Hot 100: Top prospects hold steady heading to combine

My second edition of the "Hot 100" doesn't look drastically different from the first version. But now that the NFL Scouting Combine is upon us, there could be some movement among the prospects as the week goes on.

For team personnel, the combine is a way to confirm or re-evaluate the skills and abilities that have been scouted on tape for the past several weeks. For instance, some players could help or hurt their prospects with their performance in the 40, which could be good news considering the track is expected to be a fast one in Indianapolis this week.

With that out of the way, here's my updated list of the top 100 prospects:

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

There's a reason for the hype. Luck very well might be the most NFL-ready player at his position over the past five or six drafts.

2. Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Kalil has quite the NFL bloodline. His father, Frank, played several seasons in the league and his brother, Matt, is currently a standout with the Panthers. The younger Kalil is one of the better USC linemen over the past five or six years.

3. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Griffin has recently become everyone's darling, in part because of Cam Newton's rookie success. The idea that RG3 could be the next Newton has elevated his evaluation process.

4. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Coples has great pass-rush ability, but he has to learn to play hard every down.

5. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Claiborne is probably the best cover corner in draft. Combine his great coverage ability with his great kick-return ability and his value doubles.

6. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Richardson played at the same high school as Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, but might have more ability and speed than Smith did at the same point. Football is important to Richardson, but family is more important, which should go over well in interviews.

7. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

A broken foot will prevent Tannehill from working out until late March, but no QB prospect has progressed further since September. He hasn't started many games at QB after beginning his career at Texas A&M as a receiver, but he's believed to be the only signal-caller in college football history to beat Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska in a season, which he accomplished in 2010. He also suffered from 64 drops by his receivers in his senior season.

8. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Reiff was a multi-sport high school phenom in South Dakota, highlighted by a 130-1 career wrestling record.

9. Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama

A product of Nick Saban's Alabama system, Upshaw is a very talented LB who can play on all three downs.

10. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

Brockers is a defensive tackle, not a defensive end, but he has the talent and athleticism to be a Jason Pierre-Paul-type player.

11. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

Ingram is a very good pass rusher who could have entered the draft last season, but helped his draft stock by staying in school.

12. Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

Kuechly doesn't have outstanding speed, but good recognition helped him lead Boston College in tackles for three seasons.

13. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

Blackmon has better tools than Michael Crabtree when the latter was coming out of Texas Tech. If Blackmon runs well at the combine, he can move up the board.

14. David DeCastro, G, Stanford

As a four-year player at Stanford, DeCastro was very good guard who can also play center.

15. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Jenkins transferred from Florida, where he had off-field issues. But his excellent cover skills will make him an interesting prospect.

16. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

Jeffery wasn't as good in 2011 as he was in 2010. He has added some weight, which is a concern, but he has the potential to be a good player if he sheds some pounds.

17. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Teams want tall corners and Kirkpatrick fits the bill. He's over 6-foot-1 and has good technique taught to him by Nick Saban's Alabama staff.

18. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

Martin has shown good footwork and seems suited to play left tackle in the NFL.

19. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

Floyd is a tall WR who ran into a bit of offseason trouble at Notre Dame. However, his ranking could fluctuate depending on how well he runs.

Lombardi: Combine captivation

Michael Lombardi says the NFL Scouting Combine offers enticing action to the keenest eyes, both on and off the field. More ...

20a. Devon Still, DT, Penn State

Still has a respectable NFL pedigree as the cousin of former NFL defensive end Art Still and former Steelers LB Levon Kirkland. The younger Still had a very good senior year.

20b. Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

I talked to Randle about the possibility of coming to New York in April for the draft. He chuckled and reminded me I hadn't initially listed him in my Hot 100 and wondered if I had made a mistake by asking if he'd like to come. But Randle definitely deserves to be on this list because of his tremendous upside and his size as a vertical threat.

21. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

Worthy has good size and lots of ability, but the knock on him is that he doesn't go all out every play.

22. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State

Burfict was the most highly recruited player ever to land at ASU. However, his anger management issues often overshadowed his outstanding ability.

23. Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

Brown has better ability than his ranking shows, but is hurt in a draft where LBs aren't as coveted as DLs and OLs.

24. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Wright has great ability, especially when it comes to catching long balls, as he did frequently at Baylor. In addition to being a deep threat, Wright can be a weapon across the middle.

25. Nick Perry, DE, USC

Perry is a dual-position guy who has lots of upside. He can play with his hand on ground or could potentially play in space in a 3-4 defense.

  1. Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State
    1. Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
    2. Mark Barron, S, Alabama
    3. Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
    4. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
    5. Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
    6. Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
    7. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
    8. Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
    9. Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
    10. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fla.)
    11. Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
    12. Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
    13. Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
    14. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
    15. Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
    16. Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
    17. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
    18. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
    19. Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
    20. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
    21. Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska
    22. Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
    23. Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
    24. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
    25. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
    26. Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
    27. Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
    28. Billy Winn, DT, Boise State
    29. Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
    30. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
    31. Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State
    32. Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama
    33. Ronnell Lewis, DE, Oklahoma
    34. Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
    35. Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia
    36. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
    37. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
    38. Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
    39. George Iloka, S, Boise State
    40. Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
    41. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
    42. Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut
    43. Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State
    44. Chris Polk, RB, Washington
    45. Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska
    46. Luke Nix, G, Pittsburgh
    47. Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
    48. Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
    49. Joe Adams, WR/KR, Arkansas
    50. Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
    51. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
    52. Ben Jones, C, Georgia
    53. Senio Kelemete, OT, Washington
    54. Coryell Judie, CB, Texas A&M
    55. Sean Spence, LB, Miami (Fla.)
    56. Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
    57. Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern State
    58. Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas
    59. James Brown, G, Troy
    60. Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
    61. A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
    62. Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
    63. Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
    64. Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
    65. Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
    66. Brandon Washington, G, Miami (Fla.)
    67. Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State
    68. DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama
    69. Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
    70. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
    71. Ryan Steed, CB, Furman
    72. Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
    73. Eric Page, WR/KR, Toledo
    74. Josh LeRibeus, G, Southern Methodist
       
This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.
Earl "Curly" Lambeau, 37, coach of Green Bay Packers of National Football League, poses in 1931, location unknown. (AP Photo)

See all the Action

Replay every game all season.