Monday, February 6, 2012
Tide's Richardson to fall out of top 10?
By Chris Low
ESPN's Todd McShay has four SEC players going in the top 10 picks of the 2012 NFL draft, but Alabama running back Trent Richardson isn't one of them.
McShay has Richardson going No. 11 overall to the Seattle Seahawks in his latest mock draft. Here's what McShay has to say about Richardson:
"Richardson is a top-five talent but will likely slip a bit because of positional value considerations. Falling this far would be a surprise, but none of the teams in the top 10 have a pressing need at running back. If none of them ignore need to take the best player available, the Seahawks will feel like they've won the lottery."
The first SEC player to come off the board, according to McShay, will be LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne at No. 5 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The other SEC players projected to go in the top 10 are also defensive players -- South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram to the Miami Dolphins at No. 8, LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers to the Carolina Panthers at No. 9 and Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw to the Buffalo Bills at No. 10. Ingram and Upshaw both really helped themselves with strong performances at the Senior Bowl.
McShay has four Alabama players going in the first round. Safety Mark Barron is projected to go to the New York Jets at No. 16 and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 17.
Georgia offensive tackle Cordy Glenn is penciled in at No. 23 to the Detroit Lions and Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill at No. 25 to the Denver Broncos.
Former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who played last season at North Alabama, is projected to go No. 14 overall to the Dallas Cowboys.