July 14, 2011

Rivals at 10: The five-star recruits 2002-2010

A look at the list of five-star prospects over the past decade shows that the Rivals analysts often were right on the mark.

Here are the No. 1 overall prospects during that stretch: Vince Young, Ernie Sims, Adrian Peterson, Derrick Williams, Percy Harvin, Jimmy Clausen, Terrelle Pryor, Bryce Brown, Ronald Powell and Jadeveon Clowney. All the players on that short list who have completed their college careers either made an All-America team, started for a team that reached a BCS game or were drafted in the first three rounds.

But there also were plenty of players who didn't live up to expectations for one reason or another. Our ultimate five-star tracker recaps how all the five-star prospects from 2002-10 have fared.

You'll get to reflect on all the hits while also refreshing your memories about the misses.

2010
BUZZ: Powell recorded 16 solo tackles, nine assists, three tackles for loss, one sack and two pass breakups, and spent about half the 2010 season playing linebacker. He made one start, and nine of his tackles came in a late-season game against Appalachian State. He is expected to play a key role at end on the 2011 defense.
BUZZ: Henderson started at right tackle in each of Miami's last nine regular-season games and earned second-team Freshman All-America honors from Rivals.com. Miami improved its offensive production by about 70 yards per game after Henderson moved into the starting lineup. He graded out at 88.4 percent during the regular season.
BUZZ: Prater enrolled in time for spring practice to get a head start on his college career, but he struggled with injuries for much of the preseason and ended up redshirting. He should get a chance to compete for a feature role in 2011 as the Trojans attempt to replace Ronald Johnson.
4. Florida DT Sharrif Floyd
BUZZ: Floyd made two starts in the '10 season - including the Outback Bowl victory over Penn State - and finished with 23 tackles. He recorded eight tackles for loss to tie for fourth on the team in that category. Floyd should move into the starting lineup this fall.
BUZZ: Listed as a defensive back during the recruiting process, Allen emerged as a standout receiver during his freshman season. He made nine starts and caught 46 passes for 490 yards and five touchdowns. Allen caught a touchdown in three consecutive games during a midseason stretch against UCLA, USC and Arizona State.
6. USC ATH Robert Woods
BUZZ: Woods earned Freshman All-America honors from Rivals.com after catching 65 passes for 792 yards and six touchdowns. He led the Trojans in total catches and receiving yards. He caught 12 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-35 loss to Stanford and had seven receptions for 116 yards and two scores the following week in a 48-14 rout of California.
7. Florida DT Dominique Easley
BUZZ: Easley played six games and made four tackles. Easley didn't accompany the team to a win at Vanderbilt for disciplinary reasons, and he was the subject of occasional transfer rumors. He is expected to compete for a starting job this fall, and at the least, he will be part of the tackle rotation after a strong spring.
8. UCLA DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa
BUZZ: Odighizuwa made six starts and delivered 10 tackles - four for loss - to go along with three sacks. He had two sacks in a 35-7 loss to California and also produced a sack in the 28-14 loss to USC that closed the Bruins' season. He moved into the starting lineup midway through the season.
BUZZ: Rogers finished his freshman season with 11 caches for 167 yards and two touchdowns. He caught a 45-yard touchdown pass in the Music City Bowl loss to North Carolina and had a 22-yard touchdown reception in a 50-14 triumph over Memphis. Five of his 16 catches came in the final two games of the season.
BUZZ: Lattimore certainly lived up to the hype. The top running back prospect in the 2010 class rushed for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns to make the biggest impact of any freshman this season. He rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Florida that helped South Carolina clinch its first SEC East title. He reached the end zone three times against Troy and scored two touchdowns each against Southern Miss, Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky.
BUZZ: Dyer will live in Auburn lore forever for his unbelievable 37-yard run that set up the winning field goal in the Tigers' 22-19 BCS championship game victory over Oregon. Dyer ran for 143 yards against Oregon to cap a season in which he rushed for 1,093 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry.
BUZZ: Jeffcoat recorded 15 tackles - six for loss - and 2.5 sacks to go along with seven quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery despite missing four games with an ankle injury. He should take on a larger role this season as Texas looks to replace star pass rusher Sam Acho.
13. North Carolina State OT Robert Crisp
BUZZ: Crisp started at left tackle for North Carolina State's season-opening victory over Western Carolina and served as the second-team left tackle behind senior Jake Vermiglio the rest of the season. Vermiglio's departure gives Crisp a good chance of moving into the starting lineup in 2011.
14. Florida State CB Lamarcus Joyner
BUZZ: Joyner made 23 tackles last season as a reserve cornerback. He also averaged 20.4 yards on 14 kickoff returns. Joyner recorded his first career interception in a 45-17 victory over Miami. He should be the third corner this fall.
15. Miami ATH Latwan Anderson
BUZZ: Anderson, who arrived at Miami intending to compete for the Hurricanes in football and track, left the football team in October because he was upset about his lack of playing time. In early January, Miami officials announced that Anderson had withdrawn from school in December.
16. Texas LB Jordan Hicks
BUZZ: Hicks had 23 tackles and one sack in a reserve role this season. He had 11 tackles and a quarterback pressure in the Longhorns' 20-13 upset of Nebraska and recorded a sack in the 24-17 loss to Texas A&M that closed the season. He will get a shot at a starting job this fall.
17. USC RB Dillon Baxter
BUZZ: After entering the national spotlight during spring practice with a spectacular run that created a frenzy on YouTube, Baxter struggled to make an impact during the season. He ran for 252 yards and one touchdown on 59 attempts. Baxter rushed for 75 yards in an early-season win over Washington State, but he had a total of five carries in USC's last four games.
18. California DE Chris Martin
BUZZ: Martin, an Oakland native, announced in July that he was transferring from California because he was encountering too many distractions in the Bay Area. He landed at Florida, but despite a good spring practice, he left UF over the summer and his future is unknown.
19. LSU ATH Spencer Ware
BUZZ: Ware closed his freshman season by rushing for 102 yards on only 10 carries in a Cotton Bowl victory over Texas A&M. Before the bowl game, Ware had only 24 carries for 175 yards. Stevan Ridley's decision to enter the NFL draft gives Ware a chance to emerge as LSU's main running back in 2011, though Michael Ford also will be competing for that role.
20. Florida State LB Christian Jones
BUZZ: Jones produced 18 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery in a reserve role this season. He likely will move into the starting lineup in 2011 as Florida State attempts to replace Kendall Smith and Mister Alexander at linebacker.
BUZZ: Gholston had 13 tackles - one for loss - and half a sack to go along with five quarterback hurries as a backup defensive end before suffering a shoulder injury against Minnesota in the 10th game of the season. The injury knocked him out for the rest of the year. Gholston should compete for a starting job this fall.
22. Auburn OT Shon Coleman
BUZZ: While his future teammates were driving toward a national championship, Coleman was undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Coleman was diagnosed with the disease last spring and enrolled in school in January with the 2011 early enrollees. He isn't expected to play in 2011, but he could be cleared to play in 2012.
23. Alabama CB DeMarcus Milliner
BUZZ: Milliner made 11 starts at cornerback last season and ranked fourth on his team with 55 tackles. He also delivered four tackles for loss, one interception and seven pass breakups. Milliner made a season-high nine tackles in a 28-27 loss to Auburn.
24. USC WR Markeith Ambles
BUZZ: Ambles made just one catch all season before being suspended indefinitely in mid-October because he repeatedly was late for team functions. Recent reports had suggested that Ambles was transferring to a junior college, but Ambles said he has rejoined USC's team.
25. Florida S Matt Elam
BUZZ: Elam made 22 tackles - two for loss - and one sack while playing primarily in a nickelback role last season. He delivered his first career sack in a loss to Alabama. Elam should replace Ahmad Black as Florida's starting strong safety.
26. Oregon RB Lache Seastrunk
BUZZ: Seastrunk redshirted and spent the season on the scout team (he played the role of Michael Dyer in preparations for the BCS championship game). It will be interesting to see how Oregon works Seastrunk into the rotation this season, since the Ducks return LaMichael James (294 carries, 1,731 yards, 21 TDs) and Kenjon Barner (91-551-6).
2009
BUZZ: Brown rushed for 104 yards on just 11 carries against Western Kentucky in his college debut and finished his freshman year with 460 rushing yards on 101 attempts, but he transferred to Kansas State after the season. He sat out the 2010 season and is eligible to play for his new team this fall; he is expected to start at tailback. His move to K-State allows him to join older brother Arthur Brown, a former five-star linebacker prospect who began his college career at Miami.
2. LSU WR Rueben Randle
BUZZ: Randle moved into the starting lineup late in his freshman season, then caught 33 passes for 544 yards and three touchdowns in 2010. In LSU's victory over Alabama, Randle caught three passes for 125 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown. He also caught six passes for 73 yards and a touchdown against eventual national champion Auburn. He should take over as LSU's go-to receiver this season as the Tigers look to replace Terrence Toliver.
3. Alabama OT D.J. Fluker
BUZZ: After redshirting in 2009, Fluker stepped into Alabama's starting lineup in '10 and was an instant success at right tackle. Although Fluker missed three games with a groin injury, he still earned freshman All-SEC honors from the league's coaches.
BUZZ: Richardson failed to qualify academically out of high school and spent two seasons at the College of the Sequoias (Calif.). He is back at Missouri now and will be eligible to play this season after being ranked as the No. 3 overall junior college prospect in the 2011 recruiting class.
4. USC QB Matt Barkley
BUZZ: Barkley wasted no time establishing himself as USC's starting quarterback and has thrown for more than 2,700 yards each of the past two seasons. He went 236-of-377 for 2,791 yards with 26 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions in 2010. He threw five touchdown passes each in wins over Hawaii and California. If he reduces his interception total - he was picked off 14 times in 2009 and 12 times in 2010 - Barkley should develop into an All-America candidate.
5. Alabama RB Trent Richardson
BUZZ: Richardson has rushed for a total of 1,451 yards and 14 touchdowns the past two seasons while complementing 2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram in the Tide's backfield. Richardson ran for 751 yards and eight touchdowns on 145 carries in 2009. He rushed for 700 yards and six touchdowns on 112 carries last season. He filled in for an injured Ingram and ran for 144 yards in a 24-3 victory over Penn State. Richardson should contend for All-SEC and even All-America honors this fall.
5. LSU QB Russell Shepard
BUZZ: As a true freshman, Shepard rushed for 277 yards on 45 carries as a change-of-pace quarterback in LSU's "Wildcat" formation. He moved to wide receiver last season and showed his versatility by catching 33 passes for 254 yards and carrying the ball 32 times for 226 yards. He rushed for two scores and caught a touchdown pass, though all three of his touchdowns came in LSU's first two games of the season.
6. USC DE Devon Kennard
BUZZ: Kennard started the last four games of the 2009 season at strongside linebacker and started the Trojans' first eight games at middle linebacker last season. He had 72 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception in 2010. He had offseason surgery for a torn labrum in his left hip and is expected to move back to end this season.
7. Arizona State LB Vontaze Burfict
BUZZ: Burfict started the last nine games of the 2009 season and ranked second on the team with 69 tackles to earn Rivals.com Freshman All-America honors. He recorded a team-high 90 tackles - 8.5 for loss - last season and was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection. Burfict must do a better job of controlling his emotions, but he's one of the nation's most talented linebackers.
8. Florida LB Jelani Jenkins
BUZZ: Jenkins played two games in 2009 before taking a redshirt, but he made 11 starts last season and ranked second on the team with 76 tackles. He recorded five tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception. He delivered a 47-yard interception return in a 33-29 loss to LSU. He is expected to start this fall.
9. Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick
BUZZ: After serving as a backup in 2009, Kirkpatrick moved into the starting lineup last season and produced 53 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass breakups. His three interceptions came in consecutive early-season games against Duke, Arkansas and Florida. He also had four tackles for loss, with all of them coming in the first seven games of the season. He should contend for All-SEC honors this fall.
BUZZ: After making 10 starts and recording 63 tackles as a true freshman, Te'o developed into a legitimate star in his sophomore season. He posted 133 overall tackles - 40 more than any of his teammates - and 9.5 tackles for loss to lead a defense that improved as much as just about any in the nation over the course of the season. Te'o should contend for All-America honors as a junior.
11. Miami S Ray-Ray Armstrong
BUZZ: Armstrong filled a reserve role in 2009 before moving into the starting lineup last season. He ranked third on the team with 79 tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. He had nine tackles each against Ohio State and Florida State, and should be an All-ACC candidate this season.
12. Texas DE Alex Okafor
BUZZ: Okafor recorded 22 overall tackles - two for loss - as a backup in 2009. He was a part-time starter at defensive tackle this past season and delivered 30 tackles, four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. He now is back at end, and new coordinator Manny Diaz has called him the key to the defense.
13. Florida State DT Jacobbi McDaniel
BUZZ: McDaniel made two starts in 2009 and was the Seminoles' full-time starting nose tackle last season. McDaniel had 31 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and half a sack in 2010 despite dealing with an injured elbow for much of the season. He also picked off a pass in a 31-0 rout of Wake Forest.
14. North Carolina DT Donte Paige-Moss
BUZZ: Paige-Moss compiled two sacks as a backup in 2009 and moved into the starting lineup at end last season. He had 49 tackles - 13.5 for loss - to go along with seven sacks. He tied for seventh in the ACC in sacks and ranked 11th in tackles for loss. Paige-Moss recorded 6.5 sacks over his final six games of the season, including two sacks against North Carolina State and 1.5 in the Music City Bowl victory over Tennessee.
15. Tennessee CB Janzen Jackson
BUZZ: Jackson made nine starts at free safety as a true freshman and earned second-team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches as a sophomore. He tied for the team lead with five interceptions in 2010 and ranked third on the team with 69 tackles. Jackson picked off a pass in four of Tennessee's final five games this past season. He withdrew from school in the spring, but has returned and is expected to start this fall.
16. Texas QB Garrett Gilbert
BUZZ: Gilbert closed his freshman season by replacing an injured Colt McCoy and throwing two touchdown passes with four interceptions in the BCS championship game loss to Alabama. He went 260-of-441 for 2,744 yards with 10 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions last season as the Longhorns' starting quarterback. He ranked 95th nationally in passing efficiency and must make big improvement this fall.
17. USC S Patrick Hall
BUZZ: Hall was suspended just before the start of the 2010 season. Although he was reinstated a month later, Hall didn't have much of an impact. He will continue competing for playing time and trying to work his way up the depth chart this season, though USC has plenty of experience at safety. USC returns T.J. McDonald, Jawanza Starling and Marshall Jones, who all made starts at safety last season.
18. LSU S Craig Loston
BUZZ: After redshirting in 2009, Loston played primarily in a backup role and made two starts in 2010. Loston finished the season with 22 tackles and made his lone interception against Louisiana-Monroe. He will go into fall camp as the projected starter at free safety.
19. Florida WR Andre Debose
BUZZ: Debose struggled with an ankle injury and eventually had surgery and redshirted in 2009. He returned last season and caught 10 passes for 96 yards as a backup receiver. He made his biggest impact on special teams, as he ranked 15th nationally with an average of 27.95 yards per kickoff return. He scored on kickoff returns against LSU and South Carolina. He will be in the mix for playing time at receiver this fall and is expected to be UF's main kick returner.
20. Texas A&M RB Christine Michael
BUZZ: Michael was named the Big 12 offensive freshman of the year by the league's coaches in 2009 after rushing for a team-high 844 yards and 10 touchdowns on 166 carries. He rushed for 631 yards and four touchdowns on 126 carries in 2010 but missed the Aggies' final five games with a broken leg. He will back up Cyrus Gray this fall.
21. Florida DT Gary Brown
BUZZ: This highly touted prospect never made an impact for the Gators. After redshirting in 2009, Brown was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery in February 2010 and was kicked off the team less than a week later. He landed at East Mississippi Community College, where he collected 69 overall tackles - nine for loss - and 3.5 sacks last fall.
22. Arkansas CB Darius Winston
BUZZ: Winston served as a backup in 2009 before making six starts last season. He finished the season with 23 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries. His lone interception came in a 58-21 victory over UTEP. He delivered a career-high nine tackles - including eight solos - in the 31-26 Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State. He is expected to start this fall.
23. LSU DT Chris Davenport
BUZZ: Davenport has struggled to earn playing time in his first two seasons. He redshirted in 2009 and appeared in just two games in '10. He has no solo tackles and one assist in his career. Davenport has a better shot at winning playing time this fall as the Tigers attempt to replace departed DTs Drake Nevis and Pep Levingston.
24. Michigan DT William Campbell
BUZZ: After making four tackles and two pass breakups as a reserve in 2009, Campbell served as a backup in a variety of roles last season. He played nose tackle in the first part of the season before moving to the offensive line in November and working as a reserve guard. He also worked as a goal-line fullback in an early-season win over Notre Dame. He returned to the defensive line in the spring and should start at tackle this fall as the Wolverines convert to a 4-3 scheme.
25. Florida State CB Greg Reid
BUZZ: Reid picked off two passes and led the nation with an average of 18.4 yards per punt return as a true freshman in 2009. He ranked fourth on his team with 65 tackles and also recorded three interceptions and 14 pass breakups as a sophomore in '10. He forced two fumbles and broke up four passes in the Seminoles' Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over South Carolina. He is expected to start this fall.
26. Georgia CB Branden Smith
BUZZ: Smith made one start as a true freshman and started nine games as a sophomore. He delivered 17 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions in 2010. Smith also returned 10 punts for 143 yards. He missed three games last season after suffering a concussion. Smith should start this season.
27. Texas OL Mason Walters
BUZZ: Walters took a medical redshirt in 2009 after aggravating a stress fracture in his left foot during a season-opening victory over Louisiana-Monroe. He returned to action last season and made 11 starts at right guard to earn second-team Freshman All-America honors from Rivals.com. Walters should be a starter this season.
28. USC DB T.J. McDonald
BUZZ: After playing special teams and serving as a backup strong safety in 2009, McDonald delivered a breakthrough performance last season. He won a job as the Trojans' starting free safety and recorded a team-high 89 tackles while also picking off three passes to earn second-team All-Pac-10 honors.
29. Ohio State CB Corey Brown
BUZZ: Brown redshirted in 2009 and was playing in a reserve role last fall before suffering a season-ending injury to his left knee in an Oct. 23 victory over Purdue. Brown has a chance to compete for a larger role in 2011 as Ohio State attempts to replace 2010 starting CBs Chimdi Chekwa and Devon Torrence, but the injury could force him to play catch up.
30. Alabama LB Nico Johnson
BUZZ: Johnson started three games at weakside linebacker as a freshman and made six starts at middle linebacker as a sophomore. He made 33 tackles - 3.5 for loss - and picked off one pass last season. His interception came in a 31-6 victory over Florida. He will be in the mix for a starting job this season.
31. Ohio State LB Dorian Bell
BUZZ: Bell redshirted in 2009 and worked as a backup weakside linebacker this past season. He finished the 2010 season with nine tackles. Bell missed three games to recover from a concussion. He had a shot at playing time this fall, but has been suspended for the season for a violation of team rules.
2008
1. QB Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State
BUZZ: Pryor left school earlier this summer, and his three seasons as a Buckeye brought mixed results. He twice was named the Big Ten's preseason offensive player of the year. But he never was named to the postseason all-conference team. Then again, Pryor is one of seven quarterbacks ever to lead his team to two BCS wins. Pryor passed for 6,177 yards, with 57 TDs and 26 picks, in his career; he has rushed for 2,164 yards and 17 TDs. He has applied for the NFL's supplemental draft.
2. DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
BUZZ: After an injury-riddled sophomore season, Bowers was one of the top defensive players in the country as a junior in 2010. He won the Nagurski and Ted Hendricks awards and was a finalist for the Bednarik and the Lombardi. Clemson (6-7) struggled, but Bowers was worth watching on every down as he led the nation in sacks (15.5) and finished second in tackles for loss (26). He left school early for the NFL draft and finished his career with 150 tackles, 19.5 sacks and 26 quarterback hurries. Because of injury concerns, he was a second-round pick by Tampa Bay in the draft.
3. OT Mike Adams, Ohio State
BUZZ: Adams spent his first two seasons as a part-timer, then became the Buckeyes' starting left tackle as a junior last season. He was named first-team All-Big Ten as the Buckeyes were second in the conference in total offense. He should be one of the nation's best tackles after he returns from his five-game suspension.
4. WR Julio Jones, Alabama
BUZZ: Jones never was one of the most prolific receivers in the SEC, in part because of Alabama's run-first offense. Jones had his most productive season of his career as a junior. He caught 78 passes for 1,133 yards with seven touchdowns - all career-highs. He left school early for the NFL draft and went in the first round to Atlanta. He finished his career with 179 receptions for 2,653 yards and 15 TDs.
5. CB Patrick Peterson, LSU (formerly Patrick Johnson)
BUZZ: Peterson flirted with Heisman candidacy through the first month of the 2010 season and finished as an All-American. He also won the Bednarik and Thorpe awards, then decided to turn pro a year early. Despite teams avoiding him - in the passing game and on special teams - Peterson finished with four interceptions and two punt-return touchdowns. He's a prototypical shutdown corner who was the first defensive back taken in the 2011 NFL draft, by Arizona with the fifth pick. He finished his career with 135 tackles, seven picks and 22 pass breakups.
BUZZ: Scott's decision to sign with Colorado with then-coach Dan Hawkins was one of the major surprises in this class. But Scott rushed for just 438 yards in two seasons in Boulder and transferred to USF. He will be eligible to play for the Bulls this fall and will vie for the starting job in fall camp.
7. DT Marcus Forston, Miami
BUZZ: Forston was a Rivals.com freshman All-American in 2008, but struggled as a sophomore in '09. He played in just three games before his season ended following shoulder surgery. He was solid in his return from injury, starting 12 games last season. His 12 tackles for a loss were second-most on the team, and he also had three sacks and an interception.
8. OL Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska
BUZZ: Steinkuhler made the transition to defensive tackle, redshirting in his first season on campus and serving as a backup to Ndamukong Suh in his second. He was a starter last season, earning honorable mention on the coaches' All-Big 12 team. He finished the season with 46 tackles and 3.5 sacks before he was suspended for the Holiday Bowl loss to Washington because of a DUI citation.
9. WR A.J. Green, Georgia
BUZZ: Green's four-game suspension (he admitted to selling his Independence Bowl jersey to a man the NCAA considered an agent) to start the season probably cost him some national awards and the Bulldogs a win or two. When he was on the field, Green was one of the nation's best receivers. He caught 57 passes for 848 yards with nine touchdowns in eight games with a freshman quarterback this season. He left school early for the NFL draft and was the No. 4 pick overall, by Cincinnati. He finished his career with 166 receptions for 2,619 yards and 23 TDs.
10. ATH Will Hill, Florida
BUZZ: Hill started 15 games at free safety the past two seasons for the Gators before declaring early for the NFL draft. He was not selected. He had his ups and downs last season - he was suspended for the first two games - but he did make key plays in one of Florida's best wins this past season. He had two interceptions, including one off a tipped pass in overtime, in the win over Georgia. He finished his career with 144 tackles, four interceptions, three pass breakups and a forced fumble.
