Texas wideouts solid; Junior DBs shine

Texas has one of the best receiving corps in the nation, led by Heisman hopeful Roy Williams, while Sean Taylor and Marlin Jackson are the best junior DBs right now.

Updated: July 11, 2003, 12:32 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. |
Q: Where does the Texas receiving corps rank among the best in college? And if Bo Scaife is 100 percent recovered from injury, is he the second-best in that group behind Roy Williams? -- Brent, Houston, Texas
Roy Williams
Roy Williams is the top wideout in college and a definite Heisman Trophy candidate.
Williams is the best player in college this year, and putting him in a group with Scaife, B.J. Johnson, Sloan Thomas and underrated sophomore tight end David Thomas definitely makes this one of the best in the nation, if not the best. The tight ends are effective weapons in the middle of the field and the wideouts will give new quarterback Chance Mock some downfield targets. And there is no doubt that Scaife could be the second option for the Longhorns if he comes back at full strength.

But there are some other groups out there pushing the receivers at Texas, starting in Wisconsin. If Lee Evans is completely healthy after missing last season, his addition to a unit that includes Darrin Charles, Jonathan Orr and Brandon Williams will give the Badgers a potentially explosive offense. And don't forget Mike Williams, Keary Colbert and Alex Holmes at USC, a group that will be strengthened even more by the addition of highly-touted recruits Steve Smith and Whitney Lewis.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.