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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Six from SEC make Kiper's Big Board

By Edward Aschoff

ESPN's Mel Kiper recently updated his Big Board, which lists the nation's top draft-eligible prospects.

Of course, the SEC is well represented, with six players making it. Alabama led the SEC with three players on the list, while Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck continued his run at No. 1 on the list.

Here is where the SEC players ranked on Kiper's board and what he had to say about them:

5. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
An imposing presence at wideout, Jeffery has been unstoppable. Phenomenal hands, surprising burst for a long-strider, great work ethic. Tough matchup for corners at any level.
18. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
A physical specimen, Richardson can be an absolute star. Explosive, he is powerful through the hole and bounces off tackles with ease.
20. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
A big, physical corner, he has long arms and strong hands. Great length for the position. Solid in run support, must work on turning his head in coverage.
23. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Another SEC corner with good size, Gilmore has played well against some top competition. Well-schooled, he has a chance to move up my board this season.
24. Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
I see LaMarr Woodley. Will be a great fit as a 3-4 OLB at the next level. Another in a very talented Bama defensive unit. Upshaw saw the field as a freshman and has progressed.
25. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
He lacks the top-level speed of former teammate Patrick Peterson, but Claiborne is perhaps even better as a pure cover corner from a technical standpoint. Amazing in his turns, he can look like a WR while defending them.