Tyler Wilson named SEC's top free agent

March, 16, 2012
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Free agency in the NFL always brings a lot of attention, so we figured we'd ask for your opinion on what it would be like if the top players in the SEC were up for grabs.

After more than 7,700 votes cast, Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson edged out South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore by grabbing 28 percent of the vote. Lattimore received 26 percent.

Having a top quarterback in this league is big, and Wilson is as big as they get in the SEC. He was the league's top passer last season, and has arguably the biggest arm of any of the returning SEC quarterbacks. Put any ounce of receiving talent around him, and you'd be fine. Put really good receivers around him, and he'll lead the league in passing. Win-win if you ask me.

But getting Lattimore wouldn't be so bad, either. When he's healthy, he's a Heisman candidate, and it sounds like he'll be good to go this fall. Lattimore had a tremendous freshman season, and was the SEC's leading rusher last season before suffering that knee injury halfway through the season. He's bruiser and cut his 40 time down to 4.5 before last season. Like Wilson, Lattimore is also a proven leader. I'd have no problem taking Lattimore if given the chance.

LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu was next with 19 percent. When he's on, he's in the conversation as the best defender in the country, regardless of where he lines up. He's an extremely versatile athlete who can play cornerback, return kicks, and recently learned how to play safety. He was a Heisman finalist, and won the Bednarik Award last season. He has the ability to disrupt so many plays because of his ability to find the ball from anywhere. In 25 games, he has created a total of 14 turnovers (eight fumble recoveries, four interceptions and two forced fumbles) and already owns the school record with 11 forced fumbles.

Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones took 15 percent of the vote, with Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones grabbing 12 percent. I'm surprised at how low Jones was on this list. I thought he'd be near the top with how well he played. He led the SEC with 19.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks in his first season in the SEC. He didn't even play in 2010! That's pretty impressive.

Then you have Jones, who can play just about everywhere on the offensive line. Line him up at left tackle, and your quarterback is safe. Put him inside, and the running game won't have issues. There's no doubt coaches would be scrambling to pick him up if he were indeed a free agent.

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