SEC, Alabama dominate top 50 most talented players in college football

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Well-respected NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah evaluated the top 50 players in college football, and the SEC dominated the list with 19 players. Specifically Alabama had more players on the list (eight) than seven other conferences.

After a record-setting NFL Draft this past spring, some whispered that the SEC was losing so much talent that it would take a step back in the near future – but with 38 percent of the top players, don’t expect any letdown in 2013.

No other conferences besides the SEC and the Pac-12 came in with double digits.

The SEC owns three of the top five players, along with seven of the top 20:

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
4. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
5. CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama
6. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
7. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
11. TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama
15. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
22. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
23. Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
24. Loucheiz Purifoy, CB/WR, Florida
26. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
29. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
31. Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
36. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
37. Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
39. Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
40. HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
43. Adrian Hubbard, LB, Alabama
50. Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama

Breakdown by conference:
SEC: 19
Pac-12: 12
ACC: 6
AAC: 3
Big Ten: 3
Independent: 3
Mountain West: 2
Big 12: 1
MAC: 1

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

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  • Just curious, but why isn’t Aaron Murray on this list? AJ Mccarron is great and all but I think Aaron Murray is probably more talented.

    • Because, aside from the more obvious “Aaron Murray hasn’t made it to the big stage in how many attempts?” , statistically he isn’t as good as McCarron. McCarron is typically underrated due to the wealth of talent around him, especially at running back.

      I for one am kinda glad to see them starting to figure it out.

      • Oh, that’s precious that you think Aaron Murray isn’t a top 50 player. He is going to tear through many SEC leading quarterback records OF ALL TIME even if he has the worst season of his career….I’m not saying McCarron shouldn’t be on this list or that Murray should even be in the top 20, but to omit the SEC all time record breaker at quarterback in touchdowns and yardage, the most important categories for ranking the success of a QB, is just base. Your vice is a repugnance to us all who debate college football.

    • If you do a comparison review of Murray vs McCarron on Pass Attempts to Completions and then TD to INT ratio you’ll see why the argument can be made that McCarron is a little better than Murray. Two National Championships aside. That isn’t meant to take anything away from Murray because I think he is one of college footballs elite QB. To have Murray’s stats against the aggressive pro-style defenses played in the SEC is impressive by any measurement. Some thing you just can’t judge with numbers and I think a mistake was made when Murray was not included on this list!

  • Ummmm, this list lost all credibility with me by omitting Aaron Murray from the top 50.

  • I don’t have a problem with AJ McCarron being considered for this list over Aaron Murray. However, I do take issue when a first year starter, such as Brett Hundley, is chosen over Murray. Consider what Murray has accomplished at the QB position playing against SEC defenses and players like Jadveon Clowney, CJ Mosley and Ed Stinson, just to name a few. Obviously, anyone who has their name on a sports publication is at liberty to express their opinion but there is NO WAY I would’ve put Teddy Bridgewater, Brett Hundley or Bryn Renner over Aaron Murray. Obviously Johnny Football gets an honorable mention for being the first Freshman to win the Heisman, but to place a first year starter (Brett Hundley) over Murray? C’mon, man!!!!

  • When T.J. Yeldon is ranked ahead of Todd Gurley, the list loses all credibility. Yeldon is a great player, arguably one of the top 5 for the upcoming season. Both will be sophomores, but check their stats- TDS, rushing yards, average. And not to put Murray on the list, who will be the SEC’s career leader in important categories this season, is absurd. I’m a Dawg through and through, but I’m sure a lot of “experts” would agree. Like the NFL scouts, for one.

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