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Where could Tom Brady and Sean Payton team up in 2023?



Tom Brady and Sean Payton wanted to join the Miami Dolphins in 2022. That much seems clear based on months of reporting and the NFL’s decision this week to discipline the Dolphins for tampering with Brady and Payton while they were still under contract with other teams.

The Brady-Payton partnership was temporarily stymied, but there’s no reason these two NFL icons couldn’t pair up in 2023. Still, there is only a select list of teams that likely fit what Brady and Payton will be looking for next season.

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Contenders to land Tom Brady and Sean Payton in 2023

You probably know the details by now. Brady would have become a minority owner of the Dolphins, who would have tried to acquire Payton’s rights from the Saints. At some point, Brady would have un-retired, forcing Miami to get his rights from the Buccaneers.

That alternate history has been laid to rest, and Brady and Payton certainly won’t be descending on Miami after the league docked the Dolphins’ first- and third-round draft picks and fined owner Stephen Ross $1.5 million.

Brady will stay in Tampa Bay for the 2022 campaign while Payton enjoys retirement, but they could both be available next offseason. Brady is entering a contract year with the Buccaneers and cannot be franchise-tagged in 2023. The Saints still technically control Payton’s rights, but they’ll likely be willing to trade him to an interested team in the spring.

If Brady and Payton want to team up next year, what type of situation will they be looking for? First and foremost, they’ll need to find a team ready to move on from both their head coach and their starting quarterback. That seems obvious, but fewer clubs than you might think are prepared to consider a wholesale change in those two critical roles.

Brady signed with the Buccaneers in 2020 because they had a roster that was ready to win — they just needed a quarterback. Tampa Bay already had excellent offensive weapons, an above-average offensive line, and a playmaking defense, and they committed to continuously improving the squad around Brady.

Brady’s next team will need to have at least some pieces in place. Sure, teams like the Falcons or the Texans might theoretically want Brady and Payton, but the two future Hall of Famers wouldn’t be interested in joining rosters largely devoid of talent.

Any team that signs Brady will realize that he’s in a year-to-year situation — he just turned 45 years old and could retire at any time. His next organization would have to be comfortable acknowledging that this could be a single-season alliance and willing to trust that Payton could find and develop another quarterback to succeed Brady.

Which teams make the most sense for Brady and Payton in 2023? Let’s start with a few clubs that could hold some appeal but probably aren’t real contenders for the duo’s services.

Imperfect options

There are scenarios in which these teams could target Brady and Payton (or vice versa), but there are flaws that will likely prevent a union.

San Francisco 49ers

Brady grew up in California and idolized the Joe Montana-led 49ers during his formative years. San Francisco was also reportedly his preferred destination when he hit free agency in 2020.

According to Seth Wickersham’s “It’s Better to Be Feared,” Brady pitched himself to the 49ers and said he’d sign with them without a free agency tour or a bidding war. But after Kyle Shanahan and San Francisco’s coaching staff decided Brady’s tape was “better, but not that much better” than Jimmy Garoppolo’s, their interest waned.

Could the 49ers correct their mistake in 2023? It’s possible, but it would probably mean San Francisco bottomed out in 2022. Even then, they traded two additional first-round picks to acquire Trey Lance — it’s hard to imagine them moving on after his first full season as a starter, even if he doesn’t look ready for prime time.

Meanwhile, Shanahan’s reputation as an offensive mastermind will likely keep him employed even if the 49ers struggle next year, so Payton probably wouldn’t fit in the Bay Area.

Indianapolis Colts

Brady also reportedly had interest in joining the Colts in 2020, but Indy went with Philip Rivers instead. After cycling through Carson Wentz, the Colts have now turned to Matt Ryan as their latest stopgap quarterback. While there’s optimism Ryan will be an upgrade, there’s a scenario in which the 37-year-old takes a significant step back, or gets injured, leading Indianapolis to start fresh in 2023.

That’s probably the only way the Colts would move on from head coach Frank Reich, who’s been a revelation through four seasons in blue and white. He’s proven to be an outstanding play-caller and game manager, and it seems unlikely he’d be fired even if Indianapolis goes 5-12 or 6-11 next year. It would take a truly catastrophic campaign for Reich to lose his job in favor of Payton.

Brady would surely be enticed by the prospect of playing with Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr. Additionally, the Colts have one of the NFL’s best offensive lines and tons of talent on defense. But to lure Brady, Indy would need to add extra pass catchers and show a willingness to be more aggressive in free agency.

Seattle Seahawks

Pete Carroll has had enough success with the Seahawks that he’ll be allowed to decide when he wants to retire. The 70-year-old Carroll is all about competition, but it won’t be a surprise if one season of coaching a team with Geno Smith or Drew Lock under center is enough to convince Carroll to call it quits.

