It’s no secret that in the SEC, most teams reload rather than restock at the end of each season. But sometimes, teams have the luxury of returning their top playmakers from the year before when they could have entered the NFL Draft.
That’s especially true for the 2016-17 season, as the conference boasts seven of the top 16 players who bypassed the 2016 NFL Draft. The list comes from Chase Goodbread of NFL.com in his “16 for ‘16” series.
Six of the seven SEC prospects hail from its western division, with Tennessee the only representative from the East. The SEC boasted four of the top 10 prospects and three of the top five.
Alabama, which is well-represented on early big boards, led all prospects with three (including the top overall), followed closely by LSU with two.
Here’s where the SEC players rank among Goodbread’s list:
No. 14: Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee
No. 13: Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU
No. 11: Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
No. 8: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
No. 4: Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss
No. 3: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
No. 1: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama