College Football’s Top 60 NFL Draft Prospects

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SEC, Defensive Linemen Dominate NFL Draft Prospects

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The college football season is at its midpoint and a number of players have improved their draft stock while some have seen their star shine not as bright as it did the previous year. Taking a look at the college football landscape and projecting players to the next level is one of the most challenging aspects of the sport, but at the same time also one of the more entertaining facets of the game.

I have identified the 60 best NFL prospects and ranked them from top to bottom. This is not a mock draft, but rather taking the players skill set and ranking them from No. 60 to No. 1. Therefore, the top player on my list is not necessarily the presumptive number one pick in April’s draft.

For example, if I have a quarterback at the top spot on my list and the Indianapolis Colts have the first pick in the draft, they are not going to take a quarterback after taking Andrew Luck.

One early trend to monitor as the season rolls on are that the SEC continues to dominate in producing NFL talent, and offensive and defensive lineman are well represented.

A number of intriguing quarterback prospects are presented, although the drop off after the top two is steep. Other observations include the skill positions where elite wide receivers, running backs and tight ends could present good value in the second round of the draft.

The list is subject to change as the college season develops and players will move up and down the list and new names will appear. Please let me know who you think I have ranked too high or too low and players you think are worthy of being on the list.

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Florida State QB EJ Manuel

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Is finally starting to realize the potential that he has tantalized Seminoles fans with for the previous three years when he came to Tallahassee as a top prep recruit. His injury history will scare off some scouts, but he has elite athleticism, great character and is an excellent leader. However, his accuracy and mental acumen leave doubts as to whether he can be a long-term fix at quarterback or if his future will be as a backup. But he has good arm strength and is extremely mobile in the pocket who would be best served sitting and learning from the bench for two years before ascending into a starting role.

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OKlahoma QB Landry Jones

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Jones has really regressed since his first two years as a starting quarterback, but has a rocket for an arm and can make all the throws necessary to have success in the NFL. However, his inability to make a big play and propensity to turn the ball over at the worst time leaves me questioning his mental toughness. He has all the physical tools, but his mental makeup is the difference between him being a top-1o pick and being a bottom of the 2nd or top of the 3rd round pick. Would be ideal for him to sit for a year behind a veteran before being thrust into a starting job to avoid crushing his psyche as a rookie.

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Michigan QB Denard Robinson

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The Michigan quarterback has virtually no chance of playing quarterback in the NFL outside of wildcat formations, and will have to make a position change to receiver to make it at the next level. He can follow in the footsteps of the guy whose rushing record he’s broke in the Big Ten, former Indiana Qb and long-time NFL receiver and returner, Antwaan Randle El as a player to emulate. If Robinson can even add return duties to his resume at the Senior Bowl, then he can sneak into the 2nd round mix for a team that needs a dynamic playmaker.

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Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton

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Coming on strong in his senior season for the surprising Beavers and has vaulted into the conversation as a possible 2nd round pick. Productive player and extremely competitive and displaying good character is a player that’s easy to root for. His separation skills are average at best and at 5-11 will be limited to a slot receiver role in the NFL, but will need to improve his ability to weave in and out of congestion in the defense to have a high volume of receptions. Flashes big-play ability, but at his size will never be a consistent homerun threat.

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Oregon RB Kenjon Barner

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A dynamo in Oregon’s offense, but his 5-8 stature and questions about his skills translating to an NFL style will drop Barner in the draft. He is a better prospect than former Duck, LaMichael James, who has yet to see the field for the 49ers after he was a day-two pick for them last year. However, due to his stature and inability to be an every-down back will be a 3rd down back early in his career and a quality backup that could thrive in the right offense.

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Michigan State DE William Gholston

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At 6-6 and 280 he has the frame of a 1st round pick, but his production and effort level do not match that of a top pick. He has shown to lose control of his emotions and has been suspended for his on-the-field behavior. His pass-rushing needs refinement and is strictly a power rusher with a lack of moves. Can line up at either end spot in a 4-3 and could play end in a 3-4 because he is strong at defending the run. His inconsistent motor and lack of production will make scouts wary of selecting him too high, but the right coach could tap into his vast potential.

