The SEC is notorious for generating a ton of NFL talent. But a few SEC prospects may have to wait a while for their names to be called during the 2016 NFL Draft.
Three SEC prospects in particular were listed as the leading candidates to be the last player remaining in the green room at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones is listed as a 7/3 favorite by SportsBettingDime.com to be the last prospect remaining Thursday night.
Right behind him on the list are Florida safety Keanu Neal and Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche at 4/1 odds.
Jones has actually been rising up some draft boards, and could be taken within the top 20 Thursday night. Neal presents value as one of the top safeties in the class and has also been a late riser. Nkemdiche might be the biggest wild-card in the class, and some teams may be scared off by his off-field transgressions. However, Nkemdiche is widely regarded as a top-tier talent when he has his head on straight.
A couple of other Nkemdiche prop bets are available. The over/under for Nkemdiche’s draft position is No. 30 overall. The defensive lineman was also given 7/1 odds to make the most outrageous fashion statement at the draft, behind Clemson’s Shaq Lawson, who was the favorite at 6/1.
The SEC is a 3/2 favorite to have the most first-round selections, and an overwhelming 1/3 favorite to have the most players selected throughout the draft. Alabama is listed at 3/2 to have the most players taken of any schools in the country, second only to Ohio State.
Alabama coach Nick Saban will be labeled as a rare underdog on Thursday night: He was given 15/1 odds to be the first coach interviewed by ESPN during the draft.