Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The SEC's top NFL-ready players
By ESPN.com staff
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.