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While perennial national title contenders Alabama, Florida and LSU get the bulk of the attention on a weekly basis, the SEC's most intriguing matchup for scouts this week is likely Tennessee versus Mississippi State.
Tennessee boasts one of the top receiving duos in the country with the combination of Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Hunter in fact could be this year's No. 1 receiver prospect, as he has an outstanding combination of size, speed and ball skills.
Patterson is a smaller target with the speed and quickness to create mismatches from a variety of alignments, but must significantly improve his strength and ability to separate versus man-to-man coverage.
Perhaps the most interesting (as well as frustrating) Tennessee prospect is QB Tyler Bray. He has NFL size and arm strength, but is constantly plagued by terrible mechanics and footwork.
While his inconsistent decision-making and technical flaws will likely cause many teams to shy away from him, inevitably at least one NFL offensive coordinator will stump for him in spring meetings, insisting he can harness his raw abilities and mold him into a viable NFL QB.
Bray faces a huge test this week in Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks. He has an elite combination of size and athleticism for his position, and his likely showdown versus Hunter is one of the most important individual matchups of the entire season for NFL scouts.
Gabe Jackson and Josh Boyd are both intriguing Bulldog prospects on the interior—Jackson at offensive guard and Boyd on the other side of the ball at defensive tackle.