While the SEC continues to churn out more talent than any other conference, NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter thinks things will be more evenly distributed in the 2017 season — at least at the very top. LSU’s Arden Key was the lone SEC player to make the top 10 of Reuter’s top 150 players list.
Key, a junior, had 11 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss last season.
Key was No. 7 on the list behind familiar names including Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Southern Cal’s Sam Darnold. Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver tops the list after having 19.5 tackles for loss as a true freshman.
A pair of SEC running backs, Alabama’s Bo Scarborough and LSU’s Derrius Guice, come in at No. 11 and No. 12, respectively. Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick also makes an appearance at No. 20.
Here’s every SEC player who appears in the ranking.
|31||Greg Little||OT||Ole Miss|
|42||Christian Kirk||WR||Texas A&M|
|51||Martinas Rankin||OT||Mississippi State|
|53||Nick Fitzgerald||QB||Mississippi State|
|100||Marquis Haynes||LB||Ole Miss|
|110||Shaun Dion Hamilton||LB||Alabama|
|114||Deebo Samuel||WR||South Carolina|
|131||Armani Watts||S||Texas A&M|
In all, 35 SEC players made the cut, accounting for just over 23 percent of the list. Alabama led the way with 12 players in the top 150, including nine of the top 81 players.