College Football's Top 25 Prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
*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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Top 25 Cornerback Prospects
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
The Top 25 Safety Prospects
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
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