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SEC Headlines 4/28/2013

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1. LSU and Wisconsin in discussions about a neutral-site football game.

2. Quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and AJ McCarron headed to the beach together in May. “We’re either going to Key West or Cancun and will hang out with our other friends.”

3. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier – 68 years old and still can’t sit still.

4. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on linebacker JaViere Mitchell: ”I think he’s got a shot to be a starter.”

5. What we know now about Auburn’s offensive line, quarterbacks and special teams after spring practice.

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6. Marcus Lattimore’s support group includes a fraternity of elite running backs.

7. Texas A&M running back Christine Michael was Seattle’s first draft selection.  ”If the Seahawks weren’t so successfully weird, you would overreact now.”

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8. Turns out Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes was ready to leave – but then changed his mind.  Stokes’ decision part of a nice weekend for Tennessee sports.

9. According a story related by Missouri coach Frank Haith – don’t expect John Calipari and Kentuck to return to Maui anytime soon.

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10. Looking for a list of all undrafted free agent signings by NFL teams?  Here you go. A list of the best names not drafted includes former Tennessee wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers and several former SEC players.

11. How much money did USC quarterback Matt Barkley lose by staying in college another year?  (A lot).

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Early Mock Draft Says SEC’s Two Tylers Will Be Next Year’s Top QB Picks

Oh, we in the media never learn.  Less than a week removed from thousands of mock drafts being blown to smithereens by trades, deals, slides and reaches… NFL writers are already posting their projections for next year’s draft.

Newsflash: If folks can’t get a mock draft done the night before the actual draft right, how the heck can anyone pay attention to a mock draft done 12 months in advance?  There’s simply no telling which players will have health on their side for the next year.  There’s no way of knowing which player will punch a fellow student this summer or a cop the weekend before next year’s draft, undermining his own on-field exploits.  We can’t know who’ll show up big, small, fast, slow, strong or weak at the NFL combine next February.

And, oh yeah, we haven’t seen any of these guys play any football during the 2012 season yet because that season is still four months a way.  Not to mention the fact that we have no idea what next year’s NFL draft order will be because that league’s season is still four months and one week away.

All that said, Andrew Perloff of SI.com has already put himself out on the ledge with his prognostications for next year’s selection process.  The big surprise?  That all-everything quarterback prospect Matt Barkley of Southern Cal isn’t at the top of his draft board.  In fact, he’s not even the top quarterback on Perloff’s list.  Or even the second, for that matter.

Nope, Perloff lists a pair of Southeastern Conference signal-callers named Tyler ahead of Barkley.  His top Tyler is Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson.  He’s currently projected by Perloff to be the top pick in next year’s draft overall:

 

“1. Jacksonville Jaguars — Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

The Jaguars made a commitment to Blaine Gabbert this offseason by improving his receiving corps, but those efforts may give them an excuse for dumping him if the offense struggles again this season. They can say they tried to put Gabbert in a position to succeed, and move on. Wilson may have been the third quarterback taken if he had entered this year’s draft. He doesn’t jump out at you as a classic No. 1 overall, but will end up grading higher than both Matt Barkley and Tyler Bray.”

 

From that description, you can probably guess the other SEC Tyler who Perloff sees going before Barkley:

 

“4. Oakland Raiders — Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee

If you want to see what an NFL throw looks like, look up Bray on YouTube. But the 6-foot-6 signal-caller has been inconsistent at Tennessee — in part because he and his receivers have been injured. He’s a boom-or-bust prospect a year out — he’s been fragile and could move up to No. 1 or fall back into the pack.”

 

For the record, Bray was recruited to Knoxville by Barkley’s current coach — Lane Kiffin — during his lone season in the Smokies.  Ironically, Perloff finally has Barkley being selected with the #8 pick of next year’s draft by the man who signed him at Southern Cal, Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks.

As for Perloff’s other SEC projections, here goes:

 

2.  Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M to the Colts

6.  Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU to the Browns

9.  Barrett Jones, OT, Alabama to the Rams

10.  Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia to the Panthers

11.  Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State to the Redskins

12.  Chris Fault, OT, LSU to the Bills

15.  Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina to the Lions

16.  Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M to the Cowboys

18.  Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee to the Bengals

24.  Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU to the Saints

26.  DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama to the 49ers

30.  Eric Reid, S, LSU to the Eagles

31.  John Jenkins, DT, Georgia to the Steelers

32.  Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M to the Packers

 

For those keeping track at home, that’s 16 of the first 32 picks in next year’s NFL draft who Perloff projects to emerge from the Southeastern Conference.  (This line has been corrected and #2 overall predicted pick Joeckel has been added to our list.  Sorry we missed him the first time ’round.)

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Friday Afternoon One-Liners

Here are a few headlines to take you into the weekend.

-Junior college offensive lineman Darone Bailey has committed to Kentucky.

-Could quarterback Gunner Kiel be the next Matt Barkley?

-Keil will be one of 24 quarterbacks on hand at the Elite 11 quarterback camp.

-When will Kentucky receive its first basketball commitment for 2012?

-Football is a family activity for Georgia WR commit CJ Curry.

-This Memphis defensive end prospect is hoping to receive an offer from Arkansas.

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