College Football's Top 25 Prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft

Danny Flynn@FlynnceptionSenior Analyst IOctober 26, 2012

College Football's Top 25 Prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft

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    The 2013 NFL draft may still be another six months away, but we're already starting to get a good idea and feel for which players will be vying to be the top selections once next April rolls around. 

    Unlike the 2012 draft, there is no clear-cut No. 1 overall prospect like Andrew Luck in this current class. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of players who have the potential to become stars at the next level.

    Here's a look at how college football's top prospects for the 2013 NFL draft stack up at this point in the season. 

1. OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

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    Taylor Lewan has drawn favorable comparisons to another talented tackle that used to play at Michigan, Jake Long of the Dolphins. While he may not be exactly the same style of player as Long, Lewan does deserve the "franchise tackle prospect" label just like his predecessor received when he was in Ann Arbor. 

    The 6'8'', 309-pound junior has the size, strength, agility and tenacity that you look for in a complete offensive lineman prospect. 

    The NFL player that Lewan most closely resembles from a physical standpoint actually isn't Long; it's Oakland's Jared Veldheer. Like Veldheer, Lewan should develop into a key leader and linchpin of an NFL offensive line early in his pro career. 

    If he decides to declare for the 2013 draft, he'll likely be in the discussion to be a top-five pick and possibly even a candidate to go No. 1 overall just like Long did back in 2008. 

2. DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State

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    Combine J.J. Watt, Jared Allen and Justin Smith into one defensive end, and that imaginary specimen will give you an idea of the type of player that Bjoern Werner has the chance to become in the NFL. 

    Werner is powerful, explosive, relentless, intelligent and most importantly, he's hungry, which is exactly what you want to see from a top pass-rushing prospect. 

    The 6'4'', 255-pound junior is the type of defensive end that can consistently penetrate into the backfield and make a key negative-yardage stop, which he's shown this season by racking up eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. 

    What's really so scary is that the former exchange student from Germany still hasn't even come close to reaching his full potential, yet he's still managed to cause plenty of havoc during his college career. 

3. DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State

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    It's easy to spot a lot of similarities between Ohio State's star defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and Patriots' Pro Bowl tackle Vince Wilfork. Like Wilfork, Hankins is an immense lineman who can not only eat up space with his size, but he can also shed blocks and make key stops behind the line of scrimmage as well. 

    The 6'3'', 322-pound junior is a big, powerful tackle who can hold his ground at the point of attack even when facing double-teams, and he can also overwhelm blockers with his strength as a bull-rusher. 

    Hankins is an elite defensive tackle prospect who has all the tools and traits that scouts are looking for in a potential top-10 draft pick. 

4. DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU

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    After putting together a huge breakout campaign in 2011, in which he totaled eight sacks, 11 quarterback hurries and 15 tackles for loss, Barkevious Mingo has not been nearly as productive this season as many were expecting him to be. 

    Still, that likely won't prevent Mingo from ultimately becoming a top-10 pick in the 2013 draft. That's because franchises clearly recognize the type of rare potential that the young pass-rushing phenom possesses. 

    Mingo may still be raw and undersized, but he makes up for it with his freakish athletic ability and aggressive style of play. Kamerion Wimbley of the Titans is the NFL player that Mingo most closely resembles, but he has an even higher ceiling than Wimbley did when he was coming out of Florida State back in 2006. 

5. LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

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    Manti Te'o could have declared for the 2012 NFL draft and been a first-round pick. But instead, Te'o showed his dedication and unselfishness by returning to Notre Dame to handle some unfinished business. Judging from the way he's played so far this season, it seems like it's going to end up being a decision that really pays off in the end.

    The 6'2'', 255-pound senior is having the best season of his college career in 2012. Through seven games, Te'o has racked up 69 tackles, including 33 solo stops, and he's well on his way to putting together his third straight 100-plus tackle campaign. 

    Te'o may always be somewhat of a liability in pass coverage in the NFL, but the run-stopping skills and leadership ability that he can bring to a defense will prove to be invaluable. 

6. OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

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    Luke Joeckel arrived in College Station as a heralded high school recruit back in 2010. He immediately stepped into the starting lineup as a true freshman and became the unit's leader right away. Since then, he's started every single game for the Aggies. 

    Joeckel has continued to develop into a standout left tackle during his three years at Texas A&M. The 6'6'', 310-pound junior is an athletic, strong and fundamentally sound blocker who takes pride in dominating opposing defensive linemen. 

    The Aggies' move to the SEC this season has allowed Joeckel to prove himself against some of the best competition that college football has to offer. So far, he's shown that he's ready for the challenge, as he's been one of the most consistent and dependable lineman in the country in 2012. 

    Not only does Joeckel have a chance to be a top-10 pick in the 2013 draft, but he's also in the running for All-American honors and a shot at the prestigious Outland Trophy. 

7. RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina

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    Giovani Bernard is one of the most dangerous and explosive playmakers in college football. The super-speedster is a true big-play threat who is capable of causing major damage any time he gets the ball in his hands. 

    Bernard is averaging a whopping 7.7 yards per carry this season. He currently ranks fourth in the country with 1,194 all-purpose yards and 12th in the nation with 12 total touchdowns, even though he's only played in six games this season. 

    The 5'10'', 205-pound redshirt sophomore should eventually develop into a similar type of offensive weapon in the NFL as Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles. 

    If Bernard's knee checks out with NFL doctors, there's no reason he shouldn't be the first running back selected in the 2013 draft if he decides to declare. He's the type of player that can alter the complexion of an NFL offense. 

8. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

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    Geno Smith's critics will try to argue that he's simply a product of Dana Holgorsen's Air Raid offensive system. But if you've actually watched Smith play this season, then you know that's certainly not the case. Sure, Smith's statistics are certainly inflated because of the pass-heavy scheme he plays in, but he has all the natural skills to thrive in any type of offense. 

    The 6'3'', 220-pound senior possesses all the tools to be a successful NFL starting quarterback: arm strength, accuracy, pocket awareness, mobility, coverage recognition skills, leadership ability and overall intangibles. 

    Admittedly, Smith hasn't looked like a top-10 pick in either of the Mountaineers' last two games, which were both blowout losses. But if he rebounds and regains momentum with a big end to the season, he should be able to solidify his status as the top quarterback prospect in the 2013 draft class.  

9. DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

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    Versatile defensive tackle-end tweeners are becoming so valuable in today's NFL now that multi-look fronts are becoming the norm. One top defensive line prospect who has the skill set to excel in either a 4-3 defensive scheme or a 3-4 front is Missouri's Sheldon Richardson. 

    Richardson is having a dominant breakout campaign in Columbia this season. The 6'4'', 295-pound junior currently leads the Tigers with 52 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. 

    The Marcell Dareus clone has the size, quickness and strength to cause havoc in the trenches, and he should develop into a disruptive force in the NFL. 

10. DE Dion Jordan, Oregon

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    Oregon's high-powered offensive attack has gotten most of the attention this season. But the real reason the Ducks are so dangerous is the fact that they are loaded with playmakers on the defensive side of the ball as well. 

    The most impressive defender in Eugene is defensive end Dion Jordan. 

    Jordan is a big, athletic former tight end, who is still learning all the nuances of what it takes to be a great pass-rusher. However, it's clear from his play in 2012 that he's beginning to put it all together, as he's now starting to get the most out of his tremendous physical ability. 

    The 6'7'', 243-pound senior has totaled five sacks, seven tackles for loss and forced two fumbles this season, and he's shown the type of flashes that you only see from truly elite edge-rushers. 

