FSU’s Jameis Winston and Georgia Todd Gurley are among the top 25 non-draft-eligible players in the country.
ESPN’s Todd McShay and his staff used a variety of factors to rank the top 25 players (it’s an ESPN Insider link) who are either freshmen, redshirt freshmen or sophomores and not eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.
The group is led by Winston, who is a redshirt freshman and one of six Heisman Trophy finalists.
The SEC and ACC players on the list include:
No. 2 — Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves
No. 4 — Gurley
No. 5 — Alabama WR Amari Cooper
No. 6 — Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham
No. 8 — Florida DE Dante Fowler
No. 9 — Alabama S Landon Collins
No. 10 — Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon
No. 12 — Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson
No. 15 — Alabama TE O.J. Howard
No. 16. — Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell
No. 18 — Ole Miss DE Robert Nkemdiche
No. 20 — South Carolina RB Mike Davis
No. 21 — Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil
No. 22 — Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller
No. 23 — Auburn DE Carl Lawson
No. 25 — Maryland WR Stefon Diggs
So you can see if Nick Saban doesn’t bolt to Texas, he’ll have plenty to work with at Alabama for the next couple of seasons.
The honorable mentions include Arkansas RB Alex Collins, Alabama RB Kenyan Drake, Tennessee WR Marquez North, Georgia DE Jordan Jenkins, Miami LB Tyriq McCord, FSU CBs Nate Andrews and P.J. Williams, and Virginia Tech CB Brandon Facyson.
Of note, Nkemdiche (Grayson), Davis (Stephenson), Lawson (Milton), Drake (Hillgrove), Jenkins (Harris County) and Facyson (Northgate) are from Georgia.