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Thursday, February 17, 2011
SEC players in future NFL drafts

By Chris Low

In Mel Kiper's latest mock NFL draft, he's moved Auburn quarterback Cam Newton way up, going No. 3 overall to the Buffalo Bills.

Newton's Auburn teammate, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, is the No. 1 overall pick in Kiper's mock draft, going to the Carolina Panthers.

If Kiper is on target, the top half of the first round will be an SEC who's who.

He has Georgia receiver A.J. Green going No. 4 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson going No. 7 to the San Francisco 49ers, Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus going No. 8 to the Tennessee Titans, Alabama receiver Julio Jones going No. 11 to the Houston Texans and Alabama running back Mark Ingram going No. 15 to the Miami Dolphins.

That's seven SEC players in the top 15 picks.

Two other SEC players Kiper has going in the first round are Florida center/guard Mike Pouncey to the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 25 pick and Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston to the Green Bay Packers with the No. 32 pick.

Kiper also has an early look at the 2012 draft and a top 5 at each position. Here are the SEC players that made the cut:

Running back
Offensive guards
Defensive tackles
Inside linebackers