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Peter King
November 21, 2005
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November 21, 2005

King's Corner

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With three weeks left in the college season, NFL scouts are starting to think hard about the April draft. After the first two picks, they see a precipitous drop-off in talent. Here's a consensus top 10 (asterisks indicate underclassmen).

1. Reggie Bush*, RB, 5'11", 202, USC
More complete than any of the '05 first-round backs because he can get outside.

2. Matt Leinart, QB, 6'4", 222, USC
Not as mobile or strong-armed as Carson Palmer but accurate and poised enough to be a very good pro.

3. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, T, 6'5", 298, Virginia (above)
As athletic as any left tackle in the NFL; the Texans love him.

4. Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, 6'6", 265, Boston College
He's no mere combine workout wonder--he loves football.

5. Winston Justice*, T, 6'6", 300, USC
Lines up on the right for USC but could play either side in the NFL.

6. Gabe Watson, DT, 6'3", 340, Michigan
Keeping his motivation up and weight down might be problematic.

7. Santonio Holmes*, WR, 5'11", 185, Ohio State
A good deep threat, he stands out in a thin batch of senior receivers.

8. DeAngelo Williams, RB, 5'10", 217, Memphis
Only once this year has he averaged fewer than six yards a carry.

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