2013 NFL Draft: Ranking College Football's Top 100 Prospects After 4 Weeks
We’re now four weeks into the college football season, which means we’ve had a decent sample size of games to evaluate and judge the sport’s top potential NFL prospects.
We’ve already seen highly touted preseason stars such as USC QB Matt Barkley, Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas, Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball all falter and disappoint.
However, we’ve also seen plenty of players such as West Virginia QB Geno Smith, Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell and Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner step up and shine early in the season.
There's still a solid seven months before the actual 2013 NFL draft. A lot will surely change as the process unfolds and certain players see their stock rise and fall.
Already, though, it’s starting to become clear which players are destined to become high draft picks next April.
Here’s a look at how college football’s top 100 prospects for the 2013 NFL draft stack up after four weeks.
1. DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State
No other player in the country has been as impressive in the early part of the season as Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner.
Werner has been an absolute unstoppable force in the Seminoles' first four games. He's racked up 15 tackles, including nine tackles for loss, and he currently leads the country with 6.5 sacks.
The 6'4'', 255-pound junior has continued to display tremendous strength, power and instincts.
The native of Germany is growing into a truly dominant defensive end. He's the type of difference-maker that will be worth a top-five pick in 2013.
Like every college player, Werner's still noticeably raw at this stage in his development. Nevertheless, judging from the way he's overwhelmed and manhandled blockers so far this season, he has the potential to develop into a Jared Allen-esque pass-rushing phenom in the NFL once he reaches his peak.
2. OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Since he's such a gifted pass-blocker, Luke Joeckel may get labeled as a finesse offensive tackle by some onlookers. But make no mistake about it, Joeckel has never shown any hesitation when it comes to mixing it up in the trenches and pushing defenders out of the way in the running game.
Joeckel has great size, natural athleticism, quick feet, fundamentally sound technique and the strength and toughness to dominate in the run game.
He's certainly worthy of the "franchise tackle prospect" label.
The 6'6'', 310-pound junior arrived in College Station as a heralded recruit out of Texas' Arlington High School, and he quickly became the leader of the offensive line as just a true freshman.
After starting all 13 games in his first season, Joeckel took his game to the next level as a sophomore in 2011. He was the main reason the Aggies allowed just nine sacks the entire season, even though they threw the ball 536 times.
There have been 11 offensive tackles that have been drafted in the top 10 since 2006, and it looks like Joeckel is going to be the next one to join that illustrious group.
3. OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
It didn't take long for Jarvis Jones to make an impression in the SEC after transferring from USC.
In his first season of action, Jones enjoyed a breakout campaign, leading the league with 13.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in 2011. The exceptional edge-rusher proved to be a perfect fit as a rush linebacker in Georgia's 3-4 defensive front.
So far this year, Jones has made it clear that last season was no fluke, as he's racked up 24 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and has forced three fumbles.
Jones reminds me of a more polished version of Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Philip Wheeler, only he's a better natural playmaker.
If his neck checks out with NFL doctors, there's no reason Jones shouldn't be a top-10 pick in 2013.
He has the versatility to flourish as an outside 'backer in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme in the pros.
4. WR Keenan Allen, California
From just a natural physical ability standpoint, there's simply no other eligible receiver prospect for the 2013 draft that can compare to Cal's Keenan Allen.
Allen possesses the complete physical package that NFL scouts are searching for in a potential elite No. 1 receiver.
While he may not possess true blazing deep speed, the 6'3'', 205-pound junior is an incredible athlete for his size. He's shown outstanding fluidity, explosiveness and body control in his route running. Plus, he's got the type of leaping ability that belongs on a basketball court.
Since Cal hasn't exactly had the steadiest play at quarterback during Allen's time in Berkeley, he's been a bit hindered. Still, that hasn't stopped the big, sure-handed pass-catcher from producing at a high level.
Last year, Allen caught 98 passes for 1,343 yards and six touchdowns. This season, he's already caught 29 passes for 309 yards and a touchdown.
If his workout numbers reflect his exploits on the field, Allen should be the first receiver taken and a top-10 overall pick in the 2013 draft.
5. RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
It's quite clear that South Carolina's star running back Marcus Lattimore is not yet fully recovered from the knee surgery he had last November. However, Lattimore has begun to show a few glimpses of his old self in the Gamecocks' first few games.
Lattimore's best performance of the season came this past weekend against Missouri when he carried the ball 21 times for 85 yards, caught seven passes for 60 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Before he hurt his knee, the 6'0'', 218-pound junior looked like he was on track to potentially become the No. 1 overall pick in 2013. But now he has to prove to scouts that he's still the same beast-like runner he was before the injury.
The former All-American high school recruit has all the traits—size, speed, power, instincts, balance, vision, toughness and pass-catching ability—that NFL scouts are looking for in a bell-cow back.
If Lattimore's knee holds up this season, and if he produces at a rate that we saw from him during the first 20 games of his career when he totaled over 2,600 yards of offense and scored 30 touchdowns, he should be a top-five pick in 2013.
There have been eight running backs selected in the top 10 since 2005. Lattimore's a better prospect than all of them were except for Adrian Peterson.
6. QB EJ Manuel, Florida State
Since neither USC's Matt Barkley nor Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas look like they want to be the first quarterback picked in 2013, someone else will have to emerge.
That someone could very well be EJ Manuel.
Everyone's always known that Manuel possessed a great deal of physical ability since his days as a highly touted quarterback recruit at Virginia's Bayside High School.
He teased us with flashes of that ability through the first few years of his career. Now, it seems like this is the season that he's finally going to put it all together and play up to his potential.
Manuel looked sensational in a huge prime-time spotlight game against Clemson this past weekend. The 6'5'', 240-pound senior completed 27 of his 35 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 102 yards in the 49-37 victory.
He made the types of awe-inspiring plays with both his arm and his legs, especially in clutch situations on key third downs, that showed scouts that he's ready to finally be an elite quarterback in 2012.
If Manuel continues the pace he's set early on this season—completing 73 percent of his passes for 908 yards in the first four games—and if he leads the Seminoles to an ACC championship and the BCS national title game, not only will he likely take home the Heisman Trophy, he'll likely be the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 draft.
7. CB David Amerson, N.C. State
After setting an ACC record with 13 interceptions during his breakout All-American campaign in 2011, N.C. State cornerback David Amerson spent the entire offseason being hyped up as the best cornerback in the country.
Amerson certainly didn't live up to expectations in the Wolfpack's first game of the season, though, as he got torched for two first-half touchdowns in a loss to Tennessee.
Since then, however, the 6'3'', 194-pound junior has looked like the cornerback everyone thought he was. He's picked off three passes in the past three games and looked much better in coverage than he did against the Vols.
