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The SEC dominates early mock drafts

2/8/2013

The NFL draft is right around the corner, and as we say goodbye to national signing day, we're turning our attention back to players who just left the SEC.

Following the 2012 season, the SEC was gutted by a tremendous amount of players looking to make futures for themselves in the NFL. And when you take a look at mock drafts, you can tell that the conference is losing a lot of very good talent in 2013.

ESPN NFL draft gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay released new (early) mock drafts for April's NFL draft, and both are chock-full of SEC talent. Both Kiper's mock draftInsider and McShay's mock draftInsider have 16 SEC players going in the first round. Kiper has six SEC players going within the first 10 picks, including Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel going No. 1 to the Kansas City Chiefs and A&M defensive end Damontre Moore going No. 2 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

McShay's top SEC players in his mock draft are Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner (No. 3 to the Oakland Raiders) and Joeckel (No. 4 to the Philadelphia Eagles).

Alabama dominated with at least four players making both mock drafts.

Here's a quick look at where SEC players stand in each mock draft:

Kiper

1. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M -- Kansas City

2. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M -- Jacksonville

4. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama -- Philadelphia

5. Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia -- Detroit

8. Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia -- Buffalo

10. Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU -- Tennessee

12. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee -- Miami

14. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri -- Carolina

15. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida -- New Orleans

18. Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama -- Dallas

20. D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama -- Chicago

24. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State -- Indianapolis

26. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama -- Green Bay

29. Matt Elam, S, Florida -- New England

31. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia -- San Francisco

32. Kevin Minter, LB, LSU -- Baltimore

McShay

3. Dee Milliner -- Oakland

4. Luke Joeckel -- Philadelphia

6. Barkevious Mingo -- Cleveland

9. Jarvis Jones -- New York Jets

10. Chance Warmack -- Tennessee

13. Damontre Moore -- Tampa Bay

14. Sharrif Floyd -- Carolina

16. Cordarrelle Patterson -- St. Louis

18. Sheldon Richardson -- Dallas

19. Alec Ogletree -- New York Giants

21. Eddie Lacy -- Cincinnati

24. Johnthan Banks -- Indianapolis

25. Sam Montgomery -- Seattle

26. John Jenkins -- Green Bay Packers

31. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee -- San Francisco

32. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama -- Baltimore