Roundtable: Nebraska Jr. Class Rank

Big Red Report is breaking down the top four in each class. Today it is the junior's turn.

Nebraska will enter the fall with 14 juniors on scholarship, unless someone is awarded a walk-on scholarship or someone leaves the program before the start of school. 

Nebraska on Scout’s Josh Harvey, contributor Matt SvobodaAM 590 OSI’s Joe QuinnKLKN-TV’s Brett Edwards, and the Huskers Sports Network’s Ben McLaughlin rank the group’s top four.

HARVEY:

1.) Joshua Kalu, CB - Usually Jones is the first corner mentioned, but there is a reason Kalu was named honorable-mention by the coaches. His size and experience is going to make him tough on wide receivers this season. 

2.) Drew Brown, K - Now an upperclassman, Brown is considered one of the better kickers in the Big Ten, if not the country, going into 2016.

3.) Chris Jones, CB - It might not happen this year, but Jones has the talent to be an all-conference corner in the Big Ten. He’s that good.

4.) De'Mornay Pierson-El, WR - It's so hard to put DPE on the list because where is he at injury wise? If he is 100 percent back by the fall rolls around, which would be hard to believe, he is No. 1 on the list. 

QUINN:

1.) Chris Jones, DB - In what was a rocky 2015 season for most of the secondary, Jones emerged as Nebraska’s most consistent option at CB late in the season. If Nebraska hopes to improve on their dismal pass defense from a year ago, Jones will be a big part of the solution. 

2.) Joshua Kalu, DB - It was a tough call between Kalu and Jones at number one, but I tend to like Jones’ upside a bit more. Kalu has been a two-year contributor and should see the majority of the reps opposite Jones at CB this year. Getting consistent play from both corners should be one of the big goals early this season for the defense. 

3.) Marcus Newby, LB - He might have the biggest upside of any pass rusher on Nebraska’s roster, but will need to develop more consistency this season if he’ll be an every down contributor. I love the energy and enthusiasm he brings every time he steps on the field. 

4.) Drew Brown, K - Brown continued to show more consistency and leg power throughout the 2015 season. He’s been the primary option for two years now, and I expect him to continue to get better in 2016. Being able to count on three points if a drive stalls out is a luxury Nebraska will need this year. 

EDWARDS:

1.) De'Mornay Pierson-El, WR - Without question the best junior on the team, valuable weapon in passing game and return game

2.) Joshua Kalu, CB -The junior has experience and will be one of the top corners this season on the team.

3.) Chris Jones, CB - Jones has a lot of upside and is athletic.

4.) Drew Brown, K -  Having a solid kicker is important, he's kicked in a lot of games already through two years.

Svoboda:

1.) David Knevel, RT - He will be a first year starter, but people will be surprised at his consistency and overall play. 

2.) Chris Jones, CB - Jones is probably the player that grew the most in the secondary in 2015 and he has great size. He will keep his starting position, stay on the outside of the defensive, and have a much better season.

3.) Dre Brown, K - Nebraska has become accustomed to great kickers and Brown is getting it done at a very high level.

4.) De'Mornay Pierson-El - Health is a big question mark and it would not shock me if we saw very little of him. With that said, if he is even healthy enough to be the full time punt returner Nebraska fans know what a major impact that will have.

McLaughlin:

1.) Chris Jones, CB - His arms hang down to his knees. He’ll be one part of the one-two punch at corner on the outside. 

2.) Joshua Kalu, CB - The 2nd part to the corner equation. All energy, all the time. He has an element of swag about him.  

3.) David Knevel, OT - The favorite to win a starting job at tackle, this needs to be the year for the 6-foot-9 monster. 

4.) De'Mornay Pierson-El, WR - We've all seen how dangerous he is with the ball in his hands. When healthy, he is the best playmaker this team has.


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