Published November 11, 2010 - 5:57am
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ESPN draft analyst and college football analyst Todd McShay recently did an early NFL draft projection for 2011. Now, first let me say I’m not a big Todd McShay fan nor do I like his partner in crime Mel Kiper, but these projections are always fun and interesting. After all, the SEC is the best conference in America and puts tons of players in the league each and every year.
The SEC had 12 players projected to go in the first round:
No. 2 Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus to the Carolina Panthers (Alabama)
No. 4 Corner Patrick Peterson to the San Francisco 49ers (LSU)
No. 10 Wide receiver AJ Green to the Cleveland Browns (Georgia)
No. 12 Quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Jacksonville Jaguars (Arkansas)
No. 15 Corner Janoris Jenkins to the Washington Redskins (Florida)
No. 17 Running back Mark Ingram to the Miami Dolphins (Alabama)
No. 23 Offensive tackle Derek Sherrod to the Philadelphia Eagles (Mississippi State)
No. 24 Defensive tackle Nick Fairley to the Indianapolis Colts (Auburn)
No. 26 Defensive tackle Drake Nevis to the New Orleans Saints (LSU)
No. 27 Offensive tackle DeMarcus Love to the New York Giants (Arkansas)
No. 29 Wide receiver Julio Jones to the New York Jets (Alabama)
No. 32 Offensive center / guard Mike Pouncey to the Pittsburgh Steelers (Florida)
During the 2010 NFL Draft, the SEC had seven first-round selections.
I was surprised that Drake Nevis was that far down on the list. Nevis will be a beast in the NFL. I was also surprised to see Mike Pouncey projected as a first rounder considering the snap problems he has had this year at Florida. However, Pouncey will most likely move back to guard alongside his brother Maurkice who plays center for the Steelers as a Rookie.
Among the major BCS conferences, the following list represents each:
SEC – 12 first round projections
Pac 10 – 6 first round projections
Big 12 – 5 first round projections
ACC – 4 first round projections
Big 10 – 4 first round projections
Did anything surprise you about these projections?