Well, the pro days portion of the offseason came and went in a flash, and now we're down to the final parts of the evaluation process before the NFL draft begins April 28.
I've seen my fair share of workouts first-hand and have spoken with countless scouts and coaches before compiling this third version of the Hot 100 prospects. And in seeing so much and speaking with so many personnel folks, I have re-examined everything. I even had a great conversation with Bill Parcells about a certain player and included him (sorry, but I won't share who) after watching some tape.
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When you evaluate guys this late in the process, the numbers are important in certain areas, but not everything. One that still stands out for me, though, is the 3-cone drill, which measures speed and agility. It's the key pro day component that tells me if I am correct in my evaluation or if I might need to rethink things.
A few players who have stood out during the past month are TCU quarterback Andy Dalton, USC tight end Jordan Cameron and Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi. Dalton impressed the heck out of me when I saw him at his pro day, and Cameron validated himself with a solid performance at his. Meanwhile, Stanzi, who altered his throwing motion at the NFL Scouting Combine, went back to his old way at his pro day and looked pretty darn good.
Trying to rate these kids to compile a "Hot 100" is an inexact science, but the only change in my Tier 1 is USC OT Tyron Smith moving up while Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers drops down due to looming concerns about his knee.
Note: Tiers are listed alphabetically
Can play in both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes. Had 4.5 sacks for Crimson Tide in 2010. Plays hard every play. Ran a faster first 10 yards of the 40-yard dash than Nick Fairley.
Only played two seasons at Auburn after spending first two years at junior college. Had 11.5 sacks for Tigers in 2010.
Two-year starter. Mobility a strength. Completed 63.4 percent of his passes in 2010. He had an outstanding workout at Missouri's pro day, taking snaps from under center and completing his first 35 throws.
Was suspended four games in 2010 by NCAA for sale of a bowl jersey. Still finished with 57 catches and nine TDs. His pro day workout was impressive, running a 4.49 40-yard dash and looking good in drills.
Able to return kicks. Had 78 catches for 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Had same injury as Michael Crabtree two years ago, but still went through the combine workouts and ran 4.42. Kid looks like he'll be good.
Led the nation in sacks as a junior and even had 10.5 last year despite an early-season injury. Had a great pro day workout, running 4.47 in the 40 and posting 21 bench presses at 225 pounds.
Only a one-year college player, but he passed for 30 TDs and ran for 20, with a 66.1 completion percentage. At combine, he threw the ball at 56 miles per hour. Had a good pro day on March 7, missing just six of 50 passes in very windy conditions.
Very good return man. Able to cover the pass and play strong against the run. Player with least risk in first round.
Missed the entire 2010 season after violating NCAA rules. In 2009, he had 11 sacks. Ran 4.60 and 4.65 at his pro day on March 31.
He's a natural fit on the right side but can play left tackle without any question. Worked out at pro day with former NFL coach Alex Gibbs, who says Smith will be a Pro Bowl tackle.
Four-year college player, two-year starter. Had five INTs in 2009, but none in 2010. He can play press or off coverage.
He started all four years for the Eagles. Played left guard at the Senior Bowl. He's got long arms and big hands, which should make him solid in the NFL.
Only had 3.5 sacks last year, down from the year before. Watch the Penn State film to see him at his best. Plays only on the right side. He's an outstanding person and plays hard every down.
Injured and shared time in 2010. A good inside runner, who rushed for 13 touchdowns last season. Ingram ran a 4.51 40 on his pro day and had 21 lifts. Ran a 6.74 3-cone drill, which says something about his quickness.
Father, Steve, played tight end for the Vikings for 13 years. Cameron had 5.5 sacks in 2010. This kid can play with his hand on the ground or drop into space.
Has outstanding quickness and plays hard every down. He had 12.5 sacks in 2010 and is known for making a lot of impact plays.
Missed some games with injuries last season. In 2009, he had 11.5 sacks. Ran a 4.75 40 and had a very good pro day March 17.
Tall and has long arms. Has good speed. One former head coach and general manager thinks he is the best corner in the draft.
Transferred from Penn State. Needs to boost stamina. He has improved a lot with his weight loss. Had a great pro day March 3.
Transferred from Central Michigan, where he played TE. Seven sacks in 2010. Shined against Ohio State. Runs a 4.88 40.
Had four sacks and two INTs in 2010. Has speed and can blitz or play in space, which he showed with a good pro day.