The big, athletic corner has the type of coverage ability and ball skills to become a similar type of shutdown cornerback to the one Nnamdi Asomugha was during his prime in Oakland.
Now that he's put his poor performance in the season opener behind him, Amerson is back on the road to becoming a top-10 pick in 2013.
8. WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
Justin Hunter looked like he was ready to have a breakout season as a sophomore in 2011 before a serious knee injury knocked him out for the year just a few games into the season.
Hunter spent months rehabbing his knee, and he's come back looking stronger than ever this season.
The 6'4'', 200-pound junior currently leads the SEC with 30 catches for 410 yards and four touchdowns.
There have been many times this season when it's looked like opposing cornerbacks simply haven't had a chance at sticking with him.
The big, speedy pass-catcher moves remarkably well for his size. He has the type of body control, leaping ability and sure hands to catch any ball that's thrown in his general direction.
New Orleans Saints wideout Marques Colston is the NFL player that Hunter most closely resembles in terms of physical makeup.
If he continues to show that he has no ill-effects from the knee injury, and if he continues to dominate against SEC competition, Hunter will likely end up becoming a top-15 pick in the 2013 draft.
9. DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
I got the chance to see Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins in action on a few different occasions in 2011. Every time I saw him play, I couldn't help but think that he had the chance to be the next Vince Wilfork.
Like Wilfork, Hankins is a monstrous run-stopper who possesses surprising agility and quickness for his size, which makes him such a tough assignment for opposing offensive linemen.
Last year, the 6'3'', 322-pound junior showed that he could do more than just eat up blockers and clog up running lanes.
He proved that he could also shed blocks and penetrate into the backfield, as he racked up 14 tackles for loss in 2011.
Hankins is the type of three-down tackle that is becoming such a valuable commodity in today's NFL.
He's truly a complete defensive tackle that has the size, strength, quickness, competitiveness and toughness that scouts are looking for in a potential top-15 draft pick.
At this point, Hankins is a more polished prospect than both Dontari Poe and Michael Brockers were, two tackles who were taken in the top 15 in this year's draft.
10. FS Eric Reid, LSU
The SEC has produced the last three safeties who were chosen in the top 10 of the NFL draft—Mark Barron, Eric Berry and LaRon Landry. Now, the league is about to produce another premier potential top-10 pick, LSU's Eric Reid.
Reid, who is the son of former All-American hurdler Eric Reid Sr., is one of the most athletic safeties that we've seen in the college ranks in years.
The best part is that Reid knows exactly how to use his terrific size and speed to his benefit out on the field.
The 6'2'', 212-pound junior is a consummate playmaker who always seems to find a way to make a big stop or come up with a critical turnover.
Last year, Reid's fellow defensive backs Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne received most of the attention and publicity. However, he had just as good of a 2011 campaign as they did.
Reid tied for the team lead with 76 tackles and made arguably the biggest play of the Tigers' season when he picked off an Alabama pass on the goal line late in the "Game of the Century."
We don't see a ton of elite safety prospects on an annual basis, but Reid is one of the few who deserves a high first-round draft pick. He's definitely the type of leader and ball hawk that would come in and immediately solidify an NFL secondary as a rookie.
11. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
Geno Smith had no trouble adapting to Dana Holgorsen's Air Raid-style system last season. In fact, Smith proved to be the perfect quarterback to run the pass-heavy offensive attack, as he completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,385 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2011.
After leading the Mountaineers to a 10-win season, a Big East championship and a huge blowout win in the Orange Bowl, the 6'3'', 220-pound senior has managed to take his game to another level this year.
Smith has come out on fire in West Virginia's first three games, completing 81 percent of his passes for over 1,000 yards and throwing 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. His early-season performance has now gained him some serious Heisman buzz.
The savvy and strong-armed senior signal-caller has shown that he has the accuracy, arm strength, awareness, intangibles and leadership ability that scouts are searching for in a potential franchise quarterback prospect.
If Smith can continue his aerial show against Big 12-caliber defenses in the coming weeks, he has a great shot to end up in New York City as a Heisman finalist. He'll also be right in the conversation to be the first quarterback drafted in 2013.
12. ILB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o could have bolted for a big payday after his junior season and could have decided to declare for the 2012 NFL draft. Nobody would have blamed him, given that the Irish had just put together two mediocre back-to-back eight-win seasons.
Instead, though, Te'o showed the type of true team player he really is by deciding to return to South Bend to handle some unfinished business.
So far, it's a move that looks like it's paying off. The 6'2'', 255-pound senior is playing the best football of his career this season, and he's played a huge role in the Irish's 4-0 start.
Te'o has racked up over 100 tackles in each of the past two seasons, and he's currently on pace to accomplish that feat for the third time again this year. He's already notched 36 tackles, including 15 solo stops. Plus, he's picked off three passes and scooped up a fumble.
Going into the season, there were legitimate concerns that Te'o was a liability in pass coverage, but he's looked much better in that area in 2012.
Ultimately, a team may be hesitant to use a top-10 pick on an inside linebacker since the position has become less valuable in today's pass-happy NFL. However, Te'o should still be a top-20 pick in 2013 just based on the leadership ability he provides.
The former All-American high school recruit from Hawaii will eventually turn into a valuable run-stopping force in the NFL, similar to New England Patriots middle linebacker Brandon Spikes.
13. QB Matt Barkley, USC
For the third year in a row, the sports media spent the entire offseason hyping up a West Coast quarterback who chose to return to school instead of entering the NFL draft.
First it was Jake Locker, then it was Andrew Luck and this year it was USC's Matt Barkley.
So far this season, Barkley has looked more like Locker than he has looked like Luck.
The 6'2'', 230-pound senior started off the season looking sharp, throwing 10 touchdowns in his first two games. But his poor performance in a loss to Stanford has left many questioning if he's really the sure thing that the media made him out to be.
There's a lot to like about Barkley. He's accurate, he's got great intangibles and he's been a four-year starter at one of the biggest programs in America.
He also has his fair share of flaws and weaknesses as well. He doesn't have great arm strength, he's a little on the shorter side by NFL standards and there have been times when he hasn't exactly risen to the occasion for big games. Plus, he also uses the word bananas as an adjective, which is never something you want to see.
The bottom line is that Barkley may not be in the same class as his former conference counterpart Andrew Luck. However, he's certainly got the type of mental makeup and physical skills to be a successful starter in the NFL, and he'll warrant a top-15 selection in 2013.
14. DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
One of the biggest surprises so far this season is that LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo has yet to record a sack.
Last year, Mingo totaled eight sacks, 11 quarterback hurries and 15 tackles for loss. It seemed as if he was just starting to tap into his true potential, and it appeared as if he was primed to have a monster campaign in 2012.