11. OL Matt Kalil, USC
BUZZ: After redshirting his first season on campus and spending his first active season as a backup, Kalil came into his own in 2010. He started all season at left tackle, and he will be on the spot in 2011 as one of just two returning starters on the offensive line.
12. C Michael Brewster, Ohio State
BUZZ: Brewster arguably has had the most accomplished career of any of the five-star prospects Ohio State signed in this class, picking up honors as a true freshman. He was a Rivals.com Freshman All-America performer in 2008. Last season, his third as a starter, he was a Rimington finalist (given to the nation's top center) and a first-team All-Big Ten selection. He will open his senior season as one of nation's best centers and a leading contender for All-America honors.
13. DE R.J. Washington, Oklahoma
BUZZ: A series of injuries has rendered Washington's career a disappointment so far. He redshirted as a true freshman and has made seven tackles in 14 games, with two quarterback hurries and a half-sack, in the past two seasons. He is expected to be a backup this fall.
14. QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
BUZZ: Throughout the recruiting process, Gabbert planned to go to Nebraska until the Huskers fired Bill Callahan. He instead enrolled at Missouri. He backed up Chase Daniel as a true freshman, then passed for 6,779 yards and 40 touchdown passes in two seasons as the starter before declaring for the NFL draft. He went 10th overall, to Jacksonville.
15. OL Tyron Smith, USC
BUZZ: Smith was Kalil's counterpart on the line, starting all but one game last season at right tackle. Smith was an All-Pac-10 selection and earned the league's Morris Trophy, awarded to an offensive lineman selected by the conference defensive lineman. He declared early for the draft and was taken ninth overall, by Dallas.
16. LB Nigel Bradham, Florida State
BUZZ: Bradham was in his second season as a starter for the Seminoles in 2010, recording his second season with 90-plus tackles. He'll be one of the key seniors for FSU in 2011 after recording 219 tackles in three seasons. He should contend for All-ACC honors.
17. DT Omar Hunter, Florida
BUZZ: Urban Meyer gushed about Hunter, who appeared to be headed for instant stardom. That hasn't happened. He redshirted in 2008, then moved into a starting role in 2009, when he had 17 tackles. He started five games in 2010 and had 23 tackles and a blocked kick. He'll vie for a starting job this fall.
18. OL Matt Patchan, Florida
BUZZ: Patchan's career has been dominated by injuries and position switches. He played defensive tackle as a true freshman, finishing with 17 tackles. He then moved back to the offensive line, but missed 2009 with a torn ACL and 2010 with a wrist injury. If healthy this fall, he will be a starting tackle on Florida's rebuilt line.
19. RB Jermie Calhoun, Oklahoma
BUZZ: Calhoun missed much of last season because of a torn ACL. He needed to make a big impact during spring practice, but it didn't happen. Roy Finch, who rushed for 398 yards as a true freshman this past season, should head into the as the starting running back. Oklahoma has other top prospects at the position, including Jonathon Miller (also recovering from a knee injury), Brennan Clay and incoming five-star freshman Brandon Williams.
20. TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
BUZZ: When healthy, Rudolph was one of the nation's best tight ends, and he took his talents to the NFL a year early. In his sophomore and junior seasons, he caught 61 passes for 692 yards with six touchdowns in 16 games. On the down side, he missed a total of nine games in the past two seasons because of injuries to his shoulder (2009) and hamstring (2010). He was a second-round pick in the 2011 draft, by Minnesota.
21. WR DeVier Posey, Ohio State
BUZZ: Posey has been one of the Big Ten's most explosive receivers and reliable targets the past two seasons. He averaged 16 yards per catch in 2010 and caught 15 touchdown passes in the past two seasons. Posey will miss the first five games of 2011 after violating NCAA rules by selling memorabilia.
22. WR DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss
BUZZ: Brown elected to leave school early after three seasons, even though his best season was his freshman year, but was not drafted. His sophomore season ended with a gruesome broken left leg in the New Orleans Bowl against Middle Tennessee. He had further problems last season with an arrest for disorderly conduct in the summer and another leg injury - this time to his right leg - during the season. After catching 114 passes for 1,902 yards with 21 touchdowns his first two seasons, he slipped to 20 catches, 305 yards and three touchdowns as a junior.
23. LB Arthur Brown, Miami
BUZZ: After recording 17 tackles in two seasons at Miami, Brown returned to his home state to enroll at Kansas State. He sat out last season because of NCAA transfer rules and is expected to start this fall.
24. ATH Richard Samuel, Georgia
BUZZ: Samuel started his career as a running back but slipped down the depth chart after two seasons. Before the 2010 season, he moved to linebacker, but never cracked the lineup there as he redshirted following a knee injury. If healthy, he's expected to compete at inside linebacker, where he had some experience in high school.
25. QB Dayne Crist, Notre Dame
BUZZ: Crist waited behind Jimmy Clausen for two seasons before getting his chance to start in 2010 in the first season under coach Brian Kelly. So far, his career has been marred by injury. He suffered a torn ACL in 2009, then sustained another knee injury last October. In his first eight starts of 2010, Crist passed for 2,033 yards and 15 touchdowns. He will be in the mix for the starting job this season.
26. WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
BUZZ: Baldwin kept defenses honest when they faced run-heavy Pittsburgh, especially in 2009. Baldwin caught 57 passes for 1,111 yards with eight touchdowns as a sophomore, but the entire offense sputtered last season. Baldwin caught 53 passes for 822 yards and five touchdowns. He probably would have put up big numbers under new Pitt coach Todd Graham, but he headed to the NFL draft instead. He was the 26th pick overall, selected by Kansas City.
27. WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
BUZZ: Floyd is the last of a deep group of five-star receivers. He and DeVier Posey will be the last of the 2008 five-star receivers to test the NFL. After putting together his most productive season (79 catches, 1,025 yards, 12 touchdowns - all career highs), Floyd elected to stay in school to get his degree and fine-tune his game. He has had off-field issues but should be the Irish's go-to guy this fall.
28. ATH Burton Scott, Alabama
BUZZ: This was the signing class that brought Alabama back to national prominence, but Scott has become a footnote. He came in as a receiver, redshirted, then moved to defensive back. Now he's transferring to FCS member South Alabama. He had ankle surgery in November but should play this fall with the Jaguars.
29. G Stephen Good, Oklahoma
BUZZ: Good was a preseason all-conference pick in 2010 after starting seven games in 2009. The accolades were short-lived as Good started just the first two games last season before freshman Gabe Ikard took over at left guard. Good has a chance to start this season if he has a strong fall camp.
30. OT Tyler Love, Alabama
BUZZ: Love is still awaiting his first start at Alabama, but he's been a reliable tackle off the bench. Last season, he backed up senior LT James Carpenter. He will be in the mix at left tackle this fall.
2007
1. QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
BUZZ: Clausen turned pro a year early. He finished his career with 8,148 yards, 60 TDs and 27 interceptions, and started all but three games of his career. He was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft.
2. RB Joe McKnight, USC
BUZZ: While he didn't quite live up to the Reggie Bush comparisons that accompanied his arrival at USC, McKnight still enjoyed a productive three-year career before choosing to enter the 2010 NFL draft. McKnight rushed for 540 yards and three touchdowns on 94 carries as a freshman and gained 659 yards and two touchdowns on 89 carries in 2008. He rushed for 1,014 yards and eight touchdowns on 164 carries in '09. McKnight also caught at least 20 passes in each of his three seasons. He was a fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft.
3. SS Eric Berry, Tennessee
BUZZ: Berry capped an outstanding three-year career at Tennessee by winning the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back. Berry picked off 14 passes at Tennessee and ranks second in NCAA history with 494 interception return yards. His most productive season came in 2008, when he picked off seven passes and scored on two interception returns. He was a first-round pick in the 2010 draft.
4. QB Ryan Mallett, Michigan
BUZZ: Mallett played one season at Michigan before transferring to Arkansas. He threw for 3,869 yards and 32 touchdowns, with 12 picks, this past season, then decided to turn pro. He made three starts as a freshman at Michigan and went 61-of-141 for 892 yards, with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He went 225-of-403 for 3,624 yards with 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions at Arkansas in 2009, and finished his career with 8,385 yards and 69 TDs. He was a third-round pick, by New England, in the 2011 draft.
5. DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
BUZZ: After playing extensively as a reserve in his first two seasons at Florida, Dunlap became a starter as a junior and finished with 39 tackles, nine sacks and six pass breakups. He announced that he was turning pro after the 2009 season and finished his career with 84 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hurries, four blocked kicks, and eight pass breakups. He was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft.
6. DE Everson Griffen, USC
BUZZ: Griffen was an important reserve in his first two seasons with the Trojans before becoming a starter as a junior in 2009. He had 45 tackles and eight sacks, then decided to bypass his senior season and turn pro. He finished his career with 18 sacks and 84 tackles but never became quite as dominant as expected. He was a fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft.
7. DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina
BUZZ: Austin was ruled ineligible last season by the NCAA for receiving illegal benefits, and he turned pro. After starting three times as a true freshman, Austin was a full-time starter for the Tar Heels as a sophomore and junior. He had 106 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups, an interception, a forced fumble and a blocked kick in his career. He was a second-round pick of the New York Giants in the 2011 draft.
8. WR Ronald Johnson, USC
BUZZ: Johnson finished up his Trojans career in 2010 with 64 receptions for 692 yards and eight touchdowns. He missed the first five games of his junior season with a broken collarbone, then returned to catch 34 passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns. He had 33 catches as a reserve in 2008 and seven catches as a true freshman in 2007. He finished his career with 138 receptions for 1,750 yards and 20 TDs. San Francisco took him in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.
9. DT Torrey Davis, Florida
BUZZ: Davis was a backup for FCS member Jacksonville State in 2009, finishing with 16 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery, before deciding to turn pro. He wasn't drafted; he didn't play in 2010 but currently is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' roster. He played in 19 games in two seasons at Florida, making 14 tackles as a reserve, before leaving the program in spring 2009. He did make one notable play at Florida, dropping Oklahoma's Chris Brown for a loss on a fourth-and-goal play in the first half of the 2008 national title game.
BUZZ: A knee injury limited him to five games in 2010. Oglesby redshirted as a true freshman, started three times at left tackle in 2008, then started 10 times at right tackle in 2009, missing three games because of a knee injury. He has played in 28 games, starting 15, in his career. He is expected to start this season.
11. LB Chris Galippo, USC
BUZZ: Galippo started six times in 2010, finishing with 29 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles. He redshirted as a true freshman because of a back injury, then made 12 tackles as a backup in 2008. He was a starter in 2009 and finished with 70 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two interceptions, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles. For his career, he has 199 tackles, five interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven pass breakups. He should start this fall.
12. G James Wilson, Florida
BUZZ: Wilson was injured for most of the 2010 season and played in just two games as a reserve guard. Wilson played in all 14 games as a backup guard in 2009, and played in 10 games as a backup guard in 2008 after redshirting in 2007. If healthy, he is expected to start this fall.
13. WR Terrance Toliver, LSU
BUZZ: Toliver led the Tigers with 41 receptions last season, good for 579 yards and five TDs. He started twice as a true freshman and twice as a sophomore before blossoming into a full-time starter as a junior in 2009. His junior season was his best, as he had 53 catches for 735 yards and three touchdowns. For his career, he had 126 catches - including 12 TD receptions - for 1,820 yards. He was not drafted.
