MylesAs has been the case in recent years, a host of next level talent can be found in the SEC.  I presently give first round or near first round grades to almost a bakers dozen and depending on the underclassmen who enter the draft that number will only rise.  Here are the rankings for 152 prospects from the SEC.

Top NFL Prospects from the SEC

Rnd Full Name Pos School Year
1st Garrett Myles DE Texas A&M 3Jr
1st Leonard Fournette RB LSU 3Jr
1st Malachi Dupre WR LSU 3Jr
1st Reuben Foster ILB Alabama 4Sr
1st Carl Lawson DE Auburn 4Jr
1st O J Howard TE Alabama 4Sr
1st Jonathan Allen DE Alabama 4Sr
1st Davon Godchaux DT LSU 3Jr
1st Tre’Davious White CB LSU 4Sr
1-2 Cam Robinson T Alabama 3Jr
1-2 Travin Dural WR LSU 5Sr
1-2 Caleb Brantley DT Florida 4Jr
1-2 Jalen Tabor CB Florida 3Jr
2nd Cameron Sutton CB Tennessee 4Sr
2nd Charles Harris DE Missouri 4Jr
2nd Kendell Beckwith ILB LSU 4Sr
2nd Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama 3So
2nd Jamal Adams S LSU 3Jr
2-3 Jarrad Davis ILB Florida 4Sr
3rd Daeshon Hall DE Texas A&M 4Sr
3rd Derek Barnett DE Tennessee 3Jr
3rd Ethan Pocic C LSU 4Sr
3rd Armani Watts S Texas A&M 3Jr
3rd Nick Chubb RB Georgia 3Jr
3rd Damore’ea Stringfellow WR Mississippi 4Jr
3rd Justin Evans S Texas A&M 4Sr
3rd Kendarius Webster CB Mississippi 3Jr
3rd Harold Brantley DT x-Missouri 5Sr
3rd Tim Williams OLB Alabama 4Sr
3rd Chad Kelly QB Mississippi 4Sr
4th Brandon Harris QB LSU 3Jr
3rd Evan Engram TE Mississippi 4Sr
3-4 Marcus Maye S Florida 5Sr
3-4 Ricky Seals-Jones WR Texas A&M 4Jr
4th Eddie Jackson S Alabama 4Sr
4th Josh Reynolds WR Texas A&M 5Sr
4th Jalen Reeves-Maybin OLB Tennessee 4Sr
4th Zach Cunningham ILB Vanderbilt 4Jr
4th Bryan Cox Jr DE Florida 5Sr
4th Jeremy Sprinkle TE Arkansas 5Sr
4th Marquavius Lewis DE South Carolina 4Sr
4-5 Kyle Meadows T Kentucky 4Jr
4-5 Avery Gennesy T Texas A&M 5Sr
4-5 Robert Dobbs QB Tennessee 4Sr
5th Ryan Anderson OLB Alabama 5Sr
5th Tony Conner S Mississippi 4Sr
5th Tray Matthews S Auburn 4Jr
5th Marquis Haynes OLB Mississippi 3Jr
5th Montravius Adams DT Auburn 4Sr
5-6 Davin Bellamy OLB Georgia 4Jr
5-6 Nate Brown WR Missouri 3Jr
5-6 Jalen Hurd RB Tennessee 3Jr
6th Braden Smith G Auburn 3Jr
6th Deatrich Wise Jr DE Arkansas 5Sr
6th Alan Knott C South Carolina 4Jr
6th Da’Shawn Hand DE Alabama 3Jr
6th T J Holloman OLB South Carolina 5Sr
6th Fred Ross WR Mississippi State 4Sr
6th Shaan Washington ILB Texas A&M 4Sr
6th Skai Moore OLB South Carolina 4Sr
6th Sean Culkin TE Missouri 5Sr
6th Isaiah Wynn G Georgia 3Jr
6th Donavin Newsom OLB Missouri 5Sr
6th Anthony Sherrils S Missouri 4Jr
6th Johnathan Ford S Auburn 4Sr
6th David Sharpe T Florida 3Jr
6th Quincy Wilson CB Florida 3Jr
6th Richie Brown OLB Mississippi State 5Sr
6-7 Michael Scherer OLB Missouri 5Sr
6-7 Speedy Noil WR Texas A&M 3Jr
