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2011 NFL Draft Midseason Position Rankings

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst IMay 30, 2016

2011 NFL Draft Midseason Position Rankings

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    There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to suck it up and admit he’s wrong, and that time is now.

    As I sit here at this very moment, watching Frost/Nixon on HBO and gazing at Frank Langella’s character as he owns up to his mistakes and takes on the burden of his miscues, I must in turn do the same.

    Looking back on the last few months as I pumped up Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor to near mythical proportions trying to be that “edgy, go against the grain” guy, I realize now the foolishness and the misguided thoughts of my actions.

    I entered my time as a Bleacher Report writer a few months ago with the mindset that I should treat covering my first college football season as simply a learning experience. And as they say—you learn more from your mistakes than anything else.

    This weekend was a bit of a disaster as I watched the one player I’ve been pumping up all season, Terrelle Pryor, falter in his biggest test of the season and my national champion pick, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, sink into the college football abyss like the Titanic.

    But hey, that's just college football for you. If it was so easy to predict, we all wouldn't love it as much as we do.

    Well, now is the time to regroup, learn from my mistakes and get ready for a second half of the college football season that is shaping up to be loads of fun.

    These will be the last NFL Draft rankings I probably put out until at least November, just because at this point, it’s so hard to pinpoint exactly who is really the best of the best just yet.

    Here’s what I have to offer right now, but remember, things will change a whole lot in the next few months as we head closer to draft day at the end of next April.

    I always try and stress to the people that like to live in the here and now that we still have a long way to go.

Quarterbacks

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    Top Five Overall

    1. Andrew Luck: Stanford

    2. Jake Locker: Washington

    3. Ryan Mallett: Arkansas

    4. Terrelle Pryor: Ohio State

    5. Christian Ponder: Florida State

    Top Seniors
    1. Jake Locker: Washington
    2. Christian Ponder: Florida State
    3. Nathan Enderle: Idaho
    4. Greg McElroy: Alabama
    5. Jerrod Johnson: Texas A&M
    6. Colin Kaepernick: Nevada
    7. Andy Dalton: TCU
    8. Pat Devlin: Delaware
    9. Ricky Stanzi: Iowa
    10. Tyrod Taylor: Virginia Tech
    11. Case Keenum: Houston
    12. Jeff Van Camp: Florida Atlantic
    13. T.J. Yates: North Carolina
    14. Kevin Riley: Cal
    15. Taylor Potts: Texas Tech

    Top Underclassmen
    1. Andrew Luck: Stanford
    2. Ryan Mallett: Arkansas
    3. Terrelle Pryor: Ohio State
    4. Nick Foles: Arizona
    5. Blaine Gabbert: Missouri
    6. Cameron Newton: Auburn
    7. Kirk Cousins: Michigan State
    8. John Brantley: Florida
    9. Kellen Moore: Boise State
    10. Dayne Crist: Notre Dame

Running Backs

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    Top Five Overall

    1. Mark Ingram: Alabama

    2. LaMichael James: Oregon

    3. DeMarco Murray: Oklahoma

    4. Ryan Williams: Virginia Tech

    5. Brandon Bolden: Ole Miss

    Top Seniors
    1. DeMarco Murray: Oklahoma
    2. Kendall Hunter: Oklahoma State
    3. Daniel Thomas: Kansas State
    4. Armando Allen: Notre Dame
    5. Noel Devine: West Virginia
    6. Bilal Powell: Louisville
    7. Derrick Locke: Kentucky
    8. Allen Bradford: USC
    9. Delone Carter: Syracuse
    10. Brandon Saine: Ohio State
    11. Jonathan Williams: East Carolina
    12. Evan Royster: Penn State
    13. Roy Helu: Nebraska
    14. Nic Grigsby: Arizona
    15. Graig Cooper: Miami

    Top Underclassmen

    1. Mark Ingram: Alabama
    2. LaMichael James: Oregon
    3. Ryan Williams: Virginia Tech
    4. Brandon Bolden: Ole Miss
    5. John Clay: Wisconsin
    6. Shane Vereen: Cal
    7. Mikel Leshoure: Illinois
    8. Quizz Rodgers: Oregon State
    9. Jeff Demps: Florida
    10. Jordan Todman: UCONN

