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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The SEC's top NFL-ready players

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Mel Kiper, ESPN's NFL draft analyst, has rated the top NFL draft prospects at each FBS school.

Here's his breakdown of the SEC:

Alabama: Defensive end Marcell Dareus

Arkansas: Quarterback Ryan Mallett

Auburn: Cornerback Neiko Thorpe

Florida: Center Mike Pouncey

Georgia: Receiver A.J. Green

Kentucky: Receiver Randall Cobb

LSU: Cornerback Patrick Peterson

Mississippi State: Defensive end Pernell McPhee

Ole Miss: Nose tackle Jerrell Powe

South Carolina: Tight end Weslye Saunders

Tennessee: Tight end Luke Stocker

Vanderbilt: Linebacker Chris Marve

The only place where I might disagree with Kiper would be at South Carolina.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore is the Gamecocks' best player -- period -- right now and will be a terrific pro. He's only a sophomore, though. Defensive end Cliff Matthews and receiver Alshon Jeffery are also future pros.