11. WR Terrance Williams, Baylor

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    The Big 12 has produced plenty of top wide receiver prospects in recent years such as Justin Blackmon, Kendall Wright, Dez Bryant and Michael Crabtree. Now, the conference's latest standout pass-catching prospect is Baylor's Terrance Williams. 

    With Kendall Wright gone, Williams has embraced being the go-to receiving target for the Bears offense this season, as he's hauled in 47 passes for over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. 

    The 6'2'', 205-pound senior possesses an impressive size-speed combination, and he has what it takes to become a dangerous No. 1 receiver for an NFL offense. 

12. LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

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    Jarvis Jones has taken the SEC by storm since transferring from USC to Georgia after his freshman year.

    In his 19 games spent in a Bulldog uniform, Jones has proven that he is an absolutely explosive edge-rusher. He's totaled 19 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 35 quarterback hurries and forced five fumbles. 

    The 6'3'', 241-pound junior is a defensive difference-maker who always finds a way to make a key stop or impact play. 

    Oakland's Phillip Wheeler is the NFL player that Jones most closely resembles in terms of his physical makeup, but he's an even more physically gifted an active playmaker than Wheeler is. 

13. OG Chance Warmack, Alabama

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    Alabama's Chance Warmack is the type of big, physical, powerful and nasty offensive lineman that you would expect to find battling it out in the treacherous trenches of the SEC. Warmack is without a doubt one of the most skilled and effective run-blockers that we've seen in the college game in years. 

    During his time in Tuscaloosa, the 6'3'', 320-pound senior has helped open up huge holes for backs like Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and now Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon. 

    Warmack is a skilled and experienced three-year starter who should come in and start right away as a rookie. Ultimately, he has the chance to develop into a similar type of guard as another former SEC standout, Ben Grubbs of the New Orleans Saints. 

14. WR Robert, Woods, USC

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    Since arriving at USC as one of the top-rated prospects of the 2010 recruiting class, Robert Woods has become one of the most productive and reliable receivers in all of college football. Following his sensational sophomore season, in which he caught 111 passes for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns, Woods is now once again putting together another impressive performance in 2012. 

    The 6'1'', 190-pound junior has hauled in 44 passes for 492 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he's continued to show terrific speed, sure hands and a great feel for finding openings in coverage. 

    Woods may never become one of the top five wide receivers in the NFL. Still, he should ultimately develop into a solid and valuable featured receiver similar to what Reggie Wayne has been for the Indianapolis Colts. 

15. DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

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    Utah has struggled to a 2-5 start this season. But one area the Utes certainly haven't struggled in is stopping the run, as they've allowed just 3.1 yards per carry in 2012. That success has a lot to do with the fact that the team has one of the best run-stuffing defensive tackles of the last decade, Star Lotulelei, in the middle of its defense. 

    Lotulelei is a mammoth 6'4'', 320-pound senior who shares many of the same physical traits as another tackle of Tongan descent, Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens. 

    While he may not make many flash plays, the big, powerful tackle does a great job of eating up blockers, clogging up the middle of the field and freeing up his fellow defenders to make plays.

16. QB Matt Barkley, USC

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    When Matt Barkley made the surprising announcement that he would return to USC for his senior year, the media immediately anointed him as the early Heisman favorite and the early front-runner to be the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft. 

    Barkley backed up that praise and publicity early on, throwing 10 touchdowns in his first two games. However, his severe struggles in a letdown loss to Stanford in Week 3 forced many to reevaluate if he was truly the elite prospect he was initially built up to be. 

    The 6'2'', 230-pound senior doesn't possess the desired size or true rocket arm that scouts look for in a top-of-the-line quarterback prospect. However, Barkley does have the accuracy, intangibles, leadership ability and intelligence to be a successful starting quarterback in the NFL. 

    The former highly touted blue-chip recruit has developed into a star signal-caller during his time in Los Angeles, and he certainly looks like a quarterback you can build a winning team around.

17. CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

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    During Nick Saban's tenure in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has produced plenty of notable defensive back prospects such as Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, Kareem Jackson and Javier Arenas. Now, the latest player in the Tide's secondary that NFL scouts are fawning over is CB Dee Milliner. 

    Milliner arrived at Alabama as one of the top-ranked prospects of the 2010 recruiting class, but he was forced to sit behind Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie early on in his career. Now that he's gotten the opportunity to be a full-time starter, Milliner is proving why he was such a sought-after commodity during his days at Alabama's Stanhope Elmore High School. 

    The 6'1'', 199-pound junior has displayed superior ball skills and playmaking ability early this year, as he's picked off two passes and broken up another 12 throws.

    N.C. State's David Amerson came into the season as the most talked-about cornerback in the country, but so far, it's been Milliner whose looked like the best overall player at the position. 

18. WR Keenan Allen, California

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    Keenan Allen hasn't exactly gotten the most consistent play from his quarterback during his time spent in Berkeley, but that hasn't stopped him from producing at a high level. Last year, Allen caught 98 passes for 1,343 yards and six touchdowns. This season, he's already hauled in 56 passes for 676 yards and six touchdowns. 

    The 6'3'', 205-pound junior may not possess elite deep speed, but he's still an incredible athlete for his size. Allen has remarkable body control, explosiveness and leaping ability, which is why he's such a matchup nightmare for opposing cornerbacks. 

    Allen has everything you look for in a potential No. 1 receiver, and if he puts up strong workout numbers, he should be a top-20 pick in the 2013 draft. 

19. CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

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    Johnthan Banks has been a full-time starter at Mississippi State since his sophomore season back in 2010, and he's managed to continue to improve and get better with each and every year. Banks has now developed into a complete cornerback who has all the necessary physical tools to become a premier player for an NFL secondary. 

    The 6'2'', 185-pound senior is a big, athletic and instinctive cover man who has great coverage ability and ball skills, as evidenced by his nine interceptions and 14 pass breakups in his last 20 games. 

    Ultimately, Banks should become a solid starter in the NFL and turn into a similar type of player to Jacksonville's Derek Cox. 

20. DE Sam Montgomery, LSU

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    Following a breakout sophomore campaign last year, in which he totaled nine sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss, Sam Montgomery has been dominant once again this season. The 6'5'', 260-pound junior has been an absolute nightmare for opposing offensive tackles, as he's already notched four sacks and nine tackles for loss. 

    Montgomery may be a bit undersized by NFL standards, but he more than makes up for it with his tenacious and relentless style of play and his non-stop motor. 

    The 2013 draft potentially could feature the deepest and most talented group of pass-rushers that we've seen in 20 years, and Montgomery will definitely be one of the most sought-after defensive ends if he decides to declare. 

21. OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

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    Central Michigan produced its first ever first-round NFL draft pick back in 2007 when OT Joe Staley was selected 28th overall by the San Francisco 49ers. Now, the Chippewas have another tackle, Eric Fisher, who has evident first-round potential. 

    Fisher has been one of the top performing offensive lineman in the country this season. The huge 6'8', 305-pound senior clearly has the size, athleticism, toughness and strength that's needed to compete with NFL-caliber defensive linemen. 

    If Fisher has a strong showing during postseason workouts and Senior Bowl practices, he should have no trouble securing a spot in the first round of the 2013 draft. 

22. QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

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    Arkansas has not come close to meeting expectations this season. The Razorbacks got off to a disastrous 1-4 start. However, you certainly can't blame the team's struggles solely on QB Tyler Wilson.

    Wilson, who opted to forgo the chance to be a first-round pick in the 2012 draft in order to return to Fayetteville to chase a championship, has actually played very well this year. He's completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,957 yards and thrown 14 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions. 

    The 6'3'', 220-pound senior looks like a younger version of Tony Romo. While he still has to work on his accuracy and overall decision-making, Wilson clearly has the skills to become a successful starter in the NFL. Some team will likely take a chance on him in the latter half of Round 1. 

