Dion Jordan Is Fast-Riser on November Big Board for 2013 NFL Draft

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst INovember 5, 2012

October 27, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive end Dion Jordan (96) pre game warm up against the Colorado Buffaloes at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE

After an eventful October (here's that edition) of college football, the top three players on my big board hold their respective positions. But the rest of my top-ten gets shaken up in a big way, and a group of four pass rushers enter the top-20. 

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 looked a little off in October until he almost singlehandedly beat Florida. He had 13 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. It was one of those games that just shows how scary good Jones is. Previous: 1 

2. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Continues to dominate even though he's the opponent's main focus every game. Lotulelei is nearly impossible to stop no matter how the offense tries to contain him. Previous: 2 

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

Has a ton of experience and talent and is really showing it this year. Isn't as naturally physical and imposing as a guy like Jake Long, but has incredible skill. Joeckel was very solid against LSU, which helped sure up this spot. Previous: 3 

4. Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

As much of a sure thing as there is in this draft. Inside linebackers don't get drafted that high, but Te'o will tempt some teams because of everything he brings to the table. Truly a rock in the middle of the field, and even better as a leader. Previous: 7

5. Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

Warmack has an uncommon combination of strength and skill at the guard position. He's been the anchor of Alabama's offensive line, which might be the best in the nation.  Previous: 10

6. *Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

Just a half-step behind Lotulelei at this point. Has incredible athleticism for his size, really moves his feet well and can chase down the ball-carrier if needed. Previous: 5 

7.* Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

Mingo drops a little because the production still isn't there. While his ceiling is high because of his insane quickness and athleticism, he's going to need to start showing up a little bit more in November. Previous: 4

8. *Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Not the second coming of Jake Long, but is extremely long and is a real competitor. Lewan moves really well for his size, and is very aggressive but getting better at channeling his energy.  Previous: 16

9. *Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

Closed the gap on teammate Mingo this month as he shows more consistency and production than Mingo. Gets really good leverage and fights for every inch. Previous: 19 

10. *Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

Moves up a lot this week after proving that his hot start wasn't a total fluke. I'm still not 100 percent sold on Werner, and I'll watch him closely this week. He's very naturally talented, but hasn't faced the best competition. Previous: 23 

11. *Keenan Allen, WR, California

Jumps ahead of Justin Hunter after a stellar month. Has great explosive capability and always seems to be ready to make a big play. Receiver class doesn't have a top guy like A.J. Green, but seems deeper than usual. Previous: 11  

12. Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California

Barkley has actually put up great numbers this year, but has still shown that he has some significant shortcomings. Nobody expected USC to have three losses at this point in the season, and Barkley hasn't been as good as I thought he was. Previous: 6

13. *Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Shows up on tape as a feisty, aggressive corner that doesn't mind roughing it up with a receiver to steer him off his routes. Does a good job being physical without overdoing it and committing penalties. Previous: 21 

14. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

In terms of sheer physicality, Jenkins might be the most impressive player in the country. Reminds me of Vince Wilfork because he weighs almost 360 pounds but is still relatively nimble. Previous: 8

15. Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

Went from unranked to fifteenth because his potential turned into production. Jordan is tall and lanky with exceptional quickness and an ability to create havoc in the backfield due to his speed and length. Previous: NR

16. *Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

Hunter slips a little this month. His numbers are good but not great, and he hasn't been too impressive against SEC opponents. What usually looks like a natural ease catching the ball has sometimes looked more like a lack of desire at points. Previous: 9 

17. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

A few weeks ago, Smith was the clear Heisman favorite and everyone was anointing him as the first overall pick. I didn't hop on the bandwagon, however, and now that Smith and West Virginia have lost three straight games, it looks like the bandwagon has cleared out. Previous: 24. 

18. *Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

 Like Jordan, Moore is a defensive end who went from unranked to top-20. Moore has been phenomenal for the Aggies this season after sliding under my radar at the beginning of the season. Has potential to continue climbing. Previous: NR

19. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Banks has continued to be solid for Mississippi State. Has good length and body control to compete against NFL receivers. Previous: 15 

20. *Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

Auburn's huge struggles haven't helped Lemonier's case much, although they're hardly his fault. He has a great motor, and consistently penetrates. Only slipped because of outstanding play of the other top defensive ends. Previous: 13

21. *Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia

Ogletree is an unbelievable talent at linebacker for Georgia. A converted safety, he flies around the field and can make a play at any time. But he looks a bit lean for an NFL inside linebacker, so it'll be interesting to see where he projects at the next level. Previous: 28

22. *Eric Reid, S, LSU

Reid is an exceptional talent on an exceptionally talented defense. Has been a little banged up though this past month, and you can't help but wonder whether his hard-hitting style is catching up to him. Previous: 14 

23. Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama

Jones is literally and figuratively the center of Alabama's incredible offensive line. He's a real leader who has played guard and tackle, but is currently manning the center position for 'Bama. Will be a great pickup for any NFL team. Previous: 25 

24. *Robert Woods, WR, USC

Woods has been overshadowed recently by the play of standout sophomore Marqise Lee, but Woods is still one of the best receivers in this class. I see him being a very good No. 2 receiver on a pass-heavy NFL team like the Lions. Previous: 17 

25. *Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Matthews would be the best tackle on almost any team in the nation except for Texas A&M because of Joeckel. But Matthews was strong against LSU, which helped him vault up from being unranked last month. Previous: NR

26. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

Continues to hang around with a late first-round grade. He combines power, balance, and quickness as well as anyone in the country. Plays hard and doesn't let himself or his teammates get pushed around. Previous: 31

27. *Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Another unranked guy who shot up the boards this past month. Although Missouri has struggled, Richardson has continued to draw rave reviews due to his standout performances. Has potential to continue climbing the board if he keeps playing like he has. Previous: NR

28. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

With fellow defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat out for the season, Okafor has embraced the extra responsibility and elevated his game, which NFL scouts will love to see. Previous: 34 

29. *Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Eifert impresses me every time I watch him play. He could put on a few pounds, but already looks like an NFL player on the field. Goes over his head for a catch as well as any tight end or wide receiver in the nation. Previous: 40

30. *Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

With Marcus Lattimore going down with another serious injury, Bell moves into the top-30 as the No. 1 running back. Bell is a smooth runner with great patience and the ability to run around or straight over a defender. Previous: 35

31. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas--Previous: 18 

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

33. *Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State--Previous: 26

34. T.J. McDonald, S, Southern California--Previous: 37 

35. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue--Previous: 29

36. Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor--Previous: NR

37. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas--Previous: 39

38. Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State--Previous: NR

39. *Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee--Previous: NR

40. *Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida--Previous: NR

Dropped from ranking: Jackson Jeffcoat, Marcus Lattimore, Logan Thomas, D.J. Fluker, Carrington Byndom, Brennan Williams, William Gholston, David Amerson  


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