Data provided by College Scout Josh Buchanan for TonySoftli.com

 

1.      RB Franklyn Quiteh, Bloomsburg, Sr. 5-10, 203

While he’s not the best NFL prospect in D2 at this point and you always worry about running backs with too much wear and tear, he’s still been the best player in D2.  Quiteh is the only three-time All-American in D2 and has run for over 2,000 yards twice.  He averaged 7.4 yards per carry with 24 touchdowns last year.  He’s got solid speed along with great vision and the ability to break tackles.

 

2.      CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood, Sr., 6-2, 206

Looking for that NFL prototype corner with ball skills?  Look no further.  This 2012 AFCA All-American and three-time All-MIAA selection had 9 picks last year and has 21 career picks.  There isn’t a better set of hands and ball skills at the corner position in D2.  The only knock is that he lacks elite speed.

 

3.      WR Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State, Sr., 6-3, 215

You don’t find many receivers with sub 4.4 speed in D2 but Janis has that along with good size and movement skills.  He was the GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year in 2012 with 1,635 yards and 17 touchdowns.  He’s a two-time All-GLIAC selection.

 

4.      DE Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M, Sr., 6-4, 275

There is no more physically imposing and dominant player in D2.  He’s a big body who could play three technique or be a 4-3 or 3-4 end.  He was the Lonestar Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 with 28 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, and 19 quarterback hurries on his way to first-team All-America honors.

 

5.      DE Zach Moore, Concordia-St. Paul, Sr., 6-6, 282

Moore’s career alone puts him up in the top players in D2 but his size and athleticism, reminding me of Rufus Johnson, make him one of the elite players.  He’s a two-time All-NSIC selection who had 21 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, and 11 pass breakups in 2012.

 

6.      DT Jamie Meder, Ashland, Sr., 6-2, 304

While Meder isn’t a great athlete he is a tough player with strength who has been one of the most productive players in the nation the last three years.  He’s a three-time All-GLIAC selection who was named the GLIAC Freshman of the Year in 2010 and Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2012.  He had 61 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks in 12 games last year.

 

7.      DE Jake Metz, Shippensburg, Sr., 6-7, 247

Metz lacks the athletic ability of many ends on this list but you can’t deny he is a football player.  The size and movement skills are there and while he lacks great speed he uses his hands well to disrupt the passing game and has better technique than many on this list.  He’s a two-time All-PSAC selection and 2012 first-team All-American.

 

8.      DE Howard Jones, Shepherd, Sr., 6-5, 230

There aren’t many players who can claim the type of career he has had to date.  He should have been on more All-America teams last year with 15.5 tackles for loss and 9 sacks in his third straight year earning All-WVIAC honors.  He’s raw and may be a linebacker conversion in the NFL but there aren’t many linebackers or defensive linemen in college football with his athleticism.

 

9.      DE Larry Webster, Bloomsburg, Sr., 6-7, 240

Webster has just one year of football under his belt but already places himself pretty high due to his elite speed (4.5), length, movement skills, and flashes of pass rush ability.  Many coaches feel he is overrated at this spot and believe he should improve as a run stopper to warrant the high rating but I expect him to do so.  Keep in mind as a rotational starter in his first year of football he had 15 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks.

 

10.  DE Chris Schaudt, Minnesota State Mankato, Sr., 6-4, 270

Schaudt has had a better career overall than Zach Moore and the only reason he isn’t higher is that his ceiling is not quite as high.  This three-time All-NSIC selection had 17.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks last year and has shown steady improvement all three years.

 

11.  OG Brian Clarke, Bloomsburg, Sr., 6-3, 290

Clarke is the best offensive linemen in D2 by far as a two-time first-team All-PSAC East selection and three-year starter.  He anchored the best line in D2 last year.  Clarke was a first-team All-American who also played some defensive tackle with five tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, 0.5 sack, pass breakup, and quarterback hurry in 2012.