Wide Receivers

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    Top Five Overall

    1. A.J. Green: Georgia

    2. Michael Floyd: Notre Dame

    3. Ryan Broyles: Oklahoma

    4. Julio Jones: Alabama

    5. Jonathan Baldwin: Pitt

    Top Seniors

    1. Chris Matthews: Kentucky
    2. Titus Young: Boise State
    3. Denarius Moore: Tennessee
    4. Leonard Hankerson: Miami
    5. Niles Paul: Nebraska
    6. Greg Little: North Carolina
    7. Ronald Johnson: USC
    8. Dwayne Harris: East Carolina
    9. Austin Pettis: Boise State
    10. Armon Binns: Cincinnati
    11. Terrence Toliver: LSU
    12. James Rodgers: Oregon State
    13. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos: Iowa
    14. Mark Dell: Michigan State
    15. Jerrel Jernigan: Troy State

    Top Underclassmen

    1. A.J. Green: Georgia
    2. Michael Floyd: Notre Dame
    3. Ryan Broyles: Oklahoma
    4. Julio Jones: Alabama
    5. Jonathan Baldwin: Pitt
    6. DeVier Posey: Ohio State
    7. Greg Childs: Arkansas
    8. Jeff Fuller: Texas A&M
    9. Jermaine Kearse: Washington
    10. Darvin Adams: Auburn

Tight Ends

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    Top Five Overall

    1. Kyle Rudolph: Notre Dame

    2. Lance Kendricks: Wisconsin

    3. Luke Stocker: Tennessee

    4. Deangelo Peterson: LSU

    5. Virgil Green: Nevada

    Top Seniors
    1. Lance Kendricks: Wisconsin
    2. Luke Stocker: Tennessee
    3. Virgil Green: Nevada
    4. DJ Williams: Arkansas
    5. Jeffery Anderson: UAB
    6. Zack Pianalto: North Carolina
    7. Daniel Hardy: Idaho
    8. Rob Housler: Florida Atlantic
    9. (WR) Mike McNeill: Nebraska
    10. Andre Smith: Virginia Tech
    11. Weslye Saunders: South Carolina
    12. Allen Reisner: Iowa
    13. Charlie Gantt: Michigan State
    14. Eric Peitz: Colorado State
    15. Alston Umuolo: San Diego State

    Top Underclassmen
    1. Kyle Rudolph: Notre Dame
    2. Deangelo Peterson: LSU
    3. George Bryan: North Carolina State
    4. Michael Egnew: Missouri
    5. Anthony Miller: Cal
    6. Adrien Robinson: Cincinnati
    7. Kevin Koger: Michigan
    8. David Paulson: Oregon
    9. Ladarius Green: Louisiana-Lafayette
    10. Brandon Barden: Vanderbilt

Offensive Tackles

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    Top Five Overall

    1. Derek Sherrod: Mississippi State

    2. Anthony Castonzo: Boston College

    3. Jason Pinkston: Pitt

    4. Joseph Barksdale: LSU

    5. Chris Hairston: Clemson

    Top Seniors
    1. Derek Sherrod: Mississippi State
    2. Anthony Castonzo: Boston College
    3. Jason Pinkston: Pitt
    4. Joseph Barksdale: LSU
    5. Chris Hairston: Clemson
    6. James Brewer: Indiana
    7. James Carpenter: Alabama
    8. Nate Solder: Colorado
    9. Lee Ziemba: Auburn
    10. Byron Stingily: Louisville
    11. Dannny Watkins: Baylor
    12. Gabe Carimi: Wisconsin
    13. D.J. Young: Michigan State
    14. Adam Grant: Arizona
    15. Marcus Gilbert: Florida

    Top Underclassmen
    1. Kelechi Osemele: Iowa State
    2. Tyron Smith: USC
    3. Al Netter: Northwestern
    4. Matt Reynolds: BYU
    5. Mike Adams: Ohio State
    6. Yoshi Hardrick: Nebraska
    7. Bradley Sowell: Ole Miss
    8. Andrew Datko: Florida State
    9. Blake DeChristopher: Virginia Tech
    10. Landon Bradley: Virginia

Interior Offensive Lineman

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    Top Five Overall

    1. Keith Williams: Nebraska

    2. (OT) DeMarcus Love: Arkansas

    3. Rodney Hudson: Florida State

    4. Marcus Cannon: TCU

    5. Mike Pouncey: Florida

    Top Seniors
    1. Keith Williams: Nebraska
    2. (OT) DeMarcus Love: Arkansas
    3. Rodney Hudson: Florida State
    4. Marcus Cannon: TCU
    5. Mike Pouncey: Florida
    6. Stefen Wisniewski: Penn State
    7. Zach Hurd: UCONN
    8. Justin Boren: Ohio State
    9. Kristofer O’Dowd: USC
    10. (OT) Orlando Franklin: Miami
    11. Colin Baxter: Arizona
    12. (OT) Clint Boling: Georgia
    13. Ryan Bartholomew: Syracuse
    14. Chase Beeler: Stanford
    15. Stephen Schilling: Michigan