Even though his production may be lacking early on, Mingo still has to be considered one of the premier pass-rushing prospects eligible for the 2013 draft.
The 6'5'', 240-pound junior is a long, lean edge-rusher who can explode off the edge and burst up field with amazing quickness.
While his Tiger teammate Sam Montgomery may be the better player at this point, Mingo has an even higher ceiling than his fellow defensive end.
Mingo has the type of physical makeup and skill set to make a seamless transition from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 rush linebacker in the pros.
If he can begin to produce at a higher level throughout the rest of the season and put up a solid number of sacks, the young athletic freak should ultimately end up being a top-15 pick in 2013.
15. QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
When you're a 6'6'', 260-pound quarterback and you have the natural athleticism and arm strength that Logan Thomas possesses, it makes it a lot easier for scouts to overlook inconsistent accuracy and questionable decision-making ability.
While Thomas may not be an NFL-level passer just yet at this point in his development, he's the type of raw, athletic piece of clay that some franchise is going to want to mold into a star.
The junior signal-caller has quickly faded from the No. 1 overall pick debate, since he's only completed 51 percent of his passes this season and had a dreadful performance in a Week 3 loss to Pittsburgh.
Still, there's a lot to like about Thomas, who bears a strong resemblance to Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman.
He's a big, mobile quarterback with a great arm. The fact is, though, this is just his second year as a starter, and he still has a lot to learn.
Thomas would likely benefit from returning for his senior season and continuing his development against college defenses. However, if he does decide to come out after this year, there will still probably be a team that takes a chance on him with a top-15 pick in 2013.
16. DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
Over the last two seasons, Star Lotulelei has developed into one of the most dominant run-stoppers in the country, and he’s now got the full attention of NFL scouts.
The monstrous 6’4’’, 320-pound senior uses his mammoth size and overwhelming power to eat up blockers and clog up running lanes snap after snap.
Last year, Lotulelei earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors after racking up 44 stops, including nine tackles for loss. Although he doesn’t make a ton of flash plays, Lotulelei still fills his role perfectly. He consistently demands double-teams and frees up space for others around him to make tackles.
We’ve seen plenty of tackles of Tongan descent such as Haloti Ngata, Sione Pouha, Fili Moala, Stephen Paea and Sione Fua enter the NFL in recent years, and Lotulelei is now the next in line.
The huge nose tackle has the potential to grow into a valuable interior force at the next level. He's truly one of the best run-stuffing defensive linemen prospects of the last five years.
17. CB Carrington Byndom, Texas
Texas has produced plenty of notable NFL defensive back prospects in recent years such as Earl Thomas, Michael Griffin, Aaron Ross, Michael Huff, Cedric Griffin and Curtis Brown.
The Longhorns secondary is once again loaded with future pros such as safety Kenny Vaccaro and cornerback Quandre Diggs. However, the one player that scouts will be paying the most attention to in 2012 is cornerback Carrington Byndom.
Byndom looked like a budding star in his first season as a starter in 2011, racking up 56 tackles, including eight tackles for loss, picking off two passes and breaking up another 15 throws.
The 6'0'', 180-pound junior has the size, coverage ability, toughness and ball skills that scouts are looking for in an elite cornerback prospect and a potential top-20 draft pick.
Once he reaches the NFL level, Byndom should end up becoming a similar type of cornerback to Johnathan Joseph of the Houston Texans.
18. WR Robert Woods, USC
Robert Woods was bothered by an ankle injury throughout the offseason, but so far, it hasn't hindered him at all in the first few weeks of the season. Woods has looked exactly like the same player we saw catch 111 passes for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2011.
The 6'1'', 190-pound junior's best game of the season was a huge 10-catch, two-touchdown performance in Week 2 against Syracuse.
It's hard to find many flaws in the explosive playmaker's game. He has the size, speed, hands, ball-tracking ability and natural instincts that only truly special receivers can offer.
When I watch Woods play, I can't help but think of Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne.
While Woods may never be considered one of the five best receivers in the NFL, he should still develop into a solid and reliable No. 1 receiving weapon for whichever team ends up with him.
19. DE Michael Buchanan, Illinois
Whitney Mercilus may have been the Illinois defender who received all the attention, garnered All-American honors and eventually became a first-round pick. However, Mercilus wasn't actually even the best player on his own defensive line last year.
Fellow defensive end Michael Buchanan may not have had the same huge sack total that Mercilus did in 2011, but Buchanan showed some outstanding pass-rushing ability. Last year, the 6'6'', 240-pound senior totaled 7.5 sacks and 64 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.
Buchanan is the type of supremely athletic and versatile edge-rusher who could develop into either a standout 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 rush linebacker in the NFL.
The former 4-star recruit out of Illinois' Homewood-Flossmoor High School has the size, explosiveness off the edge and the strength at the point of attack that you look for in a difference-making defensive end.
If he plays up to his potential this season, Buchanan should become a highly coveted commodity in NFL scouting circles over the next few months.
He looks like he could end up being the next Justin Tuck once he reaches the NFL.
20. OLB Chase Thomas, Stanford
If you're looking for an outside edge-rusher that could make a jump into the first round similar to the one that Shea McClellin did in this year's draft, keep an eye on Stanford's Chase Thomas.
Like McClellin, Thomas makes up for his lack of elite explosiveness and athleticism with his toughness, instincts and nonstop motor.
Last year, the 6'4'', 239-pound senior racked up 70 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.
Thomas is a physical, hard-nosed player that any NFL defensive coordinator would love to coach.
If he can have another highly productive campaign in 2012, and if his workout numbers are strong enough, it wouldn't be surprising to see Thomas enter the first-round conversation next April.
21. CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Now that Tyrann Mathieu is no longer at LSU, Johnthan Banks should be able to finally receive the recognition he deserves as the SEC's top cornerback in 2012.
While Mathieu and his Tiger teammate Morris Claiborne were hogging up most of the attention last season, Banks was putting together a terrific campaign of his own.
The 6'2'', 185-pound senior actually outproduced both Mathieu and Claiborne in 2011. He totaled 71 tackles, including eight tackles for loss, five interceptions, nine pass breakups, three sacks and three forced fumbles.
Banks has the combination of size, speed, instincts and ball skills that scouts are looking for in a potential lockdown cover corner.
He showed off those traits in a Week 2 matchup against Auburn when he read QB Kiehl Frazier like a book and picked off two of his passes. He also picked off a pass and broke up two passes this past weekend against South Alabama.
The third-year starter has already proven his worth against some of the best competition that college football has to offer. Now, he'll be looking to cap off a great college career with his best season yet in 2012.
22. DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn
Corey Lemonier stepped into Auburn's starting lineup in 2011 and turned out to be the Tigers' most dominant defender and one of the SEC's top overall pass-rushers.
Last year, Lemonier racked up 47 total tackles, including a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss, as well as 9.5 sacks, which was the fourth-highest total in the conference.
The 6'4'', 246-pound junior showed that he had an explosive burst off the edge and a knack for getting into the backfield.
While Lemonier is still somewhat of a liability against the run, he's already established himself as one of the premier pass-rushers in college football.
Last week, he had his best performance of the season against LSU when he totaled two sacks, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the 12-10 loss to the Tigers.
The well-sculpted and physically gifted young pass-rusher reminds me a lot of Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole.
Lemonier has evident first-round potential. If he continues to progress over the course of the season, 2012 will likely be his final year at Auburn.
23. OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
Last year's Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones may be the most well-known member of Alabama's offensive line. However, Jones isn't actually the best overall NFL prospect that the Tide have in the trenches this season.
That honor belongs to the man that flanks Jones at left guard, Chance Warmack.
Warmack is a big, powerful and physical guard, who is one of the strongest and toughest run-blockers that you're going to find in college football this season.
The 6'3'', 320-pound senior is an experienced veteran who has been a starter since his sophomore season.
After opening up monster holes for both Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson over the last two years, Warmack is now once again one of the key cogs up front for Alabama's potent rushing attack.
In the last three NFL drafts, there were six interior offensive linemen that were selected in the first round, and it looks like Warmack will be the next one to join that illustrious group.
24. DE/OLB Sam Montgomery, LSU
Sam Montgomery has all the traits that you look for in a star pass-rusher. Montgomery's a powerful, agile, tough and savvy defensive end who has a motor that never stops running no matter what quarter it is.
The 6'5'', 260-pound junior flaunted all of those traits last season when he racked up nine sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.
Montgomery is a handful for even the most skilled offensive linemen to handle. He's determined to break through blockers and get into the backfield on every single snap.
Although he's considered a bit light by NFL standards, the tenacious Tiger edge-rusher could fit in as either a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker in the pros.
Not only is Montgomery capable of winning some of college football's most prestigious defensive awards this season, he also has the chance to emerge as one of the most coveted pass-rushing prospects in the 2013 draft class.
25. DT John Jenkins, Georgia
It only takes one quick look at Georgia's John Jenkins to realize that he's got what it takes to be a dominant 3-4 nose tackle in the NFL.
The 6'5'', 351-pound Jenkins is a monstrous lineman, who has the size and the strength to clog up the middle of the field and eat up blockers on every snap.
The former highly touted 4-star JUCO recruit definitely lived up to expectations during his first season in Athens. He was one of the main reasons that the Bulldogs ranked 11th in the nation in rushing defense in 2011.
NFL teams are always looking for big, disruptive defensive tackles that can shut down running lanes and cause chaos in the trenches, and Jenkins certainly fits the mold of what scouts are searching for.
26. RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State
You don't see many running backs in the NFL that tip the scales at over 240 pounds. Then again, we haven't seen many running backs that have come through the college game in recent years that can compare to Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell.
Bell is a big, strong and powerful bulldozer-type of back, who has no trouble running right over would-be tacklers. However, it's his surprising agility and athleticism for his size that makes him so intriguing.
The 6'2'', 244-pound junior has tremendous speed and quickness, and he's more than just your ordinary between-the-tackles power back.
It looks like Edwin Baker was wise to leave Michigan State a year early, because he obviously would have had to take a back seat to Bell this year.
In just four games of action this season, the star Spartan rusher has already rushed for 610 yards, caught 12 passes for 75 yards and scored five touchdowns.
He's a similar type of prospect to Beanie Wells when he was coming out of Ohio State back in 2009. Like Wells, Bell should be a late first-round pick in 2013 if he decides to declare as expected.
27. CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
Alabama may have lost both of its starting cornerbacks from last year—Dre Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie. However, Nick Saban's defense looks like it has a new star cornerback to flaunt in 2012.
Dee Milliner is a former 5-star recruit out of Alabama's Stanhope Elmore High School, who has spent the last two years eagerly waiting to get his shot to be a full-time starter.
Milliner now has that opportunity, and he certainly made the most of it in the season opener against Michigan when he made five tackles, broke up four passes and picked off a pass and ran it back 35 yards.
The 6'1'', 182-pound junior has the size, speed and confidence to match up with any receiver in the country.
If Milliner plays up to his potential in 2012 and shows that he can shut down some of the SEC's top receivers, his name is only going to keep climbing up draft boards as the season wears on.
28. DE Alex Okafor, Texas
Last year, Alex Okafor made the move back to his more natural position of defensive end after spending the 2010 season mainly at defensive tackle. It turned out to be a switch that he certainly benefited from.
Okafor continued to take strides toward becoming an elite edge-rusher in 2011, as he racked up seven sacks, 14 tackles for loss and finished with forcing 14 quarterback hurries.
The scary part is that the 6’4’’, 265-pound senior has only just begun to truly tap into his enormous potential. He still has room to get stronger and develop an all-around pass-rushing repertoire full of different moves.
The smart, humble and hard-working veteran has the mental makeup and personality that will really win over a lot of NFL scouts. If he continues to develop into a dangerous pass-rushing presence, his name should really begin to climb up draft boards this season.
29. DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
Missouri hasn't looked all that great in its first two SEC games against Georgia and South Carolina. However, there has been one Tiger, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who has shown that he's ready for the step up in competition.
Richardson has already racked up 24 tackles, including three tackles for loss, plus a sack, a forced fumble and has forced four quarterback hurries in the team's first four games. So far, he's proven to be one of the best interior players in the country.
The 6'4'', 295-pound junior is a former 5-star recruit out of Gateway High School in St. Louis, who arrived in Columbia after a stop at College of the Sequoias.
The big, agile and powerful tackle is already physically ready to battle in the NFL trenches. If Richardson keeps up his high level of play, he'll certainly end up in the first-round conversation for the 2013 NFL draft if he decides to come out.
30. OL Barrett Jones, Alabama
Alabama's Barrett Jones may not be the elite NFL prospect that some made him out to be following his All-American campaign last season. However, Jones definitely has all of the traits—size, strength, toughness, technique and football IQ—that you look for in a potential decade-long stalwart starting NFL lineman.
Not only is Jones one of the most talented linemen in the country, he's also one of the most versatile as well. During his time in Tuscaloosa, the 6'5'', 302-pound senior has lined up at guard, tackle and center.
