ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr. has released his annual way-too-early big board of the best prospects eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Of the 25 players, 14 are on an SEC roster, headlined by Texas A&M junior pass rusher Myles Garrett.
Kiper’s full Top 25 can be seen here (ESPN Insider), but this is where the 14 SEC prospects stand:
1. Myles Garrett, Junior DE/OLB, Texas A&M Aggies
2. Tim Williams, Senior OLB, Alabama Crimson Tide
3. Leonard Fournette, Junior RB, LSU Tigers
5. Jamal Adams, Junior S, LSU Tigers
7. Cam Robinson, Junior OT, Alabama Crimson Tide
8. Jalen Tabor, Junior CB, Florida Gators
12. Jonathan Allen, Senior DE, Alabama Crimson Tide
14. Charles Harris, Junior DE, Missouri Tigers
16. Derek Barnett, Junior DE, Tennessee Volunteers
21. Jarrad Davis, Junior OLB, Florida Gators
22. Carl Lawson, Junior DE, Auburn Tigers
23. Marquis Haynes, Junior OLB, Ole Miss Rebels
24. Deatrich Wise Jr., Senior DE, Arkansas Razorbacks
25. Nick Chubb, Junior RB, Georgia Bulldogs
Last year, Kiper’s early big board featured just seven SEC players, four of which ended up being first-round picks in 2016. The three misses were aided by unpredictable events.
Former Auburn wide receiver Duke Williams was among the seven, but his draft stock plummeted after his dismissal from the team in October. Ole Miss safety Tony Conner would have likely been a first-round pick, but missed the majority of last season with a torn meniscus.
The third was Alabama defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson, who was a key member of the Crimson Tide’s national championship season, but fell to the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2016 draft.
So, it won’t be a surprise if a large portion of the 14 players on Kiper’s big board wind up walking across the stage early during the 2017 NFL Draft.