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Top interior prospects will face off in Week 10 of the college season

Originally Published: October 31, 2012
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.

There is minimal shifting in this week's ranking of the top 32 overall prospects for the NFL draft, but the action in Week 10 could produce plenty of shuffling in the near future.

This week's Alabama-LSU game features plenty of big-name prospects, including the top offensive lineman on the board taking on a potential first-round defensive tackle, and a pair of highly touted defensive ends who could wreak havoc as pass-rushers.

Elsewhere, a potentially career-threatening injury to South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore has dropped him out of the top 32, while a standout Big Ten offensive tackle makes his debut this week.

Here's a look at the entire list, with draft-eligible non-seniors noted with an asterisk.


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1
DT
6-3
320

Analysis: Lotulelei continues to dominate interior offensive linemen with his blend of quickness and power. He also has strong hands, nimble feet, the ability to quickly discard blockers, and impressive lateral range. Previously: 1

2
DE
6-5
240

Analysis: Mingo's long frame, elite first step as a pass-rusher and outstanding speed for his size make him a major weapon off the edge. He also has great range and closing burst against the run. Previously: 2

3
DE
6-4
255

Analysis: Werner has moved steadily up the board in recent weeks thanks to improved pass-rush skills and his ability to set the edge against the run. His quickness and strong hands are impressive, and Werner can convert speed to power when rushing the passer. Previously: 3

4
OLB
6-2
242

Analysis: Jones is a steady performer on a defense loaded with NFL prospects. He's a good overall athlete and top-notch pass-rusher, has impressive range in both pass coverage and against the run, and can line up all over the defensive formation. Previously: 4

5
OG
6-2⅜
325

Analysis: Warmack is a big, strong, nasty lineman with good smarts and athleticism. The best guard I've evaluated in the past decade, Warmack is the rare interior lineman worthy of a top-10 overall pick. Previously: 5



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