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Top 100 draft prospects regardless of position

Posted April 08, 2011 @ 4:14 p.m. ET
By Nolan Nawrocki

Three weeks before the NFL draft, PFW personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki offers up his list of the top 100 draft prospects, regardless of position. Players are ranked according to the likelihood of their success in the NFL, not necessarily in the order Nawrocki believes they will be drafted.

Regardless of Position

Rk Pos No Name School Grade Height Weight Speed Notes
1 OLB 40 Von Miller Texas A&M 8.50 6-2 5/8 246 4.53 DE
2 CB 7 Patrick Peterson LSU 8.00 6-0 1/4 219 4.34 Jr.
3 WR 8 A.J. Green Georgia 7.90 6-3 5/8 211 4.49 Jr.
4 DT 57 Marcell Dareus Alabama 7.75 6-3 1/8 319 4.93 Jr., DE
5 WR 8 Julio Jones Alabama 6.70 6-2 3/4 220 4.39 Jr.
6 DE 42 Robert Quinn North Carolina 6.55 6-4 264 4.69 Jr., X
7 CB 21 Prince Amukamara Nebraska 6.50 6-0 206 4.43  
8 QB 11 Blaine Gabbert Missouri 6.35 6-4 3/8 234 4.63 Jr.
9 OT 74 Anthony Castonzo Boston College 6.30 6-7 311 5.27 X
10 DE 85 Aldon Smith Missouri 6.30 6-4 1/4 263 4.74 Soph-3, X
11 OT 70 Tyron Smith USC 6.25 6-5 307 4.98 Jr.
12 DE 99 J.J. Watt Wisconsin 6.25 6-5 3/8 290 4.84 Jr.
13 DE 97 Cameron Jordan California 6.23 6-4 1/8 287 4.73 DT, OLB
14 DT 90 Nick Fairley Auburn 6.20 6-3 7/8 291 4.84 Jr., Ch.
15 DE 94 Ryan Kerrigan Purdue 6.17 6-3 7/8 267 4.69  
16 OT 68 Gabe Carimi Wisconsin 6.15 6-7 314 5.18  
17 DE 93 Da'Quan Bowers Clemson 6.15 6-3 5/8 276 4.94 Jr., X
18 DE 94 Adrian Clayborn Iowa 6.13 6-2 5/8 281 4.82 X, DT
19 RB 22 Mark Ingram Alabama 6.13 5-9 1/8 215 4.56 Jr.
20 FS 4 Aaron Williams Texas 6.07 5-11 7/8 204 4.54 Jr., CB
21 DT 93 Corey Liuget Illinois 6.05 6-2 1/8 298 5.01 Jr.
22 OG 55 Mike Pouncey Florida 6.01 6-5 303 5.16 C
23 QB 2 Cam Newton Auburn 5.99 6-5 248 4.58 Jr., Ch.
24 OT 78 Nate Solder Colorado 5.99 6-8 1/4 319 4.98  
25 OT 79 Derek Sherrod Mississippi State 5.97 6-5 3/8 321 5.21  
26 CB 1 Brandon Harris Miami (Fla.) 5.97 5-9 1/2 191 4.44 Jr.
27 OG 59 Danny Watkins Baylor 5.97 6-3 3/8 310 5.29 OT, Age
28 TE 9 Kyle Rudolph Notre Dame 5.96 6-6 1/8 259 4.75e Jr., X
29 DE 9 Muhammad Wilkerson Temple 5.95 6-4 1/8 315 4.98 Jr., DT
30 OLB 54 Bruce Carter North Carolina 5.95 6-1 1/2 241 4.50e X
31 TE 84 Lance Kendricks Wisconsin 5.95 6-2 7/8 243 4.68  
32 OLB 42 Justin Houston Georgia 5.90 6-2 7/8 270 4.64 Jr., DE
33 DT 9 Marvin Austin North Carolina 5.87 6-1 5/8 309 4.83 DE, Ch.
34 QB 10 Jake Locker Washington 5.77 6-2 1/2 231 4.52  
35 DE 97 Jabaal Sheard Pittsburgh 5.75 6-2 7/8 264 4.68 OLB
36 CB 3 Jimmy Smith Colorado 5.75 6-2 1/4 211 4.44 Ch.
37 OLB 10 Akeem Ayers UCLA 5.75 6-2 1/2 254 4.82 Jr.
