Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Top returning seniors in the SEC
By Chris Low
The SEC is well represented in ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper's position-by-position breakdown of the top draft prospects next year among returning seniors.
Even though Arkansas' Ryan Mallett is listed No. 2 among the quarterbacks behind Washington's Jake Locker, Mallett will technically be a junior next season. He played one season at Michigan and one at Arkansas.
Also of note, Kiper has LSU's Terrance Toliver rated No. 1 among the returning senior receivers. So in other words, the Tigers should be plenty talented at receiver next season with the likes of Russell Shepard, Rueben Randle and Toliver.
Under the tight ends, Arkansas' D.J. Williams is rated No. 2.
One of the names not on here that will almost certainly be by the end of next season is Mississippi State defensive end Pernell McPhee, who returns as one of the top defensive linemen in the SEC.
Here's a look at the SEC players making Kiper's list and where they were rated in the top 5:
No. 2 -- Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
No. 1 -- Terrance Toliver, LSU
No. 1 -- Weslye Saunders, South Carolina
No. 2 -- D.J. Williams, Arkansas
No. 3 -- Luke Stocker, Tennessee
No. 2 -- Clint Boling, Georgia
No. 5 -- James Carpenter, Alabama
No. 3 - Mike Pouncey, Florida
No. 2 -- Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss
No. 5 -- Drake Nevis, LSU
No. 3 -- Ahmad Black, Florida
No. 4 -- Zac Etheridge, Auburn
No. 5 -- Chris Culliver, South Carolina
No. 3 -- Wes Byrum, Auburn