 

12.  CB Dashaun Phillips, Tarleton State, Sr., 5-11, 180

Phillips is faster than Desir but doesn’t have quite as good of ball skills or physical tools, thus coming in as the No. 2 corner on this list.  He’s a two-time All-Lonestar selection who didn’t quite get the hype he should have in 2012 due to teams staying away from him.  He had 7 picks in 2011 but just 1 last year and was still a first-team All-Lonestar selection.  The reputation of a shut down corner is there despite lacking elite production with 32 tackles and 8 pass breakups.

 

13.  LB Carlos Fields, Winston-Salem State, Sr., 6-2, 235

Fields is the best defender in the CIAA.  Not only was he named an All-American and CIAA Defensive Player of the Year with 117 tackles and 9 tackles for loss but he impressed me with his speed and ability to make plays in and out of the box.  He was a second-team All-CIAA pick in 2011 with 81 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks.

 

14.  WR Gerald Ford, Valdosta State, Sr., 6-3, 220

Ford is a big time player who was the Gulf South Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2009 and then was the Gulf South Offensive Player of the Year with 1,026 yard and 13 touchdowns last year.  He’s a two-time All-Gulf South selection who has good size, strength, and makes all the catches.

 

15.  AP John Brown, Pittsburg State, Sr., 5-11, 171

Brown was going to be on this list even if he had not left Mars Hill.  He was the SAC Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2008 before leaving and since then has been a two-time All-MIAA selection as both receiver and return specialist.  Last year he was the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Year with a 15.4 yard punt return average and 1 touchdown while catching 63 passes for 973 yards and 8 touchdowns.

16.  QB Zach Zulli, Shippensburg, Sr., 6-2, 200

Zulli would be higher on this list if he had better physical tools but there wasn’t a better quarterback in 2012 as he earned first-team All-America honors and was the PSAC East Offensive Player of the Year with 4,747 yards, 54 touchdowns, and 62.9% completion percentage in 13 games.  He’s accurate and does a good job of finding open targets.

 

17.  CB Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 6-0, 195

Dixon is another top notch corner who has good size and burst onto the scene in just one year after transferring from Joliet JC.  He had five picks with one touchdown last year to earn second-team All-America honors.

 

18.  LB Nate Dreiling, Pittsburg State, Sr., 6-4, 229

Dreiling started his career out on fire making you think he would be No. 1 on this list by this point but the 2010 and 2011 first-team All-American (AFCA pick in 2011) was just a second-team pick in 2012.  He lacks elite speed but had another fine season with 83 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks last year.  Despite just a solid season in 2012 he comes in the top 20 due to his overall career production.  Don’t forget that he has 382 career tackles.

 

19.  WR/RS Robert Jordan, Henderson State, Sr., 5-10, 180

The Henderson State product isn’t big in size but makes big plays.  He had 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012 while also averaging 17.5 yards per punt return with two touchdowns.  Jordan is no doubt one of the best athletes with good speed.  The big question he must answer this year is that despite being so small does he have elite speed that NFL teams look for in order to take his name to the league?

 

20.  TE Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State, Sr., 6-3, 264

There’s no doubt he would be higher if not hurt last year, although if not for the injury he might have been drafted.  In 2011 Duncan had 949 yards and 9 touchdowns to earn All-GNAC and All-America honors after transferring from El Camino JC.  Duncan is a big kid with strength, speed, and good hands.

 

21.  OT Chris Barfield, Fairmont State, Jr., 6-3, 290

Many don’t know his name but anyone who watches tape can see he’s a top player in the country.  While he isn’t a tackle at the next level and may not develop into a NFL prospect he moves well, has good strength, and is a two-year starter who earned first-team All-WVIAC honors each of the last two years.

 

22.  FS Dexter Moody, Albany State, Sr., 6-3, 200

You won’t find better tools and ball skills at free safety in D2 as Moody returned two interceptions for touchdowns last year and had 7 total picks with 48 tackles to earn first-team All-SIAC honors after transferring from Georgia State.  If you have seen him play and wonder how he ended up at GSU or ASU remember he was a 3-star recruit in high school who originally had an offer from Georgia but had the offer pulled due to grades.

