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2012 NFL Draft Top Defensive Prospects
Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy
Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 21, 2011


Who are the best returning NFL prospects in college football? Here are the top players eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft.

2012 Top NFL Prospects

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Note: These are among those eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Next 32 Returning NFL Prospects (among those eligible for the 2012 Draft).

33. QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma (Jr.)
34. ILB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama (DE)
35. RB LaMichael James, Oregon (Jr.)
36. WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
37. RB Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M
38. OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford (Jr.)
39. DE Vinny Curry, Marshall (OLB)
40. DT Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska
41. DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State (OLB) (Jr.)
42. DE Jake Bequette, Arkansas
43. FS Lance Mitchell, Oregon State
44. WR DeVier Posey, Ohio State
45. CB Josh Robinson, UCF (Jr.)
46. TE Michael Egnew, Missouri
47. CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama (Jr.)
48. OT Levy Adcock, Oklahoma State
49. DT Billy Winn, Boise State
50. SS Orhian Johnson, Ohio State (Jr.)
51. OLB Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma (Jr.)
52. OLB Tank Carder, TCU
53. FS Janzen Jackson, Tennessee
54. ILB Shayne Skov, Stanford (Jr.)
55. CB Cliff Harris, Oregon (Jr.)
56. WR Greg Childs, Arkansas
57. DT Elvis Fisher, Missouri
58. OLB Nico Johnson, Alabama (Jr.)
59. ILB Jerry Franklin, Arkansas
60. DE Devin Taylor, South Carolina
61. OG Stephen Good, Oklahoma
62. OLB Adrian Robinson, Temple (ILB)
63. WR Juron Criner, Arizona
64. FS Robert Lester, Alabama
Defensive Ends
1. Quinton Coples, North Carolina
2. Vinny Curry, Marshall (OLB)
3. Brandon Jenkins, Florida State (OLB) (Jr.)
4. Jake Bequette, Arkansas
5. Devin Taylor, South Carolina
6. Cameron Meredith, Nebraska (Jr.)
7. Andre Branch, Clemson
8. Brandon Lindsey, Pitt
9. Vince Browne, Northwestern
10. Donte Paige-Moss, North Carolina (OLB) (Jr.)
11. Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy (OLB) (Jr.)
12. Armond Armstead, USC
13. Frank Alexander, Oklahoma
14. Alex Okafor, Texas (Jr.)
15. Malliciah Goodman, Clemson (Jr.)

Defensive Tackles
1. Jerel Worthy, Michigan State (Jr.)
2. Kerry Murphy, Alabama (Jr.)
3. Marcus Forston, Miami (Jr.)
4. Tydreke Powell, North Carolina
5. Jared Crick, Nebraska
6. Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska
7. Billy Winn, Boise State
8. John Simon, Ohio State (DE) (Jr.)
9. Kheeston Randall, Texas
10. Montori Hughes, Tennessee (Jr.)
11. Jamarkus McFarland, Oklahoma (Jr.)
12. Jaye Howard, Florida
13. Alameda Ta'amu, Washington
14. Logan Harrell, Fresno State
15. Mike Martin, Michigan

Outside Linebackers
1. Nigel Bradham, Florida State
2. Zach Brown, North Carolina 
3. Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
4. Sean Spence, Miami
5. Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma (Jr.)
6. Tank Carder, TCU
7. Nico Johnson, Alabama (Jr.)
8. Adrian Robinson, Temple (ILB)
9. Cornelius Washington, Georgia (Jr.)
10. Sean Spence, Miami
11. Keenan Robinson, Texas
12. Lavonte David, Nebraska
13. Gerald Hodges, Penn State (Jr.)
14. Chase Thomas, Stanford (Jr.)
15. Danny Trevathan, Kentucky

Inside Linebackers
1. Don'ta Hightower, Alabama (Jr.)
2. Manti Te'o, Notre Dame (Jr.)
3. Luke Kuechly, Boston College (Jr.)
4. Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State (Jr.)
5. Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
6. Shayne Skov, Stanford (Jr.)
7. Jerry Franklin, Arkansas
8. Korey Williams, Southern Miss
9. Chris Galippo, USC
10. Kevin Reddick, North Carolina (Jr.)
11. Tanner Brock, TCU (Jr.)
12. Adrien Cole, Louisiana Tech
13. Will Ebner, Missouri
14. Chris Marve, Vanderbilt
15. Patrick Larimore, UCLA (Jr.)

Free Safeties
1. Kenny Tate, Maryland
2. T.J. McDonald, USC (Jr.)
3. Lance Mitchell, Oregon State
4. Janzen Jackson, Tennessee
5. Robert Lester, Alabama
6. George Iloka, Boise State
7. Vaughn Telemaque, Miami (Jr.)
8. Rashard Hall, Clemson (Jr.)
9. Nick Moody, Florida State (Jr.)
10. Aaron Henry, Wisconsin (FS)
11. Sean Baker, Ball State
12. Karnell Hatcher, LSU
13. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame
14. D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina (Jr.)
15. Blake Gideon, Texas

Strong Safeties
1. Mark Barron, Alabama
2. Sean Cattouse, California
3. Ray Ray Armstrong, Miami (Jr.)
4. Orhian Johnson, Ohio State (Jr.)
5. DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina (Jr.)
6. Delano Howell, Stanford (FS)
7. Brandon Taylor, LSU (FS)
8. Charles Mitchell, Mississippi State
9. Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State
10. Winston Guy, Kentucky
11. Tony Dye, UCLA
12. Cody Davis, Texas Tech (FS) (Jr.)
13. Nick Williams, Georgia
14. Tysyn Hartman, Kansas State
15. Tavon Wilson, Illinois

Cornerbacks
1. Janoris Jenkins, Florida
2. Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina (Jr.)
3. Josh Robinson, UCF (Jr.)
4. Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama (Jr.)
5. Cliff Harris, Oregon (Jr.)
6. Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
7. Omar Bolden, Arizona State
8. Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech (Jr.)
9. Donnie Fletcher, Boston College
10. Chase Minnifield, Virginia
11. Travis Howard, Ohio State (Jr.)
12. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State (Jr.)
13. Brandon Boykin, Georgia
14. Coryell Judie, Texas A&M
15. Shaun Prater, Iowa

Kickers & Punters
1. P Bryan Anger, California
2. P Kyle Martens, Rice
3. P Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State (Jr.)
4. PK Caleb Sturgis, Florida
5. P Jeff Locke, UCLA (Jr.)
6. P Brian Stahovich, San Diego State
7. PK Tyler Bitancurt, West Virginia (Jr.)
8. P Drew Butler, Georgia
9. PK Grant Ressel, Missouri
10. P Anson Kelton, TCU
11. PK Dan Conroy, Michigan State (Jr.)
12. PK Blair Walsh, Georgia
13. PK Danny Hrapmann, Southern Miss
14. P Chris Hagerup, Indiana
15. PK Dustin Hopkins, Florida State (Jr.)