July 17, 2011

Rivals at 10: Decade's top 100

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Putting together a list of the top 100 prospects for the last 10 years was a daunting task.

We first agreed that it would be based on the prospects' ability and potential out of high school and we would turn a blind eye to how they did in college or the NFL, which is why some major draft picks are missing from this list. But it was the only fair way to assess them all equally and take away factors like injuries, system fit, off-field issues and other things that can derail a college career.

Once we established that rule, it was basically going back and comparing the top players from each class at each position. Was Reggie Bush a better high school prospect than Derrick Williams even though Williams was the No. 1 player in his class (2005) and Bush was No. 2 (2003)? Would Haloti Ngata (2002) and DaQuan Bowers (2008) have been ranked No. 1 in the same class that Ronald Powell finished on top (2010)?

These were the questions asked.

It's easy to look at this list and wonder how someone like Williams, who had a solid career at Penn State and was an NFL third round pick, could be ranked ahead of Julio Jones or Eric Berry, but remember this is based on how good they were out of high school and Williams was a special prospect and good enough to be ranked at the top of his class. There is no revisionist history being done here where we would put Mark Sanchez (No. 62 on this list) ahead of Williams (No. 15) simply because he had a better college career and became a first-round draft choice. Back in 2005, Williams was No. 1, Sanchez was No. 7 and that's the way it is.

Many of the names on this list are current NFL stars (Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Haloti Ngata, Eugene Monroe, Eric Berry, etc.) while others are complete wash-out busts (Melvin Alaeze, Fred Rouse, Willie Williams, etc.) but out of high school, all of these guys were absolute studs. Putting them in order was fun and challenging.

Decade of prospects: 10-year Top 100
Rank Name HT/WT High School/YearVideoSigned

1

DE Jadeveon Clowney6-6/247Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe
(No. 1 in 2011)

2

RB Adrian Peterson6-2/210Palestine (Texas) High
(No. 1 in 2004)

3

QB Vince Young6-5/195Houston (Texas) Madison
(No. 1 in 2002)

4

QB Terrelle Pryor6-5/195Jeannette (Pa.) High
(No. 1 in 2008)

5

WR Percy Harvin6-1/188Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown
(No. 1 in 2006)

6

RB Bryce Brown6-0/215Wichita (Kan.) East
(No. 1 in 2009)

7

QB Jimmy Clausen6-3/200Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
(No. 1 in 2007)

8

LB Ernie Sims6-0/220Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian
(No. 1 in 2003)

9

RB Reggie Bush6-0/180San Diego (Calif.) Helix
(No. 2 in 2003)

10

DT Haloti Ngata6-5/310Salt Lake City (Utah) Highlands
(No. 2 in 2002)
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11

DE DaQuan Bowers6-4/267Bamberg (S.C.) Ehrhardt
(No. 2 in 2008)

12

DE Ronald Powell6-4/230Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
(No. 1 in 2010)

13

LB Curtis Grant6-3/222Richmond (Va.) Hermitage
(No. 2 in 2011)

14

OT Seantrel Henderson6-8/301Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall
(No. 2 in 2010)

15

ATH Derrick Williams6-0/189Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt
(No. 1 in 2005)

16

OL Andre Smith6-4/325Birmingham (Ala.) Huffman
(No. 2 in 2006)

17

WR Patrick Turner6-5/210Nashville (Tenn.) Goodpasture
(No. 2 in 2005)

18

OT Eugene Monroe6-6/319Plainfield (N.J.) High
(No. 3 in 2005)

19

OT Mike Adams6-7/308Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
(No. 3 in 2008)

20

WR Julio Jones6-4/215Foley (Ala.) High
(No. 4 in 2008)

21

CB Ted Ginn Jr.6-0/170Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville
(No. 2 in 2004)

22

RB Joe McKnight6-1/193River Ridge (La.) John Curtis
(No. 2 in 2007)