 

23.  QB Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M, Sr., 6-5, 220

While Vaughan needs to improve his consistency and accuracy he has size, arm strength, and flashed with 4,712 yard and 45 touchdowns to earn Lonestar Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2012.  He’s a two-time All-Lonestar selection and two-year starter.

 

24.  WR Seantavious Jones, Valdosta State, Sr., 6-4, 193

Jones is a better NFL prospect than D2 player because of his elite size, speed, and athleticism combination.  He can play corner as well as receiver, showing that in the national championship game tape, but still showed flashes of big time production at this level despite a deep receiving corps.  Jones had 13 touchdowns and 992 yards in 14 games.  He just needs to dominant more consistently.

 

25.  OG Matt Armstrong, Grand Valley State, Sr., 6-3, 290

Armstrong is the top returning offensive lineman in the GLIAC as a three-year starter and three-time All-GLIAC selection.  Armstrong has played both center and right guard during his career and is being looked at for both positions at the next level.

 

26.  DT Lawrence Virgil, Valdosta State, Sr., 6-5, 278

Keep an eye on this name as he flashes NFL potential.  Virgil has been named second-team All-Gulf South each of the last two years.  He had 52 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks last season and was a key cog in on their defensive front during the national championship run.

 

27.  WR Mike Williams, California PA, Sr., 5-11, 185

Williams lacks elite tools but he’s a good football player who put up 1,006 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012.  He would be higher if not for just one year of production despite playing three years in D2.

 

28.  WR Corey Washington, Newberry, Sr., 6-4, 200

Newberry always seems to have a stud receiver or one who gets NFL looks and this year he is that guy.  He had 776 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2012.  The Georgia Military JC transfer is the top offensive weapon returning in the SAC.

 

29.  OG Nick Allison, Mars Hill, Jr., 6-4, 290

Allison is a former South Carolina transfer who enters his third year as starter and returns from a first-team All-SAC campaign in 2012 at left guard.

 

30.  WR Trevor Harman, Shippensburg, Jr., 6-3, 206

Harman can run and has good physical tools.  The 2012 first-team All-PSAC East selection was a second-team All-American with 19 touchdowns and 1,200 yards as a sophomore.

 

31.  OT Mike Nelson, Central Washington, Sr., 6-4, 312

It’s no shock that his standout tucked away in the northwest goes unnoticed by most but when I watched tape I was impressed.  On paper he is a three-time first-team All-GNAC selection at right tackle and on tape he shows strength, the ability to move people, and good feet.  He would have to kick in to guard in the NFL but he has tools the scouts are interested in.

 

32.  LB Leron Furr, Fort Valley State, Sr., 6-3, 235

There are rumors he may come out early with a big year after he put up 32 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and 110 tackles while earning SIAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors and first-team All-America accolades in 2012 in his first year in D2.  Remember the name before FVSU?  You should.  He was dismissed from Oklahoma State and a highly touted recruit in high school.

 

33.  LB Carl Fleming, Indiana PA, Sr., 6-2, 225

Fleming has better talent than his production indicates so keep an eye on him this fall as he could potentially sky rocket up this list as high as the top 10-12.  He had 79 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and showed good athleticism with two interceptions last year.  He returned one for a touchdown as well.  The former Pittsburgh transfer showed why he was a highly touted recruit in high school at times last year.

 

34.  QB Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State, Jr., 6-3, 215

Rodgers doesn’t have the strongest arm but makes plays.  He’s a gun slinger who completed 66% of his passes with 4,002 yards and 41 touchdowns to earn first-team All-GAC and GAC Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2012.  He improved heavily from 2011 where he had just 1,267 yards and 9 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman.

 

35.  WR Lemar Durant, Simon Fraser, Soph., 6-2, 226

Durant started his career at Nevada showing why he was a FBS recruit with 1,318 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012 to earn first-team All-GNAC honors.  He was the GNAC Newcomer of the Year as well and should be one of the top receivers in D2 this year.

