This list of players is players I feel I had a good awareness of (you probably did too).
Most are well know prospects that have first round talent.
These are prospects I would consider "Even", based on how they were being evaluated before the season started. The end of this week I will post my Up/Down lists.
Eric Berry- My Mock Draft- #2 to the Browns
The nation’s best defensive back has been impressive so far this season. Berry has racked up 21 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, and a pick in his last two games. He has lined up all over the field, and with opposing teams looking for him before every play, has still managed to be a big time player. There isn’t a defensive player in the nation that matches his mix of athleticism and football intelligence. There is a great chance he repeats as the SEC’s Defensive player of the year and lands in the top 5 in 2010’s NFL Draft.
Jahvid Best- My Mock Draft- #12 to the Chiefs
Cal - Running Back
NFL Comparisons- Steve Slaton- Chris Johnson
The electric homerun hitter has done nothing to hurt his Heisman campaign. With unbelievable explosion and great vision, Best has tallied up an impressive 471 yards of offense in his first three games. In my opinion, there is no running back in the nation that has the vision and explosion he does. There are backs that may challenge one or the other, but no one cuts and accelerates the way Best does. He will be the first back off the board in 2010.
As I have said before, if you haven’t seen this guy play, you really need to watch the next Cal game. The USC game should be very interesting.
Dez Bryant- My Mock draft- #9 to the Redskins
Oklahoma State- Wide Receiver
Even though his team was overrated, Bryant has been anything but. Despite being doubled teamed most of the time, Bryant has caught 17 balls for 323 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also had an 82 yard punt return for a touchdown. There are going to be several teams in the top 10 in need of a wide receiver. Even if Michael Crabtree is in the 2010 draft class, my number one receiver is Bryant. He has more speed and athletic ability.
Explosive Junior Running Backs
These guys are quick and exciting, but have been extremely unimpressive at times. The inconsistent play has led me to believe these players should be 2nd and possibly 3rd round draft picks in 2010 (if they leave early).
Clemson - Running back
NFL Comparison- Leon Washington
Spiller is a blazer and a threat to take it to the house each time he touches the ball. That being said, his longest run of the year is only 25 yards. With James Davis gone, most expected Spiller to light up the stats sheets each week. He hasn’t done that in the running game, but does have a 65 yard receiving touchdown, 77 yard punt return touchdown, and a 96 yard kick return touchdown. He is a dynamic player that shows up on highlight reels, but I want to see more from him in the running game if I’m going to leave him in my first round mock.
Oklahoma - Running back
NFL Comparison- Jamaal Charles
Murray has shown some flashes of his elite ability this season, but I am still skeptical of his every down potential. He is a hard player to evaluate, due to his lack of touches. He has had two games with just 10 carriers, and one with 12. I was expecting to see him take over the BYU game when Bradford went down, but he finished the game with just 58 yards on the ground. I have to see more from him down the stretch.
I will be watching him very close during the Miami game Oct. 3.
USC - Running back
NFL Comparison- Reggie Bush
McKnight has been inconsistent since he started his college career at USC. At times he looks like a Heisman hopeful and other times looks like he is the least talented of USC’s loaded backfield. He has two 100 yard games this season and has a nice 7.4 yard per carry, but I wonder why he hasn’t separated himself from the others in the USC backfield. He came in as the next "Reggie Bush", but his production hasn’t even been comparable. So far he has shown flashes and some great highlights, but has yet to prove he is an every down back.
West Virginia - Running back
NFL Comparison- Darren Sproles
Out of every back on this list, Devine has been the most consistent this season. He is a game changer with unbelievable acceleration. Devine has started the 2010 campaign very nicely with 320 yards and 5 touchdowns. He already has more touchdowns than last season, but West Virginia’s entire 2009 schedule is weak. It will be interesting to see if Devine can impress each week.
Miami - Running back
NFL Comparison- Jerious Norwood
Deservingly so, Copper has been overshadowed by Miami’s sophomore QB Jacory Harris. Copper splits carries with Javarris James, but has managed to make a nice impression both on offense and in the return game. In Miami’s big wins over FSU and Georgia Tech, Copper has averaged over 5 yards a carry, 11 yards a reception and 34 yards on kick returns. If Miami continues to rise in the polls, Copper will be a big reason why.