Saturday Down South was one of several media organizations to take part in Athlon Sports’ 2015 SEC Media Expert Poll, an informal ranking of the league’s top 15 players heading into the season.

According to Athlon, “in order to rank the top 15 players in the SEC for 2015, Athlon Sports sought the insight of several experts from the conference. The voting process was simple. Using criteria such as career performance so far, 2015 potential/projection, pro outlook, recruiting ranking, value to team or overall talent, each voter was asked to rank their top 15 players for 2015.

“A point system was assigned, giving 15 points for a player with a No. 1 vote, 14 points for a No. 2 vote, 13 points for a No. 3 vote and so on.”

Georgia’s Nick Chubb held 20 first-place votes and a point total high of 575. Vernon Hargreaves was second at 11 first-place votes and 559 total points. Four other players received at least one first-place vote.

Ranking the SEC’s best players for 2015

Rank Player Team Total Points
1 Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia(20 first-place votes) 575
2 Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida(11 first-place votes) 559
3 Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State(3 first-place votes) 452
4 Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss 398
5 Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU(3 first-place votes) 394
6 Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss(2 first-place votes) 348
7 A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama(1 first-place vote) 264
8 Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M 250
9 Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee 229
10 Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss 228
11 Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina 179
12 Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama(2 first-place votes) 175
13 Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama(1 first-place vote) 172
14T Duke Williams, WR, Auburn 134
14T Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama 134
16 Jeremy Johnson, QB, Auburn 96
17 Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia 74
18 Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas 61
19 Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia 46
20 Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn 44
21 Vadal Alexander, OT, LSU 41
22 Jalen Mills, DB, LSU 29
23 Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri 23
24 Joshua Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M 20
25 Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas 18
26 Curt Maggitt, DL/LB, Tennessee 16
27 Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss 15
28T Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee 14
28T Tony Conner, S, Ole Miss 14
30T Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU 12
30T Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas 12
32T Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee 11
32T The Entire Arkansas OL 11
32T Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State 11
35T Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama 9
35T Jalen Hurd, RB, Tennessee 9
35T Jamal Adams, S, LSU 9
38T Jovon Robinson, RB, Auburn 8
38T Greg Pyke, OL, Georgia 8
38T Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida 8
41T Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU 6
41T Melvin Lewis, DL, Kentucky 6
41T Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri 6
44 Tony Bridges, CB, Ole Miss 5
45T Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas 3
45T Sebastian Tretola, OG, Arkansas 3
45T Cassanova McKinzy, LB, Auburn 3
45T Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama 3
45T Kyle Allen, QB, Texas A&M 3
50T Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama 2
50T Patrick Towles, QB, Kentucky 2
50T Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn 2
50T Speedy Noil, WR, Texas A&M 2
54T De’Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State 1
54T Stephen Weatherly, LB, Vanderbilt 1
54T Denver Kirkland, OT, Arkansas 1
54T Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M 1
54T Russell Hansbrough, RB, Missouri 1