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Pre-Season Top 100 Prospects List

August 30, 2013

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Top 100 Updated 08/29/13 (PR is pass rusher not punt returner)

  1. Jadeveon Clowney PR South Carolina 6’6 274 Jr.
  2. Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville Jr.
  3. Marqise Lee WR USC 6’1 195 Jr.
  4. Anthony Barr PR UCLA Sr.
  5. Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama Sr.
  6. Marcus Mariota QB Oregon Soph
  7. De’Anthony Thomas RB Oregon Jr.
  8. Sammy Watkins WR Clemson 6’1 180 Jr.
  9. TJ Yeldon RB Alabama Soph
  10. Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington Jr.
  11. Amari Cooper WR Alabama Soph
  12. Taylor Lewan OT Michigan Sr.
  13. Todd Gurley RB Georgia Soph
  14. Davonte Fields PR TCU Soph
  15. Aaron Donald PR Pittsburgh #97 Sr.
  16. Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M Sr.
  17. Jason Verett CB TCU #2 Sr.
  18. Will Sutton DT Arizona St. Sr.
  19. Duke Johnson RB Miami Soph
  20. Louchez Purifoy CB Florida Jr.
  21. Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M Soph
  22. Jeremy Hill RB LSU Soph
  23. Ifo Ekpre-Olumu CB Oregon Jr.
  24. Leonard Williams DT USC Soph
  25. Jarvis Landry WR LSU Jr.
  26. Damian Swann CB Georgia Jr.
  27. Kyle Van Noy LB BYU Sr.
  28. James Hurst OT North Carolina 6’6 310 Sr.
  29. Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee Sr.
  30. Tyler Johnstone OT Oregon Soph
  31. Travis Swanson C Arkansas Sr.
  32. DeMarcus Lawrence PR Boise St. Sr.
  33. Jalen Mills CB LSU Soph
  34. Quandre Diggs CB Texas #28 5’10 192 Jr.
  35. Jackson Jeffcoat PR Texas Sr.
  36. Shaq Thompson LB Washington Soph
  37. CJ Mosley LB Alabama #32 Sr.
  38. Aaron Lynch PR South Florida 6’6 265 Jr.
  39. Mike Evans WR Texas A&M Soph
  40. Josh Stewart WR Oklahoma St. Jr.
  41. Kevin Hogan QB Stanford Soph
  42. Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi St. Sr.
  43. Dominique Easley DT Florida 6’2 285 Sr.
  44. Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee Sr.
  45. Alfred Blue RB LSU Jr.
  46. Bryan Stork C Florida St. Sr.
  47. Marcus Roberson CB Florida Jr.
  48. Craig Loston S LSU #6 Sr.
  49. Lache Seastruck RB Baylor Jr.
  50. Dri Archer RB/WR Kent St. Sr.
  51. AJ McCarron QB Alabama Sr.
  52. Ka’Deem Carey RB Arizona Sr.
  53. Chris Young LB Arizona St. Sr.
  54. CJ Johnson PR Ole Miss Jr.
  55. Shayne Skov LB Stanford Sr.
  56. Ben Gardner 3-4 DE Stanford Sr.
  57. Morgan Breslin PR USC Sr.
  58. Andrew Jackson LB Western Kentucky Sr.
  59. Dion Bailey LB USC Jr.
  60. Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech Sr.
  61. Aaron Colvin CB OU Sr.
  62. James Wilder Jr. RB Florida S. Jr.
  63. Trai Turner OG LSU Soph
  64. Xavier Su’a-Filo OG UCLA Jr.
  65. Dee Ford PR Auburn Sr.
  66. Kei’Varae Russell CB Notre Dame Soph
  67. Bo Wallace QB Ole Miss Jr.
  68. Taj Boyd QB Clemson Sr.
  69. Nelson Agholar WR USC Soph
  70. Trey Millard FB OU Sr.
  71. CJ Johnson PR Ole Miss Jr.
  72. LaMarcus Joyner CB Florida St. Sr.
  73. Vinny Sunseri S Alabama Jr.
  74. Jeremiah Attaochu PR Georgia Tech Sr.
  75. Merrill Noel CB WakeForest
  76. Andre Monroe DT Maryland
  77. Odell Beckham WR LSU Jr.
  78. Malcolm Mitchell WR Georgia Jr.
  79. Aaron Murray QB Georgia Sr.
  80. Shaun Lewis LB Oklahoma St. Sr.
  81. Seantrel Henderson OT Miami Sr.
  82. Emmanuel McCray OT Ole Miss Sr.
  83. Anthony Johnson DT LSU Jr.
  84. Charles Leno Jr. OT Boise St. Sr.
  85. Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame Sr.
  86. Isaac Gross DT Ole Miss Soph
  87. Karl Joseph S West Virginia Soph
  88. Brandon Carter WR TCU Jr.
  89. Ty Zimmermann S KansasSt. Sr.
  90.  Stephon Tuitt DT Notre Dame Sr.
  91. Bradley Roby CB OhioState Sr.
  92. Trent Murphy PR Stanford Sr.
  93. Tim Jernigan DT Florida St. Jr.
  94. Kareem Martin PR North Carolina Jr.
  95. Braxton Miller QB Ohio St. Jr.
  96. Tevin McDonald S Eastern Washington Jr.
  97. Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech Sr.
  98. Michael Dyer RB No University Sr.
  99. Kenneth Dixon RB Louisiana Tech Soph
  100. Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St.

Above are my Top 100 prospects in college football. I try and do a pre-season, mid-season, and post-season list every year as it allows me to keep a more level head on the surprising stars who come out of nowhere as well as on the underachievers as it reminds me of what I very recently thought of them. Many of these players aren’t eligible or won’t declare for the 2014 NFL Draft but even with many of these names not entering I’m expecting next year’s draft to be one of the best in recent memory. This year’s draft was panned as a down year but it really wasn’t as it was impressive at a number of spots. Unfortunately those spots (OT, OG, Pass Rusher, and Safety) aren’t the glamorous positions and it was criticized by many people due to it’s lack of “sexyness.” Next year those people will be quite happy as skill positions like QB, RB, WR, and TE will be well accounted for yet meat and potato positions like OT and DT will also have great depth. It very well could rival the 2012 NFL Draft as one of the best drafts in the past decade and is even more rare by how many two or three time #1 player at their position there can be. It’s a rare honor to end a season as the #1 prospect at a position so to do it for more than one season is an impressive feat. There’s a certain consistency and precociousness that a prospect needs to have for it to happen so I was intrigued when I found so many potential multi year #1 prospects this season. Previous multi year award winners include Jadeveon Clowney (almost guaranteed to be a 3x #1 player at his position), Trent Richardson, Andrew Luck, Mark Barron, Luke Kuechly, Patrick Peterson, Peter Konz, Matt Kalil, AJ Green, Ndamakong Suh, and Eric Berry. Outside of Konz, who by the way is the starting center for the Falcons and is only in his 2nd year so be patient with him, it’s a who’s who of the young stars in the NFL and proves my theory that the multi year #1 players are truly special. This year Clowney will be going for his third straight year as the #1 pass rusher on my board but is joined by a number of youngsters seeking their 2nd season as the #1 players at their position. They include Teddy Bridgewater as my #1 QB, Marquise Lee as my #1 WR, TJ Yeldon as my #1 RB, Austin Seferian-Jenkins as my #1 TE, and Travis Swanson as my #1 C. Yeldon won’t be eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft but the rest will be and I fully expect all of them to be 1st rounders whenever they come out. These are the elite of the elite so don’t be surprised when they steadily move up draft boards from now until the draft in April.

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