Can get after the quarterback. Had 15.5 sacks for the Tigers in 2010. Questions still exist about his knee after his personal pro day, which probably isn't indicative of what he is capable of doing.
Four-year starter. Can he play left tackle or is he only a right tackle? Has shown his dedication by already outlining for teams how he won't miss any games during the next 15 years because of Yom Kippur.
Had 63 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2010. Was named All-Big Ten Second Team. Had a very good pro day that probably moved him up into Round 1.
Very athletic with good speed. Last time I said he needed to improve his accuracy. He showed that he did at his pro day.
Threw 32 TD passes in 2010, completing 64.7 percent of his passes. He did not run well at his pro day (5.37 40), but showed that he has outstanding talent. His character is the main issue.
Has good length and is light on his feet. Great instincts as a run blocker. He moved up from Tier 4 because he is improved and showed it as his pro day.
A high school tight end, he moved to OT after his freshman year at Colorado. Has great feet and long arms. Very athletic but needs more strength.
Older player. Works as fireman in Waco, Texas. Tough guy who gives great effort to go with his skills. He's an outstanding person.
He's good in man coverage. Smart player who is tough against the run.
Played well in the Sugar Bowl. Made move inside to tackle. His father, "Ironhead" Heyward, played in the NFL.
Had a fantastic season in 2010, with 1,697 rushing yards and 20 total TDs (17 rushing, three receiving).
Good inside pass rusher. Had six sacks in 2010. All-Pac 10 First Team selection.
Smart and very athletic. Threw 20 TDs and eight picks in 2010. He is ready for the NFL.
Only played six games last year. Had 28 catches and three touchdowns. Lots of upside.
Has outstanding speed. Named All-ACC First Team. Had 67 catches and 12 touchdowns in 2010.
Very good production. 70 tackles and 9.5 sacks. Lots of upside.
Has the height every scout wants. No INTs last season. All-Big 12 Second Team selection.
Had 112 tackles in 2010. He's an athletic player. All-Big Ten Second Team selection.
Didn't play in 2010 because of suspension. Has great skills but needs consistent effort. Character is a big question. Big reward if a team hits on him.
Had 53 catches and five touchdowns in 2010. Was named All-Big East First Team. He's a long strider who has great athletic ability.
Two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection. He needs to keep his weight down. He played tackle in college but might be best as a guard in the NFL.
First team All-Pac 10. His best position might be as a nose tackle, although he does have some pass-rush skills.
Started 49 games for TCU. Has great intangibles. He had a very good pro day. Raw, but he could be developed.
Highly rated player heading into 2010 but was limited by injuries. Had an outstanding pro day and looked every bit the part. If he can play CB, he might be taken late first or early second round.
Had operation in late December because of a sports hernia. Held a pro day April 6 but did not lift. Has long arms and is a blue-collar player.
Very strong arm. Needs work, because he has not been under center. Good runner. Lots of upside.
All-Pac 10 First Team selection. Has good range and ball skills, but needs more strength (just 11 lifts).
Started 38 games over past three years. Had elbow surgery and missed Pitt's bowl game. He had nine sacks in 2010 and has pass-rush ability at the next level. Character could come into question.
Davon House (DB, New Mexico State), Rodney Hudson (OL, Florida State), Kendall Hunter (RB, Oklahoma State), Jarvis Jenkins (DL, Clemson), Jerrell Jernigan (WR/KR, Troy), Colin McCarthy (LB, Miami), Dontay Moch (Nevada, LB), Drake Nevis (DL, LSU), Johnny Patrick (DB, Louisville), Will Rackley (OL, Lehigh).
Curtis Brown (DB, Texas), Jordan Cameron (TE, USC), Chris Carter (LB, Fresno State), Kenrick Ellis (DT, Hampton), Edmond Gates (WR, Abilene Christian), Lawrence Guy (DL, Arizona State), Terrell McClain (DL, South Florida), Quan Sturdivant (LB, North Carolina), Cedric Thornton (DL, Southern Arkansas), K.J. Wright (LB, Mississippi State).
Clint Boling (OL, Georgia), Jalil Brown (DB, Colorado), Brandon Burton (DB, Utah), Quinton Carter (DB, Oklahoma), Chimdi Chekwa (DB, Ohio State), Chris Culliver (DB, South Carolina), Greg Jones (LB, Michigan State), Ricardo Lockette (WR, Fort Valley State), Casey Matthews (LB, Oregon), Shane Vereen (RB, California).