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pakowitz 12-11-2002 12:33 AM

Mel Kiper Jr's top prospects for the 2003 NFL draft
Player Class Pos. School

1. Carson Palmer Sr. QB USC
Improved decision-making complements talent.

2. Charles Rogers Jr. WR Mich. St.
Big target (6-4, 205) with Randy Moss-like skills.

3. Jimmy Kennedy Sr. DT Penn St.
Complete package NFL teams are looking for.

4. Byron Leftwich Sr. QB Marshall
Outstanding pure passer with nice touch.

5. Jordan Gross Sr. OT Utah
Has a mean streak that keeps DEs at bay.

6. Terence Newman Sr. CB Kan. St.
Skilled corner with blazing recovery speed.

7. William Joseph Sr. DT Miami
Collapse-the-pocket style D-lineman.

8. Eric Steinbach Sr. OG Iowa
Fundamentally sound, well-coached trenchman.

9. Tyler Brayton Sr. DT Colorado
Explosive, intense 6-foot-5, 270-pounder.

10. Jerome McDougle Sr. DE Miami
Former juco star is force off the edge.

11. Gerald Hayes Sr. LB Pitt
Smart, instinctive and rugged MLB.

12. Antwan Peek Sr. DE Cincinnati
Opponents fear this sack artist.

13. Vince Manuwai Sr. OG Hawaii
Possesses explosive strength and quickness.

14. Bryant Johnson Sr. WR Penn St.
Physically talented and possesses excellent hands.

15. Lee Suggs Sr. RB Va. Tech
Quality feature back has excelled for Hokies.

16. George Foster Sr. OT Georgia
Re-establishing himself after preseason injury.

17. Dave Ragone Sr. QB Louisville
Skilled passer has had to carry young offense.

18. Andre Woolfolk Sr. CB Oklahoma
Former receiver struggled late in season.

19. Al Johnson Sr. C Wisconsin
Excellent anchor for Badger O-line.

20. Marcus Trufant Sr. CB Wa. St.
Excellent man-to-man cover corner for Cougars.

21. E.J. Henderson Sr. LB Maryland
All-American talent solidifies D for Terps.

22. Mike Pinkard Sr. TE Ariz. St.
Great target (6-5, 260) with superb speed.

23. Boss Bailey Sr. LB Georgia
Great athlete; produces despite safety-like size.

24. Rashean Mathis Sr. DB Bethune-Cookman
Ideal corner skills; had 14 interceptions.

25. Larry Johnson Sr. RB Penn St.
Eddie George-type runner who went over 2,000 yards.

Dropped Off:
Taylor Jacobs
LaMarcus McDonald

here are some Underclassmen who are expected to enter the NFL draft
Eli Manning QB 'Ol Miss

Rex Grossman QB FLorida

Willis McGahee RB Miami (FL)

Chris Brown RB Colorado

Roy Williams WR Texas

Andre Johnson WR Miami (FL)

I also like the ability of the All-American Saftey from Ohio State, Mike Doss, who was expected to leave ohio state last year for the NFL but stayed for his SR season

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