Top 25 player countdown: No. 3

No. 3. Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

2010 stats: He started 13 games and finished with 39 tackles, nine interceptions, and eight passes broken up. He also had 19 punt returns for 239 yards and a touchdown, and nine kick returns for 190 yards. He racked up 110 yards on interception returns.

Previous ranking: No. 7

Making the case for Hosley: His numbers make a pretty good case themselves, but here goes: After leading the nation in interceptions last year, Hosley maintained a strong work ethic this offseason and took on a leadership role. He’s a good tackler who is a great ball handler and has great instincts, and he tied a school season record for interceptions that was set in 1967. He’s versatile enough to help the team as a punt returner, and as a DB he takes advantage of almost every opportunity that comes his way.

No. 4 Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State

No. 5. Montel Harris, RB, Boston College

No. 6 Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina

No. 7 Andrew Datko, LT, Florida State

No. 8 Sean Spence, LB, Miami

No. 9 Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland

No. 10 David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

No. 11 Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

No. 12 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

No. 13 Brandon Washington, OL, Miami

No. 14 Danny O'Brien, QB, Maryland

No. 15 Sean Renfree, QB, Duke

No. 16 Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

No. 17 Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia

No. 18 Greg Reid, CB, Florida State

No. 19 Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami

No. 20 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

No. 21 Conner Vernon, WR, Duke

No. 22 Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech

No. 23 Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech

No. 24 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

No. 25 EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State