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Harvin realizes playmaking potential

Originally Published: January 26, 2010
By Scouts Inc. | ESPN.com

Here's a look at how the top 25 prospects in the Class of 2006 have fared on the gridiron:

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Rolle

1. Myron Rolle (Galloway, N.J./The Hun School of Princeton)
Position: S
College: Florida State
Rolle spent three years at Florida State, during which he accumulated 206 tackles. As a junior, Rolle earned second-team All-ACC honors. Instead of entering the 2009 NFL draft or returning to Tallahassee for his senior season, Rolle, who boasted a 3.75 GPA, elected to pursue a course of study at Oxford University after he earned a Rhodes Scholarship.


Harvin

2. Percy Harvin (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown)
Position: WR
College: Florida
During his three years in Gainesville, Harvin may have been the most dynamic playmaker on the college gridiron. In 36 career games Harvin had 1,929 yards receiving and 1,852 yards rushing. In 2006, he was named SEC Freshman of the Year. Harvin was a major reason for Florida's ascendance back to national prominence; he was a key player on the Gators' national title teams in 2007 and 2009. He was a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings and was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.


Hazelton

3. Vidal Hazelton (Chatham, Va./Hargrave Military Academy)
Position: WR
College: USC
After coming into Troy as USC's biggest recruit in the 2006 cycle, Hazelton never realized his immense potential. In three years at USC, the towering wideout had 586 receiving yards, 540 of which came during his sophomore season in 2007, and four touchdowns. In 2009, Hazelton announced he would be transferring from USC to Cincinnati. He should be eligible to play for the Bearcats in the fall.


Smith

4. Andre Smith (Birmingham, Ala./Huffman)
Position: OT
College: Alabama
Smith was a major contributor for a program that was completely resurrected by coach Nick Saban. In three seasons at Alabama, Smith started every game except for the 2009 Sugar Bowl, for which he was ruled ineligible due to contact with an agent. In 2008, he won the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation's top lineman. He was twice named All-SEC and was also a first-team All-American in 2008. The Cincinnati Bengals selected Smith with the sixth pick of the 2009 NFL draft.


Stafford

5. Matthew Stafford (Highland Park, Texas/Highland Park)
Position: QB
College: Georgia
Stafford took over as the starter at Georgia as a freshman and never looked back. In his three seasons at the helm, the Bulldogs went 27-7. He threw for nearly 8,000 yards and 51 touchdowns in Athens. With his production and incredible physical ability, the Detroit Lions made Stafford the top pick in the 2009 NFL draft. In 10 starts for the Lions, he passed for more than 2,200 yards and 13 touchdowns (against 20 interceptions).


Murray

6. DeMarco Murray (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
Position: RB
College: Oklahoma
The top running back in the 2006 class, Murray has had a productive career for the Sooners. His career stats -- 2,471 rush yards and 45 total touchdowns -- could be even more robust if not for OU's glut of talented running backs. Those numbers are even more impressive considering that he has battled several nagging injuries. A redshirt senior, expect Murray be among the nation's top backs in 2010.


Kindle

7. Sergio Kindle, (Dallas/Woodrow Wilson)
Position: OLB
College: Texas
Kindle, a hybrid defensive end/linebacker, was a force playing both outside linebacker and end for the Longhorns. In four seasons in Austin, he posted career totals of 151 tackles, 13.5 sacks and 39 tackles for a loss. As a senior for the Big 12 champs in 2009, he was a finalist for the Butkus (nation's top linebacker) and Hendricks awards (nation's top defensive end). Kindle, a projected first-round pick, was a two-time All-Big 12 selection.


Mays

8. Taylor Mays (Seattle/O'Dea)
Position: S
College: USC
Mays was among the nation's most feared defensive backs during his tenure at USC. His celebrated career included three All-American selections; he was only the fourth player in school history to earn that distinction three times. During his career, Mays had 276 tackles and five interceptions. He is a projected first-round pick in April's draft.


Johnson

9. Micah Johnson (Fort Campbell, Ky./Fort Campbell)
Position: ILB
College: Kentucky
Johnson had 285 tackles and two interceptions during his four years with the Wildcats. He earned All-SEC honors during his junior and senior seasons, and helped the Wildcats to four straight bowl games.


Perez

10. Antwine Perez (Camden, N.J./Woodrow Wilson)
Position: S
College: USC
As a true freshman in 2006, Perez played in seven games at USC. Following that season, he decided to transfer to the University of Maryland. After sitting out a year as per NCAA transfer regulations, Perez has contributed at free safety for the Terps. He has 69 total tackles during his two seasons in College Park. Perez will be a senior in 2010.


Evans

11. Maurice Evans (New York/Christ The King)
Position: DE
College: Penn State
Evans' best season in Happy Valley was his sophomore campaign in 2007, when he posted 12.5 sacks, ranking eighth nationally in that statistic. Prior to his junior season he was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and subsequently was suspended for the season's first three games. In 10 games during the 2008 season, his numbers took a dramatic drop: He had 34 tackles and three sacks and started only three games. Following that season, he declared for the NFL draft but wasn't selected. He currently is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad.