    Top Underclassmen
    1. David DeCastro: Stanford
    2. Barrett Jones: Alabama
    3. Ryan Miller: Colorado
    4. Nate Potter: Boise State
    5. Mike Brewster: Ohio State
    6. Trevor Robinson: Notre Dame
    7. Cordy Glenn: Georgia
    8. William Vlachos: Alabama
    9. Stephen Good: Oklahoma
    10. Alex Hoffman: Cincinnati

Defensive Tackles

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    Top Five Overall

    1. (DE) Marcell Dareus: Alabama

    2. Jerel Worthy: Michigan State

    3. Nick Fairley: Auburn

    4. (DE) Cameron Heyward: Ohio State

    5. Christian Ballard: Iowa

    Top Seniors
    1. (DE) Cameron Heyward: Ohio State
    2. Christian Ballard: Iowa
    3. Stephen Paea: Oregon State
    4. Marvin Austin: North Carolina
    5. Sione Fua: Stanford
    6. Jarvis Jenkins: Clemson
    7. Drake Nevis: LSU
    8. Ian Williams: Notre Dame
    9. Jerrell Powe: Ole Miss
    10. Phil Taylor: Baylor
    11. Kenrick Ellis: Hampton
    12. Anthony Gray: Southern Miss
    13. Terrell McClain: South Florida
    14. Adrian Taylor: Oklahoma
    15. Chris Neild: West Virginia

    Top Underclassmen
    1. (DE) Marcell Dareus: Alabama
    2. Jerel Worthy: Michigan State
    3. Nick Fairley: Auburn
    4. Jaye Howard: Florida
    5. Jared Crick: Nebraska
    6. Muhammad Wilkerson: Temple
    7. Jurrell Casey: USC
    8. Mike Martin: Michigan
    9. Billy Winn: Boise State
    10. Kheeston Randall: Texas

Defensive Ends

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    Top Five Overall

    1. Aldon Smith: Missouri

    2. Adrian Clayborn: Iowa

    3. Robert Quinn: North Carolina

    4. Allen Bailey: Miami

    5. Ryan Kerrigan: Purdue

    Top Seniors
    1. Adrian Clayborn: Iowa
    2. Allen Bailey: Miami
    3. Ryan Kerrigan: Purdue
    4. Sam Acho: Texas
    5. Jeremy Beal: Oklahoma
    6. Cam Jordan: Cal
    7. Cliff Matthews: South Carolina
    8. Greg Romeus: Pitt
    9. Pernell McPhee: Mississippi State
    10. Jabaal Sheard: Pitt
    11. Pierre Allen: Nebraska
    12. Wayne Daniels: TCU
    13. Ugo Chinasa: Oklahoma State
    14. Markus White: Florida State
    15. Brooks Reed: Arizona

    Top Underclassmen
    1. Aldon Smith: Missouri
    2. Robert Quinn: North Carolina
    3. Da’Quan Bowers: Clemson
    4. JJ Watt: Wisconsin
    5. Quinton Coples: North Carolina
    6. Datone Jones: UCLA
    7. Adewale Ojomo: Miami
    8. Armond Armstead: USC
    9. Ryan Van Bergen: Michigan
    10. Jason Peters: Georgia Tech

Inside Linebackers

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    Top Five Overall

    1. Dont’a Hightower: Alabama

    2. Jonathan Cornell: Ole Miss

    3. Brad Jefferson: Georgia Tech

    4. Greg Jones: Michigan State

    5. Quan Sturdivant: North Carolina

    Top Seniors
    1. Jonathan Cornell: Ole Miss
    2. Brad Jefferson: Georgia Tech
    3. Greg Jones: Michigan State
    4. Quan Sturdivant: North Carolina
    5. Alex Wujciak: Maryland
    6. Ross Homan: Ohio State
    7. Josh Bynes: Auburn
    8. Mario Harvey: Marshall
    9. Kelvin Sheppard: LSU
    10. Derrell Smith: Syracuse
    11. Nate Irving: North Carolina State
    12. Casey Matthews: Oregon
    13. Colin McCarthy: Miami
    14. Mike Mohamed: Cal
    15. Culmer St. Jean: Wisconsin

