Thursday, April 24, 2003
75 names you should know in the draft
By Len Pasquarelli
Here's ESPN.com top 75 names to watch in the NFL Draft, in terms of athleticism and potential (order isn't necessarily how they will come off the board):
1. CB Terence Newman, Kansas State, 5-feet-10 3/8, 189: Tough-minded and competitive, doesn't back down and won't shy away when asked to prove himself, like in postseason workouts. Terrific athlete with makeup speed, burst to the ball and nice hip turn that allows him to easily run deep. Comes up a tad vertically challenged, but no one seems to mind very much.
2. DT Dewayne Robertson, Kentucky, 6-feet-1 3/8, 317: Has skyrocketed up draft boards last two months, and should be first defensive linemen chosen. Wide, squat body but very strong and deceptively quick through the gaps. When he's got his "A" game, very disruptive, can dominate. Not nearly as tall as most teams like and sometimes gets a bit too thick through the butt.
3. WR Charles Rogers, Michigan State, 6-feet-2 3/8, 202: Strong upper-body and knows how to beat initial jam. Always plays under control and, even when it looks like he's gliding, is going full tilt. Very polished and fluid receiver with great hands. Not as tall as advertised in media guide. A little brash at times. Hasn't worked as much on the intermediate routes.
4. QB Carson Palmer, Southern California, 6-feet-5, 232: Mechanically solid for most part, sets his feet and naturally squares shoulders before he throws, can deliver ball into the deep seams and on the deep "out" pattern. Can be very streaky and, when he's struggling, his body language advertises it. Not known for being mentally tough and is noted as a "reps" guy.
5. WR Andre Johnson, Miami, 6-feet-2, 230: Had just 40 catches in first two seasons of a three-year career, then averaged 21.6 yards per reception in '02. Plenty of speed, and an afterburner kick. Incredible physical specimen, great size, very rare combination of physical dimension and big-time playmaking skills. Hardly a natural receiver, will fight the ball into his hands at times.
6. QB Byron Leftwich, Marshall, 6-feet-5 3/8, 241: Large player with prototype pocket stature, will hang in and stand tall, wait until the last minute to deliver ball. Can throw all the passes, but arm isn't as strong as some people think, and will get some flutter on long ball. Suffered fractures of the left shin in two consecutive season and still has surgical rod in leg.
7. DE Terrell Suggs, Arizona State, 6-feet-3 3/8, 262: Monster pass-rusher who flies off the edge, flattens out at the quarterback, makes a ton of big plays. Unlike some speed-rushers, seems to have developed a few counter moves and inside spin techniques. His poor workouts dented the aura that surrounded him a little and but most teams still feel he's still a sack man.
8. OT Jordan Gross, Utah, 6-feet-4 1/2, 300: Footwork and use of his hands makes him the ideal left tackle and potential Pro Bowl candidate. Good mean streak and willingness to finish blocks. Athletic ability makes him a perfect fit in a passing offense. A little light in the backside and will have to add some bulk and hope that is doesn't sacrifice any of his quickness.
9. CB Marcus Trufant, Washington State, 5-feet-11 1/8, 199: Outstanding all-around athlete, onetime track and basketball performer has great agility, very smooth in transition. Linear speed doesn't always translate into top-end burst and is not as fluid as you'd like in his backpedal. Needs to improve the strength in hands and shoulders to redirect receivers with his initial jam.
10. DT Jimmy Kennedy, Penn State, 6-feet-4, 322: Prototype size and power for the position, can just neutralize the entire inside area, between the guard boxes. Strong enough to command a lot of double-team blocking and will be a solid two-gapper. At times in his career, has allowed weight to get out of control. Stamina and concentration were big concerns earlier in career.
11. DE/DT Kevin Williams, Oklahoma State, 6-feet-4 7/8, 304: Runs well for a big man, has nice quickness, and really good feet that get him away from the trash and into a playmaking position. Good closing speed. Strong enough in the hands to win many of the in-fighting wars. Despite his size, actually looks a little lean, and might not have the natural bulk teams want.
12. OLB Boss Bailey, Georgia, 6-feet-3 1/8, 233: Fluid athlete who runs like a tailback and owns a vertical jump that certainly is NBA caliber. Not only has speed, but possesses a quick burst that allows him to go from sideline to sideline and chase people down. Not solid power base and has a game built for speed and finesse. Needs to use his hands better to shed.
