posted on Feb, 29 2004 @ 01:43 PM
Top 10 Prospects
1. Larry Fitzgerald- WR, Pittsburgh (6-2, 225)
A special player with humility and a great work ethic, he has huge hands and no one has better hand-eye coordination, maybe, ever, than Fitzgerald. He
also has the ability to shield the defender from the ball and adjust his body in the air, but the only question is whether he has truly big-time
speed. We've seen with players like Jerry Rice, that a 4.5 in the 40 is fast enough if you have strength, good feet and a burst out of the break on
routes. Fitzgerald does need to work on beating the jam off the line in press coverage, but I don't know how you can beat his combination of
discpline, attitude and physical ability.
2. Mike Williams- WR, USC (6-5, 230)
A terrific high school basketball player, Williams was not recruited by all schools as a WR but certainly has shown at USC that some people missed the
boat. He was an immediate factor upon his arrival as his strength, toughness and long arms made him pretty much uncoverable. Williams and Fitzgerald
be in the two-horse race to determine who is the best overall prespect. Williams is slightly bigger and Fitz equal when it comes to football skills
like route running, body control and natrula pass catching ability, and they have similary attitude and work ethic. The determining factor will be
speed. Whichever has a better showing during his individual workout will have the edge.
3. Sean Taylor- S, Miami-Florida (6-2, 225)
Taylor is to the saftey spot at Miami what Ray Lewis was to the middle linebacker position. he follows in the footsteps of Former Miami Sateties
Bennie Blades, Darryl Williams and Ed Reed. I expect Taylor to be even better. In fact, he could be the best saftey in the NFL early in his career.
Taylor is the prototypical Pro Bowl saftey: tremendous speed, a nose for the ball, aggressive, a great tackler and terrific in coverage.
4. Eli Manning- QB Ole Miss (6-4, 210)
Manning has an outstanding arm and possesses tremendous pocket awareness. He has stepped up his intensity in the huddle as well as his leadership on
and off the field. He's accurate, poised and intelligent.
5. Ben Roethlisberger- QB, Miami-Ohio (6-5, 245)
Roethlisberger was a wide recevie until his senior year of high school so he wasn;t heavilty recruited. But he's emergerd as a potential top-five pick
overall after a remarkable year. He has great size and surprising mobility for his size. In the GMAC bowl, Roethilisberger completed 21 of 33 passes
for 376 years and 4 TD.
6. Robert Gallery- OT, Iowa (6-7 318)
His size and physical skills make him ideally suited for pass protection. Over the past two years, Gallery has developed into one of the nations
premier left tackles. intelligent and a good athlete. He stated his college career as a tight end, He's gotten bigger and stronger throughout his
7. Kellen Winslow- TE, Miami-Florida )6-4 250)
The NFL tight end postiion has been redefined and expanded in recent years by guys like Todd Heap, Jermey Shockey, and Tony Gonzalez. Winslow is in
that mold as well. He has the speed, athleticism and pass-receiving skills usually reserved for a WR. Miami's QB play in the 2003 was erratic, which
affected Winslow's production, but he'll provide an unbelievable dimension to an NFL passing game. He can be careless in terms of ball security, so
he'll need to be aware of that at the next level.
8. Roy Williams- WR, Texas (6-4, 213)
Williams is a brillian talent who excelled in 2003 despite a lack of consistent QB play. Texas ran a conservative offense that wasn;t sophisticated in
its passing schemses. Still, Williams averaged 16.1 yards per catch on 61 receptions with 8 TDs.
9. Philip Rivers- QB, N.C. State (6-4, 230)
Look at his 03 numbers: He completed 71 percent of his passes, with 4,016 yards, 29 tds and just seven ints. Rivers has great size and a good arm,
though his lower release point could be a question mark and his footwork is not polished. But he makes up for that low release with an incredibly
quick, hair trigger release. Rivers is accurate, smart and an excellent leader with great instincts.
10. Kenechi Udeze- DE, USC (6-3, 277)
Udeze has been a strong-side DE most of his career and has excellent natural pass-rushing ability. He plays strong and was a DT early in his career
but, regardless of position, he was one of the best defensive players in college football over the copurse of his junior year. Udeze recorded 16.5
sacks among his 26 tackles for loss in 2003. And the scary thing is there is still room for improvement. He and Will Smith will be ina battle until
draft day to determine which will be the first DE taken.