ESPN finished its countdown of the best players in the SEC on Friday by unveiling the conference’s top five.
Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley has been tabbed as the No. 1-overall player, which is no surprise. There’s an argument to be made that Gurley is the best player in the nation. Don’t be surprised to see him at the Heisman Trophy ceremony in December, especially if the Bulldogs are playing in the SEC title game.
Checking in at No. 2 is road-paving Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder turned down millions as a potential first-round draft pick to play his senior season in College Station. He’ll be sliding from right tackle to the coveted left tackle position, and is expected to pick up right where he left off.
Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper is the No. 3-ranked player in the SEC. New offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin should have a field day with a talent like Cooper’s on his roster. The junior will also make the life of Alabama’s new starting quarterback much easier.
Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III is the youngest player ranked in the top five. He’s just a sophomore this year, but a standout freshman season earned him No. 4 heading into 2014. Hargreaves is a special talent that has top 10 NFL pick written all over him.
Rounding out the top five is Alabama safety Landon Collins. The junior is expected to anchor Nick Saban’s secondary this year after an impressive sophomore season.
Following is a look at the rest of the SEC’s best players, according to ESPN:
6. Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn Tigers
7. Dante Fowler Jr, DE, Florida
8. A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
9. Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn
10. Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
11. La’el Collins, OT, LSU
12. Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss
13. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
14. A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina
15. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
16. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
17. Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
18. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
19. Markus Golden, DE, Missouri
20. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
21. Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
22. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
23. Ramik Wilson, LB, Georgia
24. Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
25. Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas