Scouting the Rose Bowl: USC\Texas

USC battles for a third consecutive national title while Texas looks to climb atop the mountain. This game offers a tremendous amount of NFL talent. Seven possible first round picks and another eight first day selections will be on the field at any given time.

USC

 Name Pos # Yr Rnd Report
Sam Baker T 75 3So 2\3 Terrific blind side tackle on the college level with a good amount of upside.  Could be moved into guard in the NFL.
Darnell Bing S 20 3Jr 2\3 Hard-hitting safety best in a zone system.  Likely to enter the draft.
Reggie Bush RB 5 3Jr 1st
 
Explosive skill player who breaks games open handling the ball.  Versatility is key.  First or second player chosen next April.
Dominique Byrd TE 86 4Sr 3\4 Pass catching threat who must improve his blocking.
Herschel Dennis RB 34 4Sr FA  
Lawrence Jackson DE 96 3So 3\4 The next top defensive lineman from the SC program.
Winston Justice T 74 4Jr 1st Outstanding tackle who could be used on either the left or right side.  Will enter the draft and move up boards after workouts.
Ryan Kalil C 67 3Jr 4\5 Tough, small area blocker.
David Kirtman FB 43 5Sr 6\7 Devastating lead blocker who came on as a senior.  Received a combine invite.
Matt Leinart QB 11 4Sr 1st Heady passer that would be a perfect fit for a timing offense.  Terrific intangibles behind center.
Taitusi Lutui T 71 4Sr 4\5 Big bodied lineman out of place at guard.  Solid strong-side tackle prospect for the next level.
Tom Malone P 14 4Sr 6\7
 
Strong legged punter also effective directional kicking.
Fred Matua G 51 4Jr 4\5  
Frostee Rucker DE 90 4Sr 6\7 Undersized speed rusher off the edge.
Dallas Sartz OLB 42 4Sr 7th Developing strong-side linebacker prospect.
Steve Smith WR 2 3Jr 5\6 Potential number three wide out at the next level.
John Walker CB 18 4Sr 5\6  
Scott Ware S 29 4Sr 6\7 Did a terrific job his first year in the starting line-up.
LenDale White RB 21 3Jr 1st Powerful interior runner that can be a feature back at the next level.  Set to enter the draft.
Justin Wyatt CB 24 4Sr 6\7 Potential nickel back at the next level.

Texas

Name Pos # Yr Rnd Report
Will Allen G 72 5Sr FA Intelligent and versatile lineman who could potentially back-up at several NFL blocking positions.
Justin Blalock T 63 4Jr 2\3
 
Outstanding junior tackle who dominates defenders.
Tim Crowder DE 80 3Jr 2\3 Speedy rusher off the edge.  Solid 4-3 end.
Larry Dibbles DT 92 4Sr 6\7 Flashes skill on the inside yet does not always play hard.
Mike Garcia G 51 5Sr FA Longhorn back-up with the size and skill to play in the NFL.
Cedric Griffin CB 8 5Sr 3\4 Excellent sized defensive back who must complete his game.  Presently in the midst of a legal brouhaha
Aaron Harris OLB 2 4Sr 7th Underrated linebacker constantly around the action.
Michael Huff S 7 5Sr 1st Outstanding defensive back with terrific cover skills.  Could play corner or free safety in the NFL.
Jonathan Scott T 73 5Sr 2nd Coming off a terrific senior campaign and rising up draft boards.
Kasey Studdard G 64 4Jr 4\5
 
Solid young prospect who can be a dominant blocker.
David Thomas TE 16 4Sr 5\6 Well rounded tight end with marginal upside for the next level.
Rodrique Wright DT 90 4Sr 2\3 Disappointed scouts by not taking his game to the next level as a senior.
Vince Young QB 1 4Jr 1st Great athlete with terrific upside yet more "thrower" than "passer".  A signal caller who needs to return to college and become a complete quarterback.


 

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