Is it too early to be talking about the 2015 NFL Draft? Yeah, it’s way too early.
The SEC has dominated the draft the last five years with 241 picks. The next closest conference is the ACC with 169, 72 picks behind. The conference also blows away first-round picks over the last five years, too, with 50. The next closest conference is Big 12 with 27.
So, naturally, the conference is going to reload even though it loses some serious star power.
ESPN’s Todd McShay threw out his way-too-early first-round picks, but let’s not break that down. Let’s talk about the players he included.
Seven of the 10 projected top picks are underclassmen, led by Alabama’s Amari Cooper. Nine of the 10 aren’t surprising; the one that is may be Missouri DE/OLB Shane Ray, who is helping to replace Kony Ealy and Michael Sam at defensive end. Ray, along with fellow bookend Markus Golden, has everyone excited in Columbia.
Interestingly, Jalen Mills is a nice player for LSU, but underclassmen Tre’Davious White and Rashard Robinson could both be better in 2014.
Here’s a look at the 10 prospects:
2. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama*
3. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
4. Dante Fowler, DE, Florida*
10. Landon Collins, S, Alabama*
21. Jalen Mills, DB, LSU*
22. Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina
23. Ramik Wilson, LB, Georgia
27. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State*
30. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia*
31. Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri*
Here are a few others who should be on the first-round radar ahead of draft-eligible seasons:
- La’El Collins, OT, LSU
- Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
- Markus Golden, DE, Missouri
- Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss
- TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama
If there’s a running back who has the best chance to break the first-roundless streak it’s Georgia’s Todd Gurley. Mike Davis and TJ Yeldon are tremendous talents, and it will be interesting to see their value heading into next May’s draft.
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