The NFL Draft is less than a month away, and soon several former SEC players will be filthy rich and ready to accomplish their dreams of playing at football’s highest level.
NFL.com’s senior analyst Gil Brandt projects four former SEC players are among the country’s five best players available for the draft. Brandt says Johnny Manziel is the overall best player in the draft, followed by Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews all in the top five.
Here’s a look at 14 former SEC players ranked in the top 50 draft prospects.
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
2. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
4. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
5. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
7. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
15. Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
18. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
22. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
23. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
35. Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
38. Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
41. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
44. Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
46. Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
Johnny Manziel has moved up draft boards following his padded pro day, where he looked outstanding against a pass rushing broom. All kidding aside, Manziel proved why several think he’s the top overall prospect and the top overall quarterback in this year’s draft. One player who has seen his stock surge is former LSU receiver Odell Beckham. Teams got a sense of his explosiveness and raw athletic ability at both the NFL Combine and LSU’s Pro Day.