2015 NFL Draft: An Early Look at College Football's Top Pro Prospects

Danny Flynn@FlynnceptionSenior Analyst IMay 13, 2014

2015 NFL Draft: An Early Look at College Football's Top Pro Prospects

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    Jameis Winston is the early favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft
    Jameis Winston is the early favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draftStacy Revere/Getty Images

    With many analysts dubbing the 2014 NFL draft class the deepest and most talented group that they've seen in at least a decade, it's clear that the 2015 draft class is going to have a mighty tough precedent to live up to.

    Since a record 98 underclassmen—including big-name stars such as Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel, Sammy Watkins and Teddy Bridgewater—chose to declare for the 2014 draft, college football has obviously taken a major talent hit. Luckily, though, the sport still has plenty of established impact players and plenty more up-and-coming talents NFL scouts should be excited about.

    Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Baylor QB Bryce Petty, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, UCLA QB Brett Hundley and Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory are just a few of the high-profile prospects who bypassed the chance to earn millions as high picks in the 2014 draft in order to return to school and continue honing their skills on the collegiate level.

    They'll be some of the must-watch prospects to keep an eye on this fall, but there will be plenty of other notable names to watch out for as well.

    Admittedly, trying to rank and project draft prospects this early in the process is simply an impossible task. Every year, we always end up seeing a few unheralded prospects rise from relative obscurity and become household names, while we also see highly touted commodities fail to live up to their preseason hype.

    At this time last year, who would have thought that Blake Bortles would be picked ahead of Manziel and Bridgewater? Or that Greg Robinson would be the top offensive tackle taken? Or that once-overlooked prospects like Ja'Wuan James, Dee Ford, Marcus Smith, Deone Bucannon and Jimmie Ward would all end up being selected in the first round?

    So much is bound to happen over the next 12 months that will change the complexion of the 2015 draft class. Still, it's never too early to get a jump on evaluating and discerning the next wave of top prospects.

    Here's a very early, preliminary look at college football's top prospects for the 2015 NFL draft. 

The Top 10 Overall Prospects

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    Jameis Winston
    Jameis WinstonKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State (Redshirt Sophomore)
    2. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska (Redshirt Junior)
    3. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia (Junior)
    4. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (Redshirt Junior)
    5. Leonard Williams, DE, USC (Junior)
    6. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M (Redshirt Senior)
    7. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State (Redshirt Junior)
    8. Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State (Redshirt Senior)
    9. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa (Redshirt Senior)
    10. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State (Redshirt Junior)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

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    Jameis Winston
    Jameis WinstonUSA TODAY Sports

    During his breakout Heisman Trophy award-winning debut campaign in 2013, Winston proved that he has all the physical tools to become the next bona fide elite star franchise quarterback prospect, the likes of which we haven’t seen since Andrew Luck left Stanford. Still, the 6’4’’, 228-pound redshirt sophomore must first show NFL evaluators that he can handle the pressure and attention that comes along with being college football’s most famous and scrutinized figure.

    Winston is arguably the most naturally gifted player in all of college football, and he’s one of the most exciting playmakers we’ve seen at the quarterback position in the last decade. But ultimately, his quest to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft will be determined by whether or not he can prove to scouts that he’s got the maturity and leadership ability to handle being the face of an NFL franchise. 

2. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

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    Randy Gregory
    Randy GregoryUSA TODAY Sports

    Following in the footsteps of players like Tank Carradine, Jason Pierre-Paul, Bruce Irvin and Demarcus Lawrence, last fall Gregory became the latest defensive end to emerge from the JUCO ranks and instantly become a terrorizing pass-rushing force at the FBS level. In his first season in Lincoln, the explosive edge-rusher quickly made a name for himself on the Big Ten scene, as he racked up 10.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and 18 quarterback hurries.

    The 6’6’’, 245-pound junior possesses the type of natural athleticism and movement skills that scouts are already buzzing about. While he may still be raw in certain facets of his game and still be a bit inconsistent with his technique at times, Gregory clearly possesses the type of upside that’s comparable to Clowney and Ezekiel Ansah: the two top defensive ends from the previous two drafts.

    If he can handle facing more attention from opposing offensive lines and still produce at the same type of level he did in 2013, Gregory should ultimately emerge as a top-five draft pick, just like Clowney and Ansah.

3. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

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    Todd Gurley
    Todd GurleyUSA TODAY Sports

    Though the running back position has been downgraded and devalued in today’s pass-happy NFL, it’s still difficult to overlook a special rushing specimen like Gurley.

    The 6’1’’, 232-pound junior shares many physical traits and an overall skill set that’s comparable to Buffalo’s Fred Jackson. Like Jackson, not only does Gurley have the size, power and toughness to pound the ball inside the tackles on a consistent basis, he can also be a valuable weapon in the passing game, which he proved in 2013, when he totaled 37 catches, averaging 11.9 yards per reception.

    The former freshman All-American was slowed by an ankle injury in 2013, yet he still managed to average six yards per carry and total 16 touchdowns. With QB Aaron Murray now gone, Gurley will be asked to put the Georgia offense on his back. Luckily, the powerfully built bull-like back has all the qualities to be a workhorse rusher.

    If Gurley can stay healthy and display the type of big-play ability he showed as a freshman, he has a great chance to become the first running back picked in the top 10 since 2012.

4. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

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    Marcus Mariota
    Marcus MariotaUSA TODAY Sports

    We’ve seen plenty of other recent highly touted “preseason star” Pac-12 quarterbacks such as Matt Leinart, Jake Locker and Matt Barkley fail to match their offseason hype during their final collegiate seasons. However, the same shouldn’t be expected of the league’s latest star signal-caller: Mariota. 

    The dynamic dual-threat playmaker not only combines tremendous prowess in the passing game with dangerous running ability, he also possesses the proper moxie-laden mindset needed to handle the spotlight. 

    After putting together a terrific freshman campaign in 2012, Mariota continued to make strides this past season, as he proved that he can be successful without Chip Kelly designing offensive schemes for him. The 6’4’’, 211-pound junior averaged over nine yards per pass, rushed for over 700 yards and accounted for 40 total touchdowns, while pushing his overall record as a starter to 23-3.

    Mariota possesses the skill set to develop into a versatile and dangerous Colin Kaepernick-esque offensive weapon at the next level.

5. Leonard Williams, DE, USC

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    Leonard Williams
    Leonard WilliamsChris Carlson/Associated Press

    Pat Haden is one of the many onlookers who has been incredibly impressed by Williams. The USC athletic director has already called Williams one of the five best Trojan players he’s ever seen, which is high praise coming from someone who’s been around the program for over 40 years and has seen an abundance of elite talent come through campus. Williams deserves plenty of accolades based off his first two seasons, in which he’s totaled 27 tackles for loss and 14 sacks.

    The 6’6’’, 290-pound junior has been a havoc-wreaking monster in the trenches, displaying an impressive blend of power, quickness and tenacity. Williams is versatile enough to fit into a variety of different roles and schemes in the NFL, and his ability to play in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 front should only further enhance his already-soaring stock.

    After producing 16 first-round draft picks in the decade spanning the 2003 draft to the 2012 draft, the Trojans have failed to land a player in the first round in either of the past two drafts. Williams appears ready to end that drought in 2015, though, as he looks destined to be one of the top defensive difference-makers in the 2015 class. 

6. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

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    Cedric Ogbuehi
    Cedric OgbuehiMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

    After spending most of his collegiate career being overshadowed by his former highly touted teammates Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, Ogbuehi will finally get his chance this fall to prove that he’s also a top-flight tackle prospect.

    While he may not be as fundamentally sound as either Joeckel or Matthews at this point in his development, Ogbuehi is noticeably more physically gifted than either of them. The highly athletic 6’5’’, 300-pound senior is the type of rare “physical freak” you simply don’t see at the tackle position very often.

    Though Ogbuehi reportedly received a first-round grade from the NFL draft advisory board and could have potentially been a top-20 pick in the 2014 draft, his decision to return to College Station for one more season will likely turn out to be the right choice. He’ll now have the chance to show scouts that he’s capable of flourishing at the all-important left tackle position in 2014.

7. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

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    Shilique Calhoun
    Shilique CalhounUSA TODAY Sports

    ”Dominant” is really the only word you need to describe Calhoun’s eye-opening 2013 campaign. After barely registering a blip on the radar as a backup during his freshman year, Calhoun certainly made his presence felt during his first season as a starter this past fall.