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Kansas State LB Arthur Brown

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The Miami transfer has found a home in the Wildcats defense and is the leader of a defense that is the unsung hero for the undefeated team. A consistent tackler who exhibits some of the best range of any linebacker in this class, and is comparable to some safeties with his ability to run sideline-to-sideline. At 224 pounds though, he will need to bulk up to the 240-pound range to be anything more than a nickel or special teams linebacker.

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Texas DE Alex Okafor

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In a down year for the Longhorns, Okafor has the frame and the ability to be a complete end in the NFL for a long time. He shows good first-step quickness and uses his hands as well as any defensive lineman in the country, a trait not possessed by many in college football. Is versatile and smart enough to play as a 4-3 end on either side or a 3-4 outside linebacker similar to Lamarr Woodley.

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NC State QB Mike Glennon

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Very rare height for a quarterback prospect at 6-7 and reminiscent of Brock Osweiler who was a 2nd round pick a year ago in that both have excellent arm strength and a high release that limits the propensity for balls being tipped at the line of scrimmage. Glennon though is much more of a statue in the pocket and lacks elusiveness in the pocket to step up and deliver the ball when faced with a collapsing pocket. The 5th year senior does have experience in a pro-style offense with a high level of production on his resume.

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Stanford LB Chase Thomas

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Will likely be a strongside linebacker in the NFL due to his lack of elite athleticism. Isn’t that great in space or rushing the passer, but is best at taking on the TE in the run game and in coverage. He does a lot of things good, but nothing especially great. Is a competitive player with a high football IQ that allows him to make up for his lack of elite speed and agility. His tackling and instincts will be a fit for many teams that run a zone scheme.

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UNC LB Kevin Reddick

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With excellent production, character, intangibles and the frame to be an every-down linebacker at the next level, Reddick will be one of the more underrated prospects at any position this year. He reads and locates the ball quickly and makes plays sideline-to-sideline rarely letting a ball carrier or receiver out of his grasp. Can improve in his ability to shed blocks from fullbacks and offensive lineman who have been able to lock out and engulf Reddick, effectively taking him out of the play. Perfect fit for a cover-2 scheme.

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Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell

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A big back at 244-pounds was a preseason candidate for the Heisman trophy, but his team failed to live up to expectations this season and Bell did not receive the attention that he really deserved. He is the epitome of a workhorse back and has rushed the ball more than 40 times in a game--which can also be a detriment to him when scouts consider the wear and tear on his body. Not really a receiving threat out of the backfield, but is a punishing runner that can play a complimentary role to a smaller and shiftier back.

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Washington State WR Marquess Wilson

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Suspended and then ultimately quit the football team before week 11 game, but has enough of a track record to show scouts that he is a big play receiver. The off field transgressions will likely drop him in the draft, but he has a big frame at 6-4 and has produced at a high level. A 2nd team All-American selection a year ago will need to prove to scouts he is a competitor and will not quit when things get rocky. Should learn from Mike Williams, a 1st round talent who quit during his final year at Syracuse then dropped to the 4th round, and is enjoying a solid career in the NFL.

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Wisconsin RB Montee Ball

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Returned to Madison for his senior year after a 39-touchdown season on the ground as a junior because the draft advisory board had him pegged as a 3rd round pick. Has not been nearly as productive as a senior working with a disappointing offensive line and shaky quarterbacks and suffered two concussions this season--one on-the-field and one in an off-campus assault. Lacks elite speed and isn’t a polished receiver, but is a dependable and consistent runner.

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Syracuse OT Justin Pugh

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Three-year starter is going to need to add bulk to his 292-poud frame, but has elite pass blocking skills and is able to handle speed and power rushers with relative ease. Can play too high at times in the run game, and with added bulk will help him drive defenders off the ball. Shows good awareness and is a smart player who is quick to pick up a scheme and read opposing defenses. Scouts will love that he shows a mean streak.

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Illinois DT Akeem Spence

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In what has been an abysmal year for the Illini, Spence has been one of the few bright spots on a defense that was supposed to be the team’s foundation for a solid season. Spence isn’t as quick or disruptive as his former teammate and first round pick Corey Liuget, but has flashed the ability to dominate at times. He can be an effective starter at the next level if he shows more consistent effort and better use of his hands to disengage from offensive lineman.

