2013 NFL Draft : Ranking the Top 10 Prospects at Each Position

Danny Flynn@FlynnceptionSenior Analyst IOctober 5, 2012

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o is the top linebacker prospect for the 2013 NFL draft
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o is the top linebacker prospect for the 2013 NFL draftMatt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

The first month of the college football season has quickly come and gone, which means it’s now time for the real crucial conference showdowns to begin. No more nonsense like LSU vs. Towson, or Florida State vs. Murray State, or Oklahoma State vs. Savannah State.

The Week 6 slate is absolutely loaded with must-watch games that will all have a major effect on the BCS conference races.  

For NFL draft fans, that means we’ll get to see the best vs. the best this weekend.

Games like Georgia vs. South Carolina, LSU vs. Florida, Nebraska vs. Ohio State, Miami vs. Notre Dame and West Virginia vs. Texas will all feature numerous future first-round NFL draft picks. 

As always, it will be interesting to see which prospects step up and shine, and which ones falter.

As we get ready for the sixth Saturday of the season, here's a look at the top 10 eligible prospects at every position for the 2013 NFL draft, along with some other sleepers to watch out for. 

The Top 10 Quarterbacks

1. Geno Smith, West Virginia (Senior)

"Has more explosive arm talent than RG3." 

2. Matt Barkley, USC (Senior)

"He has an Alex Smith-like skill set. But he's not No. 1 pick material." 

3. EJ Manuel, Florida State (Senior)

"He has Cam Newton-like physical ability. But he took a long time to develop."

4. Aaron Murray, Georgia (Junior)

"A small but savvy signal-caller who resembles Christian Ponder."

5. Collin Klein, Kansas State (Senior)

"Needs two years to develop into a starter. Similar prospect to Colin Kaepernick."

6. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech (Junior)

"I see a lot of Josh Freeman in him. But his accuracy is a joke."

7. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (Senior) 

"Tony Romo-type of passer. He should have come out in 2012."

8. Landry Jones, Oklahoma (Senior)

"Awesome quarterback on paper. But he’s not an on-field leader you can trust." 

9. Sean Mannion, Oregon State (Redshirt Sophomore) 

"Prototypical, tall pro-style pocket passer. Stock is climbing." 

10. Mike Glennon, N.C. State (Senior) 

"Struggled early. He still possesses a rocket for an arm, though."

Quarterbacks: Seniors to Watch

  • Alex Carder, Western Michigan 
  • Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah 
  • Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
  • James Vandenberg, Iowa
  • Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
  • MarQueis Gray, Minnesota
  • Matt Scott, Arizona
  • Nick Florence, Baylor
  • Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
  • Sean Renfree, Duke
  • Seth Doege, Texas Tech
  • Zac Dysert Miami (Ohio)

Quarterbacks: Underclassmen to Watch

  • AJ McCarron, Alabama
  • Bryn Renner, North Carolina
  • Connor Shaw, South Carolina
  • Derek Carr, Fresno State
  • James Franklin, Missouri
  • Jeff Mathews, Cornell
  • Keith Price, Washington
  • Stephen Morris, Miami
  • Tajh Boyd, Clemson
  • Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
  • Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
  • Tyler Bray, Tennessee
  • Tyler Russell, Mississippi State
  • Zach Mettenberger, LSU

The Top 10 Running Backs

1. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina (Junior) 

"This generation’s Jim Brown. A future perennial Pro-Bowler who deserves lofty praise."

2. Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State (Junior)

"The next Steven Jackson. Insane athleticism for 6’2’’, 240 lbs.".

3. Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State (Junior) 

"He’s an explosive pure playmaker who can run and catch."

4. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (Redshirt Sophomore)

"If his knee is good, he’s got first-round potential."

5. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford (Senior) 

"He will fill the “Ben Tate Role” in the NFL. Solid, strong and tough."

6. Eddie Lacy, Alabama (Junior)

"Big, downhill physical power-runner who always brings the hammer."

7. Andre Ellington, Clemson (Senior) 

"A stronger, tougher version of Chris Johnson."

8. Montee Ball, Wisconsin (Senior)

"He's starting to remind me way too much of Mike Hart."