    The 6’4’’, 257-pound edge-rusher emerged as one of the top impact defenders in the country, registering 7.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, 18 quarterback hurries and scoring three touchdowns. It was a performance that earned him the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year award, numerous All-American honors as well as the respect of the conference’s offensive tackles.

    Calhoun is by no means a finished product. Just like every young college defensive lineman, he has plenty of room to get stronger and he still has to work on developing a more well-rounded pass-rushing repertoire. Still, the former 3-star recruit from New Jersey, via Rivals.com, displayed plenty of intriguing flashes of potential in 2013.

    The instinctive and explosive end is on track to develop into one of the top defensive prospects in the 2015 draft class. 

8. Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State

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    Cameron Erving
    Cameron ErvingRob Carr/Getty Images

    After starting off his collegiate career at defensive tackle in 2011, it would have been understandable if Erving took some time to get acclimated to switching to the offensive side of the ball. However, Erving’s switch to offensive tackle in 2012 proved to be a seamless transition, as he looked right at home at his new position. After putting together an outstanding showing during his first season as a starter, the extremely athletic 6’6’’, 302-pound senior took his game to another level in 2013, earning All-American honors and the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Year award for his performance.

    After bypassing the chance to potentially be a first-round pick in the 2014 draft, Erving now has his sights set on being a top-15 selection in 2015. He’ll once again be the leader and the face of a Seminoles offensive line that should be the best front five in college football.

9. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

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    Brandon Scherff
    Brandon ScherffUSA TODAY Sports

    During Kirk Ferentz’s 16 years as head coach at Iowa, the Hawkeyes have had 13 offensive linemen selected in the NFL draft, including three first-round picks. Ferentz, a former NFL offensive line coach, clearly knows how to properly prepare his linemen for the next level. Scherff is the latest lineman Ferentz is grooming for the pros. The 6’5’’, 315-pound senior possesses the type of size, toughness and fundamentally sound technique that you’d expect from a Hawkeyes blocker.

    After suffering a season-ending injury midway through the 2012 season, Scherff returned to the lineup in 2013 and reasserted his dominance, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors for his performance.

    He’ll enter the upcoming season as one of top-rated tackle prospects in the 2015 NFL draft class. Not only does he have a chance to be the next Hawkeyes lineman to crack the first round, he could very well end up being a top-10 overall pick when all is said and done.

10. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

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    Benardrick McKinney
    Benardrick McKinneyUSA TODAY Sports

    It wasn’t all that long ago that McKinney was a lightly sought-after 2-star recruit, via Scout.com, during his days at Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, Mississippi. After seeing what McKinney’s had to offer on the field over the past two seasons, however, there’s no doubt that many of the prominent power programs are regretting overlooking the gifted young linebacker. During the past two seasons, McKinney has shown that not only can he handle SEC competition, but he can also dominate against it, as he’s totaled 172 tackles, including 87 solo stops.

    The 6’5’’, 235-pound junior is a unique size-speed prospect who has shown that he can produce at a high level against the best competition that college football has to offer. The SEC has produced five first-round linebackers in the past five years. Now it looks like McKinney is destined to be the league’s next great linebacking export.

    After deciding to stay in Starkville for another season, the long, athletic outside ‘backer will now be looking to solidify his status as the top overall linebacker in college football in 2014. You can bet that plenty of NFL scouts will be paying visits to the Cowbell capital of college football this season to see what McKinney has to offer.

Quarterbacks: Senior Rankings

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    Bryce Petty
    Bryce PettySue Ogrocki/Associated Press

    The Top 10 Seniors

    1. Bryce Petty, Baylor
    2. Sean Mannion, Oregon State
    3. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
    4. Braxton Miller, Ohio State
    5. Anthony Boone, Duke
    6. Rakeem Cato, Marshall
    7. Devin Gardner, Michigan
    8. Nick Marshall, Auburn
    9. Jeff Driskel, Florida
    10. Chuckie Keeton, Utah State

    Other Seniors to Watch

    • Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
    • Cody Fajardo, Nevada
    • Connor Halliday, Washington State
    • Dylan Thompson, South Carolina
    • Garrett Grayson, Colorado State
    • Hutson Mason, Georgia
    • Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State
    • Shane Carden, East Carolina
    • Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette
    • Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion

Quarterbacks: Underclassmen Rankings

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    Jameis Winston
    Jameis WinstonUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Underclassmen

    1. Jameis Winston, Florida State
    2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
    3. Brett Hundley, UCLA
    4. Kevin Hogan, Stanford
    5. Connor Cook, Michigan State
    6. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
    7. Trevor Knight, Oklahoma
    8. Cody Kessler, USC
    9. Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington
    10. Nate Sudfeld, Indiana

    Other Underclassmen to Watch

    • Everett Golson, Notre Dame
    • Jacob Coker, Alabama
    • Jake Rudock, Iowa
    • Joel Stave, Wisconsin
    • J.W. Walsh, Oklahoma State
    • Marquise Williams, North Carolina
    • Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
    • Maty Mauk, Missouri
    • Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska
    • Travis Wilson, Utah

Running Backs: Senior Rankings

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    Karlos Williams
    Karlos WilliamsUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Seniors

    1. Karlos Williams, Florida State
    2. Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
    3. Malcolm Brown, Texas
    4. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
    5. Kenny Hilliard, LSU
    6. David Johnson, Northern Iowa
    7. Kevin Parks, Virginia
    8. Dominique Brown, Louisville
    9. Desmond Roland, Oklahoma State
    10. David Cobb, Minnesota

    Other Seniors to Watch

    • Bill Belton, Penn State
    • Jahwan Edwards, Ball State
    • Jordon James, UCLA
    • Lyle McCombs, Connecticut
    • Marcus Murphy, Missouri
    • Marlin Lane Jr., Tennessee
    • Michael Dyer, Louisville
    • Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati
    • Terrence Magee, LSU
    • Venric Mark, Northwestern

Running Backs: Underclassmen Rankings

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    Todd Gurley
    Todd GurleyUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Underclassmen

    1. Todd Gurley, Georgia
    2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
    3. Mike Davis, South Carolina
    4. T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
    5. Tevin Coleman, Indiana
    6. Duke Johnson, Miami
    7. Shock Linwood, Baylor
    8. Jay Ajayi, Boise State
    9. Byron Marshall, Oregon
    10. Javorius Allen, USC

    Other Underclassmen to Watch

    • Keith Marshall, Georgia
    • Dallas Crawford, Miami
    • D.J. Foster, Arizona State
    • Johnathan Gray, Texas
    • Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
    • Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
    • Storm Woods, Oregon State
    • Travis Greene, Bowling Green
    • Trey Edmunds, Virginia Tech
    • Trey Williams, Texas A&M

Wide Receivers: Senior Rankings

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    Rashad Greene
    Rashad GreeneUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Seniors

    1. Rashad Greene, Florida State
    2. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
    3. Antwan Goodley, Baylor
    4. Christion Jones, Alabama
    5. Shane Wynn, Indiana
    6. Ty Montgomery, Stanford
    7. DeVante Parker, Louisville
    8. Justin Hardy, East Carolina
    9. Dres Anderson, Utah
    10. Kasen Williams, Washington

    Other Seniors to Watch

    • Austin Hill, Arizona
    • Devin Smith, Ohio State
    • Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State
    • Jamison Crowder, Duke
    • Jaxon Shipley, Texas
    • Josh Harper, Fresno State
    • Kenny Bell, Nebraska
    • Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa
    • Levi Norwood, Baylor
    • Matt Miller, Boise State

Wide Receivers: Underclassmen Rankings

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    Amari Cooper
    Amari CooperUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Underclassmen

    1. Amari Cooper, Alabama
    2. Nelson Agholor, USC
    3. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
    4. Stefon Diggs, Maryland
    5. Dorial Green-Beckham
    6. Deontay Greenberry, Houston
    7. Quinshad Davis, North Carolina
    8. Sammie Coates, Auburn
    9. Breshad Perriman, UCF
    10. Chris Harper, California

    Other Underclassmen to Watch

    • Bralon Addison, Oregon
    • DaVaris Daniels, Notre Dame
    • Devin Fuller, UCLA
    • Gabe Marks, Washington State
    • Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech
    • Jordan Williams, Ball State
    • Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia
    • Quenton Bundrage, Iowa State
    • Shaq Roland, South Carolina
    • Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

