Even though the 2016 NFL Draft just ended, it’s never too early to predict which SEC stars will likely cross the stage next year.
A lot can change before the next draft — we have a full season of college football ahead — but SB Nation tackled the task of constructing a mock 2017 draft. Nearly half of the first round is comprised of SEC players.
The full list can be seen here (the order of the teams is based on the latest Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook Super Bowl LI odds), but these are the 14 SEC players projected to be taken, according to the mock:
3. San Diego Chargers: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
7. New Orleans Saints: Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss
9. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia): Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
10. Miami Dolphins: Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
13. Atlanta Falcons: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
18. New York Giants: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
19. New York Jets: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
20. Baltimore Ravens: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
24. Dallas Cowboys: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
25. Arizona Cardinals: Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU
26. Carolina Panthers: Greg Pyke, OT, Georgia
27. Cincinnati Bengals: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri
The SEC has had the most total players drafted in the past 10 NFL drafts, but the Big Ten is catching up. The SEC had just four more players (51) taken than the Big Ten (47) in this year’s draft.
However, with the amount of SEC talent returning for next season, that streak will likely continue in 2017.