Post-NFL Combine mock drafts, 11 SEC players projected as first-round picks

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Now that the NFL Combine is officially in the books, NFL mock drafts will start emerging. Scouts, coaches and GMs have a little over two months to decide who they will take with their top overall draft picks.

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CBSSports and Sports Illustrated have already released their post-combine mock drafts, and NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks released his post-combine top 25 players.

The biggest gainer over the last month has been LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham. He flashed tremendous ability that teams covet, and he’s the biggest riser since the season ended. Beckham had a strong 40, and teams got to see what we’ve been seeing for three years – that he’s so explosive with the ball and is a threat to house it on any given play.

Auburn’s Dee Ford is also shooting up draft boards despite not running or going through drills, as he pulled out of workouts due to a medical issue. Still, he’s highly coveted by scouts, mainly because of his very impressive Senior Bowl workout and game, where he was the game’s MVP. He’s versatile enough to play end or outside linebacker in a 3-4, depending on which team drafts him.

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One player you won’t find in the first round is Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, who has seen his stock plummet since the Oklahoma game. There are questions all across the board regarding Kouandjio’s athleticism. He went from a projected top-five pick entering the 2013 season to completely out of the first round with two months until draft time.

Here’s a look at both mock drafts and the top SEC projected players:

NFLDraftScout.com (11 SEC players)

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (Houston Texans)
2. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn (St. Louis Rams)
3. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (Jacksonville Jaguars)
11. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (Tennessee Titans)
13. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (St. Louis Rams)
15. HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama (Pittsburgh Steelers)
20. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri (Arizona Cardinals)
21. CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama (Green Bay Packers)
23. Odell Beckham, WR, LSU (Kansas City Chiefs)
27. Dee Ford, OLB/DE, Auburn (New Orleans Saints)
28. Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida (Carolina Panthers)

SportsIllustrated.com (11 SEC players)

2. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn (St. Louis Rams)
3. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (Jacksonville Jaguars)
4. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (Cleveland Browns)
6. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (Atlanta Falcons)
10. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (Detroit Lions)
11. HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama (Tennessee Titans)
20. Dee Ford, OLB/DE, Auburn (Arizona Cardinals)
21. CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama (Green Bay Packers)
23. Odell Beckham, WR, LSU (Kansas City Chiefs)
26. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (Cleveland Browns)
29. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri (New England Patriots)

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks’ top 25 players (7 SEC players)

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
4. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
6. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
14. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
17. HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
24. Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

Brooks’ players on the bubble:

CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama
Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama

Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Not a fan of Mel Kiper or Todd McShay??

  • I would be really excited if the saints could get Dee Ford to go opposite of Junior Galette but if he doesn’t drop that far I would hope for them to get a OT. I know after his combine performance the chances of dropping to the bottom of the 1st are slim, but I would love for them to be able to get Taylor Lewan. Also I really hope they get Jarvis Landry in the 2nd. Colston and Moore are both gettin in the 30+ range and some younger talent is needed.

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