The second annual G5 NFL Prospect List looks to continue the success rate of our first List. Last year we predicted 30-35 G5 players to be drafted. 38 were selected. Of the 38 drafted, 34 appeared on our list, with 31 being in our “pick zone”.

As with last year, the G5 Gurus have analyzed the draft rankings from six of the major prospect ranking sites/services. These sites include The Draft Network, CBS Sports (Top 200 prospects), Pro Football Network, Walter Football, Draftek, and Draft Lord.

In order for a player to be in our final analysis list they had to be ranked among the top 350 prospects in one of the services. In addition, if we were aware of a player already committing to another year of college football, we did not include them in the list.

Our analysis yielded a list of 141 players. This list is up about 30% from last year when we saw a large number of players opting to return to college following a shortened COVID season.

Cincinnati leads all schools with 12 players on the list. The remainder of the Top 10 includes (in order) San Diego State (9), Tulsa (8), Coastal Carolina (7), Fresno State (7), Louisiana (6), SMU (6), and Appalachian State (5). Seven teams have four players on the list.

By Conference, the AAC leads with 43 players (30%), followed by the MWC with 24 (24%), and the Sunbelt with 22 (16%).

26 players were ranked in all services. 11 players appeared in 5 of the services, and 12 appeared in 4.

Note, Walter Football and Draftek rank players at multiple positions. When this is done, we include all the rankings provided by the respective sites (separated by a “/”). Also, Walter Football and Draft Lords only rank by position.

In summary, we believe the G5 will have somewhere between 40-45 players selected in the draft, with many more being picked up as free agents. We believe the low number for G5 draftees is 38, the high is 50. The table below provides a comprehensive view of the 141 players that met the criteria for inclusion. The table is sortable, but be aware, due to the multiple rankings for Walter Football and Draftek, sorts on their position rank may not yield expected results.

The initial sort order of the table is by position and average rank within position.

