2011 propsects (cont.)
16) Stephen Paea/DT/Oregon State: Paea gave serious consideration to entering this April's draft, but pulled back in the final hours. He's an explosive one-gap tackle who draws comparisons to Sedrick Ellis.
17) Michael Floyd*/WR/Notre Dame: The game-controlling receiver must return from the broken collarbone that sidelined him most of last season. He's highly thought of in the scouting community, as teams love his size and pass-catching skills.
18) Adrian Clayborn/DE/Iowa: Clayborn lacks the classic size/speed numbers, yet like many of his Hawkeye predecessors, he makes plays with hustle and by relying on his football intellect.
19) Da'Quan Bowers*/DE/Clemson: He's a talented defensive end who teases scouts with his potential. He flashes big-time ability then disappears for stretches. His draft stock will fluctuate over the next 12 months.
20) Cliff Matthews/DE-OLB/South Carolina: Matthews is similar to many of the defensive players selected in this year's draft: A terrific pass rushing defensive end many project to outside linebacker.
21) DeMarco Murray/RB/Oklahoma: He's struggled with injuries in the past, but offers solid size and potential as a feature runner in the NFL.
22) Marvin Austin/DT/North Carolina: Austin is a difference-maker when his motor's running. If he puts it all together in 2010, he could charge up draft boards.
23) Charles Brown/CB/North Carolina: Brown displayed big-time ability as a sophomore in '08, yet his game leveled out last season. He's a potential No. 2 cornerback at the next level.
24) DeAndre McDaniel/S/Clemson: McDaniel is an intimidating safety who effectively defends the run and pass.
25) Nate Potter*/T/Boise State: Potter is next in a long line of top offensive line prospects to come from Boise State.
26) Evan Royster/RB/Penn State: This well-rounded back does a little of everything well.
27) Chykie Brown/CB/Texas: His game has been on an upswing the past two seasons. He's poised for a big senior season.
28) Jerrell Powe/NT/Mississippi: He grades as the top senior nose tackle prospect. He's a space-eater who clogs the middle but also moves well on his feet.
29) Colin Kaepernick/QB/Nevada: This terrific athlete has really developed as a signal-caller the last two seasons. He has big-time abilities and could be rated much higher in a year's time.
30) Travis Lewis*/OLB/Oklahoma: The Sooners athletic linebacker possesses a lot of NFL promise, yet saw his game level off last season.
31) Michael Pouncey/G/Florida: Though not as talented as his twin brother Maurkice, this Pouncey does offers plenty of skills for the next level.
32) Ryan Kerrigan/DE/Purdue: Kerrigan is one of the more underrated prospects in the nation. He's effective stopping the run or rushing the passer.
33) Jarvis Jenkins/DL/Clemson: Jenkins is another lineman who doesn't receive the proper credit he deserves. He has potential at defensive tackle or as a two-gap end.
34) Chimdi Chekwa/CB/Ohio State: Chekwa must improve his consistency but has flashed big-time ability in the past.
35) Cameron Jordan/DL/California: Jordan offers a lot of skills as a conventional defensive end but has struggled recently in Cal's 3-4 alignment.
36) Mark Herzlich/OLB/Boston College: He was rated as the No. 1 senior by NFL scouting services entering the 2009 season. The college football world awaits his courageous return from battling cancer while NFL teams are hoping for the best.
37) Kendric Burney/CB/North Carolina: Burney is not as well-rounded as his higher-rated teammate, Charles Brown, yet possesses better ball skills.
38) Greg Jones/LB/Michigan State: Jones has been a tackling machine at Michigan State. He's a solid prospect.
39) Justin Boren/C/Ohio State: He did a terrific job at Ohio State last season after transferring from Michigan. He's athletic, effectively blocks on the move and can be used in a variety of NFL blocking schemes.
40) James Rodgers/WR-RS/Oregon State: Rodgers will be one of the true game breakers available next April. He's a threat to score anytime the ball is in his hands, but limited size will depress his draft stock.
NFL Truth & Rumors