Tight Ends: Senior Rankings

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    Jake McGee
    Jake McGeeUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Seniors

    1. Jake McGee, Virginia
    2. Nick O’Leary, Florida State
    3. Ben Koyack, Notre Dame
    4. Wes Saxton, South Alabama
    5. Clive Walford, Miami
    6. Rory Anderson, South Carolina
    7. Randall Telfer, USC
    8. Connor Hamlett, Oregon State
    9. Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
    10. Gerald Christian, Louisville 

    Other Seniors to Watch

    • Blake Bell, Oklahoma
    • Braxton Deaver, Duke
    • Cameron Clear, Texas A&M
    • C.J. Uzomah, Auburn
    • E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State
    • Gabe Holmes, Purdue
    • Kivon Cartwright, Colorado State
    • Malcolm Johnson, Mississippi State
    • MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois
    • Tyreese Russell, Eastern Michigan

Tight Ends: Underclassmen Rankings

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    Devin Funchess
    Devin FunchessUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Underclassmen

    1. Devin Funchess, Michigan
    2. Tyler Kroft, Rutgers
    3. Josiah Price, Michigan State
    4. Kyle Carter, Penn State
    5. Caleb Smith, Oregon State
    6. Pharaoh Brown, Oregon
    7. Jay Rome, Georgia
    8. Sean Price, South Florida
    9. Stanton Seckinger, Clemson
    10. Connor Cella, Rice

    Other Underclassmen to Watch

    • Alan Cross, Memphis
    • Billy Freeman, San Jose State
    • Bryce Williams, East Carolina
    • Darion Griswold, Arkansas State
    • Dillon Gordon, LSU
    • Jake Duzey, Iowa
    • Jesse James, Penn State
    • Joshua Perkins, Washington
    • Maxx Williams, Minnesota
    • Sean McQuillan, Connecticut

Offensive Linemen: Senior Rankings

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    Cedric Ogbuehi
    Cedric OgbuehiUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Seniors

    1. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
    2. Cameron Erving, Florida State
    3. Brandon Scherff, Iowa
    4. Daryl Williams, Oklahoma
    5. Laken Tomlinson, Duke
    6. Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
    7. Tre Jackson, Florida State
    8. La’El Collins, LSU
    9. Corey Robinson, South Carolina
    10. Reese Dismukes, Auburn

    Other Seniors to Watch

    • A.J. Cann, South Carolina
    • Arie Kouandjio, Alabama
    • Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati
    • Jake Fisher, Oregon
    • Josue Matias, Florida State
    • Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers
    • Quinton Spain, West Virginia
    • Sean Hickey, Syracuse
    • Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech
    • Torrian Wilson, UCF

Offensive Linemen: Underclassmen Rankings

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    Brandon Shell
    Brandon ShellStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

    The Top 10 Underclassmen

    1. Brandon Shell, South Carolina
    2. Spencer Drango, Baylor
    3. Andrus Peat, Stanford
    4. Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech
    5. Tyler Johnstone, Oregon
    6. Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State
    7. Donovan Smith, Penn State
    8. Tyler Marz, Wisconsin
    9. Landon Turner, North Carolina
    10. Max Tuerk, USC

    Other Underclassmen to Watch

    • Austin Blythe, Iowa
    • Dexter Charles, Washington
    • Evan Boehm, Missouri
    • Jack Conklin, Michigan State
    • Jake Brendel, UCLA
    • Jason Spriggs, Indiana
    • Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah
    • Mike Matthews, Texas A&M
    • Ryan Kelly, Alabama
    • Vadal Alexander, LSU

Defensive Tackles: Senior Rankings

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    Michael Bennett
    Michael BennettJamie Sabau/Getty Images

    The Top 10 Seniors

    1. Michael Bennett, Ohio State
    2. Carl Davis, Iowa
    3. Brandon Ivory, Alabama
    4. Grady Jarrett, Clemson
    5. Danny Shelton, Washington
    6. Leon Orr, Florida
    7. Travis Raciti, San Jose State
    8. Gabe Wright, Auburn
    9. Tyeler Davison, Fresno State
    10. Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech

