Today brings us to our first UConn player in the countdown.
No. 16, Sio Moore, LB, UConn
Making the case: Moore was a first-team All-Big East performer in 2012. His eight sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss were both good for second in the conference (trailing Trevardo Williams, 11.5 and Aaron Donald, 18.5, respectively). He was fifth in passes defended (11), too. Moore added 72 total tackles, 11 pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery. The senior was instrumental on a Huskies defense that finished ninth nationally in total defense, seventh in rushing defense and 19th in scoring defense.
Preseason ranking: 14
No. 17 Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
No. 18 Scott Vallone, DT, Rutgers
No. 19 Jerome Smith, RB, Syracuse
No. 20 Devin Street, WR, Pitt
No. 21 DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
No. 22 Matt Brown, RB, Temple
No. 23 Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
No. 24 Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple
No. 25 Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt