SEC underclassman draft tracker: Western Division

The NFL claims boatloads of SEC underclassmen each year, and this year will be no different.

In fact, eight of ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay's top 20 prospects are SEC players who have eligibility remaining and four of them -- LSU's Leonard Fournette, Texas A&M's Myles Garrett, Missouri's Charles Harris and Auburn's Carl Lawson -- have already declared for the draft.

With the Jan. 16 deadline to declare rapidly approaching, here is how the draft looks to impact each SEC West team. We will follow with an SEC East breakdown later today.

Of note: In the “Players to watch” sections, any rankings in parentheses are where that player ranks in ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s positional rankingsInsider of draft-eligible prospects.


Early exits: None yet. Stay tuned until after Monday's CFP National Championship Game.

Planning to stay: P J.K. Scott

Players to watch: Cam Robinson (No. 1 OT), Marlon Humphrey (No. 3 CB), Bradley Bozeman (No. 8 C), Shaun Dion Hamilton (No. 8 ILB), DE Da'Shawn Hand

Top departing seniors: DE Jonathan Allen, ILB Reuben Foster, OLB Tim Williams, TE O.J. Howard, OLB Ryan Anderson

Draft hit: It was hard to limit a list of top departing seniors to five. In doing so, that left off safety Eddie Jackson and defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson -- both of whom are sure bets to be drafted -- as well as kicker Adam Griffith and wideout Gehrig Dieter. The main players to watch, though, are those underclassmen. Robinson and Humphrey both occupy top-20 spots on Kiper's Big Board, so getting either player back would be a pleasant surprise for Crimson Tide fans.


Early exits: None yet

Planning to stay: C Frank Ragnow, WR Jared Cornelius

Players to watch: No top draft prospects

Top departing seniors: OT Dan Skipper, TE Jeremy Sprinkle, DT Jeremiah Ledbetter, DE Deatrich Wise, DT Taiwan Johnson

Draft hit: Cornelius' decision to return is big since the Razorbacks lose so many key players in the passing game. Receivers Drew Morgan, Keon Hatcher, Dominique Reed and Cody Hollister were all seniors, as was tight end Sprinkle. It also helps that Ragnow, whom Pro Football Focus named as college football's top offensive lineman for 2016, will be back to anchor an offensive line that loses only Skipper at tackle. Defensively, the Hogs will lose three of their top four tacklers (Brooks Ellis, Wise and Ledbetter), plus cornerback Jared Collins, who was second on the team with 12 pass breakups.


Early exits: DE Carl Lawson

Planning to stay: RB Kamryn Pettway, K Daniel Carlson, S Tray Matthews, OG Braden Smith

Players to watch: No top draft prospects

Top departing seniors: DT Montravius Adams, S Johnathan Ford, OG Alex Kozan, CB Joshua Holsey, WR Tony Stevens

Draft hit: Auburn's biggest losses come on the defensive line, where Adams and Lawson will be difficult to replace. The Tigers are at least blessed with considerable returning talent along the defensive line, however. On the offensive side, the Tigers will have to figure out how to replace longtime starter Kozan and tackle Robert Leff, who developed into an impressive blocker as a senior.


Early exits: RB Leonard Fournette, DT Davon Godchaux

Planning to stay: DL Christian LaCouture, OG Will Clapp

Players to watch: Jamal Adams (No. 2 S), WR Malachi Dupre, WR D.J. Chark

Top departing seniors: CB Tre'Davious White, C Ethan Pocic, LB Duke Riley, LB Kendell Beckwith, WR Travin Dural

Draft hit: Adams, likely a surefire top-10 pick should he come out, is set to announce his draft decision on Friday. The Tigers are already losing a likely first-round selection in Fournette, the No. 1 player on McShay's board. Otherwise, this was another roster dominated by upperclassmen. Along with the previously mentioned players, senior defensive ends Lewis Neal and Tashawn Bower and offensive guard Josh Boutte could have a chance to get drafted.


Early exits: None yet

Planning to stay: No top draft prospects

Players to watch: No top draft prospects

Top departing seniors: WR Fred Ross, C Jamaal Clayborn, CB Tolando Cleveland, OT Justin Senior, DE A.J. Jefferson

Draft hit: Following the SEC West theme, this was yet another team that was loaded down with seniors. The Bulldogs lose top receiver (Ross), return specialist Brandon Holloway, leading tackler Richie Brown and a combined 22 tackles for loss from Jefferson and Johnathan Calvin. The Bulldogs must also replace the entire right side of their offensive line after losing center Clayborn, right guard Devon Desper and right tackle Senior, all of whom were seniors.


Early exits: WR Damore'ea Stringfellow

Planning to stay: DE Marquis Haynes

Players to watch: No top draft prospects

Top departing seniors: TE Evan Engram, QB Chad Kelly, DT D.J. Jones, WR Quincy Adeboyejo, S Tony Conner

Draft hit: Ole Miss has a lot of holes to fill in the passing game, from departed quarterback Kelly to tight end Engram to wideouts Adeboyejo and Stringfellow. Engram, Stringfellow and Adeboyejo ranked first, second and fourth on the team in receiving yards. Despite losing Jones, Fadol Brown, John Youngblood and Isaac Gross, the defensive line will still look formidable with Haynes, Benito Jones and Breeland Speaks all returning. The offensive line also returns four starters from the season-ending loss to Mississippi State. Linebacker remains a concern, especially after losing Oregon State grad transfer Rommel Mageo.


Early exits: DE Myles Garrett, WR Speedy Noil, WR Ricky Seals-Jones

Planning to stay: S Armani Watts

Players to watch: No top draft prospects

Top departing seniors: S Justin Evans, OT Avery Gennesy, DE Daeshon Hall, WR Josh Reynolds, QB Trevor Knight

Draft hit: The decision from Garrett, Kiper's No. 1 overall prospect, was hardly unexpected. The decisions from Noil and Seals-Jones, neither of whom was a star player in 2016, probably raised some eyebrows. Now aside from star sophomore Christian Kirk, the Aggies' top returning receiver will be running back Trayveon Williams, who had all of 91 yards through the air this season. Those wideouts will also have yet another new quarterback delivering the ball to them after grad transfer quarterback Knight's departure. Along with Garrett, the Aggies will lose their top two tacklers (linebacker Shaan Washington and Evans), plus defensive end Hall, who was second on the team in sacks (4.5) and tackles for loss (13).