Click table to scroll. Notations: (DN) Draft Network, (CBS) CBS Top 150, (PFN) Pro Football Network, (WFB) Walter Football, (DTK) Draftek, (DL) Draft Lord
PlayerTeamPositionDN PosDN OvrCBS PosCBS OvrPFN PosPFN OvrWFB PosDTK PosDTK OvrDL PosRatedRate %Avg PosAvg Ovr
Vitaliy GurmanToledoC    10301    117%     10.0    301.0
Ahmad GardnerCincinnatiCB31852241822826100%       3.0      16.5
Coby BryantCincinnatiCB11841911717160191186106100%     14.5    111.8
Tariq WoolenUTSACB107921131131041622204166100%     16.3    129.5
Marcus JonesHoustonCB12851599191583425217196100%     20.7    139.8
Tycen AndersonToledoCB12163  13160283124522583%     21.2    189.3
Tayler HawkinsSan Diego StateCB       2320831233%     27.0    208.0
Damarion WilliamsHoustonCB28204  3224530  27467%     29.3    224.5
D’Jordan StrongCoastal CarolinaCB29239     2421524350%     25.7    227.0
Shaun JollyAppalachian StateCB    29254 2823539350%     32.0    244.5
Devin TaylorBowling GreenCB       3225558233%     45.0    255.0
Darrell Baker Jr.Georgia SouthernCB33255       46233%     39.5    255.0
DaRon BlandFresno StateCB    29279    117%     29.0    279.0
Steven GilmoreMarshallCB37293        117%     37.0    293.0
Sam WomackToledoCB    33313    117%     33.0    313.0
Scott PatchanColorado StateDE    21392    117%     21.0    392.0
Kameron ButlerMiami OHDE/3-4 OLB      34/29   117%     31.5 n/a 
Travis JonesUConnDL1T664111119124727286100%       7.2      92.8
Tyarise StevensonTulsaDL1T       613614233%     10.0    136.0
Jerrod ClarkCoastal CarolinaDL1T       10202 117%     10.0    202.0
Dion NovilNorth TexasDL1T    2790 1532833350%     25.0    209.0
Tayland HumphreyUL LafayetteDL1T    19223 1223429350%     20.0    228.5
Kalia DavisUCFDL3T  19200   1223841350%     24.0    219.0
Jaxon PlayerTulsaDL3T       16326 117%     16.0    326.0
Jonah TavaiSan Diego StateDL5T       18276 117%     18.0    276.0
Zi’Yon HillLouisianaDT    15170    117%     15.0    170.0
C.J. BrewerCoastal CarolinaDT    17231    117%     17.0    231.0
Curtis BrooksCincinnatiDT    19280    117%     19.0    280.0
Kevin AtkinsFresno StateDT    23286    117%     23.0    286.0
Myjai SandersCincinnatiEDGE84494874913/131075106100%       8.8      54.0
Cameron ThomasSan Diego StateEDGE1056756985953096100%       8.2      56.8
DeAngelo MaloneWestern KentuckyEDGE19153121221311521/1722199186100%     16.8    147.3
Jeffery GunterCoastal CarolinaEDGE21171  1821318/12  23350%     20.7    192.0
Cade HallSan Jose StateEDGE22178  20330   22350%     21.3    254.0
Dominique RobinsonMiami (OH)EDGE29271  1925532  25467%     26.3    263.0
Arron MosbyFresno StateEDGE       2627530233%     28.0    275.0
Ali FayadWestern MichiganEDGE32296  26283   29350%     29.0    289.5
Big Kat BryantUCFEDGE39348     3031832350%     33.7    333.0
Demetrius TaylorAppalachian StateEDGE38343       34233%     36.0    343.0
Logan HallHoustonEDGE/DL5-T737228710788/65566100%       6.0      56.8
Cole SchneiderUCFG    16240    117%     16.0    240.0
Jaylon ThomasSMUG    22294    117%     22.0    294.0
Chad MumaWyomingILB87445471293045396100%     10.3      77.5
James PattersonBuffaloILB       18260 117%     18.0    260.0
Darren AndersBowling GreenILB       22284 117%     22.0    284.0
J.J. RussellMemphisILB36338     1926236350%     30.3    300.0
Justin RiceUtah StateILB       2430650233%     37.0    306.0
Joel DublankoCincinnatiILB    20350    117%     20.0    350.0
D’Marco JacksonAppalachian StateILB/OLB19160    106/49815467%     14.7    129.0
Tyler SmithTulsaIOL77026116     11350%     14.7      93.0
Dylan ParhamMemphisIOL910120104  14/4  7350%     12.0    102.5
Spencer BurfordUTSAIOL1211432151  19/13  21350%     21.7    132.5
Chris PaulTulsaIOL1614813702734825   467%     20.3    188.7
Hayden HowertonSMUIOL25237       50233%     37.5    237.0
Aaron FrostNevadaIOL27262  1926424/19  41350%     29.0    263.0
James EmpeyBYUOC2120335171  15520920583%     19.2    194.3
Keegan CryderWyomingOC       725018233%     12.5    250.0
Alex WrightUABOLB    1166    117%     11.0      66.0
Darrian BeaversCincinnatiOLB45920198611115512766100%       9.3    123.8
Trey BaldwinLouisiana TechOLB       1526114233%     14.5    261.0
Caden McDonaldSan Diego StateOLB       17287 117%     17.0    287.0
Riley WhimpeyBoise StateOLB       2029146233%     33.0    291.0
Durrell JohnsonLibertyOLB    30306    117%     30.0    306.0
Zay CullensMemphisOLB    32332    117%     32.0    332.0
David AnenihHoustonOLB    36345    117%     36.0    345.0
Bernhard RaimannCentral MichiganOT77574011121777476100%       7.7      77.5
Max MitchellLouisianaOT8951268181651712123126100%     13.2    112.8
Tyler SmithTulsaOT  26116  5  11350%     14.0    116.0
