This is the final weekend of the regular season in college football and for some fans, the last time to see many of your heroes in school colors. The Southeastern Conference is no doubt the most fertile field for the NFL harvest of college talent each year. Here are my picks for the most likely pro prospects, team by team.
Lets do it alphabetically.
Alabama: I think defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is the most NFL ready from a team with at least three big time pro players. Dareus has the size and motor to play a decade on Sundaysmake millions and possibly never become a household name. Of course, two who are already household names are Mark Ingram and Julio Jones.
Arkansas: Ryan Mallett will be a high first rounderbut NFL scouts say he still needs to get batter at accuracy on the move and at reading coverage. He completed 67 percent of his passes so far but did throw nine picks.
Auburn: This ones tough. Depending on the outcome of the investigations, Cam Newton could very well go in the draft. But, Auburn has another player youre not so familiar withcornerback Neiko Thorpepro size and speed.
Florida: Florida has at least four highly rated prospectssafety Will Hill, defensive tackle Jaye Howard and defensive back Janoris Jenkins are three of them. The most likely to have a long rich NFL life, though, is centerguard Mike Pouncey wholl follow his brother into the league. Never mind the bad snaps in the shotgun.
Georgia: AJ Green. Green is in the Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Roddy White league and the most talented wideout in college football this year. His technique is all thats lacking and it gets better game by game. Imagine if hed played two full seasons.
Kentucky: Randall Cobb. Hes a shoo-in for the new Hornung Award as the most versatile player in the nation. In the NFL, Cobb will be a receiver and kick returner. Remember, he came in as a quarterback and is football smart. Somebody will get Cobb at a bargain spot.
LSU: Patrick Peterson is simply the best defensive back in the nation this year. Hes a corner who can hit and his return game is scary good. Peterson has the emotional and physical make up for a long career.
Ole Miss: Despite the disappointing defensive performances this year, there is a sure fire nose guard ready to move into somebodys 3-4 in the league. Jerrell Powe is the perfect size at 6-2, 340 pounds. Call him the anchorman.
Mississippi State: Pernell McPhee is a Juco transfer who NFL scouts have been watching for three yearsa defensive end who can bull rush as well as get around the edge6-4, 285.
South Carolina: We havent seen much of Weslye Sanders this year due to hotelgate but he is a big time tight end. The NFL has no problems with players living in nice hotels. Sanders could very well be the first tight end selected in the draft. Oh yeahhe weighs in at a fit 280 pounds.
Tennessee: Not much in the pantry this year but dont overlook the Vols tight end Luke Stocker. They havent gone to him often enough but he fits the profile and is rated as the fourth best tight end coming out this year.
Vanderbilt: Dont laugh. The Dores have a prospectjunior inside linebacker Chris Marve. He is undersized at 230 but scouts think he can add 20 pounds. Hes been compared to a pretty good undersized linebacker name Mike Singletary.
So, most of these guys will be playing on Sunday next yeareither Movin the Chains or not - if you know what I mean.