6-7 Keon Hatcher WR Arkansas 5Sr
7th Henre’ Toliver CB Arkansas 3Jr
7th Jeremiah Ledbetter DT Arkansas 4Sr
7th Daniel Skipper T Arkansas 4Sr
7th Brandon Kublanow C Georgia 4Sr
7th Jonathon Toth C Kentucky 5Sr
7th Aarion Penton CB Missouri 4Sr
7th Sony Michel RB Georgia 3Jr
7th Lewis Neal DE LSU 4Sr
7th D.J. Jones DT Mississippi 4Sr
7-FA Alex Anzalone ILB Florida 4Jr
7-FA Fadol Brown DE Mississippi 5Sr
FA Donovan Wilson CB Texas A&M 3Jr
FA Gehrig Dieter WR Alabama 5Sr
FA Chris LaCouture DT LSU 4Sr
FA Dale Dean CB Arkansas 4Sr
FA William Holden T Vanderbilt 5Sr
FA Ed Paris CB LSU 3Jr
FA Jamaal Clayborn C Mississippi State 4Sr
FA Josh Augusta DT Missouri 4Sr
FA Tony Bridges CB Mississippi 4Sr
FA Greg Pyke T Georgia 5Sr
FA Dominick Sanders S Georgia 3Jr
FA Greyson Lambert QB Georgia 5Sr
FA Quincy Mauger S Georgia 4Sr
FA DeAndre Goolsby TE Florida 3Jr
FA Quincy Adeboyejo WR Mississippi 4Sr
FA Corey Vereen DE Tennessee 4Sr
FA Justin Senior T Mississippi State 5Sr
FA Alphonse Taylor G Alabama 5Sr
FA Torren McGaster CB Vanderbilt 5Sr
FA Tim Kimbrough Payne ILB Georgia 4Sr
FA Jovon Robinson RB Auburn 4Sr
FA Tony Foreman CB Tennessee 4Sr
FA Boom Williams RB Kentucky 3Jr
FA Trevor Knight QB Texas A&M 5Sr
FA Josh Walker ILB Texas A&M 3Jr
FA Ralph Webb Jr RB Vanderbilt 4Jr
FA Kivon Coman S Mississippi State 5Sr
FA Dominique Reed WR Arkansas 4Sr
FA Joey Ivie DT Florida 4Sr
FA Brandon Holloway RB Mississippi State 4Sr
FA Devaroe Lawrence DT Auburn 4Sr
FA Christian Payne FB Georgia 3Jr
FA A J Jefferson DE Mississippi State 5Sr
FA Tashawn Bower DE LSU 4Sr
FA Marcus McWilson S Kentucky 4Sr
FA Rommel Mageo OLB Mississippi 5Sr
FA Chris Black WR Missouri 4Sr
FA Al Harris Jr. CB South Carolina 3Jr
FA Andrew Jelks T Vanderbilt 5Sr
FA Blake McClain CB Kentucky 4Sr
FA Dalvin Tomlinson DT Alabama 5Sr
FA Alex Kozan G Auburn 5Sr
FA Fred Brown WR Mississippi State 4Sr
FA Regie Meant DT Kentucky 4Jr
FA Mason Zandi T South Carolina 5Sr
FA Nick James DT Mississippi State 5Sr
FA Jordan Diggs S South Carolina 5Sr
FA Drew Morgan WR Arkansas 4Sr
FA Akeem Judd RB Mississippi 5Sr
FA Tolando Cleveland CB Mississippi State 4Sr
FA Darius English DE South Carolina 5Sr
FA Jeremy Johnson QB Auburn 4Sr
FA Rickey Hatley DT Missouri 5Sr
FA Courtney Miggins DE Kentucky 4Sr
FA Rickey Jefferson S LSU 4Sr
FA Austin Appleby QB Florida 5Sr
FA Tony Stevens WR Auburn 4Sr
FA Kody Walker RB Arkansas 4Sr
FA Marcus Davis WR Auburn 4Sr
FA Colin Jeter TE LSU 4Sr
FA Chaz Elder S South Carolina 5Sr
FA Brooks Ellis ILB Arkansas 4Sr
FA Derrick Jones WR Mississippi 4Sr
FA John Gibson CB Missouri 5Sr
FA Robert Leff T Auburn 4Sr
FA Jared Collins CB Arkansas 5Sr
FA Carlos Davis CB Mississippi 5Sr
FA Chris Moody S South Carolina 5Sr
FA Adam Butler DT Vanderbilt 5Sr
FA Duke Riley OLB LSU 4Sr

