Six SEC players in Kiper's first mock draft

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has six SEC players going in the first round in his initial mock NFL draft.

Interestingly enough, five of the six are juniors. Kiper's first pick from the SEC is Tennessee safety Eric Berry, going No. 3 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Florida cornerback Joe Haden is projected as the No. 7 pick to the Cleveland Browns.

The rest of the SEC selections, according to Kiper, are Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain No. 12 to the Miami Dolphins, Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap No. 15 to the New York Giants, Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez No. 21 to the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams No. 26 to the Arizona Cardinals.

If you're counting, that's three Gators in the first round. And with two Vols projected to go in the first round, maybe they weren't hurting for talent quite as much as Lane Kiffin and the previous staff carried on about last season.

Notice some of the big names that didn't show up in Kiper's first mock draft? Among them: Alabama nose guard Terrence Cody, Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes, Auburn defensive end Antonio Coleman, South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.