9. Chris Thompson, Florida State (Senior)

"Chris Rainey qualities are evident. Size is a concern, though."

10. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA (Senior)

"He doesn’t have great physical attributes, but he always produces."

Running Backs: Seniors to Watch

  • Cameron Marshall, Arizona State
  • Christine Michael, Texas A&M
  • Dennis Johnson, Arkansas
  • D.J. Harper, Boise State
  • Kenjon Barner, Oregon
  • Mike Gillislee, Florida
  • Onterio McCalebb, Auburn
  • Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
  • Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
  • Robbie Rouse, Fresno State
  • Theo Riddick, Notre Dame
  • Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt

Running Backs: Underclassmen to Watch

  • Alfred Blue, LSU
  • Branden Oliver, Buffalo
  • Charles Sims, Houston  
  • Chris Nwoke, Colorado State
  • Cierre Wood, Notre Dame
  • Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan 
  • James White, Wisconsin
  • John Hubert ,Kansas State
  • Knile Davis, Arkansas
  • LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State
  • Silas Redd, USC
  • Spencer Ware, LSU
  • Venric Mark, Northwestern

The Top 10 Wide Receivers

1. Robert Woods, USC (Junior)

"The next Reggie Wayne. The most dependable receiver in the country."

2. Terrance Williams, Baylor (Senior) 

"He can be a Victor Cruz-type of playmaker in the NFL."

3. Justin Hunter, Tennessee (Junior)

"Big, athletic Marques Colston-esque red zone weapon."

4. Keenan Allen, Cal (Junior)

"Best physical talent of any receiver. His quarterback is hurting him, though." 

5. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (Senior)  

"Track star speed in a 6’3’’, 210-pound body. Dwayne Bowe clone."

6. Tavon Austin, West Virginia (Senior)  

"He’s a shorter, lighter Percy Harvin. Added special teams value." 

7. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson (Junior)

"Sammy Who? He’s been Clemson’s MVP this season."

8. Marquess Wilson, Washington State (Junior)

"His deep speed is questionable. His size and hands are certainly not."

9. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia (Junior)

"He's really stepping out of Tavon Austin's shadow this year."

10. Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech (Senior)  

"Freakish physical skills will get him drafted on Day 2."

Wide Receivers: Seniors to Watch

  • Aaron Dobson, Marshall
  • Aaron Mellette, Elon
  • Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State
  • Conner Vernon, Duke
  • Dan Buckner, Arizona
  • Denard Robinson, Michigan (QB)
  • Emory Blake, Auburn
  • Erik Highsmith, North Carolina 
  • Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
  • Marquise Goodwin, Texas
  • Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
  • Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
  • Tavarres King, Georgia 
  • T.J. Moe, Missouri

Wide Receivers: Underclassmen to Watch

  • Cody Hoffman, BYU
  • Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
  • Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech
  • Devin Street, Pittsburgh
  • Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
  • Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
  • Josh Boyce, TCU
  • Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
  • Matt Miller, Boise State
  • Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
  • Mike Davis, Texas
  • Tevin Reese, Baylor

The Top 10 Tight Ends

1. Tyler Eifert,Notre Dame (Junior)

"He’s better than all three of the recent big-name Irish tight ends." 

2. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa (Junior)

"Former high school basketball star who has plenty of athleticism."

3. Dion Sims, Michigan State (Junior)

"Has the build of a defensive end, but the quickness of a receiver."

4. Joseph Fauria, UCLA (Senior)

"Notre Dame transfer who plays the game like a big west coast possession receiver."

5. Zach Ertz, Stanford (Junior)

"He’s farther along than Coby Fleener was at this same point last season."

6. Ryan Otten, San Jose State (Senior)

"He will make a Tony Scheffler-like jump into Round 2."

7. Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn (Senior)

"If the NFL doesn’t work out, he’d make an awesome action movie star."

8. Michael Williams, Alabama (Senior)

"He looks like an offensive lineman. But he can definitely run well for his size."

9. Chris Gragg, Arkansas (Senior)

"He’s an underrated, valuable veteran contributor on a bad team."

10. Jordan Reed, Florida (Junior)

"Aaron Hernandez comparisons are apt. Speed to stretch the seam." 

