- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's almost draft time, people.
That means much more insight from those draft gurus you know and love.
First, we'll check out Mel Kiper's updated Big Board. With all the youngsters officially declaring for the NFL draft, there are are a few new names that made Kiper's list of the 25 best draft prospects.
Nine of those 25 prospects come from the SEC, and it should come as no surprise that Alabama leads with four players on Kiper's Big Board.
Here are all nine SEC players and a little analysis from Kiper himself:
No. 3: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
"He looks as strong as ever. Powerful, fast and with improved vision and pass-catching skills; he runs with good pad level and breaks tackles with ease"
No. 4 Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
"Perhaps the lesser-known of the LSU corners, but the better one. He's just very good, an exceptional pure cover corner with impeccable instincts at the position."
No. 13 Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
"An explosive, disruptive player who is always in the backfield causing havoc. Cox gains value as a guy who can go inside in a 4-3 or work at defensive end in a 3-4."
No. 14 Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
"A very good pass-rusher, Ingram has the ability to convert to a 3-4 outside linebacker in the right system, despite a frame that could have him targeted as a pass-rush specialist in a 4-3"
No. 15 Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
"A solid interior force, Brockers is a rising talent who has scheme-versatility and could be attractive to teams running either a 4-3 or a 3-4."
No. 16 Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
"A riser so far this year, he is showing improved pass-rush skills and should convert to 3-4 OLB at the next level. Great leverage player who uses hands well and battles against the run."
No. 17 Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
"Really experienced player who has been able to play all over. Has spent time at tackle but can dominate at guard, and I'd expect whoever drafts him to ultimately have him blocking inside."
No. 18 Mark Barron, S, Alabama
"The top safety in the draft right now, Barron is big, has good range, and is a solid tackler in the open field."
No. 22 Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
"Had a solid regular season, although his tape will get a close look because of productivity questions. But don't sweat it -- Kirkpatrick can play."