July 13, 2009

All-Time Rivals100: Nos. 91-100

VOTE: Who was the best player ever ranked 100-91 in the Rivals100?

Rivals.com's analysts recently got together and picked an all-time Rivals100 consisting of what we thought was the best player ever ranked at each spot in the ranking.

We took into consideration players that have at least one year out of high school, so each spot on the all-time list will be one of the seven players ever ranked at that position from 2002 to 2008. For example, the group in the running for No. 1 consists of Vince Young (No. 1 overall in 2002), Ernie Sims (2003), Adrian Peterson (2004), Derrick Williams (2005), Percy Harvin (2006), Jimmy Clausen (2007) and Terrelle Pryor (2008).

Today we take a look at the best from Nos. 91 to 100.

All-Time Rivals100: Best by the numbers
Year: 2005

College: Tennessee

Career: Has rushed for 1046 yards and 13 touchdowns while fighting through some injuries in his career at Tennessee. Will battle for the starting spot as a senior in 2009.

The others: DE Jim Unis (2002, Boston College); DE Tim Washington (2003, LSU); OG Greg Harrison (2004, Penn State); OG Justin Anderson (2006, Georgia); WR Brandon Gibson (2007, Alabama); LB Nick Moody (2008, Florida State)

Montario Hardesty high school highlights
99. DT Kyle Williams
Year: 2002

College/NFL: LSU/Buffalo Bills

Career: Started 33 of 46 career games at LSU totaling 16.5 sacks and 26 tackles for a loss. A current starter for the Buffalo Bills and was drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

The others: WR Craig Chambers (2003, Washington); WR Myron Hardy (2004, Texas); TE Jonathan Hannah (2005, South Carolina); WR Riley Cooper (2006, Florida); OT Quintin Richardson (2007, South Carolina); WR Kemonte Bateman (2008, Arizona State)

98. OG Davin Joseph
Year: 2002

College/NFL: Oklahoma/Tampa Bay Bucs

Career: Started 40 games at guard and tackle at Oklahoma and was selected No. 23 overall in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Became a full-time starter in 2008 and was selected as a Pro Bowl substitute.

The others: DE Jason Jack (2003, Texas A&M); WR Doug Dutch (2004, Michigan); DT James McKinney (2005, Michigan); ATH Earl Alexander (2006, Alabama); QB Willy Korn (2007, Clemson); OT Bryce Givens (2008, Colorado)

Year: 2006

College: LSU

Career: Two-sport star was the No. 23 overall pick of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox after helping lead the Tigers to the 2009 College World Series Championship. Has 24 catches for 274 yards in three seasons on the football field.

The others: TE Curtis Justus (2002, Miami); LB Desmond Williams (2003, Georgia); QB Nick Patton (2004, Kansas State); RB Kalvin Bailey (2005, Iowa); LB Keenan Robinson (2007' Texas); LB Uona Kavienga (2008, USC)

Jared Mitchell high school highlights
Year: 2005

College/NFL: Michigan/Indianapolis Colts

Career: A fourth-round selection by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2009 NFL Draft after totaling 114 tackles (57 solo), six sacks and 17.5 tackles for a loss in four seasons at Michigan.

The others: QB Matt Gutierrez (2002, Michigan); S Ryan Mundy (2003, Michigan); OT Brett Gallimore (2004, Michigan); RB Kylan Robinson (2006, Miami); DE Travian Robertson (2007, South Carolina); ATH D.J. Shoemate (2008, USC)

Terrance Taylor high school highlights
Year: 2006

College: Arkansas/USC

Career: Emerged as a go-to receiver for the Trojans in 2008 after sitting out the 2007 season following transfer from Arkansas. Led USC in receptions and receiving yards with 58 catches for 869 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

The others: OG Rob Smith (2002, Tennessee); OT Aubrey McPhadden (2003, Florida State); RB Webster Patrick (2004, Iowa State); DE Paul Freeney (2005, Texas A&M); DE Allen Bailey (2007, Miami); WR Dan Buckner (2008, Texas)

Damian Williams high school highlights
94. RB Jahvid Best
Year: 2007

College: Cal

Career: Made an immediate impact at Cal, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a special teams player as a freshman in 2007. Led the Pac-10 in rushing in 2008 with 1580 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The others: LB Nate Harris (2002, Miami); OT Donovan Davis (2003, Mississippi State); LB Jae Thaxton (2004, Florida State); S Nic Harris (2005, Oklahoma); QB Jeremy Ricker (2006, Maryland); RB De'Anthony Curtis (2008, Arkansas)

Jahvid Best high school highlights
93. OT Randy Hand
Year: 2002

College/NFL: Florida/Patriots/Bills

Career: Played in 46 games at Florida with 39 starts. Signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and most recently played with the Buffalo Bills.

The others: ATH Jimmie Sutton III (2003, NC State); OG Leon Hart (2004, Auburn); LB Deveon Simmons (2005, Virginia Tech); WR Greg Mathews (2006, Michigan); DT Drake Nevis (2007, LSU); ATH Derrick Hall (2008, Texas A&M)

92. QB Josh Freeman
Year: 2006

College/NFL: Kansas State/Tampa Bay Bucs

Career: First-round selection (17th overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2009 NFL Draft. Passed for more than 8,000 yards and 44 touchdowns in three seasons at Kansas State.

The others: CB William Cooper (2002, Michigan State); RB Emeka Nnoli (2003, Stanford); OG Matt Boss (2004, Kansas State); ATH Aaron Ware (2005, UCLA); S Marshall Jones (2007, USC); CB Brandon Taylor (2008, LSU)

Josh Freeman high school highlights
91. OT Sam Baker
Year: 2003

College/NFL: USC/Atlanta Falcons

Career: Three-time first-team All-American offensive tackle at USC and selected 21st overall in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Listed as the starter at left tackle for the Falcons coming off of back surgery in 2008.

The others: QB Anthony Martinez (2002, Virginia); OT Kyle Riggs (2004, Missouri); S Chris Keys (2005, Alabama); DT Adam Patterson (2006, Michigan); WR Toney Clemons (2007, Michigan); RB Ryan Bass (2008, Arizona State)




 

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