By Gil Brandt http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap20...ors-anthony-barr-of-ucla-rises-to-top-of-list 1. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA (Prior: 3) Barr (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) came to UCLA as a running back, but converted to outside linebacker in the spring of 2012. Barr -- who runs a 4.7-second 40-yard dash -- was UCLA's second-leading tackler in 2012 with 83, and he led the Pac-12 with 13.5 sacks. He has long arms and a very good burst off the edge. Barr also seems to have very good instincts. » Watch: Barr analysis 2. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (1) The 6-foot-5 1/2, 310-pound Matthews is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews. Matthews, the son, elected to stay in school rather than leave early for the NFL draft. This decision can help his professional prospects tremendously. Matthews -- a good athlete with long arms, quick feet and a 5.1-second 40-yard dash time -- is playing left tackle this season (assuming the spot vacated by No. 2 overall draft pick Luke Joeckel). The position switch will help increase Matthews' draft value. » Watch: Matthews analysis 3 . Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan (2) Lewan (6-7 1/2, 315) is another player who opted to stay in school rather than leave for the NFL a season early. Lewan runs the 40-yard dash in 5.2 seconds, and while he doesn't have real long arms (33 1/2 inches), he is very smart and athletic. When Lewan fell on a fumble in the end zone in a game against Massachusetts last season, he became the first Wolverine lineman to score a touchdown since 1948. » Watch: Lewan analysis 4. Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford (5) Murphy (6-5, 260) is a big, strong and explosive player who recorded 11 sacks in 2012. Murphy (who runs the 40 in 4.75 seconds) has long arms, and can play with his hand in the ground or in space. With Murphy on the outside and Shayne Skov manning the middle, Stanford might have the best group of linebackers in college football. Also notable: Murphy's younger brother is a 14-year-old high school freshman who is 6-foot-3 and has already been offered a scholarship from Stanford. 5. Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota (NR) Hageman (6-6 3/4, 307) has an inspiring story, rising from a tough childhood to become one of the top defensive linemen in college football. As a youngster he moved from foster home to foster home before becoming one of the top tight ends in the country while in high school. Hageman's been playing nose tackle for the Golden Gophers, and is very athletic with an ability to bend for his height. He was not ranked in the season's first edition of the Hot 100 after compiling six sacks in 2006. 6. DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State (8) The play of Jones (6-3 1/2, 330) was a big reason why the Nittany Lions won eight games during the 2012 season. He is a strong player with good speed (5.15) 24. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State (6) The 6-3 1/4, 331-pound Jackson runs the 40-yard dash in 5.25 seconds, has started 36 games over three seasons and was a first-team all-SEC pick in 2012. Jackson is a first-round possibility and should have a long NFL career. He isn't at the same level as Chance Warmack (the 2013 first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans), who was exceptional. » Watch: Jackson analysis 30. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State (22) Sutton (6-0 1/2, 285) is undersized for the position, but did have 13 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in 2012 despite missing two games (he was hurt on the first play of the Oregon game and missed the UCLA game). Last season, Sutton showed great quickness (4.85 in the 40) and strength for his size. This season, however, Sutton's weight is up and he's lacking the quickness he showed in 2012. 31. Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina (27) Martin (6-5 1/2, 265) has been a three-year starter for the Tar Heels (full-time starter for past two seasons; made three starts as a freshman). He is a very good pass rusher, possessing the speed (4.85 in the 40) and athleticism that NFL teams look for in a 4-3 defensive end. Martin opted to stay in school for his senior season despite a good report for the 2013 NFL Draft which indicated he could go as high as the first two rounds. 33. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State (57) Carr is having a very good 2013 season. He has a strong arm and athletic ability. His brother is former No. 1 overall draft pick David Carr 40. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois (48) Garoppolo (6-2 1/4, 222) has a real strong arm and is athletic (he has a 40 time of 4.8 seconds). He hails from the same school that produced Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Garoppolo will be a project in the NFL, but some team is going to end up with a good player after several years of work.