190
    Brandon Jones Oklahoma 6-3 214


    2005 draft preview: Offensive linemen

    Eli Manning was a slam dunk to be a high NFL draft pick and a successful pro quarterback because of his genes. He's the son of Archie Manning, brother of Peyton and the first overall pick of the 2004 NFL draft. It'll be Michael Munoz's turn to capitalize on his gene pool in 2005. He's the son of Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz and has followed in his footsteps creditably. Michael enters his fourth season as the starting left tackle at Tennessee, his second as a team captain. At 6-6, 315 pounds, he's bigger than his dad (6-6, 278 ) and, like Anthony, excels as a pass blocker. He considered entering the draft early in 2004 but opted to finish up his eligibility and education. He's a two-time Academic All-SEC who is working on his master's degree in business administration this fall.



    OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

    Here are the Top 15 offensive line prospects for the 2005 draft

    Player College Ht. Wt.
    T Alex Barron Florida St. 6-6 308
    T Chris Colmer N.C. State 6-5 305
    G Adam Snyder Oregon 6-6 320
    T Nick Kaczur Toledo 6-5 305
    T Jammal Brown Oklahoma 6-6 313
    T Roy Willis Florida St. 6-6 320
    G Elton Brown Virginia 6-6 338
    G Chris Kemoeatu Utah 6-4 338
    T Jeremy Parquet Southern Miss 6-7 337
    T Rob Pettiti Pittsburgh 6-6 335
    G David Baas Michigan 6-5 307
    T Michael Munoz Tennessee 6-6 315
    C Ben Wilkerson LSU 6-4 297
    T Marcus Johnson Mississippi 6-6 330
    C Vince Carter Oklahoma 6-3 294


    2005 draft preview: Defensive linemen​


    If Kenechi Udeze had returned to Southern Cal for his senior season, the Trojans would have had the best defensive line in college football. They still might. Shaun Cody is the top-rated defensive tackle in the 2005 draft, and teammate Mike Patterson also is in the top five. "It would have been great to be a part of that again," said Udeze, the NCAA sack leader in 2003. "Those guys are special players. But we all have to do what's best for ourselves." Udeze became a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings last April, and now Cody is the top-rated tackle in the 2005 draft. He started three seasons for the Trojans at defensive tackle but moves to end for his senior season. Patterson projects as the top-rated nose tackle in the 2005 draft. His nickname is "Baby Sapp," after Oakland's Warren Sapp, and he has 15 ½ sacks in his career. Here's a look at the Top 15 defensive line prospects in the 2005 draft:



    DEFENSIVE LINEMEN


    Here are the Top 15 defensive line prospects for the 2005 draft

    Pos. Name School Ht. Wt.
    E David Pollack Georgia 6-3 276
    T Shaun Cody USC 6-4 285
    T Anttaj Hawthorne Wisconsin 6-3 312
    E Marcus Spears LSU 6-4 298
    E Matt Roth Iowa 6-4 270
    T Jonathan Babineaux Iowa 6-2 280
    E Dan Cody Oklahoma 6-5 265
    T Luis Castillo Northwestern 6-3 305
    T Mike Patterson USC 6-0 290
    E Bill Swancutt Oregon St. 6-4 259
    E Demarcus Ware Troy 6-4 232
    E Jimmy Verdon Arizona St. 6-4 280
    T Lorenzo Alexander California 6-3 300
    E Eric Moore Florida St. 6-4 244
    E George Gause South Carolina 6-5 265


    2005 draft preview: Linebackers

    Remember when Penn State was considered Linebacker U? That distinction belongs to Nevada-Las Vegas in 2004, with two of the top 12 linebacking prospects for the 2005 draft. Adam Seward was an All-Mountain West selection in 2002-03, and Ryan Claridge joins him as a preseason all-conference pick in 2004. Seward is the Rebels' all-time leading tackler with 312 and can join Randall Cunningham and Jamaal Brimmer as three-time all-conference picks at UNLV. But Claridge is the bigger, higher-rated and more interesting prospect. He's the brother of former Southern Cal All-America tackle Travis Claridge, who was a second-round draft pick by Atlanta in 2000. He goes 6-3, 250 pounds and has the speed to play outside in the NFL. But his college career was slowed by a hernia in 2002, which forced him to redshirt that season.



    LINEBACKERS


    Here are the top 15 linebacker prospects in the 2005 draft

    Pos. Player School Ht. Wt.
    OLB Derrick Johnson Texas 6-4 235
    OLB Barrett Ruud Nebraska 6-2 240
    OLB Kevin Burnett Tennessee 6-3 235
    MLB Marcus Lawrence South Carolina 6-3 236
    OLB Matt Grootegoed USC 5-11 215
    OLB Jonathan Pollard Oregon St. 6-1 243
    OLB Jared Newberry Stanford 6-2 235
    MLB Robert McCune Louisville 6-2 245
    OLB Ryan Claridge UNLV 6-3 250
    MLB Lance Mitchell Oklahoma 6-3 244
    MLB Adam Seward UNLV 6-2 245
    OLB Roger Cooper Montana St. 6-3 238
    OLB Paul Walkenhorst BYU 6-5 252
    MLB Ronald Stanley Michigan St. 6-0 234
    MLB Boomer Grigsby Illinois St. 6-1 241


    2005 draft preview: Cornerbacks​


    The NFL likes big cornerbacks who can get their hands on footballs and receivers. The NFL will love Michigan's Marlin Jackson. He has the size (6-1, 197) to stand up to a Randy Moss and the instincts to survive against the Pro Bowl quarterbacks. He is a rare four-year starter at Michigan who holds the school record for passes broken up in a season (18 ) and a game (6). He has broken up 29 career passes and also has eight interceptions. He played cornerback as a freshman and sophomore, and then moved to free safety in 2003, and now he's back at cornerback. The guy on the other side, Markus Curry, also is projected as a first-day draft pick. He lacks Jackson's size at 5-11, 183, but compensates with his speed. He set a state of Michigan prep record with eight kick returns for touchdowns.



