HONOLULU — Dick Steinberg, director of player development for the New England Patriots, believes this year's National Football League draft of college players will be stronger overall than those of the past two years.
"It's particularly strong in running backs and offensive linemen," said Steinberg, who has joined other pro scouts in Honolulu to check out some of the nation's top prospects in the 40th Hula Bowl.
He pointed to West running backs Anthony Toney of Texas A&M, Dalton Hilliard of Louisiana State and Reggie Dupard of SMU, along with the East's Napoleon McCallum of Navy for special attention.
"Those are four of the top backs in a good crop this season," he said.
On quarterbacks, Steinberg said the East's Jim Everett of Purdue and the West's Mike Norseth of Kansas have what the pros need.