Predicting SEC first-round picks in the NFL Draft
The SEC produces great NFL players.
Just look at the current pro landscape and try to count how many former SEC players are in the league.
At the start of the 2015 season there were 286, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Here is a prediction of which SEC players will get selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
1. Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida: Cornerbacks can be tricky to project, but Hargreaves’ talent is evident. He had 31 tackles and four interceptions this year and has already proven himself as a lockdown cover corner. He should be a hot commodity in April.
2. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss: Nkemdiche’s recent troubles with the law may hurt his draft stock a little bit, but it isn’t likely he will slip deep into the first round. He offers too much upside and NFL teams have shown they will take a gamble.
3. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss: We have seen the impact that talented wide receivers from the SEC can make in the NFL (Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, Amari Cooper). Treadwell is another rare talent with a chance for a breakout rookie campaign.
4. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss: Ole Miss should have three players selected in the first ten picks. That’s insane. A left tackle is arguably one of the most important positions in football and Tunsil fits the prototype. At 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, he should be the first offensive linemen taken in the draft.
5. Jonathan Bullard, LB, Florida: There are plenty of mock drafts that don’t have Bullard in the first round. But his production will catch eyes of NFL teams. He had 60 tackles and 6.5 sacks this year. That should carry over to the next level.
6. A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama: Especially tough against the run, Robinson’s size and athletic ability force opposing linemen to double team him, but Robinson still finds a way to dominate. He had 3.5 sacks this year too so he can get to the quarterback.
7. Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia: With had 57 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2015, he’s likely the first or second linebacker coming off the board.
8.Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama: Ragland won’t thrive in pass rushing situations, but he will make tackles in the open field and contribute on a weekly basis. He finished the season with 117 tackles.
9. Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee: Sutton had only one interception this year but excels in coverage. He fits the mold NFL squads are looking for. It’s likely Sutton will get drafted late in the first round.
10.Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama: Running backs are devalued and many mock drafts have Henry slipping into the second round. But he has too much talent to pass up. He should be taken late in the first round.