23. FS Eric Reid, LSU

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    Last year, Eric Reid didn't receive nearly the same level of recognition and publicity as his counterparts in the LSU secondary, cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne. However, Reid played just as big of a role in the defense's success as they did. Now that both Claiborne and Mathieu are out of the way, Reid has had the chance to prove what type of leader and linchpin he really is. 

    The 6'2'', 211-pound junior is a big, athletic and instinctive ball hawk who has a knack for making key momentum-swinging plays at crucial times. In terms of his pro potential, Reid belongs in the same conversation as recent SEC standout safeties such as Mark Barron and Eric Berry. 

    While he may not be able to crack the top 10 like Barron and Berry did, Reid should still be the first safety selected in the 2013 draft if he decides to declare. 

24. WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia

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    Tavon Austin was the most productive overall player in college football last season, totaling 2,574 all-purpose yards. He also scored 11 touchdowns in three different ways. This season, Austin's once again been a dynamic and dangerous playmaker. He is a constant threat to create an explosive play in a variety of different ways.

    Screens, sweeps, returns, deep routes—it doesn't matter the method of how he gets the ball, he always gets the job done. 

    The 5'9'', 174-pound senior speedster may be small by NFL standards, but his game-changing speed and outstanding playmaking ability are more than enough to overcome a slight height disadvantage. 

    Austin has a chance to be the next Wes Welker if he ends up in the right offensive system that suits his skills. 

25. LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

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    Alabama's defense needed a new leader this season after losing so many veteran stars from last year's national championship team. The Tide has gotten exactly what it's needed from LB C.J. Mosley. 

    Mosley currently leads the team with 58 tackles, including 35 solo stops, and he's also notched 2.5 sacks and forced three turnovers. 

    The 6'2'', 232-pound junior has the size, athleticism and instincts to play either inside or outside at the NFL level. Whatever position he ends up playing is irrelevant, though, because Mosley will be an impact defender in the pros no matter where he lines up. 

The Top 25 Quarterback Prospects

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    1. Geno Smith, West Virginia — Senior

    2. Matt Barkley, USC — Senior

    3. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas — Senior

    4. EJ Manuel, Florida State — Senior

    5. Collin Klein, Kansas State — Senior

    6. Landry Jones, Oklahoma — Senior

    7. Tyler Bray, Tennessee — Junior

    8. Matt Scott, Arizona — Senior

    9. Tajh Boyd, Clemson — Junior

    10. AJ McCarron, Alabama — Junior

    11. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech — Junior  

    12. Aaron Murray, Georgia — Junior

    13. Mike Glennon, N.C. State — Senior

    14. Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio) — Senior

    15. Casey Pachall — Junior

    16. Sean Mannion, Oregon State — Redshirt Sophomore

    17. Keith Price, Washington — Junior

    18. Tyler Russell, Mississippi State — Junior

    19. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse — Senior

    20. Sean Renfree, Duke — Senior

    21. Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt — Senior

    22. James Franklin, Missouri — Junior

    23. Zach Mettenberger, LSU — Junior

    24. Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah — Senior

    25. Nick Florence, Baylor — Senior 

The Top 25 Running Back Prospects

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    *Edit (Oct. 27): Out of respect to Marcus Lattimore, I removed him from the rankings following his severe leg injury against Tennessee. 

