In the second installment of the National Football Post’s Super 30, we break down and rank the nation’s top draft-eligible prospects through the first five weeks of the college football season.
1. QB Jake Locker, Washington (6-3, 226)
The nation’s top quarterback prospect.
2. DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (6-4, 302)
He’s been downright dominant at times this season.
3. S Eric Berry, Tennessee (5-11, 203)
One of the most instinctive safeties to come along in years. Looks like an instant impact player in the NFL.
4. DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma (6-4, 298)
A disruptive force inside who plays with a great motor and consistently finds the football.
5. OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa (6-6, 312)
Picked up right where he left off this week after missing three games with a thyroid condition.
6. QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame (6-3, 223)
His ability to play through pain and bring his team from behind the past two weeks really has his stock soaring.
7. ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama (6-4, 256)
Possesses an impressive athletic skill set for his size and has the ability to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
8. WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State (6-2, 220)
A powerful route runner who displays the short-area quickness to separate out of his breaks and create after the catch.
9. S Taylor Mays, USC (6-3, 235)
Showcased the type of play-making ability last week vs. Cal that makes him a top 10-caliber prospect.
10. DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida (6-6, 290)
A gifted physical specimen who is now starting to put in the necessary work at practice to take his game to the next level.
11. DT Terrence Cody, Alabama (6-5, 365)
All the guy does is make everyone around him better. I can’t imagine him lasting very long on draft day.
12. DT Arthur Jones, Syracuse (6-3, 295)
A powerful interior presence who uses his hands well to shed blocks and always seems to be making plays on the football.
13. OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers (6-6, 325)
Showcases the size, power and fluidity to develop into a starting-caliber left tackle at the next level.
14. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (6-4, 223)
It will be interesting to see how well Bradford plays once he returns behind the Sooners’ spotty offensive line.
15. RB Jahvid Best, California (5-10, 195)
He’s still a big-time weapon in the open field, but opposing defenses have slowed him down in recent weeks by crowding the box.
16. OLB/DE Ricky Sapp, Clemson (6-4, 248)
The guy makes a living behind the line of scrimmage and has the ability to consistently shed blocks and get after the passer.
17. RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech (5-11, 235)
He’s finally starting to get on track this season and is showcasing the type of talent that makes me think he has the ability to be a featured NFL back.
18. DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State (6-6, 287)
A physically imposing defensive end who has the makings of an impact three-down lineman at the next level.
19. RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson (5-11, 195)
An X-factor on offense who has the ability to create in both the run and pass game.
20. QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (6-7, 238)
He’s red-shirt sophomore who’s draft eligible and possesses a skill set very similar to Ravens QB Joe Flacco.
21. WR Mike Williams, Syracuse (6-2, 204)
An impressive size/speed athlete who can make plays vertically down the field and is a big jump-ball threat.
22. DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina (6-3, 305)
We all knew the physical tools where there, but he’s doing a much better job finding the football this year and using his hands to shed blocks.
23. DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech (6-4, 272)
Possesses the tools to get after the quarterback in a variety of ways.
24. WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois (6-2, 220)
Looked physical and explosive last week vs. Penn State and has the build to make an impact in the NFL from day one.
25. OLB Eric Norwood, South Carolina (6-0, 252)
He isn’t the tallest of linebackers, but the guy is a force when asked to make plays off the edge.
26. DE Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech (6-2, 252)
Exhibits an impressive first step, and his improved power and pad level has really enhanced his ability to get after the passer.
27. RB Noel Devine, West Virginia (5-8, 176)
There’s no denying the kid’s athletic skill set. He looks like a real play-making type scat-back in the NFL.
28. OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State (6-5, 302)
Showcases good fluidity and body control in pass protection, but needs to continue to add more base strength.
29. DT Allen Bailey, Miami (6-4, 288)
The physical skill set is there, but he disappears during stretches of games too often.
30. DT Phil Taylor, Baylor (6-4, 355)
A massive interior lineman who has the ability to anchor a defense at the next level.
Super 30 no more:
OT Nate Solder, Colorado (6-9, 305)
Too raw and won’t be ready until 2011.
OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland (6-7, 310)
Injuries have been his toughest opponent so far this season.
CB Joe Haden, Florida (5-11, 190)
How can a guy so physically gifted give up so many plays?
QB Jevan Snead, Mississippi (6-3, 215)
Consistency is the key to Snead’s play if he hopes to rebound.
OLB Rennie Curran, Georgia (5-11, 225)
An undersized linebacker who is really scheme-limited at the next level.
WR Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas (6-3, 200)
Straight-line speed is his biggest question.
OT Jarriel King, South Carolina (6-5, 312)
Doesn’t always take the best of angles off the snap and needs to add a little more polish to his game.
Just missed the cut:
OLB Bruce Carter, North Carolina (6-3, 225)
OLB/DE Jerry Hughes, TCU (6-2, 257)
QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati (6-6, 226)
DE Greg Hardy, Mississippi (6-4, 265)
QB Colt McCoy, Texas (6-2, 212)
QB Tim Tebow, Florida (6-3, 245)
WR Brandon LaFell, LSU (6-3, 206)
ILB Brandon Spikes, Florida (6-3, 256)
OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri (6-1, 245)
FS Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech (6-1, 210)
TE Ed Dickson, Oregon (6-4, 243)
TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma (6-6, 258)