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College Players to Keep an Eye On

It's never to late to look towards next offseason (I know the Rams and Lions have been doing that for some time now).  I just thought I'd throw out some names of prospects for you guys to keep an eye on this coming college football season.  I'm sure most of you have heard a few of these names before but feel free to add to the list.

*Denotes Underclassmen - In no particular order:

QB:  Jake Locker, Washington --- Ryan Mallett*, Arkansas ---  Greg McElroy, Alabama ---  Andrew Luck*, Stanford  ---  Terrelle Pryor*, Ohio St.  ---  Blaine Gabbert, Mizzou

RB:  Mark Ingram*, Alabama ---  Ryan Williams*, Virginia Tech  ---  DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma  --- Evan Royster, Penn St. ---  JacQuizz Rodgers*, Oregon St.

WR:  A.J. Green*, Georgia  --- Julio Jones*, Alabama  --- Michael Floyd*, Notre Dame  ---  Terrance Toliver, LSU  ---  Jonathan Baldwin*, Pittsburgh  ---  Chris Owusu*, Stanford

TE:  Kyle Rudolf*, Notre Dame  ---  Charlie Gantt, Michigan State  ---   Luke Stocker, Tennessee

OT:  Joseph Barksdale, LSU  ---  Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin  ---  Anthony Costanzo, Boston College  ---  Clint Boling, Georgia  ---  Nate Potter, Boise St.  ---  Mark Reynolds, BYU

OG/C:  Mike Pouncey, Florida  ---  John Moffitt, Wisconsin  ---   Kris O'Dowd, USC  ---Stefen Wisniewski, Penn St.  ---  Rodney Hudson, Florida St.

 

Defense:

DL:  Robert Quinn*, North Carolina  ---  Marvin Austin, North Carolina  ---  Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson  ---  Cameron Heyward, Ohio State  ---  Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh  ---  Allen Bailey, Miami (FL)  ---  Adrian Clayborn, Iowa

LB:  Greg Jones, Michigan State  ---  Donta' Hightower, Alabama  ---  Bruce Carter, North Carolina  ---  Von Miller, Texas A&M

CB:  Patrick Peterson*, LSU  ---  Curtis Brown, Texas  ---  Ras-I Dowling, Virginia  ---   Prince Amukamara, Nebraska  ---  Aaron Williams, Texas

S:  DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson  --- Rahim Moore*, UCLA  --- Will Hill, Florida  ---  Blake Gideon, Texas

 

Analysis:  A lot of North Carolina Tarheels to watch this fall.  If you're looking for tall receivers (6'3" or above), you've got 5 or 6 1st round talents on the board.  There's more depth at QB this year.  LOTS of options at the DL position.  Same or more depth at LB.  High quality depth CB this year as well.

Top 7 to watch:  Jake Locker, A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Michael Floyd, Robert Quinn, Greg Jones, Patrick Peterson

Bottom Line:  This will be the year of the Wide Receivers  (and North Carolina Tarheels).

My Favorites:  RB Mark Ingram,  CB Patrick Peterson,  S DeAndre McDaniel,  LB Greg Jones,  WR A.J. Green,  DE Robert Quinn,  LB Donta' Hightower

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