- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's never an easy to replace departing talent, but the SEC has a way of avoiding the rebuilding phase and simply reloading.
This season could be a little more difficult, considering the 10 first-round draft picks the conference supplied the NFL this spring.
At Georgia, the Bulldogs draw the tough assignment of trying to replace A.J. Green at wide receiver. Green was suspended by the NCAA for the first four games of the season, but still managed to lead all Georgia receivers in receptions (57), yards (848) and touchdowns (9).
Combining the uncanny ability to make plays in double coverage and tremendous speed, Green was one of the top receivers in the SEC during each of his three seasons in Athens.
But replacing a Heisman Trophy winner and a national champion like Cam Newton won't be easy, either. The former Auburn quarterback led the SEC in passing (2,854) and rushing (1,473) last season and had 50 total touchdowns. He was the heart and soul of the Tigers' national championship season.
However, you can't forget defensive players. LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson was one of the most exciting players to watch and he somehow made it look easy to take away one side of the field. He was also tremendous in the return game.
Using our poll, tell me who you think will be the toughest player to replace this fall.
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