Daniel's Top 20 NCAAFB Players


About a month ago I unveiled my top 20 NFL players, and that got me to thinking. Why not reveal my top 20 current college football players? Please note these players are not ranked off of pro value, instead they are ranked of how they rank at the college level. Let’s get the list started:

1. Tim Tebow (QB, Florida): Well he did win the Heisman and that means he’s the best player in college football. He could win it again this year although I don’t think he will because the Gators have many other options. Also just to note, both lists began with a quarterback.

2. Michael Crabtree (WR, Texas Tech): I don’t care what offense he plays in because this guy would be dominant no matter where he played. He’s a super athlete and could score 25 TDs this year.

3. James Laurinatius (LB, Ohio State): The Ohio State linebacker is one of the best players in the country. He has a great nose for the football and is easily a top 20 college player.

4. Michael Oher (OT, Ole Miss): Oher is the one player that everyone agrees will be a top 10 pick in next year’s NFL Draft. He stars on a Mississippi team that continues to struggle in the SEC.

5. Ray Maualuga (LB, USC): He really shined last season in the Rose Bowl against Illinois and is not an unquestioned top player at the college level. He likes making hard tackles and big plays at big moments.

6. Michael Johnson (DE, Georgia Tech): He really hasn’t had a chance to prove how great he can be yet because of injuries but there’s no doubt that he’s the best defensive lineman in college football. Expect him to wreak havok all year long.

7. Knowshon Moreno (RB, Georgia): Moreno is a great running back but I have to believe defenses are going to figure him out this season. He will be fantastic no matter what defenses throw at him though.

8. Chris Wells (RB, Ohio State): Wells leads the Buckeyes offense and has developed into one of the better running backs in college. He’s already played in two national championship games.

9. Jeremy Maclin (WR, Missouri): Maclin can change a game in many ways. He’s very quick and can return kicks and punts for touchdowns at any moment.

10. Andre Smith (OT, Alabama): Smith is a great college football player and has really been the main man on the Crimson Tide’s offensive line since the day they signed him.

11. Noel Devine (RB, West Virgnia): I’m sure I will get a lot of complaints about this one but believe me Noel Devine is going to be amazing for the Mountaineers. Just wait.

12. Malcolm Jenkins (CB, Ohio State): Jenkins is the best cornerback in college football in my estimation and yes for those counting that is now three Ohio State players in the top 12. I better not any hear any complaints from Buckeye fans.

13. Vontae Davis (CB, Illinois): Back to back cornerbacks on the list as Davis gets my #13 spot. I love this kid, he has a knack for making the big play with Illinois needs it most.

14. Myron Rolle (S, Florida State): Rolle is very talented, and amazingly he’s the first ACC player on this list. Now I know where I’m going to get my complaints from…..

15. Derius Heyward Bey (WR, Maryland): Heyward Bey is an amazing talent. He has breakaway speed and is the #1 wide receiver prospect for the 2009 NFL Draft.

16. Matthew Stafford (QB, Georgia): I believe that Stafford is the only franchise quaterback available in the 2009 NFL Draft (if he decides to leave UGA) but he’s #16 here because he’s been overshadowed by Tebow and Moreno so far.

17. Percy Harvin (WR, Florida): Harvin has amazing speed and is a nightmare when he’s paired on an offense with Tebow and Chris Rainey. He might finish in the top 5 for the Heisman this year.

18. Fili Moala (DT, USC): I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Moala ends up going in the top five in the 2009 NFL Draft, and he’s a great hole filler for the Trojans on the defensive line.

19. George Selvie (DE, South Florida): I know a few guys that are higher on Selvie than I am. He’s very talented but I think I have him ranked about right.

20. Tyson Jackson (DE, LSU): Back to back defensive ends to finish off the list as I give some love to the defending national champions. LSU’s defensive line might just be the best in the nation AGAIN this year.