23

WR Rueben Randle6-3/195Bastrop (La.) High
(No. 2 in 2009)

24

CB Eric Berry5-11/195Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside
(No. 3 in 2007)

25

WR Kyle Prater6-5/205Hillside (Ill.) Proviso West
(No. 3 in 2010)

26

CB Patrick Johnson6-1/193Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
(No. 5 in 2008)

27

DT Sharrif Floyd6-3/310Philadelphia (Pa.) George Washington
(No. 4 in 2010)

28

RB Lorenzo Booker5-11/178Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
(No. 3 in 2002)
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29

RB Chris Wells6-1/228Akron (Ohio) Garfield
(No. 3 in 2006)

30

OT D.J. Fluker6-7/350Foley (Ala.) High
(No. 3 in 2009)

31

DE Melvin Alaeze6-3/277Randallstown (Md.) High
(No. 4 in 2005)

32

DT Gerald McCoy6-4/305Oklahoma City (Okla.) Southeast
(No. 4 in 2006)

33

WR Early Doucet6-1/207St. Martinville (La.) High
(No. 3 in 2004)

34

DT Sheldon Richardson6-4/292St. Louis (Mo.) Gateway
(No. 4 in 2009)

35

WR George Farmer6-2/192Gardena (Calif.) Serra
(No. 3 in 2011)

36

OT Cyrus Kouandjio6-7/322Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
(No. 4 in 2011)

37

ATH Whitney Lewis6-1/215Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
(No. 3 in 2003)
-

38

S Keenan Allen6-3/195Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford
(No. 5 in 2010)

39

QB Rhett Bomar6-4/205Grand Prairie (Texas) High
(No. 4 in 2004)

40

QB Ryan Mallett6-6/235Texarkana (Texas) Texas
(No. 4 in 2007)

41

QB Matt Barkley6-3/226Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
(No. 5 in 2009)

42

LB Keith Rivers6-3/215Lake Mary (Fla.) High
(No. 5 in 2004)

43

ATH Reggie McNeal6-2/210Lufkin (Texas) High
(No. 5 in 2002)
-

44

DE Carlos Dunlap6-7/260North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester
(No. 5 in 2007)

45

QB Ben Olson6-5/205Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High
(No. 4 in 2002)
-

46

RB Trent Richardson5-11/210Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia
(No. 6 in 2009)

47

DE Sergio Kindle6-4/225Dallas (Texas) Woodrow Wilson
(No. 5 in 2006)

48

WR Andre Caldwell6-2/180Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson
(No. 4 in 2003)
-

49

QB Matthew Stafford6-3/210Dallas (Texas) Highland Park
(No. 6 in 2006)

50

LB Rey Maualuga6-3/253Eureka (Calif.) High
(No. 5 in 2005)

51

DE Everson Griffen6-4/266Avondale (Ariz.) Agua Fria
(No. 6 in 2007)

52

ATH Robert Woods6-1/180Gardena (Calif.) Serra
(No. 6 in 2010)

53

OT La'El Collins6-5/285Baton Rouge (La.) Redemptorist
(No. 6 in 2011)

54

QB Kyle Wright6-4/200Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista
(No. 5 in 2003)

55

LB Willie Williams6-2/225Miami (Fla.) Carol City
(No. 6 in 2004)
-

56

ATH De'Anthony Thomas5-9/160Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
(No. 5 in 2011)

57

QB Russell Shepard6-1/179Houston (Texas) Cypress Ridge
(No. 7 in 2009)

58

DT Marvin Austin6-3/291Washington (D.C.) Ballou
(No. 7 in 2007)

59

WR Vidal Hazelton6-3/193Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military
(No. 7 in 2006)

60

RB C.J. Spiller5-10/190Lake Butler (Fla.) Union County
(No. 8 in 2006)

61

WR Fred Rouse6-4/190Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln
(No. 6 in 2005)

