The most notable among them is Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who missed the entire 2009 season after contracting Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He recovered to play for the Eagles in 2010, when he had 65 tackles and four interceptions.
JARRIEL KING, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, SOUTH CAROLINA
Hometown: North Charleston, S.C.
Strengths(NFL.com): King is tall with a thick muscular build. Shows good awareness recognizing stunts and blitzes and has the foot quickness to mirror defenders in pass protection. Strong kid with a good power base that has the agility to make blocks in the second level.
2010 season: Played in 11 of 13 games, earning seven starts … Earned first start at left tackle vs. Furman and started the next six games … Made first appearance vs. Georgia … Played vs. Troy, Clemson and in the SEC Championship Game but did not start … Missed Florida game after suffering concussion vs. Arkansas … Tied with T.J. Johnson for most starts of any offensive lineman (26) … Named Most Improved Offensive Lineman in the spring.
HENRY HYNOSKI, FULLBACK, PITTSBURGH
Hometown: Elysburg, Penn.
Strengths(NFL.com): Hynoski's a great combination of size and speed for a fullback prospect. Displays good on-field awareness. Understands his assignments, locates his targets, and does a good job of sustaining. Provides some value as a runner and receiver. Finds the hole and can make a play in space. Good work ethic.
2010 season: Hynoski was Pitt's starting fullback each of the past two years. This past season he rushed 12 times for 33 yards and caught 25 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown.
DAVID SIMS, SAFETY, IOWA STATE, ROOKIE
Hometown: Gainesville, Fla.
Strengths(NFL.com): Sims has a compact muscular build. Well prepared player that recognizes routes and rarely bites on play action. Reads the QB's eyes and can jump underneath routes. Possesses fluid hips to line up over the slot and delivers a strong jam to reroute receivers. Reads quickly, fills hard, and breaks down ball carriers in space.
2010 season:* *Saw action in 11 games ... made 96 tackles and forced three fumbles, recovering one ... had one interception as a senior and six in his career ... also returned 16 kickoffs averaging 23.2 yards per return ... set a career-high with 17 tackles at Oklahoma and caused a Sooner fumble ... made game-high 13 tackles against Nebraska ... led the team with 10 tackles against Utah while forcing a fumble and grabbing an interception that led to Iowa State scores ... finished with eight tackles and broke up four passes in ISU win at Texas ... in his first action of the season, made nine tackles at Iowa.
MARTIN PARKER, DEFENSIVE TACKLE, RICHMOND
Hometown: New Haven, Conn.
Strengths(NFL.com): Parker has great size and deceptive speed. Well balanced player with a quick first step and the range to make plays outside of the tackle box. Locates the ball quickly and possesses active hands to shed and has the closing burst to get after the quarterback.
2010 season:Parker led all CAA Football defensive linemen in tackles (8.7 per game) and was second overall in the league in total sacks (5.5) and total TFL (13.5) in 2010. He posted five double-digit tackle games, including 13 versus Delaware and 12 versus Towson. The New Haven, Conn. native, who was a First Team All-CAA Football selection and a consensus First Team All-America pick, also blocked a PAT attempt in the Delaware game.
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SPENCER PAYSINGER, LINEBACKER, OREGON
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Strengths (SI.com): Explosive pursuit linebacker with marginal size/speed numbers for the next level. Scrapes well the box, fires up the field in run defense, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Gets depth on pass drops, displays fluid footwork in all directions, and slides off blocks to make plays. Quick out to the sidelines and relatively effective in space."
2010 season(goducks.com):Honorable mention All-Pac-10 according to the conference coaches…13-game starter at WILL linebacker ranked third on the squad with 76 tackles…Six pass breakups were tops among UO LBs…Credited with eight tackles - seven unassisted - in BCS National Championship Game vs. Auburn…Shared the team-high with eight tackles, 0.5 for a 2-yard loss, and added two pass breakups in win at Oregon State…Three solo tackles and the game's lone sack for a 7-yard loss in win vs. Arizona…Forced a fumble, broke up a pass and had three tackles, including 1.0 TFL, at Cal…Six stops, 1.0 TFL in win vs. Washington…Led the team and tied his career-high with 12 tackles at USC… Preseason All-Pac-10 second team choice by Phil Steele Publications…Team's third-strongest player in terms of total weight lifted, putting up 1,182 lbs. in the clean, squat and bench lifts…Clocked as the fastest linebacker during winter testing, completing electronic 40-yard dash in 4.81…Had a team-best 352-lb. power clean in addition to pacing his position with a 480-lb.
