SEC players prominent in McShay's top 32

February, 23, 2012
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ESPN's Todd McShay has updated his list of the top 32 NFL draft prospects heading into the combine workouts this weekend, and nine of the top 20 prospects are from the SEC.

McShay also has former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins in his top 20 at No. 15. Jenkins played last season at North Alabama after being dismissed from the Florida team by Will Muschamp. Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill is No. 18.

The top SEC prospect, according to McShay, is Alabama running back Trent Richardson at No. 4, but right behind him is LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne at No. 5.

One of the fastest rising SEC prospects is South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram, who really helped himself with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Another guy who's climbing is LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers, who gave up his senior season to enter the draft. Ingram is No. 8 on McShay's list, while Brockers is No. 9.

It looks like Alabama is poised to have four players drafted in the first round for the second straight year.

Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox would give the Bulldogs back-to-back selections in the first round. That's after the Bulldogs went 15 years without a first-round pick before offensive tackle Derek Sherrod was taken with the 32nd and final pick of the first round last year by the Green Bay Packers.

One of the SEC players who's reportedly slipped some is South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery, who's not on McShay's list of the top 32 prospects. The concern with Jeffery is his conditioning, and whether or not he's gained too much weight. Jeffery was still plenty productive at South Carolina with 23 touchdown catches during his three seasons in Columbia.

Here's a look at all of the SEC players on McShay's list:
  • No. 4 -- Alabama running back Trent Richardson
  • No. 5 -- LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne
  • No. 7 -- South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram
  • No. 8 -- LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers
  • No. 11 -- Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw
  • No. 13 -- Alabama safety Mark Barron
  • No. 16 -- Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick
  • No. 17 -- Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox
  • No. 20 -- Georgia offensive tackle Cordy Glenn

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