Luke GoedekeCentral MichiganOT232171163714020  31583%     18.4    140.0
Zachary ThomasSan Diego StateOT       2429846233%     35.0    298.0
Ryan Van DemarkConnecticuttOT    3534428  38350%     33.7    344.0
Matt AraizaSan Diego StateP  1177190 11351467%       1.0    134.0
Ryan StonehouseColorado StateP       32496233%       4.5    249.0
Ryan WrightTulaneP      363407350%       5.3    340.0
Bailey FlintToledoP      2  3233%       2.5 n/a 
John HaggertyWestern KentuckyP      4  10233%       7.0 n/a 
Daniel GutierrezUNLVPK       22403233%       2.5    240.0
Chandler StatonAppalachian StatePK       32666233%       4.5    266.0
Hunter DuplessisUTSAPK       53058233%       6.5    305.0
Malik WillisLibertyQB649323241343646100%       3.7      37.3
Carson StrongNevadaQB440655234566056100%       4.7      47.3
Desmond RidderCincinnatiQB335552686653866100%       5.2      52.8
Bailey ZappeWestern KentuckyQB818671627155 81797583%       7.4    170.5
Kaleb ElebyWestern MichiganQB10299  794 1034110467%       9.3    244.7
Dustin CrumKent StateQB11333  1131415  16467%     13.3    323.5
Jake HaenerFresno StateQB    12355    117%     12.0    355.0
Levi LewisLouisianaQB      17  17233%     17.0 n/a 
Layne HatcherArkansas StateQB      16   117%     16.0 n/a 
Jerome FordCincinnatiRB811614186477 66810583%       8.4    111.8
Tyler AllgeierBYURB11128  911323  26467%     17.3    120.5
Sincere McCormickUTSARB13169  11117   23350%     15.7    143.0
D’Vonte PriceFlorida InternationalRB252421518921212610196136100%     15.0    209.8
Ulysses Bentley IVSMURB    21214    117%     21.0    214.0
Calvin TurnerHawaiiRB    25254    117%     25.0    254.0
Shermari JonesCoastal CarolinaRB    24258    117%     24.0    258.0
Charles WilliamsUNLVRB    27282    117%     27.0    282.0
Greg BellSan Diego StateRB    2436025  48350%     32.3    360.0
Kevin Marks Jr.BuffaloRB      28  50233%     39.0 n/a 
Ronnie RiversFresno StateRBC    21277 1032947350%     26.0    303.0
Bryan CookCincinnatiS131663571113751517396100%       9.3    133.3
Sterling WeatherfordMiami (OH)S8144  1921816  21467%     16.0    181.0
Reed BlankenshipMiddle TennesseeS91451317020238 1618011583%     13.8    183.3
Percy ButlerLouisianaS    2324517  14350%     18.0    245.0
Ja’Von HicksCincinnatiS    20224 24292 233%     22.0    258.0
TieNeal MartinTulsaS    27265    117%     27.0    265.0
Trenton ThompsonSan Diego StateS    23289    117%     23.0    289.0
Devonni ReedCentral MichiganS    34316    117%     34.0    316.0
Amir TylerTempleS    36321    117%     36.0    321.0
Keith GallmonSouth AlabamaS       28350 117%     28.0    350.0
Larry BrooksTulaneS    41352    117%     41.0    352.0
Dontae BullFresno StateT    25235    117%     25.0    235.0
Donovan JenningsUSFT    28257    117%     28.0    257.0
Kadeem TelfortUABT    29274    117%     29.0    274.0
Joey ClaybrookTulaneT    30289    117%     30.0    289.0
Carlos RubioLouisianaT    31291    117%     31.0    291.0
Alfred EdwardsUtah StateT    34329    117%     34.0    329.0
Trey McBrideColorado StateTE143129365912916100%       2.7      41.5
Isaiah LikelyCoastal CarolinaTE478812814981215356100%       6.3    102.0
Cole TurnerNevadaTE8174367611412912086100%       7.7    118.8
Daniel BellingerSan Diego StateTE12212  1422817  12467%     13.8    220.0
Grant CalcaterraSMUTE17285121941321211  16583%     13.8    230.3
Gerrit PrinceUABTE9180  19304   28350%     18.7    242.0
Derrick Deese Jr.San Jose StateTE    15234 1731115350%     15.7    272.5
Jalen TolbertSouth AlabamaWR118314100127781089116100%     11.0      87.3
Romeo DoubsNevadaWR201401814785723864166100%     15.5    102.0
Alec PierceCincinnatiWR12861914910731316154136100%     13.8    115.5
Danny GraySMUWR27238161332318141  34583%     28.2    184.0
Jaivon HeilighCoastal CarolinaWR36298  2317936119527583%     26.6    190.7
Reggie Roberson Jr.SMUWR28244  23177161817220583%     21.0    197.7
Isaiah WestonNorthern IllinoisWR    27218    117%     27.0    218.0
Corey SuttonAppalachian StateWR    33261 1917640350%     30.7    218.5
Josh JohnsonTulsaWR26235  3125922  37467%     29.0    247.0
Jalen CropperFresno StateWR38307        117%     38.0    307.0
Michael Young JrCincinnatiWR      40  57233%     48.5 n/a 
Keylon StokesTulsaWR      28   117%     28.0 n/a 
Jason BrownleeSouthern MissWR      42   117%     42.0 n/a 
Deuce WattsTulaneWR      43   117%     43.0 n/a 
Khalil ShakirBoise StateWRS17110118617120244100146100%     14.5    104.0
Skyy MooreWestern MichiganWRS14942619214107 923615583%     15.6    157.3
Calvin Austin IIIMemphisWRS15982216820161357221176100%     19.3    162.0
Jerreth SternsWestern KentuckyWRS37304  24189 515536467%     25.5    216.0