14. FS Chad Jones, LSU
BUZZ: Jones, who doubled as a hard-throwing reliever for LSU's baseball team, was a two-year starter for the Tigers after serving as a reserve as a true freshman. He announced he was turning pro a year early after a solid junior season in 2009 in which he had 73 tackles, three interceptions, five pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. He finished his career with 187 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, 15 pass breakups, four forced fumbles and one punt-return touchdown. He was severely injured in a car wreck last June and missed his rookie season; he had been a third-round pick of the New York Giants in the 2010 draft.
15. RB Noel Devine, West Virginia
BUZZ: Devine had a disappointing senior season, rushing for 936 yards and six TDs. He ran for 1,465 yards and 13 TDs as a junior and for 1,289 as a sophomore. He finished his career with 4,317 yards and 29 TDs. He was not drafted.
16. OL Tray Allen, Texas
BUZZ: Allen missed the 2010 season with a broken bone in his left foot after an impressive spring practice. He had been a backup guard and tackle in his three seasons with the Longhorns. He was a reserve guard in 2009 after playing tackle in his first two seasons. He has a chance to earn playing time at guard this fall.
17. RB Marc Tyler, USC
BUZZ: Tyler led the Trojans in rushing with 913 yards and also had nine rushing TDs in 2010. He played in just one game in '09 because of an injured toe that required surgery. He redshirted as a true freshman, then ran for 198 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries as a redshirt freshman in 2008. He heads into his senior season with 1,183 yards and 11 TDs and should start this fall.
18. LB Chris Donald, Tennessee
BUZZ: Donald redshirted as a true freshman, then played in nine games in two seasons without registering a tackle before deciding to transfer to FCS member Chattanooga after the 2009 season. He moved to defensive end for the Mocs and had 48 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. He gave up football earlier this summer because of wrist problems.
19. FS Chris Culliver, South Carolina
BUZZ: Culliver was lost for the season with an injury in the eighth game in 2010. He was a two-year starter at free safety for the Gamecocks before moving to cornerback as a senior. He played sparingly as a wide receiver as a true freshman but made his mark as a kick returner that season, earning SEC all-freshman honors in that role. He finished his career with 156 tackles, three picks, 14 pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He was drafted in the third round by San Francisco in 2011.
20. DE Ben Martin, Tennessee
BUZZ: Martin missed the 2010 season because of an Achilles injury. After playing sparingly as a reserve in his first two seasons, Martin emerged as a key lineman for the Vols in 2009. He had 38 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He tore his Achilles again in the spring and could miss this season, as well.
21. CB Curtis Brown, Texas
BUZZ: Brown had a mildly disappointing senior season, finishing with just 23 tackles, one interception and four pass breakups. He was a part-time starter as a sophomore in 2008 before emerging as a key component of a solid Texas secondary in 2009. He finished the '09 season with 47 tackles, one interception - which he returned for a touchdown against Oklahoma State - seven pass breakups and a blocked kick. He finished his career with 108 tackles, two picks and 17 pass breakups. He was a third-round pick, by Pittsburgh, in the 2011 draft.
22. WR Dwight Jones, North Carolina
BUZZ: Jones blossomed as a junior this past season, leading the Tar Heels with 62 receptions for 946 yards and four TDs. His career before this past season was a checkered one, to be sure. Jones didn't qualify academically out of high school and went to Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy. He intended to re-sign with the Tar Heels, but UNC announced in the summer of 2008 that Jones wouldn't qualify for enrollment and he instead went to Division II Valdosta (Ga.) State. Then, UNC announced a few weeks later that it had misinterpreted his record and allowed Jones to enroll after all. He made five catches in his first two seasons with the Heels, but his 2010 performance would lead one to believe he could contend for All-ACC honors in 2011.
23. OL Ryan Miller, Colorado
BUZZ: Miller started all 12 games for the Buffs this past season at guard. In 2009, he started all 12 games as well - seven at guard and five at right tackle. He started seven games at right tackle as a true freshman, then missed the 2008 season with a broken leg. He will be a key performer for the Buffs at guard in 2011 and should contend for all-league honors.
24. WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois
BUZZ: He turned pro after his junior season in 2009 and was a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft. He was the freshman of the year in the Big Ten and a freshman All-America selection in 2007, and that may have been the best season of his Illini career. The '09 season definitely was his worst; he finished with 38 catches for 490 yards and just two touchdowns. For his career, Benn had 159 catches for 2,221 yards and seven touchdowns. He ran for three scores and also scored on a punt return. He had 13 games with at least five catches in his first two seasons but just two such games as a junior.
25. CB Donovan Warren, Michigan
BUZZ: Warren was a three-year starter for the Wolverines who turned pro after his junior season in 2009; he went undrafted. Warren was a freshman All-America in 2007 and a first-team All-Big Ten selection in '09, when he had four interceptions, seven pass breakups and 66 tackles. He finished his career with six picks, 22 pass breakups, 170 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack and three fumble recoveries.
26. DE Martez Wilson, Illinois
BUZZ: Wilson was moved to outside linebacker upon his arrival at Illinois, then moved to middle linebacker after the 2008 season. He had a solid season in 2010, leading the Illini with 112 tackles. He added 11.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, an interception, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles. Wilson decided to turn pro after the season and was taken in the third round by New Orleans in the 2011 draft. He suffered a season-ending neck injury in the '09 opener. He was a backup as a true freshman and became a starter as a sophomore in '08. He finished his career with 223 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, nine sacks, an interception, eight pass breakups, four forced fumbles, 11 quarterback hurries and a blocked kick.
27. QB Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
BUZZ: Taylor threw for 2,743 yards, with 24 TDs and five interceptions as a senior in 2010. He added another 659 yards and five TDs on the ground. He was a part-time starter as a true freshman in 2007, and the plan was to redshirt him in '08. Instead, he ended up starting 10 games. He also was a full-time starter in 2009. He finished his career with 7,017 passing yards and 40 TDs; he also rushed for 2,196 yards and 23 scores. Baltimore drafted him in the sixth round in the 2011 draft.
28. QB Cameron Newton, Florida
BUZZ: He won the Heisman and led Auburn to the national title last season after transferring in from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. He threw for 2,854 yards and 30 TDs and rushed for 1,473 yards and 20 TDs in his one season with the Tigers; he decided to turn pro after the season and was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, by Carolina. He played in five games as Florida's backup quarterback in 2007, then redshirted in 2008. He transferred to Blinn in January 2009 and led Blinn to the national junior college title that fall.
29. C Kristofer O'Dowd, USC
BUZZ: O'Dowd started every game at center as a Trojans senior this past season. He was a part-time starter as a true freshman, then was a full-time starter as a sophomore in 2008, earning all-conference honors. He went into the 2009 season as the starter, but knee and shoulder injuries slowed him and he started six games and played in just seven. He wasn't drafted.
2006
1. WR Percy Harvin, Florida
BUZZ: He finished his career at Florida in 2008, turning pro after his junior season. He ran for 1,852 yards and 19 TDs at Florida and had 133 receptions for 1,929 yards and 13 more touchdowns. He was a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009 draft and was named NFL offensive rookie of the year.
2. OT Andre Smith, Alabama
BUZZ: Smith was a three-year starter for the Tide before turning pro after his junior season. He was a first-round pick of Cincinnati in the '09 draft. He was a freshman All-America selection in 2006, a first-team All-SEC pick in '07 and a consensus All-America in '08.
3. RB Chris Wells, Ohio State
BUZZ: Wells was a backup as a true freshman, then started as a sophomore and junior for the Buckeyes before heading off to the NFL a year early. Wells finished his career with 3,382 yards and 30 TDs in 36 games. Wells was a first-round pick by Arizona in 2009.
4. DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
BUZZ: McCoy redshirted as a true freshman, then became a key three-year starter for the Sooners, earning All-America honors as a junior in 2009. He bypassed his senior season and was a first-round NFL pick by Tampa Bay. He had 34 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and 10 quarterback hurries this season; he finished his career with 83 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, 18 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
5. LB Sergio Kindle, Texas
BUZZ: Kindle was moved to defensive end full-time as a senior in 2009 and responded with some solid football. He had 58 tackles, six sacks, 15 tackles for loss, nine quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups. He was a backup linebacker as a true freshman and sophomore, then emerged as a starter at linebacker and end as a junior in 2008. He finished his career with 151 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 33.5 tackles for loss, 17 quarterback hurries, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a blocked kick. He was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft.
6. QB Matthew Stafford, Georgia
BUZZ: Stafford left Georgia after his junior season and was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NFL draft by Detroit. He was a part-time starter as a freshman at Georgia, then became the full-time starter in his final two seasons with the Bulldogs. He threw for 7,731 yards - with 51 touchdowns and 33 interceptions - in his career.
7. WR Vidal Hazelton, USC
BUZZ: Hazelton played three seasons at USC before transferring to Cincinnati. He played in just one game at Cincy in 2010, catching six passes for 63 yards before suffering a season-ending injury. He caught one pass as a true freshman in 2006, then had a 50-catch, 540-yard, four-TD season in 2007. But he had just six receptions in an injury-plagued season in '08 and decided to transfer. He finished his career with 63 receptions. He was not drafted.
8. RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson
BUZZ: Spiller finished his career in 2009. In the process, he set an NCAA career record with seven kickoff-return touchdowns. He ran for 1,212 yards and 12 TDs as a senior, his only season as a full-time starter. Spiller shared starting duties with James Davis in his first three seasons. He finished his career with 3,547 rushing yards and 32 rushing touchdowns. For his career, he also had 11 touchdown receptions, threw two touchdown passes and returned a punt for a score. Spiller had 7,588 all-purpose yards in four seasons. He was Buffalo's first-round pick in the 2010 draft.
9. LB Allen Bradford, USC
BUZZ: Bradford played running back for the Trojans since he stepped on campus. He was USC's second-leading rusher last season, with 794 yards and five TDs on 110 carries. He played sparingly as a true freshman in 2006 and as a sophomore in '07, rushing for a combined 66 yards and two TDs. He redshirted in 2008, then became a part-time starter in '09, finishing with 668 yards and eight touchdowns. Bradford finished his career with 1,585 yards and 16 TDs. Tampa Bay took him in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.
10. QB Mitch Mustain, Arkansas
BUZZ: Mustain transferred to USC after his freshman season with the Razorbacks. He was 41-of-73 for 348 yards, one TD and one pick in 2010. He played in just two games in 2009 and did not attempt a pass. He was 11-of-16 for 157 yards, with two TDs and two picks, as a backup to Mark Sanchez as a sophomore in 2008. He started eight games as a true freshman at Arkansas in 2006, throwing for 894 yards, with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions; he left for USC after the season. He finished his career with 1,399 yards, 13 TDs and 12 picks. He was not drafted.
11. OT Sam Young, Notre Dame
BUZZ: He started all 50 games of his Irish career, which is a school record for career starts. Forty of his starts were at right tackle, and he finished his career in 2009. He was a sixth-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
12. SS Myron Rolle, Florida State
BUZZ: Rolle graduated in three years and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship; he spent the 2009 season studying at Oxford. He was a three-year starter for the Seminoles, finishing his career with 206 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, one interception, 12 pass breakups and a forced fumble. Rolle's eventual goal is to become a surgeon. He was a sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft.
13. LB Brandon Spikes, Florida
BUZZ: Spikes was a three-year starter at middle linebacker for the Gators. He had 68 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions as a senior in 2009, and finished his career with 307 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 31.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions (four returned for TDs), 14 pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. He was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft.
14. FS Reshad Jones, Georgia
BUZZ: Jones had 73 tackles, four interceptions and seven pass breakups in 2009 as a fourth-year junior, and he decided to bypass his senior season and turn pro. For his career, Jones had 206 tackles, 11 picks, 10 tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups and one forced fumble. He redshirted as a true freshman, was a part-time starter as a redshirt freshman and a full-time starter in his final two seasons with the Bulldogs. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft.
