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.


Curtis Brown Texas

Ras- I Dowling Virginia

Marcus Gilchrist Clemson

Devon House New Mexico

Brandon Hogan West Virginia

Johnny Patrick Louisville

Jimmy Smith Colorado


Ahmad Black Florida

Quinton Carter Oklahoma

Jeron Johnson Boise State

Deunta Williams North Carolina


Inside side:

Greg Jones Michigan State

Colin McCarty Miami

Kelvin Sheppard LSU

Quan Sturdivant North Carolina


Bruce Carter North Carolina

Jermey Beal Oklahoma

Mark Herzlich Boston College

Von Miller Texas A&M



Marvin Austin North Carolina

Kendrick Ellis Hampton

Jarvis Jenkins Clemson

Stephen Paea Oregon State


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).