Tight Ends: Seniors to Watch

  • Ben Cotton, Nebraska
  • Brandon Ford, Clemson
  • DC Jefferson, Rutgers
  • Hubie Graham, Pittsburgh
  • Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
  • Kyler Reed, Nebraska
  • Luke Willson, Rice
  • Matt Furstenburg, Maryland
  • Ryan Griffin, Connecticut
  • Travis Tannahill, Kansas State

Tight Ends: Underclassmen to Watch

  • Blake Jackson, Oklahoma State
  • Chris Coyle, Arizona State
  • Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State
  • Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
  • Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
  • Jake McGee, Virginia
  • Kaneakua Friel, BYU
  • Levine Toilolo, Stanford
  • Ted Bolser, Indiana
  • Xavier Grimble, USC

The Top 10 Offensive Tackles

1. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M (Junior)

"One of the best pass-blocking prospects of the last decade."

2. D.J. Fluker, Alabama (Junior)

"He’s a monster run-blocker. But his consistency is shaky at times."

3. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (Junior)

"Bruce Matthews’ son was blessed with amazing physical ability."

4. Taylor Lewan, Michigan (Junior)

"He’s not the next Jake Long. But he could be the next Jared Veldheer." 

5. Brennan Williams, North Carolina (Senior)

"Has NFL bloodlines and NFL caliber athleticism."

6. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (Senior)

"His name is flying up draft boards. Round 1 is a possibility."

7. Xavier Nixon, Florida (Senior)

"A first-round talent but there are big questions about his work ethic."

8. Oday Aboushi, Virginia (Senior)

"A huge, tough, physical blocker who has the feet to play the blind side."

9. Brian Winters, Kent State (Senior)

"One of the keys to the Golden Flashes' 3-1 start. His athleticism is intriguing."

10. Alex Hurst, LSU (Senior)

"He's talented, but he's gotten his QB destroyed on a few occasions in 2012."

Offensive Tackles: Seniors to Watch

  • David Quessenberry San Jose State
  • Fou Fonoti, Michigan State
  • John Wetzel, Boston College
  • Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech
  • LaAdrian Waddle, Texas Tech
  • Matt Summers-Gavin, California
  • Nick Becton, Virginia Tech
  • Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin
  • R.J. Mattes, N.C. State
  • Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas

Offensive Tackles: Underclassmen to Watch

  • Brandon Thomas, Clemson
  • Cameron Fleming, Stanford
  • Chaz Green, Florida
  • Chris Faulk, LSU* (Out For the Season, Knee Injury)
  • David Bakhtiari, Colorado
  • Ed Olson, Minnesota
  • James Hurst, North Carolina
  • JaWuan James, Tennessee
  • Justin Pugh, Syracuse
  • Morgan Moses, Virginia
  • Seantrel Henderson, Miami

The Top 10 Interior Linemen

1. Chance Warmack, Alabama (Senior)

"He could start for at least 10 NFL teams right now. He's a powerhouse."

2. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (Senior)

"He will ultimately end up as a better version of Davin Joseph." 

3. Barrett Jones, Alabama (Senior)

"Athletically, he’s no stud. But he’s versatile, strong and fundamentally sound."

4. Larry Warford, Kentucky  (Senior)

"Complete lineman prospect. Has all the traits you look for. Possible first-rounder."

5. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (Junior) 

"If he stays in school, he’ll be next year’s Chance Warmack."

6. Dallas Thomas, Tennessee (Senior)

"He certainly wasn’t the reason Tennessee’s line stunk last year."

7. Cyril Richardson, Baylor (Junior) 

"He’s a punishing, show no remorse-type of run-blocker."

8. Chris Barker, Nevada (Senior)

"Hidden non-BCS gem. He’ll cause waves at the Senior Bowl."

9. Jonotthan Harrison, Florida (Junior) 

"Really becoming a true leader in 2012. His stock could boom soon."

10. Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech (Senior)

"Looks like a tackle, plays like a guard. Very athletic and agile."

