When you look back at the recruiting class of 2005, there is some good, some bad – and some tragic.
Some players from that class turned pro early and were taken in the 2008 draft. A lot more finished their college eligibility this season, and others were fourth-year juniors who still have one season of college eligibility remaining.
Let's take a closer look at the class:
Sleepers who have emerged
Here's a look at some lesser-regarded players from the class of 2005 who have emerged as star college players:
Connecticut RB Donald Brown Three-star prospect, No. 53 running back
Oregon CB Jairus Byrd Two-star prospect, unranked among cornerbacks
Minnesota WR Eric Decker Two-star prospect, unranked among wide receivers
One of the bigger busts at the position is Ryan Perrilloux, who was booted off the team at LSU after numerous off-field incidents. Perrilloux will be a senior at Jacksonville State, a Football Championship Subdivision (i.e., Division I-AA) program, this fall.
Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland cornerback Avery Atkins signed with Florida and played some as a true freshman, but he was dismissed from the team for some off-field issues in 2006, then transferred to Bethune-Cookman in his hometown. He appeared in three games for Bethune, then later dropped out of school. Atkins was found dead in his car from MDMA (ecstasy) intoxication in July 2007.
Maryland signee Melvin Alaeze's enrollment was delayed a year for academic reasons, then he was dismissed from the team in 2006 because of a violation of team rules, reportedly involving drugs. He then went to Illinois and appeared in one game before being suspended; he later left the program. He returned home to the Baltimore area and eventually was arrested in early 2007 on charges of attempted murder and armed robbery. He now is serving an eight-year prison sentence.
1. Derrick Williams, ATH, Penn State
Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt
Williams was a dynamic athlete for the Nittany Lions in the running game, passing game and on special teams. He finished his career with 594 rushing yards, 161 receptions for 1,743 yards and 1,819 return yards. His versatility will get him a shot in the NFL, but he's not expected to go higher than the second or third round.
2. Patrick Turner, WR, USC
Nashville (Tenn.) Goodpasture
Turner had a productive senior season, catching 49 passes for 741 yards and 10 touchdown receptions. He had 138 career receptions and is considered a second-day NFL pick.
3. Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
Plainfield (N.J.) High
Monroe was a starter for most of his career at Virginia at left tackle and should go in the first or second round of the NFL draft.
4. Melvin Alaeze, DE, Maryland Randallstown (Md.) High
He never played for the Terps after off-field problems. He played one game at Illinois. He's now serving an eight-year jail sentence.
5. Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
Eureka (Calif.) High
Maualuga had a good career at USC, recording 194 career tackles. He was a 2008 All-America and is expected to be a first-round pick in April's draft.
6. Fred Rouse, WR, Florida State
Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln
Rouse was booted off the FSU team for repeated transgressions and transferred to UTEP. He left there and now is at Florida A&M.
7. Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
Mission Viejo (Calif.) High
Sanchez waited his turn before taking over the Trojans' offense. He threw for 3,207 yards, 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this past season. He will bypass his senior season and will be one of the first quarterbacks taken in April's draft.
8. Martellus Bennett, TE, Texas A&M
Alief (Texas) Taylor
In three seasons at A&M, he caught 105 passes for 1,246 yards and 10 scores. He left school after his junior season and was a second-round by Dallas (No. 61 overall) in the 2008 draft. He caught 20 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.
9. Reginald Youngblood, OT, Miami
He started at left tackle in 2006 before moving to right tackle this past season. He was a four-year letterman for Miami but never earned all-conference honors.
10. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon
Lacey (Wash.) Timberline
He left Oregon after his junior season, when he was first-team All-Pac 10. Stewart – who ran for 2,891 yards and 27 TDs with the Ducks – was the 13th pick overall in the '08 NFL draft by Carolina and rushed for 836 yards and 10 scores as a rookie.
11. DeMarcus Granger, DT, Oklahoma
Granger redshirted as a freshman but has been in the tackle rotation since. This past season, he recorded 30 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks while also battling injuries.
12. Kenneth Phillips, S, Miami
Miami Carol City
Phillips was a two-time All-America safety for the Hurricanes and left school after his junior season. He was a 2008 first-round pick (31st overall) of the New York Giants. He recorded 67 tackles and one interception as a rookie.
13. Marlon Lucky, RB, Nebraska
North Hollywood (Calif.) High
Lucky had to battle for playing time during his first two seasons in Lincoln, but he rushed for 2,393 yards and 22 touchdowns with the Huskers. Lucky looks like a second-day selection in April's NFL draft.
