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  • Mel Kipers Top Prospects For the 2006 NFL Draft

    1. Matt Leinart, QB, USC (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) | previous rank: same
    Leinart does not have a cannon arm but does have a keen understanding of the complex offense, and barring injury he should remain at the top of the draft board. He is super accurate, distributes his passes all over the field and always knows where to go with the ball.

    2. A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State (6-1½, 242) | previous rank: same
    An instinctive player and sure tackler, Hawk racked up an amazing 141 total tackles last season. He knows which angles to take to the ball and finds his way through traffic very well. There is very little separating Hawk from Chad Greenway, whose teams will face each other Saturday in Columbus.

    3. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia (6-5½, 295) | previous rank: same
    Ferguson is light on his feet, has long arms and is a superior overall tackle. He toys with defensive ends in pass protection and is also a very good run blocker.

    4. Marcedes Lewis, TE, UCLA (6-6, 258) | previous rank: 5
    Lewis has legit 4.5 speed and a perfect frame for the position, and the UCLA staff needs to take it upon itself to improve significantly on last year's total of 32 receptions. There is no reason Lewis can't catch five or six passes a game if the questionable Bruins quarterbacks can get the ball to him.

    5. Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa (6-2½, 244) | previous rank: 4
    Has become one of the top-flight linebackers in the nation over the last two years. A smart player with great physical skills, Greenway knows how to find the ball and can go all over the field to get to it.

    6. Jimmy Williams, CB, Virginia Tech (6-2½, 207) | previous rank: same
    A former safety who moved to corner before last season, Williams showed in the first few games of 2004 that he has awesome natural skills, fluid movements and enough size to deal with today's big receivers.

    7. DeMeco Ryans, OLB, Alabama (6-1½, 235) | previous rank: 10
    Coming off a great junior season, Ryans is a defensive leader on a Crimson Tide team that is 3-0 for the second straight season.

    8. Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College (6-5½, 260) | previous rank: 11
    Kiwanuka recorded 11½ sacks last season but there is still room for improvement as he enters his fifth year. He has tremendous natural talent but still needs a little work on the finer technical points. If that happens he will be the most feared sack artist in the nation this year.

    9. Jason Allen, CB/S, Tennessee (6-2, 205) | previous rank: 8
    Moving back to corner from safety, where he led the SEC with 123 total tackles last season. Another big corner who can deal with big wideouts.

    10. Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico (6-3, 220) | previous rank: 14
    An interesting player who is a big target with good speed. Already has 399 receiving yards in the Lobos' first three games.

    11. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis (5-9, 215) | previous rank: 9
    Coming off a 205-yard performance last week versus Chattanooga. A tremendously creative runner who averaged 6.2 yards per carry in his first three seasons and scored 37 rushing touchdowns. Has worked his way back to 100 percent after breaking his leg in the GMAC Bowl and should be a top-10 overall pick.

    13. Claude Wroten, DT, LSU (6-2, 293) | previous rank: 20
    A junior college transfer last year, Wroten's six sacks in 2004 came in the final five games. Will be fun to watch Saturday against a determined Tennessee offense.

    14. Tye Hill, CB, Clemson (5-9½, 181) | previous rank: 21
    An outstanding pure cover corner with great recovery speed. Three-year letter winner, Hill tied the Clemson record for passes defended in a season in 2004 with 21.

    15. D'Qwell Jackson, ILB, Maryland (6-0½, 230) | previous rank: 16
    He had a game-high 15 tackles in Maryland's loss last week versus West Virginia. He reminds me a lot of former Miami linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

    16. Jesse Mahelona, DT, Tennessee (6-2, 297) | previous rank: unranked
    A very solid interior lineman who continues to be a thorn in the side of centers and guards.

    17. Bobby Carpenter, OLB, Ohio St. (6-3, 255) | previous rank: unranked
    A newcomer to the board this week, Carpenter has caught my eye with his game-to-game consistency.

    18. Babatunde Oshinowo, DT, Stanford (6-2, 318) | previous rank: same
    In a 3-4 defense, Oshinowo is the ideal nose tackle. He's a powerhouse from a physical standpoint with quickness and agility. A real force to be reckoned with on the interior.

