9 SEC players will be among the 25 top prospects present at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago to hear their names called and shake the commissioner’s hand at the 2016 NFL Draft.
Alabama and Ole Miss lead the way with three players planning to attend the festivities, respectively.
Rebels offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche will all be in the house. Each player is expected to be selected in the first round and Tunsil could be the first player taken overall. Treadwell could be taken in the top 20 after shattering multiple Rebels receiving records last season. Nkemdiche is a more puzzling prospect because of off-field transgressions and a lack of production last season. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze will also be in Chicago for the draft.
Florida will have a pair of players representing the program in Chicago. Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and safety Keanu Neal are the two Gators attending the draft. Hargreaves is projected to be a first-round pick and is rated as one of the top corners in the class, while Neal is expected to be taken in the second round.
Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones is also expected to watch the draft from the green room. Jones’ draft stock has soared during the evaluation period and he is expected to be taken in the first round and potentially the top 15.
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