    1. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina — Redshirt Sophomore

    2. Andre Ellington, Clemson — Senior  

    3. Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State — Junior

    4. Kenjon Barner, Oregon — Senior 

    5. Eddie Lacy, Alabama — Junior

    6. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford — Senior  

    7. Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State — Junior

    8. Montee Ball, Wisconsin — Senior  

    9. Mike Gillislee, Florida — Senior  

    10. Silas Redd, USC — Junior

    11. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers — Redshirt Sophomore

    12. Christine Michael, Texas A&M — Senior 

    13. Rex Burkhead, Nebraska — Senior 

    14. Michael Ford, LSU — Junior

    15. Knile Davis, Arkansas — Junior

    16. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA — Senior  

    17. Michael Dyer, Arkansas Baptist — Junior

    18. Theo Riddick, Notre Dame  — Senior

    19. Ray Graham, Pittsburgh — Senior  

    20. Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt — Senior

    21. Chris Thompson, Florida State — Senior  

    22. John Hubert, Kansas State — Junior

    23. Dennis Johnson, Arkansas — Senior  

    24. Cierre Wood, Notre Dame — Junior

    25. Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook — Senior

The Top 25 Wide Receiver Prospects

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    1. Terrance Williams, Baylor — Senior

    2. Robert Woods, USC — Junior

    3. Keenan Allen, California — Junior

    4. Tavon Austin, West Virginia — Senior

    5. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas — Senior

    6. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee — Junior

    7. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson — Junior

    8. Justin Hunter, Tennessee — Junior

    9. Marquess Wilson, Washington State — Junior

    10. (QB) Denard Robinson, Michigan — Senior

    11. Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech — Junior

    12. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech — Senior

    13. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia — Junior

    14. Aaron Dobson, Marshall — Senior

    15. Rodney Smith, Florida State — Senior

    16. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State — Senior

    17. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma — Junior

    18. Dan Buckner, Arizona — Senior

    19. Aaron Mellette, Elon — Senior

    20. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M — Senior

    21.  Josh Boyce, TCU — Junior

    22. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt — Junior

    23. Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech — Senior

    24. Cody Hoffman, BYU — Junior

    25. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State — Senior

The Top 25 Tight End Prospects

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    1. Jordan Reed, Florida —Junior

    2. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame —Junior

    3. Zach Ertz, Stanford —Junior

    4. Dion Sims, Michigan State —Junior

    5. Levine Toilolo, Stanford —Junior

    6. Joseph Fauria, UCLA — Senior

    7. Gavin Escobar, San Diego State —Junior

    8. Michael Williams, Alabama — Senior

    9. Chris Gragg, Arkansas — Senior

    10. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa —Junior

    11. Ryan Griffin, Connecticut — Senior

    12. Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn — Senior

    13. Ryan Otten, San Jose State — Senior

    14. Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State — Senior

    15. D.C. Jefferson, Rutgers — Senior

    16. Jake McGee, Virginia — Redshirt Sophomore

    17. Kyler Reed, Nebraska — Senior

    18. Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin —Junior

    19. Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky

    20. Xavier Grimble, USC — Redshirt Sophomore

    21. Travis Tannahill, Kansas State — Senior

    22. Ben Cotton, Nebraska — Senior

    23. Blake Jackson, Oklahoma State —Junior

    24. Mychal Rivera, Tennessee — Senior

    25. Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State —Junior

The Top 25 Offensive Tackle Prospects

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    1. Taylor Lewan, Michigan — Junior

    2. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M — Junior

    3. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan — Senior

    4. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M — Junior

    5. D.J. Fluker, Alabama — Junior

    6. Oday Aboushi, Virginia — Senior

    7. Brennan Williams, North Carolina

    8. LaAdrian Waddle, Texas Tech — Senior

    9. Zack Martin, Notre Dame — Junior

    10. Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin — Senior

    11. Brian Winters, Kent State — Senior

    12. Justin Pugh, Syracuse  — Junior

    13. Morgan Moses, Virginia  — Junior

    14. Chris Faulk, LSU  — Junior

    15. Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas — Senior

    16. Matt Summers-Gavin, California — Senior

    17. David Bakhtiari, Colorado  — Junior

    18. Alex Hurst, LSU — Senior

    19. John Wetzel, Boston College — Senior

    20. Oscar Johnson, Louisiana Tech — Senior

    21. Seantrel Henderson, Miami  — Junior

    22. James Hurst, North Carolina  — Junior

    23. Mark Jackson, Glenville State — Senior

    24. Xavier Nixon, Florida — Senior

    25. Luke Marquardt, Azusa Pacific — Senior

The Top 25 Interior Lineman Prospects

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    1. Chance Warmack, Alabama — Senior

