The Commodores aren't as talented as many of their SEC competitors but a couple of seniors could aid new head coach Derek Mason's transition from Stanford and boost their own NFL chances along the way. This is the last in a summer-long series from NFLDraftScout.com breaking down the top prospects from every D-I program.
Early jumps to the NFL from Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans and others has left the draft-eligible talent surprisingly shallow for the Aggies. One notable exception, of course, is Cedric Ogbuehi, the top-rated senior prospect in the land, regardless of position.
The Vols haven't qualified for a bowl game the last three years but remain very much on the NFL radar with eight draft picks over that time, including two first round selections (Ju'Wuan James, Cordarrelle Patterson). Defenders A.J. Johnson and Brian Randolph (among others) will have the scouts returning to Knoxville this fall.
Despite losing Jadeveon Clowney (and Kelcy Quarles) early to the NFL, the Gamecocks remain quite talented along the line of scrimmage and feature a new big man on campus in junior running back Mike Davis.
Losing star pass rushers Michael Sam and Kony Ealy to the NFL would decimate most defenses. Missouri's extraordinary run of defensive linemen is in good hands with Markus Golden and Shane Ray, however. They top the Tigers' list of NFL prospects.
Seeking a team-record fifth consecutive bowl appearance, the Bulldogs offer some intriguing talent for NFL scouts, including junior Benardrick McKinney, one of the most athletic linebackers in the country.
All-SEC safety Cody Prewitt and QB Bo Wallace make up two of the top NFL prospects for Ole Miss, but there is a potential breakout candidate among seniors that scouts are anxious to see this year, as well.
Senior left tackle La'el Collins tops the list of LSU's NFL prospects but given that the Tigers have watched 17 players with eligibility leave early for a chance at the pros, who else should fans (and scouts) already be watching?
As the NFLDraftScout.com staff pored over game tape this summer, it became apparent that despite a record 107 underclassmen leaving early for the NFL, the shelves remain quite stocked with talent. In fact, with even greater talent at the premium positions of quarterback, pass rusher and offensive tackle, the 2015 NFL Draft could actually prove even richer than last year's haul.
Already earning similar fanfare as former UK stars Randall Cobb and Larry Warford, Alvin "Bud" Dupree is the SEC's leading returning tackler among defensive ends and headlines the most intriguing senior class of NFL prospects at Kentucky in years.