Multiple former SEC players could be steals in the NFL draft.
At least that’s the thought held by CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco.
In an interesting post published Monday, the analyst breaks down 20 players he likes more than scouts do. It’s a creative spin on pre-draft coverage, and it’s worth keeping in mind as we approach the 2017 NFL Draft, which begins April 27 in Philadelphia.
The top of Prisco’s list? Texas A&M defensive end Daeshon Hall.
Check out how Prisco describes the player below.
He doesn’t have (Myles) Garrett’s athletic ability, but who does? Yet he’s more than capable of pushing the pocket. At nearly 6-foot-6 and 266 pounds, he has the frame to add more weight and become an even better player against the run. He has also played standing up, which might be attractive to to 3-4 teams.
When you put in his tape, you see a player who can make plays. He had 13 tackles for a loss last season to go with his 4.5 sacks. Some will say that production isn’t good enough playing opposite Garrett, who got a lot of attention, but it’s no different than saying Garrett’s 8.5 sacks aren’t good enough either.
Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (Alabama), wide receiver Josh Malone (Tennessee), defensive tackle Montravious Adams (Auburn), defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (Florida) and linebacker Alex Anzalone (Florida) are the other former SEC players who make the list. It’s an impressive group.
It will be fun to see what comes of the players mentioned by Prisco. As part of the post, the writer says scouts are undervaluing each name on the 20-man team. Prisco expects most of the players mentioned to stay on the board until the draft’s second or third day.
Perhaps Hall and others will have brighter NFL futures than some scouts expect at the moment.