NCAA Players to Watch: SEC

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We could have done five parts just on the SEC, so it was very difficult to narrow this list down to just seven prospects. The SEC always supplies the NFL with loads of first-day talent, and 2009 will not be any different.

Tim Tebow – QB – Florida
Big Game: Oct. 11 vs LSU

There isn’t much that hasn’t been said about Tebow. Girls love him, guys want him on their team, whether they admit it or not. Urban Meyer’s golden boy should bring a new wrinkle to a more progressive offense in the NFL, although he probably wouldn’t fit in too well in a traditional offense. (See Alex Smith)

Percy Harvin – WR – Florida
Big Game: Oct. 11 vs LSU

Tebow’s best remaining target, Harvin is a threat on returns and reverses as well. If he can stay healthy, Harvin could easily be the first WR off the board in 2009.

Matt Stafford – QB – Georgia
Big Game:

Some people have Stafford as their #1 QB prospect and I can’t argue with him. While not as dynamic or exciting as Tebow, Stafford is ready now for an NFL offense, with his great arm and savvy playmaking.

Michael Oher – OT – Ole Miss
Big Game: Oct. 25 @ Arkansas

Teams at the top of the draft are always looking for a safe pick. Last year it was Jake Long, this year it will be Michael Oher, as he is easily the best OL prospect, while going up against some of the best pass-rushers in the nation.

Brandon Spikes – LB – Florida
Big Game: Oct. 11 vs LSU

Spikes is a great leader at MLB for the Gators. He led the team in tackles and has a nose for the ball in coverage as well, averaging almost a deflection per game. His 6’3/240 size will allow him to play in the 3-4 or 4-3 on Sundays.

Knowhson Moreno – RB – Georgia
Big Game: Oct. 11 vs Tennessee

It will be a tossup as to whether Moreno or “Shady” McCoy from Pitt is the first RB taken next spring, but either one will prove to be a versatile addition to any backfield.

Tyson Jackson – DE – LSU
Big Game: Oct. 11 @ Florida

Jackson should be a top-15 pick next year as defensive ends become more and more valuable. Tyson is a force on the outside and plays well versus the run and the pass.

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