Setting the market for hypothetical college football free agency 2013


We're all familiar with NFL free agency by now, but what if college football had the same system?

With NFL free agency upon us, it got us thinking about which college football players would command the most attention if college football had a free agency system. Assuming no one would have to sit out a season after transferring (because wouldn't that be silly), we compiled a list of players that would be among those setting the price in the marketplace.

Remaining years of eligibility would have to be a major consideration in college football free agency, as a player with two or more years left would obviously be more desirable than a player with only one year remaining. However, as we saw with Russell Wilson at Wisconsin in 2011, a one-year player can make a huge impact.

So, for now, let's ignore free agent budgets and the like, and take a look at which players would be the most sought-after if college football players could become free agents. This is hardly a comprehensive list, so feel free to suggest more in the comments.

Quarterback: Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M redshirt sophomore), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville junior), Braxton Miller (Ohio State junior), Christian Hackenberg (Penn State freshman)
Running back: Todd Gurley (Georgia sophomore), Lache Seastrunk (Baylor redshirt junior), T.J. Yeldon (Alabama sophomore)
Wide receiver: Marqise Lee (USC junior), Amari Cooper (Alabama sophomore)
Tight end: Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington junior), O.J. Howard (Alabama freshman)
Offensive line: Cyrus Kouandjio (Alabama redshirt junior), Jake Matthews (Texas A&M senior), Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss freshman)

Defensive line: Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina junior), Devonte Fields (TCU sophomore), Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss freshman), Will Sutton (Arizona State senior)
Outside linebacker: Ryan Shazier (Ohio State junior), Adrian Hubbard (Alabama redshirt junior), Kyle Van Noy (BYU senior)
Inside linebacker: A.J. Johnson (Tennessee junior), Eric Kendricks (UCLA redshirt junior)
Defensive back: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon junior), Bradley Roby (Ohio State redshirt junior), Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida freshman), Shaq Thompson (Washington sophomore)

Special teams: Stefon Diggs (Maryland sophomore), Dri Archer (Kent State redshirt senior), Venric Mark (Northwestern senior)

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