    20. Eric Winston, OT, Miami (6-7½, 315) | previous rank: 12
    A left tackle for the Hurricanes, he could move to the right side in the NFL. He has given up too much outside pressure in Miami's first two games, and hasn't been able to neutralize the pass rush of the defensive ends he's facing. A former tight end with great athleticism, Winston is coming off a knee injury that cost him most of 2004.

    21. Rodrique Wright, DT, Texas (6-5, 310) | previous rank: 7
    Wright had only one sack and three tackles for loss last season compared to eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss in 2003, but the drop-off can be attributed to a high ankle sprain that dogged him most of the season. A hard worker with great attitude and intelligence, he could be a high first-rounder when all is said and done.

    22. Justin London, LB, UCLA (6-1, 234) | previous rank: 25
    London is off to a good start for the undefeated Bruins. Leads the team with 17 solo tackles in the first three games.

    23. Thomas Howard, LB, UTEP (6-2½, 233) | previous rank: 13
    Came to UTEP as a walk-on defensive back and is now a potential first-rounder. Howard is a gifted athlete with 4.4 speed who makes a "Wow!" play in every game.

    24. Nick Mangold, C, Ohio St. (6-4, 290) | previous rank: unranked
    He has the type of skills that will make him a future Pro Bowler at the next level.

    25. Marcus McNeill, OT, Auburn (6-7½, 335) | previous rank: 15
    A mountainous tackle with the feet, quickness, balance and strength to warrant a high first-round grade.

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    Johnathan Scott, OT, Texas (6-6½, 310) | previous rank: 17
    A very intelligent player who has allowed only half a sack in the last two seasons, Scott looks primed to put together a phenomenal senior year.

    Jeremy Trueblood, OT, Boston College (6-8, 322) | previous rank: 19
    The tallest member of the BC team has been a reliable three-year starter.

    Gabe Watson, DT, Michigan (6-3½, 330) | previous rank: 22
    Does not put up a huge number of tackles but is very adept at plugging the middle of the offensive front, thus freeing the middle linebacker to run to the football.

    Davin Joseph, OL, Oklahoma (6-3, 312) | previous rank: 23
    Has moved outside to left tackle after playing last season at guard, but Joseph will likely be a guard at the pro level. Joseph will be especially important this year as he will be protecting the blind side of Oklahoma's quarterback.

    James Wyche, DE, Syracuse (6-5½, 263) | previous rank: 24
    Wyche really started to come into his own late last year. He's always been athletically and physically gifted, and last year there was a dramatic difference in his play compared to 2002 and 2003. As a freshman and sophomore, Wyche had a total 3½ sacks and 8½ tackles for loss. In 2004, Wyche had 5½ sacks and 15½ TFL and in his first game of 2005, he goes out against West Virginia and made his presence felt with seven tackles, one forced fumble, and one pass breakup.

    Mel's Hot Juniors
    Quarterback

    Omar Jacobs, Bowling Green
    Brady Quinn, Notre Dame

    Running back
    Reggie Bush, USC
    Laurence Maroney, Minnesota
    Michael Bush, Louisville
    Lorenzo Booker, Florida State
    Brian Calhoun, Wisconsin
    LenDale White, USC

    Wide receiver
    Chad Jackson, Florida
    Santonio Holmes, Ohio State

    Tight end
    Vernon Davis, Maryland
    Anthony Fasano, Notre Dame
    Leonard Pope, Georgia

    Offensive line
    Justin Blalock (RT), Texas
    Winston Justice (RT), USC
    Aaron Sears (LT), Tennessee
    Joe Thomas (LT), Wisconsin
    Kyle Young ©, Fresno State

    Defensive line
    Haloti Ngata (T), Oregon
    Mario Williams (DE), NC State
    LaMarr Woodley (DE), Michigan
    Ray Edwards (DE), Purdue

    Linebacker
    Ahmad Brooks, Virginia
    Ernie Sims, Florida State

    Defensive back
    Darnell Bing (SS), USC
    LaRon Landry (FS), LSU
    Devin Hester (CB) Miami
    Ashton Youboty (CB) Ohio State
    Bernard Pollard (S) Purdue
    Richard Marshall (CB) Fresno State
    You're being fucking dramatic. You own a TV and an air mattress. That's not exactly what I'd call "a lot to lose."

