Draft Prospects – Southeastern Conference


(1st-Round) #57 DE-DT Marcell Dareus, 6-2¾, 309 pounds, 4.95 seconds, Junior.

Multi-talented performer on the line of scrimmage, Dareus can move inside or outside, and has shown the ability to rush the passer from both spots. He began the 2010 season on the suspended list for his involvement with an agent party in Miami. Dareus also missed a game with an ankle injury. But he’s played the last six games and has 19 total tackles and 2.5 sacks. Over his 28-game career, he has 56 total tackles, 9 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 13 QB hurries and one INT.

Other Tide prospects: (1st-Round) #4 SS Mark Barron, 6-1½, 210 pounds, 4.56 seconds, Junior. (1st-Round) #30 ILB Don’ta Hightower, 6-3¼, 258 pounds, 4.74 seconds, Junior. (1st-Round) #22 RB Mark Ingram, 5-9½, 215 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Junior. (1st-Round) #8 WR Julio Jones, 6-4, 220 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Junior. (4th-Round) #77 OT James Carpenter, 6-4½, 300 pounds, 5.36 seconds, Senior. (5th-Round) #12 QB Greg McElroy, 6-2, 225 pounds, 4.96 seconds, Redshirt-Senior. 


(1st-Round) #15 QB Ryan Mallett, 6-6¼, 238 pounds, 5.12 seconds, Redshirt-Junior.

The Michigan transfer did not get on the field until the ’09 season, but Mallett has shown big-time skills in the SEC over the last two seasons. Last year, he threw 30 TD passes, averaged 279 passing yards per game, with a remarkable completion percentage of 85.2 percent. So far this year, he has thrown for 2,449 yards, hitting 172 of 259 passes with 18 TDs and 7 INTs. Overall, his TD-INT ratio is 55 to 19. Mallett was a freshman at Michigan in ’07 where he started three games for an injured Chad Henne. Big, strong and athletic, Mallett has no problems throwing the ball and he has some of the other intangibles that NFL teams seek.

Other Razorbacks Prospects: (1st-Round) #65 OT DeMarcus Love, 6-4½, 315 pounds, 5.18 seconds, Redshirt-Senior. (3rd-Round) #45 TE D.J. Williams, 6-2, 251 pounds, 4.59 seconds, Senior.


(1st-Round) #90 DT Nick Fairley, 6-4, 298 pounds, 4.98 seconds, Junior.

In his junior season, Fairley has been one of the most dominant defensive players in the country so far this season. He had 2.5 sacks in a matchup against LSU, also adding six tackles. He’s got the bulk to play on the inside, but he’s also very athletic and has quick feet. Fairly has great body control and uses that to his advantage when filling gaps and rushing the passer. A junior college transfer, Fairley has played 22 games at Auburn, with 71 total tackles, 9 sacks, 22 quarterback hurries and one interception.

Other Auburn prospects: (1st-Round) #2 QB Cam Newton, 6-5½, 250 pounds, 4.52 seconds, Redshirt-Junior. (4th-Round) #17 ILB Josh Bynes, 6-1¾, 235 pounds, 4.78 seconds, Senior. (5th-Round) #93 DT Mike Blanc, 6-2¾, 298 pounds, 5.03 seconds, Senior.


(1st-Round) #1 CB Janoris Jenkins, 5-10¼, 186 pounds, 4.52 seconds, Junior.

On the smallish side, Jenkins has faced some of the best receivers in the country in the SEC, like Alabama’s Julio Jones and Georgia’s A.J. Green. Against Florida, Jones caught four passes for 19 yards and Green got just 42 yards on four receptions last Saturday. Earlier in the season, he returned an interception 67 yards for a score against Miami of Ohio. He’s one of the few true freshmen to immediately find a spot in the Gators starting defense. Jenkins has played in 35 games, with 33 starts and has 109 total tackles, eight INTs, 2 sacks and 23 passes broken up.

