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Top 5 Players at Each Position

Quarterback:

1. Lamar Jackson – Louisville: Right now, Jackson is the best player in America. Jackson doesn’t throw many short passes but goes for the home run. Jackson has a howitzer for an arm and he’s as fast as any Running Back.

2. Deshaun Watson – Clemson: Watson has not had a bad season regardless of what the talking heads are saying. Clemson still has a shot at the playoffs and the ACC championship.

3. Jake Browning – Washington: Browning replaced Josh Rosen as the hot young Quarterback in the Pac 12, maybe. He entered the Heisman race in a big way, but Heisman voters are fickle and that all came crashing down when the Huskies lost to USC last week. He is still having an amazing season with 35 Touchdown passes against only 5 Interceptions. 2 of those picks came against the Trojans.

4. Mitch Trubisky – North Carolina: Former Mr Football of Ohio is having an amazing first season. He is 6-3, 220 with a great arm and very good mobility. The ACC is loaded at Quarterback.

5. Sam Darnold – USC: Redshirt freshman took over the Quarterback job midway through the season from Max Browne. The Trojans are now playing like they were expected earlier and thanks to Darnold and a couple of others. Darnold is the prototype Quarterback with excellent arm strength and mobility.

Running Back:

1. Dalvin Cook – Florida State: Many scouts prefer Cook over any other Running Back right now. The reason why I agree with them is because he reminds me of Jamaal Charles. Cook is about 5-11, 215 and as explosive as any player in the country. He can take it the distance from anywhere on the field.

2. Leonard Fournette – LSU: Fournette is not even the rushing leader for the LSU Tigers this season. He’s had some injuries and missed 3 games. Fournette is a great power back at 6-1, 235 and he has outstanding speed.

3. Saquon Barkley – Penn State: A phenomenal athlete. Barkley is 5-11, 225 and supposedly runs the 40 in less than 4.4 seconds. He has power, speed and moves.

4. Christian McCaffrey – Stanford: Last season was amazing for Christian McCaffrey, and he

probably should have won the Heisman. But, the loss of Quarterback Kevin Hogan and 4 out of 5 of his Offensive Line cost McCaffrey plenty of production. McCaffrey  is not big at about 6-0, 200 but he runs much bigger.

5. D’Onta Foreman – Texas: Foreman is a big back at 6-1, 250 and he’s run for over 1,600 yards on the season already. He runs with great power and he can take it the distance with a few really long runs to his credit.

Fullback:

1. Sam Rogers – Virginia Tech: Love this guy. Former walk-on with so much heart. His teammates clearly love him because of work ethic among other things.

2. Freddie Stevenson – Florida State: 6-1, 240 and gets the ball rarely but has carried the ball 10 times and scored 3 Touchdowns.

3. George Aston – Pittsburgh: Aston has been deadly on jet sweeps and has 4 rushing Touchdowns. Good receiver, too.

4. Tyler Natee – Indiana: True freshman from Texas that is listed at 6-0, 270. Indiana’s head coach Kevin Wilson uses his talent very well.

5. Austin Ramesh – Wisconsin: The Badger’s short yardage guy is 6-1, 255 and very powerful. I don’t know why today’s coaches don’t use the Fullback more.

Wide Receiver:

1. Mike Williams – Clemson: Might be the best big play receiver in the country. At 6-3, 225 Williams is tough to cover for any Cornerback.

2. JuJu Smith-Schuster – USC: Smith-Schuster is very similar to Mike Williams at about 6-2, 220.

Both are big, fast and physical.

3. Corey Davis – Western Michigan: MAC phenom Davis is 6-3 215 with great speed and hands.

4. Isaiah Ford – Virginia Tech: Record setting Hokie Wide Receiver is probably their best ever at the position and a big time player.

5. Ryan Switzer – North Carolina: The next Wes Welker? Switzer is deadly in the return game and he is small and shifty and difficult to cover.

Tight End:

1. Jake Butt – Michigan: Butt’s blocking has improved enough so that he can be counted as maybe college football’s best Tight End. He is an excellent receiver fro th Tight End position.

2. OJ Howard – Alabama: Probably the best NFL prospect at Tight End. He is 6-6, 240 and can run like a much smaller person. He will be a better NFL player than college because the Crimson Tide

just doesn’t use him that much.

3. Scott Orndoff – Pittsburgh: 6-5, 255 Orndoff has been a good blocker for years, but this season he has demonstrated much better speed than I thought he had. He tore Clemson up last week.

4. Cole Hikutini – Louisville: Hikutini was a Junior College transfer which explains why you never heard from him bfore this season. The 6-5, 250 Hikutini can run and has great hands.