  • #2
    So which of those guys will be drafted w/ the intention of them being groomed? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]

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    • #3
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      • #4
        QUOTE(Blues Fan in SF @ Sep 26 2005, 12:48 AM) Quoted post

        Welcome to Oakland, Mr. Leinart [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]
        [/b][/quote]
        No way, dude.

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        • #5
          Lorenzo Booker is the shit. I don't even think he starts for FSU, but that man will be a very good pro running back someday.
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          • #6
            As I read that, I kept salivating over all the big corners and athletic safeties. At the same time, I just knew the Rams had already targeted the WR from New Mexico.
            On my mind: How can I shut up the singing English graduate student? How many more lossess will KU's basketball team have than its football team? How will the Rams front office screw up this year?


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            • #7
              Reggie Bush isn't in the Top 25 of NFL prospects? Wait, Kiper only does this for Seniors right? I thought I heard him say that on the Dan Patrick Show before.
              These pretzels are making me thirsty.

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              • #8
                QUOTE(steveInebriated @ Sep 26 2005, 12:53 AM) Quoted post

                QUOTE(Blues Fan in SF @ Sep 26 2005, 12:48 AM) Quoted post

                Welcome to Oakland, Mr. Leinart [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]
                [/b][/quote]
                No way, dude.

                Welcome to fuckin' Baltimore.

                All you can eat Crab Cakes.
                [/b][/quote]


                Arizona.
                Dude. Can. Fly.

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                • #9
                  QUOTE(Arthur @ Sep 26 2005, 10:31 AM) Quoted post

                  Reggie Bush isn't in the Top 25 of NFL prospects? Wait, Kiper only does this for Seniors right? I thought I heard him say that on the Dan Patrick Show before.
                  [/b][/quote]

                  Yeah, he only does it for seniors. I think Scouts, Inc rates everybody.

                  I love Jimmy Williams, that guy's gonna be a stud.
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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(Lippa @ Sep 26 2005, 10:01 AM) Quoted post

                    QUOTE(Arthur @ Sep 26 2005, 10:31 AM) Quoted post

                    Reggie Bush isn't in the Top 25 of NFL prospects? Wait, Kiper only does this for Seniors right? I thought I heard him say that on the Dan Patrick Show before.
                    [/b][/quote]

                    Yeah, he only does it for seniors. I think Scouts, Inc rates everybody.

                    I love Jimmy Williams, that guy's gonna be a stud.
                    [/b][/quote]


                    I agree. Thanks for the knowledge.
                    These pretzels are making me thirsty.

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                    • #11
                      As a Green Bay Packer fan, I find myself much more interested in this topic than I have been in the past.
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                      --Albert Einstein

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                      • #12
                        Laurence Maroney, Minnesota

                        Shudda been a Tiger... [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif[/img]
                        Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(TTB @ Sep 26 2005, 01:54 PM) Quoted post

                          Laurence Maroney, Minnesota

                          Shudda been a Tiger... [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif[/img]
                          [/b][/quote]


                          At least you guys got David Richards to transfer. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]


                          What's the over/under that Tech scores 100 points against us this weekend?
                          On my mind: How can I shut up the singing English graduate student? How many more lossess will KU's basketball team have than its football team? How will the Rams front office screw up this year?


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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(chiguy @ Sep 26 2005, 02:36 PM) Quoted post

                            QUOTE(TTB @ Sep 26 2005, 01:54 PM) Quoted post

                            Laurence Maroney, Minnesota

                            Shudda been a Tiger... [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif[/img]
                            [/b][/quote]


                            At least you guys got David Richards to transfer. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]


                            What's the over/under that Tech scores 100 points against us this weekend?
                            [/b][/quote]

                            All we lost was a whiney bitch quitter backup LB with an inflated self image
                            [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]

                            The Tech game score might look more like a basketball score than football. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]
                            Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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                            • #15
                              D'Brickashaw - what a great name for an O Lineman
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