Other Gators prospects: (2nd- Round) #55 C/G Mike Pouncey, 6-4¼, 310 pounds, 5.29 seconds, Senior. (3rd-Round) #35 SS Ahmad Black, 5-9¼, 190 pounds, 4.51 seconds, Senior. (4th-Round) #76 OT Marcus Gilbert, 6-5, 320 pounds, 5.23 seconds, Red-Shirt Senior.


(1st-Round) #8 WR A.J. Green, 6-3½, 212 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Junior.

Should Green decide to by-pass his final year with the Bulldogs, he’ll be a top five choice in the 2011 NFL Draft. Yes, he’s that good. He’s got the size, the speed and the athletic ability that should allow him to be a big contributor in the league. Last year as a sophomore he was a consensus first-team All-SEC. Green missed the first four games of the ’10 season when he was suspended by the NCAA for selling the jersey he wore in last year’s Independence Bowl for $1,000. Green has played five games since he came back and has caught 26 passes for 407 yards and five TDs. Over his 28-game career at Georgia, he has caught 135 passes for 2,178 yards and 19 TD catches.

Other Bulldogs prospects: (1st-Round) #42 OLB Justin Houston, 6-2¼, 258 pounds, 4.73 seconds, Redshirt-Junior. (4th-Round) #60 G Clint Boling, 6-4½, 304 pounds, 5.16 seconds, Senior.


(5th-Round) #20 RB Derrick Locke, 5-8¾, 190 pounds, 4.36 seconds, Senior.

His senior season with the Wildcats has been hampered by shoulder and elbow injuries that have kept him off the field for the past three games. Before that, Locke was running well, averaging 95.7 yards per game. Small, but powerful athlete who has been a top ranked SEC long jumper during his time at Kentucky. In fact, it was his speed and jumping ability that was his ticket to Lexington as he arrived on a track scholarship. He missed the last five games of the ’08 season with a knee injury. Locke has played in 38 games and has run for 2,305 yards on 460 carries with 19 TDs and has 85 catches for 790 yards and three TDs. On kickoff returns, he has a career 27.3-yard career average with a pair of 100+ TD returns.

Other UK prospects: (7th-Round) #5 QB Mike Hartline, 6-5, 210 pounds, 4.87 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.


(1st-Round) #7 CB Patrick Peterson, 6-1, 220 pounds, 4.42 seconds, Junior.

This physically gifted young man may soon pop up on offense as well as his duties on defense and special teams. LSU head coach Les Miles said last month that he and his staff are investigating possibilities for using Peterson on offense. Ever so quietly, the folks have started pushing Peterson for the Heisman Trophy. He had a 60-yard punt return for a TD and also a blocked FG against West Virginia and a punt return TD vs. North Carolina. Peterson is currently averaging 19.7 yards on punt returns with the two scores. He also has had two interceptions and 20 total tackles. Over this 34 game career he’s 113 total tackles, five interceptions with a TD, an 18.9-yard punt return average with two scores and a 27.5-yard kickoff return average. He’s a very gifted athlete who should be a top 10 draft choice if he decides to come out.

Other Bayou Bengals Prospects: (2nd-Round) #82 DT Drake Nevis, 6-1, 285 pounds, 5.04 seconds, Senior. (2nd-Round) #11 ILB Kelvin Sheppard, 6-2, 240 pounds, 4.64 seconds, Redshirt-Senior. (4th-Round) #80 WR Terrance Toliver, 6-3½, 205 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Senior. (4th-Round) #78 OT Joseph Barksdale, 6-5, 318 pounds, 5.26 pounds, Senior.


(2nd-Round) #57 DT Jerrell Powe 6-2, 320 pounds, 5.16 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

When it comes to resilient, this big man with the Rebels might have written the book. He was part of Ole Miss’ 2005 recruiting class, but he went to Hargrave Military Academy in an attempt to pump up his grades. Then the NCAA wiped out that work and Powe essentially went back to high school, where it was discovered he had dyslexia. He worked on improving his core course work and enrolled at Mississippi. But the NCAA would not let him participate in football for the 2006 and 2007 season as he proved he was a good enough student to stay in school. He finally got the chance to start playing in 2008 when he showed up for fall practice at 384 pounds. He dropped to 350 pounds last year and was in the 320 range at the start of the ’10 season. Surprisingly quick for his size, Powel also has good speed and can roam up and down the line of scrimmage making tackles.