    2. Barrett Jones, Alabama — Senior

    3. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina — Senior

    4. Cyril Richardson, Baylor — Junior

    5. Larry Warford, Kentucky — Senior

    6. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State — Junior

    7. Alvin Bailey, Arkansas  — Junior

    8. Khaled Holmes, USC — Senior

    9. Travis Frederick, Wisconsin — Junior 

    10. Dallas Thomas, Tennessee — Senior

    11. Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech — Senior

    12. Hugh Thornton, Illinois — Senior

    13. Mario Benavides, Louisville — Senior

    14. Braden Hansen, BYU — Senior

    15. Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma — Junior 

    16. Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern — Redshirt Sophomore

    17. Jonotthan Harrison, Florida — Junior

    18. Chris Barker, Nevada — Senior

    19. T.J. Johnson, South Carolina — Senior

    20. Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State — Senior

    21. Tyler Larsen, Utah State — Junior

    22. Andrew Norwell, Ohio State — Junior

    23. Earl Watford, James Madison — Senior

    24. Travis Bond, North Carolina — Senior

    25. Blaize Foltz, TCU — Senior

The Top 25 Defensive Tackle Prospects

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    1. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State — Junior

    2. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri — Junior

    3. Star Lotulelei, Utah — Senior

    4. Sharrif Floyd, Florida — Junior

    5. John Jenkins, Georgia — Senior

    6. Kawann Short, Purdue — Senior

    7. Sylvester Williams, North Carolina — Senior

    8. Jesse Williams, Alabama — Senior

    9. Jamarkus McFarland, Oklahoma — Senior

    10. Dominique Easley, Florida — Junior

    11. Everett Dawkins, Florida State — Senior

    12. Josh Boyd, Mississippi State — Senior

    13. Bennie Logan, LSU — Junior

    14. Aaron Tipoti, California — Senior

    15. Akeem Spence, Illinois — Junior

    16. Will Sutton, Arizona State — Junior

    17. Demonte McAllister, Florida State  — Junior

    18. Cory Grissom, South Florida — Senior

    19. Quinton Dial, Alabama — Senior

    20. Bruce Gaston, Purdue — Junior

    21. Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina — Third-Year Sophomore

    22. Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern — Senior

    23. Anthony Rashad White, Michigan State — Senior

    24. Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech — Junior

    25. Jordan Hill, Penn State — Senior

The Top 25 Defensive End Prospects

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    1. Bjoern Werner, Florida State — Junior

    2. Barkevious Mingo, LSU — Junior

    3. Dion Jordan, Oregon — Senior

    4. Sam Montgomery, LSU  — Junior

    5. Ziggy Ansah, BYU — Senior

    6. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M  — Junior

    7. Michael Buchanan, Illinois — Senior

    8. Alex Okafor, Texas — Senior

    9. Tank Carradine, Florida State — Senior

    10. Morgan Breslin, USC  — Junior

    11. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas  — Junior

    12. Corey Lemonier, Auburn  — Junior

    13. Brandon Jenkins, Florida State — Senior

    14. John Simon, Ohio State — Senior

    15. Margus Hunt, SMU — Senior

    16. Travis Long, Washington State — Senior

    17. Devin Taylor, South Carolina — Senior

    18. Scott Crichton, Oregon State — Redshirt Sophomore

    19. William Gholston, Michigan State  — Junior

    20. Trevardo Williams, Connecticut — Senior

    21. Malliciah Goodman, Clemson — Senior

    22. Kony Ealy, Missouri — Redshirt Sophomore

    23. James Gayle ,Virginia Tech  — Junior

    24. Datone Jones, UCLA — Senior

    25. Kareem Martin, North Carolina  — Junior

The Top 25 Linebacker Prospects

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    1. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame — Senior