15. LB Brandon Graham, Michigan
BUZZ: Graham, who played defensive end at Michigan, finished his career in 2009 as the No. 2 guy in school history in sacks (29.5) and tackles for loss (56). He was the Wolverines' MVP as a junior and senior, becoming the first defender in school history to twice be named the team MVP. He played sparingly as a true freshman, was a part-time starter as a sophomore and a full-time starter in his final two seasons. He finished with 134 tackles, eight forced fumbles, three pass breakups and two blocked kicks. He was a first-round pick in the 2010 draft.
16. FS Taylor Mays, USC
BUZZ: Mays was a four-year starter for the Trojans and gained acclaim as one of the nation's best free safeties during his career. He had 96 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups as a senior in 2009, and finished his time at USC with 276 tackles, five picks, 21 pass breakups and a forced fumble. He was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft.
17. DE Robert Rose, Ohio State
BUZZ: Rose started four games in his career and missed his final college game - the Rose Bowl after the 2009 season - because of a suspension. He dealt with shoulder issues at times and finished his career with 31 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss. He was not taken in the 2010 draft.
18. RB Stafon Johnson, USC
BUZZ: Johnson's 2009 season ended after a freak weightlifting accident on Sept. 28; the bar and weights (about 275 pounds) slipped from his hands and landed on his throat, necessitating seven hours of emergency surgery to repair his vocal chords, Adam's apple and torn throat muscles. He could've redshirted but instead decided to pro. He finished his USC career with 1,552 yards and 19 TDs; five of the TDs came in the first four games of the 2009 season. He was a part-time starter in 2007 and '08 after getting just three carries as a true freshman in '06. He went undrafted in the 2010 NFL draft.
19. CB A.J. Wallace, Penn State
BUZZ: Wallace was a part-time starter as a sophomore and junior before winning a starting job as a senior in 2009. He led the Nittany Lions with three interceptions and added 36 tackles and three pass breakups. Wallace finished his career with 99 tackles, four interceptions and nine pass breakups. He wasn't drafted in 2010.
20. DT Al Woods, LSU
BUZZ: Woods was a starter as a senior in 2009 after serving as a backup in his first three seasons with the Tigers. He had 33 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and a sack in '09, and finished his career with 73 tackles, 3.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss and a blocked kick. He was a fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft.
21. DE Ricky Sapp, Clemson
BUZZ: Sapp was a key backup as a true freshman, then was a three-year starter for the Tigers. He had 55 tackles, five sacks, 14 tackles for loss and seven quarterback hurries as a senior in 2009. Sapp finished his career with 142 tackles, 17.5 sacks, 38 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and 16 quarterback hurries. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft.
22. QB Tim Tebow, Florida
BUZZ: He finished his career as one of the most accomplished players in college history. He won the Heisman in 2007 as a sophomore, his first season as the Gators' starter. He finished his career in 2009 with 9,285 passing yards, 2,947 rushing yards, 88 passing TDs and 57 rushing TDs. He is fourth all-time in touchdowns accounted for and second all-time in career passing efficiency. He was a first-round pick in the 2010 draft.
23. RB C.J. Gable, USC
BUZZ: Gable had just 77 rushing attempts in his final two seasons with the Trojans. He started five times and played in all 13 games as a true freshman, finishing with 434 yards and five TDs. He redshirted in 2007 after suffering an early-season abdomen injury that required surgery. Gable had a strong sophomore campaign in 2008, rushing for 617 yards and eight TDs and starting 11 times. But he rushed for just 102 yards in 2009 and 253 last season. He finished his career with 1,549 yards and 13 TDs. He wasn't drafted in 2011.
24. TE Brandon Warren, Florida State
BUZZ: Warren had a checkered college career. He played extensively as a true freshman in 2006, being named to the ACC's all-freshman team after a season in which he had 28 catches for 301 yards and a touchdown. He transferred home to Tennessee and sat out the 2007 season. He played sparingly as a Vol in 2008, finishing the season with 10 receptions, then was booted off the team by coach Lane Kiffin in October 2009. He had seven catches for 54 yards and two TDs before his dismissal. He tied to rejoin the team but coach Derek Dooley refused last March. Warren finished up his career at Division II North Alabama but didn't catch a pass. He was not drafted in 2011.
25. DE Eddie Jones, Texas
BUZZ: He redshirted as a true freshman, was a reserve for three seasons, then played a key role in 2010. He had 59 tackles, with nine tackles for loss, six sacks and six quarterback hurries this past season. His senior season numbers dwarfed his totals from his first three seasons; he went into his senior season with 57 career tackles, 7.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and two interceptions. He went unselected in the 2011 NFL draft.
26. OL Stephen Schilling, Michigan
BUZZ: Schilling, who redshirted as a freshman, was a four-year starter for the Wolverines who finished up his career this past season. He started at tackle in 2007 and '08 before moving to guard for his final two seasons. He received some All-Big Ten acclaim and was a sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft.
27. RB James Aldridge, Notre Dame
BUZZ: Aldridge barely played as a senior in 2009, rushing six times for 17 yards. He finished his career with 979 yards - including two 100-yard games - and three touchdowns. He wasn't drafted.
28. T Carl Johnson, Florida
BUZZ: As a fifth-year senior in 2010, he started for the third season in a row for the Gators; he was a guard in 2008, began the '09 season at left tackle before moving inside again and then played guard again last season. He was not drafted in 2011.
2005
1. ATH Derrick Williams, Penn State
BUZZ: Williams enjoyed a good career, but fell short of the No. 1 player hype. He showed versatility by playing quarterback, receiver and running back. And he became the first player under Joe Paterno to score a touchdown on a catch, run and kick return in the same game, in 2008. Williams, a third-round pick by the Lions in 2009, finished his career with 161 catches for 1,743 yards and nine touchdowns and 117 rushes for 594 yards and eight TDs. He also ran back 66 punts for 724 yards and three TDs and 50 kickoffs for 1,095 yards and two TDs. He was a third-round pick in the 2009 draft.
2. WR Patrick Turner, USC
BUZZ: He never fulfilled his hype at USC, failing ever to lead the team in catches and finishing with 138 receptions for 1,752 yards with 17 TDs. Turner was picked in the third round of the 2009 draft by Miami.
3. OT Eugene Monroe, Virginia
BUZZ: A dominating force, Monroe played the moment he stepped on campus and went on to earn the ACC's most outstanding blocker award as a senior. Monroe was the eighth overall pick in the 2009, by Jacksonville.
4. DE Melvin Alaeze, Maryland
BUZZ: A mammoth bust, Alaeze had his scholarship from Maryland rescinded after his arrest on marijuana-related offenses. He landed at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy in 2005, then signed with Illinois and played just one game in '06 before legal woes sidelined him. Alaeze was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty in 2007 to first-degree assault.
5. LB Rey Maualuga, USC
BUZZ: He enjoyed a monster career at USC that saw him win the Bednarik Award in 2008 while playing on some of the nation's most dominant defenses. Maualuga was a second-round pick in the 2009 draft.
6. WR Fred Rouse, Florida State
BUZZ: Another colossal bust, Rouse declared he would be the first player ever to go directly from high school to the NFL. It didn't happen. He flamed out at Florida State, then UTEP, then FCS member Texas Southern. He later landed at NAIA program Concordia (Ala.) after spending time in prison after violating probation following his arrest for breaking into a teammate's apartment.
7. QB Mark Sanchez, USC
BUZZ: He enjoyed a good career at USC, throwing for 3,965 yards and 41 TDs before turning pro a year early against the wishes of then-coach Pete Carroll. It was a wise move for Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft. He is only the fourth rookie quarterback ever to win his first playoff game and the second to win two as a rookie.
8. TE Martellus Bennett, Texas A&M
BUZZ: Some feel he was a misfit in Dennis Franchione's run-oriented offense. Still, Bennett posted solid numbers, grabbing 105 passes for 1,246 yards and 10 TDs before turning pro after his junior season. Bennett, who played hoops for two seasons, was a second-round pick in 2008.
9. OL Reginald Youngblood, Miami
BUZZ: Youngblood played in eight games as a true freshman and then endured an injury-marred sophomore season. Youngblood started nine games in 2007 before a leg injury ruined his 2008 season. He was not drafted.
10. RB Jonathan Stewart, Oregon
BUZZ: Stewart earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 2005. He left Oregon a year early after rushing for 2,891 yards and 27 TDs and was drafted 13th overall in the 2008 draft.
11. DT DeMarcus Granger, Oklahoma
BUZZ: After redshirting in 2005, Granger never fulfilled the hype, partly because of foot and back injuries. He finished his career with 78 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He was not drafted
12. S Kenneth Phillips, Miami
BUZZ: Phillips was a playmaker with the Hurricanes, starting 33 of 34 career games and making 203 tackles. He turned pro early and was a first-round pick in 2008.
13. RB Marlon Lucky, Nebraska
BUZZ: Lucky had a solid career but never really was a star. He didn't become a starter until his junior season, when he ran for 1,019 yards and caught a school-record 75 passes. He considered turning pro but came back to Nebraska, battled injury and ran for just 517 yards as a senior. Lucky finished with 2,393 yards with 135 catches for 1,379 yards. He wasn't drafted.
14. DT Callahan Bright, Florida State
BUZZ: Another mega-bust, Bright never enrolled at FSU because he did not qualify. He ultimately landed at Shaw, a Division II school in Raleigh, N.C. He was not drafted.
15. RB Jason Gwaltney, West Virginia
BUZZ: Yet another bust. He played only eight games for West Virginia. Gwaltney got hurt as a freshman and eventually was booted from the team. He finished with 45 carries for 186 yards and three TDs in six games. Gwaltney tried twice to return to WVU but never made it. He enrolled at Division II C.W. Post (N.Y) and finished his career at Division III Kean (N.J.). He was not drafted.
16. QB Ryan Perrilloux, LSU
BUZZ: His career began with a wild recruitment that saw him dump Texas at the last moment and signed with LSU. Perrilloux lasted just two seasons in Baton Rouge because of off-field issues and was dismissed from the squad in May 2008. He finished his career at FCS member Jacksonville State. he was not drafted.
17. LB Tray Blackmon, Auburn
BUZZ: He redshirted as a true freshman, then made 18 tackles as a backup in 2006. He had 45 tackles and an interception in 2007, then suffered a broken wrist in Game 4 in '08. He played in just six games that season, the last of an injury- and suspension-plagued career. He finished with 84 tackles and was not drafted.
18. WR DeSean Jackson, California
BUZZ: In his first game with the Bears, Jackson scored on offense and on special teams. He never looked back during a stellar career that saw him leave Berkeley holding Pac-10 records for punt returns for touchdowns in a season (four) and career (six). He also caught 162 passes for 2,423 and 22 touchdowns in three seasons. He left Cal a year early and was a second-round pick in the 2008 draft.
19. CB Justin King, Penn State
BUZZ: King played both ways as a true freshman. As a sophomore, he became a solid corner. He had 49 tackles and two picks as a junior in 2007, then declared for the draft, where he was selected in the fourth round. He finished his career with 79 tackles and three picks.
20. OT Alex Boone, Ohio State.
BUZZ: He was a four-year starter, helping the Buckeyes win four Big Ten titles and play for two national titles. But Boone went undrafted, as NFL teams had concerns about his personal life.
21. CB Demetrice Morley, Tennessee
BUZZ: Another story of promise unfulfilled, Morley was a reserve in 2005, a starter in '06, then was dismissed from the team for academic reasons in '07. Morley spent a year in junior college and was readmitted to Tennessee in 2008. But Lane Kiffin booted Morley in 2009 for allegedly missing meetings, workouts and practices.