    Other Seniors to Watch

    • Chucky Hunter, TCU
    • Desmond Jackson, Texas
    • Elkino Watson, South Florida
    • Jamal Bruce, Duke
    • James Castleman, Oklahoma State
    • Josh Watson, Clemson
    • Justin Hamilton, Louisiana-Lafayette
    • Shawn Underwood, North Carolina
    • Thomas Teal, NC State
    • Warren Herring, Wisconsin

Defensive Tackles: Underclassmen Rankings

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    Christian Covington
    Christian CovingtonUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Underclassmen

    1. Christian Covington, Rice
    2. Ellis McCarthy, UCLA
    3. Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma
    4. Darius Hamilton, Rutgers
    5. Quentin Thomas, LSU
    6. Darren Lake, Alabama
    7. Arik Armstead, Oregon
    8. Nile Lawrence-Stample, Florida State
    9. Demetris Anderson, UCF
    10. Malcom Brown, Texas

    Other Underclassmen to Watch

    • Adam Gotsis, Georgia Tech
    • Antwaun Woods, USC
    • David Dean, Virginia
    • Issac Gross, Ole Miss
    • Jaxon Hood, Arizona State
    • Josh Tupou, Colorado
    • Phillip Dukes, South Carolina
    • Tomme Mark, Houston
    • Vincent Valentine, Nebraska
    • Xavier Cooper, Washington State

Defensive Ends: Senior Rankings

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    Vic Beasley
    Vic BeasleyUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Seniors

    1. Vic Beasley, Clemson
    2. Markus Golden, Missouri
    3. Cedric Reed, Texas
    4. Trey Flowers, Arkansas
    5. Martin Ifedi, Memphis
    6. Henry Anderson, Stanford
    7. Anthony Chickillo, Miami
    8. Ray Drew, Georgia
    9. Alvin Dupree, Kentucky
    10. Tony Washington, Oregon

    Other Seniors to Watch

    • Andre Monroe, Maryland
    • Brock Hekking, Nevada
    • C.J. Olaniyan, Penn State
    • Corey Crawford, Clemson
    • Dylan Wynn, Oregon State
    • Frank Clark, Michigan
    • Jermauria Rasco, LSU
    • Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville
    • Marcus Rush, Michigan State
    • Ryan Mueller, Kansas State

Defensive Ends: Underclassmen Rankings

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    Randy Gregory
    Randy GregoryHannah Foslien/Getty Images

    The Top 10 Underclassmen

    1. Randy Gregory, Nebraska
    2. Leonard Williams, USC
    3. Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
    4. Shawn Oakman, Baylor
    5. Dante Fowler Jr., Florida
    6. Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State
    7. Noah Spence, Ohio State
    8. Charles Tapper, Oklahoma
    9. Devonte Fields, TCU
    10. C.J. Johnson, Ole Miss

    Other Underclassmen to Watch

    • Bronson Kaufusi, BYU
    • Chris Casher, Florida State
    • Deion Barnes, Penn State
    • Eddie Yarbrough, Wyoming
    • Eli Harold, Virginia
    • Jimmy Bean, Oklahoma State
    • Shaq Lawson, Clemson
    • Sheldon Day, Notre Dame
    • Silverberry Mouhon, Cincinnati
    • Theiren Cockran, Minnesota

Linebackers: Senior Rankings

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    Denzel Perryman
    Denzel PerrymanJared Wickerham/Getty Images

    The Top 10 Seniors

    1. Denzel Perryman, Miami
    2. Hayes Pullard, USC
    3. Trey DePriest, Alabama
    4. Ramik Wilson, Georgia
    5. A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
    6. Bryce Hager, Baylor
    7. Stephone Anthony, Clemson
    8. James Vaughters, Stanford
    9. Amarlo Herrera, Georgia
    10. Eric Kendricks, UCLA

    Other Seniors to Watch

    • AJ Tarpley, Stanford
    • Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
    • Ishaq Williams, Notre Dame
    • Derrick Malone, Oregon
    • Jake Ryan, Michigan
    • Kelby Brown, Duke
    • Matt Robinson, Maryland
    • Michael Taylor, Florida
    • Steve Edmond, Texas
    • Terrance Plummer, UCF

Linebackers: Underclassmen Rankings

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    Benardrick McKinney
    Benardrick McKinneyUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Underclassmen

