When it comes to experience and veteran talent, the SEC has other conferences beat.
The SEC has seven of the 15 best seniors in college football, according to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, more than any other conference. Alabama has the most players of any program on the list with four.
Alabama took the top two spots on the list. Crimson Tide OLB Tim Williams took the No. 1 spot while DL Jonathan Allen was No. 2.
Williams had 9.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in 2015. He recorded a sack once in every 18.2 snaps he played.
“Nicknamed ‘The Predator’ by one NFL personnel man, Williams has tremendous get-off after the snap and can explode up the field to challenge the edge of the saltiest offensive tackle,” Zierlein said. “What makes Williams particularly lethal is his combination of hand usage and cornering around the edge.”
Zierlein touted Allen as a first-round talent with great technique and the ability to rush the passer. The other Alabama players to make the rankings were TE O.J. Howard (No. 4) and LB Reuben Foster (No. 6).
The three other SEC players to earn spots on the list were Florida LB Jarrad Davis (No. 5), Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly (No. 8) and LSU CB Tre’Davious White (No. 13).