David Njoku – Miami: There is so much talent in the ACC right now and Njoku is a great Tight End originally from New Jersey. Twin teammate Christopher Herndon IV could have made the list as well.

Offensive Tackle:

1. Cam Robinson –  Alabama: I’ve cooled on Robinson, because of off field issues that Bama didn’t punish. But, he’s still going to be the top OT taken in the next draft, I am sure. He’s no longer even the best OT on his own team.

2. Mitch Hyatt – Clemson: The Tigers have been somewhat disappointing this season, but Hyatt is still one of the top Offensive Tackles in the land and will only get better.

3. Jonas Williams – Alabama: The true freshman out of California plays Right Tackle for the Crimson Tide and as far as I am concerned he is the better Tackle right now over Robinson.

4. Adam Bisnowaty – Pittsburgh: The Panthers have a very good offense and the left side of their Offensive Line is really good with Bisnowaty and Dorian Johnson.

5. Chad Wheeler – USC: Wheeler is a tall, lean and mean effective pass and run blocker for the

Trojans. When healthy, he is a pretty good Tackle.

Offensive Guard:

1. Dan Feeney – Indiana: Feeney will be missed by college football next season. He has been one of the best Offensive Guards for a while, but this season he had to play some Right Tackle because of injury. He looked really good as a Tackle, too, but it’s obvious he is destined for Guard.

2. Braden Smith – Auburn: I think he has the best feet in college football and now he has added the bulk to be able to blow others off the ball. Very quick man for his size.

3. Ben Braden – Michigan: Because of injuries, Braden moved out to Left Tackle part way through this season. Braden is 6-6, 320 but is not fat at all and has really come on strong in recent seasons. Some see the Wolverines Offensive Line as a team weakness, and it may be. But, Braden is good.

4. Dorian Johnson – Pittsburgh: Bisnowaty and Johnson are maybe the most impressive looking players side by side in the country. Johnson is 6-5, 315 with little fat and excellent quickness and athletic ability.

5. Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame: Bad season for the Fighting Irish, but the 6-5, 325 Nelson is a physical specimen at Left Guard an has a bright future.

Center:

1. Ethan Pocic – LSU: Pocic played well at Right Guard and Right Tackle before moving back in to the Center position. He has great feet and quickness and is very physical. For 6-7, 305, Pocic can really move.

2. Michael Dieter – Wisconsin: Dieter came in to rescue the Center position last year due to injuries and he was very impressive with his size and quickness. Dieter, at 6-6, 325 is a typically huge

Wisconsin lineman.

3. Nicoh Falah – USC: With the insertion in the lineup of Quarterback Sam Darnold and Nicoh Falah at Center, the Trojans offense came alive and made things happen.

4. Jon Toth – Kentucky: Steady and consistent, Toth is one of the best Centers in the SEC. Of course, like Pocic, he is from up North.

5. Jay Guillermo – Clemson: Guillermo took over for another injured player last season and he has not looked back.

Defensive End:

1. Myles Garrett – Texas A%M: He has had injury issues this season, but is still thought of as a top 5 draft pick because of his athletic ability an his size. His junior season has been his lowest as far as productivity, but that probably does not effect his draft status all that much.

2. DeMarcus Walker – Florida State: Walker had 4 1/2 Quarterback sacks in the Seminoles opening game this year. Walker is big and quick and always a threat coming off of the edge.

3. Solomon Thomas – Stanford: Thomas might be the best here long term. He is agile and athletic enough to play outside at Defensive End, but strong enough to play inside as a Nose Tackle or a

Defensive End.

4. Derek Barnett – Tennessee: The Vols premiere pass rusher over the past few seasons. At 6-3, 265 Barnett is equally adept at stopping either run or pass.

5. Takkarist McKinley – UCLA: McKinley is pretty strong against both the run and the pass and one of the top sack masters in the country. He’s only 6-2, 265 which may cost him with the NFL guys, but the senior is a beast.

Defensive Tackle:

1. Jonathan Allen – Alabama: Allen plays a Defensive End in a 3-4 alignment and he can play either End or Tackle. This guy is just a monster out there and has made some spectacular plays over the past few years. I was shocked when he elected to return for his senior season. Allen just has it all. At over 290 pounds, he is great against both run and pass. He’s also a big play guy with 2 fumble returns for Touchdowns.

2. Dexter Lawrence – Clemson: True freshman Lawrence is an incredibly amazing young guy that is around 6-5, 350 and supposedly can run the 40 yard dash in less than 5 seconds. He’s a former 5 star recruit that is going to probably be an early draft pick. As a true freshman and playing Tackle he is 4th on the team in tackles. Just amazing.

3. Montravius Adams – Auburn: The Tigers have not been known for great defense under Gus

Malzahn, but Adams is a really good Tackle. He’s 6-4, 310 and a solid run stopper.

