ESPN's Todd McShay has four SEC players going in the top 10 picks of the 2012 NFL draft, but Alabama running back Trent Richardson isn't one of them.
"Richardson is a top-five talent but will likely slip a bit because of positional value considerations. Falling this far would be a surprise, but none of the teams in the top 10 have a pressing need at running back. If none of them ignore need to take the best player available, the Seahawks will feel like they've won the lottery."
The other SEC players projected to go in the top 10 are also defensive players -- South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram to the Miami Dolphins at No. 8, LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers to the Carolina Panthers at No. 9 and Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw to the Buffalo Bills at No. 10. Ingram and Upshaw both really helped themselves with strong performances at the Senior Bowl.