Top Mid-Season NCAA Prospects of 2011

Quarterback

1. Andrew Luck, (R)So, Stanford, 6’4 235
-A smart and mechanically sound quarterback. Luck has all the tools of an elite NFL signal caller.

2. Ryan Mallett, Jr, Arkansas, 6’6 240
-Mallett has tremendous arm strength and shows complete command of his offense. Similiar to Philip Rivers.

3. Jake Locker, Sr, Washington, 6’3 226
-A good athlete with very good arm strength, Locker can make all the NFL throws.

4. Christian Ponder, Jr, Florida St, 6’2 225
-Smart and accurate with the football, Ponder also has the athleticism to make plays with his legs.

5. Nick Foles, Jr, Arizona, 6’5 245
-Foles has made continual strides in his development over the past two seasons; good size and arm strength.

Running Back

1. Mark Ingram, Jr, Alabama, 5’10 215
-Ingram’s running style has drawn comparison to Emmit Smith. He runs with great balance and vision.

2. DeMarco Murray, Sr, Oklahoma, 6’0 215
-Murray runs with good burst and patience, showing very good foot quickness in the open field.

3. Noel Devine, Sr, West Virginia, 5’8 180

-Devine is a dynamic player with outstanding long speed and short area quickness. Fun to watch.

4. Shane Vereen, Jr, California, 5’10 205
-Good change of direction and body lean, Vereen runs smoothly and has great hands out of the backfield.

5. John Clay, Jr, Wisconsin, 6’1 248
-A big bruising running back in the mold of Jerome Bettis, Clay consistently gets yards after contact.



Wide Receiver

1. A.J. Green, Jr, Georgia, 6’4 212
– A dominant talent. Green reminds me of former top five pick Charles Rogers at Michigan State.

2. Julio Jones, Jr, Alabama, 6’4 220
-Big and physical receiver who can get down the field. Jones has elite skills but hasn’t stayed healthy.

3. Jonathan Baldwin, Jr, Pittsburgh, 6’5 225
-Great size and balance. Baldwin shows great hand eye coordination and can track the ball and adjust quickly.

4. Jerrel Jernigan, Sr, Troy, 5’9 185
-Explosive player who shows very good elusiveness in space, Jernigan can score from anywhere on the field.

5. Leonard Hankerson, Sr, Miami, 6’3 215
-Hankerson is a big receiver who runs smooth routes and uses his size to make plays on the ball.


Tight End

1. Kyle Rudolph, Jr, Notre Dame, 6’6 265
-Reminds me some of Jason Witten. Sure handed with enough speed to stretch the seam.

2. George Bryan, Jr, North Carolina St, 6’5 265

-Very good in the run game but also shows soft hands to bring the ball in. Tough after the catch.

3. D.J. Williams, Sr, Arkansas, 6’2 242

-Built more like an H-back, Williams has good quickness in and out of his breaks.

4. Lance Kendricks, Sr, Wisconsin, 6’4 241
-Pass catcher with good speed for his size, Kendricks has made big plays for the Wisconsin offense.

5. Luke Stocker, Sr, Tennesse, 6’6 253
-Stocker runs good routes and can seal the edge in run support. A complete tight end.

Offensive Tackle

1. Derek Sherrod, Sr, Mississippi St, 6’5 305
-Sherrod is the most athletic tackle in this class. Shows good upper body strength and footwork.

2. Anthony Costanzo, Sr, Boston College, 6’7 298
-A dominant run blocker, Costanzo can seal the edge and drive block at an elite level.

3. Gabe Carimi, Sr, Wisconsin, 6’7 325
-Carimi has prototypical size for the position, is techique sound and shows very good overall stregth.

4. DeMarcus Love, Sr, Arkansas, 6’5 315
-Love has played both tackles spots; continuing to improve each year in his technique.

5. Jason Pinkston, Sr, Pittsburgh, 6’4 305
-Pinkston has a good combination of size and quickness for the tackle spot; only needs to improve focus


Interior Lineman

1. Rodney Hudson, G, Sr, Florida St, 6’2 282
-Great athlete. Hudson could be a pro bowl caliber player in the NFL playing in a zone block scheme.

2. Stefen Wisniewski, C/G, Sr, Penn St, 6’3 297
-Wisniewski is a versatile player along the interior and is equally effective at guard or center.

3. Mike Pouncey, C, Sr, Florida, 6’4 310
-Pouncey is the best player on a talented Florida offensive line and has experience at guard.

4. Orlando Franklin, G, Sr, Miami, 6’7 318
-Flashes dominance against the run; Franklin comes off the ball with very good strength.

5. Kristofer O’ Dowd, C, USC, 6’5 300
-Smart and technique sound, O’ Dowd plays disciplined and understands blocking schemes perfectly.


