In the fourth installment of the NFP’s Super 30 , we break down and rank the nation’s top draft-eligible prospects through the first 11 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)
Even with the consistent double-teams throw his way, Suh is still finding ways to control the line of scrimmage.
3. DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma (6-4, 298)
Has been downright dominating at times this season and has the ability to be a factor both in the pass and run game at the next level.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers (6-6, 325)
His athleticism and overall power are what really pop out on tape. Does a great job keeping his base down and anchoring on contact.
7. C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida (6-5, 318)
Plays with impressive power and fluidity for his size, and looks like a guy capable of starting from day one.
8. RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech (5-11, 235)
A violent runner who exhibits good vision between the tackles and has the initial burst to separate from defenders at the second level.
9. WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State (6-2, 220)
Will have to answer questions about his character, but he has the talent to consistently separate on the outside in the NFL.
10. DT Terrence Cody, Alabama (6-5, 365)
All the guy does is make everyone around him better; looks like an ideal 3-4 nose tackle who can anchor an NFL defense.
11. QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (6-7, 238)
The guy is getting better every week and has all the tools needed to be a successful NFL quarterback.
12. DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida (6-6, 290)
Is as physically gifted as it gets, but consistency is his main problem at this stage.
13. OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa (6-6, 312)
Still hasn’t quite regained his form from a year ago, but he looks like a guy capable of anchoring the left side of an offensive line for years to come.
14. DE/DT Cameron Heyward, Ohio State (6-6, 287)
Has been downright dominant at times, and when his motor is running, he’s nearly impossible to block. Plus, he has the ability to add a lot of versatility to an NFL defensive line.
15. OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State (6-5, 302)
Looks effortless in pass protection and was absolutely brilliant shutting down the best pass rushers that Texas had to offer.
16. RB Jahvid Best, California (5-10, 195)
A big-play threat every time he touches the ball, but he has to hope his concussion problems don’t linger throughout his career.
17. DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech (6-4, 272)
Possesses the tools to get after the quarterback in a variety of ways off the edge.
18. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (6-4, 223)
There are concerns about his durability at the next level, but he’s an accurate passer who will be in high demand in a quarterback-starved league.
19. DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida (6-6, 265)
He’s still raw, but possesses a wingspan that goes on for days, and might have more upside than any prospect in next year’s draft.
20. QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame (6-3, 223)
Clausen has been impressive all season, but does he have the demeanor needed to be a team’s starting quarterback?
21. S Taylor Mays, USC (6-3, 235)
The more I watch him, the more I question his overall instincts in all areas of the game.
22. RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson (5-11, 195)
Looks like a potential Felix Jones-type player at the next level.
23. 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 quickly close on the football.
24. OLB Eric Norwood, South Carolina (6-0, 252)
A bit short by NFL standards, but he does a great job playing with power and suddenness when rushing the passer.
25. DT Arthur Jones, Syracuse (6-3, 295)
Doesn’t get the fanfare of some of some other highly rated defensive tackles in the class, but he’s stout at the point and uses his hands well to defeat blocks.
26. DE Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh (6-5, 270)
His combination of length, burst, and flexibility makes him really tough to block off the edge, and I love his ability to play with power as well.
27. OG Mike Iupati, Idaho (6-5, 330)
Makes everything look so easy inside. Possesses an impressive blend of size, power, and fluidity for the position and is ready to take his game to the next level.
28. DT Jared Odrick, Penn State (6-4, 298)
Plays bigger than his frame would indicate and does a great job firing off the snap, gaining initial leverage, and finding the ball inside.
29. ILB Brandon Spikes, Florida (6-3, 256)
A natural born leader who has the ability to come in and make an immediate impact.
30. OT Charles Brown, USC (6-5, 292)
He not only possesses the footwork to consistently mirror in pass protection, he’s also very natural on the move in the run game. Looks like a starting-caliber left tackle in the NFL.
Super 30 no more…
DE Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech (6-2, 252)
Lacks the power to consistently disengage from blocks once an opposing tackle gets hold of him. Might be limited to more of a 3-4 OLB role at the next level.
CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama (5-11, 192)
Has recently struggled maintaining his balance and playing up in press man.
DT Phil Taylor, Baylor (6-4, 355)
Sill learning how to keep his pad level down when rushing the passer.
WR Mike Williams, Syracuse (6-2, 204)
Character concerns are going to kill this talented wideout on draft day.
DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina (6-3, 305)
I love his physical skill set, but he still needs to learn to use his hands better to shed blocks and make more plays on the ball.
DE Everson Griffen, USC (6-3, 278)
Has been slowed in recent weeks, and like the rest of the USC front seven, has struggled to disengage from blocks and consistently stop the run.
Just missed the cut…
WR Brandon LaFell, LSU (6-3, 206)
WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois (6-2, 220)
DT Allen Bailey, Miami (6-4, 288)
CB Joe Haden, Florida (5-11, 190)
OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M (6-2, 240)
OLB Bruce Carter, North Carolina (6-3, 225)
OLB/DE Jerry Hughes, TCU (6-2, 257)
FS Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech (6-1, 210)
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