Commentary

Pitt's Dickerson grows into TE role

Originally Published: January 28, 2010
By Scouts Inc. | ESPN.com

Here's a look at how the prospects rated between No. 51 and 75 in the Class of 2006 have fared on the gridiron:

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Ross

51. Devin Ross (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga)
Position: CB
College: Arizona
Ross started all but one game in his last two seasons with the Wildcats. He accumulated 154 career tackles and five interceptions. He was second-team All-Pac-10 as a junior in 2008 and honorable mention as a senior. Ross is the No. 17 corner in the 2010 NFL draft.


Gable

52. C.J. Gable (Sylmar, Calif./Sylmar)
Position: RB
College: USC
With the exception of the 2007 season, during which he took a medical redshirt, Gable has been a fixture in the Trojans' running back rotation. His best season came as a redshirt sophomore in 2008; Gable ran for 617 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He will be a senior in the fall.


Locker

53. Jake Locker (Ferndale, Wash./Ferndale)
Position: QB
College: Washington
Locker has been productive under center despite playing on some Washington squads that were lacking in talent. He was a freshman All-American in 2007 -- after a redshirt year -- and was honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2009. Locker's numbers -- 5,374 career passing yards, 1,554 rushing yards and 59 total touchdowns -- tell only part of the story. With his tremendous talent, he might have been the top pick in this April's draft. However, he elected to return to Washington in hopes of guiding the Huskies to their first bowl game during his time with the program.


Sims

54. Marcus Sims (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian)
Position: ILB
College: Florida State
Sims lined up as a fullback for the Seminoles and accumulated 64 rushing yards and three total touchdowns during his time in Tallahassee. After the 2008 season, Sims announced he would transfer to Northern Alabama to play for a familiar name -- Terry Bowden.


Shields

55. Sam Shields (Sarasota, Fla./Booker)
Position: WR
College: Miami
After three solid seasons as a wideout and special-teams contributor, during which he had 971 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, Shields made the switch to defense full-time prior to the 2009 campaign. As a senior defensive back, he recorded 41 tackles and forced a fumble. Shields is rated as the No. 20 cornerback in the 2010 NFL draft.


Hornsby

56. Jamar Hornsby (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood)
Position: S
College: Florida
Hornsby redshirted in 2006 then saw time in seven games as a freshman. He was dismissed from the team in May 2007 following his arrest on charges of felony credit card fraud. After the dismissal he spent a year at East Mississippi Junior College. He was set to play at Ole Miss but another arrest derailed his football career before the 2009 season began.


Frazer

57. Zach Frazer (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg)
Position: QB
College: Notre Dame
After the 2006 season, Frazer, then a redshirt freshman, elected to transfer from Notre Dame. He ended up at UConn, where he has 1,997 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons. He saw time in 10 games as a junior in 2009, including leading the Huskies to a win over the Irish in South Bend.


Heath

58. Brandon Heath (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes)
Position: S
College: Louisville
Heath has been a solid contributor in his three seasons with the Cardinals. The senior-to-be has amassed 78 career tackles.


Brown

59. Carlos Brown (Franklin, Ga./Heard County)
Position: RB
College: Michigan
Brown had his most productive season with the Wolverines as a senior in 2009; he posted 480 of his career 1,025 rush yards and had four touchdowns for the rebuilding program.


Rose

60. Robert Rose (Cleveland/Glenville)
Position: DE
College: Ohio State
Rose played sparingly early during his career in Columbus, but he became a solid rotation player as an upperclassman. He totaled 20 tackles and two sacks during his junior and senior seasons. He is rated as the No. 31 DE prospect in the 2010 NFL draft pool.


Sapp

61. Ricky Sapp (Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt)
Position: DE
College: Clemson
A consistent edge rusher during his time at Clemson, Sapp finished his career for the Tigers with 142 tackles, four forced fumbles and 17.5 sacks. As an upperclassman, he teamed with DaQuan Bowers to form one of the nation's most prolific pass rushes. Sapp is projected as a fringe first-round pick in April's NFL draft.


Jones

62. Demetrius Jones (Chicago/Morgan Park)
Position: QB
College: Notre Dame
Jones started Notre Dame's 2007 opener but was quickly usurped by true freshman Jimmy Clausen. After that development, he transferred to Cincinnati. Stuck behind Tony Pike on the depth chart, Jones switched to outside linebacker before his junior season. In 2009, he had 37 tackles and one forced fumble for the Bearcats. He'll be a senior in the fall.


