Top 50 Players Nfl Draft

April 24, 1994|By Vito Stellino

Name .. .. .. .. School .. .. .. Ht .. .. Wt.

QUARTERBACKS

Heath Shuler .. .. .. Tennessee .. ... 6-2 .. .. 218

Trent Dilfer .. .. .. Fresno State ... 6-3 .. .. 230

Analysis: Although neither one is rated as highly as Drew Bledsoe was a year ago, both are expected to be quality quarterbacks. There's a big drop-off after the first two, though, .. because the next rated quarterback, Glenn Foley, isn't expected to go in the first two rounds. Charlie Ward, the Heisman Trophy winner, is a wild card because he's toying with the idea of playing basketball, and that could hurt his draft stock.

RUNNING BACKS

Marshall Faulk .. ... San Diego St. ... 5-10 ... 205

LeShon Johnson .. ... N. Illinois .. .. 5-11 ... 199

Mario Bates .. .. ... Arizona State ... 6-0 .... 212

Errict Rhett .. .. .. Florida .. .. ... 5-11 ... 212

Greg Hill .. .. .. .. Texas A&M ... ... 5-11 ... 202

Charlie Garner .. ... Tennessee ... ... 5-9 .... 184

William Floyd ... ... Florida State ... 6-1 .... 238

Calvin Jones .. .. .. Nebraska .. .. .. 5-11 ... 209

Byron Morris .. .. .. Texas Tech .. ... 6-0 .... 241

Chuck Levy .. ... ... Arizona .. .. ... 5-11 ... 199

Analysis: Faulk is the one can't-miss prospect in this group. He was probably ready a year ago, but saved the NFL a major headache by not challenging their rule that a player can't leave college until he has been in school three years. There's a drop-off after Faulk, but four or five running backs still could go in the first round.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Charles Johnson .. .. Colorado .. .. .. .. 6-0 ... 189

Johnnie Morton ... .. USC .. .. .. ... ... 5-11 .. 190

Darnay Scott .. .. .. San Diego St. .. ... 6-1 ... 185

David Palmer .. .. .. Alabama .. .. .. ... 5-8 ... 186

Derrick Alexander ... Michigan .. .. .. .. 6-1 ... 196

Kevin Lee .. .. .. .. Alabama .. .. .. ... 6-0 ... 189

Analysis: The interesting thing about this position is that one school not noted for its passing game -- Alabama -- has produced two of the top prospects, although Lee was overshadowed by Palmer. But it's not one of the strongest positions in the draft and probably won't produce a player in the top 10. The top-rated player, Johnson, is the best human interest story in the draft. His mother was a drug addict and he got so depressed as a teen-ager that he tried suicide before putting his life together.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Aaron Taylor .. .. .. Notre Dame .. .. ... 6-3 ... 302

Wayne Gandy .. .. ... Auburn .. .. ... ... 6-4 ... 287

Isaac Davis .. .. ... Arkansas .. .. .. .. 6-2 ... 325

Tre Johnson .. .. ... Temple .. .. ... ... 6-3 ... 312

Todd Steussie ... ... California .. .. ... 6-5 ... 305

Bernard Williams ... Georgia .. .. ... ... 6-8 ... 315

Vaughn Parker ... ... UCLA .. .. .. .. ... 6-3 ... 298

Larry Allen .. .. ... Sonoma State ... ... 6-3 ... 315

Eric Mahlum .. .. ... California .. .. ... 6-4 ... 286

Kevin Mawae .. .. ... LSU ... .. .. .. ... 6-4 ... 277

Analysis: This is not a good year for a team that's desperate for an offensive lineman. Taylor is the best of the group, but he's a guard and the scouts are always looking for tackles. These players will take time to develop.

TIGHT ENDS

It's not a vintage year for tight ends. Roderick Lewis of Arizona and Lonnie Johnson of Florida State appear to be the best prospects, but neither may crack the top two rounds.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Dan Wilkinson ... ... Ohio State ... ... 6-4 ... 305

Willie McGinest .. .. USC .. .. .. .. .. 6-5 ... 255

Bryant Young .. .. .. Notre Dame ... ... 6-2 ... 275

Sam Adams .. .. .. .. Texas A&M .. .. .. 6-4 ... 295

Joe Johnson .. .. ... Louisville ... ... 6-3 ... 279

Henry Ford .. ... ... Arkansas .. .. ... 6-2 ... 283

Shante Carver ... ... Arizona State .. . 6-5 .. .241

William Gaines .. ... Florida .. ... ... 6-4 ... 239

Romeo Bandison .. ... Oregon .. .. .. .. 6-3 ... 286

Analysis: Dan Wilkinson is the consensus best player in the draft, though he played only two years in college and hasn't always performed up to his potential. He's being called the next Reggie White or Cortez Kennedy. Overall, this is a solid position with possibly six linemen going in the first round, mainly because

teams are so desperate for linemen.

LINEBACKERS

John Thierry .. .. .. Alcorn State ... ... 6-4 ... 224

Trev Alberts .. .. .. Nebraska .. .. .. .. 6-4 ... 239

Jamir Miller .. .. .. UCLA .. .. .. .. ... 6-4 ... 235

Aubrey Beavers .. ... Oklahoma .. .. .. .. 6-2 ... 233

Rob Frederickson ... Michigan State .. ... 6-3 ... 238

Ronnie Woolfolk .. .. Colorado .. .. .. .. 6-2 ... 256

Winifred Tubbs .. ... Texas .. .. .. .. .. 6-4 ... 249

Analysis: Thierry is one of the most interesting players in the draft. He was outstanding after becoming a starter in 1992, but probably won't go in the top five picks because of the level of competition he faced at Alcorn State. He now gets his chance to prove he can do it on every level. Alberts also figures to go high, but overall, it's not a sensational group.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Aaron Glenn .. .. ... Texas A&M .. .. ... 5-9 ... 181

Antonio Langham .. .. Alabama ... ... ... 6-0 ... 177

DeWayne Washington .. N.C. State .. .. .. 5-11 .. 190

Corey Sawyer .. .. .. Florida State .. .. 5-10 .. 173

Thomas Randolph .. .. Kansas State ... .. 5-9 ... 175

Jeff Burris .. .. ... Notre Dame .. .. .. 5-11 .. 194

Analysis: This position should produce three first-rounders, but the scouts aren't raving about any of them and Langham's stock dropped late with a poor timing in a workout.

KICKERS/PUNTERS

Kickers and punters rarely are ranked among the top 50 players, and this year is no exception. The best of the group are kickers Dan Eichloff of Kansas and Pat O'Neill of Syracuse.

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