Top 3 by position

April 20, 2001|By Ken Murray

Quarterbacks

Michael Vick, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 215: Needs time to develop, but an intriguing package of athleticism, instinct and arm strength makes him a potential franchise QB in the NFL.

Drew Brees, Purdue, 6-0, 215: His intangibles - leadership, awareness, vision - could lift him into the first round, but arm strength may drop him into the second.

Mike McMahon, Rutgers, 6-2, 206: Trained in the pro scheme on a poor team, where he showed toughness and a good arm, but lacked touch.

Running backs

LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, 5-10, 222: Has power to run inside and break tackles, with enough speed to get outside. Got better each year in college. Compared to Emmitt Smith.

Deuce McAllister, Mississippi, 6-1, 220: Very quick, all-purpose back who has a risk element because of nagging injuries and questions about durability.

Michael Bennett, Wisconsin, 5-9, 207: Small but extremely fast and hard runner who is a threat to go the distance on any play. Out as a junior.

Wide receivers

David Terrell, Michigan, 6-2, 200: Potential game-breaker with great body control who played last year as a junior with a stress fracture in his right foot.

Koren Robinson, N.C. State, 6-1, 200: Exceptional talent with character issues who already has been likened to Randy Moss in potential.

Rod Gardner, Clemson, 6-2, 216: Big, powerful receiver with excellent balance and pass-catching ability, but does not have great speed.

Tight ends

Todd Heap, Arizona State, 6-4, 252: A junior who can make the tough catch, but had too many drops and won't be a dominating blocker in the NFL.

Alge Crumpler, North Carolina, 6-2, 265: Well-rounded blocker and receiver, but appears soft physically and has had major knee surgery.

Tony Stewart, Penn State, 6-5, 255: Has some run-after-the-catch ability, doesn't have a typical tight end body, and isn't a strong blocker.

Offensive linemen

Leonard Davis, Texas, 6-5, 370: Physical marvel with a huge wingspan who moves well at left tackle. With more stamina and film study, he can become a great player.

Kenyatta Walker, Florida, 6-5, 310: Very athletic with good balance. Played right tackle in a passing offense, but could move to left side in NFL.

Steve Hutchinson, Michigan, 6-4, 315: Best guard in draft, with nasty temperament and powerful build, who needs work on pass protection. Could play center or right tackle.

Defensive linemen

Gerard Warren, Florida, 6-3, 308: Powerful tackle who relies too much on strength in pass rush. Scouts question his effort, not his ability.

Justin Smith, Missouri, 6-4, 277: High-motor guy who has excellent quickness and speed at end. Is durable, strong and athletic.

Richard Seymour, Georgia, 6-5, 295: Has good combination of size and speed at tackle, and can play end in a 3-4 defense. Has good upside.

Linebackers

Dan Morgan, Miami, 6-2, 235: Dedicated, durable and extremely tough. Has good instincts, plays hurt, but he also plays a little stiff.

Tommy Polley, Florida State, 6-3, 225: An active, pursuit linebacker who needs to carry more weight. From Dunbar, had a major knee injury as a junior.

Kendrell Bell, Georgia, 6-1, 240: A big hitter with closing speed inside. Can blitz off the edge, and has penchant for making big plays.

Defensive backs

Fred Smoot, Mississippi State, 5-11, 175: Probably has the best pure cover skills in the draft and is very cocky. On the light side and doesn't play the run.

Jamar Fletcher, Wisconsin, 5-9, 171: Plays bigger than 5-9 with great closing speed and anticipation. Makes plays and will support the run.

Nate Clements, Ohio State, 6-0, 195: Has acceleration and size to be a good corner, but bites on every move and plays inconsistently week to week.

Kickers/punters

Nick Harris, California, 6-1, 217: Best punter in the country. Averaged 41.5 last season and dropped 36 kicks inside the 20.

David Leaverton, Tennessee, 6-3, 210: Averaged 40.9 yards per punt despite foot injury; can kick off.

Vitaly Pitsesky, Wisconsin, 5-9, 225: Russian immigrant who had a better junior season kicking field goals (16-20) than senior season (13-22).

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