14. Callahan Bright, DT, Florida State
Byrn Mawr (Pa.) Harriton
He failed to qualify in '05 and never made it to a Division I school, instead spending some time as a garbage man. He currently is at Division II Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.
15. Jason Gwaltney, RB, West Virginia
Long Island (N.Y.) North Babylon
Gwaltney left Morgantown and spent almost two years at Nassau Community College on Long Island.
16. Ryan Perrilloux, QB, LSU
Reserve (La.) East St. John
After numerous off-field issues, he was dismissed from LSU in May 2008 and transferred to Jacksonville State, a FCS (i.e., Division I-AA) school. He threw for 2,199 yards and 19 TDs for the Gamecocks this past season.
17. Tray Blackmon, LB, Auburn
LaGrange (Ga.) High
Blackmon was in and out of trouble and also battled injuries at Auburn, finishing his career with 84 tackles. He has plans to play in the CFL this season.
18. DeSean Jackson, WR, California
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
After three productive seasons at Cal, he turned pro after his junior season. He was a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2008 NFL draft and was one of the top rookies in the NFL this past season.
19. Justin King, CB, Penn State
King, whose on-field play – three interceptions and 79 tackles in his career – never matched his physical tools, declared for the NFL draft after his junior season. He was a third-round pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 2008 draft.
20. Alex Boone, OT, Ohio State
Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward
Boone played all four years in Columbus and was a three-year starter at left tackle. He is considered a likely second-day pick in April's draft.
21. Demetrice Morley, CB, Tennessee
Morley played extensively in his first two seasons in Knoxville, was dismissed from the team for academic reasons in 2007 but was back on the team and playing a lot in 2008. He is expected to play extensively again this fall.
22. Kevin Grady, RB, Michigan
East Grand Rapids (Mich.) High
Grady looked like a future star as a freshman (483 yards in a reserve role) but saw his workload decrease as a sophomore. He then blew out his ACL in spring 2007. He played in 10 games this past season as a junior, rushing for 33 yards.
23. Darren McFadden, ATH, Arkansas
Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Oak Grove
McFadden made a big splash at Arkansas and was the Heisman runner-up as a sophomore in 2006 and as a junior in 2007. He left after his junior season and was a first-round pick of Oakland (No. 4 overall) in the 2008 draft.
24. Jerrell Powe, DT, Ole Miss
Waynesboro (Miss.) Wayne County
Powe finally was declared eligible last summer, ending a three-year saga to get into school. He played in all 13 games this past season for the Rebels and should be an important part of their defensive line this fall.
25. Antone Smith, RB, Florida State
Pahokee (Fla.) High
Smith had a good senior season in Tallahassee, rushing for 792 yards and 15 touchdowns. But his first three seasons were mediocre and he was not invited to this year's NFL Combine.
26. Ryan Reynolds, LB, Oklahoma Las Vegas Bishop Gorman
Reynolds played a true freshman, but missed the '06 season and more than half of this past season with knee injuries. He has one reason of eligibility remaining.
27. Dan Doering, OT, Iowa
Barrington (Ill.) High
Doering redshirted as a freshman in 2005 and was a second-team right tackle and left guard in '06 and '07. He was a starting guard this past season but missed eight games with injuries.
28. Victor Harris, ATH, Virginia Tech
Highland Springs (Va.) High
Harris, whose nickname is "Macho," was a big-play cornerback throughout his career for the Hokies. He is seen as a potential second- or third-round pick in April's draft.
29. Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Georgia
Charlotte (N.C.) Independence
Massaquoi had a good career in Athens, catching 158 passes for 2,282 and 16 touchdowns.
30. Derek Nicholson, LB, Floida State
Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mt. Tabor
He led FSU in tackles the past two seasons with 180 stops. He should be a second-day pick in April's NFL draft.
31. Jamario O'Neal, CB, Ohio State
He was a four-year backup for the Buckeyes. He made three tackles this past season as a senior.
32. Luthur Brown, LB, USC
Lakewood (Calif.) High
Brown redshirted as a freshman and spent the past three seasons as a backup. But with the graduation of three senior starters at linebacker, Brown has a chance to win a starting job this spring.
33. Kade Weston, DT, Georgia
Red Bank (N.J.) High
Weston made the SEC All-Freshman Team in '06 as a redshirt freshman. He has appeared in 23 games with 37 tackles in the past two years. He is expected to be an important part of the Bulldogs' tackle rotation this fall.