 

Alabama

Several sources tell me Jonathan Allen was graded by a number of scouts as the top senior prospect in the nation, which I found surprising.  In fact on my board teammates Reuben Foster and O J Howard are both graded higher.  While I like Allen’s game I don’t see him as an impact player or a top five selection at this point.

Though vertically challenged (barely 6-feet .5-inches) I project Reuben Foster as a three down defender at the next level with potential in a variety of schemes.  I grade him much higher than former Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland at this point and feel he will be a top 15 pick next April.

I have much the same feeling about tight end O.J. Howard.  He’s a receiver in a tight ends body and a legitimate downfield threat that consistently causes mismatches in the secondary.  Howard’s blocking is underrated and like Foster, he’s a three down player.  I’ll go on record and say Howard has the highest upside of any senior prospect presently on the Alabama roster.

Cam Robinson is not graded as highly on my board when compared to the way others view him.  Why? On film Robinson is a nice sized offensive tackle with excellent strength.  He’s also heavy footed, ineffective blocking in motion and struggles to adjust which has made him susceptible to quick opponents with inside moves  I have a hard time believing he’ll be a left/weakside tackle at the next level.

Keep an eye on Bowling Green transfer Gehrig Dieter, a tall possession receiver with reliable hands whose been all but ignored by scouts.

Arkansas

Now that Hunter Henry has departed I’ll be excited to see what Jeremy Sprinkle can do as the Razorbacks starting tight end.  Sprinkle may not be the natural pass catcher of Henry but he’s just as fast and a much better blocker.

I’m hoping to see a healthy Keon Hatcher return to the field in 2016.  The talented wide out missed all but two games last season with a broken foot and had further surgery on the injury this past May.  After his 2014 campaign I graded Hatcher as a potential third round pick.

For some reason scouts have dismissed defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter but I feel he’s late round worthy and a potential rotational lineman on Sunday.

Auburn

If he performs as most expect then declares for the draft, as most expect, its not out of the realm of possibility Carl Lawson is the first player from the state of Alabama selected in next April’s draft.  He’s a difference maker up front and a talented pass rusher out of a three point stance or standing over tackle.

I like Montravius Adams but would like him even better if he started playing to his size.  Adams looks very athletic for a 6-foot/3-inch, 300lbs defensive tackle and easily moves around the field yet all too often is taken from the action by a single blocker when he shouldn’t.

While talk of the safety position at Auburn usually centers around Johnathan Ford, I feel junior Tray Matthews is the better NFL prospect at the position.  Matthews, a transfer from Georgia, has a slight size advantage and shows a bit more force in his game.

Florida

Caleb Brantley has traits similar to Jonathan Bullard and in the end I think Brantey is selected a round earlier than Bullard.  The junior is incredibly quick and plays with an explosive style.  He has the ability to rush the passer or chase the action laterally in pursuit.  Brantley must improve his strength at the point but that should come in time.

I believe Jarrad Davis has the makings of a three down linebacker and comes with a nice degree of scheme versatility.  His lack of height (6-feet/1.5-inches) may concern some teams.

I really like what I’ve seen from Jalen Tabor the past two seasons and firmly believe he could be a first round pick in 2017 if he stays healthy and improves his game.

Georgia

The cupboard is nearly bare at Georgia from the NFL prospect point of view.  If Nick Chubb shows no ill effects returning from the knee injury which kept him on the sidelines during the second half of last season he will make a big move up draft boards.

Junior guard Isaiah Wynn is a large mauler who stands out run blocking and also shows potential as a zone blocker.

Kentucky

Junior lineman Kyle Meadows is a terrific offensive line prospect with a nice upside.  He’s agile, fluid and blocks with solid fundamentals.  While he holds down the left tackle spot for Kentucky, I ultimately feel Meadows is best as a zone blocking guard on Sunday.

LSU

LSU has a host of next level talent and should win the SEC then contend for the national title.  If they don’t it may be curtains for Les Myles.

I’m not going to pontificate over Leonard Fournette and say what’s already been smentioned.  It will be interesting to see if he plays not to get hurt this season or asks for a reduced workload in preparation for the 2017 draft.

I will rave about Malachi Dupre.  The speedy wide out is a legitimate deep threat as well as a dependable receiver.  I like just about everything he offers though Dupre must get a little stronger as he may struggle handling jams on Sunday.

Travin Dural has outstanding computer numbers and is also a very good receiver prospect.  He’s not the flat out burner of his teammate rather sneaky fast and will stretch it vertically on occasion.

Tre’Davious White surprised many by returning to LSU for another season and now moves towards next April as one of the elite corners in the draft.  He offers terrific ball skills and is rarely challenged by opposing quarterbacks.  He must get stronger and White measures under 6-feet tall, an important mark for many teams.  He still grades as a first round choice on my board.

