Lavearanues Coles JETS
DRAFTED: Third round in 2000, from Florida State
VITALS: 23, 5'11", 190 pounds
2001 NUMBERS: 43 catches, 606 yards, six touchdowns
PROFILE: Bitter at having been passed over early in draft after department-store caper—he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge—the previous fall, has used that snub and 4.35 speed to burn foes for 15 yards per catch in his first two seasons. While Jets develop his intermediate game, they're still struggling to get him the ball deep.
MEMORABLE GAME: In come-from-behind victory over the Dolphins on Oct. 14, he had five receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
ONE MAN'S OPINION: "When he came into the league, I had an image of a straight-line guy who'd drop too many passes," says Bills director of pro personnel John Guy. "He's an excellent route runner, has much-improved hands and is a solid receiver over the middle and on the deep balls. He's becoming the total package."
James Thrash EAGLES
DRAFTED: Not selected after playing at Missouri Southern; spent first four seasons with Redskins; signed with Eagles last March
VITALS: 26, 6 feet, 200 pounds
2001 NUMBERS: 51 catches, 664 yards, seven touchdowns
PROFILE: One of Washington's few bright spots last season, catching 50 passes for 653 yards. He stretches defenses with superior speed, is good downfield blocker and has emerged as wideout threat Donovan McNabb was missing a year ago.
MEMORABLE GAME: In second game for Philly, caught 10 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns in victory over the Seahawks.
ONE MAN'S OPINION: "He can find holes in the zone," says Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. "He's not exceptionally fast, but he has great separation ability. It's a deceptive speed. You see him coming and think he's not going that fast, but then he's past you."