    2. Jarvis Jones, Georgia — Junior

    3. C.J. Mosley, Alabama — Junior

    4. Chase Thomas, Stanford — Senior

    5. Arthur Brown, Kansas State — Senior

    6. Michael Mauti, Penn State — Senior

    7. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers — Senior

    8. Sean Porter, Texas A&M — Senior

    9. Alec Ogletree, Georgia — Junior

    10. Kevin Minter, LSU — Junior

    11. Jelani Jenkins, Florida — Junior

    12. Shayne Skov, Stanford — Senior

    13. Kevin Reddick, North Carolina — Senior

    14. Gerald Hodges, Penn State — Senior

    15. Jonathan Brown, Illinois — Junior

    16. Nico Johnson, Alabama — Senior

    17. Kyle Van Noy, BYU — Junior

    18. DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina — Senior

    19. Jake Knott, Iowa State — Senior

    20. Kiko Alonso, Oregon — Senior

    21. Chris Borland, Wisconsin — Junior

    22. Jake Ryan, Michigan — Redshirt Sophomore

    23. Khalil Mack, Buffalo — Junior

    24. A.J. Klein, Iowa State — Senior

    25. Jonathan Bostic, Florida — Senior

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    1. Dee Milliner, Alabama — Junior

    2. Johnthan Banks, MIssissippi State — Senior

    3. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State — Senior

    4. David Amerson, N.C. State — Junior

    5. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State — Junior

    6. Leon McFadden, San Diego State — Senior

    7. Bradley Roby, Ohio State — Redshirt Sophomore

    8. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State — Junior

    9. Carrington Byndom, Texas — Junior

    10. Terry Hawthorne, Illinois — Senior

    11. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut — Senior

    12. Desmond Trufant, Washington — Senior

    13. Logan Ryan, Rutgers — Junior

    14. Johnny Adams, Michigan State

    15. Nickell Robey, USC — Junior

    16. Tyrann Mathieu — Junior

    17. Terrance Mitchell, Oregon — Redshirt Sophomore

    18. Ricardo Allen, Purdue — Junior

    19. Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut — Senior

    20. Micah Hyde, Iowa — Senior

    21. Aaron Hester, UCLA — Senior

    22. Marc Anthony, California — Senior

    23. Rod Sweeting, Georgia Tech — Senior

    24. Merrill Noel, Wake Forest — Redshirt Sophomore

    25. Nigel Malone, Kansas State — Senior

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    1. Eric Reid, LSU — Junior

    2. T.J. McDonald, USC — Senior

    3. Matt Elam, Florida  — Junior

    4. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas — Senior

    5. Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma  — Junior

    6. Shawn Williams, Georgia — Senior

    7. Robert Lester, Alabama — Senior

    8. Bacarri Rambo, Georgia — Senior

    9. Zeke Motta, Notre Dame — Senior

    10. Tre Boston, North Carolina  — Junior

    11. Duke Williams, Nevada — Senior

    12. Daimion Stafford, Nebraska — Senior

    13. Jonathan Cyprien, FIU — Senior

    14. Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State  — Junior

    15. Hakeem Smith, Louisville  — Junior

    16. John Boyett, Oregon — Senior

    17. D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina — Senior

    18. Isaiah Johnson, Georgia Tech  — Junior

    19. Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State  — Junior

    20. Bradley McDougald, Kansas — Senior

    21. (LB) Kenny Tate, Maryland — Senior

    22. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State  — Junior

    23. Rashard Hall, Clemson — Senior

    24. C.J. Barnett, Ohio State — Junior

    25. Phillip Thomas, Fresno State — Senior