13. OG Eric Steinbach, Iowa, 6-feet-6 1/4, 298: The workout warrior of this draft, wowing teams with a 4.84 40, a 35-1/2 inch vertical jump. Though he might be best athlete among the guards, has the height to make a possible conversion to tackle. Injury problems are a concern. Had a dislocated left elbow in 2001. Doesn't have the wide base to be the dominating run blocker.
14. DT Johnathan Sullivan, Georgia, 6-feet-3 1/8, 313: Strong enough to bull-rush people and athletic enough to display nice change-of-direction skills that enable him to pursue the ball. Just a natural flow to his game, seems to diagnose and anticipate where a play is going. Has a soft-looking body and gives the impression he simply isn't going full-bore all the time.
15. DE Jerome McDougle, Miami, 6-feet-2, 264: Explosive first step can carry him into backfield and, once there, corners naturally to quarterback. Demonstrates closing speed. Not just an upfield rusher, since he owns some nifty counter moves. Not very big and, while he isn't consistently knocked off line of scrimmage, doesn't play the run as well as he'll have to in NFL.
16. OT Kwame Harris, Stanford, 6-feet-7, 310: Has the long arms that are needed for great pass-blockers. His huge frame probably can add more pounds, which will help make him a better run-blocker. He's got the rare combination of great athletic ability and technique. So intelligent that some teammates have a hard time relating to him. Consistency another question.
17. DE Michael Haynes, Penn State, 6-feet-3 5/8, 281: Good quickness, blessed with natural "edge" skills, can beat the tackle with his initial move. Solid hitter who will impact the passer, and tries to force the fumble, either with the force of the collision or by going for the throwing arm. Not yet strong enough and, when a tackle locks on him, he'll get ridden upfield.
18. WR Taylor Jacobs, Florida, 6-feet-0 3/8, 205: Former track sprinter, will flash explosive speed on occasion, has played in a big-time passing game and is very polished. Adjusts well to the ball in the air, runs above-average routes, high character guy and a leader. Linear speed doesn't translate into on-field quickness and, when he drops a pass, it hangs with him too long.
19. QB Kyle Boller, California, 6-feet-3, 234: Excellent athlete, can move around the pocket and buy time, but not a scrambler. Big and physical, quick feet gets him back quickly, into his pass setup, and ready to deliver the ball. Strong arm and, when he muscles up, can really hum fastball. Has only been successful one season, when passing guru Jeff Tedford arrived.
20. DE Chris Kelsay, Nebraska, 6-feet-4 3/8, 273: Great smarts on and off the field, and a guy whose character is a huge plus. Natural leader around whom others rally up. More technician than great athlete and has worked hard on game's nuances. Doesn't have great quickness and, because he lacks size, that could be a problem for a player expected to get upfield.
21. DT William Joseph, Miami, 6-feet-5, 308: Great tools for a big man, a complete package when he wants to be. Has dramatically improved his rush skills in the past two years and, if he gets his hands on a lineman and can redirect the initial surge. Coming off a tremendous 2001 season, started very slowly last season, and it looked as if he was saving himself for the draft.
22. SS Troy Polamalu, Southern California, 5-feet-10 1/8, 206: Explosive to the ball, at least when playing the run, and always seems to be in a football position. Strikes a rising blow, a natural form and wrap-up tackler who has been best playing close to the line of scrimmage. Looks better on tape in coverage than he appeared at times, but still not polished in pass defense.
23. MLB E.J. Henderson, Maryland, 6-feet-0 7/8, 245: Despite a lack of pure athleticism, super-productive defender with great feel for the game, able to anticipate plays, read quickly and get to the ball. Will just stack up everything between the tackles. Looks stiff at times and, when his pad level isn't right, can be pushed out of the play. Has had some back problems.
24. CB Sammy Davis, Texas A&M, 5-feet-11 ¾, 186: Perhaps physically strongest cornerback at top of draft and, while he looks a little lean, doesn't mind contact and will play run support. Hard worker who is instinctive, has football smarts, solid in basically all area. Doesn't always play as fast as his stopwatch speed would indicate he should and gets lost at times in zone.