22. RB Kevin Grady, Michigan
BUZZ: Grady became the first Michigan player to graduate high school a semester early to take part in spring drills. The jump-start didn't help. Grady had a middling career, rushing 200 times for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns while also catching 20 passes. Grady, who played fullback his final two seasons after missing the 2007 season with a knee injury, wasn't drafted.
23. ATH Darren McFadden, Arkansas
BUZZ: A flat-out stud the moment he stepped on campus, McFadden rushed for 1,113 yards and 11 TDs as a true freshman 2005. He ended his tenure as the most decorated player in Arkansas history, rushing for 4,590 yards and 41 touchdowns and catching 46 passes for 365 yards and two TDs in just three seasons before turning pro early. McFadden, who also tossed seven TD passes, was a first-round pick (fourth overall) in the 2008 draft.
24. DT Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss
BUZZ: It took Powe a while to arrive at Ole Miss because of academics. He spent 2005 at Hargrave Military Academy, but again was denied eligibility. Powe took classes at his old high school and at a prep school in Pennsylvania. He also took correspondence courses. Powe finally enrolled and took part in 14 practices in 2007, but the NCAA again ruled him ineligible, though he was allowed to remain enrolled. He finally played in 2008 and started in 2009 and '10 before being a sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft.
25. RB Antone Smith, Florida State
BUZZ: He enjoyed moderate success, rushing for 2,253 yards and 26 TDs in his career, earning honorable mention All-ACC honors as a senior in 2008. Smith wasn't drafted.
26. LB Ryan Reynolds, Oklahoma
BUZZ: He spent his freshman season on special teams, then suffered a knee injury in spring drills and missed the 2006 season. He started seven games in '07 and had 60 tackles. He started the first six games in '08 before suffering another severe knee injury. He returned in 2009 to make 79 tackles and ended his career with 186 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He wasn't drafted.
27. OL Dan Doering, Iowa
BUZZ: After redshirting as a true freshman, Doering's career never gained traction. He played in one game in 2006. As a sophomore in '07, he started five games. But Doering missed the first six games of 2008 with injury, and as a senior, he started only one game and played in just five. He was not drafted.
28. ATH Victor Harris, Virginia Tech
BUZZ: "Macho" Harris was a starter once he hit campus, earning first-team All-ACC accolades as a junior and senior. Harris considered turning pro early but returned for his senior season and finished his career with 15 interceptions. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft.
2004
1. RB Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma
BUZZ: To say Peterson lived up to his No. 1 ranking would be an understatement. In 2004, Peterson put up the best freshman season in college football history. After rushing for 1,843 yards on a nation-leading 314 carries, Peterson was a Heisman finalist and the first freshman Doak Walker finalist. He rushed for 4,045 yards and 41 touchdowns in his career despite an injury-shortened junior season. He left for the NFL a year early and was a first-round pick in 2007; he was the offensive rookie of the year that season.
2. CB Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State
BUZZ: Moved to wide receiver at Ohio State, Ginn enjoyed an electrifying three seasons at Ohio State. He returned six punts for touchdowns and two kickoffs, including a 93-yarder on the opening kick of the 2006 BCS championship game against Florida (It was downhill from there, though, as Ginn was injured celebrating the touchdown and the Buckeyes lost 41-14). He was also a standout receiver with 1,943 yards and 15 touchdowns. He left school a year early and was a first-round pick in the 2007 draft.
3. WR Early Doucet, LSU
BUZZ: Doucet's career never reached the heights as the two players ranked ahead of him. He was never the best in the SEC at his position, but he finished with 160 career receptions for 1,943 yards and 20 touchdowns in four years. He had his best season in LSU's run to the 2007 national championship, including a touchdown catch against Ohio State in the title game. He was a third-round pick in the '08 draft.
4. QB Rhett Bomar, Oklahoma
BUZZ: The Sooners nabbed the top two prospects in Texas in this class, with Peterson and Bomar. Bomar passed for 2,018 yards with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a redshirt freshman in 2005. A month before the following season, Oklahoma dismissed Bomar and OL J.D. Quinn for accepting pay for little to no work at a local car dealership. He transferred to FCS member Sam Houston State and finished his career as the school's leading career passer with 5,564 yards. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft.
5. LB Keith Rivers, USC
BUZZ: The top-ranked recruit in a star-studded class for USC, Rivers started for three Rose Bowl teams. Rivers finished his career as a two-time All-Pac-10 selection; he had 240 career tackles, including 18.5 tackles for loss. His best season may have been his junior year, in which he had a career-high 85 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. He was drafted ninth overall in the 2008 draft.
6. LB Willie Williams, Miami
BUZZ: The lavish recruitment of Williams - detailed in a recruiting "diary" he kept for the Miami Herald - and the ensuing NCAA rules regarding how prospects can be wooed may be his legacy in college football. His lengthy arrest record (mostly for petty larceny and burglary) as a juvenile came out after he signed with the hometown Miami Hurricanes. He was a backup in 2005. He eventually transferred to a junior college, then to Louisville. His difficulties continued with the Cardinals, as he was dismissed after three games and an arrest for marijuana possession. He tried to transfer to Division II Glenville State (W.Va.) but eventually finished his college career at NAIA member Union College in Barbourville, Ky. He was not drafted.
7. DE Brandon Miller, Georgia
BUZZ: Miller was a part-time starter at Georgia, finishing his career with 97 tackles and 7.5 tackles for a loss in three seasons. He was not drafted.
8. DE Derrick Harvey, Florida
BUZZ: Harvey's finest moment may have come in the BCS championship game against Ohio State, when he had three sacks and a fumble recovery to seal Florida's 2006 national championship. He twice was a second-team All-SEC selection and finished his career with 21.5 sacks. He was taken eighth overall in the 2008 draft.
9. DE Jeff Schweiger Jr., USC
BUZZ: Schweiger recorded a sack in the first game of his true freshman season at USC against Virginia Tech, but that may have been his career highlight. His playing time dwindled after that and he left USC with 31 tackles in three seasons. He finished his career at San Jose State. He had 1.5 sacks for the Spartans and wasn't drafted.
10. QB Xavier Lee, Florida State
BUZZ: Lee never really could beat out classmate Drew Weatherford in a rocky career. Lee passed for 2,323 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as a part-time starter over three seasons. He declared for the NFL draft after the 2007 seasons, when then-offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher asked him to move to tight end. He went undrafted but surfaced in the Arena Football League in 2010 and '11.
11. DT DeMario Pressley, North Carolina State
BUZZ: Pressley finished his injury-riddled career with 99 tackles and 16.5 tackles for loss. Pressley had two interceptions as a senior and was a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft.
12. QB Anthony Morelli, Penn State
BUZZ: Though never a fan favorite, Morelli passed for 5,230 yards with 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in two seasons as a starter. He also led Penn State to two bowl wins. He was not drafted.
13. QB Chad Henne, Michigan
BUZZ: The last quarterback of the Lloyd Carr era, Henne became the most prolific passer in Michigan history. He finished his career with 9,715 yards and 87 touchdowns. He set career highs in yardage (2,743) and touchdowns (25) as a freshman on the way to a Rose Bowl appearance. Henne also had the Wolverines a game away from playing for the national championship in 2006 before losing 42-39 to Ohio State on the last day of the regular season. Only Drew Brees passed for more career touchdowns (90) in the Big Ten, but Henne was 0-4 against the Buckeyes. He was taken in the second round of the 2008 draft.
14. LB Kyle Williams, Iowa
BUZZ: Williams was academically ineligible at Iowa but landed at Purdue, where he played eight games and made 29 tackles for the Boilermakers. But he never played again. Williams was sentenced in 2007 to 37 years in prison for attacking two women in '05 in West Lafayette, Ind. Williams was convicted of attempted rape, battery and confinement of two women. The sentence later was reduced to 25 years.
15. LB Chris Patterson, Oklahoma
BUZZ: Patterson never played a down at Oklahoma. Instead, he went to a junior college and later transferred to Kansas State. He had 18 tackles in 2007. He wasn't drafted.
16. QB Matthew Tuiasosopo, Washington
BUZZ: Tuiasosopo pursued a baseball career rather than follow his brother, Marques, at Washington. Tuiasosopo, a third baseman, has hit .176 in 193 at-bats over parts of three seasons with the Mariners.
17. WR Cameron Colvin, Oregon
BUZZ: Perhaps on his way to a breakout season, Colvin's college career ended with a broken right ankle in the sixth game of the 2007 season. He finished his career with 74 catches for 892 yards and seven touchdowns.
18. DT Frank Okam, Texas
BUZZ: A Rivals.com second-team All-America in 2007, Okam had 36 tackles and eight tackles for loss that season. He finished his career with 95 stops. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft.
19. WR Fred Davis, USC
BUZZ: Davis signed as a 6-4, 210-pound wide receiver but bulked up to become a 250-pound tight end. Receivers were usually the stars of the passing game during USC's run during the decade, but not in 2007. Davis won the Mackey Award after catching 62 passes for a team-leading 881 yards and eight touchdowns. His senior season more than doubled his output for his first three seasons. He was a second-round selection in the 2008 draft.
20. C Jeff Byers, USC
BUZZ: Byers started four games late in his freshman season as USC won the national championship, but his promising career was derailed by injuries in his next two seasons. Once healthy, Byers picked up where he left off as a starter at guard and center from 2007-09. He was not drafted because of his injury history.
21. WR Lance Leggett, Miami
BUZZ: A rotating cast of quarterbacks and offensive coordinators limited Miami's offense for several seasons, including the production from Leggett. He finished his career with 85 catches with 1,375 yards and 11 touchdowns. He wasn't drafted.
22. WR Xavier Carter, LSU
BUZZ: Carter's track career was far more accomplished than his football career. He was the 2006 NCAA indoor and outdoor track athlete of the year before leaving LSU to pursue a pro track career. He finished with nine catches for 204 yards with three touchdowns in two seasons for LSU.
23. OL Thomas Herring, USC
BUZZ: Herring did not qualify as a freshman in 2004 and struggled to remain in the lineup for the remainder of his injury-plagued career. He moved between guard, tackle and tight end but never started a game.
24. LB Dan Connor, Penn State
BUZZ: Connor continued Penn State's "Linebacker U." tradition. In 2007, Connor became the third consecutive Nittany Lion to win the Bednarik Award for outstanding defensive player (Paul Posluszny won the previous two). Connor had 145 tackles and 15 tackles for loss as a senior and 334 tackles in his career. He was taken in the third round of the 2008 draft.
25. LB Brian Toal, Boston College
BUZZ: A two-way player, Toal earned the nickname "First and Toal" for his work on the goal line. He rushed for 12 touchdowns in his career, with six each in 2005 and '06. He finished with 145 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss but missed all of 2007 and the second half of 2008 with injury. He wasn't drafted.
2003
1. LB Ernie Sims, Florida State
BUZZ: The hard-hitting Sims was a two-year starter for Florida State who collected 86 tackles (nine for loss) in 2004 and 72 stops (10 for loss) in '05. Sims was a second-team All-ACC selection in 2004. He left after his junior year and was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2006 draft.
2. RB Reggie Bush, USC
BUZZ: Bush caused nothing but headaches for USC opponents throughout his career, though he caused his alma mater plenty of grief after he left. He set a school and Pac-10 record with 2,890 all-purpose yards during his Heisman-winning season of 2005. Bush, a two-time Pac-10 offensive player of the year, finished his career ranked 10th in FBS history with 6,551 career all-purpose yards. He was the second overall pick in the 2006 draft. He later was stripped of his Heisman for illegalities while he was at USC, though recent reports indicated he still hasn't given the trophy back.
