Houston's Oliver tops list of ESPN's top 50 college football players

ESPN has named its top 50 players for the 2018 season.

Topping the list is Houston junior defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who could be the No. 1 selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. He also could emerge as the first defensive lineman to finish in the top five in Heisman Trophy voting since Ndamukong Suh in 2009.

Following him to round out the top five are: Stanford senior running back Bryce Love, who rushed for 2,118 yards in 2017; West Virginia senior quarterback Will Grier, who threw for 3,490 yards last season; Clemson senior defensive lineman Christian Wilkins; and fellow Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, a junior.

The rest of the top 10 has a decidedly Big Ten flair: defensive end Nick Bosa, Ohio State; running back Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; defensive lineman Rashan Gary, Michigan; quarterback Trace McSorley, Penn State; and quarterback Jarrett Stidham, Auburn.

See the entire top 50 below: 

50 PHOTOS
ESPN's top 50 college football players of 2018
See Gallery
ESPN's top 50 college football players of 2018

50. Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic

(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

49. Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

48. Shaq Quarterman, LB, Miami

(Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

47. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

(Photo by Tyler Lecka/Getty Images)

46. Chase Winovich, DL, Michigan

(Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

45. Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

44. Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

(Photo by David Stacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

43. T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin

(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

42. David Edwards, OL, Wisconsin

(Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

41. Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

(Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

40. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

(Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

39. Greg Little, OL, Ole Miss

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

38. Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

37. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

35. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

34. Levonta Taylor, CB, Florida State

(Photo by Logan Stanford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

33. D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

(Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

32. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

(Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

31. Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

30. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

29. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

28. Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington

(Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

27. Devin White, LB, LSU

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

25. Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

24. Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson

(Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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

(Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

22. Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

21. Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

(Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

20. McKenzie Milton, QB, Central Florida

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

19. Khalil Tate, QB, Arizona

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

18. David Sills V, WR, West Virginia

(Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

17. Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

16. Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State

(Photo by Scott Donaldson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

15. Jake Browning, QB, Washington

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

14. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

(Photo by Josh Holmberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

13. Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

12. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

11. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

(Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

10. Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

9. Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

8. Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

7. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

(Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

6. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

5. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

(Photo by Brian Utesch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

4. Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

3. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

(Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

2. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford

(Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

1. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

(Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

--Field Level Media

Read Full Story