 

36.  RB Brandon Baker, Carson-Newman, Sr., 5-11, 210

Baker earned All-America honors in 2012 with 1,468 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 8.2 yards per carry.  Some might wonder why one year of production would put him higher than many who have had multiple years of production but in 2011 he was averaging 6.9 yards per carry before suffering a season-ending injury in the second game.

 

37.  QB Tyler Sykora, Southern Arkansas, Sr., 6-6, 220

Admittedly he’s very high because of his arm strength, size, and upside.  The 2012 second-team All-GAC pick has just one year of production though and will need a big year to climb this board much further.

 

38.  WR Robert Holland, Chowan, Sr., 6-3, 185

There is no doubt Holland would be higher if not coming off an injury as a three-time All-CIAA selection that had 914 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2011.  Before his injury last year he had a monster game in week one with 213 yards and 3 touchdowns (16.4ypc).

 

39.  QB Jonathon Jennings, Saginaw Valley State, Sr., 6-2, 195

Jennings showed a good arm and decision making in 2012 when he earned second-team All-GLIAC honors with 3,282 yards and 27 touchdowns.  He had 10 picks and completed 64% of his passes.  Don’t underestimate his mobility as he ran for 291 yards and 6 touchdowns.

 

40.  DT Mike Franklin, Shepherd, Sr., 6-2, 310

Franklin is better than people think and part of the reason he’s underrated is that he is in the shadows of Howard Jones.  Like Jones, he is a three-time All-WVIAC selection and totaled 34 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks in 2012.

 

41.  DE B.J. Stevens, California PA, Sr., 6-2, 245

Stevens was a bit of a surprise star in 2012 with 22.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, and 60 tackles to earn first-team All-America honors.  He’s an undersized end but has the athleticism to stand up and play linebacker at the next level.

 

42.  DE Troy Harris, Mars Hill, Sr., 6-4, 260

While he doesn’t look as big as his listed height on tape and doesn’t quite show the elite speed those at the top of the list do he’s a productive player who chases plays.  He’s active against the pass and run.  Harris had 84 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks in 2012 to earn SAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors.  I believe he was snubbed big time in 2011 for All-SAC honors with 87 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks.

 

43.  LB Ronell Williams, West Chester, Jr., 6-1, 230

Williams isn’t a great athlete but does a good job in the box and is very active.  There is time for him to develop into an elite player and very well could.  He’s showing steady improvement well enough that there is no reason not to believe he won’t be the top linebacker in D2 in 2014.  He had 119 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks in 2012 after posting 79 tackles the year before.  He was an AFCA All-American in 2012.

 

44.  RB Glen Clinton, Chadron State, Sr., 5-10, 200

Somehow Clinton went almost unnoticed by the national media in 2012 but took advantage of having a NFL Draft pick (Garrett Gilkey) and a solid line to rush for 1,350 yards and 7 touchdowns, averaging 6.2 per carry.  He showed good hands as a receiver with 218 yards and 1 touchdown.  Clinton is a three-time All-RMAC selection who has earned first, second, and third team honors at least once during his career.  Make sure you check out their track and field team as he does the pole vault for the indoor and outdoor squads.

 

45.  LB Keaton Stigger, Henderson State, Sr., 6-2, 245

While there are linebackers more decorated below him if you watch the tape you can see he’s a legit All-American caliber player.  Stigger earned first-team All-GAC honors each of the last two years and had 103 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks last season.

 

46.  RB Keidrick Jackson, Midwestern State, Sr., 5-9, 210

Jackson is one of the most underrated running backs in D2 with his vision and speed.  He is a two-time All-Lonestar pick who has averaged 6.7 and 6.9 yards per carry each of the last two years.  He ran for over 1,300 yards in 2012 and over 1,000 yards in 2011.

 

47.  OT Christopher Tolbert, Tuskegee, Sr., 6-7, 320

Tolbert is supposed to be at Arkansas State now, a team who has some NFL talent, but is dominating at Tuskegee where he uses his size well.  He earned first-team All-SIAC honors at left tackle last year.

