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    151 . WR Clinton Solomon, Sr., Iowa
    Solomon is the team's big-play receiver averaging a team-best (among the regular receivers) 15.6 yards per catch with 58 grabs for 905 yards and six touchdowns. At 6-3 and 200 pounds, he's a great sized receiver with NFL deep speed.

    152. CB John Talley, Jr., Duke
    One of the nation's most underrated corners, Talley is a great tackler and an extraordinary ball hawk with good recovery skills rarely getting beaten deep. He was a great tackler last year, and now he's bigger hitting the weight room to get up to 180 pounds.

    153. WR Jason Avant, Sr., Michigan
    Avant has been a fantastic all-around receiver for the last two years catching 85 passes for 1,219 yards. He has good size and good speed, but he's not a deep threat and isn't going to replace Braylon Edwards, even though he'll be a top returning receiver. He's a phenomenal possession receiver and a great route runner always getting the first down.

    154. FS Jahmile Addae, Sr., West Virginia
    Addae is the leader and quarterback of the defense back for his third year as the starter. He bounced back from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for all of 2003 to earn first-team All-Big East honors at free safety. He has great range and tackles like a strong safety.

    155. RB Jerious Norwood, Sr., Mississippi State
    t's time to start hailing Norwood among the SEC's best running backs after an 1,050-yard, seven touchdown season as the team's only viable offensive threat. He hit a tremendous three-game midseason run last year with 291 yards against UAB, 174 yards against Florida and 165 against Kentucky. A quick runner with a decent amount of power, Norwood carried the ball 20 or more times in the three wins. MSU was 0-5 when he had fewer than 20 carries.

    156. P Tom Malone, Sr., USC
    One of the nation's best punters, Malone has a career average of 44.5 yards per kick and will be on the short list for the Ray Guy Award. He can do it all from placement to airing it out.

    157. QB Brodie Croyle, Sr., Alabama
    Croyle showed just how much he meant to the offense last year when the passing game went completely in the tank after a torn right knee ended his season. While he hasn't quite lived up to the recruiting hype, he's been progressing into a great leader and the star of Alabama football. Before the injury, Croyle was impressive throwing for 534 yards and six touchdowns in two-and-a-half games. By all indications, his knee is back to healthy and he'll be as good as new by the start of the season.

    158. LB Bobby Carpenter, Sr., Ohio State
    A.J. Hawk gets all the press, but there are some who believe Carpenter is the better pro prospect at 6-3 and 255 pounds with 4.5 speed. He stepped into the starting role on the strongside and got better and better as the year went on as a big hitter and great pass defender.

    159. RB Ken Darby, Jr., Alabama
    Croyle showed just how much he meant to the offense last year when the passing game went completely in the tank after a torn right knee ended his season. While he hasn't quite lived up to the recruiting hype, he's been progressing into a great leader and the star of Alabama football. Before the injury, Croyle was impressive throwing for 534 yards and six touchdowns in two-and-a-half games. By all indications, his knee is back to healthy and he'll be as good as new by the start of the season.

    160. DE Garrett McIntyre, Sr., Fresno State
    One of WAC's greatest success stories, McIntyre walked on to Fresno State and has grown into one of the league's top players. He can be a quick undersized tackle or a 260-pound physical end. He's a fantastic pass rusher with 18 career sacks.

    161. RB Mike Bell, Sr., Arizona
    The star recruit of a few years ago finally started to break out last year leading the team with 950 yards and five touchdowns. He started strong with 118 yards and two scores against Northern Arizona, and finished better with a fantastic 139-yard day against Arizona State. At 6-1 and 218 pounds he can provide a little bit of pop, but his real asset is his tremendous speed. He caught 19 passes for 79 yards last year and will be even more involved this year.

    162. WR/CB/KR Will Blackmon, Sr., Boston College
    BC's top defensive back will make the move to receiver after making 46 tackles and three interceptions as a corner. He's 6-0, 202 pounds and very, very fast. This spring he looked like a wide receiver, and not a defensive back playing wide receiver. He could move back to corner if needed.

    163. OT Sam Baker, Soph., USC
    One of the best freshman linemen in America last year, the 290-pound Baker moved from guard to tackle and, for the most part, kept Matt Leinart clean. He should be even better now that he has a year of experience and should grow into a more dominant run blocker.

