July 20, 2009

All-Time Rivals100: Nos. 51-60

VOTE: Who was the best player ever ranked 51-60 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. 51 to 60.

MORE: Best from 91-100 | 81-90 | 71-80 | 61-70

All-Time Rivals100: Best by the numbers
Year: 2003

College/NFL: Texas/Tennessee Titans

Career: Recorded 364 tackles and eight interceptions in 50 career games at Texas and set a Big 12 career record with eight blocked punts. Selected in the first round (19th overall) by the Tennessee Titans in the 2007 NFL Draft. Has 129 tackles and 10 interceptions in two NFL seasons and went to the Pro Bowl as a safety in 2008.

The others: CB Jason Carter (2002, Oklahoma); RB Dwayne Jones (2004, Rutgers); QB Jonathan Crompton (2005, Tennessee); ATH Allen Walker (2006, Ole Miss); S Eugene Clifford (2007, Ohio State); OC Barrett Jones (2008, Alabama)

Michael Griffin high school highlights
59. DE Tamba Hali
Year: 2002

College/NFL: Penn State/Kansas City Chiefs

Career: Recorded 179 tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 14 sacks in 47 career games at Penn State. Has started all but one game in three seasons with the Chiefs after joining the team as the No. 20 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Has 180 tackles and 18.5 sacks so far as a pro.

The others: OG Andrew Bain (2003, Miami); LB James Bryant 2004, Miami); DE Ricky Jean-Francois (2005, LSU); CB Ryan Hill (2006, Miami); ATH Joe Haden (2007, Florida); QB Mike Glennon (2008, NC State)
Year: 2002

College/NFL: Florida State/Cleveland Browns

Career: Had 108 tackles and 12 sacks in 49 career games at Florida State. The 13th overall selection in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns set a franchise rookie record with 11 sacks and has started 47 of 48 career games with the team.

The others: OG Drew Radovich (2003, USC); LB Josh Johnson (2004, Georgia); DT Ekom Udofia (2005, Stanford); OG Antonio Logan-El (2006, Penn State); DE Sidell Corley (2007, LSU); WR Aldarius Johnson (2008, Miami)
57. QB Dennis Dixon
Year: 2003

College/NFL: Oregon/Pittsburgh Steelers

Career: Racked up 6,337 yards of total offense and threw 38 touchdown passes at Oregon. Selected in the fifth round by the Steelers in the 2008 NFL Draft.

The others: QB Gavin Dickey (2002, Florida); RB Charlie Jones (2004, Miami); RB Jamaal Charles (2005, Texas); RB Vondrell McGee (2006, Texas); RB Lennon Creer (2007, Tennessee); DE Kavario Middleton (2008, Washington)

Dennis Dixon high school highlights
56. LB Travis Beckum
Year: 2005

College/NFL: Wisconsin/New York Giants

Career: Switched to tight end as a sophomore and caught 159 passes for 2,149 yards and 11 touchdowns in years on offense with the Badgers. Selected in the third round by the New York Giants in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The others: OT Winston Justice (2002, USC); CB Phillip Brown (2003, Virginia); OT Kyle Mitchum (2004, Ohio State); S Tervaris Johnson (2006, Miami); DT Kerry Murphy (2007, Alabama); DE Nick Perry (2008, USC)

Travis Beckum high school highlights
55. CB Jarrad Page
Year: 2002

College/NFL: UCLA/Kansas City Chiefs

Career: Collected 249 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and nine interceptions in 49 games (45 starts) at UCLA. Was a seventh-round pick by the Chiefs in the 2006 NFL Draft and currently owns a streak of 32 starts at free safety with 10 career interceptions.

The others: WR Jayson Swain (2003, Tennessee); OG Cedric Dockery (2004, Texas); TE Dajleon Farr (2005, Miami); OG Connor Smith (2006, Ohio State); OT Matt Romine (2007, Notre Dame); ATH Mark Barron (2008, Alabama)

54. RB Maurice Drew
Year: 2003

College/NFL: UCLA/Jacksonville Jaguars

Career: Set the UCLA career record with 4,688 all-purpose yards in 36 career games. A second-round pick by the Jaguars in 2006, Jones-Drew has 2,533 rushing yards, 1,408 receiving yards and 34 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.

The others: WR Richard Washington (2002, NC State); CB Kyle Jackson (2004, Florida); OT Dace Richardson (2005, Iowa); QB Demetrius Jones (2006, Notre Dame); WR Dez Bryant (2007, Oklahoma State); OG A.J. Harmon (2008, Georgia)

53. LB Brian Cushing
Year: 2005

College/NFL: USC/Houston Texans

Career: Started 38 of 44 career games at USC, finishing with 178 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. First-round pick (15th overall) by the Houston Texans in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The others: LB Aaron Harris (2002, Texas); DE Kyle Caldwell (2003, Arizona State); OT Brandon Braxton (2004, Oklahoma); CB Chykie Brown (2006, Texas); DE Chris Strong (2007, Ole Miss); RB DeSean Hales (2008, Texas)

Brian Cushing high school highlights
52. DE Tim Crowder
Year: 2003

College/NFL: Texas/Denver Broncos

Career: Recorded 11.5 sacks as a senior at Texas and was selected in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Had four sacks in his rookie season with the team.

The others: S Darnell Bing (2002, USC); CB J.R. Bryant (2004, Miami); TE Anthony Moeaki (2005, Iowa); DE Deantwan Whitehead (2006, Louisville); RB Armando Allen (2007, Notre Dame); WR Jameel Owens (2008, Oklahoma)

51. TE Eric Winston
Year: 2002

College/NFL: Miami/Houston Texans

Career: Moved to offensive tackle before his sophomore season at Miami and was an All-American selection in 2005. Drafted in the third round by the Texans in 2006 and has started 39 consecutive games at right tackle.

The others: S Tony Cade (2003, Oklahoma); DE Rhyan Anderson (2004, Miami); DT Ndamukong Suh (2005, Nebraska); CB Darrin Walls (2006, Notre Dame); S Jordan Bernstine (2007, Iowa); CB Janoris Jenkins (2008, Florida)

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