As I completed yesterday’s column, of the Top Offensive Prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft, I was gathering my thoughts and comparing current NFL players vs. College prospects, I noticed a few acronyms I attached to some prospects that need explaining. (ATH) = Athlete; A player with outstanding athletic ability that has a chance to play another position. (RS) = Return Specialist; A player (Running Back, Wide Receiver, Defensive Back) that has the skills, speed and production to return both Punts and Kickoff Returns.

As I developed the list of Top Defensive prospects, keep in mind these are the players that I have evaluated to this point and will add more prospects as I receive tape. Prospects are listed alpha by position.

CORNERS:

Curtis Brown Texas

Ras- I Dowling Virginia

Marcus Gilchrist Clemson

Devon House New Mexico

Brandon Hogan West Virginia

Johnny Patrick Louisville

Jimmy Smith Colorado

SAFETIES:

Ahmad Black Florida

Quinton Carter Oklahoma

Jeron Johnson Boise State

Deunta Williams North Carolina

LINEBACKERS:

Inside side:

Greg Jones Michigan State

Colin McCarty Miami

Kelvin Sheppard LSU

Quan Sturdivant North Carolina

Outside:

Bruce Carter North Carolina

Jermey Beal Oklahoma

Mark Herzlich Boston College

Von Miller Texas A&M

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN:

Tackles:

Marvin Austin North Carolina

Kendrick Ellis Hampton

Jarvis Jenkins Clemson

Stephen Paea Oregon State

Ends:

Allen Bailey Miami

Adrian Clayborn Iowa

Ryan Kerrigan Purdue

Look for tomorrows column, I will list what I feel are the top Underclassmen that are heavily rumored of declaring for the 2011 draft. Underclassmen are Juniors (three years removed from High School), or Red-Shirt Sophomores (red-shirt; means the prospect sat out a season for growth, medical, or academics and did not participate in games, but was allowed to practice).