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Path to the Draft: SEC Week

Posted by Taylor Price on March 7, 2011 – 10:54 AM

Don’t be fooled if 49ers.com takes a distinct look this week or any other week leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft. We’ve segmented our pre-draft coverage by breaking down major college conferences, leading off with the Southeastern Conference, home to some of this year’s finest prospects.

The powerful conference had seven players picked in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft and could have even more selected early in 2011. We’ll cover some of the conference’s best players all week long by way of “At the Podium” video packages from the recent NFL Scouting Combine as well as “Draft Spotlight” stories on the biggest SEC play-makers.

The Auburn Tigers went right through the most competitive conference with a perfect 14-0 record and feature some of this year’s most talked about players. Auburn overtook Alabama in the West Division, beat South Carolina in the SEC Championship and defeated Oregon in the BCS Championship game.

Currently, 10 players on the 49ers roster played their college ball in the SEC. Which prospects from the SEC would you like to see in a 49ers uniform next season? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

To begin our SEC coverage, read up on Louisiana State cornerback Patrick Peterson and watch Mississippi defensive tackle Jerrell Powe’s press conference from the combine.

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13 Responses to “Path to the Draft: SEC Week”

  1. By mas on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    Pat Peterson, Greg McElroy

  2. By rjberryx on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    I probably prefer seeing a positional break down rather than a conference break down of players – just me. Or how about getting a little more creative and analyzing which players have home residences in California where the 49ers live, work and play?

  3. By G-Men/Niners559 on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    I would love to see Ryan Mallett and Peterson.

  4. By Rusty on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    LSU’s Patrick Peterson would be an amazing Pick for us at 7 but I dont think he’ll be there….I just hope we take the best available player and they come in and help right away…

  5. By rileyg1 on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    Cam Newton or Patrick Peterson with #7.

  6. By dusty-dad on Mar 8, 2011 | Reply

    all seems well, as long as the owners don’t lockout the players,we have a solid team right now and have what seems to be a very good coaching staff. As a fan that has the time to read all the bull that is written about the niners I haven’t the foggiest idea which player or even direction they are going in the draft so how can I question the team about why this why that? Just keep on writing about all the draft chooses, we’ll keep on reading, so when they draft someone other than we thought they would we can either cry over it or just say told ya so and then watch them WIN WIN WIN

  7. By pat lurr on Mar 8, 2011 | Reply

    Patrick Peterson is the best athelete and best all-around player available in the draft. If he’s even available at the seventh pick in the draft (not likely), the 49ers will have failed as an organization if they don’t draft him. As for their need in the QB position, they are best to take a veteran. As fans have seen in the past, QB’s who have come from a spread offense or offenses run primarily in the shotgun set-up have failed (No. 1 example: Alex Smith). However, if availible in the second round, i’d pick up Jake Locker. Don’t hate fans, he’s the type of player I believe could be molded into a winning QB by Harbaugh in the next few years

  8. By Ron Barsotti on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Evaluating possible draftees by conferece is irrelevant for the 9rs. Evaluating by NEED is!!!! So what if the 9rs have 10 players from the SEC on the current roster (20% of the team), we have been finishing in the bottom third of the NFL far too long!!

  9. By Tyger707 on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply

    i agree with pat. locker and harbaugh sounds like a ring with the addition to peterson in the secondary and special teams that will be great

  10. By Dywon on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t get excited by the hype, We are 49er fans and we’ve had our share of great QBs and good QBs. If you listen close to the analyst, you will notice that there isn’t much difference in a 1st rd. Qb prospect and a 4th round prospect.We cannot afford to draft a Qb that is no better than what we already have. The hype is one has strong Arm, the other is athletic, one is calm but has a slow delivery. Well Ryan Leaf had a strong arm Akili Smith was accurate. I think you get my point. We now have a coach that was a Qb in quite a few systems in the NFL and he can maximize what we have. We have Qb that has a strong arm, better than average accuracy and the one thing that you can’t teach and that is heart. Nate Davis is just as good as any prospect you can draft. As 49ers we saw him beat out Alex Smith and Shaun Hill a couple of years ago. I know that was preseason, but I also know he look better than any other Qb we have and he thrived when given A CHANCE with the first unit. He has had a chance to see the SPEED of the NFL

  11. By Dywon on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply


  12. By blake on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    I do not care what anyone says but all this guy has ever done is WIN,WIN,WIN everywhere he has gone. First, i’m a 49er and a AU tiger Fan for life and i followed the career of Cam Newton to Florida and to Blinn College and he’s got heart and something to prove. all the so called off field” issues” surrounding him this year, did nothing but make him more determined to succeed at the next level. If available at the 7th pick the 49ers should not hesitate to grab one of the steals in this years draft. He has had three (3) different OC in the past three years so no one should question his intelligence.

  13. By russ on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    draft day:

    1st round: options 7th pick trade back 3 slots and take Julio Jones,or AJ Green (pick up a 4th or 5th rd pick moving back) <don't let Sam Bradford get these guys…we have to play keep away

    2nd round: QB / ponder, QB mallet

    3rd round: barney-db UNC

    4th round: trade to Washington for D.Mcnabb

    5th round: a center /options open

    6th round: special teams help

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