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02-22-2006, 04:56 PM
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1. Matt Leinart, QB, USC -- There are some people who aren't sold on this kid. I'm not one of them. His arm is plenty good enough to make all the throws and he has a feel for the passing game.

2. Reggie Bush, RB, USC -- Explosive backs are worth their weight in gold. This is the next Barry Sanders, a guy who makes you hold your breath every time he touches the ball. At 210 pounds, he's big enough to handle the pounding inside.

3. Mario Williams, DE, N.C. State -- At 6-foot-7, 295 pounds, he's a physical specimen. Think Julius Peppers, only a little bigger. In a league short of pass rushers, he's a wanted commodity.

4. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, T, Virginia -- Watch his feet. He dances like a man who is 60 pounds lighter. At 295 pounds, he isn't a bulky tackle but he will gain weight. This is the kind of player you put in at left tackle and forget about the position for 12 years.

5. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis -- A shifty runner who has the explosive ability to rip off long runs. He's short at 5-10, but he's a sturdy runner. He was a consistent star last season even after his team's first three quarterbacks went down.

6. A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State -- He's a tough, hard-nosed player who always seemed to be around the ball at Ohio State. He has good size and he's faster than many would think. He will be a star in the Brian Urlacher mold.

7. Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland -- He came to Maryland as a 220-pound defensive player, but has developed into a premier tight end. He's a little short for the position at 6-3, but he has the speed to get deep. He's a lot like Antonio Gates of the Chargers.

8. Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon -- He's a power player who will be a force against the run, yet has the quickness to get penetration for the pass rush. At 6-5, 338 pounds, he's huge. He's another junior who is more than ready to make his mark on the next level.

9. Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt -- If you have doubts about this kid, pop in the tape of his game against Florida last year in Gainesville. He was outstanding. He has prototype size and he has a good arm. He's also cocky, which is what you want in a quarterback. With so many teams needing a quality passer, Cutler will be gone by the top 15.

10. Michael Huff, CB, Texas -- Huff can play both corner and safety, although he played the latter at Texas. Most NFL teams think he can play corner, and there's value at that position. He is a hard hitter who can run. That's a nice combination on the corner.

11. Winston Justice, T, USC -- He sat out the 2004 season for off-the-field troubles, but responded with a heck of a year in 2005. He's another junior who gave up his senior season to enter the draft. He started three years at USC and will be a prototype in the NFL.

12. Vince Young, QB, Texas -- His Rose Bowl performance has his stock soaring. But there are still teams worried about his passing. He has a funky motion and he doesn't have a great arm. It's good, not great. But he is special when it comes to moving outside the pocket. Hard to grade since he's unlike any quarterbacks we've seen.

13. Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa -- At 6-4, 245 pounds, Greenway has the size teams crave from their outside linebackers. He can also run. His ability to run to the football is what the scouts love. This kid will be a solid 10-year starter, who will be appreciated more by his coaches than by the fans.

14. LenDale White, RB, USC -- The "other" back at USC, he's a power runner who can rip off long runs at 237 pounds. White scored 57 touchdowns in three seasons, including 21 last year. He is a good short-yardage runner, but he also has the ability to break long runs. Think Jerome Bettis early in his career.

15. Jimmy Williams, CB, Virginia Tech -- He played both safety and corner at Tech, but might be better suited to play safety in the NFL. He's 6-3, 210, which is a big corner. That helps him as a tackler, but his man cover skills will determine where he plays. The feeling here is that he will be a star no matter where he lines up.

16. Tamba Hali, DE, Penn State -- He began his Penn State career at defensive tackle, but moved outside to put his quickness on display. At 6-3, 270 pounds, he is short for a defensive end, but he has great speed off the corner. Having been a tackle, he will also hold up against the run.

17. Darnell Bing, S, USC -- This might seem high based on some lists, but this kid is a big-time player. He can run, he can tackle and he can cover. He will be a great NFL safety. The only thing that held him back in college was injuries.

18. Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota -- He has that great ability to make people miss and rip off the long run. I love this kid. He might end up being right up there with Bush and White after a few years. He isn't big at 210, but he's not afraid to stick his nose in when it calls for it. If the Colts land him at the back end of the first round, they'll be thrilled to put him in as the replacement for Edgerrin James.

19. Tye Hill, CB, Clemson -- A former running back, Hill moved to the secondary as a sophomore and has developed into a quality cover corner. He has great man coverage ability, which is why he's moving up this board. NFL teams covet that skill.

20. Broderick Bunkley, DT, Florida State -- This is a kid I really like. He showed up and made plays each week for the Seminoles. At 300 pounds, he isn't a huge tackle, but he's quick and strong. He will move up a lot of boards as we get closer to the draft.

21. Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College -- He's a tall (6-7) pass rusher who is still learning the game. He may have his best football in front of him. Pass rushers are hard to find, so he has value. He was hurt some by a not-so-great week at the Senior Bowl, but the talent is there.

22. DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama -- He is smallish at 225 pounds, but he has a knack for getting to the football. The question some scouts will have is whether he can handle the point of attack.

23. Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State -- He heads what isn't a great wide receiver class. At 5-11, he isn't a tall receiver, but he has that deep speed that teams love. He is also a kick returner.

24. Ashton Youboty, CB, Ohio State -- He is a good all-round corner who has good size at 6-1. His speed is good enough that he can excel as a man player, but he also will do a nice job in the run game. Could be higher if he works out well in the next month, clocking a good 40 time.

25. Gabe Watson, DT, Michigan -- He had a great Senior Bowl week, but the scouts wondered where it was all of last year at Ann Arbor. He is 6-4, 335 pounds, which makes him a tough guy to move in the middle. But he doesn’t always play motivated. In the NFL, he will. He's one of those players who will be better on the next level than he was in college. The Senior Bowl is proof of that.

26. Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia -- At 6-7, he provides a nice target for the quarterbacks. He doesn't run as well as Davis, which is why he's down here, but he is a capable pass-catching tight end. He also is a quality blocker.

27. Ko Simpson, S, South Carolina -- He is one of those players who always seemed to be around the ball. He showed up a lot. Simpson is rangy and he's also a good tackler. At 23, he's older than some in this draft.

28. Marcus McNeil, T, Auburn -- A massive tackle at 6-9, 335 pounds, McNeil is a power player who could be the prototype right tackle. He has good feet for a man his size, too. He does have a tendency to take plays off.

29. Deuce Lutui, G, USC -- At 6-3, 338 pounds, he is a power player who helped spring White and Bush for all those runs. He can engulf a defender with his size and strength. He played tackle as a junior, but the NFL scouts like him as a guard. He will be a Pro Bowl player at that position in two years.

30. Marcedes Lewis, TE, UCLA -- Lewis is one of those new-breed tight ends who can get down the field. He isn't fast, but he's quick enough to make plays in the passing game. At 6-6, he presents a heck of a target. He needs to improve as a blocker, though. But what tight end doesn't?

31. Antonio Cromartie, CB, Florida State -- He has the ability to be a shutdown corner. If he hadn't torn up his knee last year, he'd be near the top of this board. As it is, he has to prove to teams that he is all the way back. If he does, he will move up much higher than this.

32. Ernie Sims, LB, Florida State -- An athletic run-and-chase linebacker who would seem perfect for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers style of defense. At 6-foot tall some will downgrade him, but he's a player.


Just missed: Bobby Carpenter, LB, Ohio State; Nick Mangold, C, Ohio State; Brian Calhoun, RB, Wisconsin; Manny Lawson, DE, N.C. State; Max Jean-Gilles, G, Georgia; Claude Wroten, DT, LSU; Jon Scott, T, Texas; D'Qwell Jackson, LB, Maryland; Rodrique Wright, DT, Texas.