Bowl season in the SEC means coaches need to start evaluating players to replace quality talent that the NFL inevitably and habitually claims via the draft each year.
This year will prove no different, with several programs facing substantial changes at key positions.
With that in mind, here is a list of the 35 SEC players who will be the most difficult to replace. Seniors and draft-eligible players who seem likely to go pro are included on this list.
Several factors go into ranking how hard a player will be to replace. Ability, of course, gets taken into the equation, as do intangibles, such as leadership and experience.
This list also examines who each specific team has returning to the positions in question.