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Wisconsin OT Ricky Wagner

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Wisconsin continually develops NFL offensive lineman as the draft is annually littered with the next crop of tackles, guards, and centers from the Badgers. Wagner is the next in the line of great tackles to come from Wisconsin following in the likes of former first round picks Joe Thomas and Gabe Carimi. Will likely start out as a right tackle early in his career, but can develop into a starting left tackle with his above average footwork.

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Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson

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Returned for his senior season at Arkansas, but lost his offensive-minded coach in the offseason and his team has lost some brutal games despite Wilson playing well for the most part. Has had monster games against inferior opponents but struggled against elite teams like Alabama. Had a concussion this season but came back and has continued to put up great numbers. Down senior season will concern scouts.

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Goergia S Shawn Williams

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Is a fiery and emotional player that has developed into a leader this season for the Bulldogs. Is one of the best in run support in this year’s group of safeties and at 219 pounds can deliver quite a shot to receivers or ball carriers. Can make plays in the passing game and pick off passes when he is in control of his body, which he needs to improve upon, but has fluid hips and above-average instincts to improve in coverage.

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Tennessee QB Tyler Bray

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Has great size at 6’5’’ and 225 pounds and has been a very productive player at Tennessee. Has really blossomed this season and has had some monster games throwing the ball, but would like to see more wins and a reduction in interceptions. A strong offseason and combine could push Bray high up draft boards as teams are desperate for quarterbacks with his size and arm talent. Not much success as a winner in college.

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West Virginia WR Tavon Austin

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Exploding on the scene the last two years in a high-powered passing attack and is a very productive player who has shown the ability to make big plays in the passing game and can take a 4-yard hitch and turn it into a 80-yard touchdown. Great with the ball in his hands and will rack up yards after the catch. His ability to separate and get in and out of his cuts makes him an ideal slot receiver that can weave in and out of traffic in the defense. And at a shade under 5-9, that is likely where Austin will have to produce. His elite speed also makes him a dynamic threat on special teams.

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Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert

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Prototypical frame for a tight end at 6-6 and 250, but has just adequate speed which limits his ability to separate from the defense. Can win jump balls vs. linebackers and safeties in the red zone, but isn’t much of a threat to do much after the catch. A bit of an overrated prospect who benefits by playing for Notre Dame, but is a below average blocker who hasn’t produced at a very high level for long stretches in college career.

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NC State CB David Amerson

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Had 13 interceptions in 2011, but has found 2012 to be a bit of a struggle as quarterbacks have picked on him at times, especially vs. Miami, when the Hurricanes threw for more than 500 yards. A bit of a free lancer who has not taken the next step in his development and has been passed as the premiere corner in the draft class.

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Texas S Kenny Vaccaro

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His cover skills are superior and rank among the best at the position in this year’s draft class. He is reminiscent of former Longhorn Earl Thomas who had excellent range and the ability to flip his hips and change direction quickly to close on the ball while in the air. Confident player who relies on his knowledge of the game to make plays with his inherent instincts which are vital at the safety position. Can stand to get better in run support, but is a safety best-equipped at making plays in the passing game.

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Alabama OL Barrett Jones

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Has lined up all along the Alabama offensive line the last four years and won the Outland Trophy starting as the left tackle on the national champions. A two-time national title winner, who possesses every intangible you look for in an offensive lineman, yet is not overly physical, nasty, or athletic but excels in leverage and taking the proper angles to seal off the defender. Cerebral player similar to long-time pro bowl center Matt Birk.

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Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews

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Overshadowed at times by his teammates at A&M, but the son of NFL hall of fame offensive lineman, Bruce Matthews and the cousin of pro bowl linebacker, Clay Matthews, Jake has the bloodlines to follow in the footsteps of those in his family tree. Elite size, durability, and intangibles with the ability to line up at either left or right tackle should be good enough to merit 1st round consideration. Will be a right tackle early in career because of raw pass-blocking skills, but is a hard working, nasty, and gritty player who will be a coach’s dream.

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UNC RB Giovani Bernard

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A bit of a diamond in the rough and a prospect that could rise in the pre-draft process similar to what Doug Martin did a year ago when he rose from relative obscurity to the bottom of the first round and a possible rookie of the year award. Bernard can run in between the tackles as well as turning the corner and reaching the perimeter on stretch runs while delivering a pop to would be tacklers. A competent receiver who won’t need to come off the field on third down and can carry the load at the goal line. He will enhance his draft stock with his ability to be a punt returner in addition to being a true three-down back.

