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    Richner: Top 35 Prospects

    January Update
    Last Updated: 1/18/2015 8:58 PM ET
    Like we did last year last year, we will take an in-depth look at some of the most talked-about NFL draft prospects in college football. Below, NFL Draft expert Matt Richner ranks his top 35 overall prospects.

    The 2013-2014 college football season is officially behind us and now we just have to wait until January 15 when all non-seniors must either declare for the 2014 NFL Draft or decide to return to school. There are currently 70 underclassmen who have already declared and I expect a few more to declare over the next couple of days and into the weekend.

    Below are the updated Top-35 rankings to date. These rankings don't reflect the actual order I believe the players will get drafted. We have ranked each player using statistical analysis of their performance both this season and in past seasons. In the weeks ahead, we will roll out our NFL Draft coverage. I'm sure you all remember that we take an objective viewpoint, focusing more on a player's stats and performance with little to no weight on their 40-yard dash times or the number of bench press totals.

    This month's rankings feature five previously unranked players with Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson leading the group. He has really come onto the national scene with his level of play the past couple of months. He has shown the consistent ability to handle some of the nation's elite pass rushers and effectively shut them down. Carl Bradford (OLB) from Arizona State has yet to declare, but if he does, keep an eye out for him leading up to the draft. With 21.5 career sacks, 44 TFL and 6 forced fumbles, he has shown that he has a knack for making plays all over the field.

    Anthony Barr still holds the top spot, holding his ground over Jake Matthews and Teddy Bridgewater. Khalil Mack (OLB, Buffalo) has cracked the top five for the first time all season. The biggest drop in the rankings went to both Marqise Lee (WR, USC) and Cyril Richardson (OG, Baylor). Both players fell 13 spots

    Player Position School Previous Rank
    Anthony Barr OLB UCLA 1
    Jake Matthews LT Texas A&M 3
    Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville 2
    Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo 6
    Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina 4
    Sammy Watkins WR Clemson 8
    AJ McCarron QB Alabama 5
    Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame 7
    Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh 10
    Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan St. 20
    Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU 11
    Justin Gilbert DB Oklahoma State 29
    Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama 9
    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama 32
    Trent Murphy DE Stanford 24
    Greg Robinson OG Auburn NR
    Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt 21
    David Yankey OG Stanford 12
    Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington 26
    Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State 15
    Taylor Lewan OT Michigan 28
    Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona NR
    Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 14
    Aaron Murray QB Georgia 25
    Cedric Ogbuehi OG/OT Texas A&M NR
    C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama 18
    Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi St 23
    Marqise Lee WR USC 16
    Carl Bradford OLB Arizona State NR
    Eric Ebron TE UNC 27
    Cyril Richardson OG Baylor 19
    Travis Swanson C Arkansas NR
    Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame 33
    Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin 31
    Will Sutton DT Arizona State 30

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