College Football Power Rankings: Based on NFL Prospects

Benjamin C. Klein@@BenjaminCKleinCorrespondent IJuly 11, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17:  Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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The following is a Preseason Power Ranking of College Football teams based solely upon the quality of NFL prospects that each team possesses. This has nothing to do with wins, losses, or team expectations. It is entirely based upon which teams I feel have the best crop of NFL prospects. I only take into consideration players eligible for the 2011 draft.  


Possible First Rounder(s): Marcel Dareus , Julio Jones , Mark Ingram , Mark Barron , Dont’a Hightower.

Nick Saban's first recruiting class is one for the ages.

2. North Carolina

Possible First Rounder(s): Robert Quinn , Marvin Austin , Bruce Carter , Quan Sturdivant.

The most prospect laden defense in the country. 


Possible First Rounder(s): Rahim Moore , Akeem Ayers.

The back seven on the defense is phenomenal. 

4. Pittsburgh

Possible First Rounder(s): Greg Romeus , Jonathan Baldwin.

Loaded with future NFL players on both sides of the ball. 

5. USC

Possible First Rounder(s): Jurrell Casey.

Casey might be the only first rounder, but USC will have its presence felt throughout the draft. 

6. LSU

Possible First Rounder(s): Patrick Peterson.

Peterson is the only lock first rounder, but he could be joined by teammates like Terrence Toliver. 

7. Miami

Possible First Rounder(s): Allen Bailey , Brandon Harris.

I expect that 'CANES to have a heavy presence in the top three rounds. 

8. Clemson

Possible First Rounder(s): DeAndre McDaniel , Da’Quan Bowers .

Clemson's draft prospects are top heavy and their stock is volatile, but what talent. 

9. Nebraska

Possible First Rounder(s): Jared Crick , Prince Amukamara .

The defense is plain loaded, and the offense is growing. 

10. Wisconsin

Possible First Rounder(s): Gabe Carimi.

Carimi is merely the headliner of a deep class. 

11. Iowa

Possible First Rounder(s): Adrian Clayborn.

Clayborn is merely the headliner of a deep class. 

12. Florida St.

Possible First Rounder(s): Christian Ponder.

Presence might be felt more in rounds two and three. 

13. Oklahoma

Possible First Rounder(s): None Yet.

This is an NFL football factory, I expect excellent prospects to emerge by season's end. 

14. Florida

Possible First Rounder(s): Mike Pouncey.

Not as star studded as years past but still decent. 

15 . Arkansas

Possible First Rounder(s): Ryan Mallett.

Loaded with offensive talent that should permeate the top three rounds. 

16. Georgia

Possible First Rounder(s): A.J. Green.

Green is the only true standout, but Georgia will have players drafted in most of the lower rounds. 

17. Notre Dame

Possible First Rounder(s): Michael Floyd , Kyle Randolph.

A little top heavy, but it's a nice top. 

18. Texas A&M

Possible First Rounder(s): Von Miller , Jerrod Johnson.

This team needs a good year to assure draft positioning for its best players. 

19. Boston College

Possible First Rounder(s): Anthony Costanza.

B.C. always produces excellent talent along the line of scrimmage. Herzlich is a wildcard. 

20. Washington

Possible First Rounder(s): Jake Locker. 

Locker might be the only player in the top three rounds, but he could go first overall. 

21. Stanford

Possible First Rounder(s): Andrew Luck.

Starting to develop some very nice offensive players. 

22. Oregon St.

Possible First Rounder(s): Stephen Paea.

Under the radar has developed a fantastic defense and good running game.  

23. South Carolina

Possible First Rounder(s): None Yet.

A bunch of athletes that still need to play better. 

24.  Virginia Tech

Possible First Rounder(s): Ryan Williams.

Needs other players besides Williams to step up. 

25. Ohio State

Possible First Rounder(s): Cameron Heyward.

If some of their young juniors develop they could rocket up this list. 

26. Oregon

Possible First Rounder(s): None Yet.

Has some interesting mid round players that could end up second rounders. 

27.  Virginia

Possible First Rounder(s): Ras-I Dowling.

Dowling is a top flight player, otherwise just late rounders. 

28. Penn St.

Possible First Rounder(s): Stefen Wisniewski.

Has some interesting youngsters, could rocket up this list. 

29. West Virginia

Possible First Rounder(s): None Yet.

A great collection of mid rounders like Noel Devine. 

30. Texas

Possible First Rounder(s): Aaron Williams.

In a rebuilding type year, for Texas. Will be interesting to see which youngsters step up. Could shoot up this list. 

31.   Rutgers

Possible First Rounder(s): None Yet.

Developing some nice mid rounders. 

32.   Boise St.

Possible First Rounder(s): None Yet.

The talent level of this team is constantly on the uptick. 

- Click on a player's name to read their scouting report I wrote on

- Each Player listed is a player I consider to be a top-50 player on my preseason big board —hence, a possible first rounder.

- This is the first time I am doing a ranking like this, so feedback in terms of obvious omissions or oversights or even opinions would be very welcome.


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