Early Preview of SEC Football's Top 2016 NFL Draft Prospects

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Early Preview of SEC Football's Top 2016 NFL Draft Prospects
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With Amari Cooper having a 1,000-yard season, Alabama might have its second NFL Rookie of the Year in three years.

For those who have been doubting the Southeastern Conference's prowess of late, all you have to do is look at recent NFL drafts for proof that it remains the most dominant league in college football. 

Last year the SEC had 54 selections, the second-most in draft history. It set the record the year before with 63 players picked.

The SEC led the nation's conferences in draft picks for the ninth consecutive year in 2015. The last time the SEC did not top the conference draft list was in 2006, when the ACC had 52, the Big Ten had 41 and the SEC had 37.

Since then the league has averaged 50 players selected per year.

During the last nine NFL drafts, the SEC has had a leading 81 players go in the first round, an average of nine per season. Over the past decade it’s had 40 percent of the top 10 selections.

This year appears to be no different, as the SEC is poised to once again lead college football in helping NFL teams fill their rosters.

Here are 10 SEC players to keep an eye on, not all of whom will be first-round selections.

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