The highest-rated former Cat to make the cut was Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith. Smith recorded a career-high 13.5 sacks in his first season with Green Bay in 2019.
“He showed off his versatility in his first season with the Packers, rushing both from the inside and outside, Prisco said. “He proved to be an outstanding free-agent signing by Green Bay.
Next came, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree. The former Cat was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by Pittsburgh. After struggling to find a grove in his first four pro seasons, he made a career-high 11.5 sacks last season and earned the franchise tag from Pittsburgh as a result.
“He had his breakout season in 2019, getting 11.5 sacks and becoming a force in the run game,” Prisco wrote. “There’s a reason why the Steelers put the franchise tag on him.”
The final former Wildcat to make the cut is Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen. Allen, who is Kentucky’s all-time sack leader was drafted by the Jags with the seventh overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and led all NFL rookies with 10.5 sacks last season.
“This is an emerging player who should be higher on this list next year,” Prisco said. “As a rookie, he had 10.5 sacks to lead all rookies.”
In all, a total of 28 players who played their college football in the SEC made the cut.
Here are all of the conference’s representatives:
6. Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina), New England Patriots
14. Julio Jones (Alabama), Atlanta Falcons
25. Danielle Hunter (LSU), Minnesota Vikings
28. Za’Darius Smith (Kentucky), Green Bay Packers
34. Tyrann Mathieu (LSU), Kansas City Chiefs
36. Chris Jones (Mississippi State), Kansas City Chiefs
40. Alvin Kamara (Tennessee), New Orleans Saints
42. Jamal Adams (LSU), New York Jets
45. Mike Evans (Texas A&M), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
46. Dak Prescott (Mississippi State), Dallas Cowboys
47. Myles Garrett (Texas A&M), Cleveland Browns
52. Tre’ Davious White (LSU), Buffalo Bills
53. Geno Atkins (Georgia), Cincinnati Bengals
54. Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State), Philadelphia Eagles
59. Marlon Humphrey (Alabama), Baltimore Ravens
6o. Bud Dupree (Kentucky), Pittsburgh Steelers
63. A.J. Green (Georgia), Cincinnati Bengals
64. Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU), Cleveland Browns
69. Derrick Henry (Alabama), Tennessee Titans
71. Nick Chubb (Georgia), Cleveland Browns
75. Patrick Peterson (LSU), Arizona Cardinals
77. La’el Collins (LSU), Dallas Cowboys
81. Amari Cooper (Alabama), Dallas Cowboys
83 Casey Hayward (Vanderbilt), Los Angeles Chargers
88. Josh Allen (Kentucky), Jacksonville Jaguars
89. Preston Smith (Mississippi State), Green Bay Packers
96. Darius Slay (Mississippi State), Philadelphia Eagles
98. D.J. Chark (LSU), Jacksonville Jaguars