The SEC's best 25 players: No. 13

The next player on our countdown of the SEC's best 25 players is one of the most dynamic players around and is competing to be the first player taken at his position in next year's NFL draft.

No. 13: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida, Jr.

2012 summary: Purifoy started 12 of the 13 games he played in last season, where he made his mark at both cornerback and on special teams. He finished the season fourth on the team with 51 tackles and added five pass breakups. Purifoy also forced three fumbles and blocked two kicks on special teams. Purifoy also averaged 23.9 yards on seven kick returns last year.

Most recent ranking: Not ranked in the 2012 postseason countdown.

Making the case for Purifoy: It's hard to find a more multi-purpose player in the SEC. Purifoy is the definition of "athlete." He's still a bit raw at cornerback, but with his speed, range, length and physical nature, Purifoy heads into the 2013 season as arguably the SEC's best cornerback. He is even considered by many to be the nation's best corner prospect when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Purifoy was great in one-on-one situations last year with opponents and has really worked on his positioning and technique to make himself an even better pure cover corner. Purifoy will also get more playing time at wide receiver. With his tremendous straightaway speed, Purifoy could be a valuable target for quarterback Jeff Driskel. He worked at both corner and receiver this spring and caught one pass for 5 yards last year. With Andre Debose going down with an ACL injury this week -- and all that youth at receiver -- Purifoy will have every chance to spend a lot of time on offense. He's already a staple on kick/punt block teams and will likely be used more in the kick return game, where he has the potential to be a real home run threat.

The rundown

  • No. 14: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt, Sr.

  • No. 15: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss, Jr.

  • No. 16: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida, Sr.

  • No. 17: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M, RSo.

  • No. 18: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State, Sr.

  • No. 19: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama, Jr.

  • No. 20: Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas, Sr.

  • No. 21: Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia, So.

  • No. 22: Craig Loston, S, LSU, Sr.

  • No. 23: Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt, Sr.

  • No. 24: Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia, So.

  • No. 25: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida, Jr.