Is it possible for a member of Alabama’s prolific defensive unit to be underrated?
When he is surrounded by players like Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams and Marlon Humphrey, apparently the answer is yes, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF’s Gordon McGuinness ranked Crimson Tide defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson the most underrated player in the entire conference.
His 9.0 stop percentage on run plays ranks seventh among SEC defensive tackles, while his pass-rush productivity comes in only two slots lower, ninth in the conference.
Following Tomlinson are a pair of Arkansas Razorbacks, a Georgia Bulldog and a Missouri Tiger.
The Arkansas QB-WR combo of Austin Allen and Jared Cornelius come in at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, and are also the only offensive players to make the list of SEC players.
Here’s McGuinness on the Razorbacks duo:
Quarterbacks are rarely underrated, but not enough people are talking about the Arkansas signal caller and how good he has been this season. The highest-graded quarterback in the SEC, he has excelled when kept clean, and held up pretty well under pressure too. …
Arkansas boast the nation’s top slot receiver right now, even if it’s not something that is widely known. Jared Cornelius has produced 19 receptions for 379 yards from 109 routes run from the slot. That gives him an average of 3.48 yards per route run from the slot, the best mark in the nation.
Rounding out the list are Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith and Missouri cornerback Aarion Penton. Head to Pro Football Focus for a breakdown of how the pair of SEC East defenders are flying under the radar.