 

48.  LB Chris Pope, Valdosta State, Sr., 6-1, 216

Pope isn’t very big but he is a playmaker.  He earned first-team All-Gulf South honors each of the last two years and was key in their national championship run with 127 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 6 quarterback hurries in 14 games last year.

 

49.  S Dewey McDonald, California PA, Sr., 6-0, 215

McDonald began his career at Fairmont State but after sitting out last year due to injury decided to transfer to Cal PA.  He is a three-time All-WVIAC selection who had 73 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 6 passes defended in 2011.  While he lacks elite speed he can run and has shown good ball skills, as well as the ability to support the run.  He’s going to be expected to replace Rontez Miles as the leader of their defense.

 

50.  AP Rondell White, West Chester, Sr., 5-11, 185

It’s no shock White had a big year last season after rushing for 701 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2011.  He was a first-team All-PSAC East pick at running back with 1,548 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.  White is a capable return man and an all-purpose back whose two big knocks for the next level are strength and speed.  He just needs to be a step faster and improve his strength to be considered more than a free agent NFL prospect.

 

51.  RB Joshua Birmingham, Central Oklahoma, Sr., 5-9, 195

The undersized but productive back ran for 1,073 yards and 13 touchdowns last year to earn first-team All-MIAA honors.  He was the 2010 Lonestar North Freshman of the Year with 1,183 yards and 18 touchdowns.  While Birmingham isn’t very strong he is fast and shows good vision to find the open running lanes.

 

52.  AP Mike DeCaro, New Haven, Sr., 5-9, 191

While he may be tiny if you watch New Haven you see he’s their most explosive player.  DeCaro is a three-time All-Northeast 10 selection who had 616 rushing yards, 224 receiving yards, and 656 kickoff return yards last year.  He finished his junior year with 11 total touchdowns.

 

53.  TE Scott Simonson, Assumption, Sr., 6-5, 240

Make sure you remember this name as Simonson has shown the hands and speed to earn looks by the NFL but just needs to finish his blocks more, improve as a route runner, and get stronger.  Those are three things easily improved on.  He caught 36 passes for 558 yards and 6 touchdowns last year to earn second-team All-Northeast 10 honors.

 

54.  RB Nick Ricciardulli, Humboldt State, Sr., 5-8, 190

He started his career at HSU but then had to transfer to a junior college.  He returned home and had 1,579 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns last year.  He was the 2012 GNAC Offensive Player of the Year.

 

55.  QB Travis Partridge, Missouri Western State, Sr., 6-4, 230

The head coach’s son has the size and shows enough accuracy and intelligence to warrant some heavy attention as a potential riser up this list.  He threw for 2,706 yards and 30 touchdowns last year with 451 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground.  Partridge was a first-team All-MIAA pick last year and honorable mention selection in 2011.

 

56.  CB James Jackson, Edinboro, Sr., 6-1, 185

While he began his career with 40 tackles and 5 picks as a freshman he had the year you would expect a man with his tools as a sophomore to earn first-team All-PSAC West honors.  Jackson didn’t put up big numbers last year but had a solid season with 49 tackles and 4 picks.  Despite not earning All-PSAC honors he was still one of the best corners in the league, in my opinion.

 

57.  QB Joe Clancy, Merrimack, Sr., 6-3, 195

Clancy was the Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Year with 31 touchdowns, 3900 plus yards, and completed 63.3% of his passes with just 15 picks in 323 completions.

 

58.  QB Bo Cordell, Tusculum, Sr., 6-1, 195

His career started off hot setting records left and right while earning SAC Offensive Freshman of the Year honors in 2009 and All-America plaudits in 2010.  His 2011 season was cut short due to injury but he threw for 3,244 yards and 23 touchdowns last year. If fully healthy, he should be among the best in all of D2.

 

59.  TE Reggie Jordan, Missouri Western State, Sr., 6-3, 235

While Jordan lacks ideal size he has good hands, can block, and runs well.  The 2012 honorable mention All-MIAA and All-America selection had 230 yards and 11 touchdowns receiving in 14 games.

