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16 former SEC players included in top 50 NFL Draft prospect rankings

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The SEC will once again have a very strong first- and second-round draft day this spring, and nearly all of these players will compete in the upcoming NFL Combine, which starts next Saturday.

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Sixteen former SEC players are included in the top 50 NFL Draft prospects, according to NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah, a former NFL scout, with 10 of them projected as first-round picks.

Johnny Manziel is the top-ranked quarterback, while Jadeveon Clowney remains the top overall ranked player. One player who is bolstering up draft boards is Auburn OT Greg Robinson, who has as much or more upside than every player in the top 50.

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Here’s a look:

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
3. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
7. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
8. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
9. CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama
14. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
16. HaHa Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama
26. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
28. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
31. Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
33. Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
39. Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
40. Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
48. Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
49. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
50. Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

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  1. As an Atlanta Falcons fan, I’m curious to know who would be the better choice between Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews? I was pushing for Matthews, but if Robinson is equally as good, I’d be willing to learn how the Falcons front office is approaching the draft with these two on the board.

    • It is an interesting debate. To me, Matthews is the safest prospect in the entire draft. You know exactly what you’re getting. Robinson may project higher simply because he is more of an unknown commodity, but he’s a dominant run blocker. This is why GMs get paid the big bucks.

  2. Surprised to see Easley on there and no Quarles. No doubt Easley is a 1st Rd talent but I thought the injury concerns would drop him. Quarles had tons of production this year and no injury concern.

  3. I know you are reporting draft sources but how is Clinton better than E J Gaines?

  4. no michael sam?

  5. The fact that Jordan Matthews isn’t on this list is unbelievable and unacceptable.

    • Matthews was largely figured as a top 50 prospect, but he didn’t show too well at the Senior Bowl and associated practices. By all accounts, that’s why he was left off the projection. I’m not sure I agree either.