It’s never too early to start planning for the 2019 NFL draft, right? Here are my Top 10 SEC draft eligible prospects going into next season.
- A.J. Brown WR – Ole Miss
Tough. Physical. Angry. Those three words come to mind when watching A.J. Brown run routes. Brown led the SEC in receiving as a sophomore with 75 catches for 1,252 yards and 11 TDs. It will be interesting to see if his production takes a hit with QB Shea Patterson now in Ann Arbor playing for Michigan, but he has all the tools to be the first receiver taken in 2019.
- Marlon Davidson DL – Auburn
After a monster breakout season as a freshman, Davidson battled injuries throughout his sophomore season. Davidson is listed at 282 pounds and has tremendous quickness. It will be interesting to see where he plays on the DL next season.
- Raekwon Davis DL – Alabama
With his 6’7 306-pound frame, Davis led Alabama in sacks with 9 and capped off his season with a dominant performance in the CFB Playoff. He will command more attention next season with his counterpart Da’Ron Payne likely going in the first round in the 2018 Draft.
- Devin White LB – LSU
The 6’1 240-pound White began his LSU career at running back before switching over to linebacker where he earned 2nd Team All-American honors. White has tremendous upside with his athletic ability and was a tackling machine as a sophomore with 133 tackles.
— Josh Lemoine (@LsuFBallTruth) January 28, 2018
- Jonah Williams OL – Alabama
Williams started at RT from day 1 as a freshman for Alabama in 2016 then moved over to LT in 2017 once Cam Robinson went to the NFL. The Folsom, California native is primed to position himself as the #1 OT taken with a great junior season.
- Greg Little OL – Ole Miss
Former top 5 recruit in the country, Little has played in every game since arriving in Oxford. Little has yet to show he can be a consistently dominant LT, but he’s shown flashes of being a top 15 pick if it all comes together.
- Drew Lock QB – Mizzou
Lock decided to return to school after leading the FBS with 44 touchdowns in 2017. In a passer friendly offense, he should be able to approach those numbers again in 2018 and his stock will rise. Is he a system QB or a prime NFL prospect? We’ll see.
- Damien Harris RB – Alabama
Harris surprised everyone by coming back to school, as many considered him a top 5 running back prospect. Harris ran for 906 yards on only 110 carries to average 8.2 YPC. Now that he has an offensive coordinator who will actually give him the ball, don’t be surprised if Harris approaches 1,600 yards as a senior.
- Andraez “Greedy” Williams CB – LSU
The next great at DBU? Williams tied for 4th in the FBS with 6 interceptions in 2017 as a redshirt freshman. Don’t be surprised if Greedy is a household name and the first corner drafted in 2019.
LSU CB Andraez Williams is a star in the making. He led all freshman cornerbacks in terms of lowest passer rating when targeted this season. pic.twitter.com/agh5QVZ9Yv
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) December 21, 2017
- Jarrett Stidham – Auburn
The Baylor Bear turned Auburn Tiger didn’t put up the monster numbers some of the Auburn faithful were expecting, but he was efficient with 18 touchdowns and only 6 INTs. Stidham throws one of the best deep balls in college football. We will have to see if Gus Malzahn turns him loose in 2018.
Others to watch:
Chauncey Gardner – Florida, Trayveon Williams – Texas A&M, Mack Wilson – Alabama, Terry Godwin – Georgia, Derrick Brown – Auburn, Tyrie Cleveland – Florida, Benny Snell – Kentucky, Deebo Samuel – South Carolina, Nick Fitzgerald – Mississippi State, Drew Richmond – Tennessee