 

60.  DT Joey Searcy, Angelo State, Sr., 6-1, 315

Expect Searcy to climb up the rankings this year with his movement skills, strength, and the body type to dominate from his position.  The former Baylor signing and Navarro College standout spend time at Minnesota as well showing why BCS schools wanted him in 2012 with 38 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks as a first-team All-Lonestar selection.

 

61.  LB Tyler Zimmer, Seton Hill, Jr., 6-2, 235

He transferred from Duquesne for 2012 and put up huge numbers with 121 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks to earn first-team All-America honors last year.

 

62.  CB Devin Wallace, Virginia Union, Sr., 6-0, 210

Wallace would be much higher on this list if he had been the shut down corner that he should with his 4.3 speed.  He had just one interception and 8 pass breakups last year but the former Virginia transfer should have a big year in 2012 as he got better as the year progressed.

 

63.  LB Jake Lilly, Concord, Sr., 5-11, 200

Very few know the name and he won’t play in the NFL but you can’t talk about the top linebackers in D2 without mentioning him.  He’s an active player who makes plays against the run and pass.  Lilly is a two-time All-WVIAC selection who earned WVIAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012.

 

64.  DT Bryan Thomson, East Stroudsburg, Jr., 6-1, 290

ESU’s Zulli gets all the attention but Thomson is one of the best in the nation despite little hype.  He had 50 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks from his tackle position to earn PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year honors last year.

 

65.  CB Malcolm Butler, West Alabama, Sr., 5-11, 180

Butler transferred from Hinds CC for 2012 where he burst onto the scene with 15 passes defended and 44 tackles to earn first-team All-Gulf South honors.  His speed and ball skills make him someone the NFL is watching closely.

 

66.  K Sam Brockshus, Minnesota State Mankato, Sr., 5-11, 200

Kickers don’t make this list often but you can’t leave out a three-time All-NSIC selection and 2012 AFCA All-American.  Brockshus hit 21 of 27 field goals with a 47 long and was 59-61 on extra-point attempts.

 

67.  WR Torrence Allen, West Texas A&M, Sr., 6-1, 190

He has just one year of major production but it was a big year with 1,430 yards and 12 touchdowns to earn Lonestar Co-Wide Receiver of the Year honors in 2012.

 

68.  RB Brandon Brown-Dukes, Mercyhurst, Soph., 5-7, 195

While he’s tiny he is one of he most dynamic young players in the country.  Brown-Dukes averaged 5.3 yards per carry with 1,295 yards and 16 touchdowns as a freshman to earn first-team All-PSAC West and PSAC West Freshman of the Year honors.

 

69.  RB Cedric O’Neal, Valdosta State, Soph., 5-11, 197

O’Neal was a stud in his first year with 1,198 yards and 14 touchdowns (6.7ypc) in 13 games as he earned Gulf South Offensive Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Gulf South honors.

 

70.  K Sergio Castillo, West Texas A&M, Sr., 5-11, 175

Castillo earned first-team All-America honors hitting 20 of 23 field goals (87%) and a long of 56 yards.  He was 69 of 70 on extra-point attempts last year.

 

71.  WR Terrill Barnes, Indiana PA, Sr., 6-3, 215

Barnes isn’t a big name to most and hasn’t had any accolades yet but should in 2013.  He’s a NFL prospect who had 764 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2012 after averaging 22.2 yards per catch in 2011.

72.  AP Xzanvion Smith, Tusculum, Sr., 5-11, 190

Smith had a monster year in 2012 with 1,013 yards and 8 touchdowns receiving while averaging 23.8 yards per kickoff return and two touchdowns.  He’s not big but he is a reliable target for Bo Cordell and shows top notch return skills.

 

73.  DT Gustave Benthin, Western Oregon, Sr., 6-2, 305

Very athletic tackle who gets good penetration and shows speed when chasing down plays.  He is a three-time All-GNAC selection who was the Defensive Lineman of the Year with 63 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks last year.