The defending Outland Trophy winner has the intelligence and skill set to stick at center in the pros. However, some teams could view him as more of a guard, since that's his natural position.
Physically, Jones reminds me a lot of Buffalo Bills offensive guard Eric Wood, who's another player who could handle both center and guard duties when needed.
While Jones may not end up as an annual Pro Bowl player, he should develop into a reliable and consistent starter for an NFL offensive line for years to come. He's definitely worth a late first-round draft pick in 2013.
31. DE William Gholston, Michigan State
Michigan State's William Gholston plays with the type of mean, take-no-prisoners attitude that every coach wants to see from his players.
Gholston is undoubtedly one of the most intense and intimidating defenders in all of college football.
The problem is, the 6'7'', 278-pound junior has had some trouble managing that passion and energy properly during his college career.
Although he may need to work on controlling his emotions and playing with a level head, there's no denying that Gholston possesses immense potential.
The former blue-chip recruit from Detroit's Southeastern High School has often looked like a man among boys during his college career, especially in 2011 when he racked up 70 tackles and five sacks.
With an outstanding combination of size, power, tenaciousness and athleticism, Gholston has the chance to develop into a dominant defensive end in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme in the NFL.
Ultimately, he could become an impact player in the mold of Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell.
32. CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert may be known more for his tremendous kick-return abilities at this point, but it won't be much longer before fans start to realize that he's one of the best cornerbacks in the country.
Gilbert possesses elite athleticism, and he has a very intriguing size-speed combo that will surely catch the attention of NFL scouts.
Last year, the 6'0'', 205-pound junior picked off five passes, broke up another 10 throws and racked up 59 tackles. He also averaged 27 yards and scored two touchdowns on kick returns.
He's the only corner in the country who can say he intercepted passes thrown from the three quarterbacks selected in the top 10 of this year's draft—Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill.
While he may still have some flaws in his technique, Gilbert is the type of explosive athlete that can mask his lack of lockdown coverage ability with great recovery speed and ball skills.
Look for Gilbert's name to continue to climb up draft boards in the coming months.
33. DE Dion Jordan, Oregon
Oregon's high-octane offense has received most of the credit for the team's consistent success over the last three years. However, this season, the Ducks defense is showing that it deserves plenty of respect and recognition as well.
One of the unit's key playmakers is defensive end Dion Jordan.
Jordan is a huge and very physically impressive prospect, who has developed into a premier pass-rusher after switching from tight end to defensive end in 2010.
The 6'7'', 243-pound senior earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors last year for his breakout campaign in which he totaled 7.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.
Although Jordan still has to add more bulk and fill out his frame in order to compete with the bigger, stronger offensive tackles he'll face in the NFL, he's clearly got a ton of natural ability.
The towering and threatening edge-rusher has already totaled two sacks and 15 tackles in just four games this season. Jordan looks like he should have no trouble handling a leadership role for Oregon's defense as a senior this year.
34. ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Since Alabama's defense experienced so many big losses with the departures of key veteran leaders such as Mark Barron, Courtney Upshaw, Dont'a Hightower and Dre Kirkpatrick, the Tide needed a new defensive leader to emerge this season.
Linebacker C.J. Mosley has been the one who's stepped up and filled that role through the first four games of the season.
Mosley currently leads the team with 29 tackles, including 15 solo stops. Plus, he's picked off a pass, forced a fumble and notched 1.5 sacks.
The 6'2'', 232-pound junior finally has his chance to shine this season, and it looks like he's fully ready to make the most of the opportunity.
Alabama has produced some terrific inside linebacker prospects in recent years such as Dont'a Hightower, Rolando McClain and DeMeco Ryans. It looks like Mosley is now the next in line.
The former 4-star recruit is a tough, intelligent and athletic inside 'backer who knows how to diagnose plays and make key stops.
35. RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
Now that highly publicized superstar quarterback Andrew Luck is gone, Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor should finally begin to get the credit and respect he deserves as one of the best running backs in the country.
Since he played in the same backfield as college football's biggest celebrity, Taylor has been one of the most underrated players in the country for the past two years. During that time, he combined to rush for 2,467 yards and 25 touchdowns.
So far this season, the 5'11'', 215-pound senior has done a great job of handling being the offense's new focal point. He's totaled 427 yards and scored four touchdowns in just four games.
Taylor's huge performance against USC in a Week 3 upset victory got everyone buzzing. He should be able to build off that momentum in the weeks to come.
While Taylor may never become a team's true featured back in the NFL, he should ultimately play a valuable complementary role similar to the one Ben Tate plays for the Houston Texans.
36. OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Michigan's offense has been pretty disappointing so far this season. However, one Wolverine offensive player who has managed to live up to expectations so far is left tackle Taylor Lewan.
Lewan may have struggled in the season opener against Alabama, but since then, he's looked like the potential All-American tackle he was billed to be during the preseason.
The 6'8'', 309-pound junior has the size and strength to overpower defenders once he locks on to them in the running game. Plus, he has the agility and athleticism to more than handle his own as a pass-blocker.
Some have made Lewan out to be the same caliber of prospect as former Michigan tackle and No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 draft Jake Long, which is understandable since they've both worn a Wolverine uniform. However, Lewan is simply not as complete of a prospect right now as Long was during his junior season.
Still, there's a lot to like about the big, physical and agile junior. Even though he's not on the same level as Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, Lewan certainly has the potential to be a first-round pick and the second offensive tackle selected in the 2013 draft.
37. WR Terrance Williams, Baylor
Baylor's offense lost its two most valuable players from 2011—QB Robert Griffin III and wide receiver Kendall Wright, who were both first-round picks in this year's draft.
The unit has still managed to remain explosive, though. The Bears currently rank in the top 10 nationally in both scoring offense and total offense, averaging 51 points and 568 yards per game.
The team's new offensive MVP is wide receiver Terrance Williams, who looks like he has the chance to be just as good of an NFL prospect as Wright was.
Williams is a big, physical receiver, who moves extremely well for his size and presents a big catching radius for his quarterback Nick Florence.
The 6'2'', 205-pound senior has already caught 17 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns in just three games. Williams certainly looks like he's ready to handle being the team's new No. 1 receiving target in 2012.
38. TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Notre Dame has produced a few notable tight end prospects in recent years such as John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph and Anthony Fasano.
The latest in that growing line of Irish tight ends, Tyler Eifert, might just be the best of the bunch.
Last year, Eifert led all tight ends with 63 catches for 803 yards and scored five touchdowns.
This season, the 6'6'', 251-pound junior has gotten off to a bit of a slow start, catching just nine passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. However, he's still shown that he can cause plenty of matchup problems for opposing defenses.