Interior Linemen: Seniors to Watch

  • Blaize Foltz, TCU
  • Braden Hansen, BYU
  • Graham Pocic, Illinois
  • Hugh Thornton, Illinois
  • John Sullen, Auburn
  • Khaled Holmes, USC
  • Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State
  • Mario Benavides, Louisville
  • T.J. Johnson, South Carolina
  • Travis Bond, North Carolina

Interior Linemen: Underclassmen to Watch

  • Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
  • Andrew Norwell, Ohio State
  • Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern
  • Chris Burnette, Georgia
  • Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
  • Josh Williford, LSU
  • Mason Walters, Texas
  • Spencer Long, Nebraska
  • Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
  • Tyler Larsen, Utah State
  • Weston Richburg, Colorado State

The Top 10 Defensive Tackles

1. Star Lotulelei, Utah (Senior) 

"Has many similar traits to another Tongan tackle, Haloti Ngata."

2. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State (Junior)

"If he reaches his potential, he’ll be the next Vince Wilfork." 
3. Sharrif Floyd, Florida (Junior)

"Former blue-chip recruit. He’s got more potential than any other tackle."

4. Kawann Short, Purdue (Senior) 

"He’s followed up an excellent junior year with an outstanding effort in 2012."

5. John Jenkins, Georgia (Senior) 

"Monstrous 3-4 nose tackle. He’s not just a big body—He’s explosive." 

6. Sylvester Williams, North Carolina (Senior) 

"A rough-around-the-edges version of Sedrick Ellis."

7. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri (Junior)

"One of the few Tigers who’s proven that he's actually ready for the SEC."

8. Jesse Williams, Alabama (Senior) 

"Australian former rugby player. Plays with power, tenacity and quickness."

9. Akeem Spence, Illinois (Junior)

"I see some Warren Sapp in his game. He’s a bitch to block."

10. Bennie Logan, LSU (Junior)

"Michael Brockers had a higher ceiling. Logan’s more polished than he was, though." 

Defensive Tackles: Seniors to Watch

  • Aaron Tipoti, California
  • Abry Jones, Georgia
  • Anthony McCloud, Florida State
  • Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska
  • Brent Russell, Georgia Southern
  • Chris Jones, Bowling Green
  • Cory Grissom, South Florida
  • Everett Dawkins, Florida State
  • Jamarkus McFarland, Oklahoma
  • Jordan Hill, Penn State
  • Josh Boyd, Mississippi State
  • Josh Downs, LSU
  • Larry Black, Indiana 
  • Scott Vallone, Rutgers

Defensive Tackles: Underclassmen to Watch

  • Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
  • Ashton Dorsey, Texas
  • Bruce Gaston Purdue
  • Derrick Hopkins, Virginia Tech
  • Dominique Easley, Florida 
  • George Uko, USC
  • Jeffrey Whitaker, Auburn
  • Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech
  • Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
  • Kwame Geathers, Georgia
  • Will Sutton, Arizona State

The Top 10 Pass-Rushers

1. Michael Buchanan, Illinois (Senior) 

"Could be a Justin Tuck-type of impact player at the NFL level."

2. Barkevious Mingo, LSU (Junior)

"A raw yet rare physical phenom who has a sky high ceiling." 

3. Bjoern Werner, Florida State (Junior)

"Jared Allen mixed with Justin Smith. Plays with an angry mean streak."

4. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas (Junior)

"He lives in opponents’ backfields. 21 tackles for loss in 2011."

5. Sam Montgomery, LSU (Junior)

"Physically, reminds me a lot of Cardinals OLB Sam Acho."

6. Corey Lemonier, Auburn (Junior)

"Well-built yet still light outside edge-rusher. Similar to Trent Cole."

7. William Gholston, Michigan State (Junior)

"A violent and intimidating difference-maker on the edge."

8. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (Junior)

"Has the physical makeup to be a destructive 3-4 OLB a la LaMarr Woodley."

9. Alex Okafor, Texas (Senior) 

"A solid, humble, hard-working backbone-of-a-defense-type of player."

