Future Sons First Half Defensive Big Board
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This week Andrew is taking stock of college defensive players in his 1st half CFB big board that is about as good a read as you will find.
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We’re through the first half of the CFB season, meaning it’s time for a big board. This one will rank the defenders in the class 1-60. Why 60 you ask? I got tired after going that far.
Anyway, this set of rankings is not Redskins scheme-minded, I ranked the players according to what I thought their potential in to some general NFL schemes might be. Meaning, if Melvin Ingram can’t fit cleanly into a 3-4 but looks like an impact caliber 4-3 base end, then I’m not going to downgrade him. The player just needs to fit into some sort of popular NFL scheme.
I value production very high, but it can’t trump a legitimate physical flaw/defficiency if I see it. For example, it pained me to have to rank Cliff Harris and Jayron Hosley so low given their utterly phenomenal history of production so far. But I also can’t confidently project big things from them in the NFL given how thin-jointed and slender their builds are–they will be limited in the coverages and assignments they can play at the next level.
Some small regard is given to positional value in the rankings reminiscent of a draft board, so a pretty good corner will be ranked a little bit higher than a slightly better safety. The core consideration here is trying to project and measure future NFL impact.
Without further ado:
Here are my early defensive rankings:
1.) Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College*
2.) Quinton Coples, DL, North Carolina
3.) Devon Still, DL, Penn State
4.) Dre Kirkpatrick, DB, Alabama*
5.) Morris Claiborne, DB, Louisianna State*
6.) Janoris Jenkins, DB, North Alabama
7.) Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame*
8.) Whitney Mercilus, DL, Illinois*
9.) Brandon Thompson, DL, Clemson
10.) Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama*
11.) Melvin Ingram, DL, South Carolina
12.) Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State*
13.) Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
14.) Kendall Reyes, DL, Connecticut
15.) Jonathan Banks, DB, Mississippi State*
16.) Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
17.) LaVonte David, LB, Nebraska
18.) Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
19.) Bruce Irvin, LB, West Virginia
20.) Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma*
21.) Brandon Jenkins, LB, Florida State*
22.) Vinny Curry, LB, Marshall
23.) Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M*
24.) T.J. McDonald, DB, Southern California*
25.) Andre Branch, DL, Clemson
26.) Dontari Poe, DL, Memphis*
27.) Markelle Martin, DB, Oklahoma State
28.) Chase Minnifield, DB, Virginia
29.) Alfonzo Dennard, DB, Nebraska
30.) Billy Wynn, DL, Boise State
31.) Ray Ray Armstrong, DB, Miami*
32.) Cam Johnson, DL, Virginia
33.) Jayron Hosley, DB, Virginia Tech*
34.) Robert Lester, DB, Alabama*
35.) Alameda Ta’amu, DL, Washington
36.) Stephen Gilmore, DB, South Carolina*
37.) Jerel Worthy, DL, Michigan State*
38.) Josh Chapman, DL, Alabama
39.) Sean Spence, LB, Miami
40.) Coryell Judie, DB, Texas A&M
41.) Brandon Boykin, DB, Georgia
42.) Adrian Robinson, DL, Temple
43.) Donte Moss, DL, North Carolina*
44.) Shaun Prater, DB, Iowa
45.) Cliff Harris, DB, Oregon*
46.) Devin Taylor, DL, South Carolina*
47.) Mark Barron, DB, Alabama
48.) Audie Cole, LB, North Carolina State
49.) Omar Bolden, DB, Arizona State
50.) Donnie Fletcher, DB, Boston College
51.) Brandon Lindsey, LB, Pittsburgh
52.) Trevor Guyton, DL, California
53.) Jaye Howard, DL, Florida
54.) Kheeston Randall, DL, Texas
55.) Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland
56.) Alex Okafor, LB, Texas*
57.) Jerry Franklin, LB, Arkansas
58.) Malik Jackson, DL, Tennessee
59.) Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
60.) James Michael-Johnson, LB, Nevada
* denotes a junior prospect.