Eifert may not be a sure-thing first-round prospect, but he does have the type of size, speed and reliable hands that NFL teams are looking for in a dangerous receiving tight end.
39. DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
Sylvester Williams became an instant impact player for North Carolina's defense after arriving from Coffeyville Community College before the 2011 season.
Williams racked up 54 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in his first season in a Tar Heels uniform.
Last year, he helped the North Carolina defense finish 20th in the nation in rush defense, allowing just 99 yards on the ground per game.
The 6'3'', 305-pound senior is now thriving as the leader of the defensive line this season.
The powerful penetrator has already racked up 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in just four games.
From a physical makeup standpoint, Williams bears a strong resemblance to New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.
While he may not end up as a top-10 pick like Ellis did in 2008, Williams will definitely be in the first-round conversation by the time next April rolls around.
40. QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Tyler Wilson could have entered the 2012 NFL draft and could have been a first-round draft pick, but he chose to return to Arkansas to improve his draft stock even more and chase a Heisman Trophy and an SEC title
What Wilson couldn't have foreseen, however, is that his coach, Bobby Petrino, would lose his job and the school would hire John L. Smith, one of the most incompetent coaches in America, to replace him.
Under Smith's watch, the Razorbacks' season has been an utter disaster, as the team has sputtered out of the gate, starting 1-3.
The team's struggles certainly can't all be blamed on Wilson, but the fact that he's completing just 58 percent of his passes obviously isn't a good sign.
Wilson has the chance to eventually develop into a Tony Romo-type starter in the NFL, but it's going to take a strong finish to his senior season to help guarantee his status as a first-round draft pick in 2013.
41. DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
When you happen to be the son of a former first-round NFL draft pick, you're going to have a lot of pressure and expectations to live up to.
Jackson Jeffcoat—the son of Jim Jeffcoat, the No. 23 overall pick in the 1983 NFL draft—has had no trouble living up to expectations during his three years at Texas, though.
The former 5-star recruit out of Plano, Texas has developed into one of the most dominant defensive ends in college football during his time in Austin.
Last year, Jeffcoat totaled 71 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and eight quarterback sacks, and he's on pace to have another outstanding campaign in 2012.
The 6'5'', 245-pound junior may be a bit undersized, but he possesses the explosiveness and speed off the edge to blow by offensive tackles. He also has the strength and power to hold his own in the running game.
Jeffcoat has the chance to be one of the top pass-rushing prospects in the 2013 draft class. He's the type of versatile defender who could be viewed as either a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 rush linebacker.
42. ILB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
Kevin Reddick could have left North Carolina and joined his fellow Tar Heel defenders Zach Brown and Quinton Coples in the 2012 NFL draft and likely been a second-round pick. But Reddick felt that he still had work to do in order to become the best player he could be before entering the pro game.
So far this season, Reddick has once again been one of the biggest impact defenders in the ACC, as he's totaled 27 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
The 6'3'', 240-pound senior possesses the type of instincts, lateral quickness, tackling ability and toughness that you want to see in a potential starting NFL middle linebacker.
Ultimately, Reddick has the chance to develop into a D'Qwell Jackson-type defensive leader in the NFL.
43. DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
If you're looking for a freakishly athletic pass-rushing prospect that is going to soar up draft boards during the postseason workout process, then let me introduce you to BYU's Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah.
Ansah didn't receive much preseason attention, given that he totaled just seven tackles in 2011. However, this season he's begun to flourish and show the type of rare physical skills that will definitely get NFL scouts excited.
The 6'6'' 270-pound senior has notched 17 tackles, including five tackles for loss and a sack.
The native of Ghana didn't start playing football until 2010, so he's still obviously a relatively raw player.
Still, Ansah's the type of big, strong, long, well-built and explosive prospect who has an extremely high ceiling.
With the proper coaching and development, Ansah could develop into a pass-rushing terror at the NFL level.
44. WR Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
Cobi Hamilton had a relatively quiet start to the 2012 season, catching 10 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in Arkansas' first three games.
This past weekend, Hamilton finally had the huge breakout performance that Razorbacks fans had been waiting for against Rutgers when he set an SEC record with 303 receiving yards on 10 catches and scored all three of his team's touchdowns.
Arkansas may have lost to the Scarlet Knights 35-26 at home, but Hamilton definitely made a statement to NFL scouts with his eye-opening performance.
The 6'3'', 209-pound senior has shown that he can handle being QB Tyler Wilson's trusted go-to target now that Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs are all gone.
The former high school track star has the type of rare size-speed combination that is surely going to intrigue a lot of NFL teams. If he can build on his big Week 4 performance, Hamilton's only going to continue to climb up draft boards.
45. DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
Sharrif Floyd had some high expectations to live up to when he first arrived at Florida as one of the top-ranked prospects of the 2010 recruiting class.
Slowly but surely, however, Floyd has managed to show that his high school hype was indeed legitimate.
After racking up 46 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and a sack in 2011, the 6'3'', 303-pound junior is once again impressing onlookers with a strong start to the 2012 season.
Floyd has already made 16 stops, including 3.5 tackles for loss, and he's displayed some tremendous quickness and explosiveness for his size.
There simply aren't many 300-plus-pound players in the country that can move like the Gator tackle can.
While he still has to learn to play more disciplined and stay in his proper gap, Floyd is the type of athletic and powerful interior player whose stock is only going to continue to rise in the months to come.
46. FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
Texas has arguably the best secondary in the country this year, and the veteran leader of that talented group is safety Kenny Vaccaro.
Vaccaro enjoyed an outstanding campaign in 2011, notching 82 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups. He looks like he's ready to have an even better season this year.
The 6'1'', 218-pound senior is an intelligent and instinctive free safety who always seems to be in the exact right spot he needs to be to make a play.
Nate Allen of the Philadelphia Eagles is the NFL safety that Vaccaro most resembles from a physical standpoint.
Like Allen, the talented and experienced Longhorn safety possesses the physical skills and football IQ to come in and immediately start in an NFL defensive backfield right away as a rookie.
47. OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
North Carolina has one of the most underrated offensive lines in college football this year. The leader of that group is offensive guard Jonathan Cooper.
Cooper is the type of rare offensive lineman that jumps off the screen when you watch the Tar Heels offense play.
The seasoned 6'4'', 295-pound senior has been a starter since his redshirt freshman season back in 2009, and each year he's managed to keep improving and to keep getting better.
The 2011 second-team All-ACC pick possesses an outstanding combination of size, strength and agility, which allows him to excel as both a pass-blocker as well as a run-blocker.
Tampa Bay Bucs offensive guard Davin Joseph is the pro player that Cooper is most similar to in terms of physical makeup and playing style.