3. ATH Whitney Lewis, USC
BUZZ: Lewis sat out one season for academic reasons and struggled to earn playing time the rest of his tenure at USC before transferring to FCS program Northern Iowa at the end of the 2005 season. He rushed for 360 yards for Northern Iowa in 2006. He moved from running back to wide receiver in 2007 and caught 26 passes for 218 yards and one touchdown. Lewis wasn't drafted.
4. WR Andre Caldwell, Florida
BUZZ: Although Caldwell wasn't a first- or second-team All-SEC selection, his steady production in his four-year career made him one of the most prolific receivers in school history. Caldwell caught 185 passes at Florida to make him the Gators' career leader in receptions. He also ranks third in career receiving yards (2,349). He was a third-round pick in the 2008 draft.
5. QB Kyle Wright, Miami
BUZZ: Wright's college career got off to a nice start, as he threw for 2,403 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2005 as a sophomore. But he never managed to build on that success. Wright threw for 1,655 yards with eight touchdown passes and seven interceptions as the Hurricanes struggled through a 7-6 season in 2006, which resulted in the firing of Larry Coker. He threw 14 interceptions and only 12 touchdowns while passing for 1,747 yards in 2007. Wright wasn't drafted.
6. DB Prescott Burgess, Michigan
BUZZ: Burgess moved to linebacker and ranked third on his team with 81 tackles in 2005 and second with 50 tackles in '06. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors each of those seasons. He was taken in the sixth round of the 2007 draft.
7. TE Tony Hills Jr., Texas
BUZZ: Hills moved from tight end to offensive tackle after suffering from nerve damage in his left knee early in his career. He started at left tackle for Texas in 2006 and was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection. He remained in the starting lineup for most of the '07 season before fracturing the fibula in his left leg late in the year. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2008.
8. OL Jorrie Adams, Texas A&M
BUZZ: Adams moved to the defensive line early in a short career. After making 22 tackles as a backup in 2004, Adams was dismissed from Texas A&M's team in the summer of 2005 for a violation of team rules. He has played some indoor football.
9. CB Paul Oliver, Georgia
BUZZ: Oliver made 15 career starts at Georgia. He produced 57 tackles - 6.5 for loss - along with three interceptions in 2006. Oliver capped his college career by making a team-high nine tackles in a Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over Virginia Tech. After being declared academically ineligible for the 2007 season, Oliver went in the fourth round of that year's supplemental draft.
10. TE Greg Olsen, Miami
BUZZ: Olsen initially signed with Notre Dame but decided in the summer of 2003 to transfer to Miami. He was a two-year starter who finished his career with 87 catches for 1,215 yards and six touchdowns. Olsen earned honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2005 and was a first-team all-conference pick in '06. Olsen left school after his junior season and was selected with the 31st overall pick in the 2007 draft.
11. G Martin O'Donnell, Illinois
BUZZ: O'Donnell was a four-year starter for Illinois. He earned first-team All-America honors from The Associated Press in 2007 for his role in helping the Illini reach the Rose Bowl. O'Donnell chose not to pursue a pro football career after graduating from Illinois.
12. CB Dee Webb, Florida
BUZZ: Webb recorded 61 tackles and three interceptions in 2004. He followed that up by delivering 46 tackles, one interception and 13 pass breakups in 2005, when he was a first-team All-SEC pick. Webb left school after his junior season and was drafted in the seventh round.
13. LB Wesley Jefferson, Maryland
BUZZ: Jefferson compiled 110 tackles - 10 behind the line - in 2006. That proved to be his lone season as a full-time starter. Jefferson earned his criminology degree after the season, then he gave up his final year of eligibility to enroll in the Maryland State Police Training Academy.
14. LB LaMarr Woodley, Michigan
BUZZ: Although he was recruited as a linebacker, Woodley developed into an All-America defensive end. He won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman and the Ted Hendricks Award as the game's top defensive end in 2006 as he recorded 16.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Woodley also was the Big Ten defensive player of the year that season. Woodley was chosen in the second round of the 2007 draft.
15. DT Nathaniel Robinson, Rutgers
BUZZ: Robinson recorded a total of 18 tackles in two seasons at Rutgers before transferring to Akron. He missed the first half of his freshman season while recovering from a knee injury. Robinson made 23 tackles - six for loss - and one sack for Akron in 2006. He had 26 tackles - five for loss - and two sacks in '07. Robinson wasn't drafted.
16. DE Joe Cohen, Florida
BUZZ: Cohen was a three-year starter who alternated between tackle and end for the Gators. He also made occasional appearances on offense as an H-back or fullback in goal-line situations. Cohen made 26 tackles - two for loss - as a starting tackle for Florida's 2006 national championship team. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2007.
17. WR Chad Jackson, Florida
BUZZ: Jackson tied a school single-season record by catching 88 passes as a junior in 2005. He also led the SEC in catches that season and accumulated 900 receiving yards and scored nine touchdowns on his way to earning first-team all-conference honors. Jackson turned pro after his junior season and was a second-round pick.
18. OL Ofa Mohetau, BYU
BUZZ: Mohetau played eight games for BYU as a true freshman, but he ran into academic problems the following year and redshirted in 2004. He later transferred to the College of the Sequoias (Calif.) and eventually ended up at Texas Tech, but he never actually played for the Red Raiders. Mohetau wasn't drafted.
19. RB Kregg Lumpkin, Georgia
BUZZ: Lumpkin rushed for 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns in his college career. His best seasons came in 2003 (112 carries, 523 yards, six touchdowns) and 2006 (162 carries, 798 yards, six TDs). He sat out the 2004 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Lumpkin wasn't drafted.
20. WR Robert Meachem, Tennessee
BUZZ: Meachem caught 71 passes for a school-record 1,298 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2006. His breakthrough season made him a consensus All-American. He finished his three-year career with 125 catches for 2,140 yards and 17 touchdowns. Meachem turned pro after his junior season and was the 27th overall pick in the 2007 draft.
21. RB Demetris Summers, South Carolina
BUZZ: Summers rushed for a combined 1,125 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 5.3 yards per carry during the 2003 and '04 seasons, but he was dismissed from the team in the spring of 2005 for a violation of a university rule. Summers wasn't drafted.
22. DE Justin Ostrowski, Wisconsin
BUZZ: Injuries never allowed Ostrowski to live up to his five-star status. He recorded only one sack in his career while battling a knee injury that eventually forced him to give up football in the spring of 2007. Ostrowski appeared in 11 games as a reserve in 2004, but injuries limited him to five games in 2005 and two games in '06.
23. DE Victor Abiamiri, Notre Dame
BUZZ: Abiamiri started 30 games at Notre Dame and finished his career third in school history in sacks (21.5) and tied for fourth in tackles for loss (40). In his senior year, he recorded 10.5 sacks, the second-highest single-season total by a Notre Dame player. He was drafted in the second round in 2007.
24. DB Quinton Culberson, Mississippi State
BUZZ: Recruited as a defensive back, Culberson ended up playing cornerback, safety and linebacker at Mississippi State. He earned first-team All-SEC honors and recorded a team-high 102 tackles as a senior. Culberson wasn't drafted.
25. DE Jarvis Moss, Florida
BUZZ: After battling numerous injuries and ailments earlier in his career, Moss recorded 56 tackles - 11 for loss - as part of Florida's 2006 national championship team. He saved Florida's 17-16 victory over South Carolina that season by blocking an extra-point attempt in the fourth quarter and swatting away a field-goal try with eight seconds left. Moss capped his career by recording two sacks and forcing a fumble in the BCS championship game. Moss turned pro after his junior season and was the 17th overall pick in the 2007 draft.
2002
1. QB Vince Young, Texas
BUZZ: Young definitely justified the hype, leading the Longhorns to the national title as a senior in 2005 with a magnificent performance in the title game against USC. Young always was a bit unpolished as a passer, but his athletic ability led to numerous big plays throughout his career. He finished with 6,040 yards and 44 TDs through the air and 3,127 yards and 27 TDs on the ground. He was a first-round pick in the 2006 draft.
2. DT Haloti Ngata, Oregon
BUZZ: Ngata was a consensus All-American as a junior in 2005, his last season with the Ducks. He had 61 tackles and three sacks that season. He redshirted in 2002, then suffered a torn ACL in 2003. He had 46 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2004. He blocked seven kicks in his time with the Ducks. He was taken in the first round of the 2006 draft.
3. RB Lorenzo Booker, Florida State
BUZZ: He was a serviceable college back but never anything remotely resembling the best running back in the nation. He finished his career with 2,389 rushing yards and 15 TDs. He was a good receiver, with 114 career receptions for 995 yards and two scores. His sophomore season - 887 rushing yards and four TDs - was his best. He was taken in the third round of the 2007 draft.
4. QB Ben Olson, BYU
BUZZ: He redshirted as a true freshman in 2003, then went on a two-year Mormon mission. Upon his return, he transferred to UCLA, where he had an injury-plagued career. He played in two games in 2005, throwing four passes. He started the first five games in '06 before being injured. He played in just six games in '07 because of injury, then broke his foot in preseason camp in '08 and missed his final season. He finished his career with 1,873 yards, 12 TDs and 11 picks. He was not drafted.
5. QB Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M
BUZZ: McNeal was almost as highly touted as fellow Texas prep star Vince Young, and at one point, it looked as if he might actually have a better college career. But while Young kept getting better, McNeal plateaued. He did throw for 6,992 yards and 44 TDs and rushed for another 1,889 yards and 15 touchdowns with the Aggies. He was selected in the sixth round, as a wide receiver, in the 2006 draft.
6. WR Chris Davis, Florida State
BUZZ: A severe knee injury robbed Davis of some of his speed, and he finished his college career with 114 receptions for 1,578 yards and 10 touchdowns. His best season came as a junior in 2005, when he had 51 receptions for 666 yards and five scores. He was a third-round pick of Tennessee in the 2007 draft.
7. WR Ryan Moore, Miami
BUZZ: Moore had a solid season as a redshirt freshman in 2003, with 44 catches for 637 yards and three TDs, but that ended up being the best season of his career. He battled injuries and finished his career with 93 receptions for 1,437 yards and 11 TDs. He wasn't drafted.
8. QB Marcus Vick, Virginia Tech
BUZZ: Vick redshirted as a true freshman, then backed up Bryan Randall in '03; he played wide receiver in the Hokies' bowl game that season. He was suspended from the university in the fall of 2004 for off-field incidents. He was the starting quarterback in '05, throwing for 2,393 yards and 17 TDs and rushing for 380 yards and six scores. He was dismissed from the program in January 2006 and told reporters, "It's not a big deal. I'll just move on to the next level, baby." Alas, he went undrafted in '06. In his Hokies career, Vick threw for 2,868 yards, 19 TDs and 15 picks and rushed for 492 yards and six scores.
9. RB Leon Washington, Florida State
BUZZ: Washington was the state of Florida's "Mr. Football" as a prep senior, but he always shared time at tailback with the Seminoles. He played three seasons at FSU and finished with 1,768 yards and 11 TDs. He did a nice job as a part-time punt returner and is the only Bobby Bowden-coached player to score a touchdown five ways (running, receiving, punt return, kickoff return, fumble recovery). He was a fourth-round pick in 2006.
10. RB Ciatrick Fason, Florida
BUZZ: Fason barely played as a freshman in 2002, then was a part-time starter in '03 and a full-time starter in '04, when he rushed for 1,267 yards and 10 TDs and earned All-SEC recognition. He is the most recent Gator to rush for 1,000 yards. He left school after his junior season and was a fourth-round pick. He finished his UF career with 1,877 yards and 14 TDs. He was an effective receiver, with 46 career catches for 408 yards and five TDs.