Mustain

12. Mitch Mustain (Springdale, Ark./Springdale)
Position: QB
College: Arkansas
Mustain started eight games for the Razorbacks as a freshman but elected to transfer to USC following the 2006 season. After sitting out a year, he played behind future NFL first-round pick Mark Sanchez and saw action in eight games for the Trojans. In 2009, Mustain was behind freshman Matt Barkley and redshirt sophomore Aaron Corp, who has since transferred, on USC's depth chart. He'll be a senior in 2010.


Snead

13. Jevan Snead (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville)
Position: QB
College: Texas
Snead lost out to fellow freshman Colt McCoy for the starting gig in Austin prior to the 2006 season. After playing fairly well while McCoy missed time due to injury, Snead elected to transfer to Ole Miss. In two seasons with the Rebels he passed for 5,394 yards and 52 total touchdowns. He has elected to enter the 2010 NFL draft.


Johnson

14. Stafon Johnson (Bellflower, Calif./Dorsey)
Position: RB
College: USC
Johnson was a steady contributor to USC's rushing attack. He played sparingly as a true freshman in 2006 but ran for nearly 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns the next two seasons combined. Johnson was off to a torrid start to the 2009 campaign, scoring five times in four games, before suffering a horrific accident during weight training. The injury put Johnson in the hospital for more than two weeks. Johnson eventually recovered from the injury and plans on entering April's NFL draft.


Tebow

15. Tim Tebow (St. Augustine, Fla./Nease)
Position: QB
College: Florida
Tebow, the No. 4-rated quarterback in the 2006 class, put together one of the most decorated careers in the history of college football. A three-year starter and two-time national champion, Tebow became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, in 2007. He was a finalist for that same award in 2008 and 2009. During his career with the Gators, he had 145 total touchdowns, 9,285 yards passing and 2,947 yards on the ground.


Eugene

16. Jai Eugene (St. Rose, La./Destrehan)
Position: CB
College: LSU
After redshirting in 2006 and playing as a reserve in 2007, Eugene has primarily been utilized as a starting corner for the Tigers. He has 69 career tackles and one interception during his career in Baton Rogue.


Woods

17. Al Woods, (Elton, La./Elton)
Position: DT
College: LSU
Woods had 16 career starts for LSU as an interior D-lineman. His most successful season was his senior campaign in 2009, during which he started all 13 games and posted 33 tackles. He is ranked as the No. 10 defensive tackle prospect in this year's NFL draft class.


Ball

18. Marcus Ball (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain)
Position: LB
College: Florida State
Ball played two seasons with the Seminoles -- amassing 37 total tackles -- before getting dismissed from his scholarship. He spent a year at Pearl River (Miss.) Community College, then transferred to Memphis. As a redshirt junior in 2009 he posted 42 tackles and two interceptions for the Tigers.


Young

19. Sam Young (Coral Springs, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas)
Position: OT
College: Notre Dame
Young started in every game he played in South Bend. His 50 consecutive starts at Notre Dame broke the previous school record. He was on the 2009 Outland Trophy watch list and is rated as the No. 14 OT prospect in the 2010 draft.


Warren
20. Brandon Warren (Alcoa, Tenn./Alcoa)
Position: TE
College: Florida State
Warren was a freshman All-American for the Seminoles -- posting 28 catches for 301 yards and a score -- then transferred to Pellissippi State Community College before ending up at Tennessee. He was dismissed from the Tennessee program in October following a sideline confrontation with coach Frank Wilson.


McCoy

21. Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma City, Okla./Southeast)
Position: DT
College: Oklahoma
McCoy, one of the nation's most feared interior defensive linemen, had 73 career tackles and 14 sacks in three years with the Sooners. A two-time All-American, McCoy is projected to be a top-10 pick in April's draft.


Jones
22. Eddie Jones (Kilgore, Texas/Kilgore)
Position: DE
College: Texas
Jones has appeared in 37 career games for the Longhorns. In three seasons he has posted totals of 50 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions. He'll be a senior in the fall.


Walker
23. Allen Walker (Olive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch)
Position: S
College: Ole Miss
After redshirting in 2006 and contributing on special teams in 2007, Walker has started the majority of the Rebels' games as a strongside linebacker. He has 105 career tackles and will be a senior this fall.


Johnson

24. Carl Johnson (Durham, N.C./Southern)
Position: OT
College: Florida
Johnson redshirted in 2006, but he has seen action in all but two of Florida's games he was active for. As a sophomore he started eight games at left guard. He moved to left tackle this past season and was a key part of one of the SEC's top rushing offenses.


Jones

25. Reshad Jones (Atlanta/Booker T. Washington)
Position: S
College: Georgia
After redshirting in 2006, Jones became a major contributor for the Bulldogs' defense. He has 206 career tackles -- 68 of which came in 2009 -- and 11 career interceptions playing strong safety. Jones has entered the 2010 NFL draft.


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