Although he may not be the type of dominant guard that Alabama's Chance Warmack is, Cooper has the potential to be a late first-round pick in the 2013 draft.
48. DE/OLB Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
Linebacker Sean Porter was the prospect on the Texas A&M defense that everyone was talking about before the season started. So far, though, Porter has been overshadowed by his teammate, defensive end Damontre Moore.
Moore has made a seamless transition from his hybrid "Joker" role to a true 4-3 defensive end this season.
The 6'4'', 250-pound junior currently ranks second in the country with six sacks, three of which came in the season opener against Florida. Plus, he's also tallied eight tackles for loss.
It's no surprise that Moore has made a living in opponents' backfields this season, considering he's coming off a 2011 campaign in which he totaled 8.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss.
The gifted edge-rusher has the type of skills that you look for in a potential standout 3-4 rush linebacker prospect, but he's also shown that he has no trouble playing with his hand in the ground.
49. WR Marquess Wilson, Washington State
Washington State's top offensive player, wide receiver Marquess Wilson, hasn't yet had the huge boost in numbers that many were expecting following the arrival of new coach Mike Leach.
However, Wilson has still shown some flashes of his innate playmaking talent, as he's totaled 18 catches for 317 yards and four touchdowns.
The 6'4'', 185-pound junior may not possess blazing deep speed, but he's got the type of big frame, natural athleticism and sure hands that few other receivers in the country can offer.
Wilson is only going to grow more comfortable in Leach's new offensive system as the season goes on, and he should begin to put up some big stats in the weeks to come.
50. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State
One of the biggest wild-card prospects in the 2013 draft class is Kansas State QB Collin Klein.
Klein is one of the best running quarterbacks that we've seen in the college game in the last decade. He's the type of elite playmaker that has put the Wildcats offense on his back, and he has carried the team to surprising success since taking over the starting job last season.
The 6'5'', 226-pound senior totaled over 3,000 yards and accounted for 40 touchdowns in 2011, and he's already totaled 1,047 yards and accounted for 10 touchdowns in just four games this year.
The one notable flaw in Klein's game is that he's clearly not an NFL-caliber passer yet.
Still, he has shown the intangibles, leadership ability, athleticism, poise and toughness that you want to see in a young college quarterback.
Ultimately, Klein will likely be viewed in a similar light to former Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, who was taken with the 36th pick in the 2011 draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Like Kaepernick, Klein is obviously going to need a few years to continue to develop. But the potential payoff down the road could certainly be worth a Day 2 pick.
The Top 100: 51-75
51. LB Jelani Jenkins, Florida
52. OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
53. DT Kawann Short, Purdue
54. OT Oday Aboushi, Virginia
55. QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
56. LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
57. RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama
58. OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
59. QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee
60. LB Sean Porter, Texas A&M
61. CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
62. RB Andre Ellington, Clemson
63. OT Brennan Williams, North Carolina
64. LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia
65. DE Margus Hunt, SMU
66. RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin
67. DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
68. QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma
69. DT Jesse Williams, Alabama
70. SS Shawn Williams, Georgia
71. RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State
72. CB Terry Hawthorne, Illinois
73. FS T.J. McDonald, USC
74. RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
75. OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
The Top 100: 76-100
76. WR Josh Boyce, TCU
77. DE Devin Taylor, South Carolina
78. TE Dion Sims, Michigan State
79. SS Matt Elam, Florida
80. OT Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin
81. QB Keith Price, Washington
82. RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
83. DT Bennie Logan, LSU
84. OG Larry Warford, Kentucky
85. LB Nico Johnson, Alabama
86. TE Ryan Otten, San Jose State
87. DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech
88. WR Dan Buckner, Arizona
89. DE Tank Carradine, Florida State
90. RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
91. CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
92. WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
93. LB Shayne Skov, Stanford
94. OT Alex Hurst, LSU
95. LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State
96. OG Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
97. DE Malliciah Goodman, Clemson
98. WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
99. CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers
100. DE Datone Jones, UCLA
Quarterbacks: The Top 10 Seniors
1. EJ Manuel, Florida State
2. Geno Smith, West Virginia
3. Matt Barkley, USC
4. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
5. Collin Klein, Kansas State
6. Landry Jones, Oklahoma
7. Mike Glennon, N.C. State
8. Matt Scott, Arizona
9. Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
10. MarQueis Gray, Minnesota
Quarterbacks: The Top 10 Underclassmen
1. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
2. Aaron Murray, Georgia
3. Tyler Bray, Tennessee
4. Keith Price, Washington
5. A.J. McCarron, Alabama
6. Sean Mannion, Oregon State
7. James Franklin, Missouri
8. Tajh Boyd, Clemson
9. Zach Mettenberger, LSU
10. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Running Backs: The Top 10 Seniors
1. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
2. Andre Ellington, Clemson
3. Montee Ball, Wisconsin
4. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
5. Dennis Johnson, Arkansas
6. Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
7. Kenjon Barner, Oregon
8. (QB) Denard Robinson, Michigan
9. Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
10. Chris Thompson, Florida State
Running Backs: The Top 10 Underclassmen
1. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
2. Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State
3. Eddie Lacy, Alabama
4. Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State
5. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
6. Knile Davis, Arkansas
7. Silas Redd, USC
8. Alfred Blue, LSU
9. John Hubert, Kansas State
10. Spencer Ware, LSU
Wide Receivers: The Top 10 Seniors
1. Terrance Williams, Baylor
2. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
3. Dan Buckner, Arizona
4. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
5. Tavon Austin, West Virginia
6. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
7. Aaron Mellette, Elon
8. Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech
9. Rodney Smith, Florida State
10. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
Wide Receivers: The Top 10 Underclassmen
1. Keenan Allen, California
2. Justin Hunter, Tennessee
3. Robert Woods, USC
4. Marquess Wilson, Washington State
5. Josh Boyce, TCU
6. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
7. Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech
8. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
9. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
10. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
Tight Ends: The Top 10 Seniors
1. Ryan Otten, San Jose State
2. Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn
3. Michael Williams, Alabama
4. Joseph Fauria, UCLA
5. Chris Gragg, Arkansas
6. Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
7. Ryan Griffin, Connecticut
8. Kyler Reed, Nebraska
9. D.C. Jefferson, Rutgers
10. Matt Furstenburg, Maryland
Tight Ends: The Top 10 Underclassmen
1. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
2. Dion Sims, Michigan State
3. Zach Ertz, Stanford
4. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
5. Levine Toilolo, Stanford
6. Jordan Reed, Florida
7. Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
8. Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
9. Jake McGee, Virginia
10. Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State
Offensive Tackles: The Top 10 Seniors
1. Oday Aboushi, Virginia
2. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
3. Brennan Williams, North Carolina
4. Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin
5. Alex Hurst, LSU
6. Mark Jackson, Glenville State
7. Xavier Nixon, Florida
8. Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech
9. John Wetzel, Boston College
10. Brian Winters, Kent State
Offensive Tackles: The Top 10 Underclassmen
1. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2. Taylor Lewan, Michigan
3. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
4. D.J. Fluker, Alabama
5. Morgan Moses, Virginia
6. James Hurst, North Carolina
7. David Bakhtiari, Colorado
8. Justin Pugh, Syracuse
9. Seantrel Henderson, Miami
10. Brandon Thomas, Clemson
*LSU's Chris Faulk would be ranked but he is out for the season with a knee injury. Faulk is thus expected to return for the 2013 season.
