Published December 20, 2011 - 8:00am
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The NFL Draft is literally just right around the corner after the bowl games and recruiting season.
Last year, the SEC had five of the top six selections in the NFL draft a year ago, and all five of those were underclassmen – Cameron Newton (Carolina), Marcell Dareus (Buffalo), AJ Green (Cincinnati), Patrick Peterson (Arizona) and Julio Jones (Atlanta).
The top two prospects in the SEC this season are underclassmen Trent Richardson and Morris Claiborne. Both of these guys made themselves some money this past season.
Here are a few draft eligible underclassmen who will look to jump to the NFL:
LB – Dont’a Hightower
DB – Dre Kirkpatrick
RB – Trent Richardson
RB – Onterio McCalebb
TE – Orson Charles
DB – Bacarri Rambo
DT – Michael Brockers
DB – Morris Claiborne
DE – Sam Montgomery
WR – Rueben Randle
DT – Fletcher Cox
DB – Stephon Gilmore
WR – Alshon Jeffery
DB – DJ Swearinger
Several underclassmen such as Georgia’s Jarvis Jones and Aaron Murray and Alabama’s DJ Fluker have said they plan on returning to school.