    164. LB Patrick Willis, Jr., Ole Miss
    If you're looking for the SEC's newest defensive star, Willis is it. The 230-pound junior can fly from sideline to sideline and is fantastic in pass coverage. The coaching staff raved about him after spring ball. Coach O mentioned that Willis is so good that he could've played on the USC linebacking corps last year.

    165. TE Dominique Byrd, Sr., USC
    Byrd is a like a big, 260-pound wide receiver. He'll be recovering from the broken jaw suffered from a shot delivered by Smith in a spat over a video game, but he'll be back and ready to role this fall. He's a good blocker, but his talents are as a pass catcher averaging 10.4 yards per grab making 37 catches for 384 yards with three touchdowns.

    166. DE Devan Long, Sr., Oregon
    The 6-4, 266-pound senior is a dominating all around end who's just now coming into his own. He's a relentless pass rusher, and has enough power to be solid against the run.

    167. RB Bryson Sumlin, Sr., Fresno State
    After pounding out 730 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first two seasons as a backup power back, Sumlin turned into a star leading the Bulldogs with 1,104 yards and 13 touchdowns averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He was a unstoppable down the stretch rushing for 595 yards and seven touchdowns over the final four games. Along with his between-the-tackles power, he's a decent receiver as well finishing fifth on the team with 14 grabs for 101 yards.

    168. RB Michael Bush, Jr., Louisville
    Bush is one of college football's more interesting players. One of Kentucky's top high school quarterbacks of all-time, Bush has become a jack-of-all-trades bulking up to become a bruising running back. He's now up to 250 pounds on a 6-3 frame and ready to handle the full-time running back job. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry with seven touchdowns as Eric Shelton's backup and should approach the 1,200-yard, 20 touchdown mark. Also look for him out of the backfield as top safety valve receiver for Brian Brohm.

    169. QB Kellen Clemens, Sr., Oregon
    This is Kellen's last chance. After a solid, yet somewhat disappointing junior season throwing for 2,548 yards and 22 touchdowns with ten interceptions, he'll look to be one of the Pac 10's best combining his experience and running ability with Gary Crowton's system looking to push the ball deeper. At 6-2, he has good size, and has shown above average scrambling ability considering he isn't fast finishing second on the team with 190 yards and four scores. His only downfall seems to be his inability to consistently hit receivers on the deep ball.

    170. RB Carlton Jones, Sr., Army
    Jones was the team's biggest beneficiary of the coaching change moving more towards a rushing attack responding with a 1,269-yard, 17 touchdown season that was one of the best in the storied school's history. He's not just a speedy back, he's a great receiver with 26 catches for 237 yards. He can do it all from barreling for the hard yards inside and has the speed to tear off big runs when he gets in space.

    171. FS Maurice Lane, Sr., Baylor
    The team's best player and one of the best safeties in the Big XII, Lane has 281 career tackles and is decent against the pass. Even though he's only 5-11 and 190 pounds, he's a linebacker-like tackler who is fantastic at making the open field stop. He has great range and plays his best in the biggest games.

    172. RB Damien Rhodes, Sr., Syracuse
    The 6-0, 217-pound senior is an experienced home-run hitter leading the team with 870 yards and ten touchdowns with a 5.7 yard-per-carry average and serving as a kickoff returner. He's a solid receiver with 18 catches for 246 yards and a touchdown and will be the centerpiece of the attack until the passing game comes around.

    173. LB Dontez Sanders, Sr., Wisconsin
    Sanders is the equivalent of a safety playing outside linebacker. While the 208-pound senior is tough against the run (he led the team in tackles), his real usefulness is as a speedy pass rusher. He has enough experience to be smart enough to know when and how to time his blitzes and is more than adequate in pass coverage.

    174. WR Dwayne Bowe, Jr., LSU
    The physical 6-3, 202-pound junior is a great blocker and even better at fighting to get the ball. He's long, big player with 4.5 speed and good athleticism. He finished second on the team with 39 catches for 597 yards and five touchdowns averaging 15.4 yards per catch. Expect him to be the go-to receiver.

    175. LB Terna Nande, Sr., Miami Univ.
    Nande will be making a lot of money over the next ten years in the NFL if someone can find a spot for him. He's a bit of a tweener for the next level at 6-1 and 228 pounds, but he runs like a corner with 4.45 speed and is one of the team's strongest players. He can be used as an extra safety in pass coverage, or a defensive end to generate more of a pass rush. There are few better hitters in the MAC with 244 career tackles.