    1. Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
    2. Leonard Floyd, Georgia
    3. Kyler Fackrell, Utah State
    4. Shaq Thompson, Washington
    5. Tyler Matakevich, Temple
    6. Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
    7. Jabari Hunt-Days, Georgia Tech
    8. Eric Striker, Oklahoma
    9. Terrance Smith, Florida State
    10. Antonio Morrison, Florida

    Other Underclassmen to Watch

    • Addison Gillam, Colorado
    • Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn
    • David Santos, Nebraska
    • Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
    • Ejiro Ederaine, Fresno State
    • Frank Shannon, Oklahoma
    • James Ross III, Michigan
    • Mason Monheim, Illinois
    • Ryan Simmons, Oklahoma State
    • Steven Daniels, Boston College

Cornerbacks: Senior Rankings

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    Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
    Ifo Ekpre-OlomuUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Seniors 

    1. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
    2. Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest
    3. Josh Shaw, USC
    4. Wayne Lyons, Stanford
    5. Quandre Diggs, Texas
    6. Byron Jones, Connecticut
    7. Damian Swann, Georgia
    8. Steven Nelson, Oregon State
    9. Bryce Callahan, Rice
    10. Doran Grant, Ohio State

    Other Seniors to Watch

    • Demetrious Nicholson, Virginia
    • Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M
    • D’Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic
    • Greg Henderson, Colorado
    • Justin Cox, Mississippi State
    • Kevin White, TCU
    • Ladarius Gunter, Miami
    • Nick Waisome, Florida State
    • Tim Bennett, Indiana
    • Tim Scott, North Carolina

Cornerbacks: Underclassmen Rankings

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    Marcus Peters
    Marcus PetersUSA TODAY Sports

    The Top 10 Underclassmen

    1. Marcus Peters, Washington
    2. P.J. Williams, Florida State
    3. Lorenzo Doss, Tulane
    4. Blake Countess, Michigan
    5. Trae Waynes, Michigan State
    6. Alex Carter, Stanford
    7. Jacoby Glenn, UCF
    8. Anthony Gaffney, Princeton
    9. Jalen Mills, LSU
    10. Charles Gaines, Louisville

    Other Underclassmen to Watch

    • Bennett Okotcha, UTSA
    • Donte Deayon, Boise State
    • Jalen Collins, LSU
    • Jordan Lucas, Penn State
    • Juston Burris, NC State
    • KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame
    • Nick VanHoose, Northwestern
    • Ronald Darby, Florida State
    • Tracy Howard, Miami
    • Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

Safeties: Senior Rankings

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    The Top 10 Seniors

    1. Jordan Richards, Stanford
    2. Anthony Harris, Virginia
    3. Derron Smith, Fresno State
    4. Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
    5. Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
    6. Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State
    7. Sam Carter, TCU
    8. Ronald Martin, LSU
    9. Kyshoen Jarrett, Virginia Tech
    10. Corey Cooper, Nebraska

    Other Seniors to Watch

    • Adrian Amos, Penn State
    • Anthony Jefferson, UCLA
    • Braylon Webb, Missouri
    • Brison Williams, South Carolina
    • Clayton Geathers, UCF
    • Cody Riggs, Notre Dame
    • Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
    • Jermaine Whitehead, Auburn
    • Ray Vinopal, Pittsburgh
    • Tra’Mayne Bondurant, Arizona

Safeties: Underclassmen Rankings

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    The Top 10 Underclassmen

    1. Landon Collins, Alabama
    2. Jeremy Cash, Duke
    3. Isaiah Johnson, Kansas
    4. Karl Joseph, West Virginia
    5. Chris Hackett, TCU
    6. Durell Eskridge, Syracuse
    7. Michael Mudoh, Tulsa
    8. Brian Randolph, Tennessee
    9. Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee State
    10. Trevon Stewart, Houston

    Other Underclassmen to Watch

    • Darion Monroe, Tulane
    • D.J. Hunter, Marshall
    • Michael Caputo, Wisconsin
    • Randall Goforth, UCLA
    • Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami
    • Rohan Gaines, Arkansas
    • Ryan Janvion, Wake Forest
    • Sean Davis, Maryland
    • Terrell Burt, Baylor
    • Travis Blanks, Clemson
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