No. 14. Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
2011 stats: He led the team with 105 total tackles, including 13.5 TFLs and 5.5 sacks. He had three interceptions, seven passes defended, six quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Previous ranking: Not ranked.
Making the case for Brown: He was one of the fastest linebackers in college football, and his speed is one of his best attributes. He’s a strong tackler and is coming off his best season at North Carolina. He was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, a first-team All-ACC selection and was also one of UNC’s top special-teams contributors. He had five double-digit tackle games, including a season-high 14 in the Independence Bowl against Missouri.
No. 15 Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
No. 16 Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
No. 17 Sean Spence, LB, Miami
No. 18 Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
No. 19 Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland
No. 20 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
No. 21 Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
No. 22 Terrell Manning, LB, NC State
No. 23 Matt Conrath, DT, Virginia
No. 24 Omoregie Uzzi, RG, Georgia Tech
No. 25 Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State