38 WR 18 Randall Cobb Kentucky 5.75 5-10 1/4 191 4.47 Jr., RS
39 DT 98 Phil Taylor Baylor 5.75 6-3 1/4 334 5.21 NT
40 OT 77 James Carpenter Alabama 5.70 6-4 3/8 321 5.26 OG
41 RB 34 Ryan Williams Virginia Tech. 5.69 5-9 3/8 212 4.56 Soph-3, X
42 DT 54 Stephen Paea Oregon State 5.67 6-1 1/4 303 4.95e NT
43 DE 57 Allen Bailey Miami (Fla.) 5.65 6-3 285 4.78 DT
44 CB 19 Johnny Patrick Louisville 5.65 5-10 5/8 191 4.56 Ch.
45 WR 8 Greg Little North Carolina 5.65 6-2 1/2 231 4.54 Ch., DNP
46 DT 91 Jurrell Casey USC 5.65 6-0 5/8 300 5.11 Jr.
47 OG 60 Clint Boling Georgia 5.65 6-4 5/8 308 5.29 OT
48 FS 3 Rahim Moore UCLA 5.65 5-11 3/4 202 4.62 Jr.
49 OT 76 Marcus Gilbert Florida 5.63 6-6 1/8 330 5.44  
50 WR 1 Titus Young Boise State 5.63 5-11 3/4 174 4.43 RS
51 DT 46 Christian Ballard Iowa 5.63 6-3 3/4 283 4.72 DE
52 RB 28 Dion Lewis Pittsburgh 5.62 5-6 5/8 193 4.47 Soph-3, X
53 OT 61 Marcus Cannon TCU 5.60 6-5 358 5.29 OG
54 RB 8 Daniel Thomas Kansas State 5.59 6-0 1/4 230 4.61 X
55 OT 74 Orlando Franklin Miami (Fla.) 5.57 6-5 1/2 316 5.18 OG
56 CB 19 Ras-I Dowling Virginia 5.57 6-1 3/8 198 4.43 X
57 RB 24 Kendall Hunter Oklahoma State 5.57 5-7 1/4 199 4.47 X
58 CB 22 Brandon Hogan West Virginia 5.55 5-10 1/4 192 4.46 X, Ch.
59 OLB 42 Brooks Reed Arizona 5.55 6-2 1/2 263 4.68 X, DE
60 ILB 2 Martez Wilson Illinois 5.55 6-3 3/4 250 4.46 Jr., X
61 WR 8 Torrey Smith Maryland 5.55 6-0 7/8 204 4.42 Jr., KR
62 RB 5 Mikel Leshoure Illinois 5.55 5-11 5/8 227 4.59 Jr., Ch.
63 OG 74 Will Rackley Lehigh (Pa.) 5.55 6-3 1/4 309 5.44 OT
64 TE 85 Virgil Green Nevada 5.55 6-3 3/8 249 4.56 H-B
65 QB 12 Ricky Stanzi Iowa 5.53 6-4 3/8 223 4.93  
66 RB 34 Shane Vereen California 5.53 5-10 1/4 210 4.49 Jr.
67 QB 10 Colin Kaepernick Nevada 5.51 6-4 5/8 233 4.53 ATH
68 DE 97 Cameron Heyward Ohio State 5.50 6-4 5/8 294 5.00e X, DT
69 WR 3 Jerrel Jernigan Troy 5.50 5-8 7/8 185 4.48 RS
70 DT 99 Jarvis Jenkins Clemson 5.50 6-4 310 5.06 NT
71 C 62 Rodney Hudson Florida State 5.50 6-2 3/8 299 5.24 OG
72 SS 5 Jaiquawn Jarrett Temple 5.50 5-11 7/8 198 4.62  
73 QB 14 Andy Dalton TCU 5.47 6-2 215 4.86  
74 WR 8 Edmond Gates Abilene Christian 5.47 5-11 3/4 192 4.36 Age
75 WR 82 Jonathan Baldwin Pittsburgh 5.46 6-4 3/8 228 4.51 Jr., Ch.
76 DE 81 Sam Acho Texas 5.45 6-1 5/8 262 4.67 OLB
77 CB 15 Josh Thomas Buffalo 5.45 5-10 1/8 191 4.46  
78 OLB 44 Colin McCarthy Miami (Fla.) 5.45 6-1 3/8 238 4.64 X, ILB
79 ILB 52 Quan Sturdivant North Carolina 5.45 6-1 241 4.76  
80 WR 17 Dwayne Harris East Carolina 5.45 5-10 3/8 203 4.56 KR
81 DT 97 Terrell McClain South Florida 5.45 6-1 5/8 297 4.99  
82 TE 88 Luke Stocker Tennessee 5.45 6-4 3/4 258 4.74  
83 WR 80 Vincent Brown San Diego State 5.44 5-11 1/4 189 4.58  
