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Top 100 College Prospects-Midseason Report

November 5, 2013

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Top 100 Updated 11/5/13 (PR is pass rusher not punt returner)

  1. Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville Jr.
  2. Jameis Winston QB Florida St. Freshman
  3. Todd Gurley RB Georgia Soph
  4. Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina #7 6’6 254 Jr.
  5. Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M Soph
  6. Anthony Barr PR UCLA #11 Sr.
  7. Marcus Mariota QB Oregon Soph
  8. Robert Nkemdiche DE Ole Miss Freshman
  9. Marqise Lee WR USC #9 6’1 195 Jr.
  10. Mike Evans WR Texas A&M Soph
  11. Taylor Lewan OT Michigan Sr.
  12. Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington Jr.
  13. TJ Yeldon RB Alabama Soph
  14. Amari Cooper WR Alabama Soph
  15. Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh #97 Sr.
  16. Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M Sr.
  17. Jarvis Landry WR LSU Jr.
  18. Ifo Ekpre-Olumu CB Oregon Jr.
  19. Sammy Watkins WR Clemson #2 6’1 180 Jr.
  20. Jason Verett CB TCU #2 Sr.
  21. Will Sutton DT Arizona St. Sr.
  22. Duke Johnson RB Miami Soph
  23. Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida Freshman
  24. Allen Robinson WR Penn St. Jr.
  25. De’Anthony Thomas RB Oregon Jr.
  26. Davonte Fields PR TCU Soph
  27. Jeremy Hill RB LSU Soph
  28. Leonard Williams DT USC Soph
  29. Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech Jr.
  30. Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame Jr.
  31. Rashad Hageman DT Minnesota Sr.
  32. Kyle Van Noy LB BYU Sr.
  33. Eric Ebron TE North Carolina Jr.
  34. Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama Sr.
  35. Tony Conner S Ole Miss Freshman
  36. Vic Beasley PR Clemson Sr.
  37. James Hurst OT North Carolina #68 6’6 310 Sr.
  38. Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee Sr.
  39. Odell Beckham WR LSU Jr.
  40. Tyler Johnstone OT Oregon Soph
  41. Anthony Johnson DT LSU Jr.
  42. Jalen Mills CB LSU Soph
  43. Travis Swanson C Arkansas Sr.
  44. Louchez Purifoy CB Florida Jr.
  45. Louis Nix DT Notre Dame Jr.
  46. DeMarcus Lawrence PR Boise St. Sr.
  47. Quandre Diggs CB Texas #28 5’10 192 Jr.
  48. Craig Loston S LSU #6 Sr.
  49. Shaq Thompson LB Washington Soph
  50. CJ Mosley LB Alabama #32 Sr.
  51. Aaron Lynch PR South Florida #19 6’6 265 Jr.
  52. Josh Stewart WR Oklahoma St. Jr.
  53. Kevin Hogan QB Stanford Soph
  54. Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi St. Sr.
  55. Dominique Easley DT Florida #2 6’2 285 Sr.
  56. Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss Freshman
  57. Arik Armstread DT Oregon Soph
  58. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt Sr.
  59. Bryan Stork C Florida St. Sr.
  60. Haha Clinton-Dix S Alabama Jr.
  61. Lache Seastruck RB Baylor Jr.
  62. Dri Archer RB/WR Kent St. Sr.
  63. Ka’Deem Carey RB Arizona Sr.
  64. Chris Young LB Arizona St. Sr.
  65. Shayne Skov LB Stanford Sr.
  66. Ben Gardner 3-4 DE Stanford Sr.
  67. Deshazor Everett S Texas A&M Jr.
  68. Bralon Addison WR Oregon Soph
  69. Ego Ferguson Jr. DT LSU Jr.
  70. Brett Hundley QB UCLA Soph
  71. Morgan Breslin PR USC Sr.
  72. Andrew Jackson LB Western Kentucky Sr.
  73. Dion Bailey LB USC Jr.
  74. Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech Sr.
  75. Aaron Colvin CB OU Sr.
  76. Cyril Richardson OG Baylor Sr.
  77. Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers Sr.
  78. Zach Martin OG Notre Dame Sr.
  79. Marcus Roberson CB Florida Jr.
  80. James Wilder Jr. RB Florida S. Jr.
  81. Trai Turner OG LSU Soph
  82. Xavier Su’a-Filo OG UCLA Jr.
  83. Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St.
  84. Shaq Lawson PR Clemson Freshman
  85. Kenyon Drake RB Alabama Soph
  86. Deion Barnes DE Penn St. Soph
  87. Damian Swann CB Georgia Jr.
  88. Karl Joseph S West Virginia Soph
  89. Alfred Blue RB LSU Jr.
  90. Christian Hackenburg QB Penn St. Freshman
  91. Dee Ford PR Auburn Sr.
  92. Kei’Varae Russell CB Notre Dame Soph
  93. Nelson Agholar WR USC Soph
  94. Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M Jr.
  95. Trey Millard FB OU Sr.
  96. LaMarcus Joyner CB Florida St. Sr.
  97. Zach Mettenberger QB LSU Sr.
  98. Vinny Sunseri S Alabama Jr.
  99. Devante Parker WR Louisville Jr.
  100. Derek Carr QB Fresno St. Sr.