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LSU S Eric Reid

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LSU just seems to turn out defensive backs year in and year out and Reid is one of the finer safeties in this class who has shown to be a terrific leader at Baton Rouge with incredible instincts and recognition skills--which make up for his less-than-elite speed. Is a very smooth athlete who looks like the game slows down for him. Has great height at 6-2 and has shown the propensity to make a big interception, like he did with an interception at the goal line vs. Alabama last season. Like most college safeties could improve in the run game as he is not a consistent or violent tackler.

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Purdue DT Kawann Short

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Returned to Purdue after being a three-year starter after receiving a grade from the NFL advisory board that suggested he would be a day two pick. Does not do one thing exceptional, but can do a lot of things well. Equally stout defending the run as he is rushing the passer from the interior of the line. He needs to improve his conditioning at 325 pounds to stay on the field because he can show fatigue late in the fourth quarter.

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Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson

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At 290 pounds, Richardson has the makings of the prototypical three-technique tackle in a 4-3 Cover-2 defense that needs explosion and quickness to disrupt the pocket form the interior of the defensive line. The former JUCO transfer has had some injury problems in his college career, but has worked hard to get back to top form and plays with an aura of confidence that is evident on film. A better player vs. the run than in rushing the passer.

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Florida S Matt Elam

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One of the toughest dudes in college football and plays bigger than his 200-pound body would suggest. Has a knack for making big plays in critical situations and forced a big fumble in the LSU-Florida game this year. A true leader who makes up for his lack of size with great heart and intangibles.

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Stanford TE Zach Ertz

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This year’s best tight end is following in the mold of his former teammate Coby Fleener and could sneak into the bottom of the first round with a great combine workout. Has shown he is a fine in-line blocker and can make catches down the field and can stretch the seam and beat linebackers and safeties. Is a hard worker that loves the game of football and has experience playing in a pro style offense.

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UNC DT Sylvester Williams

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Two-year starter after coming over from junior college makes a lot of plays defending the run. Runs down the line to chase down the ball and has a high motor. Could use more refinement in his technique while rushing the passer, but has some decent moves and uses his hands fairly well. Just needs more experience and coaching to bring out his potential.

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Tennessee OT Dallas Thomas

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A bright spot for the struggling Volunteers is an above average pass blocker who has room to improve if can utilize his hands better to get power rushers disengaged off his light frame. Moves and mirrors the defenders well, but needs to develop more upper body strength. Added bulk and strength would aid in his run-blocking which is average. The offensive lineman has experience at left guard and left tackle and had played in 38 consecutive games.

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Oregon DE Dion Jordan

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At 6-6 and 240 pounds, Jordan lacks the bulk you like to see in a defensive end, but has enough versatility in his game to line up as a pass rush specialist on third downs early in his career as he bulks up to the 260 pound range. Could play in a 3-4 scheme as an OLB or a 4-3 scheme as a rushing end. Jordan reminds me of Aldon Smith who had 14 sacks as a rookie playing a rushing end for the 49ers a year ago and is developing into one of the best pass-rushers in the league. With his toughness and effort, Jordan is capable of being a matchup nightmare on 3rd downs.

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UNC OG Johnathan Cooper

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Four-year starter excels as a pass blocker with quick and nimble feet. Is an above average blocker in the run game and delivers a good hand punch and a nasty demeanor. Can line up at either guard spots and play center in a pinch, but his best position is at left guard where he can get out and pull to the second level as well as any guard in America.

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Florida State DT Cornellius Carradine

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Looks the part of a top-10 pick at 6-4.5 and 255 pounds, but has not produced much until this season. After transferring from junior college Carradine has flashed his massive potential and solid effort for a very good defense. Sometimes gets overshadowed by his teammates, but makes plays when you lock in on him. A violent hitter and uses his hands well, but needs more refinement in his technique to bring out the potential he holds. Could be a fast riser after the combine because of his freakish athletic ability.

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USC WR Robert Woods

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Exceptional hands that may be the best of any receiver in the nation, but is more of a possession receiver at 6’1’’ and 190 pounds and lacks elite top end speed. Has lined up on the perimeter and in the slot during his three years at USC and has developed quite the rapport with Matt Barkley racking up over 100 receptions a year ago for the Trojans. Overshadowed this season by teammate Marqise Lee, but very good in his own right and is the school’s all-time receptions leader.

