NFL Draft 2011: Top 10 SEC Offensive Prospects
Much has been said about the defensive players in this year's NFL draft, but it is important to remember all of the good offensive prospects out there.
The SEC is known as the best and most competitive conference in the country. Its players are highly respected and revered as NFL-ready players, with even greater upsides. The level of competition prepares these prospects at a greater level than any other conference, earning the league this elusive title.
Here are the top ten offensive prospects from this year's SEC draft class.
10. Clint Boling (OT- Georgia)
Clint Boling is one of the most experienced players in this year's draft, starting all four years at Georgia. He is projected to go somewhere in the 3rd or 4th round, but lacks the explosiveness to be one of the top picks in the draft.
He is still a physically imposing player and someone that can potentially work his way as a back up or even a starter one day in the NFL.
9. Weslye Saunders (TE- South Carolina)
Standing at 6'5'' and weighing 270 pounds, he is a huge target that may be appealing because of his blocking skills. He was not a factor last season due to suspension but NFL scouts are intrigued by his potential.
8. D.J. Williams (TE- Arkansas)
He was named the nation's top tight end, helped lead Arkansas to an at large BCS bowl and has showed continued levels of production throughout his time at school.
He is another huge target and a battle tested tight end that has excelled at the highest level.
7. DeMarcus Love (OT- Arkansas)
Love is also another very experienced lineman that was an integral part of the Razorback success. He was part of an offensive line that averaged 4.6 yards per carry and protected Ryan Mallett, and was a big reason for his great passing stats.
6. Mike Pouncey (OG- Florida)
Like his brother, Mike Pouncey is not one of the biggest offensive lineman, but he makes up for it with his incredible speed and skill set. He will probably go in the late first, or early second round, and as many offensive lines go smaller, he will be looked at more seriously.
5. Ryan Mallett (QB- Arkansas)
Many are down on Mallett, who was one of the SEC's best quarterbacks over the last few years. He is the NFL type quarterback; he is big, has a big arm, and has pocket presence. His biggest weakness is that he makes costly mistakes from time to time.
He is projected to go somewhere in the second round and will be a project for whoever drafts him.
4. Mark Ingram (RB- Alabama)
Ingram is a former Heisman trophy winner and one of the best offensive players in the country. His injury slowed him down at the beginning of the season, but he is still an explosive back that has played very well in big games.
His skills cannot be overlooked and despite his statistically slow season, he will probably go in the first or early second round.
3. Cameron Newton (QB- Auburn)
Cam Newton; where do we begin? He is an incredible physical specimen. He took the Auburn Tigers and lead them to the national championship. But, at the same time, he reminds a lot of people a little bit too much of Vince Young.
He is explosive, and when out of the pocket, more dangerous than most. But, his throwing accuracy has been shaky, and many question his true quarterback skills. He can go anywhere in the draft from the first overall pick, to a late first round gamble.
2. Julio Jones (WR- Alabama)
Before the combine, people were saying that Julio Jones could be a top half of the first round player. Now? They are calling top 10 at the very least. He is that rare combination of size, speed, and power, that NFL scouts salivate over.
He needs to improve some parts of his game, but nothing that cannot be tweaked with a little coaching.
1. A.J. Green (WR- Georgia)
A.J. Green has been listed as the best prospect in this year's draft. Though he might not go number one overall, whoever lands the Georgia wide receiver will not be let down. Some say that he has Randy Moss like abilities while others cannot wait to see what he can do on the field.
In the end, Green will be a top five pick, and most probably go on to have a great NFL career.