Jarvis Jones New No. 1 on October Big Board for 2013 NFL Draft

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IOctober 1, 2012

September 1, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones (29) fights off a block against the Buffalo Bulls during the first quarter at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

This is my second list of college football players who are draft eligible this season. Here is last month's September edition. For this list, Jarvis Jones takes over the top spot, the gap closes between the top cornerbacks and Dee Miliner and Bjoern Werner burst into the Top 25. 

Remember, this is not a mock draft in any way; it is just ranking the 40 best draft-eligible college football players. 

*Denotes underclassmen 

1. *Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Jones has played brilliantly so far this season, including a dominating performance against Missouri. He has shown the elite instincts and athletic ability that make him a virtual lock to be taken early in April's draft. He has 33 tackles (19 solo), 4.5 sacks and an interception in four games. Previous: 7  

2. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Lotulelei has been a force thus far in 2012. His tape against BYU was very impressive showing he's powerful but athletic enough to pursue the ball. Previous: 2

3. *Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

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Joeckel has the frame, intelligence, skill and experience to be a franchise left tackle. He looked great on tape against a good Florida defense, consistently deflecting pressure away from the ball. Previous: 6 

4. *Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

Some people may scoff at Mingo moving up a spot with his first sack coming this past weekend, but I can't get over this kid's physical ability. Freakish length, burst and speed. Previous: 5

5. *Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State 

I like what I've seen so far from Hankins. He is extremely athletic for his size and penetrates well, but I'd like to see him disengage and stop the ball better. Previous: 8

6. Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California

 Barkley's stock takes a bit of a hit after an underwhelming first month. He still has the intangibles that scouts love, but his physical traits are being questioned a bit more now. Previous: 1

7. Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

 A real leader with lots of big-game experience, and is the most fundamentally sound tackler in the draft. Has great range and can drop into coverage in both man and zone schemes. Previous: 13

8. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

You can't teach size, and Jenkins is a load at roughly 360 pounds. He is dominating against the rush, and has a mean streak that keeps him banging all game. Previous: 19

9. *Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

Just a half-step ahead of the rest. His catch radius is incredibly big, he can pluck the ball behind or over his head with ease. Runs fluidly for his 6'4" frame. Previous: 18

10. Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

Todd McShay is still incredibly high on Warmack, and I like Warmack, but not enough to put him that high. He has a strong lower body and gets great leverage off the snap. Previous: 21

11. *David Amerson, CB, NC State

Amerson's stock slips a bit after an inconsistent start, but the athleticism is still there. Could see some NFL teams moving him to safety because of his size. Previous: 3

12. *Keenan Allen, WR, California

Allen shows more quickness than Hunter on tape, but Hunter is a more talented pass catcher. Allen can return kicks and even takes handoffs occasionally. Previous: 10

13. *Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

A true bull-rusher, Lemonier loves to line up outside and just attack from the end. He's athletic and relentless pursuing the quarterback. The tape of him against Barrett Jones from last year is a fantastic battle to watch. Previous: 24

14. *Eric Reid, S, LSU

Attacks the ball and is a great tackler. Great instincts and athleticism against the pass, but sometimes gets caught too far forward in run support. Previous: 11

15. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Has 15 tackles and three picks this season. A big-game competitor who will go anywhere on the field to make a play, and I really like his aggression in pursuit of a ball in the air. Previous: 30 

16. *Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

The 6'7" frame and long arms will catch scouts' attention quickly. Extremely pesky and irritates defenders. Can sometimes get too vertical and whiff when attempting to flatten defenders. Previous: 9

17. *Robert Woods, WR, Southern California

Woods gives up a couple inches to Hunter and Allen, but has a toughness and extra gear that make him so good. Has experience in pro-style offense running the full route tree. Previous: 14

18. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

Wilson's injury hurt Arkansas tremendously. The senior has great footwork, experience in a pro-style offense and can make all the throws, but needs to stop forcing passes. Previous: 15

19. *Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

Stronger and more refined than Mingo, on the field far more often than Mingo, but just doesn't have as high of a ceiling as his linemate. Plays the game with a visible passion. Previous: 16

20. *Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas

Versatile and athletic, does everything well but nothing spectacularly. Can sometimes disappear a bit on tape, but still a good prospect. Previous: 12

21. *Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Really shown his potential so far this season. Milliner is extremely quick and fiesty, he loves to mix it up with opposing players. His tape against Michigan is phenomenal. Previous: NR

22. *Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

The best running back in the country, Lattimore has great vision, patience and is tough to bring down. He's a strong runner who rarely fumbles. Previous: 20

23. *Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

I don't hold much stock in Werner's first two games this season against Murray State and Savannah State, where he racked up a combined 5.5 sacks. But Werner is a natural pass-rusher and extremely hard worker. It will be interesting to see how he does the rest of the season. Previous: NR

24. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Everyone is going crazy over Smith's numbers, which are extremely impressive, but stats don't necessarily translate to NFL potential. He has great arm strength, but I still think he's too jumpy in the pocket and I'm not sure if he can make touch passes that he'll need to in the NFL. Previous: NR

25. Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama

Jones is a leader for the Crimson Tide, where he has anchored the line for the best team in the country since 2009 and has played significant time at both guard and tackle. Previous: 17

26. *Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

 Similar in many ways to Amerson without the elite athleticism. But has good balance, good hands and can tackle as well as any cornerback in the country. Previous: 22

27. *Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech

Thomas' stock dropped more than anyone else's over the first month, though he hasn't had much help. I didn't want to drop him out of the Top 25, but after he threw two INTs and one TD in a loss to Cincinnati on Saturday, I had no choice. His mechanics and decision-making need to get better or he's going to fall even further. Previous: 4

28. *Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia

Sat the first four games of the season due to suspension, but is an absolute stud who is aggressive to the ball and hits with force. After Ogletree's game against Tennessee, Kevin Weidl called him " the best player/prospect on that Georgia defense." Pretty high praise. Previous: NR  

29. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

Powerful and strong, demands a double team on any running play. Has a decent swim move that helps in the pass rush. A questionable motor is the only thing keeping him this low. Previous: 31

30. D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

Fluker is 6'6", 335 pounds, and uses his massive frame pretty well in the running game, but needs to improve as a pass-blocker. Doesn't have especially quick feet or great balance, but could trim down a bit and improve in that area. Previous: 29

31. Johnathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina--Previous: 35

32. *Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas--Previous: NR

33. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina--Previous: NR

34. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas--Previous: 36

35. *Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State--Previous NR

36. Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina--Previous 25

37. T.J. McDonald, S, Southern California--Previous 32  

38. *William Gholston, DE, Michigan State--Previous 33

39. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas--Previous 28

40. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame--Previous 34

Dropped from ranking: Margus Hunt, Landry Jones, Sean Porter, Tyler Bray, Chris Faulk, Knile Davis, Tharold Simon


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