Scouting the PAC 10: Stanford

It was a precipitous drop down Pac Ten rankings after Tyrone Willingham bolted for Notre Dame and the Cardinal struggled through a tough campaign in 2002, yet the program still put a player in the first round. Now they're lucky if they get one chosen in next April's first day.

Scouts anxiously await the return of Chris Lewis . The athletic fire-ball thrower has the innate skills teams want at the quarterback position and flashed brilliance during the 2001 season. Still, he needs a lot of work on his fundamentals and must significantly improve his accuracy as well as the placement of his throws. Another returning from injury is tight end Brett Pierce, a complete player that displayed very good football skills until a knee injury sidelined him last season. A big season could put Pierce into the middle rounds. Kirk Chambers is solid but athletically limited at tackle while Luke Powell is much the same at receiver and a pass catcher with solid hands but terrible size/speed numbers.

Defensively the only prospect on the radar screen is corner Stanley Wilson, an adequate cover man best as a dime back at the next level.

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