|Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State|
|Big, physical, downhill runner. Tremendously productive in two years at Kansas State despite playing behind a weak offensive line. Doesn’t shy away from contact; capable of lowering his shoulder and running over defensive backs. Some experience as a receiver out of the backfield.|
|Runs too upright, invites too many hits and limits his ability to make guys miss. Barely even attempts to participate as a blocker. Speed is very average; won’t be a home-run hitter at the next level. Strictly a downhill runner; rarely bounces anything to the outside. Struggled academically throughout college; may have issues with NFL playbook.|
|Thomas has the potential to be a workhorse running back, however, there are enough holes in his game that it would be difficult to take him before the 3rd or 4th round. Few running backs with his upright, downhill style make it at the next level. However, his size certainly makes him an intriguing prospect.|
Nate Solder – OT – Colorado
Solder’s stock is in free fall after getting beat like a drum against Cal this past weekend. Solder, who is 6’8″, simply lacked the athleticism to keep pace with Cal’s speed rushers. His footwork was slow and he had trouble staying low enough to get his hands into their bodies. He entered the season as my top-rated offensive tackle – mainly because it’s a pretty weak group – but it’s unlikely he’ll remain in that top spot when I update the list.
Terrence Toliver – WR – LSU
Toliver entered the year as the top senior receiver (not that that title means much considering the mass exodus last year) but he hasn’t been a factor so far this season. He has just six receptions for 47 yards and doesn’t appear to be a big part of LSU’s game plan on offense.
Christian Ponder – QB – Florida State
Potential 1st-round picks rarely have a performance like Ponder’s against Oklahoma. He completed just 39.3 percent of his passes while throwing two interceptions. Oklahoma may have the best defense he’ll face all season, so this game will definitely stick in the mind of scouts.
Daniel Thomas – RB – Kansas State
Thomas is in the mix to be the first running back off the board in this year’s draft, and he’s already making his case. He’s racked up nearly 400 yards on the ground this season, including 234 against a respectable UCLA defense. On 49 attempts against UCLA and Missouri State he’s averaging 7.6 yards per carry.
Kendall Hunter – RB – Oklahoma State
Hunter leads all running backs in rushing yards this season (but trails Denard Robinson overall). He rushed for over 250 yards against Washington State and followed it up with 157 against Troy. Safe to say he’ll face some tougher defenses in the Big 12, but it’s still a nice start for Hunter.