As I prepared for the Rams Pre game Radio show with Randy Karraker and Rick Venturi, 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. All Prospects are listed alpha by position, newly added players are Red bold. Stay tuned for evaluation reports on each of these players as we move closer to the NIC Combine in February.

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

Prince Amukamara Nebraska

Chris Rucker Michigan State

Demarcus Van Dyke Miami

SAFETIES:

Ahmad Black Florida

Quinton Carter Oklahoma

Jeron Johnson Boise State

Deunta Williams North Carolina

DeAndre McDaniel Clemson

Jaiquawn Jarrett Temple

Jermale Hines Ohio State

LINEBACKERS:

Inside:

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

Cameron Heyward Ohio State

Greg Romeus Pittsburgh

Cameron Jordon CaL

Look for my column tomorrow; there will be new additions to my top Underclassmen listing that are heavily rumored of declaring for the 2011 draft. Again, 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).