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2011 NFL Draft Top Defensive Prospects
North Carolina LB Bruce Carter
North Carolina LB Bruce Carter
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 26, 2010


Who are the best returning NFL prospects in college football? Here are the top players eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft.

2011 Top NFL Prospects

April 26 - The Defense

 
- The Top Returning NFL Prospects - Offense

Note: These are among those eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft.

Defensive Ends
1. Robert Quinn, North Carolina (Jr.)
2. Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson (Jr.)
3. Greg Romeus, Pitt
4. Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
5. Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
6. Sam Acho, Texas
7. Cliff Matthews, South Carolina
8. Marcell Dareus, Alabama (Jr.)
9. Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma
10. Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
11. Ricky Elmore, Arizona
12. Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State
13. Kentrell Lockett, Ole Miss
14. Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State
15. Jonathan Freeny, Rutgers

Defensive Tackles
1. Marvin Austin, North Carolina
2. Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss
3. Jurrell Casey, USC (Jr.)
4. Jared Crick, Nebraska (Jr.)
5. Stephen Paea, Oregon State
6. Marcus Fortson, Miami (Jr.)
7. Allen Bailey, Miami
8. Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati (Jr.)
9. Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson
10. Lawrence Guy, Arizona State (Jr.)
11. Tydreke Powell, North Carolina (Jr.)
12.
Brandon Thompson, Clemson (Jr.)
13. Adrian Taylor, Oklahoma
14. Jaye Howard, Florida (Jr.)
15. Phil Taylor, Baylor

Inside Linebacker
1. Greg Jones, Michigan State
2. Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
3. Mike Mohamed, California
4. Kelvin Sheppard, LSU
5. Donta Hightower, Alabama (Jr.)
6. Barquell Rivers, Virginia Tech (Jr.)
7. Tank Carder, TCU (Jr.)
8. Greg Lloyd, Connecticut
9. Casey Matthews, Oregon
10. Chris Galippo, USC (Jr.)
11. Josh Bynes, Auburn
12. Obi Ezeh, Michigan
13. Alex Wujciak, Maryland
14. Brian Smith, Notre Dame
15. Brian Duncan, Texas Tech

Outside Linebackers
1. Bruce Carter, North Carolina
2. Von Miller, Texas A&M (DE)
3. Travis Lewis, Oklahoma (Jr.)
4. Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut
5. Mark Herzlich, Boston College
6. Akeem Ayers, UCLA (Jr.)
7. Chris Walker, Tennessee
8. Nigel Bradham, Florida State (Jr.)
9. Colin McCarthy, Miami
10. Jerry Franklin, Arkansas (Jr.)
11. Adrian Robinson, Temple (Jr.)
12. Michael Morgan, USC
13. Zach Brwown North Carolina (Jr.)
14. Emmanuel Acho, Texas (Jr.)
15. Sean Spence, Miami (Jr.)

Strong Safeties
1. DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson
2. Mark Barron, Alabama (Jr.)
3. Ahmad Black, Florida
4. Jermaile Hines, Ohio State
5. Tyler Sash, Iowa (Jr.)
6. Charles Mitchell, Mississippi State (Jr.)
7. Karnell Hatcher, LSU (Jr.)
8. Duke Ihenacho, San Jose State
9. Jeron Johnson, Boise State
10. Eric Hagg, Nebraska
11. Johnny Brown, Ole Miss
12. Shiloh Keo, Idaho
13. Zac Etheridge, Auburn
14. Jay Valai, Wisconsin
15. Cameron Collins, Oregon State (Jr.)

Free Safeties
1. Deunta Williams, North Carolina
2. Quinton Carter, Oklahoma
3. Will Hill, Florida (Jr.)
4. Lance Mitchell, Oregon (Jr.)
5. Rahim Moore, UCLA (Jr.)
6. Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple
7. Chris Culliver, South Carolina
8. Sean Baker, Ball State (Jr.)
9. Robert Sands, West Virginia (Jr.)
10. Brian Lainhart, Kent State
11. Tysyn Hartman, Kansas State (Jr.)
12. Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson
13. Brett Greenwood, Iowa
14. Jeremy Kellem, Middle Tennessee
15. Blake Gideon, Texas (Jr.)

Cornerbacks
1. Patrick Peterson, LSU (Jr.)
2. Kendrick Burney, North Carolina
3. Prince Amakamura, Nebraska
4. Ras-I Dowling, Georgia Tech
5. Aaron Williams, Texas (Jr.)
6. Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech
7. Brandon Harris, Miami (Jr.)
8. Curtis Brown, Texas
9. Davon House, New Mexico State
10. Neiko Thorpe, Auburn (Jr.)
11. Javes Lewis, Oregon (Jr.)
12. Janoris Jenkins, Florida (Jr.)
13. Charles Brown, North Carolina
14. Brandon Hogan, West Virginia
15. Cameron Chism, Maryland (Jr.)