2015 NFL Draft Preview: The Early Bird Special

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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 JadeveonClowney, 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 that NFL scouts should be excited about.

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Baylor QB Bryce Petty, Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi, UCLA QB Brett Hundley and Nebraska DE 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 Johnny Manziel and Teddy 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

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

During his breakout Heisman 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 that 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

Following in the footsteps of players like Tank Carradine, Jason Pierre-Paul, Bruce Irvin and Demarcus Lawrence, last fall Randy 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 Jadeveon 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-5 draft pick, just like Clowney and Ansah.

 

3. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

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 Todd 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

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: Marcus 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 Colin Kaepernick-esque offensive weapon in the NFL.

 

5. Leonard Williams, DE, USC

Pat Haden is one of the many onlookers who has been incredibly impressed by Leonard Williams. The USC AD 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

After spending most of his collegiate career being overshadowed by his former highly touted teammates Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, Cedric 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” that 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

”Dominant” is really the only word you need to describe Shilique 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 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

After starting off his collegiate career at defensive tackle in 2011, it would have been understandable if Cameron 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 Seminole offensive line that should be the best front-five in college football.

 

9. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

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 lineman for the next level. Brandon Scherff is the latest lineman who 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 Hawkeye 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 Hawkeye 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

It wasn’t all that long ago that Benardrick McKinney was a lightly sought-after 2-star recruit 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; he can 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

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

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

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

Jordan James, UCLA

Lyle McCombs, Connecticut

Marcus Murphy, Missouri

Marlin Lane Jr., Tennessee

Michael Dyer, Louisville

Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati

Terrence McGee, LSU

Venric Mark, Northwestern

The Top 10 Underclassmen

1. Todd Gurley, Georgia

2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

3. Mike Davis, South Carolina

4. TJ 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Isaac 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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Charles Gaines, Louisville

10. Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

Other Underclassmen to Watch

Bennett Okotcha, UTSA

Donte Deayon, Boise State

Jalen Collins, LSU

Jalen Mills, LSU

Jordan Lucas, Penn State

Juston Burris, NC State

KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame

Nick VanHoose, Northwestern

Ronald Darby, Florida State

Tracy Howard, Miami


Safeties

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

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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