25. DT Ty Warren, Texas A&M, 6-feet-4 5/8, 307: Worked hard since the end of the 2002 season to get his weight under control and catch the scouts' eyes. Can play tackle, nose tackle and maybe even left defensive end. Deceptively athletic and moves pretty good for a big man. At this point of his career, still just leaning into blockers instead of trying to control them.
26. RB Willis McGahee, Miami, 6-feet-0 5/8, 223: On one leg, he might be the best back in this draft, particularly for a team that doesn't have to use him as a rookie. Has size, speed and moves that are hard to find. The fact he is so far ahead of schedule on his rehab illustrates his work ethic. Has the power to run over tacklers but also has the elusiveness to make them miss.
27. WR Kelley Washington, Tennessee, 6-feet-2 ½, 223: Former baseball player and high school quarterback has muscular build, looks like a mini-tight end, he's so cut. Tremendous athlete who just moves effortlessly through a secondary. Agile, good change of direction, plays under control. After a superior 2001 season, neck injury limited him to four games in '02.
28. CB Andre Woolfolk, Oklahoma, 6-feet-1 3/8, 197: Super athlete and the kind of competitive makeup required of the position. Flexible, fluid, and tremendous change of direction skills. The kind of size most teams want at cornerback now and will play with a chip on his shoulder. Really raw at the position, since former wideout he has played corner full-time for just a year.
29. WR Bryant Johnson, Penn State, 6-feet-2 3/8, 214: Former track star exudes versatility, has returned kicks, and even played some defensive back. Great hands, excellent concentration, and fearless coming across the middle. Plays a very physical style. Despite solid 40-yard time in campus workout, on film, doesn't seem to separate from the cornerbacks with great facility.
30. TE John "L.J." Smith, Rutgers, 6-feet-3 ¼, 258: Has really moved up draft boards in past month, mostly because of receiving skills, might be best pure pass-catcher of entire tight end class. Enough speed to get deep up hashes and split the safeties. Stopwatch speed doesn't translate to playing speed, more linear than elusive, not a strong change-of-direction receiver.
31. DT/DE Kenny Peterson, Ohio State, 6-feet-3 1/8, 298: Strong and thick throughout the lower body and knows how to use his muscle. Powerful in the hands and can win the closed-space in-fighting battles when he lines up at tackle. Instinctive and aware. Might not be quite strong enough to play tackle full-time or quick enough for end. Kind of an in-between defender.
32. OLB Nick Barnett, Oregon State, 6-feet-1 5/8, 236: Hard worker, a player who wants to be good, and a real student of the game. Pretty good in coverage and plays the ball well, a tipoff to his short-lived tenure at safety. Can run with tight ends and turn his hips and get upfield with most running backs. Gets stuck too long to blockers when he's in a tight area scenario.
33. WR Jason Witten, Tennessee, 6-feet-5 ¾, 264: Big-time prospect with a great attitude, competes hard on every snap, wants to be good. Good natural receiver who catches the ball out in front of him, runs decent routes. Only 20 years old, so has to mature on and off field. Not a dominating blocker. With his size and potential, could be a special player, but he's not there yet.
34. RB Larry Johnson, Penn State, 6-feet-0 3/4, 228: Powerful runner with good feet. His strength is running inside. Had good hands and should be an asset as a receiver out of the backfield. Has patience as a runner and follows blockers well. Lacks explosion and great speed. Lacks that suddenness that coaches like once he touches the ball and tends to run a little too upright.
35. OT Wayne Hunter, Hawaii, 6-feet-5 5/8, 303: Has the body to develop into a good NFL left tackle. Has long arms. Could add more than 20 pounds through lifting. Having played on the defensive line, Hunter developed good feet. It also helped that he blocked in a run-and-shoot passing offense. Only been an offensive lineman for one season and not particularly instinctive.
36. DE Calvin Pace, Wake Forest, 6-feet-4, 269: Nifty feet, can jump around some plays, still get in on the action. Not a quick-twitch rusher, but comes off hard, and can get to passer. Has performed more than adequately in the linebacker drills for those teams who wanted him to do them Coming off a broken fibula suffered in season finale, but seems to have recovered well.
37. ILB/OLB Gerald Hayes, Pittsburgh, 6-feet-0 7/8, 238: Has always been very productive, owns a nose for the action, and will not shy away from anybody. When he squares his shoulders and gets in a hitting position, will deliver the classic rising blow, and can knock runners back into the hole. Lacks prototype height, and some teams aren't sure he can play the middle.
