DE Gaines Adams
We start at the top with Clemson star defensive end Gaines Adams. Some analysts have projected Adams to go as early as the 2nd overall pick in the draft. The former star at Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, SC is a superb athletic specimen rushing off the ends and without a doubt his blend of size and speed has enamored pro scouts.
LB Lawrence Timmons
Timmons, a former star at Florence High School and Florida State, may have seen his stock drop somewhat after it was discovered that he wasn't quite as tall as the FSU press guides had stated during his career. It was also noted that Timmons may have possibly shown up out of shape for the combine and pro day at FSU. While his height may have put some doubts in the minds of some his play on the field should ease those worries. Once again speed is the name of the game with Timmons as he should excel with teams using the 3-4 scheme as he runs in the sub 4.6 range usually when in optimum condition.
WR Sidney Rice
Rice came to South Carolina with a three star rating and exploded on the scene as a redshirt freshman. Analysts saw him as too slow coming out of high school and once again the same knock is showing up after his workouts. Once again when put in game situations Rice continues to produce big time numbers and touchdowns. It's amazing that even though many consider him "slow" he often found his way behind defenders and ultimately the endzone. The former Gaffney High star will probably once again prove the critics wrong and make a big impact in the NFL just as he did at South Carolina for coach Steve Spurrier.
LB Anthony Waters
There will be questions about the injured knee of Anthony Waters but when healthy the talented Lake City high school star made big time plays for Clemson. Scouts put Waters through various tests and thus far it appears his knee has rehabbed very well. Waters has good size and speed which could parlay into a long NFL career.
OT Brandon Frye
Many people forgot about former Myrtle Beach high standout Brandon Frye. He actually started on the defensive side of the ball before making the change to offensive line. There are questions marks about Brandon due to the change but with a big-time motor and size at 6'4 302 pounds NFL teams will give him a shot and hopefully a chance to develop after a year or two in the league.
LB Justin Durant
Another name that got lost in the shuffle of players who didn't land at the biggest schools is former Wilson High product Justin Durant. Durant ended up at Hampton University in Virginia and there he established himself as a dominate force in the MEAC. Durant won the MEAC Defensive Player Of The Year award three straight seasons. Some have knocked his size but watching film of Durant you see the speed and tenacity that he brings to the ballcarrier each time. Durant's size at 6'1 230 has been questioned but his upside outweighs those issues.