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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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Miles Believes LSU Can Be “Dominant” In 2012

Les Miles might have done the best coaching work of his career in 2011.  Note that we say 2011 and we don’t include the nightmare offensive gameplan trotted out by the Tigers in January, 2012.

Coming off an SEC Championship and a 13-1 season, Miles isn’t backing down from high expectations.  He’s embracing them.  Heck, he’s feeding them:

 

“We came off a really strong spring. Everybody realizes that we can be a really dominant football team.  I think offensively, we’ll move the football better than we did last year.  With that being said, let’s go see.”

 

The main reason Miles thinks LSU will move the ball better is new signal-caller Zach Mettenberger.  Of the ex-Georgia and juco QB, the coach said: “Not only is he a guy who can throw it, but he’s really worked hard at understanding what he needs to do. He made better decisions even this spring than he did last fall. I think he’s done a great job. I think he’s very excited about the opportunity to be the leader and the quarterback. And I think the offense has had really good chemistry based on that.”

After the sour note produced by LSU’s last offensive performance, that should be music to Tiger fans’ ears.

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SEC Headlines – 3/29/12 Part Two

1.  This writer says Alabama was wise not to saddle Nick Saban with a mega-buyout.

2.  Crimson Tide hoops attendance has made big strides since Anthony Grant’s arrival.

3.  Auburn linebacker Kris Frost is “shaking off the rust” on the Plains.

4.  Tiger players seem to like the new styles two new coordinators have brought to their program.

5.  New Arkansas D-coordinator Paul Haynes isn’t having his veterans do much tackling so far in spring practice.

6.  Tenarius Wright says “it’s a dream come true” to be a full-time linebacker.

7.  This scribe says LSU’s best and only option at quarterback is Zach Mettenberger.

8.  That’s partly because he’s already taken on the leadership role of a starting QB.

9.  Josh Boyd will try to replace defensive tackle Fletcher Cox at Mississippi State this fall.

10.  As you already know, Arnett Moultrie — MSU’s top scorer and rebounder — is heading to the NBA.

11.  New Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork is starting to do some Q&As in Oxford.

12.  The SEC has denied Texas A&M’s request for a waiver that would allow them to keep their band right behind the opposing team’s bench at Kyle Field.  (That’s a no-no in the SEC.)

13.  New Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin has a big job ahead of him.

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Missouri Signees – The Latest

Signed So Far:

 

Evan Boehm, OL

Morgan Steward, RB

Donavin Newsom, LB

Evan Winston, DL

Sean Culkin, TE

Maty Mauk, QB

Ka’Ra Stewart, DB

Harold Brantley, DL

Levi Copelin, WR

Rickey Hatley, DL

Torey Boozer, LB

Micheal Scherer, LB

Russell Hansbrough, RB

Jordan Williams, OL

Chaston Cuffee, DB

John Gibson, DB

Markus Golden, LB

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR

Darius White, WR

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Texas A&M Signees – The Latest

Signed So Far:

 

Matt Davis, QB

Otis Jacobs, DB

Kenneth Marshall, DB

Derel Walker, WR

Kimo Tipoti, OL

Edmund Ray, DT

Mike Richardson, DE

Tyrone Taylor, DE

Jordan Richmond, LB

Julien Obioha, OL

DeVante Harris, DB

Germain Ifedi, OL

Edward Pope, Ath

Sabian Holmes, WR

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Tennessee Signees – The Latest

Signed So Far:

 

Cody Blanc, Ath

Deion Bonner, DB

Davante Bourque, Ath

Drae Bowles, WR

George Bullock, K

Jason Croom, WR

Daniel Gray, DB

Alden Hill, RB

Alton “Pig” Howard, WR

Justin King, LB

LaTroy Lewis, OLB

Daniel McCullers, DL

LaDarrell McNeil, DB

Justin Meredith, TE

Danny O’Brien, DT

Cordarelle Patterson, WR

Nathan Peterman, QB

Darrington Sentimore, DL

Trent Taylor, DL

Tino Thomas, DB

Quenshaun Watson, RB

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South Carolina Signees – The Latest

Signed So Far:

 

Kelvin Rainey, TE

Brock Stadnik, OT

Clayton Stadnik, C

Jerrell Adams, TE

TJ Holloman, LB

TJ Gurley, S

Jody Fuller, WR

Rico McWilliams, CB

Chaz Elder, CB

Kendric Salley, RB

Brendan Nosovitch, QB

Nick St. Germain, K

Darius English, DE

Joe Harris, OG

Mason Zandi, OT

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Miss. State Signees – The Latest

Signed So Far:

 

Nelson Adams, DT

Quadry Antoine, S

Devon Bell, K

Torrey Bell, DE

Ryan Brown, DE

Cole Carter, OL

Kivon Coman, DB

Devon Desper, OL

Deonte Evans, RB

Xavier Grindle, RB

Brandon Holloway, WR

AJ Jefferson, DE

Cedrick Jiles, CB

Nick Schuessier, QB

Gus Waley, TE

Jordan Washington, DT

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Kentucky Signees – The Latest

Signed So Far:

 

Kory Brown, DB

Daron Blaylock, DB

Zack Blaylock, DB

Thomas Chapman, DL

Patrick Graffree, DL

Josh Harris, DB

Dyshawn Mobley, RB

Zach Myers, OL

DeMarcus Sweat, WR

Fred Tiller, DB

Jon Toth, OL

Patrick Towles, QB

Jordan Watson,  OL

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Alabama Signees – The Latest

Signees So Far:

 

Geno Smith, DB

Alec Morris, QB

TJ Yeldon, RB

Ryan Anderson, DE/LB

Deion Blue, DB

Chuck Black, WR

Amari Cooper, WR

Travell Dixon, DB

Dillon Lee, LB

Alphonse Taylor, DT

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