Counting Down the Irish with Keith Arnold: 1-10

We skipped a post with this series and we're jumping right to the top 10 of the best Notre Dame football players. 

Keith Arnold over at Inside the Irish has unveiled the last five

For the second straight year, there wasn't a whole lot of disagreement at the top of the list.

The top 25 based on all of the blogs picks comes after the jump.

25. Taylor Dever (OT, Sr.)
24. Chris Watt (OG, Jr.)
23. Zeke Motta (S, Jr.)
22. Aaron Lynch (DE, Fr.)
21. Carlo Calabrese (LB, Jr.)
20. TJ Jones (WR, Soph.)
19. Louis Nix (NT, Soph.)
18. Braxston Cave (C, Sr.)
17. Tommy Rees (QB, Soph.)
16. Prince Shembo (OLB, Soph.)
15. Trevor Robinson (OG, Sr.)
14. Ethan Johnson (DE, Sr.)
13. Dayne Crist (QB, Sr.)
12. Tyler Eifert (TE, Jr.)
11. Kapron Lewis-Moore (DE, Sr.)
10. Robert Blanton (CB, Sr.)
9. David Ruffer (K, Sr.)
8. Theo Riddick (WR, Jr.)
7. Cierre Wood (RB, Jr.)
6. Darius Fleming (OLB, Sr.)

TOP FIVE:

5. Gary Gray (CB, Sr.)

4. Zack Martin (LT, Jr.)

3. Harrison Smith (S, Sr.)

2. Manti Te’o (ILB, Jr.)

1. Michael Floyd (WR, Sr.)

MY PERSONAL TOP 10:

10. David Ruffer (K, Sr.)

9. Zack Martin (G, Jr.)

8. Cierre Wood (RB, Jr.)

7. Darius Fleming (OLB, Sr.)

6. Theo Riddick (WR, Jr.)

5. Harrison Smith (S, Sr.)

4. Dayne Crist (QB, Sr.)

3. Gary Gray (SB, Sr.)

2. Manti Te'o (LB, Jr.)

1. Michael Floyd (WR, Sr.)

 

  • Anyone want to argue that Te'o should be number one over Floyd? I'd be willing to listen.
  • There's a pretty big jump from the top 2, no? Does Notre Dame need about five of those elite players to win a national championship?
  • I'm not sure Zack Martin should be as high as he is on the average. He played really well last year though.
  • Personally, I think Gary Gray has been more consistent and played at a higher level of play throughout his career than Harrison Smith.
  • I put Crist much higher than anyone. I'm not that worried about that placement at all.
  • I think Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick might push their way into the top 5 by the end of the year.
  • Is Darius Fleming underrated or overrated?
  • While making the picks for this project I was kind of upset because the talent didn't seem to be as good as I thought. However, now looking at the top 15 it seems like there is a lot of talent. We can do better but that's a really solid top 15.

Speak your mind Irish nation!

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