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QUARTERBACKS

Outlook: A solid class, but top QBs might be a little overrated.

Top prospects:Eli Manning, Mississippi, 6-4, 218; Ben Roethlisberger, Miami (Ohio), 6-4, 242; Philip Rivers, N.C. State, 6-4, 226; J.P. Losman, Tulane, 6-2, 217.

RUNNING BACKS

Outlook: This group leaves a lot to be desired. There's no guaranteed game-breaker.

Top prospects:Kevin Jones, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 221; Steven Jackson, Oregon State, 6-2, 233; Greg Jones, Florida State, 6-1, 250; Chris Perry, Michigan, 6-0, 224.

TIGHT ENDS

Outlook: A pretty solid group for this hard-to-fill position, led by a rare talent in Kellen Winslow.

Top prospects:Kellen Winslow, Miami, 6-4, 243; Ben Troupe, Florida, 6-4, 262; Ben Watson, Georgia, 6-3, 253.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Outlook: There's a big drop-off after Robert Gallery. Talent on the interior line is limited.

Top prospects: Robert Gallery, Iowa, 6-7, 323 tackle; Shawn Andrews, Arkansas, 6-4, 373, tackle; Vernon Carey, Miami, 6-4, 363, guard; Justin Smiley, Alabama, 6-3, 301, guard; Chris Snee, Boston College, 6-2, 314, guard.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Outlook: Possibly the best crop ever, loaded with the kind of big, strong wideouts NFL teams covet.

Top prospects: Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 223; Roy Williams, Texas, 6-2, 212; Reggie Williams, Washington, 6-3, 223; Lee Evans, Wisconsin, 5-10, 197; Michael Jenkins, Ohio State, 6-4, 217; Rashaun Woods, Oklahoma State, 6-2, 202; Michael Clayton, LSU, 6-3, 197; Devery Henderson, LSU, 5-11, 191.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Outlook: Far from spectacular classes of past three years. Could be pair of top 10 picks.

Top prospects:Tommie Harris, Oklahoma, 6-2, 289; Kenechi Udeze, USC, 6-3, 287; Will Smith, Ohio State, 6-3, 267; Vince Wilfork, Miami, 6-1, 344; Marcus Tubbs, Texas, 6-3, 324; Antwan Odom, Alabama, 6-4, 277; Randy Starks, Maryland, 6-3, 307.

LINEBACKERS

Outlook: A thin crop for fourth consecutive year.

Top prospects:Jonathan Vilma, Miami, 6-1, 223; D.J. Williams, Miami, 6-0, 247; Karlos Dansby, Auburn, 6-3, 251.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Outlook: Solid group featuring Miami's Sean Taylor, considered one of best safety prospects ever.

Top prospects: Sean Taylor, Miami, 6-2, 231; DeAngelo Hall, Virginia Tech, 5-10, 197; Dunta Robinson, South Carolina, 5-10, 186; Chris Gamble, Ohio State, 6-1, 181; Will Poole, USC, 5-10, 193.