Both NFL scouting services—BLESTO and National—are meeting this week to grade out seniors. They won't rate players like Virginia Tech sophomore quarterback Michael Vick and Michigan junior wide receiver David Terrell, both of whom would likely be top 5 selections, unless they declare for the draft. According to scouts from eight NFL teams polled by SI last week, a preliminary top 10 of seniors looks like this:
1. Leonard Davis, T, Texas. Athletic left tackles are hard to find, particularly 355-pounders as good as Davis.
2. Richard Seymour, DT, Georgia. At 6'5" and 295 pounds, he still has room to fill out Reminds some of Warren Sapp in the way he knifes past guards.
3-4. Jamal Reynolds and Roland Seymour, DEs, Florida State. A pair of speed rushers who will fit well into 4-3 schemes, though Seymour's knee surgery last winter might be a concern.
5. Chris Chambers, WR, Wisconsin. The good news: He runs the 40 in 4.37. The bad news: He's only 6'1" and played in a run-oriented offense.
6. McAllister. TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson may have been more durable and productive, but he's not as gifted as McAllister.
7. Santana Moss, WR-KR, Miami. He's faster and has better hands than Peter Warrick, the fourth pick in last year's draft, by the Bengals. But Moss has to stretch to get to 5'10".
8. Andre Carter, DE, Cal. The 6'4", 260-pound son of former Broncos nose tackle Rubin Carter has good pass-rush instincts.
9. Gary Baxter, CB, Baylor. What's not to like about a 6'2" cornerback who runs a sub-4.5 40 and has good cover and tackling skills?
10. Drew Brees, QB, Purdue. So you think a six-footer can't be a good NFL quarterback? A pair of them, Mark Brunell and Jeff Garcia, are dispelling that myth with their accurate tosses.