11. DE Kai Parham, Virginia
BUZZ: He redshirted in 2002, then became a starter at linebacker as a redshirt freshman in 2003, finishing with 89 tackles, a sack and eight quarterback hurries. He had 80 tackles and 11 tackles for loss as a sophomore in '04, then had a huge junior season, finishing with 103 tackles, nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss and nine quarterback hurries. He was a first-team All-ACC pick that season and decided to turn pro. At the time, his 272 tackles were 19th-most in school history. He was not drafted.
12. RB Gerald Riggs Jr., Tennessee
BUZZ: Riggs - whose dad was a NFL running back - was barely used in his first two seasons with the Vols, then had a big junior campaign in 2004. He rushed for 1,107 yards and six TDs to gather some All-SEC notice. But his senior season was cut short by an injury, and he finished his career with 1,893 yards and 10 TDs. He was not drafted.
13. DT Rodrigue Wright, Texas
BUZZ: Wright was a four-year starter for the Longhorns. He was the Big 12 defensive freshman of the year and a freshman All-America pick in 2002, when he had 65 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Wright earned All-Big 12 acclaim in '03, when he had a huge season: 80 tackles and a team-leading 7.5 sacks. He was bothered by an ankle injury in 2004 but still had 36 tackles. As a senior, he received some All-America notice and was a Lombardi Award finalist after making 46 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks for the national champion Longhorns. Despite his productive senior season, he was just a seventh-round pick in the 2006 draft. It was revealed after the draft that he had a torn rotator cuff that needed surgery.
14. RB Michael Johnson, Virginia
BUZZ: Johnson had great speed, but he never could translate that speed to college ball. He had injuries and fumbling issues, and finished his career with just 787 yards and four TDs. His best season was as a sophomore in 2004, when he ran for 381 yards. He was not drafted.
15. OT Justin Blalock, Texas
BUZZ: After redshirting as a true freshman, Blalock became a four-year fixture for the Longhorns, starting 50 consecutive games. He was a freshman All-America pick in 2003, an All-Big 12 pick from 2004-06, an All-American in '05 and the Big 12's lineman of the year in '06. He was taken in the second round of the 2007 draft.
16. WR Dishon Platt, Florida State
BUZZ: He's one of the biggest busts in the past decade. He didn't qualify academically at FSU and eventually enrolled at USF. But he never played for the Bulls and didn't catch a pass as a collegian. Platt surfaced earlier this year in the United Football Federation, where he played for the Florida Veterans; his quarterback with that team was Justin Midgett, a former four-star signee with Florida who also could be considered a recruiting bust.
17. LB Ricardo Hurley, South Carolina
BUZZ: He was a key reserve as a true freshman but an ankle injury hampered his sophomore season. He had to play through nagging injuries the rest of his career. He became a starter as a junior in 2004 and had 53 tackles. He had 57 tackles as a senior in '05 but was not drafted.
18. OT Nathan Rhodes, Washington
BUZZ: Rhodes never played a down of college football because of a congenital back problem.
19. G Brandon Jeffries, Tennessee
BUZZ: Jeffries, from Shelby, N.C., redshirted in 2002, then played sparingly as a redshirt freshman the next season before deciding to transfer "home" to North Carolina State. But poor academics blocked that move and he ended up at Division II Newberry (S.C.), where he finished his career in 2007. He was not drafted.
20. QB Trent Edwards, Stanford
BUZZ: Injuries and inconsistency dogged Edwards throughout his college career. He finished with 5,443 yards, 36 TDs and 33 interceptions. He had more picks than TDs twice in his career and threw more TDs than interceptions in just one season. Buffalo took him in the third round of the 2007 draft.
21. DE Deljuan Robinson, Mississippi State
BUZZ: Robinson never made much of an impact for the Bulldogs. He finished his career with 63 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries; 34 of the tackles and all the sacks and hurries came when he was a senior in 2006, when he also had 12.5 tackles for loss. He was not drafted.
22. RB Jerious Norwood, Mississippi State
BUZZ: Norwood was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs after being a reserve as a true freshman. He had two 1,000-yard seasons, rushing for 1,050 yards and seven TDs in 2005 and 1,126 yards and six scores in '06. He had 13 100-yard games in his career, including three games in which he rushed for at least 200 yards. He finished his career with 3,212 yards and 15 TDs. He was a third-round pick in the 2006 draft.
23. WR Marquis Johnson, Texas
BUZZ: Johnson, from Champaign, Ill., signed with Texas, but academic difficulties didn't allow him to enroll. Instead, he went to Hutchinson (Kan.) CC. He blew out his knee in '02 at Hutchinson and caught eight passes in '03. He signed with Texas Tech and caught 13 passes for 74 yards and one TD in 11 games over two seasons for the Red Raiders. He was not drafted but spent some time in an arena league.
24. OT Derek Morris, Ohio State
BUZZ: He never enrolled at Ohio State because of poor academics. He asked for his release and ended up at North Carolina State. He was suspended by the NCAA for part of the 2003 season but started five late-season games. He started seven games in '04 but missed three games with injuries. He started 10 games in '05 but missed another because of a shoulder injury. He decided to turn pro after the season but wasn't drafted.
25. DB Darren Williams, Mississippi State
BUZZ: Williams was a three-year starter at safety for the Bulldogs before being dismissed from the team in 2005 by then-coach Sylvester Croom for undisclosed team violations. He finished his Bulldogs career with 185 tackles, seven interceptions and six pass breakups. He transferred to Division I-AA Jacksonville State for his senior season and had 56 tackles and three picks. He was not drafted.
26. S Pat Watkins, Florida State
BUZZ: After serving as a key reserve as a true freshman and sophomore, Watkins became a two-year starter for the Seminoles. He was an honorable mention All-ACC pick as a senior, and he finished his career with 10 interceptions, 205 tackles and 22 pass breakups. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2006 draft.
27. LB Ahmad Brooks, Virginia
BUZZ: He didn't qualify academically for enrollment in 2002 and went to Hargrave Military Academy. He got his academics in order and signed with Virginia again in '03. He had a great freshman season, leading the team with 117 tackles; he also had four sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback hurries and six pass breakups. He earned some All-America notice as a sophomore in 2004, when he was a Butkus Award finalist. He led the team with 90 tackles and added eight sacks, two interceptions and 11 quarterback hurries. He had numerous injuries as a junior, including a knee ailment, and played in just six games. After some off-field issues, he was dismissed from the team in the spring of 2006. He was a third-round pick in the '06 NFL supplemental draft.
28. DB Devin Hester, Miami
BUZZ: Hester didn't enroll until 2003 for academic reasons. He made a big impact as a return specialist as a freshman in '03, averaging 28.7 yards on 18 returns, including a touchdown. As a sophomore in 2004, he played in 12 games, with two starts at running back and three at cornerback; he also was an All-American return man, averaging 25.9 yards and returning one for a score on kickoffs and averaging 17.2 yards and taking three back for TDs on punts. As a junior in 2005, Hester only received 49 touches on offense and special teams, scoring on a punt return. He turned pro after that season and was a second-round pick in the 2006 draft. He finished his UM career with six return TDs and one rushing TD, along with 10 receptions and five interceptions.
29. LB Mike D'Andrea, Ohio State
BUZZ: D'Andrea, a big guy (6-3/248) who was a big hitter, was a backup as a true freshman on the Buckeyes' national-title team. He was a key part of the Buckeyes' linebacker rotation in 2003, finishing an injury-shortened season with 24 tackles. Unfortunately, he couldn't shake the injury bug. He hurt his shoulder in '03, then he hurt his knee during practice in September 2004 and played in just seven games in '04 and '05. He decided to give up football in the summer of '06.
30. QB James Banks, Tennessee
BUZZ: He played in eight games as a true freshman as a wide receiver and quarterback, including one start at quarterback (a 35-14 win over Mississippi State). He moved to wide receiver in 2003 and started four times; he led the team in receptions with 42 and tied for the lead in TD catches with six. But he was suspended early in the 2004 season, then was injured and needed surgery. He eventually was booted from the team that December for repeated disciplinary issues. "Smoking weed is something I choose to do, and it happens to be illegal," Banks told The Tennessean newspaper after he was dismissed. Banks resurfaced at Division II Carson-Newman as a wide receiver, and in 2007, he had 22 receptions for 370 yards and six TDs. He declared for the draft after that season but was not selected.
31. LB Zach Latimer, Oklahoma
BUZZ: After redshirting as a true freshman and barely playing as a redshirt freshman, Latimer became a key reserve as a sophomore in 2004, then blossomed into a solid linebacker as a junior and senior. He had a combined 168 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, six sacks, 11 pass breakups, three picks and four forced fumbles in his last two seasons with the Sooners and garnered some All-Big 12 notice. He was not drafted.
32. WR Ben Obomanu, Auburn
BUZZ: Obomanu, who was the valedictorian of his high school class at Selma (Ala.) High, was an important part of the Tigers' receiving rotation in each of his four seasons. But he never became a star. Obomanu caught 17 passes as a true freshman, 22 as a sophomore, 25 as a junior and 33 as a senior, and finished his career with 97 receptions for 1,318 yards and 15 TDs. Seattle took him in the seventh round of the 2006 draft.
33. DT Gabe Watson, Michigan
BUZZ: He received scant playing time as a true freshman, then was a key reserve as a sophomore in 2003. He made huge strides as a junior and was an All-Big Ten selection. He was chosen All-Big Ten again as a senior, when he had 40 tackles and three sacks as a nose tackle. He finished his Wolverines career with 92 tackles, five sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, and was a fourth-round in the 2006 draft.
34. DE Jonathan Mapu, Tennessee
BUZZ: He was a backup end as a true freshman, then became a starting tackle as a sophomore in 2003, finishing with 26 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. He then went on a two-year Mormon mission and returned to the Vols in time to play in 2006. But he wasn't the same player upon his return. He had eight stops as a backup tackle in '06 and 24 tackles and a sack as a reserve lineman as a senior in '07. He was not drafted.
35. CB Edorian McCullough, Texas
BUZZ: McCullough was a burner who twice won the state of Texas 100-meter title in high school. He was a reserve corner as a true freshman in 2002, finishing with 19 tackles, an interception, five pass breakups and a forced fumble. He missed the 2003 season because of academic issues and eventually transferred to City College of San Francisco, where he played in '04. He signed with Oregon State in February 2005 but didn't qualify academically. He was not drafted. He played in NFL Europe and has played indoor football as well.
36. TE Marcedes Lewis, UCLA
BUZZ: After playing sparingly as a freshman, Lewis was a three-year starter for the Bruins. He had a huge season as a senior in 2006, with 58 receptions for 741 yards and 10 TDs, earning All-America mention as a result. Lewis, who had the speed to get deep and would be a big-time weapon in a spread offense, finished his career with 126 receptions for 1,571 yards and 21 TDs.
37. FB Maurice Clarett, Ohio State
BUZZ: Clarett played a huge role in helping the Buckeyes win the 2002 national title, but it was all downhill after that, including a stint in prison. He ran for 1,237 yards - a school record for a freshman - and 18 TDs in '02. But the national title game against Miami was the last time he suited up for the Buckeyes. He was suspended by the school for the 2003 season, then dropped out. He eventually was drafted in the third round by Denver in 2005. He was imprisoned in 2006 on various charges and was released in January 2010. He played for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL last fall.
38. DE Bryan Pickryl, Texas
BUZZ: Pickryl made an immediate impact as a part-time starter as a true freshman, finishing the season with 30 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He earned a starting job in 2003 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in Game 4. He had had shoulder problems in high school, and after rehabbing to get ready for the 2004 season, he decided to give up football because of his injuries.

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