Meet the Prospects

Just two days remain before the 2004 NFL Draft. The war room battle plans have been drawn, exhausting all possible scenarios. The scouting reports have been filed from every conceivable angle. Now all that's left to do is wait for that combination of draft day savvy and just plain luck that will determine the Packers' future.<p>

Here is capsule review of strong Packer possibilities for Saturday's first round.

CB Chris Gamble

Ohio State (Jr.)

Ht: 6-2, Wt.:196

A force for the Buckeyes the past two years including their 2002 National Championship campaign, Gamble is big and physical with better speed than he showed in recent 40s (best time 4.50). A versatile player who was a two-way starter for OSU, Gamble could have potential as a returnman. The Packers will have to hope that the Patriots don't grab Gamble with the 21st pick – a selection overwhelmingly projected by many mock drafts.

DE Marquise Hill

LSU (Jr.)

Ht: 6-6 ½. Wt. 305.

Two-year starter for the Tigers, may be a jack of all trades but master of none on the defensive line. Hill has been called a "naturally strong athlete who can be a force at several positions" by scouts and is strong against the run, but he has also been termed "sluggish, lethargic and lackadaisical."

QB JP Losman

Tulane (Sr.) Ht: 6-2 ½. Wt. 224

First of two QBs linked with the Packers. Losman has a quick delivery and a powerful arm. Losman's aggressiveness allows him to show versatility as a running QB. Scouts have ascribed important intangibles including patience, toughness and solid decision making to Losman, who is unlikely to be around at No. 25 unless some major shakeups occur earlier.

DE Antwan Odom

Alabama (Jr.)

Ht: 6-5, Wt.: 280

Odom's strengths include agility, quickness and the ability to make plays in all directions. However his size sometimes worked against him in college, a problem that could be greatly magnified at the next level.

CB Will Poole

USC (Sr.)

Ht: 5-10, Wt. 182

Poole has moved up the ladder quickly once he arrived at USC, but first had to overcome adversity at Boston College before leaving for a JC. Quick with excellent closing speed, scouts say Poole has great field sense, and is the best natural cornerback in the draft, but he is undersized.

QB Philip Rivers

NC State (Sr.)

Ht: 6-5, Wt. 229

The QB most often assigned to the Pack in mock drafts, this ACC powerhouse is the second-leading passer in NCAA history. Once teams get past his bizarre throwing motion, they'll find a strong, smart (perennial Academic All-America) QB with excellent instinct and leadership ability, according to scouts. Other strengths include good placement and solid footwork, although his accuracy suffers from long range. Like Losman, will probably go higher but could be tempting if he's still around.

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