 

74.  WR Eli Shoemaker, St. Cloud State, Sr., 6-0, 193

Shoemaker is one of the best big play threats in the NSIC.  He is a two-time All-NSIC North selection who averaged 22 yards per catch and had 11 touchdowns last season.

 

75.  WR DaJuan Beard, Washburn, Jr., 6-2, 195

There is no doubt he would be higher had he played in 2012.  To accurately rate him I had to look at 2011 tape where he had 1,029 yards and 15 touchdowns showing good hands and physical tools.

 

76.  RB De’Antwan Williams, Indiana PA, Sr., 5-7, 195

Williams transferred from Rutgers after 2011 and was one of the best players in the PSAC last year.  He was a second-team All-PSAC West pick with 1,325 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing while averaging 30.8 yards per kickoff return.  He may be tiny but he is fast, explosive, and stronger than you would expect.

 

77.  AP Keaton Hosch, Upper Iowa, Jr., 5-11, 180

Hosch was a first-team All-NSIC South selection as a receiver and return specialist with 1,094 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving while returning a kickoff and punt return for a touchdown.  He averaged 23.4 per punt return and 19.7 per kick return.

 

78.  AP Keon Robinson, Shepherd, Sr., 6-0, 199

Robinson is a very good corner who has earned first-team All-WVIAC honors twice.  He would have done it three years but he got hurt in the third game last year.  He showed return ability back in 2010 to make him a player worthy of ranking with the all-purpose performers.

 

79.  WR Dallas Grier, Truman State, Sr., 6-3, 195

Grier is a three-time All-MIAA selection who should be the best receiver in the MEC this year.  He had 1,026 yards and 4 touchdowns last season along with 205 punt return yards.  He’s not overly fast or a big play threat but has sure hands and is used as a possession target.

 

80.  QB Cayden Cochran, Valdosta State, Sr., 6-2, 188

It would be hard not to make this list when you are the returning starting quarterback for the defending national champions.  Cochran was also a star for VSU with 2,710 yards and 26 touchdowns to earn first-team All-Gulf South honors.

 

81.  S Fred Gaines, East Central, Sr., 6-1, 190

The Fresno City College transfer had a big year in 2012 with 7 picks and 3 pass breakups to earn first-team All-GAC honors.  He isn’t very long or fast but has good hands and tracks the football very well.

 

82.  OT Cole Manhart, Nebraska-Kearney, Jr., 6-5, 300

He needs to develop a good bit but at 6’5, 300 pounds the 2012 second-team All-MIAA selection at left tackle was a solid player who flashed the potential to be an elite linemen before he graduates.

 

83.  S Jack Moro, St. Cloud State, Sr., 5-11, 190

Moro had five of his 11 picks in 2 games last year while finishing with 49 tackles, 6 pass breakups, and 3 tackles for loss.  He was named an AFCA All-American and first-team All-NSIC North selection due to his ball skills and ability to be in the right place at the right time.

 

84.  CB Brian Dixon, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 6-0, 195

Somehow Dixon was snubbed from the All-MIAA team after transferring from Joliet JC with his brother.  He will certainly make the list this year though.  He had 30 tackles, 5 picks, and 2 pass breakups in 13 games to help form the best returning corner tandem in D2.

 

85.  CB Gerren DuHart, Wayne State (MI), Jr., 6-0, 177

After a solid 2011 season DuHart put up a standout sophomore season with 3 picks, 6 pass breakups, and 47 tackles to earn first-team All-GLIAC honors.

 

86.  CB Riyahd Richardson, Concord, Sr., 5-10, 180

Richardson was expected to play in the BCS but an off field incident in high school derailed those hopes.  He’s been a catch for Concord though.  He is a three-time All-WVIAC selection who had 5 picks and 13 pass breakups in 2012.

 

87.  QB Phillip Klaphake, St. Cloud State, Sr., 6-1, 196

After redshirting in 2009 he was named the NSIC Offensive Newcomer of the Year and has been named All-NSIC North all three years so far.  He threw for 2,760 yard and 28 touchdowns last year while showing off his feet with 607 yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground.

