- The Elite prospects:
1. Mark Ingram RB Alabama: Clearly isn’t having as great a season as he did last year, but still the best prospect out there.
2. AJ Green WR Georgia: There’s a chance he could stay in school(if Richt is canned, he’s gone), but he’s blown people away with his play since coming off suspension.
3. Julio Jones WR Alabama: Still on pace to be a top pick.
4. Patrick Peterson CB LSU: Started the season as an elite prospect, status quo.
5. Andrew Luck QB Stanford: He’s making a solid case to be a top 3 pick.
6. Donta Hightower LB Alabama: Quietly making a case to be a top 10 pick.
7. Greg Jones LB Michigan State: 69 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 ints, 3 passes defended, 5 Qb hits and 3 forced fumbles. Wow.
- The next 10:
8. Bruce Carter LB North Carolina: He and Sturdivant are almost single handedly keeping the UNC defense together from all their issues.
9. Cameron Heyward DL Ohio State: He’s having a good season, as a run stopper, but he’s dropping with his struggles in the pass rush.
10. Joseph Barksdale OT LSU: Showing that he can be a solid combo OT prospect.
11. Marcel Dareus DL Alabama: He’s struggled with injuries, but still looks solid.
12. Von Miller DE Texas A&M: Still is a top prospect, but only one sack in week 6 is a red flag.
13. Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin: He still needs to show better footwork, but he’s a solid RT NFL prospect.
14. Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma: He’s doing nothing to hurt his draft stock.
15. Greg Romeus DE Pittsburgh: Back surgery will cost him most of his senior season, but he’s still a top prospect.
16. Terrance Toliver WR LSU: His stats are suffering with the QB carousel in Baton Rouge, but he’s constantly making big, clutch catches late in games.
17. Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska: He’s having a good season for the Blackshirts, he’s not doing anything to hurt his top 15 status.
- 2nd tier:
18. Anthony Costanzo, OT, Boston College: He could leapfrop Carimi/Barksdale, but he’ll have to wait for the workouts.
19. Mark Barron S Alabama: He’s more a pure strong safety, but he would be ideal for a 3-4 havoc safety in the mold of LaRon Landry or Polamalu.
20. Ryan Mallett Qb Arkansas: I’d love to see a break down of how many of Mallet’s passing yards come from hitting a WR with no one around him. He needs to stay in school.
21. Robert Quinn DL/LB UNC: Dropping fast because he’s going to miss the entire 2010 season. If he’s smart, he should sign with an agent now and start working out for scouts.
22. DeMarco Murray HB Oklahoma: He’s having a good season, he’s showing that he wasn’t a product of Sam Bradford also.
23. Stefen Wisniewski C Penn State: Doing nothing to hurt his draft stock.
24. Mike Brewster C Ohio State: Rising fast, he looks like Mangold 2.0.
25. Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame: Showing a lot for a bad Notre Dame team. He could sneak into the top 25.
26. Quan Sturdivant LB North Carolina: Sort of Donta Hightower lite.
27. Jeremy Beal DE Oklahoma: Rising thanks to having a big season pass rush wise.
28. Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa: The rock of the Iowa defense, he’s going to make some 3-4 defensive coordinator very happy come draft day.
- 3rd tier:
29. Jonathan Baldwin WR Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh is having a terrible season, Baldwin’s numbers are down, but he’s showing a good deep ball ability.
30. Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech: He’s been dealing with a hammy injury for the last few weeks, but his 2009 season should keep him in the first round discussion.
31. Evan Royster HB Penn State: Not having a great season, but he still has the ideal mix of size and speed that you want in an NFL RB.
32. Jerrell Powe NT Ole Miss: He’s having a great season and should be the first NT off the board come april.
33. Mike Pouncey OG Florida: Dropping since he’s clearly not an OC(most of Florida’s fumbles come from shitty snaps of his), but he has value as a guard.
- High talent projects:
34. DeMarcus Love OT Arkansas: Raw, but showing that he can protect a blind side.
35. Christian Ponder QB Florida State: He’s having an up and down season and is teetering on the edge of dropping off this list.
36. Marvin Austin DT North Carolina: Dropping fast like Quinn since he’s going to miss the entire season. Austin will be that prospect who goes about a round too high, but has a lot of upside.
37. DaQuan Bowers DE Clemson: He’s having the trademark “That agent I talked to said that I can make millions by giving a shit this season against bad teams” season.
38. DeAndre McDaniel S Clemson: He has some major limitations in coverage, but he could be an in-the-box safety in the NFL.
39. Jacquizz Rodgers HB Oregon State: Playing more as a traditional Halfback, but the NFL will like that. He’s tiny, but so are guys like Sproles and Ray Rice.
40. Jurrell Casey, DT, Southern Cal: The USC defense is up and down, but Casey has been a consistent contributor.
- New on the list:
41. Nick Fairley DL Auburn: An absolute monster of a player, he doesn’t have the physical size, but he’s destroying better and bigger OLinemen.
42. Allen Bailey DL Miami(Fla): Putting it all together(finally) for the Hurricanes.
43. Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue: Shooting up the charts by showing some real pass rush ability.
44. Janoris Jenkins CB Florida: Ballhawk who’s showing his natural ability as a cover corner.
45. Akeem Ayers OLB/DE UCLA: Single handedly keeping UCLA a vaguely relevant program.
46. Mikel LeShoure RB Illinois: Big with great speed/production.
47. Leonard Hankerson WR Miami: Big player, big speed, big plays.
48. Ricky Stanzi QB Iowa: He has some obvious holes in his game, but he has real tools to work with.
49. Derek Sherrod OT Miss State: Looks like the real deal.
50. Drakis Nevis DT LSU: Every time I watch LSU, Nevis-who doesn’t have great size/speed, is always in the opponent’s backfield.