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November 7, 2010

Top 10: Physical specimens

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Want to know the best way to intimidate an opponent the moment you walk off the bus? Look like an NFL player wearing a high school uniform.

Rivals.com's recruiting analysts break down the top 10 most impressive physically among the top prospects.

Top 10 most impressive prospects physically
10) CB Doran Grant
Grant highlights
School: Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary
Buzz: Grant is the smallest player to make this list but he looks much bigger than his listed 5-foot-10, 171 pounds. Grant is thickly muscled, especially in his upper body, and looks as if he could easily carry 200-plus pounds as a cornerback. Grant has the size of a small linebacker with the hips of a cornerback and packs weight tightly on his frame.



9) LB Curtis Grant
Grant highlights
School: Richmond (Va.) Hermitage
Buzz:Grant is listed at 6-foot-3 and 222 pounds, but he appears to be bigger. With huge shoulders and a big upper body, Grant also has long arms which allow him to cover a lot of ground. He still has room to add weight to his lower body which will improve his explosion. He's already one of the most physical players in the country and when he reaches 245 or 250 pounds as a middle linebacker, he has the chance to be a bigger Ray Lewis in college with his size and intensity.


8) ATH Colt Lyerla
Lyerla highlights
School: Hillsboro (Ore.)
Buzz: Lyerla reminds many of Brian Urlacher because of his strength and speed combination and NFL build. Some schools like him at linebacker and others are still thinking offense because the four-star is so athletic. Lyerla is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect with a great frame who is built like an old-school, traditional linebacker and looks as if he should be in college or even the NFL already.



Crowell highlights
School/position: Columbus (Ga.) Carver
Buzz: Crowell checks in at under 6-foot, but he has a very muscular build from head to toe and appears to be as thick as he is tall at times. He runs with power drawing from a strong lower body, which allows him to run inside the tackles. However, he has a great upper body and has one of the best stiff arms you'll see. He can simply shrug off defenders. He has the build to sustain himself as an every-down back at the collegiate level.



6) DE Aaron Lynch
Lynch highlights
School: Cape Coral (Fla.) Island Coast
Buzz: Lynch has grown at a rapid rate over the past year and has filled out his frame with solid muscle. He now checks in at 6-foot-6 and 266 pounds, and has the frame of an offensive tackle that can play defensive end or defensive tackle. It's clear that Lynch loves the weight room and works hard to build up his body. The way he is headed, he could be a 300-pound end with very little body fat.



Phillips highlights
School: Towanda (Kan.) Circle
Buzz: The 6-foot-6, 290-pound defensive tackle does not appear to have an ounce of fat on his frame. He even plays running back at times and is able to outrun opposing defenders for big gains on the ground and through the air. He is a mammoth. Physically, he looks like an All-American already.



Kouandjio highlights and interview
School: Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
Buzz: Kouandjio calls himself "The Prototype" because he looks unlike most offensive tackles. At 6-foot-7 and more than 300 pounds, Kouandjio still has plenty of room to fill out and looks more like an athletic tight end than a tackle. He has a thin waist and a rare v-shape for an offensive lineman. Long arms simply add to the package.



3) LB Tony Steward
Steward highlights
School: St. Augustine (Fla.) Pedro Menendez
Buzz: He stands 6-foot-2 with a chiseled upper body and very thick legs. Steward actually looks shorter than he is because of his thick lower body and his ability to play low and with leverage. But he is chiseled up top as well. Steward is an athletic specimen who is an intimidating force in the middle of the defense.



Clowney highlights
School: Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe
Buzz: Clowney's nickname is "Doo Doo" from childhood, but "The Condor" might be a better moniker. Clowney looks bigger than listed, has a very strong and thick lower body and long arms that allow him to cover a ton of ground. If you're building a defensive end from scratch, Clowney would be a good one to copy. Once he adds more weight, he'll be a 290-pound Mario Williams clone early in his college career.



Wilder Jr. highlights
School: Tampa (Fla.) Plant
Buzz: Wilder has the size and ability to play linebacker but the speed and passion for running back. Wilder Jr., who plans to play at Florida State next season, wants to be a running back at the collegiate level and he stands out in the backfield at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds. The power back makes an impression immediately upon arrival with his size and body-builder physique and there isn't a better-looking prospect at his position stepping off the bus.




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