One thing people get a little too caught up in early in the season is statistical performance. It's a natural tendency, but the problem is the body of work -- and very often, the level of competition -- doesn't provide enough of a snapshot to make significant moves. Do we drop Ryan Williams significantly because Boise State bottles him up? Well, the Broncos had the offseason to prepare. Still, there are changes. As we move into conference play opponent familiarity, better competition and the need to make changes quickly will show us a lot about how players adjust to and execute preparations. From there, you'll see more movement at the top.
And in regards to performance, remember again that this list is built upon how good these players will be at the NFL level -- it's about potential and how scouts and evaluators will grade, not just what the numbers will show.
As always, an asterisk denotes either a junior or draft-eligible sophomore, typically a redshirt.
Jake LockerQB6-3226Analysis: Has all the physical tools -- size, arm, even speed and improving footwork. Showing improved accuracy. Last week: No. 1
Andrew Luck *QB6-4235Analysis: Great arm, NFL smarts, solid footwork. Prototypical size and intangibles. Checks down with a veteran's savvy. Better competition awaits. Last week: No. 2
Robert Quinn *DE6-4267Analysis: Quinn is a freakish athlete. He's still developing consistency and is young for his class. Still facing NCAA eligibility issues. Last week: No. 3
A.J. Green *WR6-4207Analysis: The profile of a No. 1 receiver at NFL level. Great size-speed combination; instinctive, great hands. Facing NCAA hiccups, but he will be back. Last week: No. 4
Adrian ClaybornDE6-3282Analysis: Most consistent, complete defensive end on the board. Solid pass-rusher, steady against run. Fits as a 3-4 or 4-3 end and simply batters linemen. Last week: No. 5
Prince Amukamara CB6-1200Analysis: A big corner with a ton of talent. Amukamara has the necessary speed and leads a deep CB class. Big matchups await. Last week: No. 6
Ryan Mallett* QB6-7238Analysis: Has an incredible arm but developing footwork and accuracy. Must learn to check down, use underneath options. Volatile stock, but great start. Last week: No. 7
Marcell Dareus * DE6-3303Analysis: Has the versatility and explosiveness to be a 3-4 DE or DT in 4-3. He's ready to emerge, surrounded with talent. Back now after two-game suspension. Last week: No. 8
Patrick Peterson * CB6-1211Analysis: Safety size with fluidity of a top corner. Maybe the top size-speed combo in this entire class. Now seeing top-end return skills. Last week: No. 9
Anthony Castonzo OT6-7302Analysis: Pro-style tackle with athleticism to deal with varied styles of rush. Smart player (up for a Rhodes Scholarship) who could add bulk. Last week: No. 10
Allen Bailey DE6-4288Analysis: Still learning end position, building on flashes of brilliance in 2009. Bailey could project as a 3-4 or 4-3 DE. Impressed vs. Ohio State. Last week: No. 14
Mark Ingram * RB5-10212Analysis: Blue-collar runner, explosive after contact. Pro-style workhorse back. Lacks top-end speed, but productive. Should be back after small injury. Last week: No. 12
Ryan Kerrigan DE6-4259Analysis: Disruptive, relentless pass-rusher with decent power versus the run. Great motor, reminds of Chris Long. Flying up the Board. Last week: No. 17
Ras-I Dowling CB6-2200Analysis: Experienced, smooth CB; has fluid hips. In a tight battle with Peterson and Amukamara as top corner in this class. Last week: No. 13
Cameron Heyward DE6-6287Analysis: He's more dominant versus the run than the pass and needs to find consistency. Gains points for versatility along the line. Strong vs. Miami. Last week: No. 20
Jon Baldwin * WR6-5225Analysis: Height, physical strength and ball skills are there; so is sub-4.5 speed. Goes up for the ball. Miami game offers big stage. Last week: No. 15
Julio Jones * WR6-4211Analysis: Great physical tools and a fantastic blocker. Some questions about hands and consistency, but his only limit is concentration. Last week: No. 16
Akeem Ayers * OLB6-4252Analysis: Budding star, an absolute physical specimen with ideal size. Ready to break out. Cover skills trump pass-rushing skills. Team is struggling. Last week. No. 18
Daniel Thomas RB6-2228Analysis: Current growth could have him emerge as top RB in class. Highly productive with great size, quickness. Last week: NR
Nate Solder OT6-9310Analysis: A physical specimen, Solder weighs more than 300 pounds with virtually no body fat. Off to bad start, thus the big drop from last week. Last week: No. 11
Ryan Williams * RB5-10207Analysis: A TD machine; has great quickness, underrated strength. Off to terrible statistical start, but the skills are there. Last week: No. 21
Michael Floyd * WR6-3220Analysis: Feared deep threat, best receiver on a team with Golden Tate last year. He lacks top-end speed, though, and must prove durability. Last week: No. 22
Bruce Carter OLB6-3230Analysis: Smart, reliable outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense. Could add size but uses speed to cover entire field. Must learn to shed blocks better. Last week: No. 23
Rahim Moore * S6-1196Analysis: A ball hawk who led the nation in interceptions last season and moves well from sideline to sideline. Must prove physical versus blocks. Last week: No. 24
Marvin Austin DT6-3305Analysis: Flashes dominance but must gain consistency. He's an ideal 4-3 penetrating tackle, but his production isn't up to the level of his talent. Last week: No. 25
Sometimes running the Mularkey offense makes me feel like I'm in a prison.