4. Malik McDowell – Michigan State: As all of Michigan State, McDowell has not had a great 2016 season. But, he is still potentially one of the great players in the defensive line. McDowell can play either inside or out.

5. Derrick Nnadi – Florida State: Nnadi is a short, stocky, quick Defensive Tackle that is super productive. He often can be seen in an opponents backfield pretty regularly.

Outside Linebacker:

1. Ryan Anderson – Alabama: Anderson is 6-2, 255 and incredibly fast coming off the edge. Watching Alabama’s defense, there are very few weaknesses and many strengths. Outside Linebacker Anderson is a definite strength.

2. Tim Williams – Alabama: 6-4, 250 Williams is another huge threat off the corner on third and long. To be so big, these guys just have amazing speed and quickness.

3. Tremaine Edmunds – Virginia Tech: The prototype at Outside Linebacker at 6-5, 235 with blazing speed. Edmunds is all over the field and is great at rushing the passer, playing the run and covering backs out of the backfield. One of three brothers that played at Virginia Tech.

4. Jabrill Peppers – Michigan: Peppers could be one of the top Cornerbacks, Safeties, Wide

Receivers, Running Backs or return man. The guy is just a superb athlete and his extremely high intelligence allows him to grasp what his coaches are telling him immediately. Peppers may be in New York for the Heisman awards with a slight chance at winning.

5. TJ Watt – Wisconsin: Obviously the younger brother of JJ Watt. TJ is a good player on his own and is impressive at 6-5, 245. Watt spends a lot of his time across the line of scrimmage.

Inside Linebacker: 

1. Reuben Foster –  Alabama: Just one more Alabama beast. Heavy hitter even if he does lack ideal size at 6-1, 230.

2. Raekwon McMillan – Ohio State: The Buckeyes Middle Linebacker is big at 6-2, 245 and has the speed and instincts to lead Ohio State in tackles the past two seasons. He shared time at MLB as a true freshman in the championship season of 2014.

3. Zach Cunningham – Vanderbilt: This guy is a spectacular athlete which he proved by leaping everybody on a Field Goal and blocking the kick. He leads the Vanderbilt defense in tackles and has plenty of size at 6-3, 240.

4. Ben Boulware – Clemson: Boulware is actually an Outside Linebacker, but seems more suited for an Inside position. He is 6-0, 235 and is super intense leading the Tigers in tackles.

5. Jarrad Davis – Florida: Excellent Inside Linebacker also with good size at 6-2, 240. The Gators have a solid defense and Davis is their leader.

Cornerback:

Minkah Fitzpatrick – Alabama: Jersey kid that started immediately as a true freshman for the Tide. Alabama’s defense is beyond incredible and Fitzpatrick is a future NFL guy.

Jourdan Lewis – Michigan: Lewis is not a big Cornerback, but he is super talented. His one handed interception earlier in the season was the stuff of legends.

Jalen Tabor – Florida: Washington DC native has been a three year starter for the Gators and played opposite Vernon Hargreaves III for 2 seasons. This season, Tabor was their top Corner.

Adoree Jackson – USC: Big play man that returns punts and kicks and has played Wide Receiver.

Jackson is explosive and when focused at Corner he is hard to beat

Cordrea Tankersley – Clemson: Tankersley was the only returning starter from last season in the Tiger’s secondary. He is responsible for the opponents top Wide Receivers and more than holds his own.

Chidobe Awuzie – Colorado: The Buffaloes are one of the most improved teams in the country after so many losing years. The defense is one of the bigger reasons for the turnaround. Awuzie led the team in tackles last season and he’s one of the team leaders.

Safety: 

Malik Hooker – Ohio State: The New Castle, Pa native is one of the nation’s premiere athletes. He is one of the team’s top tacklers and he has 5 Interceptions, 2 of which he returned for Touchdowns. The Buckeyes have one of the nation’s best secondaries.

Josh Harvey-Clemons – Louisville: Huge Safety at 6-5, 230, the Georgia transfer is easily one of the more dangerous Defensive Backs in the nation. He could play Safety in the NFL, or even Outside Linebacker.

Budda Baker – Washington: Three year starter in a very good Defensive Backfield. Baker is not a big guy at 5-10, 195 but he is a play maker and seems to be in the right place at the right time.

Quin Blanding – Virginia: Tackling machine. Blanding is better against the run than most Safeties. He led the team in tackles in 2014 as a true freshman.

Jamal Adams – LSU: Adams is almost Linebacker size with Cornerback speed. He is one of the top tacklers on the defense and a team leader. No doubt he declares for the NFL after this season and he should have a great career on that level.