SI's Top 100 College Football Players of 2018

Chris Johnson and Eric Single
Sports Illustrated

We set out on the annual impossible task of projecting the 100 best players in college football ahead of the upcoming season. In constructing our rankings, the most important factor we assess is how significantly each player’s production will impact his team’s success this season—not how good he was last year, where he sat on 2017 statistical leaderboards or what type of NFL draft prospect he is (although those other things often have a way of lining up). Put another way, this list is forward-looking, but not too forward-looking. If you don’t see your team’s rising star on this list, check out our breakdown of this year’s toughest snubs before you head for our mentions.

COMPLETE TOP 100 BREAKDOWNS: 100–51 | 50–31 | 30–11 | 10–1

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100. Rodrigo Blankenship, K, Georgia

99. Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke

98. Ben Banogu, DT, TCU

97. Clifton Duck, CB, Appalachian State

96. Ugo Amadi, CB, Oregon

95. TJ Edwards, LB, Wisconsin

94. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

93. Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA

92. Jake Browning, QB, Washington

91. Isaiah Buggs, DE, Alabama

90. Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

89. Jalen Jelks, DE, Oregon

88. Nate Herbig, OL, Stanford

87. L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State

86. Derrick Brown, DE, Auburn

85. Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

84. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

83. Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

82. Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo

81. Lil'Jordan Humphrey, WR, Texas

80. Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan

79. Azeez Al-Shaair, LB, Florida Atlantic

78. Lavert Hill, CB, Michigan

77. Jeffery Simmons, DE, Mississippi State

76. Jordan Ta'amu, QB, Ole Miss

75. Devin White, LB, LSU

74. Beau Benzschawel, OL, Wisconsin

73. Jonathan Ledbetter, DE, Georgia

72. Sutton Smith, DE, Northern Illinois

71. Mark Gilbert, CB, Duke

70. Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

69. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

68. Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia

67. Joe Jackson, DE, Miami

66. Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky

65. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

64. Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

63. Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

62. Khaleke Hudson, LB, Michigan

61. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

60. Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

59. Trey Smith, OL, Tennessee

58. Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington

57. Kendall Joseph, LB, Clemson

56. Chase Winovich, LB, Michigan

55. Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

54. Lukas Denis, DB, Boston College

53. Stephen Carr, RB, USC

52. Michael Dieter, OL, Wisconsin

51. Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

50. Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

49. Iman Marshall, CB, USC

48. Stanley Morgan, WR, Nebraska

47. DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

46. Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

45. Greg Little, OL, Ole Miss

44. Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

43. Te'Von Coney, LB, Notre Dame

42. David Edwards, OL, Wisconsin

41. Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State

40. Dre'Mont Jones, DE, Ohio State

39. Troy Dye, LB, Oregon

38. David Sills V, WR, West Virginia

37. Mitch Hyatt, OL, Clemson

36. Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

35. Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic

34. N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

33. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

32. Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson

31. Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State

30. Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

29. Levonta Taylor, CB, Florida State

28. Raekwon Davis, DE, Alabama

27. Greg Gaines, DT, Washington

26. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

25. Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

24. David Long, LB, West Virginia

23. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

22. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

21. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

20. Trey Adams, OL, Washington

19. Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

18. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

17. A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College

16. Cameron Smith, LB, USC

15. Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State

14. Shaq Quarterman, LB, Miami

13. McKenzie Milton, QB, UCF

12. Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

11. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

10. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

9. Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan

8. Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami

7. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

6. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

5. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

4. Khalil Tate, QB, Arizona

3. Christian Wilkins, DE, Clemson

2. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford

1. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

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