Friday, March 29, 2013
SEC bonanza in the NFL draft
By Chris Low
ESPN analyst Todd McShay projects that 11 SEC players will be taken in the first round of next month's NFL draft, which would tie the SEC record for most first-rounders in one draft.
The SEC produced 11 first-rounders in the 2007 draft. The record for any conference is 12 first-rounders, which was set by the ACC in 2006.
Of the 11 SEC players McShay projects to go in the first round this year, six are from Alabama and Georgia. His No. 1 overall pick is Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel.
Here's a look at where McShay has the SEC players going in the first round:
No. 1: Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (Kansas City Chiefs)
No. 6: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (Cleveland Browns)
No. 8: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama (Buffalo Bills)
No. 9: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU (New York Jets)
No. 10: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida (Tennessee Titans)
No. 14: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri (Carolina Panthers)
No. 15: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (New Orleans Saints)
No. 16: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (St. Louis Rams)
No. 17: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia (Pittsburgh Steelers)
No. 19: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama (New York Giants)
No. 31: Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia (San Francisco 49ers)
McShay also has nine SEC players going in the second round of his latest mock draft.
Of note, he doesn't have any running backs going in the first round. In fact, the first running back he has coming off the board is Alabama's Ed Lacy at No. 46 overall to the St. Louis Rams. McShay's second running back to be drafted might surprise a few people -- Texas A&M's Christine Michael going No. 53 to the Cincinnati Bengals.
McShay only has five quarterbacks going in the first two rounds, and none from the SEC.
Some of the SEC players who have dropped from earlier projections during the season are Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore and LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery, both projected as second-rounders by McShay.
One of the fastest risers in the SEC is South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger, who is pegged to go No. 55 overall to the Green Bay Packers. Two of the most heralded SEC defensive backs last season -- Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks and LSU's Eric Reid -- are not projected by McShay to go in the first two rounds.