Scouting the Rose Bowl for NFL Talent

January, 5PM EST, ABC: The Granddaddy of them all offers a classic match-up on the first day of 2007. Besides being a great game the Michigan-USC contest offers as many as eight players with first round grades and another seven who could be top-100 selections.

USC vs. Michigan
ABC, 5:00 P.M.

Michigan

Name Pos # Yr Rnd Comments
Jamar Adams S 22 3Jr 3/4 Terrific young safety prospect effective defending the run and covering the pass.
Willis Barringer S 19 5Sr FA
Hard-hitting run defender who rarely saw action this season.
Rondell Biggs DE 91 5Sr 7th Speedy edge rusher who can make it as a pass rush specialist in the NFL.
Mark Bihl C 54 5Sr 7th Underrated blocker on the pivot with the ability to back-up at the next level.
Alan Branch DT 80 3Jr 1st Potentially dominant tackle with great size.  Needs to improve the details of his game, learn to play with better pad level and use his hands better.
Steve Breaston WR 15 5Sr 4/5 Potential number three receiver whose main duties will be as a return specialist.
Prescott Burgess OLB 6 4Sr 4/5 Playmaking linebacker who has slipped through the cracks.  Could surprise at the next level.
Shawn Crable OLB 2 5Sr 6/7 Terrific 3-4 OLB prospect who gets little notice.
Tyler Ecker TE 89 5Sr FA Efficient tight end with marginal athleticism.  Could make it as a number three.
Leon Hall CB 29 4Sr 1st Shut down cover corner with average playing speed.
David Harris ILB 45 5Sr 3/4 Tackling machine who could be used as a middle or inside linebacker.
Mike Hart RB 20 3Jr 5/6 Solid college ball carrier who does not project all that well to the next level.
Chad Henne QB 7 3Jr 1st Physically gifted passer with good upside.  Needs to stay in school one more year.
Jerome Jackson RB 24 4Sr FA  
Tim Jamison DE 90 3Jr 3/4
Developing defensive end with a very good game.
Mike Kolodziej T 76 5Sr FA  
Jake Long T 77 4Jr 1st Dominant tackle with great size and terrific feet.  Potential top ten pick in next April's draft, though he's stated he will return to Ann Arbor for his senior campaign.
Trent Morgan CB 14 4Jr 3/4 Offers good ball skills and solid size.
Rueben Riley Jr. T 72 5Sr FA Large blocker who is a very average football player.
Carl Tabb WR 17 5Sr FA  
Brian Thompson FB 35 5Sr FA  
Lamarr Woodley DE 56 4Sr 1st Terrific college player with poor size/speed numbers for the next level.  Does not have a defined NFL position as of yet but will produce in the right system.

USC

Name Pos # Yr Rnd Comments
Sam Baker T 79 4Jr 1st Underrated tackle developing a complete game.
Sedrick Ellis DT 49 4Jr 2nd Dynamic interior lineman with tremendous quickness and explosion.  Quite possibly a better version of Mike Patterson.
Brandon Hancock FB 40 5Sr 6/7 Athletic lead blocker sidelined with a knee injury.
Lawrence Jackson DE 96 4Jr 2/3 Disruptive pass rusher also effective dropped into space.  Coming off a poor junior campaign.  Has given conflicting signs as to whether or not he'll enter the draft.
Dwayne Jarrett WR 8 3Jr 1st Dominant game controlling receiver who takes over games when focused.
Ryan Kalil C 67 4Sr 2/3 Smart, tough blocker that's shown consistent improvement.  Has starting potential at the next level.
Oscar Lua ILB 45 5Sr 6/7 Tough, run defending two down defender.
Josh Pinkard CB 36 3Jr 5/6 Solid cover corner on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Keith Rivers OLB 55 3Jr 1st Athletic weak-side prospect who makes plays sideline-to-sideline.
Dallas Sartz OLB 42 5Sr FA Intelligent linebacker who could back-up at the next level.
Steve Smith WR 2 4Sr 3rd Natural receiver who consistently gets the job done.  Not big or fast but rather efficient and productive.

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