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Rocky Mtn News 100
This list - particularly the order (rankings) is very different from anything else that I have seen.
THE TOP 100
By Jeff Legwold, Rocky Mountain News
April 16, 2005
The Rocky Mountain News has watched the video, crunched the numbers and surveyed scouts and personnel executives throughout the league during the past six months to determine the top 100 prospects available in the NFL draft April 23-24. This is not a mock draft. The players are ranked without regard to position or team needs in the selection order. The players on this list are top candidates to go in the first three rounds, when 101 selections will be made.
1. Alex Smith Quarterback
Utah | 6-4 | 212
Tough and savvy. Might be the best bad-weather player behind center in this draft. Passed for 47 touchdowns, only seven interceptions in past two seasons.
2. Thomas Davis Safety
Georgia | 6-0 3/4 | 227
It's highly unlikely a safety would be the No. 1 pick of any draft, but some teams have Davis at the top of the board. Not the total package of Sean Taylor last year but a missile with the ball carrier in sight.
3. Ronnie Brown Running back
Auburn | 5-11 1/2 | 231
Big, agile and durable enough to be the coveted every- down back. He ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, so he's at the head of a deep class at the position.
4. Aaron Rodgers Quarterback
California | 6-2 | 223
Polished enough he might end up being the first pick of the draft. He knows where to throw - so much so, he had two streaks of at least 98 pass attempts without an interception.
5. Carnell Williams Running back
Auburn | 5-10 7/8 | 217
Shifty, elusive in the hole. Set school record for points scored and career touchdowns - moving aside Bo Jackson in the record book.
6. Braylon Edwards Wide receiver
Michigan | 6-2 7/8 | 210
First receiver in Big Ten Conference history to record three career 1,000-yard seasons. Only criticism is he doesn't do as much as hoped after the catch.
7. Antrel Rolle Cornerback
Miami (Fla.) | 6-0 1/8 | 201
What's not to like? Can play bump and run, is comfortable keeping the play in front of him in a zone and just might be the surest tackler at the position on the board.
8. Troy Williamson Wide receiver
South Carolina | 6-1 3/8 | 197
Entering the draft as a junior. Explosive player who was somewhat hidden in Gamecocks offense. Never caught more than 43 passes in a season.
9. Cedric Benson Running back
Texas | 5-10 3/8 | 225
When he didn't run at the combine, he gave Brown and Williams an opportunity to run by him on the draft boards. Still, he's a proven runner who lugged the rock in 49 career games.
10. Derrick Johnson Linebacker
Texas | 6-3 1/4 | 242
Consistent 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash and a big-time finisher who forced a fumble every 14.4 tackles in '04. Set NCAA record with nine forced fumbles last season.
Player Pos School Ht Wt The lowdown
11. Erasmus James DE Wisconsin 6-4 1/8 266 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, with eight sacks.
12. Carlos Rogers CB Auburn 6-03/8 196 Thorpe Award winner in '04. Good in the jam and gets out of his backpedal easily.
13. Adam Jones CB West Virginia 5-91/2 187 Came out as a junior. Uncanny ball skills and an impact returner as well.
14. Mark Clayton WR Oklahoma 5-103/8 193 A little undersized, but he's the deal. Smart, savvy and athletic enough to make any play.
15. Shawne Merriman DE Maryland 6-43/8 272 Relentless, explosive player. Never quits on a play and punishes people when he gets there.
16. David Pollack DE Georgia 6-21/8 265 Three-time All American - the school's first since Herschel Walker. He was recruited as a fullback.
17. Demarcus Ware DE/LB Troy State 6-4 251 Powerful and quick. Probably an outside linebacker for a 3-4 team. Finished career with 291/2 sacks.
18. Shaun Cody DE Southern California 6-4 293 Had knee surgery in '02. Some worry he might get pushed off ball, but showed good strength in workouts.
19. Jammal Brown T Oklahoma 6-5 7/8 316 Outland Trophy winner plays nasty. Best right tackle prospect on the board.
20. Matt Jones QB/WR Arkansas 6-6 1/4 242 Will play wherever he wants. His 4.38 40 at the combine was the fastest ever for a quarterback.
21. Alex Barron T Florida State 6-7 1/2 320 Injury history (knee, shoulder) is concern, but too good an athlete to sit long before he hears his name called.
22. Marcus Spears DE/DT Louisiana State 6-4 307 Some teams see him as a power end, but others see him as a tackle. Injured knee in February.
23. Travis Johnson DT Florida State 6-3 5/8 305 Few players raised their stock in '04 as much as he did. Full-time starter for only one year.
24. Luis Castillo NT Northwestern 6-3 3/8 303 Ran 4.79 40 at the combine to push his way into the first round.
25. Matt Roth DE Iowa 6-3 3/4 278 Fierce player who can be difficult to rein in at times. Thirty-two sacks during past three seasons.
26. Mike Williams WR Southern California 6-4 5/8 229 Just turned 21. Always has struggled with his weight and probably will end up as a tight end down the road.
27. Fabian Washington CB Nebraska 5-10 1/2 188 Eye-popping athlete. Started 35 games in three years, and nobody has run faster for scouts this year.
28. Roddy White WR Ala.-Birmingham 6-1 1/4 207 Still a little raw in his routes but averaged more than 20 yards a catch in consecutive seasons.
29. Khalif Barnes T Washington 6-5 3/4 305 Started career as defensive tackle. Coming off broken right wrist in '04.
30. Brodney Pool S Oklahoma 6-1 207 One of the best in a shallow safety class. Ran the show in a complicated defense.
31. Marcus Johnson T Mississippi 6-6 1/2 321 Started 48 games at Ole Miss, 45 at right guard. Most teams see him as a long-term right tackle, though.
32. Heath Miller TE Virginia 6-5 256 Came out as a junior. First ACC player to win Mackey Award as nation's best TE. Started career as a QB.
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