- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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As is customary this time of year, it's time to look into the future of the NFL draft.
This year, 10 SEC players went in the first round of the draft, while seven went the year before. In his first mock draft for 2012, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has just six SEC players going in the first round.
Let the way-to-early debate begin.
The top SEC player on the board is South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who will be a junior this fall. McShay has Jeffery going seventh to the Seattle Seahawks.
One of the more interesting SEC prospects is former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Jenkins was dismissed from the team in late April after having two marijuana-related arrests in a span of three months. His future in college football is unknown. He could enter this year's supplemental draft or he could opt to go the Division II route and play one more year of organized football before he heads to the NFL. If he elects to stay in school, he could be the No. 1 corner prospect on the board. McShay has him going 10th to Cincinnati Bengals.
Of course, Alabama is well represented in the first round again. McShay has three Tide players going, including junior running back Trent Richardson at No. 12 to the St. Louis Rams.
For the second year in a row, McShay has Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck going No. 1 overall. His new team? The Cleveland Browns.
Here's a look at where he has all six players going:
No. 7 -- WR Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina), Seattle Seahawks
No. 10 -- CB Janoris Jenkins (Florida), Cincinnati Bengals
No. 11 -- CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama), San Francisco 49ers
No. 12 -- RB Trent Richardson (Alabama), St. Louis Rams
No. 16 -- CB Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina), Detroit Lions
No. 27 -- S Robert Lester (Alabama), Baltimore Ravens
As is customary this time of year, it's time to look into the future of the NFL draft.This year, 10 SEC players went in the first round of the draft, while seven went the year before.