The SEC is once again loaded with very talented underclassmen for the future.
ESPN draft guru Todd McShay took a look at the top 25 non-draft-eligible players in college football, and 14 of them hail from the SEC. Florida freshman corner Vernon Hargreaves ranks as McShay’s top overall SEC underclassman, while FSU’s Jameis Winston is the top ranked player. Georgia’s Todd Gurley is the second highest SEC underclassman, followed by Bama’s Amari Cooper and Mizzou’s Dorial Green-Beckham.
You can view the entire ranking here (paywall), but I’ll sum it up for you below:
2. Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
4. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
5. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
6. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
8. Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
9. Landon Collins, S, Alabama
10. TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama
12. A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
15. OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
16. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
18. Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
20. Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
21. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
23. Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
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- I find it interesting MSU’s Chris Jones didn’t make the list. I thought he was better than both Robert Nkemdiche and Carl Lawson this season. I also thought Lawson was better than Nkemdiche.
- Vernon Hargreaves may be the best corner in college football next season. He’s a prolific cover corner with great ball skills.
- I also think Dorial Green-Beckham projects higher than Amari Cooper for the future. I wasn’t saying anything close to that during the preseason. Cooper was hampered by injuries in 2013, while DGB had a breakout year.
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