N.F.L. 'draft value' a major consideration in Pro Football Weekly's All-America team.

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    PFW's 2010 All-America team.Photos
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    By Nolan Nawrocki
    PFW's All-America team annually honors college football's most talented players and is determined based on considerable feedback from NFL evaluators, taking into consideration a player's pure talent and contribution to his team. Unlike many other teams honoring the best college football players, PFW places an extra premium on true talent and draft value in the selection process. However, participants are expected to have contributed for the bulk of the season to qualify, leaving off some talented prospects who were limited this season. Extra attention is paid to qualities such as toughness, competitiveness and work ethic.

    Juniors are designated by one asterisk (*), draft-eligible sophomores have two (**) and true sophomores have three (***).

    Andrew Luck, Stanford**
    Luck is extremely tough and mature beyond his years and led the Cardinal to a near-perfect season, falling only to Oregon. He is very accurate, has good escapability and grades out very highly in every facet of the game.

    Honorable mention:
    Kellen Moore, Boise State*
    Cam Newton, Auburn*
    Ryan Mallett, Arkansas*
    Jake Locker, Washington
    Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

    Owen Marecic, Stanford

    An old-school, throwback tough guy who also stood out at linebacker. Marecic embodies the toughness and versatility so highly desired at the FB position.

    Honorable mention:
    Anthony Sherman, Connecticut

    Offensive tackles
    Nate Solder, Colorado
    Anthony Castonzo, Boston College

    Solder and Castonzo both started slowly but finished the season very strong and proved very reliable in pass protection. They could become solid blind-side protectors in the pros.

    Honorable mention:
    Marcus Cannon, TCU
    Danny Watkins, Baylor
    Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
    Lee Ziemba, Auburn
    Ben Ijalana, Villanova

    Offensive guards
    Cordy Glenn, Georgia*
    Clint Boling, Georgia

    The Bulldogs featured the best pair of guards in college football despite the team's struggles this season. Glenn is big, strong and powerful. Boling has been very steady, consistent and dependable. Both are gifted enough to play outside.

    Honorable mention:
    John Moffitt, Wisconsin
    Rodney Hudson, Florida State
    Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State

    Mike Pouncey, Florida

    He will be better suited for a move back to guard in the pros, but his snapping improved down the stretch, and when it comes to putting a body on a body, few were better.

    Honorable mention:
    Chase Beeler, Stanford
    Mike Brewster, Ohio State*

    Defensive ends
    Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson*
    J.J. Watt, Wisconsin*

    Bowers reshaped his body and became a force off the edge this season, proving as dominant as any pass rusher in college football. Watt consistently came through in the clutch with a great motor and pass-rush instincts, showing he can take over games.

    Honorable mention:
    Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
    Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
    Allen Bailey, Miami (Fla.)
    Cameron Jordan, California

    Defensive tackles

    Marcell Dareus, Alabama*
    Nick Fairley, Auburn*

    Dareus lined up everywhere along the line and, even with a bad ankle, needed to be accounted for, captaining a young defensive line. Fairley was a pass-rushing force from the inside and made impact plays when the Tigers needed them most.

    Honorable mention:
    Stephen Paea, Oregon State
    Corey Liuget, Illinois*


    Patrick Peterson, LSU
    Prince Amukamara, Nebraska

    Peterson's physicality and game-breaking return ability has not been seen since the days of Charles Woodson. It's rare that a player can dominate the way that Peterson did this season. Big, physical and instinctive, Amukamara did everything he was asked to do by the Cornhuskers.

    Honorable mention:
    Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.)*
    Janoris Jenkins, Florida*
    Cliff Harris, Oregon***
    Omar Bolden, Arizona State*


    Eric Hagg, Nebraska
    Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple

    Hagg was an invaluable piece of Bo Pelini's defense and seldom left the field, making plays against the run and pass. What Jarrett might lack in foot quickness and athletic ability he compensated for with great instincts and football savvy.

    Honorable mention:
    Mark Barron, Alabama*
    Rahim Moore, UCLA*
    Ahmad Black, Florida

    Return specialist

    Cliff Harris, Oregon***

    Returned four punts for TDs and was a threat every time he touched the ball.

    Honorable mention:
    Patrick Peterson, LSU*

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