34. Roy Miller, DT, Texas
Killeen (Texas) Shoemaker
Miller was a first-team All-Big 12 selection this past season, when he had 49 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and 28 quarterback pressures. He should get drafted in April, with the second round a possibility.
35. Derek Pegues, CB, Mississippi State
Batesville (Miss.) South Panola
Pegues was a two-time All-SEC performer at safety for the Bulldogs and should be a first-day pick in April's NFL draft.
36. Eugene Hayes, LB, Florida State
Madison (Fla.) Madison County
Hayes, who went by "Geno" in college, was a productive linebacker for the Seminoles. He turned pro after his junior season and was a sixth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Bucs.
37. Marques Slocum, OG, Michigan
Philadelphia West Catholic
He had problems becoming academically eligible and ended up playing only one season in Ann Arbor. He was dismissed from the team last summer and reportedly is trying to get his academics in order at a junior college.
38. Rico McCoy, LB, Tennessee
Washington (D.C.) St. Johns
McCoy has been a starter for two seasons in Knoxville and should make it three this fall. He was one of the Vols' steadiest players this past season.
39. Toney Baker, RB, N.C. State
Jamestown (N.C.) Ragsdale
Baker started off well in Raleigh, rushing for 1,234 yards in his first two seasons, but he tore his ACL in early 2007 and hasn't played since. Coaches hope he'll be able to participate in spring practice.
40. Kyle Moore, DE, USC
Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County
Moore started the past two seasons for the Trojans, recording seven sacks. He is considered a likely second-day pick in the NFL draft.
41. Matt Hardrick, OT, Florida State
Hardrick had to attend prep school in an effort to become academically eligible. He eventually enrolled at Florida State and played in eight games in 2006 before being dismissed from the team. He eventually resurfaced at Texas Southern.
42. James Davis, RB, Clemson
Davis had a solid career for the Tigers, rushing for just under 4,000 yards.
43. Averell Spicer, DE, USC
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High
Spicer has grown into a defensive tackle and is in the USC rotation. He battled injuries in '08 and will vie for a starting job this fall.
44. Aleksey Lanis, OT, UCLA
Los Angeles Crenshaw
Lanis recently gave up football because of ongoing knee problems.
45. Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
Warren (Ohio) Harding
After a solid three-year career at Michigan, Manningham left Ann Arbor after his junior season. He was a second-round pick of the New York Giants in the 2008 NFL draft but missed most of this past season with injuries.
46. Will Harris, S, USC
Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak
Harris has been a backup in his time with the Trojans but did make one start this past season because of an injury to starter Kevin Ellison. Harris has a chance to be the starting strong safety this fall.
47. Leon Jackson, ATH, Nebraska
Pasco (Wash.) High
Jackson played special teams as a true freshman at Nebraska, then transferred to a junior college. He's now known as Leon Wright-Jackson and is a running back at Hawaii. He has started seven games in the past two seasons and has one season of eligibility remaining.
48. Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest Christian
Oher was a dominant starter for the Rebels and should be one of the first offensive linemen taken in April's NFL draft.
49. Antonio Bass, ATH, Michigan
Jackson (Mich.) High
Bass played in 10 games as a freshman, but then sustained a serious knee injury that included nerve damage in spring 2006. He remains on scholarship but no longer is playing football.
50. Chris Scott, OG, Tennessee
Lovejoy (Ga.) High
Scott has been a two year starter and played every position on the offensive line for the Vols. He is expected to start again this fall.
51. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Portland (Ore.) Grant
Suh has been a productive player for Nebraska over the past three seasons and was tempted to enter the NFL draft this year. He instead decided to return for his senior season, and he'll be a legitimate All-America candidate this fall.
52. Anthony Moeaki, TE, Iowa
Wheaton (Ill.) South
Moeaki has endured numerous injuries at Iowa and is hoping the NCAA grants a request for a fifth season of eligibility. If not, he will finish his career with 46 receptions and seven TD grabs.
53. Brian Cushing, LB, USC
Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic
Cushing was a key player on USC's stifling defense this past season and should be one of the first linebackers selected in April's NFL draft.
54. Dace Richardson, OT, Iowa
Wheaton (Ill.) South
He played extensively in his first two seasons, though injuries curtailed his sophomore season. More injuries have led to him seeing action in just four games in the past two seasons. There's a chance he could return for spring practice.
55. Dajleon Farr, TE, Miami
Galena Park (Texas) North Shore
Farr played in 29 games, with two starts, at Miami before deciding to transfer after his junior season. He sat out the 2008 season and is eligible to play this season for Memphis.