    Top Underclassmen
    1. Dont’a Hightower: Alabama
    2. Garrick Williams: Texas A&M
    3. Martez Wilson: Illiniois
    4. Courtney Upshaw: Alabama
    5. Barquell Rivers: Virginia Tech
    6. Chris Marve: Vanderbilt
    7. Tank Carder: TCU
    8. Korey Williams: Southern Miss
    9. James Michael-Johnson: Nevada
    10. Chris Galippo: USC

Outside Linebackers

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    Top Five Overall

    1. Bruce Carter: North Carolina

    2. Akeem Ayers: UCLA

    3. (DE) Dontay Moch: Nevada

    4. Travis Lewis: Oklahoma

    5. Mason Foster: Washington

    Top Seniors
    1. Bruce Carter: North Carolina
    2. (DE) Dontay Moch: Nevada
    3. Mason Foster: Washington
    4. Von Miller: Texas A&M
    5. (DE) Chris Walker: Tennessee
    6. Brian Duncan: Texas Tech
    7. Michael Morgan: USC
    8. Mark Herzlich: Boston College
    9. K.J. Wright: Mississippi State
    10.(DE) Eddie Jones: Texas
    11. Lawrence Wilson: UCONN
    12. Brian Rolle: Ohio State
    13. Jeremiha Hunter: Iowa
    14. Adrian Moten: Maryland
    15. A.J. Jones: Florida

    Top Underclassmen
    1. Akeem Ayers: UCLA
    2. Travis Lewis: Oklahoma
    3. Nigel Bradham: Florida State
    4. Justin Houston: Georgia
    5. Keenan Robinson: Texas
    6. Thomas Keiser: Stanford
    7. (DE) Adrian Robinson: Temple
    8. Zach Brown: North Carolina
    9. Darius Fleming: Notre Dame
    10. Jerrell Harris: Alabama

Cornerbacks

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    Top Five Overall

    1. Patrick Peterson: LSU

    2. Prince Amukamara: Nebraska

    3. Brandon Harris: Miami

    4. Omar Bolden: Arizona State

    5. Aaron Williams: Texas

    Top Seniors
    1. Prince Amukamara: Nebraska
    2. Curtis Brown: Texas
    3. Chris Culliver: South Carolina
    4. Brandon Hogan: West Virginia
    5. Chris L. Rucker: Michigan State
    6. Jimmy Smith: Colorado
    7. Shareece Wright: USC
    8. Ras-I Dowling: Virginia
    9. Ramon Broadway: Arkansas
    10. Kendric Burney: North Carolina
    11. Lametrius Davis: Hawaii
    12. Chimdi Chekwa: Ohio State
    13. Brandyn Thompson: Boise State
    14. Mario Butler: Georgia Tech
    15. Talmadge Jackson: Oregon

    Top Underclassmen
    1. Patrick Peterson: LSU
    2. Brandon Harris: Miami
    3. Omar Bolden: Arizona State
    4. Aaron Williams: Texas
    5. Janoris Jenkins: Florida
    6. Alfonzo Dennard: Nebraska
    7. Brandon Burton: Utah
    8. Trevin Wade: Arizona
    9. Shaun Prater: Iowa
    10. Tashaun Gipson: Wyoming

Safeties

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    Top Five Overall

    1. Mark Barron: Alabama

    2. Lance Mitchell: Oregon State

    3. DeAndre McDaniel: Clemson

    4. Deunta Williams: North Carolina

    5. Quinton Carter: Oklahoma

    Top Seniors
    1. DeAndre McDaniel: Clemson
    2. Deunta Williams: North Carolina
    3. Quinton Carter: Oklahoma
    4. Jermale Hines: Ohio State
    5. Dejon Gomes: Nebraska
    6. Nate Williams: Washington
    7. Jaiquawn Jarrett: Temple
    8. Johnny Brown: Ole Miss
    9. Shiloh Keo: Idaho
    10. Tejay Johnson: TCU
    11. Jay Valai: Wisconsin
    12. Joe Lefeged: Rutgers
    13. Ahmad Black: Florida
    14. Brian Lainhart: Kent State
    15. Dom DeCicco: Pitt

    Top Underclassmen
    1. Mark Barron: Alabama
    2. Lance Mitchell: Oregon State
    3. Rahim Moore: UCLA
    4. Robert Sands: West Virginia
    5. (LB) Sean Spence: Miami
    6. Delano Howell: Stanford
    7. Brandon Taylor: LSU
    8. Tyler Sash: Iowa
    9. Will Hill: Florida
    10. Markelle Martin: Oklahoma State

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