 

88.  QB Chris Mills, Indianapolis, Sr., 6-4, 213

Back in 2011 he was the GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year after throwing for 2,980 yards and 29 touchdowns with just 5 picks.  He improved his yards to 3,013 in 2012 but didn’t do as well with the touchdown to interception ratio (27-13).  He was named first-team All-GLVC for his 2012 performance and is the best offensive player in the league.

 

89.  DE TJ Batchelor, Chowan, Sr., 6-0, 235

Batchelor had one of the best seasons of any defensive linemen in the CIAA or nation last year with 77 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, and 12.5 sacks to earn first-team All-CIAA honors.  The undersized end has good speed but will have to convert to linebacker if he wants to play at the next level.

 

90.  QB D.J. Mendenhall, Urbana, Sr., 6-4, 215

Mendenhall is a three-time All-Conference pick, two-time GLFC Offensive Player and was the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2010.  Last year he was a second-team All-GLVC selection with 3,151 yards, 30 touchdowns, and ran for 350 yards and 6 touchdowns.  Even though he is 6’4 and over 215 pounds he has 29 career rushing touchdowns.

 

91.  DT Donnie Owens, Winston-Salem State, Sr., 6-3, 295

Somehow Owens was snubbed from the first-team All-CIAA list earning second team honors with 62 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks when the season was finished.  He’s a big, strong kid who moves well and flashes.  With his talent he could vault up this list in the postseason once he puts everything together.  Many don’t know it but Owens is a Coastal Carolina transfer who came in prior to the 2011 season.

 

92.  OT Zach Vermillion, Ashland, Sr., 6-4, 283

Vermillion is an undersized tackle but was consistent last year after making big improvements from 2011.  He’s a returning two-year starter who should be among the best in the nation.  He earned first-team All-GLIAC honors at left tackle last season.

 

93.  QB Cody Harris, Edinboro, Sr., 6-1, 194

Harris isn’t very big but the mobile signal caller is a returning two-time All-PSAC West selection who threw for 2,823 yards and 20 touchdowns with just 8 picks in 2012.  He completed 66.6% of his passes last year as well.

 

94.  S Trelan Taylor, Chadron State, Sr., 5-10, 195

Taylor was one of the best ball hawking safeties in D2 last year with 8 picks, 74 tackles, and 1 pass breakup to earn first-team All-RMAC and first-team All-America honors last year.

 

95.  C Chris Steck, Bloomsburg, Sr., 6-1, 285

Steck is a solid player who opens holes well.  This three-year starter is a two-time first-team All-PSAC selection.

 

96.  C Richard Lilla, Winona State, Sr., 6-2, 290

Lilla is the most consistent returning NSIC offensive lineman.  He is a three-time All-NSIC selection who earned first-team honors each of the last two years.

 

97.  DT Chris Kennedy, Bloomsburg, Sr., 6-3, 280

Kennedy isn’t a massive tackle but is athletic and made plays with strength last year.  He earned first-team All-PSAC East honors with 36 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks last year.

 

98.  AP Klay Fiechter, Indianapolis, Sr., 5-11, 192

While all the media attention goes to his quarterback I believe he’s the best player on the team.  He is a two-time All-Conference pick who had 1,475 yards and 19 touchdowns rushing last year.

 

99.  P Brandon Kliesen, CSU-Pueblo, Sr., 5-10, 210

Kliesen is a two-time All-RMAC selection who averaged 45.6 per punt last year.  He also booted 17 inside the 20-yard line and his 12 of 50 yards or more.

 

100.          LB Cody Bloom, Ashland, Sr., 6-0, 230

While Jamie Meder gets all the publicity Bloom has put up a good career as well.  He is a two-time All-GLIAC selection who finished with 116 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 1 pass breakup as a junior.  He’s shown steady improvement each season so there is no reason to believe he won’t have an All-America caliber season in 2013.