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Thursday, March 20, 2003
Updated: April 2, 9:03 AM ET
2003 ILB rankings

Pro Football Weekly

A look at Pro Football Weekly's ratings of the top inside linebackers for the 2003 NFL Draft on April 26-27. For an explanation of PFW's grading scale, see the bottom of the page:

Rank, Player College Ht. Wt. Speed Grade Note
1. E.J. Henderson Maryland 6-1 238 4.75 6.20 X
2. Terry Pierce Kansas State 6-1 251 4.80 6.00 Jr.
3. Gerald Hayes Pittsburgh 6-1 238 4.75 6.00 OLB
4. Clifton Smith Syracuse 6-2 253 4.86 5.40 Jr.
5. Angelo Crowell Virginia 6-0 236 4.74 5.35 OLB
6. Kawika Mitchell South Florida 6-1 253 4.61 5.26
7. Matt Wilhelm Ohio State 6-4 243 4.66 5.25 X
8. Mario Haggan Mississippi State 6-3 252 4.68 5.25
9. Hunter Hillenmeyer Vanderbilt 6-4 242 4.79 5.25
10. Tony Gilbert Georgia 6-0 244 4.78 5.25
11. Merrill Robertson Virginia 6-1 252e 4.75 5.20
12. Lawrence Flugence Texas Tech 6-1 239 4.83 5.20 X
13. Mark Brown Auburn 6-0 238 4.77 5.20
14. Solomon Bates Arizona State 6-1 244 4.78 5.20
15. Dru Grigson William Penn (Iowa) 6-1 235 4.71 5.17 Age, X
16. Keyon Whiteside Tennessee 6-0 229 4.77 5.16
17. Eddie Strong Mississippi 6-2 245 4.86 5.16
18. Terrence Robinson Oklahoma State 6-0 240 4.84 5.15
19. Jerry Schumacher Illinois 6-1 233 5.06 5.00
20. Byron Hardmon Florida 6-1 232 4.76 5.00
21. David Moretti Oregon 6-0 235 4.77 5.00

E - Height, weight and speed are estimated.
e - Only the 40-yard-dash time is estimated.


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Grade Scale For NFL Prospects
8.00 - 9.00: Franchise player. (Any quarterback who grades over 7.50 is considered a potential franchise player.)
7.50 - 7.99: Future All-Pro.
7.00 - 7.49: Should become a Pro Bowl-caliber player.
6.50 - 6.99: Has a chance to become a Pro Bowl-caliber player and, in the case of a quarterback, will probably be a high first-round pick because of the need for quarterbacks.
6.00 - 6.49: Should become a quality NFL player.
5.50 - 5.99: Has a chance to become a quality NFL player.
5.10 - 5.49: Has a better-than-average chance to make an NFL roster.
5.01 - 5.09: Has a slightly better than 50-50 chance to make a roster or practice squad.
5.00: Has a 50-50 chance to make a roster or practice squad.
4.75 - 4.99: Should be in an NFL training camp.
4.00 - 4.74: Has a chance to be in an NFL training camp.

Grade-To-Round Conversion Scale For This Draft
6.00 or above: First round.
5.50 - 5.99: Second round.
5.37 - 5.49: Third round.
5.30 - 5.36: Fourth round.
5.25 - 5.29: Fifth round.
5.10 - 5.24: Better-than-even chance to be drafted in sixth or seventh round.

Key to symbols in notes column of player rankings
Age: Player is overaged.
Athlete: Player has the athletic ability to play multiple positions and could be drafted higher because of it.
BB: Pro baseball player who is entering the draft.
H: Likely will be drafted higher than ranking.
Jr.: Player is entering the draft as a junior (So. for sophomore).
L: Likely will be drafted lower than ranking.
MI: More information needed to accurately grade player.
RB: Can also play running back (S for safety, RS for return specialist, LS for long-snapper, ST for special-teamer, etc.).
RS-5.0: Player has separate grade of 5.0 as a return specialist (applies to other position abbreviations, too).
X: Past or current injury could have an impact on where this player is drafted, according to at least one source. Due to the confidentiality of medical records, we cannot confirm or deny whether the injury problem is still a concern.
XX: Very serious injury concern.

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