Top 3 at each position

April 14, 2000|By Vito Stellino

Quarterbacks

Chad Pennington, Marshall, 6-3, 229: Lacks a big arm and mobility, but he's an accurate thrower and could be the only quarterback to go on the first round.

Chris Redman, Louisville, 6-3, 222: Product of Johnny Unitas' school saw his stock drop out of the first round when he ran only a 5.37 40 time at the combine.

Tim Rattay, Louisiana Tech 6-0, 215: He threw 112 touchdown passes the last three years, but may be the product of a wide-open system.

Running backs

Thomas Jones, Virginia, 5-10, 216: A fast, elusive runner who gained 3,096 yards the last two years, but lacks size and doesn't break tackles.

Jamal Lewis, Tennessee, 5-11, 225: A dazzling workout with a 4.37 time boosted stock, but injury history makes him a major risk.

Shaun Alexander, Alabama, 5-11, 218: A dependable back who rushed for 2,561 yards the past two years, he's not flashy, but is productive.

Wide receivers

Peter Warrick, Florida State, 5-10, 194: He's not big and he's not a speedster, but put a football in his arms and he makes all the plays.

Plaxico Burress, Michigan State, 6-5, 231: A junior with a reputation for attitude problems, but he's a classic big receiver with lots of potential.

Travis Taylor, Florida, 6-0, 200: A mature junior, he improved his vision once he started wearing contacts a year ago.

Tight ends

Bubba Franks, Miami (Fla.), 6-5, 252: A junior who has classic size, but a slow 40 time.

Anthony Becht, West Virginia, 6-5, 270: A fifth-year senior, he's a smart, hard-working player who's not flashy but has a lot of intangibles.

Erron Kinney, Florida, 6-5, 275: Didn't start regularly until senior year, but has good size and could develop.

Offensive linemen

Chris Samuels, Alabama 6-5, 325: Rated in the Boselli-Pace-Ogden class, he's a classic left tackle.

Stockar McDougle, Oklahoma, 6-5, 361: He's noted for his run blocking.

Chris McIntosh, Wisconsin, 6-6, 315: A fifth-year senior, he started the last four years and is a devastating run blocker.

Defensive linemen

Courtney Brown, Penn State, 6-4, 269: Touted as the next Bruce Smith, he's a quiet, laid-back type who could be the first picked.

Corey Simon, Florida State, 6-1, 297: The best defensive tackle in the draft, and a top-six player, although he has a history of shoulder problems.

Shaun Ellis, Tennessee, 6-4, 280: Recovered from a hip injury to start past two years, but was inconsistent.

Linebackers

LaVar Arrington, Penn State, 6-3, 250: A superb talent, he could be the best since LT, but tends to be too emotional and hot-headed.

Brian Urlacher, New Mexico, 6-3, 258: Played safety in college, but is projected as a linebacker. Dazzled scouts with workouts.

Julian Peterson, Michigan State, 6-3, 231: A JC transfer, he boosted his stock with a good showing at the Senior Bowl.

Defensive backs

Ahmed Plummer, Ohio State, 5-10, 191: Lacks speed, but he's a smart player with good character and an Academic All-American.

Rashard Anderson, Jackson State, 6-2, 206: Has the size to cover big receivers, he's a classic bump-and-run type corner.

Deltha O'Neal, California, 5-10, 185: A former running back, he moved up the charts with nine interceptions in his senior year.

Kickers/punters

Sebastian Janikowski, Florida State, 6-1, 260: One of the best kicking prospects in years, but his off-field problems worry scouts.

Shane Lechler, Texas A&M, 6-2, 234: The best punter in the draft, but he's got to work on getting the ball off quicker.

Shayne Graham, Virginia Tech, 5-11, 200: A long-range kicker, he proved he can kick under pressure during Virginia Tech's drive to the national title game.

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