(1st-Round) #79 OT Derek Sherrod, 6-5, 305 pounds, 5.22 seconds, Senior.

Big and athletic, Sherrod doesn’t rely on strength as much as he does on agility, balance and his long arms. He played the left tackle spot and has been a starter since his freshman season. The Bulldogs have been able to run the ball, but Sherrod is probably a better pass blocker than he is opening holes on the run. Very durable, as he’s played in 43 games and started the last 32 consecutive; he hasn’t missed a game since the 2008 season opener. Sherrod should be one of the first blockers taken in the ’11 NFL Draft.

Other State prospects: (3rd-Round) #90 DE Pernell McPhee, 6-2¾, 285 pounds, 4.76 seconds, Senior. (4th-Round) #34 OLB K.J. Wright, 6-3, 245 pounds, 4.68 seconds, Senior.


(2nd-Round) #17 CB Chris Culliver, 6-0, 200 pounds, 4.47 seconds, Senior.

Culliver was hoping for a big senior season, but he missed the South Carolina opener after the NCAA questioned who was paying for an insurance policy the young man took out to protect his draft status. Then, he suffered a shoulder injury that limited him for several games in the past month. Culliver came off surgery on his left shoulder last spring. In the ’09 season, he started all 12 games at free safety, but moved to the corner for his senior season. He’s the program’s all-time leader in kickoff returns and return yardage with 106 returns for 2,476 yards, but no touchdowns. In 43 games, he’s racked up 156 total tackles, with 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, three interceptions and 14 passes defended and three forced fumbles. Prototypical size and speed on the corner with very good athletic ability, NFL scouts question maturity level.

Other Gamecocks Prospects: (5th-Round) #83 DE Cliff Matthews, 6-3¾, 268 pounds, 4.77 seconds, Senior. (6th-Round) #88 TE Weslye Saunders, 6-5, 270 pounds, 4.82 seconds, Senior. (Kicked off the team in September for contact with agents this past summer.)


(3rd-Round) #88 TE Luke Stocker, 6-5, 253 pounds, 4.78 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Stocker has the combinations of strength and agility that the NFL is looking for from their tight ends. He worked his way through a crowded field of tight ends on the roster to establish himself in 2008 as the No. 1 guy. He got off to a slow start this season with just three catches for 19 yards. But he’s gained the confidence of QB Matt Simms and now has 19 catches for 194 yards, but he’s not gotten into end zone yet. Over his 46-game career with the Vols he’s caught 65 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns. He’s a big target who has displayed soft hands.


(6th-Round) #13 ILB Chris Marve, 6-0, 230 pounds, 4.73 seconds, Redshirt-Junior.

A streak of 29 consecutive starts in the Commodores defense ended about a month ago for Marve when he had arthroscopic surgery on torn meniscus. That’s the only thing that has stopped him since he jumped into the starting lineup in his redshirt-freshman season. Not very big, but shifty, powerful and motivated, Marv has played in 31 games at Vandy with 274 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and seven forced fumbles.

One Response to “Draft Prospects – Southeastern Conference”

  • November 5, 2010  - RW says:

    Following and watching every Auburn game over the past few years, allow me to comment on a couple of players. DT Fairley has come on like a runaway train this season. I’m not sure how much of his current dominance translates to the NFL, sort of like Glenn Dorsey when he was in college.
    He does push the pocket and defeats double teams about half the time on his strength and quickness. Fairley’s feet are always churning, quickly and there’s no dog in him.

    QB Cam Newton is a freak of nature. He’s Roethlisberger’s size but lots quicker. Lots. A definite difference-maker, Newton’s arm strength and accuracy are, to my eyes, NFL quality as well. Ditto on his reads and releases. Newton is a force that has the ability to pick up yardage with his feet whenever the team needs it and so far, I haven’t seen any opponent able to deny the guy. His performances thus far in 2010 have locked up the Heisman, or should.

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