    176. LB Spencer Toone, Sr., Utah
    The team's leading tackler, Toone is a good sized weakside/rover linebacker with tremendous speed and athleticism. He's a smart, sure tackler with a non-stop motor. He'll be a lock for all-conference honors and in the hunt for All-America lists.

    177. LB Stephen Nicholas, Jr., South Florida
    Nicholas is a 225-pound guided missile able to get in the backfield and drop into pass coverage equally well from the weakside. He finished second on the team in tackles and should be earn All-Big East honors.

    178. WR D'Juan Woods, Jr., Oklahoma State
    While he's not the talent his brother, Rashaun, was, D'Juan is a strong receiver who was the only real wide receiver threat last year catching 29 passes for 650 yards and six touchdowns averaging a whopping 22.4 yards per grab highlighted by a huge game against Oklahoma catching three passes for 128 yards. He should be the centerpiece of the attack and could double his 2004 stats with the new emphasis on the passing game. He has decent size and good deep speed.

    179. G Josh Beekman, Jr., Boston College
    The 6-2, 320-pound junior is sure to be an All-ACC star over the next two years and is the team's best blocker. He's powerful in the running game and the best technician on the line.

    180. RB Jerry Seymour, Jr., Central Michigan if eligible
    Seymour is one of the nation's best unhearalded backs rushing for 1,284 yards and five touchdowns while leading the Chippewas in receiving with 47 catches for 41 yards. He's only 506 and 190 pounds, but he's durable and can do a little bit of everything finishing ninth in the nation in all-purpose yards. However, he was nailed for allegedly lying to a grand jury on a theft case and was suspended indefinitely from the team.

    181. FS Anthony Smith, Sr., Syracuse
    Smith is one of the Big East's best defensive backs and most intimidating hitters. He's a good ball-hawker and great at helping out in pass coverage. He can be a physical corner if needed.

    182. CB Anwar Phillips, Sr., Penn State
    With teams staying away from Alan Zemaitis, Phillips got plenty of work his way and came through with a huge season. The former receiver has been a natural cover corner getting better and better over the last three seasons. Now he should be an All-Big Ten performer.

    183. QB Josh Betts, Sr., Miami Univ.
    Betts had to do the impossible and replace Ben Roethlisberger, but he did a nice job throwing for 3,495 yards and 23 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He got sharper as the season went on throwing eight touchdown passes in the final four games and showed a better command of the offense. He can run a little bit with 83 yards and three touchdowns, but he took a lot of sacks. He's a strong passer who should be more consistent this year.

    184. QB Tye Gunn, Sr., TCU
    There's no questioning Gunn's talent. The 6-3, 218-pound senior is a tremendous passer, a great leader and even has a little bit of mobility. His issue is injury luck suffering a torn knee early in his career and getting knocked out for part of last year with an ankle injury. If he's 100%, TCU's offense will be as explosive as any in the Mountain West. His 58.3% passing is the best in TCU history.

    185. OT Adam Stenavich, Sr., Michigan
    The 6-5, 317-pound All-Big Ten talent will be on everyone's All-America short list entering his third season on the line. He's a nice run blocker on the left side, but his real worth is as a pass protector with long arms, good feet, and great technique.

    186. DE James Wyche, Sr., Syracuse
    An All-Big East selection, the 6-6, 267-pound left end is an intimidating presence with a great step getting to the quarterback. He was camped out in the backfield last season and should be even better being turned loose in Greg Robinson's defense.

    187. LB Anthony Schlegel, Sr., Ohio State
    The Air Force transfer didn't lose a thing after a year off stepping into the starting role in the middle after Mike D'Andrea went down and finished third on the team in tackles. He's an ultra-productive, hard-nosed force in the middle who'd get a few All-Big Ten votes if he wasn't going to split time with D'Andrea. Don't expect the knee problem that hit late last year and required off-season surgery to slow him down.

    188. NG Tommy Jackson, Sr., Auburn
    The slightly unsung rock in the middle, the 305-pound Jackson was a true anchor last year finishing fourth on the team in tackles and has been one of the best players on the line for the last few years. He can get into the backfield, but his strength is against the run as few in the SEC are better at stopping plays up the middle.

