Friday, December 14, 2012
SEC to produce 15 first-rounders?
By Chris Low
If the latest mock NFL draft by ESPN analyst Todd McShay is any indication, the SEC will shatter its record for most players selected in the first round this April.
McShay has 15 SEC players going in the first round, including five among the top 10 picks.
The SEC record for most players selected in the first round is 11, which happened in 2007. The SEC produced nine first-round picks last year and 10 the year before.
The 2013 draft could be the biggest bonanza yet for SEC players, and 12 of the players McShay projects to go in the first round are underclassmen.
ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has also updated his Big Board of the top 25 NFL prospects, and it includes 12 SEC players. The No. 1 player on Kiper's board is Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones.
Below is a rundown of the SEC players McShay projects to go in the first round:
- No. 2 -- Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore (Jacksonville Jaguars)
- No. 4 -- Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (Philadelphia Eagles)
- No. 6 -- LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (Tennessee Titans)
- No. 7 -- Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner (Detroit Lions)
- No. 10 -- Alabama offensive guard Chance Warmack (Cleveland Browns)
- No. 13 -- Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (New Orleans Saints)
- No. 14 -- LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- No. 15 -- Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews (New York Jets)
- No. 17 -- Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree (Cincinnati Bengals)
- No. 21 -- Georgia nose guard John Jenkins (Pittsburgh Steelers)
- No. 22 -- Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter (Seattle Seahawks)
- No. 23 -- Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (Chicago Bears)
- No. 25 -- Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks (New York Giants)
- No. 26 -- Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier (Baltimore Ravens)
- No. 29 -- Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (San Francisco 49ers)