62

QB Mark Sanchez6-4/211Mission Viejo (Calif.) High
(No. 7 in 2005)

63

ATH Chris Davis6-0/170St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic
(No. 6 in 2002)
-

64

S Hasean Clinton-Dix6-2/190Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips
(No. 7 in 2011)

65

S Prescott Burgess6-3/210Warren (Ohio) Harding
(No. 6 in 2003)
-

66

WR Ryan Moore6-4/188Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips
(No. 7 in 2002)
-

67

DE Devon Kennard6-3/257Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista
(No. 8 in 2009)

68

QB Marcus Vick6-0/185Newport News (Va.) Warwick
(No. 8 in 2002)
-

69

TE Martellus Bennett6-7/237Alief (Texas) Taylor
(No. 8 in 2005)

70

RB Darrell Scott6-0/204Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
(No. 6 in 2008)

71

DE Brandon Miller6-4/225Colquitt (Ga.) Miller County
(No. 7 in 2004)

72

DT Dominique Easley6-3/258Staten Island (N.Y.) Curtis
(No. 7 in 2010)

73

DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa6-3/234Portland (Ore.) David Douglas
(No. 8 in 2010)

74

DE Derrick Harvey6-5/235Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt
(No. 8 in 2004)

75

DB Leon Washington5-10/180Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson
(No. 9 in 2002)
-

76

DT Marcus Forston6-2/286Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
(No. 7 in 2008)

77

TE Tony Hills Jr.6-6/260Aleif (Texas) Elsik
(No. 7 in 2003)
-

78

OT Reginald Youngblood6-5/280Houston (Texas) Booker T. Washington
(No. 9 in 2005)

79

WR Ronald Johnson6-0/177Muskegon (Mich.) High
(No. 8 in 2007)

80

OT Baker Steinkuhler6-6/290Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest
(No. 8 in 2008)

81

WR A.J. Green6-4/184Summerville (S.C.) High
(No. 9 in 2008)

82

LB Vontaze Burfict6-2/244Corona (Calif.) Centennial
(No. 9 in 2009)

83

WR Da'Rick Rogers6-3/206Calhoun (Ga.) High
(No. 9 in 2010)

84

RB Marcus Lattimore6-0/210Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes
(No. 10 in 2010)

85

RB Jonathan Stewart5-10/224Lacey (Wash.) Timberline
(No. 10 in 2005)

86

LB Jelani Jenkins6-2/220Olney (Md.) Good Counsel
(No. 10 in 2009)

87

S Karlos Williams6-2/210Davenport (Fla.) Ridge
(No. 8 in 2011)

88

OT Jorrie Adams6-7/275Jasper (Texas) High
(No. 8 in 2003)
-

89

DE Jeff Schweiger Jr.6-5/245San Jose (Calf.) Valley Christian
(No. 9 in 2004)

90

QB Xavier Lee6-4/200Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze
(No. 10 in 2004)

91

DB Dre Kirkpatrick6-2/180Gadsden (Ala.) Gadsden City
(No. 11 in 2009)

92

RB Michael Dyer5-8/201Little Rock (Ark.) Christian
(No. 11 in 2010)

93

DT DeMarcus Granger6-3/315Dallas (Texas) Kimball
(No. 11 in 2005)

94

S Kenneth Phillips6-2/195Miami (Fla.) Carol City
(No. 12 in 2005)

95

DT Torrey Davis6-5/290Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
(No. 9 in 2007)

96

OT Josh Oglesby6-7/315Milwaukee (Wis.) St. Frances
(No. 10 in 2007)

97

ATH Will Hill6-3/203Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep
(No. 10 in 2008)
-

98

LB Chris Galippo6-3/235Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
(No. 11 in 2007)

99

LB Manti Te'o6-2/225Laie (Hawaii) Punahou
(No. 12 in 2009)

100

DE Ray Drew6-5/243Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas Co. Central
(No. 9 in 2011)




 

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