38. FS Rashean Mathis, Bethune-Cookman, 6-feet-0 ¾, 202: Top defensive player at Division I-AA level for last two years and should be a solid pro. Played corner in college but moved to free safety so teams couldn't avoid throwing at him. Superb hands and knows way to the end zone, with three returns for scores. Might not be physical enough, or a good enough tackler.
39. OG Vincent Manuwai, Hawaii, 6-feet-2, 304: Powerful and has a thick body. Weightlifting has made him very explosive in his run blocks. Playing in a run-and-shoot offense, plenty of experience in pass blocking. Another plus is that he can make transition to center. Lack of run-blocking in June Jones' offense makes teams have to project how he will do in run offense.
40. QB Rex Grossman, Florida, 6-feet-0 ½, 217: Mentally tough, ultra-competitive, and possesses undeniable self-confidence. Arm is good enough to get the ball there and is enhanced by strong technical proficiency. Good footwork, compact release make up for lack of muscle on the ball, but he can drive it into tight spaces. Lack of physical stature factor for some teams.
41. RB Musa Smith, Georgia, 6-feet-0 3/8, 232: Rushed for 1,324 yards on 260 yards as a senior despite missing one start with a broken thumb.Loves to run big and powerful. The NFL loves power runners, and he's one of the best and most powerful in this draft. Good straight-ahead runner. Lacks speed and explosiveness. Has a narrow base as a runner. Too stiff at times.
42. C Jeff Faine, Notre Dame, 6-feet-2 7/8, 303: Gets off line of scrimmage into blocks quickly. Excellent techniques to match his ability to move his feet well. Can be nasty and is an excellent leader. Might be overpowered by 330-pound defensive tackles because he doesn't have very long arms. His run-blocking isn't as strong as his pass blocking at this point of career.
43. DE Tyler Brayton, Colorado, 6-feet-6 1/8, 277: Lean and angular defender who can squeeze through the creases, find the ball, make a play. Big heart and a dedicated performer who will do whatever it takes to be a factor at the professional level. Has played both end and tackle, more of the latter, and hasn't yet settled in at one position. His frame is very narrow.
44. CB Eugene Wilson, Illinois, 5-feet 10 3/8, 192: Often underrated but, when it comes to playing man-to-man, off-man and zone coverages, he might be the most accomplished cover corner in the entire draft. Good makeup speed and closes quickly on the ball in front of him. A little thin through the upper body and will have to get into the weight room more at the NFL level.
45. SS Mike Doss, Ohio State, 5-feet-10 1/8, 207: Tremendous leader, real character-type guy, played in every game as an 18-year-old freshman and naturally garners respect. Intelligent on and off the field, very productive, not physically blessed but competitor who is always around ball. Not as big as most teams want and doesn't play quite as quick as the 40-yard time.
46. QB Chris Simms, Texas, 6-feet-4 3/8, 220: Can't ever discount the fact he has been around the game for a long time, growing up around the Giants locker room, and is a mature player. Arm is big enough and is especially effective on the intermediate throws. Can be erratic and, despite his background and tutelage, does not do a good job of looking off defenders.
47. OT Jon Stinchcomb, Georgia, 6-feet-5, 303: Has matured physically in the offseason and gained about 20 pounds, which he needed to be able to play tackle. Terrific technician, understands the leverage angles and really uses his hands well. Very smart player, has nice instincts, still needs some work in pass protection. Given need for tackles, could go higher than rank.
48. RB Onterrio Smith, Oregon, 5-feet-9 7/8, 220: Showed some power last season. One of the most agile, quick runners in this draft and, next to Willis McGahee, might be the most elusive runner. Has the ability to break the long run. Character issues may scare teams. Violated team rules that led to Tennessee departure. Though up to 220 pounds, he played last year at 205.
49. TE Dallas Clark, Iowa, 6-feet-3 3/8, 257: Not as mammoth as some of the prospects at the position, but little doubt he is the most athletic tight end in the '03 class. Most of his times in the change-of-direction drills were better than many wide receivers and backs. Good hands, body control, and knows how to wall-off defenders. Willing, but not accomplished blocker.