Defensive End

1. Cameron Heyward, Sr, Ohio St, 6’5 290
-Heyward commands double teams, and has great length to close quickly on the quarterback.

2. Adrian Clayborn, Sr, Iowa, 6’3 285
-A disruptive player who gives max effort, Clayborn can rush the passer and stack against the run.

3. D’Quan Bowers, Jr, Clemson, 6’5 275
-The best pure atlete at the position, Bowers flashes elite pass rushing skills; only needs consistency.

4. Robert Quinn, Jr, North Carolina, 6’5 270
-Quinn could’ve been at the top of his class with an extra year, but missed the season for violations.

5. Allen Bailey, Sr, Miami, 6’4 288
-An athletic freak, Bailey is a lean 288 pounds of muscle. His most natural position may be tackle


Defensive Tackle

1. Marcell Dareus, Jr, Alabama, 6’4 306 (DE/DT)
A great athlete for his overall size, Dareus is consistently disruptive as a 3-4 end; has the size to move inside in a 4-3.

2. Marvin Austin, Sr, North Carolina, 6’3 305
-Austin plays both bigger and quicker than his measureables. Has had to sit the season due to league violations.

3. Stephen Paea, Sr, Oregon St, 6’1 311
-Prototypical 4-3 under tackle, Paea has a strong punch and excels with hand use; very good penetrator.

4. Drake Nevis, Sr, LSU, 6’2 285
-Very similiar to former Tiger, Glenn Dorsey, a top five pick, Nevis has natural pass rushing skills.

5. Jerrell Powe, Sr, Ole Miss, 6’2 320
-Flashes the ability to dominate against the run, Powe only needs consistency; capable of playing as a 3-4 end.



Inside Linebacker

1. Greg Jones, Sr, Michigan St., 6’1 228
-A team leader, Jones is a techique sharp inside linebacker who can do it all. All he lacks is great size.

2. Quan Sturdivant, Sr, North Carolina, 6’2 235
-Sturdivant shows very good read and react instincts. He plays the run aggressively and can drop into coverage.

3. Martez Wilson, Jr, Illinois, 6’4 250
-Has the prototypical size and strength of an NFL middle linebacker, but plays faster. A very stout run defender.

4. Kelvin Sheppard, Sr, LSU, 6’2 240
-Fearless and physical, Sheppard isn’t afraid of contact; he continues to improve his pursuit angles.

5. Jerry Franklin, Jr, Arkansas, 6’1 241
Franklin brings good toughness to the Razorback defense. A disciplined player with good strength.


Outside Linebacker

1. Jeremy Beal, Sr, Oklahoma, 6’3 267
-Rush linebacker who consistently brings pressure; Beal also has the size and strength to play the 4-3 end position.

2. Bruce Carter, Sr, North Carolina, 6’3 225
-Big outside ‘backer with light feet and good straight line speed. Bruce Carter is a sound tackler at the point of attack.

3. Von Miller, Sr, Texas A&M, 6’3 243
-A very fluid athlete with quick twitch muscle; shows the ability to beat the edge and get to the quarterback quickly.

4. Akeem Ayers, Jr, UCLA, 6’4 254
-Ayers uses his size and long arms to consistently shed blockers; plays with good functional strength.

5. Mark Herzlich, Sr, Boston College, 6’4 238
-A tough, hard nosed football player who has overcome cancer. Herzlich gives 100% every snap.


Cornerback

1. Patrick Peterson, Jr, LSU, 6’1 222
-He could be the best prospect in this class; smooth and fluid in his movements, a lockdown corner.

2. Prince Amukamara, Sr, Nebraska, 6’1 205
-Amukamara shows good technique and plays the run and pass equally well; effective in zone and man.

3. Brandon Harris, Jr, Miami, 5’11 195
-Harris excels in man coverage and can run up the field with the best receivers in college football.

4. Jimmy Smith, Sr, Colorado, 6’2 205
-A physical corner who shows strong ability in press coverage; has a safety’s build.

5. Ras-I Dowling, Sr, Virginia, 6’2 200
-Dowling plays both the boundary and the field and is very good against the run.
Safety

1. DeAndre McDaniel, Sr, Clemson, 6’0 215
-Disciplined and focused in coverage, McDaniel shows good ball skills and concentration.

2. Rahim Moore, Jr, UCLA, 6’1 195
-A very good athlete and team leader. Moore has 14 career interceptions and is always around the football.

3. Quinton Carter, Sr, Oklahoma, 6’1 195
-Carter is a physical safety who hits like a linebacker. He has the closing speed to be effective at the NFL level.

4. Mark Barron, Jr, Alabama, 6’2 210
-Plays the run extremely physical; Barron has great instincts and shows good reaction skills.

5. Robert Sands, Jr, West Virginia, 6’5 221
-Sands is big and rangy in stature but has good playing speed for his size and is adept in high coverage.


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