1. OLB Gerald Hodges, Penn State (6-2, 238, 4.75) -- Although sometimes overshadowed by Michael Mauti on Penn State's defense, Hodges has led the team in tackles each of the past two seasons with 100-plus stops both years. He has above average athleticism for the position, showing the range to make plays all over the field and the agility to avoid blocks and quickly arrive to the play. Since high school, Hodges has added nearly 30 pounds of bulk onto his lean frame, but he doesn't have the body type to get much bigger, too easily getting hung up on blocks at the point of attack. His natural athleticism allows him to have an impact in different ways, and it wouldn't be surprising if he's first Shrine Game participant to be drafted in April.
2. OLB Sio Moore, Connecticut (6-1, 230, 4.63) -- One of the more underrated prospects in this game, Moore might be the most versatile defender in the country that few are talking about. Lining up at weakside linebacker for the Huskies, he made plays in coverage, against the run and even getting after the passer, putting his hand in the dirt on third downs and rushing off the edge. Moore leaves UConn with a productive résumé (268 tackles, 43.0 tackles for loss, 16.0 sacks and 22 passes defended), but his role at the next level is a bit of a mystery at this point. He has some tweener traits, but with his burst off the edge and lateral fluidity in space, Moore has top-100 potential.
3. OLB Lerentee McCray, Florida (6-2, 249, 4.64) -- A hybrid defensive end/linebacker prospect, McCray spent most of his first four seasons in Gainesville either on the sideline or the training table. But he started 12 games as a senior this past season, flashing some next-level talent as an edge rusher. McCray has tweener size and lacks ideal length and power to be a consistent hand-on-the-ground rusher in the NFL, but he does an excellent job with leverage and energy, using his size to his advantage. He needs more experience in coverage and to improve his awareness in space, but his active motor and pursuit speed make him an intriguing nickel rusher in the pros.
4. CB Terry Hawthorne, Illinois (5-9, 192, 4.52) -- Believed by some to be the top senior cornerback prospect entering the season, Hawthorne had an up-and-down 2012 campaign. He lacks ideal size and strength and enters the NFL with some durability concerns,