The NFL draft process is winding down. The Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine have passed, and while players still have their pro days and visits to NFL teams, most of the work is finished.
The SEC appears poised to have a prominent role in the first round once again. Here is an updated ranking of the 10 best defensive prospects from the SEC in the draft. A look at the SEC’s 10 best offensive prospects is here.
10. Alabama DE Da’Shawn Hand
Previous rank: Unranked
Stock report: Hand (6 feet 4, 297 pounds) opened some eyes at the combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.83 seconds and had 28 reps in the bench press. A former five-star prospect, Hand never lived up to the immense recruiting hype at Alabama. But the athleticism for a man his size could push him into the middle of the second round.
Quotable: “I’m very athletic, so I can definitely show how much of a freak of an athlete I am,” Hand said at the combine. “Like my versatility – I can play inside and out. I just got a winning mentality, so definitely when I go to any team I got a winning mindset. I hate losing. I gained that from Alabama. I really don’t like to lose at all.”
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