Top returning seniors in the SEC

The SEC is well represented in ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper's position-by-position breakdown of the top draft prospects next year among returning seniors.

Even though Arkansas' Ryan Mallett is listed No. 2 among the quarterbacks behind Washington's Jake Locker, Mallett will technically be a junior next season. He played one season at Michigan and one at Arkansas.

Also of note, Kiper has LSU's Terrance Toliver rated No. 1 among the returning senior receivers. So in other words, the Tigers should be plenty talented at receiver next season with the likes of Russell Shepard, Rueben Randle and Toliver.

Under the tight ends, Arkansas' D.J. Williams is rated No. 2.

One of the names not on here that will almost certainly be by the end of next season is Mississippi State defensive end Pernell McPhee, who returns as one of the top defensive linemen in the SEC.

Here's a look at the SEC players making Kiper's list and where they were rated in the top 5:


No. 2 -- Ryan Mallett, Arkansas


No. 1 -- Terrance Toliver, LSU


No. 1 -- Weslye Saunders, South Carolina

No. 2 -- D.J. Williams, Arkansas

No. 3 -- Luke Stocker, Tennessee


No. 2 -- Clint Boling, Georgia

No. 5 -- James Carpenter, Alabama


No. 3 - Mike Pouncey, Florida


No. 2 -- Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss

No. 5 -- Drake Nevis, LSU


No. 3 -- Ahmad Black, Florida

No. 4 -- Zac Etheridge, Auburn

No. 5 -- Chris Culliver, South Carolina


No. 3 -- Wes Byrum, Auburn