Now that we’re halfway through the college football season, and the NFL season is starting to take shape, the identity of the top NFL prospects and their positioning in prominence is becoming clear.
Over the last two months, Scout.com’s NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber has released his Big Board, which consists of the top 19 college seniors in the nation. But today, exclusively on Scout.com, that list expands to the top 150 senior prospects.
Laurinaitis has held down the No. 1 spot in the rankings consistently.
The list of the top 150 senior prospects is headlined by the latest update to Steuber’s Big Board. There were no changes in the top-five, as Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis leads the way, followed by USC LB Rey Maualuga, Ole Miss OT Michael Oher, Ohio State CB Malcolm Jenkins and Missouri FS William Moore.
There are five players who are rapidly ascending the list, with the biggest mover being Virginia OT Eugene Monroe, who went from No. 8 to No. 6 in this release. Missouri TE Chase Coffman continues to prove on the field that he’s the top tight end in the country and has elevated his status from No. 10 to No. 8. Michigan State’s elusive workhorse Javon Ringer, who is an undersized, shifty runner, has surprised many by his ability to carry the load, springing him from No. 14 to No. 9. Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo is in the midst of a breakout season and recording his sacks in bunches has him streaking up the charts from No. 15 to No. 10. And Wake Forest’s ferocious force, LB Aaron Curry, has shown week in and week out that he may be the most complete linebacker in the country and has elevated his status from No. 16 to No. 13.
Three cornerbacks round out the top 19 with another Demon Deacon entering the fray at No. 17 in the form of Alphonso Smith. Connecticut’s Darius Butler drops from No. 15 to No. 18, and Cincinnati’s Mike Mickens debuts at No. 19.
The disappointing play of two highly touted quarterbacks, Clemson’s Cullen Harper and Purdue’s Curtis Painter, who were once ranked in Steuber’s top 19, have seen their status go from elite to above average within weeks. Harper and Painter are ranked 26th and 27th respectively in the top 150. A quarterback that receives a lot of attention, but isn’t taken seriously because of the offense he stars in, Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell has shown he’s among the elite and checks in at No. 49. Two small school quarterbacks you will want to keep an eye on are Central Arkansas’ Nathan Brown (ranked 64th) and Central Washington’s Mike Reilly (ranked 82nd).
The top 25 players on the list receive a five-star ranking; 26 – 60 receive a four-star ranking; 61 – 120 earn a three-star ranking and 121 – 150 are given two-stars.
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A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.