Anderson

63. Justin Anderson (Ocilla, Ga./Irwin County)
Position: OT
College: Georgia
Anderson spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy to get his academics in order before enrolling at UGA. He started 10 games for the Bulldogs along the offensive line as a redshirt sophomore in 2009.


Massey
64. Jonathan Massey (Gautier, Miss./Gautier)
Position: TE
College: Vanderbilt
Massey never played at Vanderbilt, and enrolled at Southern Mississippi after spending time at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He has 112 receiving yards and four touchdowns in two seasons with the Eagles. Massey will be a senior this fall.


Mullins

65. Aleric Mullins (Wendell, N.C./East Wake)
Position: DT
College: North Carolina
Mullins had a fairly consistent presence in North Carolina's defensive tackle rotation. As a senior in 2009, he had 15 tackles. Mullins is rated as the No. 13 DT prospect in the 2010 NFL draft pool.


Cumberland

66. Jeff Cumberland (Columbus, Ohio/Brookhaven)
Position: TE
College: Illinois
Cumberland accumulated 1,001 career receiving yards in his four seasons with the Illini. He was a sporadic starter at both tight end and wideout for Illinois. He is the No. 24 tight end prospect in the 2010 NFL draft.


Payne

67. Phillip Payne (Garland, Texas/Garland)
Position: WR
College: Texas
Payne notched his first career reception for Texas in its 2009 season opener against Louisiana-Monroe. A solid special-teams contributor, Payne will be a senior this fall.


Byham

68. Nate Byham (Franklin, Pa./Franklin)
Position: TE
College: Pitt
Byham was an All-Big East selection as a junior in 2008, a season in which he had 260 receiving yards and a touchdown. For his career he totaled 612 yards through the air and three receiving touchdowns. Byham is the No. 9 TE prospect in the 2010 NFL draft.


Allen

69. Asher Allen (Tucker, Ga./Tucker)
Position: CB
College: Georgia
Allen started 24 games in three seasons with the Bulldogs. He had his best season as a sophomore in 2007, notching 64 tackles, three tackles for a loss, two sacks and three interceptions. After an injury-riddled junior season, he declared for the 2009 NFL draft. He was selected in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings. He had 27 tackles and an interception as a rookie.


Morgan

70. Michael Morgan (Dallas/Skyline)
Position: OLB
College: USC
Morgan spent two years backing up a bevy of talented linebackers at USC. He got his chance as a starter in 2009, his junior season. He seized the opportunity, posting 50 tackles (14 for a loss) and four sacks.


Boren

71. Justin Boren (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington)
Position: OG
College: Michigan
Boren played two seasons at Michigan; as a sophomore in 2007 he was honorable mention All-Big Ten. Following that season he elected to transfer to Ohio State -- but not before he took some parting shots at new coach Rich Rodriguez. Upon returning to the gridiron in 2009, the junior was an All-Big Ten selection for the Buckeyes.


Schmidt

72. Luke Schmidt (Jasper, Ind./Jasper)
Position: FB
College: Notre Dame
Schmidt's career was cut short by concussions. He appeared in seven games for the Irish in 2007.


Robinson

73. Kylan Robinson (Tampa Bay, Fla./Chamberlain)
Position: RB
College: Miami
Robinson has been a special-teams contributor in his three years with the Hurricanes -- after he redshirted in 2006. He has four career tackles and will be a senior this coming fall.


Dickerson

74. Dorin Dickerson (Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny)
Position: WR
College: Pitt
Dickerson spent time at wideout and linebacker before he made the full-time switch to tight end in 2008. He came into his own as a versatile H-back during his senior season of 2009, posting 49 catches for 529 yards and 10 touchdowns. That production earned him first-team All-American honors from the Football Writers Association of America. Dickerson projects as a fullback at the pro level and is the top-ranked prospect at the position in the 2010 NFL draft pool.


Burton

75. Derek Burton (Muskogee, Okla./Muskogee)
Position: DE
College: Oklahoma State
Burton had 74 career tackles (16 for a loss) during four seasons in Stillwater. He played both defensive tackle and defensive end for the Cowboys.


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