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Tennessee WR Justin Hunter

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6’4’’ target has impressive ball skills demonstrating great body control and adjustment to the ball in the air. An above average route runner who has solid separation skills and fluidity to his movements for such a big receiver. Has the ability to stretch defenses and make the big play and can make the acrobatic catch look easy. Former long jump champ is recovering nicely from an ACL injury in 2011.

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LSU DT Bennie Logan

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Overshadowed by others on his own team, but in many ways is the key cog on LSU’s line. Makes plays in the backfield stuffing opposing teams in the run game. He will improve as a pass rushing tackle in the NFL as he incorporates an arsenal of moves to be a menace along the interior of the line. Good first step quickness that allows him to beat guards and centers to the point of attack

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California WR Keenan Allen

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At 6’3’’ and 205 pounds he looks the part of a #1 receiver, but questions about his top-end speed may limit his upside to being a #2 at the next level. He is an intense competitor who returned to school for his senior year is a savvy route runner who finds the soft spots in the defense. Has above average separation skills, and his ball skills are good enough to make difficult catches look ordinary.

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Michigan OT Taylor Lewan

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Looks the part of an NFL left tackle at 6-7 and 300 pounds, but could get even bigger without sacrificing foot speed. He comes from a program with a history of developing offensive lineman for the next level. Has shown that he can lose his temper which is a blessing and a curse for an offensive lineman as he has had bad penalties called on him, but also looks to punish defenders and put them on their back. Is an above average as a pass blocker and run blocker who can get to the second level and seal off defenders. Could play either tackle position.

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Auburn DE Corey Lemonier

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Has been the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal year for Auburn and flashes his pass rushing skills week in and week out. Could stand to add 15-20 pounds to his 240 pound build, but with his relentless motor will not sacrifice the speed that has made him such a productive player. He is versatile having lined up at right and left end and while he hasn’t been asked to drop back in coverage, I think he could also line up as a 3-4 OLB. I love the way he uses his hands like a heavyweight boxer and his nasty streak is what you love to see from a defensive end.

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Baylor WR Terrance Williams

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Caught the eyes of scouts last year when he was catching passes from Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, but has improved this season as the No. 1 target in the Baylor passing game. A better prospect than Kendall Wright, who was the 20th pick last season, has excellent size at 6-3 to dominate one-on-one matchups vs. smaller defensive backs. Can make the big play and run all the routes in the route tree. Good separation skills and outstanding intangibles.

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Georgia LB Alec Ogletree

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Has serious character and durability concerns, but his talent is not that far behind Notre Dame's superhero Manti Te’o as an inside linebacker. Has elite physical tools and will fly to the football in the run and pass game. Has potential to be a supreme pass rusher and can cover tight ends, but does not have great instincts or ball hawking skills.

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LSU DE Sam Montgomery

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At 245 pounds he is more of a complete defender against the run than versus the pass. He finds and tracks the ball very well form the right end spot where he projects to play in the NFL unless he can improve his raw pass rushing skills. He does need to learn to use his hands better to shed offensive lineman to be a complete end. Is an intense competitor and vocal leader for a productive college defense.

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LSU DE Barkevious Mingo

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Slightly undersized defensive end and will have to add 20-25 pounds to his 240 pound body, but has the frame at 6’5’’ to add the bulk without sacrificing the speed that makes him a terror off the edge. His long arms, fluid hips, and first step quickness make him the elite pass rushing end in this draft class. Not as productive as he was last year.

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West Virginia QB Geno Smith

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The runaway favorite to capture the Heisman trophy through the first part of the season has opened the eyes of scouts in every NFL city with his eye-popping stat lines. Is not the refined passer as USC's Matt Barkley, and does not possess all the intangibles that Barkley does, but makes up for that with more velocity on his throws. Will be criticized for playing in a shotgun offense and throwing with a low ¾ release. Has cooled off considerably since a meteoric rise in the first half of the season.

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Alabama CB Dee Milliner

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A tick under 6’1 and a biscuit under 200 pounds, Milliner has been taught well by Nick Saban at Alabama and could be the finest cornerback under Saban's tutelage. Makes plays in the run game that few corners can make and can run with the top receivers in the SEC. Has above average ball skills and his instincts in reading the quarterback are among the best in the nation.

