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Athlon Updates Top 10 College Football Players Of 2019

A closeup of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 17: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in action against the Citadel Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Any look at the NFL Draft rankings shows just how defense-based much of the star power exiting college football was. At defensive line alone there are a half-dozen stars that could wind up in the top 10.

The good news for college football is that a lot of its star power is on the offensive end. That is very apparent with Athlon's updated list of the best players in college football.

We have a lot of time until the season rolls around. As of today, Athlon Sports thinks eight of the sport's 10 best are offensive players, with five quarterbacks in the mix.

The top of the list shouldn't surprise either, though you can definitely argue the order.

Athlon has Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa edging out Clemson's Trevor Lawrence for the No. 1 spot.

In the write-up, Athlon acknowledges that the two young quarterbacks are basically "1A and 1B."

Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa are really 1A and 1B in this ranking. As a true freshman in 2018, Lawrence helped to guide Clemson to the national championship by throwing for 3,280 yards and 30 touchdowns to just four picks even though he didn't start the season as the starter. With a strong supporting cast in place at receiver and a full offseason to work as the starter, Lawrence is primed for even bigger things in 2019.

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As mentioned previously, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Tagovailoa are really 1A and 1B on this list. After guiding Alabama to a comeback victory in the national championship against Georgia two seasons ago, Tagovailoa earned the starting job for the 2018 campaign and posted 3,966 yards and 43 passing touchdowns (both single-season records for Alabama) to just six picks. Tagovailoa finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Kyler Murray.

Clemson is the only school with two players on the list, with running back Travis Etienne coming in at No. 4. One spot ahead of him is Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor.

Quarterbacks have a run at the middle of the list. Texas' Sam Ehlinger slides in as the next quarterback on the list after Lawrence, coming in at No. 5. He's followed by Georgia's Jake Fromm and Oregon's Justin Herbert, who shocked some by returning for another year despite high NFL Draft projections.

LSU safety Grant Delpit and Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa represent the defensive side of the ball, and Purdue receiver Rondale Moore rounds out the list after a truly dominant true freshman campaign that helped put the Boilermakers back on the college football map.

[Athlon Sports]