50. OLB Pisa Tinoisamoa, Hawaii, 6-feet-0 3/8, 231: Tremendous quickness, explosiveness and burst. When he gets a good look at a play, is like a heat-seeking missile, and he can cover a ton of ground with an economy of motion. Makes himself hard to block because he is so active. If he was an inch taller, might be the best weak-side prospect in the draft.
51. CB/FS Julian Battle, Tennessee, 6-feet-2 ¼, 205: Great size, and has lined up and played well at corner and safety, which makes him the kind of flexible secondary player teams are seeking for the way the game is played now. Has closing speed, toughness, loves to compete and play bump-and-run. For all his athleticism, plays too tall, and has had character problems.
52. OT George Foster, Georgia, 6-feet-5 3/8, 338: An industrial-sized blocker who can dominate at times in the running game. Played all of last season with a broken wrist and it might require more surgery. Plays with a wide base and can really rattle the teeth of defenders with his initial blow coming off the ball. Raw and inexperienced, will need time to develop.
53. RB Artose Pinner, Kentucky, 5-feet-9 ¾, 229: Productive runner who suffered setback when he broke his left foot in Senior Bowl game. Seems to be completely recovered and teams are coming on strong to him now. Hard runner with super body lean, finishes off every run, and bleeds yardage. Will break the first tackle and plays with nice pad level. Average receiver.
54. WR Tyrone Calico, Middle Tennessee State, 6-feet-3 ¾, 223: Huge receiver, from a physical standpoint the kind of prospect every team covets, great frame and long arms. At least at his college level, showed he will run over defenders, willing to go into a crowd after the ball. Didn't face big competition in Sun Belt Conference and mostly a linear threat right now.
55. DE Dewayne White, Louisville, 6-feet-2 1/8, 273: Quick and sudden and can beat the tackle with his first burst upfield. Big effort guy who was a linebacker early in his career and is still learning the end position. Will play hurt and never complains. Starting to develop some counter moves. A little too light at this point and will have to bulk up to handle the running game.
56. FS Terrence Kiel, Texas A&M, 5-feet-11 ¼, 204: Has really caught the eyes of scouts because of his superior speed and rare cover abilities for a safety who played most of his college career close to the line of scrimmage. Teams feel he can move outside and cover the receiver in the slot. Not as aware as you want at safety but will hit hard, wrap, and secure his tackles.
57. DT Anthony Adams, Penn State, 5-feet-11 5/8, 299: First thing scouts notice is lack of height but, once they see his playmaking skills and ability to get to the football, it becomes less a factor. Reads and reacts well and just flows to the action. Always has his pads low and that makes him difficult to block. Lack of height and very short arms will always be a negative factor.
58. ILB Terry Pierce, Kansas State, 6-feet-1 3/8, 251: Strong and resilient. Doesn't mind putting his nose into the action. Reads plays well and reacts with solid awareness. Durable and will play hurt. A warrior. Makes a lot more plays than he should. Really doesn't have speed to get him outside to the edge, will take sloppy tackling angles and get himself out of position.
59. OG Montrae Holland, Florida State, 6-feet-1 1/2, 333: Started for most of the past three years, but has only one season (2001) in which he started every game. Was first-team ACC. Has the potential to be dominating guard. He's an explosive run-blocker and in-line force. Wide base intrigues teams. Some scouts are concerned that both knees aren't 100 percent healthy.
60. FS Ken Hamlin, Arkansas, 6-feet-2 ½, 209: Can be dominant run defender and has the potential, because of his rangy build and large wing span, to eventually be a factor versus the pass as well. Loves his reputation as big hitter and will intimidate receivers coming across the middle. Has a little too much quick-twitch mentality and will bite too often on play-fake.
61. TE Bennie Joppru, Michigan, 6-feet-4 ¼, 272: Unlike many of the tight end prospects, actually spent five college seasons playing the position. Can't overlook durability and fact he got better every season. Enough movement skills that he might be able to play H-back. While he has soft hands, doesn't run precise routes in short zones, doesn't naturally separate.
62. RB Justin Fargas, Southern California, 6-feet-0 7/8, 219: Hasn't played much football because of injuries and transfer but lit it up at the combine and made himself a first-day pick. Has sprinter's speed and can break the long run. Excellent quickness and vision and a surprisingly good receiver. Will have to prove his maturity and, more important, his durability in NFL.
