SEC West: 2012 Top Draft Prospects

Knile Davis 2012 NFL Draft

Yeah, Knile Davis has himself a little power.

Before the NCAA football season starts in a couple of weeks, we’re going to give you a quick preview from the vantage point of the 2012 NFL Draft – detailing the best prospect on each BCS team.

Up today is the SEC West – you can also check out the NFL Draft sleepers for the SEC West.

Auburn
Brandon Mosley, OT (6-5/305)
A former junior-college tight-end, Mosley came to Auburn and has thrived as a right tackle. With an additional off-season to work with coaches and refine his already improved technique, Mosley might end up a top 100 player.

Alabama
Courtney Upshaw, LB (6-2/260)

We’ve talked about Upshaw before, but it is worth repeating – his ability to play any linebacker spot on the field is a huge asset. He can disrupt the running game and the passing game, and has the instincts needed to succeed on Sundays.

Arkansas
Knile Davis, RB (6-0/220)

It was tempting to put receiver Greg Childs here, but this incredibly strong junior has a chance to be special. He doesn’t really have a weakness that we’ve seen – showing good power, speed, size, vision, and elusiveness.

LSU
Russell Shepard, WR/ATH (5-11/195)

Shepard is an extremely explosive athlete – good speed and fantastic agility. He has some QB roots, so his transition to receiver will take some time. He could be an electric slot guy in the NFL.

Ole Miss
Kentrell Lockett, DE

Lockett’s injury history (knee) is the main thing holding him back. If he can prove in his sixth year of eligibility that he is completely healed, his quick first step, good motor, and decent power should make him marketable to NFL teams. His ability to play in the 3-4 and 4-3 won’t hurt either.

Mississipi State
Vick Ballard, RB (5-11/215)

Ballard making the list of sleepers and top prospects doesn’t exactly bode well for Mississippi State, but it does show that Ballard is a very good prospect. He doesn’t have a skill-set that is going to wow you, but like a BenJarvus Green-Ellis he does everything pretty well – rarely making mistakes.

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