July 27, 2009

All-Time Rivals100: Nos. 31-40

VOTE: Who was the best player ever ranked 31-40 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. 31 to 40.

MORE: Best from 91-100 | 81-90 | 71-80 | 61-70 | 51-60 | 41-50

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

College/NFL: Florida State/San Diego Chargers

Career: Missed junior season at FSU due to knee injury but was still selected 19th overall in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Chargers. Has 132 tackles and 12 interceptions in three NFL seasons and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007.

The others: QB Justin Zwick (2002, Ohio State); DE Tim Jamison (2004, Michigan); DE Kyle Moore (2005, USC); LB Joshua Tatum (2006, USC); CB Dionte Allen (2007, Florida State); DE Wes Horton (2008, USC);

Year: 2004

College/NFL: Georgia/Carolina Panthers

Career: Second-team All-SEC selection in 2006. Third-round selection by the Carolina Panthers in the 2007 NFL Draft and had 25 tackles and six sacks in 2008.

The others: DE Lonnie Davis (2002, Florida State); DE Shawn Crable (2003, Michigan); RB Toney Baker (2005, NC State); RB Carlos Brown (2006, Michigan); OG Michael Huey (2007, Texas); OT Lucas Nix (2008, Pittsburgh)

Charles Johnson high school highlights
38. LB Rico McCoy
Year: 2005

College: Tennessee

Career: Has 27 career starts heading into his senior season. Has 231 career tackles and was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2007.

The others: DE Bryan Pickryl (2002, Texas); TE Louis Irizarry (2003, Ohio State); S Andrew Kelson (2004, Texas); CB Shareece Wright (2006, USC); TE Aron White (2007, Georgia); CB Brandon Harris (2008, Miami)

Rico McCoy high school highlights
Year: 2004

College/NFL: Georgia Tech/Detroit Lions

Career: Had 178 receptions for a school-record 2,927 yards and 28 touchdowns at Georgia Tech. Two-time first-team All-American and won the Biletnikoff Award in 2006. Selected No. 2 overall in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Lions.

The others: RB Maurice Clarett (2002, Ohio State); CB Kenny Scott (2003, Georgia Tech); OG Marcus Slocum (2005, Michigan); LB Marcus Ball (2006, Florida State); S Jerimy Finch (2007, Florida); OG Trevor Robinson (2008, Notre Dame)

Calvin Johnson high school highlights
Year: 2002

College/NFL: UCLA/Jacksonville Jaguars

Career: Had 126 catches for 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns at UCLA and won the John Mackey Award in 2005. First-round pick (28th overall) by the Jaguars in the 2006 NFL Draft. Has 91 receptions for 1,006 yards and five touchdowns in three NFL seasons.

The others: WR Adarius Bowman (2003, North Carolina); RB Thomas Brown (2004, Georgia); LB Eugene Hayes (2005, Florida State); DE Micah Johnson (2006, Kentucky); RB John Clay (2007, Wisconsin); S Aaron Williams (2008, Texas)
Year: 2006

College/NFL: Oklahoma

Career: First-team All-Big 12 in 2008. Has 1,766 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns in two seasons with the Sooners.

The others: CB Edorian McCullough (2002, Texas); CB Tarell Brown (2003, Texas); RB Bobby Washington (2004, Miami); CB Derek Pegues (2005, Mississippi State); LB Rolando McClain (2007, Alabama); CB Alonzo Lawrence (2008, Alabama)

DeMarco Murray high school highlights
Year: 2006

College/NFL: Oklahoma

Career: First-team Big 12 and second-team All-American in 2008. Has 66 receptions for 950 yards and 26 touchdowns in three seasons at Oklahoma.

The others: DE Jonathan Mapu (2002, Tennessee); LB Justin Warren (2003, Texas A&M); LB Brandon Siler (2004, Florida); DT Roy Miller (2005, Texas); WR Duval Kamara (2007, Notre Dame); LB Jerrell Harris (2008, Alabama)

Jermaine Gresham high school highlights
33. TE Zach Miller
Year: 2004

College/NFL: Arizona State/Raiders

Career: Had 132 career receptions for 1,373 yards and 14 touchdowns at Arizona State. Chosen in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Raiders and has 100 receptions for 1,222 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons with the team.

The others: DT Gabriel Watson (2002, Michigan); WR Sean Bailey (2003, Georgia); DT Kade Weston (2005, Georgia); ATH Jamere Holland (2006, USC); CB Doug Wiggins (2007, Miami); ATH Lamaar Thomas (2008, Ohio State)

Zach Miller high school highlights
Year: 2006

College/NFL: Texas A&M/Carolina Panthers

Career: Rushed for 1,966 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 90 passes for 860 yards and seven scores in three seasons with the Aggies. Was a fourth-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The others: WR Ben Obumanu (2002, Auburn); QB Robert Lane (2003, Ole Miss); CB Tony Carter (2004, Florida State); LB Luthur Brown (2005, USC); DE Cliff Matthews (2007, South Carolina); DE Ethan Johnson (2008, Notre Dame)

Michael Goodson high school highlights
Year: 2004

College/NFL: Ohio State/Chicago Bears

Career: Two-time All-Big Ten selection racked up 268 tackles with the Buckeyes. Selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Bears.

The others: LB Zach Latimer (2002, Oklahoma); LB Daniel Brooks (2003, Tennessee); CB Jamario O'Neal (2005, Ohio State); DT Jared Odrick (2006, Penn State); ATH John Chiles (2007, Texas); TE Blake Ayles (2008, USC)

Marcus Freeman high school highlights

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