56. Travis Beckum, LB, Wisconsin
Oak Park (Wis.) High
He was recruited to play linebacker but developed into one of college football's top tight ends. He played in just six games in 2008 as a senior before suffering a broken left leg. He finished his career with 159 receptions for 2,149 yards and 11 TDs
57. Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas
Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial
Charles had a productive college career at Texas, rushing for 3,328 yards and 36 TDs in three seasons. He left Texas after his junior season and was a third-round pick by Kansas City in the 2008 NFL draft.
58. Ekom Udofia, DT, Stanford
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral
Udofia was a starter as a redshirt freshman and this past season, and he at times has been a force in the middle of the Cardinal line. He has one season of eligibility remaining.
59. Ricky Jean-Francois, DE, LSU
Miami Carol City
Francois was a productive backup as a redshirt freshman in 2006, then missed all but two games of the 2007 season for academic reasons. But in the two games he played – the SEC title game and the BCS national championship game – he was a force, including being named defensive MVP of the national title game. He had an up-and-down junior season but still decided to turn pro and is a likely second- or-third round pick.
60. Jonathan Crompton, QB, Tennessee
Waynesville (N.C.) Tuscola
Crompton bided his time as a backup, then earned the starting job this past season as a redshirt junior. But Tennessee's offense was awful and he eventually was benched. He will get another chance at the job in spring practice under the Vols' new coaching staff.
61. Al Jones, DE, LSU
New Orleans St. Augustine
He legally changed his name to Rahim Alem and was a force this past season after playing sparingly in 2006 and '07. He is expected to be one of the best defensive ends in the SEC in 2008.
62. Curtis Lofton, LB, Oklahoma
Kingfisher (Okla.) High
After playing a reserve role in his first two seasons, Lofton had a monster junior year, with 157 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss. He turned pro early and was a second-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons.
63. Curtis Crouch, OT, N.C. State
Fayetteville (N.C.) E.E. Smith
He was a backup as a true freshman, then spent most of the next three seasons as a starting guard for the Wolfpack. He could be a second-day pick in the NFL draft.
64. Reggie Smith, CB, Oklahoma
Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe
Smith was a key member of the OU secondary beginning in his freshman season. He left early for the NFL draft after the 2007 season and was a third-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2008 draft.
65. Justin Mincey, DE, Florida State
Folkston (Ga.) Charlton County
He didn't qualify and had to go to prep school for a year. He has started eight games the past two seasons and has made 14 career tackles.
66. Jamie Robinson, CB, Florida State
Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern
Robinson redshirted as a freshman, then saw a lot of time as a backup corner the next two seasons. He moved to safety in 2008 and started six games, with 37 tackles and one interception. He is the only FSU safety with experience heading into spring drills.
67. C.J. Byrd, ATH, Georgia
North Augusta (S.C.) High
He was a productive safety for the Bulldogs' defense, starting his last 26 games in Athens.
68. Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
Longview (Texas) High
Kelly enjoyed a productive three-year career at OU, finishing with 144 catches and 21 TD receptions. He turned pro after his junior season and was a second-round pick of the Washington Redskins in the 2008 NFL draft.
69. Henry Melton, ATH, Texas
Grapevine (Texas) High
Melton spent his first two seasons as a backup running back before moving to the defensive line as a junior in 2007. He was a seldom-used backup in '07 but blossomed into an important lineman this past season, finishing with 26 tackles and four sacks.
70. Kevin Thomas, CB, USC
Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa
He has battled injuries throughout his career, including missing the 2007 season. Thomas tied for the team lead with three interceptions this past season. He has one season of eligibility remaining.
71. LaMarcus Coker, RB, Tennessee
Antioch (Tenn.) High
Coker redshirted as a freshman in 2005, was a key backup in 2006, then was dismissed from the team in 2007. He now is at Hampton.
72. Selwyn Lymon, WR, Purdue
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Harding
Off-field issues led to Lymon being dismissed from Purdue in '07. He was waived by the Miami Dolphins in training camp this past season.
73. Roy Upchurch, RB, Alabama
Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby
Upchurch has been primarily a backup in Tuscaloosa, but will be given a chance at the starting job this spring. Still, he likely will again be a backup as a senior this fall.
74. Keenan Clayton, S, Oklahoma
Sulphur Springs (Texas) High
Clayton had 82 tackles playing linebacker this past season. It was his first season at linebacker and he should start again at linebacker this fall as a senior.
75. Bryan Evans, CB, Georgia
Jacksonville Ed White
Evans has played a lot over the past three seasons, with 11 starts. He moved to safety this past season and has a chance to start at safety this fall as a senior.