Offensive Guards: The Top 10 Seniors
1. Chance Warmack, Alabama
2. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
3. Larry Warford, Kentucky
4. Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
5. Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech
6. Travis Bond, North Carolina
7. Blaize Foltz, TCU
8. Chris Barker, Nevada
9. Hugh Thornton, Illinois
10. Braden Hansen, BYU
Offensive Guards: The Top 10 Underclassmen
1. Cyril Richardson, Baylor
2. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
3. Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
4. Andrew Norwell, Ohio State
5. Mason Walters, Texas
6. Spencer Long, Nebraska
7. Josh Williford, LSU
8. Chris Burnette, Georgia
9. Anthony Steen, Alabama
10. Chris Watt, Notre Dame
Centers: The Top 10 Seniors
1. Barrett Jones, Alabama
2. T.J. Johnson, South Carolina
3. Mario Benavides, Louisville
4. Khaled Holmes, USC
5. Graham Pocic, Illinois
6. Dalton Freeman, Clemson
7. Camden Wentz, N.C. State
8. Braxston Cave, Notre Dame
9. Patrick Lewis, Texas A&M
10. James Ferentz, Iowa
Centers: The Top 10 Underclassmen
1. Jonotthan Harrison, Florida
2. Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
3. Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
4. Travis Swanson, Arkansas
5. Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern
6. Tyler Larsen, Utah State
7. Weston Richburg, Colorado State
8. Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
9. Andrew Miller, Virginia Tech
10. Zac Kerin, Toledo
Defensive Tackles: The Top 10 Seniors
1. Star Lotulelei, Utah
2. John Jenkins, Georgia
3. Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
4. Kawann Short, Purdue
5. Jesse Williams, Alabama
6. Jamarkus McFarland, Oklahoma
7. Cory Grissom, South Florida
8. Chris Jones, Bowling Green
9. Joe Vellano, Maryland
10. Josh Downs, LSU
Defensive Tackles: The Top 10 Underclassmen
1. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
2. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
3. Sharrif Floyd, Florida
4. Bennie Logan, LSU
5. Akeem Spence, Illinois
6. Dominique Easley, Florida
7. George Uko, USC
8. Derrick Hopkins, Virginia Tech
9. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
10. Kwame Geathers, Georgia
Pass-Rushers: The Top 10 Seniors
1. Michael Buchanan, Illinois
2. Alex Okafor, Texas
3. Dion Jordan, Oregon
4. Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
5. Margus Hunt, SMU
6. Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
7. Devin Taylor, South Carolina
8. Tank Carradine, Florida State
9. Malliciah Goodman, Clemson
10. Datone Jones, UCLA
Pass-Rushers: The Top 10 Underclassmen
1. Bjoern Werner, Florida State
2. Barkevious Mingo, LSU
3. Corey Lemonier, Auburn
4. Sam Montgomery, LSU
5. William Gholston, Michigan State
6. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
7. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
8. James Gayle Virginia Tech
9. Stansly Maponga, TCU
10. Kareem Martin, North Carolina
Linebackers: The Top 10 Seniors
1. Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
2. Chase Thomas, Stanford
3. Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
4. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
5. Sean Porter, Texas A&M
6. Nico Johnson, Alabama
7. Shayne Skov, Stanford
8. Arthur Brown, Kansas State
9. Gerald Hodges, Penn State
10. DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina
Linebackers: The Top 10 Underclassmen
1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia
2. C.J. Mosley, Alabama
3. Jelani Jenkins, Florida
4. Alec Ogletree, Georgia
5. Kevin Minter, LSU
6. Jonathan Brown, Illinois
7. Dion Bailey, USC
8. Kyle Van Noy, BYU
9. Chris Borland, Wisconsin
10. Jordan Hicks, Texas
Cornerbacks: The Top 10 Seniors
1. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
2. Terry Hawthorne, Illinois
3. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
4. Marc Anthony, California
5. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
6. Johnny Adams, Michigan State
7. Micah Hyde, Iowa
8. Rod Sweeting, Georgia Tech
9. Nigel Malone, Kansas State
10. Desmond Trufant, Washington
Cornerbacks: The Top 10 Underclassmen
1. David Amerson, N.C. State
2. Carrington Byndom, Texas
3. Dee Milliner, Alabama
4. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
5. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
6. Logan Ryan, Rutgers
7. Bradley Roby, Ohio State
8. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
9. Merrill Noel, Wake Forest
10. Ricardo Allen, Purdue
Safeties: The Top 10 Seniors
1. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
2. Shawn Williams, Georgia
3. T.J. McDonald, USC
4. Duke Williams, Nevada
5. Robert Lester, Alabama
6. Daimion Stafford, Nebraska
7. John Boyett, Oregon
8. Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
9. Prentiss Waggner, Tennessee
10. Jonathan Cyprien, FIU
Safeties: The Top 10 Underclassmen
1. Eric Reid, LSU
2. Matt Elam, Florida
3. Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma
4. Isaiah Johnson, Georgia Tech
5. Hakeem Smith, Louisville
6. Ahmad Dixon, Baylor
7. C.J. Barnett, Ohio State
8. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
9. Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State
10. Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State
The Top 10 Senior Kickers
1. Caleb Sturgis, Florida
2. Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
3. Brett Baer, Louisiana-Lafayette
4. Dan Conroy, Michigan State
5. Brett Maher, Nebraska
6. Brandon McManus, Temple
7. Tyler Bitancurt, West Virginia
8. Drew Alleman, LSU
9. Maikon Bonani, South Florida
10. Casey Barth, North Carolina
The Top 10 Senior Punters
1. Jeff Locke, UCLA
2. Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State
3. Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
4. Jackson Rice, Oregon
5. Ryan Epperson, Texas A&M
6. Bobby Cowan, Idaho
7. Tress Way, Oklahoma
8. Ian Campbell, UTEP
9. Dylan Breeding, Arkansas
10. Richard Kent, Vanderbilt