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SI:Underclassmen WRs among top 2011 NFL Draft offensive prospects

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    Offensive prospects (cont.)

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    Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

    Georgia's A.J. Green leads a deep group of underclassmen wide receivers.
    Getty ImagesA.J. Green*/Georgia: Green has been a game-breaking receiver from the day he stepped on the field as a true freshman. He has the speed to stretch the field, goes over the middle for the difficult reception and does the little things well. Green could end up as a top 10 pick next April if he enters the draft.

    Michael Floyd*/Notre Dame: This game-controlling receiver is lethal in the red zone and should flourish under new head coach Brian Kelly. He's another underclassman wideout who will be a first-round pick if he opts for next April's draft.

    Jonathan Baldwin*/Pittsburgh: The Panthers have a history of developing quality wideouts and scouts will tell you Baldwin is the program's best receiver prospect since Larry Fitzgerald.

    Julio Jones*/Alabama: He has flashed dominance for the Tide since his freshman season, using his impressive combination of size and speed. While Jones offers a huge upside, he must start to play at a high level for 60 minutes.

    Niles Paul/Nebraska: Paul, rated as the best senior receiver in the land, offers good size and surprising quickness and speed. He does the little things well and has the potential to develop into a No. 2 wideout at the next level.

    • UNDERRATED -- Lance Kendricks/Wisconsin: He's one of the most underappreciated tight ends in the nation. He's a natural pass catcher with the ability to get downfield and create mismatches in the secondary on a consistent basis.

    • OVERRATED -- Greg Little/North Carolina: NFL scouts gave Little a second-round grade but he's an unspectacular receiver with marginal size and speed. His skills lends one to believe he'll be, at best, a third receiver on the NFL level.

    Offensive Line
    Nate Potter*/T/Boise State: Potter has been nothing less than sensational since his redshirt freshman season. He has the size, footwork and athletic skill to hold down the left tackle position in the NFL. He will show his versatility by selflessly moving from left tackle to guard this season. He's the best prospect in the Boise program since Ryan Clady.

    Gabe Carimi/T/Wisconsin: He's a tall, smart lineman who uses all his assets to protect the passer. He showed a bit of inconsistency last season yet offers starting potential at the next level.

    Marcel Jones*/OL/Nebraska: This immense physical talent has the ability to hold down several spots on the offensive line. He's a powerful athlete and easily annihilates opponents at the point of attack. Although he lacks the polish of Potter and Carimi, he has a higher upside.

    Marcus Gilbert/T/Florida: The Gators agile right tackle has the skills to also be used on the left side. He's strong at the point, moves well on his feet and shows ability in all areas of the game.

    Stefen Wisniewski/C/Penn State: The nephew of eight-time Pro-Bowl pick Steve Wisniewski is slightly undersized but tough as nails and plays with a high degree of intelligence.

    Rodney Hudson/G/Florida State: Hudson is well thought of in scouting circles and many feel he has potential at guard and center. He's a prototypical zone blocking lineman who moves well on his feet and excels while blocking in motion.

    Jason Pinkston/T/Pittsburgh: This terrific pass-blocking left tackle makes good use of angles and body positioning to protect his quarterback. He offers a nice upside but has been labeled as a player who gets by on natural skill rather than putting in the necessary work.

    Michael Pouncey/G/Florida: Twin brother to Maurkice Pouncey, the Pittsburgh Steelers first-round choice in April's draft, Michael has similar strength, even if he's not as athletic as his brother.

    • UNDERRATED -- Jake Olson/T/Central Michigan: Olson started last season as a redshirt freshman and was dominant all year. He's a powerful tackle with the ability to get bigger and stronger. The sky is the limit for this exciting prospect.

    • OVERRATED -- Anthony Castonzo/T/Boston College: Castonzo was graded as the No. 1 senior tackle by NFL scouts and many consider him to be a top-eight pick in April's draft, yet Castonzo shows no "wow" factor to his game. He's not nearly as athletic as Trent Williams, the fourth pick in April's draft, nor as dominant as Russell Okung, who was selected two slots later.

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