Ranking the Draft

Dev Panchwagh ranks the top 50 prospects of the 2003 draft class.

1. Charles Rogers, WR, Michigan State: Is fluid, extremely explosive after the catch, and can separate from deep coverage. Is arguably the most polished player out of the entire draft class. Rogers faced double teams last year and still produced like a No.1 WR should.  


2. Byron Leftwich, QB, Marshall: Leftwich is a more polished, accurate passer than Carson Palmer. He can make all of the throws, scans the field well and has the poise to deliver under duress. Questions about his leg and mobility have clouded his stock.


3. Terrell Suggs, DE, Arizona State: Forget the poor 40 time he posted, Suggs can fly on the field, when it matters most. Has the type of top notch bust, quick first step and motor that great pass rushers posses. Is not just a one-dimensional edge rusher; Suggs uses his hands well, to incorporate spin and rip moves into his repertoire.  


4. Terence Newman, CB, Kansas State: Has the skills to impact the game at three different positions in the NFL: CB, PR and WR. Although his press coverage skills are raw, he is talented and physical enough to adjust. Newman is a playmaker who has the speed, range and athleticism to become a shutdown corner.


5. Dewayne Robertson, DT, Kentucky: Robertson can not only rush the passer, but he can anchor against the run. He can play in a one-gap or two-gap scheme in the NFL. Uses a combination of power, speed and agility to split gaps and disrupt any play. Also plays with great intensity on every snap.


6. Jimmy Kennedy, DT, Penn State: Has better overall upside and the ability to become a stronger impact player than Dewayne Robertson. However, Kennedy doesn't play with Robertson's intensity and quickness. Still, at 330 pounds, he is a freak who can drive offensive lineman backwards and will be tough to move at the next level.


7. Carson Palmer, QB, USC: While he doesn't wow you in any one area of the game, he is simply solid. Palmer has surprising quickness to move outside of the pocket and can throw the ball accurately on the run. Has the quickest release out of this quarterback pool and when he is focused, he will complete a high percentage of his passes.


8. Jordan Gross, OT, Utah: Gross is technically sound, quick and can pull. While Gross doesn't have a strong base, he does play with a mean streak and gets after lineman and backers in the running game. Not nearly as skilled as an Ogden, Jones or McKinnie, but he'll be dependable.


9. Marcus Trufant, CB, Washington State: Is a smooth player who can turn and adjust to the ball in coverage. Will be able to play well in zone coverage and backpedals effortlessly. Trufant shows nice recognition and has a very good feel for when the ball is coming his way.


10. Andre Johnson, WR, Miami (Fla.): Johnson has awesome physical abilities and raw upside. Is a threat after the catch, can break tackles and fight for jump balls. Still, Johnson needs to polish his route running skills and show that he won't disappear against top notch cornerbacks, as he did at times for the Hurricanes.


The rest of the best:


11. Kevin Williams, DT, Oklahoma State

12. Eric Steinbach, OT/G, Iowa

13. Jerome McDougle, DE, Miami (Fla.)

14. Boss Bailey, LB, Georgia

15. Kwame Harris, OT, Stanford


16. Kyle Boller, QB, California

17. Willis McGahee, RB, Miami (Fla.)

18. Jonathan Sullivan, DT, Georgia

19. E.J. Henderson, ILB, Maryland

20. William Joseph, DT, Miami (Fla.)


21. Kelley Washington, WR, Tennessee

22. Michael Haynes, DE, Penn State

23. George Foster, OT, Georgia

24. Andre Woolfolk, CB, Oklahoma

25. Kenny Peterson, DE/DT, Ohio State


26. Jason Witten, TE, Tennessee

27. Ty Warren, DT, Texas A&M

28. Bryant Johnson, WR, Penn State

29. Taylor Jacobs, WR, Florida

30. Rashean Mathis, CB, Bethune-Cookman


31. Rien Long, DT, Washington State

32. Dennis Weathersby, CB Oregon State

33. Cory Redding, DE, Texas

34. Jeff Faine, C, Notre Dame

35. Lee Suggs, RB, Virginia Tech


36. Antwan Peek, OLB, Cincinnati

37. Larry Johnson, RB, Penn State

38. Dewayne White, DE, Louisville

39. Dallas Clark, TE, Iowa

40. Onterrio Smith, Oregon


41. Julian Battle, S, Tennessee

42. Dave Ragone, QB, Louisville

43. Nick Eason, DT, Clemson

44. Chris Simms, QB, Texas

45. Anquan Boldin, WR, Florida State


46. Rex Grossman, QB, Florida

47. Chris Kelsay, DE, Nebraska

48. Montre Holland, G, Florida State

49. Tyler Brayton, DE, Colorado

50. Troy Palamalu, S, USC

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