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Postby Roseman » Mon Apr 07, 2003 9:38 pm

Draft preview: Running backs
By Pete Prisco
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Rank Player School
1 Justin Fargas Southern California
He is tough, has great speed and hasn't taken too much of a pounding because of limited carries in college.

2 Onterrio Smith Oregon
He does have some off-field issues, but he has the home-run speed teams crave. He plays bigger than his 205 pounds.

3 Larry Johnson Penn State
Impressed some teams at his Pro Day workout, but does he have the wiggle that teams want?

4 Musa Smith Georgia
His stock is rising after deciding to come out as a junior. He's a powerful back.

5 Lee Suggs Virginia Tech
A tough inside runner, he has bounced back nicely from a torn ACL suffered in 2001.

Player on the Rise: Willis McGahee, Miami -- After tearing up his knee, McGahee has made major strides in his rehab and could go in the first round.
Player on the decline: Chris Brown, Colorado -- He runs too upright, according to many scouts. That's where injury concerns come into play.
Sleeper: Victor Ike, Southern -- This transfer from Texas was a productive back when he was with the Longhorns.
Overrated: Johnson -- The team that uses a first-round pick on him might regret it.
Underrated: Smith -- That kind of speed is hard to find. That's why he is so intriguing to a lot of teams.
Positional assessment:: This is not a good year for backs, especially after McGahee suffered his injury. But remember, you can find backs in the later rounds. There are backs in the second five that could end up being better than the top five when given the chance.


I am not sure how much stock you can put in to this but it seem intresting to me
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Postby Slingblade » Mon Apr 07, 2003 10:00 pm

good info....i like johnson the best
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Postby Indy Dragons » Tue Apr 08, 2003 6:18 am

Fargas #1?

I've been watching Musa Smith, and he is an interesting pick. His stock seems to be climbing, and I'll have to see what team takes a chance on him.
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Postby hayesb26 » Tue Apr 08, 2003 6:35 am

i like johnson #1 RB.... then fargas.
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Postby Nero » Tue Apr 08, 2003 6:43 am

I like Smith and Smith
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Postby kashikis » Tue Apr 08, 2003 8:40 am

actually i pretty much agree with how they have it. johnson could be higher but then again the NFL is way different than college
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Postby Homeless » Tue Apr 08, 2003 11:37 am

Player on the Rise: Willis McGahee, Miami -- After tearing up his knee, McGahee has made major strides in his rehab and could go in the first round.


This cant be true, after his injury he could put the bottom of his foot on his stomach :-o i'll be surprised if he can walk come game time.
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Postby terpfan » Tue Apr 08, 2003 2:23 pm

i agree homes, too risky for the first round... :-o
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Postby VIPER » Wed Apr 09, 2003 2:45 am

Fargas is the man this year. IMO
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