    189. OT Jake Long, Jr., Michigan
    One of the most talented prospects to hit the Michigan line in a while, the 6-7, 338-pound junior will be a first day draft pick, and likely a first round selection. He has the talent to be an All-American this if he continues to progress and becomes more consistent.

    190. LB Jon Abbate, Soph., Wake Forest
    Abbate earned Honorable Mention All-ACC honors in his freshman season leading the Deacons in tackles. He was all over the field using his 4.5 speed and defensive tackle strength to be the team's best defensive player despite only starting six games.

    191. SS/PR Eric Weddle, Sr., Utah
    A steady all-around playmaker over the last two years, the 200-pound big-hitting speedster can play corner or strong safety. He's the intimidating force in the secondary finishing third on the team in tackles even though he had problems with a knee injury.

    192. DT Ray McDonald, Jr., Florida
    The key is McDonald's motor after not quite playing up to the level the coaching staff wanted this spring. He's the most talented player on the line with tremendous potential if he goes full bore for a full season.

    193. OT Rob Warren, Sr. Bowling Green
    The All-MAC left tackle has NFL skills in a 6-6, 296-pound frame. He's a tremendous pass protector with great feet and long arms that quickly lock on to ends. He's also a strong veteran in the running game.

    194. WR Ernie Wheelwright, Soph., Minnesota
    The 6-5, 210-pound sophomore was one of the Big Ten's breakout players catching 30 passes for 654 yards and seven touchdowns averaging 21.8 yards per catch. He caught an 80-yard touchdown pass against Illinois State and caught three passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the blowout loss to Michigan State. His size poses major matchup problems, while his speed allows him to get by most defensive backs.

    195. WR Martin Nance, Sr., Miami Univ.
    The 6-4 senior wasn't able to have the national breakout campaign predicted knocked out with a knee injury after only playing in five games. He still finished fourth on the team with 25 catches for 337 yards and a touchdown, and now he should be back to form this fall. He was unstoppable in 2003 with 1,498 yards.

    196. WR Charles Sharon, Sr., Bowling Green
    One of the nation's most prolific returning receivers with 28 career touchdown catches on 158 grabs for 2,422 yards, Sharon has tremendous speed and great athleticism. He's also a steady receiver not dipping below 60 yards after the second game of the year.

    197. CB Marcus Hudson, Sr., NC State
    Hudson goes from being a huge-hitting free safety to a big-hitting corner. With the lack of overall experience in the secondary, Hudson has to be the team's best defensive back with the speed to be a tremendous coverman and the size to overpower any big receiver. He'll start on the right side.

    198. LB Clint Ingram, Sr., Oklahoma
    If you're looking for the breakout star from the defense, Ingram appears to be it after dominating this spring. He's a strong tackler with excellent speed on the strongside. He's also strong in pass coverage.

    199. QB D.J. Shockley, Sr., Georgia
    Finally, finally, Shockley gets his shot to lead the Georgia offense after years of waiting behind David Greene. With decent size and tremendous mobility, Shockley provides more of a dangerous all-around problem than Greene did and will allow the coaching staff to add more wrinkles to the attack. Not only does he have to prove he can win like Greene did, he has to prove he can stay healthy for an entire season hurt by a knee injury halfway through the 2003 season. He threw for 464 yards and four touchdowns with an interception last year, but he only completed 43% of his throws. He ran for 113 yards.

    200. RB Brian Leonard, Sr., Rutgers
    Leonard caught 61 passes for 518 yards and two touchdowns and led the Scarlet Knights with 732 rushing yards and seven scores. He has good speed for a 230-pound runner and is a solid blocker when used as a true fullback. He led the Big East in all-purpose yards even though he was banged up off and on.
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    A couple of immediate observations:

    DJ Shockley???? That rating is based solely on his high school hype, because he hasn't yet met any of his so-called potential in a game.

    Interesting that an Army player is ranked. He must stand out like a sore thumb on that team.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by tallahassee blues fan@Aug 12 2005, 08:54 AM
      A couple of immediate observations:

      DJ Shockley???? That rating is based solely on his high school hype, because he hasn't yet met any of his so-called potential in a game.

      Interesting that an Army player is ranked. He must stand out like a sore thumb on that team.
      Shockley shocked me too. (No pun intended, I swear.) That's a potential pick, certainly not based on production. Although, it would be a pretty cool story if he were able to play well when finally given the starting job.
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