    CORNERBACKS


    Here are the Top 15 cornerback prospects for the 2005 draft

    Player College Ht. Wt.
    Antrel Rolle Miami, Fla. 6-1 197
    Marlin Jackson Michigan 6-1 199
    Corey Webster LSU 6-0 201
    Antonio Perkins Oklahoma 6-0 190
    Darrent Williams Oklahoma St. 5-9 170
    Ronald Bartell Howard 6-1 195
    Alphonso Hodge Miami, Ohio 5-11 205
    Karl Paymah Washington St. 6-0 198
    Cedrick Williams Kansas St. 5-10 170
    Vincent Fuller Virginia Tech 6-1 184
    Markus Curry Michigan 5-11 183
    Eric Green Virginia Tech 6-0 197
    Bryant McFadden Florida St. 6-0 180
    Derrick Johnson Washington 6-0 190
    Abraham Elimimian Hawaii 5-10 191
    Travis Daniels LSU 6-1 187
    Jerron Wishom Louisiana Tech 6-0 195
    Domonique Foxworth Maryland 5-11 178


    2005 draft preview: Safeties

    With the NFL cracking down on illegal contact in pass coverage these days, the value of cover safeties is on the rise. Safeties can no longer just maul tight ends, they must run with them. That benefits Ohio State's Dustin Fox, who played safety as a freshman but is in his third season as a starting cornerback for the Buckeyes. He projects inside in the NFL and will bring cover skills. He broke up a team-leading 14 passes in Ohio State's national championship season in 2002 and has finished among the team's top five tacklers each of the last two years. His uncle, Tim Fox, was a former All-America safety at Ohio State and a first-round draft pick by New England in 1976. He started six seasons for the Patriots and had 17 career interceptions.



    SAFETIES


    Here are the top 15 safety prospects in the 2005 draft

    Player College Ht. Wt.
    Jamaal Brimmer UNLV 6-1 215
    James Butler Georgia Tech 6-3 210
    Aaron Francisco BYU 6-2 215
    Jermaine Harris South Carolina 6-4 210
    Dustin Fox Ohio St. 6-0 190
    Justin Beriault Ball St. 6-3 200
    Jason Leach USC 5-11 210
    Donte Nicholson Oklahoma 6-2 216
    Sean Considine Iowa 6-0 206
    Oshiomogho Atogwe Stanford 6-0 205
    Terry Holley Rice 6-2 210
    Jamacia Jackson South Carolina 6-1 210
    Chris Harrell Penn St. 6-2 210
    Marviel Underwood San Diego St.. 5-11 200
    Justin Fraley Minnesota 6-0 210


    2005 draft preview: Special teams​


    The 2005 NFL draft is stocked with elite kick returners, including two from Oklahoma. Darrent Williams of Oklahoma State and Antonio Perkins of Oklahoma rank among the NCAA leaders in punt returns. They also double as cornerbacks. Williams will bring speed to the NFL and Perkins productivity. Williams, who prepped at Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt, clocked a 4.28-second 40-yard dash at Oklahoma State's timing day last spring. Perkins has tied NCAA records for punt returns for touchdowns in a season (four in 2003) and a career (eight). And don't forget Adam "Pac Man" Jones of West Virginia. Noland "Super Gnat" Smith, Gerald "Ice Cube" McNeil, Michael "Pinball" Clemons ... there's something magical about a nickname for a return specialist.



    SPECIAL TEAMS

    Here are the top 15 special teams prospects in the 2005 draft

    Pos. Player School Ht. Wt.
    KR Darrent Williams Oklahoma St. 5-9 175
    KR Adam Jones West Virginia. 5-11 185
    K Mike Nugent Ohio St. 5-10 180
    KR Antonio Perkins Oklahoma 6-0 190
    KR j-Justin Miller Clemson 5-11 200
    P Cole Farden Oklahoma St. 5-11 200
    K Dave Rayner Michigan St. 6-2 209
    P Reggie Hodges Ball St. 6-0 205
    DS L.P. Ladouceur California 6-5 260
    K Jonathan Nichols Mississippi 6-0 180
    P Dustin Colquitt Tennessee 6-2 196
    P Gary Cook UNLV 6-1 200
    DS Greg Warren North Carolina 6-3 247
    K Rhys Lloyd Minnesota 6-1 220
    DS Jon Condo Maryland 6-3 230
    K-Kicker; P-Punter; KR-Kick returner; DS-Deep snapper; j-Junior
  8. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Forget Williams and Edwards.....I want Craphonso Thorpe.....he has the coolest name :D
  9. Bach

    Bach Benched

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    Thorpe?

    What's so cool about Thorpe?
  10. davey

    davey New Member

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    Kinawuka is staying for his senior year at BC. Scratch him off the list.
  11. adbutcher

    adbutcher K9NME

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    lol................................
  12. Bobo

    Bobo New Member

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    Beats me. Thorpe's a crappy name.

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