MARK HERZLICH, LINEBACKER, BOSTON COLLEGE
Hometown: Wayne, Penn.
Strengths(NFL.com): Herzlich possesses rare intangibles for an NFL Draft prospect. Is a highly-productive player who has a terrific blend of height, bulk and top-end speed. Plays with good awareness and discipline and doesn't stay blocked long. Can make plays from sideline-to-sideline and can stay with running backs in coverage. Can rush the passer and displays great closing burst.
2010 season: Won the Rudy Award and the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award...started all 13 games and began playing full-time against Virginia Tech...third on the team with 65 tackles and 50 solo stops...tied for first on the team with two forced fumbles, second on the team with four interceptions and four pass break ups...also had 3.5 tackles for a loss...tallied five tackles (three solo) and one forced fumble against Nevada...had six solo tackles and an interception at Syracuse...totaled eight tackles (six solo) with one for a loss, a forced a fumble, a pass break up and an interception vs. Virginia...tallied six tackles at Duke...posted five solo tackles at Wake Forest...recorded six solo tackles and a pass breakup against Clemson...was second on the team with eight tackles (six solo) and a tackle for a loss against Maryland ... had three tackles, broke up a pass and had an interception at NC State...had another pick, defended a pass and made seven tackles against Virginia Tech...racked up four solo tackles including one for a loss vs. Kent State...led the team onto the field in the season opener against Weber State, racking up five tackles.
JUSTIN TRATTOU, DEFENSIVE END, FLORIDA
Hometown: Ramsey, N.J.
Strengths(SI.com): Hardworking, undersized college defensive end who flashes skill as a pass rusher. Effectively uses his hands and can bend off the edge or make plays laterally. Changes directions well, plays with good quickness, and stays with the action.
2010 season:Named to the 2010 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll…Played and started all 13 games in 2010…Was fourth on the Gators with 57 tackles, 35 solo, and is first on the team with 12.0 tackles for loss…Had a tackle for loss in nine out of the Gators' last 11 games.
CRAIG MARSHALL, DEFENSIVE END, SOUTH FLORIDA
Hometown: Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Strengths(SI.com): Relatively athletic defensive end who flashes skills as a pass rusher. Breaks down well, fights with his hands, and rarely gets knocked off his feet. Covers a lot of area on the field, displaying good movement skills. Collapses down the line of scrimmage to defend the run and is able to bend off the edge then pursue action from the back side.
2010 season: Appeared in nine games, starting eight ... missed four games due to a foot injury ... tallied 34 tackles, four sacks, nine TFL, an INT and a forced fumble ... posted four tackles, a TFL and a PBU against Stony Brook ... added six tackles at Florida ... notched a tackle and an INT versus WKU ... tallied six tackles, a sack and a pressure against FAU ... set career highs with eight tackles and three sacks against Syracuse.
JERRARD TARRANT, SAFETY, GEORGIA TECH
Hometown: Carrollton, Ga.
Strengths(NFL.com): Tarrant has enough size for the next level. Possesses the top-end speed and range to play the deep half or the point. Displays some impressive straight-lined explosion. Flashes playmaking ability. Has good hands and is a threat after the catch. Fills hard and fast in run support. Has return experience.
2010 season:Tarrant led the team with three interceptions, including a 33-yard touchdown return, with three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 2010. He also recorded 58 tackles, with 2.5 for a loss. Tarrant also served as a specialist in the Yellow Jackets' kick return game, running back a pair of punts for touchdowns in 2009.
IBRAHIM ABDULAI, DT, ARK. – PINE BLUFF
Hometown: Calumet City, Ill.
Strengths(SI.com): Nice sized interior defensive lineman that shows strength and power in his game. Plays with good pad level, fluid moving about the field and tough to move off the point. Fires off the snap with a quick first step, displays a short burst of closing speed and fights hard throughout the action. Keeps his feet driving up the field, fluid changing direction and chases the action hard.
2010 season: All-Conference (Southwestern Athletic) selection … finished third on team with 67 tackles, including 18 TFL … Recorded 7.5 sacks.