10. Dion Jordan, Oregon (Senior) 

"Big, athletic former tight end who is still raw and underdeveloped. "

Pass-Rushers: Seniors to Watch

  • Brandon Jenkins, Florida State* (Out For the Season, Foot Injury)
  • Cameron Meredith, Nebraska
  • Cornelius Washington, Georgia
  • Damion Square, Alabama
  • Datone Jones, UCLA
  • Devin Taylor, South Carolina
  • Jamie Collins, Southern Miss
  • John Simon, Ohio State
  • Lavar Edwards, LSU
  • Malliciah Goodman, Clemson
  • Margus Hunt, SMU
  • Quinton Dial, Alabama
  • Tank Carradine, Florida State
  • Travis Johnson, San Jose State
  • Travis Long, Washington State
  • Walter Stewart, Cincinnati
  • Wes Horton, USC
  • Ziggy Ansah, BYU

Pass-Rushers: Underclassmen to Watch

  • Ben Gardner, Stanford
  • Cassius Marsh, UCLA
  • Chidera Uzo-Diribe, Colorado
  • Denico Autry, Mississippi State
  • Ed Stinson, Alabama
  • James Gayle, Virginia Tech
  • Kareem Martin, North Carolina
  • Kony Ealy, Missouri
  • Morgan Breslin, USC
  • Stansly Maponga, TCU

The Top 10 Linebackers

1. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame (Senior) 

"No more questions about his pass coverage. Elite run-stopper."

2. Jarvis Jones, Georgia (Junior)

"A more polished and active version of Philip Wheeler."

3. C.J. Mosley, Alabama (Junior)

"The next in a long line of outstanding Alabama inside linebackers."

4. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers (Senior) 

"Former safety has turned out to be a star 4-3 weakside ‘backer. "

5. Kevin Reddick, North Carolina (Senior) 

"He’ll be a 10-year starter in the middle of an NFL defense."

6. Chase Thomas, Stanford (Senior) 

"This year’s Shea McClellin? He’s a coach’s dream player."

7. Jelani Jenkins, Florida (Junior)

"One of the most intelligent and instinctive defenders in the country."

8. Sean Porter, Texas A&M (Senior) 

Clearly a better fit for a 3-4 defensive scheme than a 4-3 system.

9. Khalil Mack, Buffalo (Junior)

"Elite penetrator. He's already racked up 4.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss in 2012." 

10. Gerald Hodges, Penn State (Senior) 

"Overaggressive at times, but you have to love the passion he plays with."

Linebackers: Seniors to Watch

  • A.J. Klein, Iowa State
  • Arthur Brown, Kansas State
  • Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech
  • Dan Molls, Toledo 
  • Daren Bates, Auburn
  • DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina
  • Jake Knott, Iowa State
  • Jonathan Bostic, Florida
  • Kenny Tate, Maryland
  • Kiko Alonso, Oregon
  • Michael Mauti, Penn State
  • Mike Taylor, Wisconsin
  • Nico Johnson, Alabama
  • Shayne Skov, Stanford
  • Sio Moore, Connecticut
  • Travis Freeman, Ball State
  • Zaviar Gooden, Missouri

Linebackers: Underclassmen to Watch

  • Alec Ogletree, Georgia
  • Andrew Wilson, Missouri
  • Chris Borland, Wisconsin
  • Christian Jones, Florida State
  • DeDe Lattimore, South Florida
  • Dion Bailey, USC
  • Kevin Minter, LSU
  • Jake Ryan, Michigan
  • James Morris Iowa
  • Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
  • Jonathan Brown, Illinois
  • Jordan Hicks, Texas
  • Kyle Van Noy, BYU
  • Tom Wort, Oklahoma

The Top 10 Cornerbacks

1. Dee Milliner, Alabama (Junior) 

"Typical big, physical and instinctive Alabama defensive back." 

2. Carrington Byndom, Texas (Junior)  

"Tremendous ball skills. Johnathan Joseph-type of makeup."

3. David Amerson, N.C. State (Junior) 

"Inconsistent in 2012. But he still could be the next Nnamdi Asomugha."

4. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State (Senior)

"A big, finesse corner who reads quarterbacks like books."

5. Nickell Robey, USC (Junior)

"Undersized at 5’8’’, 165 lbs. but he’s got a ton of toughness and heart."

6. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State (Junior)

"Tall, long physical specimen. Top-10 ability; Day 2 skills."

7. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State (Junior)

"He's still a better athlete than a cornerback, but he’s developing rapidly."

8. Bradley Roby, Ohio State (Redshirt Sophomore)

"He’s surpassed Merrill Noel as the best redshirt sophomore corner in the country."

9. Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut (Senior)

"He’s a natural. It seems like he was born to break up passes."

10. Terry Hawthorne, Illinois (Senior)

"Compares favorably to Tracy Porter. His stock will continue to ascend."

Cornerbacks: Seniors to Watch

  • Aaron Hester, UCLA
  • Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
  • Branden Smith, Georgia
  • Brodrick Brown, Oklahoma State
  • B.W. Webb, William & Mary
  • Demontre Hurst, Oklahoma
  • Desmond Trufant, Washington
  • Johnny Adams, Michigan State
  • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
  • Leon McFadden, San Diego State
  • Marc Anthony, California
  • Micah Hyde, Iowa
  • Nigel Malone, Kansas State
  • Rod Sweeting, Georgia Tech

Cornerbacks: Underclassmen to Watch

  • Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma
  • Antone Exum, Virginia Tech
  • Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame
  • Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
  • E.J. Gaines, Missouri
  • Jimmy Legree, South Carolina
  • Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
  • Logan Ryan, Rutgers
  • Marcus Williams, North Dakota State
  • Merrill Noel, Wake Forest
  • Ricardo Allen, Purdue
  • Tharold Simon, LSU
  • Tyrann Mathieu

The Top 10 Safeties

1. Eric Reid, LSU (Junior)

"He was the Tigers’ true best DB in 2011. A Mark Barron/Eric Berry-type of playmaker."

2. T.J. McDonald, USC (Senior) 

"Trojan defensive backs have been hit or miss in the NFL. McDonald will be a hit."

3. Matt Elam, Florida (Junior)

"Same type of tough, physical player as former Florida safety Major Wright."

4. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas (Senior)

"He’s not an elite player, but he’s got the potential to be a solid starter."

5. Shawn Williams, Georgia (Senior)

"Has a true radar for the football. He just looks like an NFL safety."

6. Duke Williams, Nevada (Senior)

"He’s racked up 43 tackles, including 26 solo stops, in just five games."

7. Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma (Junior)

"The best Oklahoma safety since Roy Williams. True team leader."

8. Robert Lester, Alabama (Senior)

"He’s improved dramatically thanks to Alabama’s defensive coaches."

9. Bacarri Rambo, Georgia (Senior)

"Plenty of off-the-field concerns, but he dominates in between the white lines." 

10. Daimion Stafford, Nebraska (Senior)

"Another JUCO defensive prospect that paid off in a big way for the Cornhuskers."

Safeties: Seniors to Watch

  • Bradley McDougald, Kansas
  • Brynden Trawick, Troy
  • Dexter McCoil, Tulsa
  • D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
  • Drew Frey, Cincinnati
  • Jahleel Addae, Central Michigan
  • Jamoris Slaughter, Notre Dame
  • John Boyett, Oregon* (Out For the Season, Knee Injury)
  • Jonathan Cyprien, FIU
  • Jordan Kovacs, Michigan
  • Prentiss Waggner, Tennessee
  • Rashard Hall, Clemson

Safeties: Underclassmen to Watch

  • Ahmad Dixon, Baylor 
  • Brian Blechen, Utah
  • Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss
  • C.J. Barnett, Ohio State
  • Craig Loston, LSU
  • Hakeem Smith, Louisville
  • Isaiah Johnson, Georgia Tech
  • Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State
  • Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
  • Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State
  • Tre Boston, North Carolina

The Top 10 Senior Kickers

1. Caleb Sturgis, Florida

2. Brandon McManus, Temple

3. Brett Baer, Louisiana-Lafayette

4. Dustin Hopkins, Florida State

5. Brett Maher, Nebraska

6. Dan Conroy, Michigan State

7. Drew Alleman, LSU

8. Tyler Bitancurt, West Virginia

9. Maikon Bonani, South Florida

10. Casey Barth, North Carolina

The Top 10 Senior Punters

1. Jeff Locke, UCLA

2. Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech

3. Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State

4. Jackson Rice, Oregon

5. Bobby Cowan, Idaho

6. Ryan Epperson, Texas A&M

7. Dylan Breeding, Arkansas

8. Ian Campbell, UTEP

9. Tress Way, Oklahoma

10. Richard Kent, Vanderbilt


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