How do you rank the top 50 college football players in the country?
Little sleep, lots of research, and knowing that no matter what somebody is going to call you an idiot at the end of the day because “You forgot ___________! How is ____________ not on this list?”
To be clear right up front, this is not an easy process. NFL analysis does not affect any of these rankings, because this list is ranking college football players in college football. Freshman were eligible to make the list, but since I have only seen recruiting videos on all of them, I elected to leave off freshman for now. On this list you will see players who haven’t played a lot and players that have proven themselves for the most part. The players that haven’t played are guys I believe are going to be breakout stars this year.
It is tough to put together the perfect formula for doing something like this. How much does last year weigh in? How much does not playing last year because of an injury or because a guy in front of a player was already a star? It’s tough. Hopefully readers will realize this is an impossible task and take this as one man’s ranking of college football players for this upcoming season.
I know there are some very, very good players not on this list. It’s impossible to rank everyone. If I had the time and money to do it, I’d rank every player in the entire country. Unfortunately, I don’t have either.
Which player checks in at number one?
Patrick Peterson, the cornerback from LSU. Peterson is a big strong, physical corner that has shown his incredible shutdown skills in the nation’s toughest conference. Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram checks in at No. 2 (his backup Trent Richardson is at No. 20) and Georgia wide receiver A. J. Green is third. I will let you scroll down to see the rest of the rankings.
So, take this, read it, and pass it along.