84 WR 85 Leonard Hankerson Miami (Fla.) 5.43 6-1 1/2 209 4.44  
85 OT 71 Ben Ijalana Villanova 5.42 6-3 5/8 317 5.38 OG
86 CB 4 Davon House New Mexico State 5.42 6-0 1/2 200 4.46  
87 WR 2 Tandon Doss Indiana 5.42 6-2 201 4.55e Jr., X
88 FS 12 Marcus Gilchrist Clemson 5.42 5-10 195 4.48 CB
89 WR 1 Greg Salas Hawaii 5.41 6-1 1/8 210 4.54  
90 OT 73 Lee Ziemba Auburn 5.40 6-6 318 5.44  
91 CB 24 Shareece Wright USC 5.40 5-10 7/8 185 4.46 XX, Ch.
92 OLB 43 Chris Carter Fresno State 5.40 6-1 1/8 248 4.66 DE
93 ILB 51 Akeem Dent Georgia 5.40 6-1 240 4.74 OLB
94 WR 24 Niles Paul Nebraska 5.40 6-0 7/8 224 4.51 Ch.
95 OG 74 John Moffitt Wisconsin 5.40 6-4 1/4 319 5.52  
96 QB 7 Christian Ponder Florida State 5.39 6-2 229 4.64 X
97 OT 73 James Brewer Indiana 5.39 6-6 1/4 323 5.29 X
98 DE 83 Cliff Matthews South Carolina 5.39 6-3 1/2 257 4.82 OLB
99 CB 27 Brandon Burton Utah 5.39 5-11 5/8 190 4.51 Jr.
100 OLB 55 Dontay Moch Nevada 5.39 6-1 3/8 248 4.46 DE, PRS
101 ILB 11 Kelvin Sheppard LSU 5.39 6-2 250 4.71 SLB
102 WR 2 Austin Pettis Boise State 5.39 6-2 5/8 209 4.62 X
103 RB 1 Jacquizz Rodgers Oregon State 5.39 5-6 3/8 197 4.53 Jr., RS
104 RB 3 Delone Carter Syracuse 5.39 5-8 5/8 222 4.54 Ch.
105 DT 97 Kenrick Ellis Hampton (Va.) 5.39 6-4 7/8 346 5.24 NT, Ch.

Key to symbols used above:

6041 - Player's height is shown as a four-digit number, with the first digit signifying feet, the second and third inches, and the fourth, eighths of an inch. In this example, it's 6-foot-4 1/8.
Age - Player is overaged.
ATH - Player has the athletic ability to play multiple positions and could be drafted higher because of it.
BB - Pro baseball player who is entering the draft.
Ch. - Character (i.e., history of arrests, team suspensions or off-field problems) may affect draft status.
DNP - Player did not play football last season.
E - Player had eligibility remaining.
H - Likely will be drafted higher than ranking.
Jr. - Player is entering the darft as a junior (Soph. for sophomore).
L - Likely will be drafted lower than ranking.
MI - More information needed to accurately grade player.
RB - Can also play running back S for safety, H-B for H-back, RS for return specialist, LS for long-snapper, PRS for pass-rush specialist, ST for special-teamer, etc.).
RS-5.0 - Player has separate grade of 5.0 as a return specialist (applies to other position abbreviations, too).
X - Past or current injury could have an impact on where this player is drafted, according to at least one source. Due to the confidentiality of medical records, we cannot confirm or deny whether the injury problem is still a concern.
XX - Very serious injury concern.

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