Playboy All-American article (edited for LSU fans)

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    Scouting for the 2005 draft

    By Gil Brandt
    Special to

    (May 11, 2004) -- For the 47th year, the Playboy All-America Team has been put together. It's essentially a preseason all-star lineup of the best collegiate athletes from across the country selected by myself and Playboy sports editor Gary Cole. It also serves as a tremendous preview for the 2005 NFL Draft.

    Check out last year's list -- the amount of top draft picks is astonishing. Six of the first nine, 13 in the first round and 16 of the top 46 were on the Playboy team in '04. Included among them were Eli Manning (No. 1 overall), Robert Gallery (No. 2), Sean Taylor (No. 5), Kellen Winslow (No. 6), Roy Williams (No. 7) and Reggie Williams (No. 9). It goes without saying that any draft fan should make a note of the Playboy team every year and track their performance.

    Friday, 9:30 a.m.: This is when the weekend officially started because our first player -- linebacker A.J. Hawk from Ohio State -- arrived with his SID, Steve Snapp. More players arrived the same day until 5:30 p.m. when LSU head coach Nick Saban and three of his players landed.

    As part of the event, teams could do something totally fun on their own to earn points, and you wouldn't believe what four of the guys did. Mark Clayton, Antrel Rolle, Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and Kevin Burnett did synchronized backflips. You can imagine how athletic these guys are.

    Player Pos. College
    Matt Leinhart QB USC
    Cedric Benson RB Texas
    Carnell "Cadillac" Williams RB Auburn
    Darren Sproles RB Kansas State
    Mark Clayton WR Oklahoma
    Braylon Edwards WR Michigan
    Heath Miller TE Virginia
    Alex Barron OT Florida State
    Elton Brown OG Virginia
    Greg Eslinger C Minnesota
    C.J. Brooks OG Maryland
    Andrew Whitworth OT LSU

    Player Pos. College
    Dan Cody DL Oklahoma
    Shaun Cody DL USC
    Matt Roth DL Iowa
    Marcus Spears DL LSU
    Kevin Burnett LB Tennessee
    A.J. Hawk LB Ohio State
    Derrick Johnson LB Texas
    Josh Bullocks DB Nebraska
    Marlin Jackson DB Michigan
    Antrel Rolle DB Miami (Fla.)
    Corey Webster DB LSU

    Special Teams/Coach
    Player Pos. College
    Johnathan Nichols PK Ole Miss
    Antonio Perkins KR Oklahoma
    Tom Malone P USC
    Morgan Scalley Scholar athlete Utah State
    Nick Saban Coach LSU

    Bull riding champion: Cedric Benson. He stayed on for 14 seconds! Marcus Spears had the most attempts (seven) but did not stay on long for any of them. Benson was also Mr. Congeniality, always talking and being friendly with everyone else.

    Quiet but competitive: Corey Webster and Andrew Withworth, LSU. It's easy to see why LSU wins with people like these two. Whitworth, by the way, is 335 pounds and doesn't have a soft spot on him.

    Person everyone wanted to meet and talk with: Nick Saban, LSU head coach. Many of the players there either play for Saban or were recruited by Saban. He has this aura about him -- he's easily one of the most charismatic college coaches around.

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