76. Phillip Dillard, LB, Nebraska
Jenks (Okla.) High
He tore his ACL early in Lincoln but has played a lot over the past two years, recording 75 tackles. He has one season of eligibility remaining.
77. Eric Huggins, WR, Oklahoma
Conway (S.C.) High
Huggins left OU and now is at Newberry College, a Division II program in South Carolina.
78. Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
Wilson (N.C.) Beddingfield
Brown developed into one of the better pass rushers in recent Seminoles history and should be a first-round pick in April after leaving school a year early.
79. Josh McNeil, C, Tennessee
Collins (Miss.) High
After redshirting as a true freshman, McNeil has been a stalwart on Tennessee's offensive line.
80. Doug Worthington, DE, Ohio State
Athol Springs (N.Y.) St. Francis
He has been a solid contributor for Ohio State. He started 11 games this past season at defensive tackle, recording 34 stops. He also was a starter in 2007 and has one season of eligibility remaining.
81. Michael Shumard, OG, Texas A&M
Killeen (Texas) Harker Heights
Shumard has been at least a part-time starter for two seasons and has one season of eligibility remaining.
82. Courtney Harris, DE, Miami
Jupiter (Fla.) High
He played as a backup in 2006 and '07, then missed this past season with a torn Achilles.
83. Cory Zirbel, OT, Michigan
Murray (Ky.) High
He has missed the past two seasons because of injury.
84. Avery Atkins, CB, Florida
Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland
Atkins left Florida after one season and later enrolled at Bethune-Cookman in his hometown. He played in three games at Bethune, then later dropped out of school. He died in 2007 of ecstasy intoxication.
85. Anthony Felder, LB, California
Cal's leading tackler this past season with 93 stops, giving him 194 in his final two seasons. He saw a lot of time in each of his four seasons and is a likely second-day pick in April's NFL draft.
86. Carlos Thomas, WR, South Carolina
College Park (Ga.) Banneker
Thomas switched from wide receiver to cornerback and saw a lot of action for the Gamecocks in his final three seasons. He finished with six career interceptions, including three this past season.
87. Spencer Adkins, LB, Miami
Naples (Fla.) High
He has played in 34 games in four seasons. His career totals were 75 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks and one interception.
88. O.J. Murdock, WR, USC
He was dismissed from South Carolina in 2006, and then attended Pearl River CC in Mississippi. He signed with Marshall but never enrolled.
89. Jake Christensen, QB, Iowa
Lockport (Ill.) High
He started every game in 2007 and two games in 2008 but lost the job. Christensen had decided to transfer but is unsure where.
90. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
Skokie (Ill.) Niles West
Mendenhall was the Big Ten's offensive player of the year in 2007 and left for the NFL draft. He was a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008 but was injured early in the season.
91. Chris Keys, S, Alabama
Stevenson (Ala.) North Jackson
Keys was dismissed from Alabama in 2006 for violating team rules.
92. Aaron Ware, ATH, UCLA
Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
He played in 12 games at free safety with one start this past season; he primarily was a special-teams player in his first two seasons. He has one season of eligibility remaining.
93. Deveon Simmons, LB, Virginia Tech
Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown
Simmons was kicked out of his high school and never enrolled at Virginia Tech. He may enroll at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC this spring.
94. Nic Harris, S, Oklahoma
Alexandria (La.) High
Harris was a productive player for the Sooners. He had 75 tackles this past season. Some NFL scouts think he would be better-served as a linebacker at the next level.
95. Paul Freeney, DE, Texas A&M
Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower
He played in eight games this past season and recorded seven tackles. He has 13 tackles in three seasons and has one more season of eligibility.
96. Terrance Taylor, DT, Michigan
Muskegon (Mich.) High
Taylor was a four-year letterman for the Wolverines and a team captain this past season.
97. Kalvin Bailey, RB, Iowa
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
Bailey went from Iowa to the College of Siskiyous, a junior college in California, before dropping off the football grid.
98. James McKinney, DT, Michigan
Louisville (Ky.) Central
McKinney left Michigan after two years because of injuries and a lack of playing time and transferred to Louisville. He no longer is on the Cardinals' roster.
99. Jonathan Hannah, TE, South Carolina
Hope Mills (N.C.) South View
Hannah transferred from South Carolina to a junior college to Florida State. He's no longer at FSU and played a total of three career college games.
100. Montario Hardesty, ATH, Tennessee
New Bern (N.C.) High
Hardesty has been a steady contributor to the Vols.