In a little over two months, franchises will jostle for the cream of the crop in the 2018 NFL Draft, and we all know where most of that talent will come from.
For 11 straight years, the SEC has led all conferences in total draft picks, and the league is coming off a year in which it finished with the second-most selections (53) in conference history.
On Thursday, NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock released his first position-by-position rankings with a look at the top five players at every spot on the field.
Even with six quarterbacks listed due to a tie, the SEC doesn’t have any representation among those signal callers. However, the SEC talent occupies three of the top five spots at running back, the top two spots at wide receiver and the top spot at tight end.
At running back, only Penn State’s Saquon Barkley ranks ahead of LSU’s Derrius Guice at No. 2, while Georgia teammates Sony Michel (No. 4) and Nick Chubb (No. 5) both made the cut.
At wide receiver, Alabama’s Calvin Ridley and Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Meanwhile, South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst claims the perch above all tight ends.
The Crimson Tide lead the way with five players overall, and the Bulldogs are right behind them with four.
Aside from Ridley, Da’Ron Payne is rated as the No. 2 interior defensive lineman and Rashaan Evans is the No. 4 linebacker. Minkah Fitzpatrick (No. 1) and Ronnie Harrison (No. 3) dominate the top of the rankings at safety.
Joining Michel and Chubb for the Bulldogs, Isaiah Wynn checks in as the No. 2 interior offensive lineman and Roquan Smith stands as the No. 2 linebacker.
You can check out the full rankings here.
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