Top three players at each position

April 14, 1996|By Vito Stellino

Quarterbacks

Bobby Hoying, 6-3 1/2 , 226, Ohio State: Stock soared in his senior year when he threw 28 touchdown passes and was intercepted only 11 times, but he doesn't have the arm to be a top pro prospect.

Danny Kanell, 6-4, 216, Florida State: Passed for 2,871 and 2,957 yards the past two years and has a nice touch on timing patterns, but he lacks a big arm.

Tony Banks, 6-4 1/2 , 222, Michigan State: Inexperienced and sidelined with a sprained ankle for three games last year, but he has the physical tools to improve with proper coaching.

Running backs

Lawrence Phillips, 5-11 1/2 , 230, Nebraska: Has all the physical tools on the field, but his off-the-field physical-abuse problems and apparent failure to get proper treatment for them make him a high-risk pick.

Tim Biakabutuka, 6, 205, Michigan: A Zaire native with a limited football background, he caught the scouts' attention with a 313-yard rushing game against Ohio State.

Eddie George, 6-2 1/2 , 238, Ohio State: Won the Heisman Trophy, rushing for 1,826 yards, and is a contrast to Phillips because he's a solid citizen off the field, but he lacks Phillips' explosiveness.

Wide receivers

Keyshawn Johnson, 6-3 1/4 , 220, Southern California: He's a brash type on and off the field who caught 90 passes in the regular season, 12 in the Rose Bowl. He could be the top player picked in the draft even though he's not a speed burner.

Terry Glenn, 5-10 1/2 , 184, Ohio State: Started just one year and didn't run great times in workouts, but he caught 17 touchdown passes and has a lot of potential.

Marvin Harrison, 6-0, 180, Syracuse: He's fast and caught 56 passes, including a 96-yarder, last year while doubling as a reliable punt returner.

Tight ends

Rickey Dudley, 6-7, 248, Ohio State: A basketball player who didn't play football until his junior year when he started four games, he zoomed to the top of the charts when he caught 32 passes last year, but his inexperience makes him something of a gamble.

Jason Dunn, 6-5, 258, Eastern Kentucky: A versatile athlete who saw some action at defensive end in 1992, he moved to tight end in 1993 and saw action at both positions last year. He has the physical tools, but his small-college background makes him a question mark.

Marco Battaglia, 6-2 1/2 , 250, Rutgers: Doesn't have the classic tight end size, but he caught 58 and 69 passes the past two years and could develop.

Offensive linemen

Jonathan Ogden, 6-8, 318, UCLA: A shot-putter on the track team who hasn't played spring football, he has all the physical talent to be a Pro Bowl player for 10 years, although he needs to be more intense and aggressive.

Willie Anderson, 6-5, 324, Auburn: A third-year junior, he could have used another year in school to polish his technique, but he has such good size and potential that he'll still be a top 10 pick.

Andre Johnson, 6-5 1/2 , 308, Penn State: A defensive tackle who moved to offense in 1993, he first got a lot of attention for neutralizing Simeon Rice in 1994 and continued to develop into a first-round player last year.

Defensive linemen

Simeon Rice, 6-5, 259, Illinois: Considered coming out of school last year and really didn't help his stock in his senior year, but he still got 12 sacks and is considered one of the top five prospects in the draft.

Regan Upshaw, 6-3 1/2 , 256, California: A third-year junior, he could have improved his status by staying in school, but he's still got enough potential after getting 9 1/2 sacks last year to be a first-round choice.

Cedric Jones, 6-3 1/2 , 275, Oklahoma: Has pass-rushing potential after setting an Oklahoma record with 31 1/2 sacks in his career, but there's some question about his effectiveness against the run.

Linebackers

Kevin Hardy, 6-5, 245, Illinois: Shot above teammate Simeon Rice on the draft board last year when he won the Butkus Award

while getting 105 tackles, 11 sacks, three interceptions and five forced fumbles. Figures to be one of the top two players selected.

Reggie Brown, 6-2, 241, Texas A&M: He's the type of player who has the physical talent to dazzle the scouts in the workouts and become a first-round player, although his production doesn't quite match his ability.

John Mobley, 6-1 1/2 , 231, Kutztown: Although he sat out the 1993 season because of a lack of credit hours, he came back to play two good seasons and had a solid Senior Bowl to overcome the doubts about his small-college background.

Defensive backs

Alex Molden, 5-9 1/2 , 186, Oregon: Overcame a serious knee injury in 1992 and a pulled groin muscle last year while impressing the scouts with his ability to be a bump-and-run corner in man coverage.

Walt Harris, 5-11 1/2 , 191, Mississippi State: Intercepted six passes in both his sophomore and junior years before tailing off to four last year, but he made up for it with a good Senior Bowl.

Ray Mickens, 5-8, 175, Texas A&M: His lack of size is his main handicap, but he is a good athlete who also can return punts.

Punters/kickers

Olindo Mare, 5-10 1/2 , 180, Syracuse: Has a big leg -- 49 of his 58 kickoffs reached the end zone -- and he made 12 of 17 field-goal attempts.

Greg Ivy, 5-11 1/2 , 200, Oklahoma State: He was consistent, averaging 44 yards on 64 punts as a junior and the same figure as a senior on 66 kicks, but he needs better hang time.

Eric Abrams, 5-6 3/4 , Stanford: A left-footed soccer-style kicker, he kicked for four years and made 16 of 18 field-goal attempts last year.

Pub Date: 4/14/96

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