Top Ten Defensive Draft Prospects
Gholston is a forceful penetrator who constantly makes plays in the opponent's backfield. Lining up at defensive end for the Buckeyes, he projects to outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment at the next level.
The athletic defender is constantly around the action making positive plays. He'll be the top pure weak side linebacker available next April.
A shut-down corner with sprinter's speed, Jenkins' game has improved this season. As a result he's likely to be the first corner drafted if he leaves for the NFL.<br><br>* Denotes Underclassman
An explosive force in the middle of the field, Maualuga reminds many of Junior Seau. <br><br>* Denotes Underclassman
A preseason favorite to possibly be the first selection of the draft, Campbell has played uninspired football this year. The most recent word is that Campbell could return to Miami for his senior campaign.<br><br>* Denotes Underclassman
Small in stature for his position, Ellis looms as a large presence on the football field. One of the most consistent players on a talented Trojans defense.
A dominant defender who could be used at a variety of linebacker spots, Laurinaitis has elevated his game this year.<br><br>* Denotes Underclassman
The next great safety from the Hurricane program, Phillips is a forceful playmaker with top cover skills.<br><br>* Denotes Underclassman
Long has been on a tear all season long. He's a more talented version of former Cavalier Patrick Kerney,and teams will love his intensity.
A disruptive force, Dorsey has taken his game to the next level this season. The only reason he won't be the No. 1 pick is size limitations -- he's 6-foot-1, 295 pounds.