When analyzing the nine major All-American lists that came out last week, the one thing we know for sure is that the people handing out high honors agree almost as much as they disagree.
Yes, though each of the nine lists we reviewed has its own unique attributes, it's fairly amazing that of the 25 positions that grace most All-American honor rolls, nine are completely, 100-percent agreed on by all our lists. Beyond this, four additional positions represent player agreement on eight out of nine of the rolls we reviewed.
The unanimous All-Americans in this presentation offensively are WR Marqise Lee from USC, TE Zach Ertz from Stanford, OT Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M, OG Chance Warmack from Alabama and OG Jonathan Cooper from North Carolina.
Defensively, the unanimous winners are DE Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina, LB Manti Te'o from Notre Dame, LB Jarvis Jones from Georgia and CB Dee Milliner from Alabama.
The following slideshow moves away from the agreements between the nine major All-American lists and pinpoints their differences to gauge strengths and weaknesses, ultimately awarding each an overall grade.
It’s admittedly a subjective business, but it’s also an interesting exercise in analyzing how different bodies go about declaring which players are the “best of the best” in a given season of college football.
As a note, this discussion is limited to the first-team All-American lists offered by the nine sources included below.