Saturday, January 22, 2005

Top 10 Defensive Players By Position: Mid-January

Here's our initial post-season ranking of the top eligible defensive prospects for the 2005 Draft. We'll update the list after next Sunday's Senior Bowl and again after the Combine in February. This group of players would look much stronger if DE Mathias Kiwanuka, DT Rod Wright, or OLB Ahmad Brooks had come out, but DE, CB, and S have nice depth, while the LB position could produce more impact players than in recent years.

DE
1 Erasmus James Wisconsin Sr.
2 David Pollack Georgia Sr.
3 Shawne Merriman Maryland Jr.
4 Dan Cody Oklahoma Sr.
5 Marcus Spears L.S.U. Sr.
6 Justin Tuck Notre Dame Jr.
7 Matt Roth Iowa Sr.
8 Jovan Haye Vanderbilt Jr.
9 Chris Canty Virginia Sr.
10 Bill Swancutt Oregon St. Sr.

DT
1 Anttaj Hawthorne Wisconsin Sr.
2 Shaun Cody USC Sr.
3 Travis Johnson Florida St. Sr.
4 Mike Patterson USC Sr.
5 C.J. Mosley Missouri Jr.
6 Luis Castillo Northwestern Sr.
7 Ronald Fields Mississippi St. Sr.
8 Jonathan Babineaux Iowa Sr.
9 Darrell Shropshire South Carolina Sr.
10 Lorenzo Alexander California Sr.

OLB
1 Derrick Johnson Texas Sr.
2 Kevin Burnett Tennessee Sr.
3 Michael Boley Southern Miss Sr.
4 Darryl Blackstock Virginia Jr.
5 Demarcus Ware Troy St. Sr.
6 Rian Wallace Temple Jr.
7 Ryan Claridge U.N.L.V. Sr.
8 Matt McCoy San Diego St. Jr.
9 Roger Cooper Montana St. Sr.
10 Pat Thomas North Carolina St. Sr.

ILB
1 Channing Crowder Florida Jr.
2 Odell Thurman Georgia Jr.
3 Barrett Ruud Nebraska Sr.
4 Kirk Morrison San Diego St. Sr.
5 Lance Mitchell Oklahoma Sr.
6 Adam Seward U.N.L.V. Sr.
7 Robert McCune Louisville Sr.
8 Lofa Tatupu USC Jr.
9 Boomer Grigsby Illinois St. Sr.
10 Mike Goolsby Notre Dame Sr.

CB
1 Antrel Rolle Miami (FL) Sr.
2 Justin Miller Clemson Jr.
3 Adam "Pac-Man" Jones West Virginia Jr.
4 Carlos Rogers Auburn Sr.
5 Corey Webster L.S.U. Sr.
6 Marlin Jackson Michigan Sr.
7 Brandon Browner Oregon St. So.
8 Bryant McFadden Florida St. Sr.
9 Fabian Washington Nebraska Jr.
10 Travis Daniels L.S.U. Sr.

S
1 Thomas Davis Georgia Jr.
2 Ernest Shazor Michigan Jr.
3 Donte Nicholson Oklahoma Sr.
4 Josh Bullocks Nebraska Jr.
5 Jammal Brimmer U.N.L.V. Sr.
6 James Butler Georgia Tech Sr.
7 Brodney Pool Oklahoma Jr.
8 Oshiomogho Atogwe Stanford Sr.
9 Vincent Fuller Virginia Tech Sr.
10 Junior Rosegreen Auburn Sr.

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