July 17, 2009

All-Time Rivals100: Nos. 61-70

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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. 61 to 70.

All-Time Rivals100: Best by the numbers
Year: 2002

College/NFL: Tennessee/San Francisco 49ers

Career: Starred at defensive end for the Vols earning second-team All-SEC honors in 2005. A fifth-round pick by the 49ers in 2006, Haralson has 85 tackles and 10.5 sacks in three seasons with the team.

The others: QB Tommy Grady (2003, Oklahoma); DT Eric McLendon (2004); CB Kevin Thomas (2005, USC); RB Emmanuel Moody (2006, USC); OT Bryan Bulaga (2007, Iowa); WR Chris Tolliver (2008, LSU)

Year: 2003

College/NFL: USC/Seattle Seahawks

Career: Racked up 30.5 sacks and 52 tackles for loss during his career at USC. Selected 28th overall in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft and recorded 29 tackles and two sacks as a rookie.

The others: DE Donny Mateaki (2002, Washington); QB Chase Patton (2004, Missouri); ATH Henry Melton (2005, Texas); WR Damon McDaniel (2006, Florida State); DE Richetti Jones (2007, Oklahoma State); WR Joshua Jarboe (2008, Oklahoma)

68. DT Sedrick Ellis
Year: 2003

College/NFL: USC/New Orleans Saints

Career: Had 144 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks during his career at USC. Seventh overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. Recorded 42 tackles in 13 games in 2008, earning All-Rookie honors.

The others: OT Doug Datish (2002, Ohio State); DE Chris Smith (2004, Texas A&M); WR Malcolm Kelly (2005, Oklahoma); QB Jake Locker (2006, Washington); OG Anthony Davis (2007, Rutgers); QB Andrew Luck (2008, Stanford)

Year: 2007

College: LSU

Career: Switched to offense in 2007 and emerged as the starter at right tackle in 2008 for the Tigers.

The others: QB Lester Ricard Jr. (2002, LSU); DT Xavier Lawson-Kennedy (2003, Oklahoma State) DE Olu Hall (2004, Virginia); ATH C.J. Byrd (2005, Georgia); LB Michael Morgan (2006, USC); LB Jordan Futch (2008, Miami)

Joseph Barksdale high school highlights
Year: 2007

College: Florida

Career: Has started 16 games in two seasons at Florida, reeling in 43 catches for 532 yards and seven touchdowns.

The others: OG/DT Derek Landri (2002, Notre Dame); DT Carnell Stewart (2003, LSU); DE George Covington (2004, Maryland); CB Jamie Robinson (2005, Florida State); WR David Ausberry (2006, USC); ATH Devoe Torrence (2008)

Aaron Hernandez high school highlights
65. ATH Jason Allen
Year: 2002

College/NFL: Tennessee/Miami Dolphins

Career: Three-year starter at safety and cornerback for the Vols and was a third-team All-America selection in 2004. Selected No. 16 overall in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. Has 118 tackles and 5 interceptions in three seasons with Miami.

The others: DE Alonzo Dotson (2003, Oklahoma); OT Drew Miller (2004, Florida); DE Justin Mincey (2005, Florida State); LB Akeem Hebron (2006, Georgia); OT Antwane Greenlee (2007, Florida State); LB Marcus Robinson (2008, Miami)

64. OT Tony Ugoh
Year: 2002

College/NFL: Arkansas/Indianapolis Colts

Career: Started 35 games at Arkansas and was first-team All-SEC and third-team All-American as an offensive tackle as a senior. A second-round pick by the Colts in 2007 and starter at left tackle.

The others: RB Rashaun Grant (2003, Georgia Tech); RB Jamaal Edwards (2004, Florida State); CB Reggie Smith (2005, Oklahoma); OC Justin Boren (2006, Michigan); DT Brian Price (2007, UCLA); DT Garrett Goebel (2008, Ohio State)

Tony Ugoh high school highlights
63. OT Curtis Crouch
Year: 2005

College: NC State

Career: Became the youngest starter on the Wolfpack offensive line in 2006 but career was slowed by injuries and Crouch was eventually dismissed from the team during his senior season.

The others: RB David Richard (2002, Michigan State); DE Junior Lemau'u (2003, UCLA); RB D.J. Wolfe (2004, Oklahoma); OT J'Marcus Webb (2006); S Stefoin Francois (2007, LSU); CB Aaron Hester (2008, UCLA)

Curtis Crouch high school highlights
62. LB Curtis Lofton
Year: 2005

College/NFL: Oklahoma/Atlanta Falcons

Career: Had 157 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and three interceptions while earning second-team All-America honors in 2007. A second-round pick by the Falcons in the 2008 NFL Draft, Lofton finished fourth on the team in tackles (94 total) as a rookie.

The others: RB Hershel Dennis (2002, USC);OT Joel Holler (2003, Penn State); ATH Cornelius Ingram (2004, Florida); DE Derek Simmons (2006, USC); DE Michael Keck (2007, Missouri); LB Lynn Katoa (2008, Colorado)

Curtis Lofton high school highlights
Year: 2003

College/NFL: Florida/Jacksonville Jaguars

Career: Attended Coffeyville C.C. in Kansas before becoming a first-team All-American safety with the Gators in 2006. Selected in the first round (No. 21 overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft and has 117 tackles and seven interceptions in two seasons.

The others: ATH Chris Baker (2002, Arkansas); LB Lawrence Timmons (2004, Florida State); DE Al Jones (2005, LSU); QB Jevan Snead (2006, Texas); OT Lee Ziemba (2007, Auburn); S Ramon Buchanan (2008, Miami)


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