There are plenty of superb athletes in the SEC, according to one analyst.
NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread listed four SEC players in his list of the 16 most freakishly athletic players in college football.
The first player to appear on Goodbread’s list was Mississippi State defensive back Brandon Bryant, who was ranked No. 11. Bryant doesn’t have a ton of starting experience but is one of Mississippi State’s finest athletes. He has been clocked at 4.24 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which is tied with the current NFL Combine record.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder recorded 63 tackles, 1.5 sacks and picked off three passes as a redshirt freshman last season. He is poised for an outstanding sophomore campaign in Starkville, Miss.
The next SEC player on the list was Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd, who was ranked No. 7. This ridiculous workout might be enough to merit Hurd as one of the best athletes in the nation, but Hurd has the production to back it up as well. He rushed for 1,288 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and is being hyped as one of the top tailbacks in the country.
Up next was a player no defender wants to try and tackle in the open field. LSU running back Leonard Fournette was ranked third on Goodbread’s list, and for good reason. Runs like this make it hard to argue Fournette isn’t the best running back in the country.
Leonard Fournette TD run and Tray Matthews flip https://t.co/gpbsD9EiW6
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 19, 2015
Fournette fell out of the Heisman Trophy conversation after slumping toward the end of the season, but he still finished 2015 with 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns during a prolific sophomore season.
The final SEC player on the list was also the No. 1 player — Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. Garrett is an absolute freak and could be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft. Garrett should lead the SEC in sacks next season (he had 11.5 in 2015) and reportedly has run a 4.5-second 40-yard dash.