Top 10 NFL Draft Prospects from the SEC West

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Top 10 NFL Draft Prospects from the SEC West
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Oakland Raiders tailback Darren McFadden starred for Arkansas in the SEC West.

No matter what year it is, the Southeastern Conference produces its share of high-level NFL talent.

And while most seasons, the East and West provide the draft with about the same number of selected prospects, 2011 could be different because the West is as loaded as a stuffed baked potato.

That's nothing against the East, which will deliver first-round picks in Georgia WR A.J. Green and Florida C Mike Pouncey, and could see Georgia OLB/DE Justin Houston and Kentucky WR Randall Cobb among the first 32 players taken.

But the West is in a league of its own this year.

With a week-and-a-half before the draft kicks off, the possibility exists five SEC West alums (Auburn QB Cam Newton, Alabama DL Marcel Dareus, LSU CB Patrick Peterson, Auburn DL Nick Fairley and Alabama WR Julio Jones) will be among those selected in the first 10 picks.

Beyond that, there is great depth, as former Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Mark Ingram (Alabama) and Mississippi State OL Derek Sherrod carry a first-round grades with many teams. There also is an outside possibility a club will take a shot on former Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett's rocket arm in the first.

Here is a look at the 10 best SEC West draft prospects, listed alphabetically. How deep is this group? Potential second-, third- or fourth-round picks D.J. Williams (Arkansas TE), Jerrell Powe (Mississippi DT) and Pernell McPhee (Mississippi State DT) didn't make the cut.

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