Gil Brandt releases Top 100 draft eligible players, some major surprises
NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt has released his list of the Top 100 draft eligible players for 2012. Brandt was the VP of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-1988.
Looking over the list, there are several interesting storylines.
Stanford, UNC, Ohio State each have 4 players in the Top 100.
Teams with 3 players in the Top 100 include South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, FSU, Boise State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Oregon, and Georgia.
USC has 2 players on the list, but one is junior quarterback Matt Barkley. Of course, 100 players are drafted in just over 3 rounds of the NFL draft, but USC had 9 players selected this year. Five of the nine players went in the sixth or seventh round. We thought the Trojans may have a few more than two players listed.
Florida and Notre Dame have just two players listed, Tennessee has one (and Malik Jackson is a USC transfer). Not a single player from Auburn is listed.
Here is the breakdown by schools with at least 3 players listed:
Alabama: Dre Kirkpatrick (DB), Trent Richardson (RB), Courtney Upshaw (LB), Dont’a Hightower (LB), Mark Barron (DB), Robert Lester (DB), Barrett Jones (OL)
Stanford: Andrew Luck (QB), Jonathan Martin (OL), Delano Howell (DB), Chris Owusu (WR)
UNC: Quinton Coples (DL), Zach Brown (LB), Donte Paige-Moss (DL), Tydreke Powell (DL)
Ohio State: Mike Adams (OL), Mike Brewster (OL), Terrell Pryor (QB), Dan Herron (RB)
South Carolina: Alshon Jeffery (WR), Stephon Gilmore (DB), Devin Taylor (DE)
Oklahoma: Landry Jones (QB), Ryan Broyles (WR), Travis Lewis (LB),
Nebraska: Jared Crick (DL), Alfonzo Dennard (DB), David Lavonte (LB)
Boise State: Nate Potter (OL), Billy Winn (DL), Doug Martin (RB)
Oklahoma State: Justin Blackmon (WR),Levi Adcock (OL), Brandon Weeden (QB),
Texas A&M: Jeff Fuller (WR), Ryan Tannehill (QB), Cyrus Gray (RB)
Oregon: LaMichael James (RB), Cliff Harris (DB), David Paulson (TE)
Georgia: Brandon Boykin (DB), Cordy Glenn (OL), Drew Butler (P)
FSU: Brandon Jenkins (DL), Andrew Datko (OL), Nigel Bradham (LB)
Arkansas: Greg Childs (WR), Knile Davis (RB), Jerry Franklin (LB)