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Georgia NT John Jenkins

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Jenkins is a house at 360 pounds. May be suited best as a nose in a 3-4 defense which would limit his draft stock. Has pretty good initial quickness and will dominate in confined spaces, but will only be a two-down player as a result of his weight, he would be a far better player at 335 than 360. Jenkins is a player similar to former Alabama NT and current Baltimore Ravens massive NT Terence Cody.

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Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks

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The premiere corner in this class returned to school after potentially being a first round pick a year ago. Has ball-hawking skills and can take it to the house when he gets the ball in his hands. Has experience on special teams as a returner. Banks has had success covering AJ Green, Julio Jones, and Percy Harvin among others in the SEC. Banks is tied with former first round pick, Walt Harris for the school record for interceptions with 16.

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Florida State DE Bjoern Werner

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The best motor and relentless pursuit of any end in this year’s class who is equally adept at stopping the run as he is at rushing the passer. Has an untapped potential after playing just two years of high school football and could thrive under the right defensive line coach. Could play in a number of different fronts, but ideally suited as a 4-3 end.

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Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins

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A true anchor in every sense of the word and man-handles offensive lineman and sheds them when playing against the run. Is not a pass rusher, but has upside if he can work on using his hands more effectively. Has great first-step quickness and makes plays outside the tackle box. Rarely comes off the field at Ohio State but needs to monitor his weight, he’s at 335 now, but has been north of 350 at times to realize his limitless potential.

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USC QB Matt Barkley

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Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

The presumptive #1 pick after returning to school for his senior season has all the intangibles you look for in a quarterback and has been a leader since his freshman year at USC. Highly productive during his time under Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin and possesses above average accuracy and mobility while capable of making all the NFL throws. The only knock on him is his height, which is just below 6’2”, and the out-of-this-world expectations placed on him before his senior season—but he has still put up gaudy numbers.

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Notre Dame MLB Manti Te'o

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Surprised many when he returned to South Bend for his senior year, but the folks at Notre Dame are counting their blessings and currently enjoying an undefeated season as a result of the #2 ranked scoring defense led by the ever-impressive Te’o. Is a complete linebacker that can make plays sideline-to-sideline and displays great instincts in the pass game. Is a passionate and vocal leader that displays maturity and resolve well beyond his years and will be a starter from day one in the NFL.

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Texas A&M DE DaMontre Moore

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Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

The Monster is playing up to his nickname this season for the Aggies, and while Johnny Manziel is getting the headlines for his team, the play of Moore is just as big a reason for the Aggies success. The versatile defensive lineman has experience in a 3-4 scheme as an OLB and has played both end spots in a 4-3 and has excelled in both. A terror coming off the edge with double digit sacks this season and a history of staying healthy. Will show relentless pursuit to the ball and is always in the middle of a big play.

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Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel

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Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Is a very smart and aware left tackle that has started since his freshmen year at A&M that plays with an aggressive and relentless motor while displaying nice athleticism. At 6’6’’ and 305 pounds he could stand do add some bulk to his frame which would improve his run blocking skills which are average at this point. Is consistent at pass protection with his knack for recognizing line stunts and blitzes, but could use work on his lateral quickness.

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Alabama OG Chance Warmack

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The best guard prospect I have seen in years. Guards do not get drafted that high, but he can be the exception. He really has no weaknesses in his game and excels in the run and pass game while possessing exceptional field awareness, durability, and toughness. During his time in Tuscaloosa he has blocked for a Heisman winner in Mark Ingram and another Heisman finalist in Trent Richardson.

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Utah DT Star Lotulelei

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Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

A massive and physical defensive tackle that tips the scales at 320 pounds that can be an anchor in the run game and occupy and shed multiple blockers. Struggles as a pass rusher, but can improve because he has quick feet and hands to fight off centers and guards in pass protection. Has a nasty demeanor and non-stop motor that scouts and coaches will love.

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Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones

College Football
Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

A natural leader on the field and the 6’2’’ 242-pounder is a nightmare for offensive lineman to try and block. Is the ideal 3-4 OLB and will be compared to Former Texas A&M LB, Von Miller, but is not in his class, but still a very elite prospect. Single-handedly won the game for Georgia vs. Florida with 13 tackles, three sacks, and 2 fumbles forced and recovered.

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