All-Americans based on NFL potential

December, 12, 2011
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Pro Football Weekly makes its own All-American team every year, but it gives it a twist: Its team is based mostly on projected NFL talent.

It says:
PFW’s All-America team annually honors the most talented players in college football and is selected based on considerable feedback from NFL evaluators taking into consideration a player’s pure talent and contribution to his team. Unlike many other teams rewarding the best college football players, PFW places an extra premium on true talent and draft value in the selection process. However, participants are expected to have contributed for the bulk of the season, leaving off some talented prospects who were limited this season. Extra attention was paid to qualities such as toughness, competitiveness and work ethic.



You'll notice plenty of Pac-12 representation, but most only on offense.

Quarterback

Andrew Luck, Stanford*

Honorable mention

Matt Barkley, USC*

Robert Griffin III, Baylor*

Running back

Trent Richardson, Alabama*

Honorable mention

Montee Ball, Wisconsin*

David Wilson, Virginia Tech*

Fullback

Jay Prosch, Illinois***

Honorable mention

Braden Wilson, Kansas State*

Wide receivers

Sammy Watkins, Clemson****

Kendall Wright, Baylor

Honorable mention

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State*

Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina*

Marvin McNutt, Iowa

Tight end

Coby Fleener, Stanford

Honorable mention

Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame*

Dwayne Allen, Clemson*

Offensive tackles

Matt Kalil, USC*

Riley Reiff, Iowa*

Honorable mention

Barrett Jones, Alabama*

Taylor Lewan, Michigan**

Zebrie Sanders, Florida State

Cordy Glenn, Georgia

Offensive guards

David DeCastro, Stanford

Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

Honorable mention

Chance Warmack, Alabama*

Alvin Bailey, Arkansas**

Center

Peter Konz, Wisconsin*

Honorable mention

David Molk, Michigan

Ben Jones, Georgia

Defensive Ends

Sam Montgomery, LSU**

Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

Honorable mention

Whitney Mercilus, Illinois*

Barkevious Mingo, LSU**

Vinny Curry, Marshall

Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma*

Defensive tackles

Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State*

Devon Still, Penn State

Honorable mention

Michael Brockers, LSU**

Brandon Thompson, Clemson

Josh Chapman, Alabama

Dontari Poe, Memphis*

Inside linebacker

Dont’a Hightower, Alabama*

Honorable mention

Luke Kuechly, Boston College*

Lavonte David, Nebraska

Outside linebackers

Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

Jarvis Jones, Georgia**

Honorable mention

Gerald Hodges, Penn State*

Sean Spence, Miami (Fla.)

Cornerbacks

Morris Claiborne, LSU*

Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama*

Honorable mention

Tyrann Mathieu, LSU***

Brodrick Brown, Oklahoma State**

Leonard Johnson, Iowa State

David Amerson, North Carolina State***

Safeties

Mark Barron, Alabama

T.J. McDonald, USC*

Honorable mention

Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia*

Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma***

John Boyett, Oregon*

Placekicker

Randy Bullock, Texas A&M

Honorable mention

Caleb Sturgis, Florida*

Punter

Steven Clark, Auburn***

Honorable mention

Brad Wing, LSU****

Return specialist

Joe Adams, Arkansas

Honorable mention

Taveon Rogers, New Mexico State*

Editor’s note: Juniors are marked by one asterisk (*), draft-eligible sophomores have two (**), true sophomores have three (***) and freshmen have four (****).

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