Blog entry by Bruce Feldman
May 2, 2006
In light of last weekend's NFL draft, I was curious to look
back and see how many of those first-round guys had been
deemed all-world back when they were in high school.
Since there are so many different rankings, I figured it
made the most sense to go with one list. I picked the
roster of the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Game and figured
it'd be interesting to check in on that bunch.
The roster I did my research from is alphabetized by the
colleges they chose, although as you'll see many didn't
finish at the places they started. And, to be fair, quite a
few still have another season to play in college.
Two things were pretty startling: There were so many Notre
Dame players in the game, and there are just seven who even
made it as first-day draft picks (including Denver's pick
last year of Maurice Clarett).
Ra'Shawn Mosley, Arizona, RB: Now playing at Washburn
Vickiel Vaughn, Arkansas, DB: Drafted in the 7th round by
Jim Unis, Boston College, DL: Stopped playing for BC after
sustaining some concussions as a freshman.
Shadu Moore, Boston College, OL: Was a career reserve for
William Blackmon, Boston College, BC: Drafted in the fourth
round by Green Bay.
Tyler Littlehales, Colorado, WR: Nine catches in 2004
before leaving the program.
Andy Schaefer, Eastern Michigan, PK: Never appeared in a
James (Buster) Davis, Florida State, LB: Starting
linebacker at FSU.
Kamerion Wimbley, Florida State, LB: First-round draft
choice by Cleveland.
Thomas Clayton, Florida State, RB: Transferred to Kansas
Lorenzo Booker, Florida State, RB: Starting running back at
Cyrus Garrett, Illinois, LB: Went undrafted after finishing
career at N. Iowa.
Willie Henderson, Memphis, DL: Starting OL at Memphis.
Travarous Bain, Miami, DB: Transferred to Hampton; starting
Akieem Jolla, Miami, WR: Transferred to New Mexico State.
Mike Kolodziej, Michigan, DL: Challenging for starting left
tackle job at Michigan.
David Richard, Michigan State, LB: Transferred to Missouri,
then quit football.
Marvin Byrdsong, Mississippi State, LB: Finished up at
Northwestern State (La.); went undrafted.
Dedrick Harrington, Missouri, DB: Starting MLB at Missouri.
J.D. Washington, Morris Brown College, DB: Son of Denzel
Washington who played RB at Morehouse; went undrafted, but
signed with Rams.
David Horne, Nebraska, RB: Went undrafted after
transferring to Northern Iowa.
A.J. Davis, North Carolina State, DB: Starting CB at NC
T.A. McLendon, North Carolina State, RB: Undrafted in 2005,
and later released by Atlanta.
Chris Frome, Notre Dame, DL: Spot starting DL for Irish.
Nate Schiccatano, Notre Dame, TE: Career reserve for Irish;
Anthony Fasano, Notre Dame, TE: Drafted in the second round
Brian Mattes, Notre Dame, DL: Career reserve OL for Irish.
Jake Carney, Notre Dame, DB: Career reserve DB for Irish;
Marcus Freeman, Notre Dame, TE: Backup TE for Irish.
Scott Raridon, Notre Dame, TE: Career reserve OL for Irish;
Bob Morton, Notre Dame, OL: Starting OL for Irish.
James Bonelli, Notre Dame, OL: Career reserve OL for Irish;
Maurice Stovall, Notre Dame, WR: Drafted in the third round
by Tampa Bay.
Rhema McKnight, Notre Dame, WR: Starting WR for Irish.
Travis Leitko, Notre Dame, DL: Spot starting DL who is
coming back after a year away from program (family
Maurice Clarett, The Ohio State, RB: Drafted in the third
round by Denver in 2005; cut in training camp.
Stan White Jr., The Ohio State, LB: Spot starter at
fullback for tOSU.
JeJuan Rankins, Oklahoma, WR: Role playing WR; went
Haloti Ngata, Oregon, DL: Drafted in the first round by
J.R. Zwierzynski, Penn State, RB: Career backup linebacker.
Levi Brown, Penn State, OL: Starting offenisve lineman at
Mark Farris, Penn State, OL: Career backup offensive
lineman at PSU.
Tyler Palko, Pittsburgh, QB: Starting QB at Pitt.
Dominic Dixon, Portland State, DB: Starting CB at Portland
State entering senior season.
Berkley Hutchinson, Rutgers, LB: Serving in the military.
Josiah Vinson, Stanford, OL: Starting OL at Stanford
entering senior season.
Gerald Riggs Jr., Tennessee, RB: Went undrafted.
Heath Benedict, Tennessee:, OL: Washed out at Tennessee.
James Banks, Tennessee, QB: Booted from program.
Rob Smith, Tennessee, OL: Undrafted free agent who signed
Albert Hardy, Texas, RB: Career ended by injury.
Kasey Studdard, Texas, DL: Starting OL at Texas.
Bryan Payne, Texas, DB: I couldn't locate anything on
Aaron Harris, Texas, LB: Went undrafted.
Justin Blalock, Texas, OL: Starting OT at Texas.
Larry Dibbles, Texas, DL: Went undrafted.
Marquis Johnson, Texas, WR: Finished up at Texas Tech; went
Rodrique Wright, Texas, DL: Drafted in the seventh round by
Vincent Young, Texas, QB: Drafted in the first round by
Todd Pegram, Texas A&M, K-P: Solid kicker for A&M; went
Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M, QB: Drafted in the sixth round by
Anthony Arline, Texas Tech, WR: Starting cornerback at
Eric McNeal, UCLA, DB: Starting linebacker for Bruins.
Dominique Byrd, USC, LB: Drafted in the third round by St.
Kyle Williams, USC, OL: Expected to start at offensive
tackle for USC.
Ahmad Brooks, Virginia, LB: Dismissed from team; will enter
the supplemental draft this summer.
Kai Parham, Virginia, LB: Went undrafted.
Kwakou Robinson, Virginia, DL: Went undrafted.
Ronald Darden, Virginia, DL: Spot starter for UVA; went
Johnathan Lewis, Virginia Tech, DL: Drafted in the sixth
round by Arizona.
Shelton Sampson, Washington, DB: Converted tailback is now
playing cornerback for Washington.
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