A few thoughts: The quarterbacks are going to be the focus the next two drafts (2014, 2015) as Bridgewater and Winston both have everything you could ask for in a franchise type QB and Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota arguably have higher upsides than either of those two guys but will likely be downgraded due to other factors. I have all four players in my Top 7 best players in the nation and I doubt any of them drop from now until draft day. Manziel will be interesting to watch as he continues to worry me with his on and off the field behavior. He got off social media this season but his demeanor on the sideline of the UTEP game was very poor. I’d be hesitant to make the kid the face of my franchise but I still have him as my 5th best player as he’s just too talented to ignore. Mariota is the hot item to talk about right now among scouts but I have him as the #4 QB (McShay thinks he’s the best-as if that means anything but it’s still good to mention) because Mariota is almost painfully shy and I question whether he’ll ever be a vocal leader for a team. The kid could be eaten up by an aggressive media so I hope he goes to a smaller franchise like Jacksonville or Tampa Bay. Also he has below average zip on his passes, had some very poor passing games early in the season, and throws more passes between 0-10 yds from the line of scrimmage than any other QB. That’s why I’m most comfortable with Bridgewater as the kid already looks like he could run an NFL offense. He lacks the mobility of the other three, and therefore has a smaller upside, but I can guarantee that Bridgewater won’t be a bust and I can’t put that stamp on the other 3…….this draft also could be one of the best TE drafts in recent history if all of the underclassmen leave. I absolutely love Austin Seferian-Jenkins and think he reminds me of a slower Jimmy Graham. He will be devastating in the red zone and is a sure-fire first round pick in my eyes yet other scouts have him as their #2 or even #3 TE. Jace Amaro from Texas Tech and Eric Ebron from North Carolina are the other options and all should be taken by the end of round 2. Ebron is a smaller, faster TE and Amaro is a mix of the two as he has the height of Seferian-Jenkins (though not as thickly built) and the speed of Ebron (probably a little slower but comparable). I like them all but prefer Austin due to his size, talent as a blocker, and ability in the red zone. With this infusion of talent I expect even more teams to go to a two tight end offense……Clowney has been ruining his draft stock per the media but I still think he ends up as a Top 3 pick. I said before that Clowney will test Julius Peppers as the greatest defensive end prospect I’ve ever graded and, while I don’t see him overtaking Peppers, I do see quite a few similarities between the two. Both will leave school early, both have elite size/speed ratios, both will have great sack numbers but questionable impact in the run game and other areas, both have reputations as slackers, and both will have dominant Combines. Julius Peppers took plays off throughout his collegiate and NFL career yet as his career winds down it’s important to note that he’s an 8 time Pro Bowler who won the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Clowney will infuriate a coaching staff from time to time but he’s too talented to be a bust and he will at times be a dominant player. You wish he would put more effort into his game so he could become the greatest of all time but to pass him over in next year’s draft would be a mistake……It will be interesting to see how the wide receiver position shakes out when all is said and done as there are four potentially elite prospects out there and they couldn’t be more different. Do you want a huge wideout with some character red flags who will be a mismatch against every cornerback? Then put Mike Evans from Texas A&M as 1st on your board. Do you want a Percy Harvin clone who can line up at RB one play, WR the next play, and then be your punt returner later on? Then put Sammy Watkins as 1st on your board. Do you want a pure home run hitter with good size as well that will be a Mike Wallace type vertical threat and force a safety over the top of him at all times? Then put Marqise Lee as 1st on your board. Do you want a big bodied, possession receiver type without the red flags of Evans or Watkins and who will outwork all of them combined? Then you want Jarvis Landry as 1st on your board. Landry likely won’t go first but he’s underrated by many as he has the best hands in the draft (you Aggie fans out there need to calm down. Evans has great hands too but he drops the easy one from time to time, Landry doesn’t) and the LSU coaching staff tells stories about how he’s at their facility on the juggs machine late every night. All four wideouts are underclassmen yet I’m expecting all four to come out so it’ll be interesting to see where they end up. Right now I have them ranked as Lee, Evans, Landry, and Watkins in that order but their 40 times could change my opinion as wide receiver and cornerback are two positions where 40 times really do seem to apply to how successful they are at the next level….last year I saw no star talent at cornerback until Dee Milliner blew the doors off the Combine with a 4.37 40. Since then he’s been benched twice by the Jets and is on his way to having one of the worst rookie seasons of any first rounder. Once again I look around and can’t find any star talent at the position as Ifo Ekpre-Olumu from Oregon, Jason Verett from TCU, and Louchez Purifoy from Florida are the top 3 who could be eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft and none look better than mid 1st rounders as of now. Not since Patrick Peterson was patrolling the secondary in LSU in 2010 has college football had a truly dominant cornerback and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Cornerbacks almost never get taken in the Top 3 due to those spots being used for positions like quarterback, left tackle, and pass rusher which are more coveted. History though says that the truly elite cornerback like a Peterson (2011), Champ Bailey (1999), or Charles Woodson (1998) only comes around once or twice a decade and next time one becomes available I think I’m going to trumpet them as deserving of the top selection as they’re worth their weight in gold…..Ole Miss has three freshman (Nkemdiche, Conner, and Treadwell) who are already ranked as Top 60 players. Considering none of them will be eligible till the 2016 NFL Draft, I think Ole Miss will win a few games in the meantime.

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