Compared to scouts I’m not overly excited about Ethan Pocic.  I like his competitiveness and football IQ but he’s not a dominant mauler on the inside and shows a little stiffness in his game.  Several teams grade Pocic at guard rather than center and some have slotted him as a tackle for the next level.

Junior defensive lineman Davon Godchaux displays himself to be a difference maker on inside.  He’s quick, explosive and easily moves about the field.  I gave him a fringe first round grade but could see Godchaux making a move up draft boards.

Quarterback Brandon Harris is underrated in most scouting circles and has the physical skills to develop into a next level signal caller.

Mississippi

 The Rebels were decimated by underclassmen entries into last April’s draft yet still have a number of talented next level prospects on the roster.

I love quarterback Chad Kelly’s mentality and playing style but his accuracy leaves a lot to be desired.  His reckless style of play may also be a hindrance on Sunday.

Damore’ea Stringfellow has a lot of LaQuon Treadwell in his game; he’s big, physical and consistently wins out for contested passes.  He also lacks vertical speed which may suppress his draft stock a bit.

I’m a huge fan of Kendarius Webster and feel he offers starting potential at the next level.  He’s a tough corner with excellent instincts and ball skills.  As with most underclassmen true ht/wt/speed numbers will dictate much.

Scouts grade Tony Conner as a late rounder but I disagree and feel he’s a middle round prospect who could move into the draft’s second day.  Off the 2014 film I graded Conner as a third rounder but a knee injury limited him to five games last season.  He’s big, physical and can line up in zone, as a strong safety or potentially play as a one-gap linebacker on Sunday.

Mississippi State

There’s not a lot of next level talent on the MSU roster.

Fred Ross offers adequate size and comes away with the contested reception but has no single outstanding next level skill. Scouts believe he can be a third rounder but off the film I’m not convinced.

Missouri

Two defensive linemen stand out to me as top next level prospects.

Charles Harris displays himself as a much more athletic version of former Tiger Michael Sam.  He’s a tremendous pass rusher with terrific quickness and speed off the edge.  He must show ability playing in space, something Sam was never able to do, as Harris will be viewed as a 3-4 outside linebacker by most teams.

Harold Brantley showed great explosion and quickness throughout a terrific 2014 campaign before being sidelined in 2015 after suffering multiple fractures in an auto accident that June.  He offers size as well as versatility.  It was announced just weeks ago that Brantley was dismissed from the Mizzou program for “failing to fulfill academic expectations.”  Hopefully Brantley finds a place to play in 2016.

South Carolina

By all accounts scouts graded just two Gamecocks as draftable prospects and Marquavius Lewis is not one of them, something I completely disagree with.  When I watched the Hutchinson CC transfer over the summer I saw a terrific pass rusher with size, speed and athleticism.  I’m of the belief Lewis is due for a big year followed by a big move up draft boards.

Tennessee

Cameron Sutton is a solid corner who also brings return skills with him.  He has been a consistent defender the past two seasons and comes with next level ball skills.  Sutton has a fluid pedal, smooth hip turn and does a great job tracking the pass the few times opponents challenge him.  Forty times are important for his draft stock next April.

There is a lot to like about Volunteer signal caller Robert Dobbs.  He has the arm strength, athleticism and for the most part, head to play at the next level. Yet in my opinion Dobbs lacks the wow factor I want in early round quarterbacks. He has an upside and a good senior campaign will boost his draft stock.

Texas A&M

While many rate LSU running back Leonard Fournette as the top NFL prospect from the SEC, I grade Garrett Myles as the best.  Myles causes an impact in so many ways and has so much upside it was a pretty easy call in my opinion.  He’s a terrific pass rusher and not just off the edge as he shows a great inside move, makes plays running stunts up front and has the speed to run down ball handlers in pursuit.  He does a solid job holding the point and shows skill playing in space.  I love his game and his long term potential.

Teammate Daeshon Hall is a terrific defensive end prospect in his own right though not as explosive or fast compared to Myles.  Measuring over 6-feet/5.5-inches, he offers a good amount of growth potential and Hall’s best football lay ahead of him.

Junior receiver Ricky Seals-Jones disappointed me last season.  He has the size to dominate opponents but has too many mental breakdowns and drops too many passes.

Scouts love safety Justin Evans.  And I mean love him as in first round potential, but I give a slight edge to his teammate, junior Armani Watts.

Watts is an explosive defensive back, aggressively defending the run and getting to the action with a great burst.

Evans is equally explosive and displays terrific speed in both a straight line as well as laterally.  He has great range and quickly gets outside the numbers to make plays.  Evans plays with a nice degree of suddenness but is not a sure handed tackler and all too often takes improper angles to the action.