Ranking SEC teams hit hardest by early NFL Draft entrants

nwhite@thestate.comJanuary 14, 2014 

South Carolina Gamecocks defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles (99) waves to fans after their win over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl game, Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

1. LSU

Jeremy Hill, RB

Jarvis Landry, WR

Odell Beckham, Jr., WR

Anthony Johnson, DT

Ego Ferguson, DT

Trai Turner, OG

Alfred Blue, RB

Beckham and Landry accounted 2,345 of the 3,263 yards receiving LSU had as a team. Hill rushed for 1,401 yards and 16 TDs. A big hit to the Tigers’ offense.

2. SOUTH CAROLINA

Jadeveon Clowney, DE

Victor Hampton, CB

Kelcy Quarles, DT

Bruce Ellington, WR

Clowney will be among the top five players picked in the NFL draft and could be the No. 1 pick by the Houston Texans.

3. TEXAS A&M

Johnny Manziel, QB

Mike Evans, WR

Manziel and Evans are expected to be top-10 picks. Some say Manziel could be the first quaterback picked.

4. OLE MISS

Donte Moncrief, WR

One of the most physical receivers in the draft, similar to Julio Jones of the Falcons.

5. ALABAMA

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S

Adrian Hubbard, LB

Jeoffrey Pagan, DE

Clinton-Dix and Kouandjio are projected as first-round picks. Eleven of the 13 players who have left early under Nick Saban were 1st-rounders.

6. AUBURN

Tre Mason, RB

Greg Robinson, OT

Mason exploded late in the season with huge games against Alabama and Missouri. Experts are projecting Robinson as the top pick by the Atlanta Falcons.

7. FLORIDA

Loucheiz Purifoy, CB

Marcus Roberson, CB

Ronald Powell, OLB

Dominique Easley, DT

Purifoy is a rangy athlete who has great speed. Defense was one area of consistency for the Gators this past season.

8. MISSOURI

Henry Josey, RB

Kony Ealy, DE

At 6-5, 275 pounds, Ealy is a good pass-rusher and is also good against the run. Formed strong DE duo with Michael Sam.

9. TENNESSEE

Antonio Richardson, OT

Nicknamed “Tiny,” but hardly that at 6-6, 327 pounds. He had epic one-on-one battles with Clowney.

10. VANDERBILT

Chris Boyd, WR

Dismissed from team after being charged with assisting a cover-up in an alleged rape by four other Vandy players.

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