@David I get it. You are a Broncos fan. Of course you are going to think they are the best team. The season is 3 weeks old. Let the teams play a few more before touting your team. They are very good and perhaps have the best defense in the league. Minnesota's may be better, but that is a toss up also. Simien is OK. Do not go throwing him as great yet. I seem to remember a QB named Foles having 27 TD's and 2 INT's one year and look how that turned out.... Walt has him in the top 5 and I feel it could be any of those 5 as the top team by years end. You take this whole ranking thing way too seriously dude...
These are the school's prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft by status * - denotes 2014 prospect ** - denotes 2015 prospect.
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Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 303. Arm: 32 1/8. Hand: 10. 40 Time: 5.23. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 4/6/13: Hill didn't help himself at the Combine, but he didn't hurt himself either.
Hill recorded 64 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, an interception, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2012. The pick came against Virginia. Hill was a very good run-defender for the Nittany Lions and helped free up their standout linebackers. He had a dominant performance against Wisconsin to end his collegiate career.
Hill performed well at the Senior Bowl. He won his share of one-on-ones and had success in run defense. Hill didn't dominate, but he showed that he can be effective against future NFL offensive linemen.
8/25/12: Hill benefitted from playing next to Devon Still in 2011, but Hill produced the most tackles on the defensive line, 59. He also had eight tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The junior was an All-Big Ten honorable mention.
Hill was mostly a backup as a sophomore, recording 36 tackles. He could use more size for the NFL.
Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 243. Arm: 32.08 40 Time: 4.78. Projected Round (2013): 3-5. 4/6/13: The team leader played really well with 109 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up, one forced fumble and two interceptions in 2012.
Hodges is a well-rounded linebacker with three-down potential for the NFL. He performed well at the East-West Shrine, but didn't stand out at the Combine.
8/29/12: Hodges led Penn State in tackles last season with 106 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, one interception, four passes broken up and two forced fumbles. It was his first full season of playing time. He is a hard-nosed player who has good instincts and a nice physical skill set. The Penn Stater looks like a solid second-day selection.
Michael Mauti, ILB, Penn State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 243. Projected 40 Time: 4.79. Projected Round (2013): 6-FA. 4/6/13: Mauti played really well this year and helped his stock, but he blew out a knee late in the season. It was the third time that Mauti had a serious knee injury during his collegiate career. Mauti finished 2012 with 97 tackles, four tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He had a 99-yard interception return against Illinois.
The knee injury points to a huge medical red flag. Mauti tore his right ACL in 2009 and his left ACL in 2011. If it weren't for the injuries, he could've been a second-day pick. As it stands, Mauti could fall undrafted, but he would be worth signing as an undrafted free agent and could compete to make the 53-man roster.
8/31/12: Mauti played in only four games in 2011, but made 21 tackles for one interception and three tackles for a loss. He had 66 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2012. Mauti could contribute on special teams.