63. FS Terrence Holt, North Carolina State, 6-feet-1 ¾, 208: Very good diagnostician, especially against the running game, and will chase plays down. Plays in a classic breakdown football position and looks good when aligned in zone coverages. A superb special teams player and will contribute in that area. Not as strong as size would suggest and he slides off tackles.
64. CB/FS Nnamdi Asomugha, California, 6-feet-2 3/8, 213: The rare combination of size and speed every team wants now at cornerback. Has played both corner and safety and teams drool over his athleticism, if not yet over his instincts, which are still in the nascent stages. Plays a physical style and not afraid to use his hands to bump a wide receiver off his pass route.
65. WR Anquan Boldin, Florida State, 6-feet-0 5/8, 216: Prototype size and nice run-after-catch skills and plays far quicker than his stopwatch speed. That's a good thing because he has run shoddy 40-yard sprints all spring and hurt his stock a bit. Physical enough to muscle the smaller corners off the ball and, when he hits open field, he's got a deceptive burst to him.
66. DE/LB Antwan Peek, Cincinnati, 6-feet-2 5/8, 246: A hybrid-type of defender who probably has to play linebacker in the NFL, and perhaps would be best suited to a 3-4 scheme. Athletic and competitive and has good feel for rushing the passer. Will close quickly on his prey and has forced a lot of fumbles in his career. Lack of size could scare some teams off.
67. OT Brett Williams, Florida State, 6-feet-5, 321: Just a big man all over and has natural strength to go along with weight room-developed power. Very versatile, can play any spot on line except center, and looks like a strong-side tackle to most teams. Surprisingly good feet and mechanics. For all his size, lacks functional strength in lower body and looks stiff at times.
68. WR Bethel Johnson, Texas A&M, 5-feet-11, 201 pounds: Flashes explosive speed and, in routes and after catch, has the ability to run right by people. Not just a sprinter, since he flashes quickness in his cuts, very aggressive player, good coordination and agility. Second-round talent but scouts are concerned about seven past abdominal surgeries and work ethic.
69. C Al Johnson, Wisconsin, 6-feet-3 ½, 305: Comes off ball strong and gets into defenders quickly. Uses his hands well to get inside on linemen and knows how to sustain blocks. Can slide and mirror and does a good job of helping block the blitz. A very aware player and can make the blocking calls. Out of his element when in space, not very strong on the screens.
70. DT Nick Eason, Clemson, 6-feet-3 ¼, 301: Super character kid who has suffered through a lot of injuries but demonstrated great heart. A really wide lower body and center of gravity make him tough to move from the middle. Won't make a lot of tackles but can clog and stack and anchor versus the run. Always hustling. Has habit of getting too upright and loses leverage.
71. DT Rien Long, Washington State, 6-feet-6 1/8, 303: Huge frame and long torso, could probably add another 15 pounds and no one would notice. Strong lower body and isn't often knocked off his feet. Can handle the double-team blocks. Lacks some functional football strength and will need to get a lot stronger in the upper body. Seems disinterested at times.
72. DE Cory Redding, Texas, 6-feet-4, 279: Tough and durable defender, has always demonstrated passion for the game, won't take any snaps off. Good strength, although not a naturally powerful player, but can lock on and fend off the initial block. Solid versus the run and knows the leverage game. Not a natural right end because he lacks true quickness off the edge.
73. C Bruce Nelson, Iowa, 6-feet-5 1/4, 301: Former tight ends who might be good enough to start early in his career. His technique is excellent and he comes from a good program for blockers. Has quick feet and should work well as a double-team blocker. Needs to work on his strength to help with his run-blocking against bigger the defensive tackles he'll now face.
74. WR Shaun McDonald, Arizona State, 5-feet-8 ½, 170: Quick and agile and, while he didn't time well this spring in some workouts, scouts feel he has explosiveness and can be a factor as a No. 3 wideout and return man. Will got into traffic for the ball and runs crisp pass routes. Quarterbacks struggle sometimes to find him in secondary because of his lack of height.
75. OT Seth Wand, Northwest Missouri State, 6-feet-7, 321: Has gained about 25 pounds since end of season and not lost any of his quickness or footwork. His frame can actually handle another 10-15 pounds. Not many people know him but some teams feel he is one of the top pass protectors in the entire talent pool. Very raw but a patient team could get a real player.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.