If Carroll retires, the Seahawks would have openings at head coach and quarterback, clearing the way for Brady and Payton. Seattle has one elite receiver in DK Metcalf and another above-average option in Tyler Lockett. They added running back Kenneth Walker III in the second round, and rookie tackles Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas should help up front.

Still, this probably isn’t a roster that Brady and Payton are dying to join. There are holes all over Seattle’s depth chart, and they’re closer to Stage 1 of a rebuild than contending. Brady and Payton will have more alluring suitors.

Best landing spots for Brady and Payton

These three teams make the most sense for Brady and Payton in 2023. We’ll begin with a  franchise that’s been searching for stability for the past several decades.

3) Washington Commanders

Let’s start with the good. Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson aren’t Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but Washington’s top two receivers would give Brady a fighting chance. The Commanders have an underrated offensive line that should be able to keep Brady on his feet, and their defense has the talent to be among the NFL’s best (even if the results haven’t been always there).

Clearing out room for Brady and Payton shouldn’t be an issue, either. If Ron Rivera’s seat isn’t hot, it’s certainly warm. After consecutive seven-win seasons, Washington wouldn’t need much of a reason to move on from Rivera if the team doesn’t show improvement next year. If the Commanders are bad, that probably means Wentz was bad, and Washington could release him without taking on any dead money.

Roster-wise, Washington should be in the running to attract Brady and Payton. But we’re not sure how enthusiastic the pair would be about joining a franchise run by Daniel Snyder. Off the field, the Commanders are an organization in shambles, constantly beset by scandal after scandal. Brady and Payton have both been hit by league-imposed discipline in the past, but that was largely related to on-field incidents.

The Commanders’ depth chart might appeal to Brady and Payton, but they might need to see Snyder removed from his ownership role before taking a chance on Washington. The idea of joining a franchise that’s been so directionless for years probably isn’t all that attractive for two future HOFers in the twilight of their careers.

2) New York Jets

Brady and Bill Belichick had their way with the Jets during the Patriots’ dynasty, posting a 30-7 record against their AFC East rival. Admittedly, we don’t know if Brady would be interested in signing with a team that he fought twice per year for decades. Maybe his competitive drive is too strong to join a formerly hated opponent. Then again, perhaps Brady would relish the chance to take on Belichick in the same division.

For Brady and Payton to fit in New York, the Jets would have to struggle mightily in 2022. Zach Wilson would have to play as poorly as he did in his rookie year, and Gang Green’s free agent and rookie additions would need to flop. The Jets believe they’re building something, so it would likely take a sub-six-win season for head coach Robert Saleh to get fired.

If that happened, though, New York could be alluring for Brady and Payton. The Jets have young players like Elijah Moore, Garrett Wilson, and Breece Hall at the skill positions and a useful offensive line with at least a few long-term building blocks. On defense, young pieces such as Quinnen Williams, Ahmad Gardner, and Jermaine Johnson II litter the depth chart.

Plus, the Jets are usually more than willing to add additional help in free agency. Their signings haven’t always worked out, but they’re typically near the top of the list in active cash spending. Brady and Payton could rest easy knowing they’d have financial support from ownership.

1) Carolina Panthers

Over the past year-plus, the Panthers have swung and missed on Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson, and Deshaun Watson. They opted against drafting a first-round quarterback in 2021 even though Justin Fields and Mac Jones were still on the board. Now, they have a QB room comprised of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and Matt Corral.

Maybe Carolina was waiting for Brady the entire time?

We kid, but the Panthers would likely be the No. 1 destination for Brady and Payton in 2023. Carolina could wipe the QB slate clean in an instant, and Matt Rhule is already the odds-on favorite to be the first coach fired. Owner David Tepper is the NFL’s second-richest owner, and he’s used to getting what he wants. He’s also reportedly “obsessed” with finding a quarterback solution and clearly ready to win.

From Brady and Payton’s perspective, the Panthers stand out as a team that’s nearly ready-made. They’d get to stay in the NFC, where the road to the Super Bowl is much easier than in the AFC. And they’d even get to face their old teams twice per year, which could be of interest to the uber-competitive Brady and Payton.

Carolina has the assets to attract Brady and Payton. Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore are standout weapons, and the Panthers have made an effort — including drafting new left tackle Ikem Ekwonu at No. 6 overall — to improve a previously porous offensive line. While Carolina would likely need to commit to adding at least one more pass catcher, they can offer an ascending defense that includes playmakers like Brian Burns, Jeremy Chinn, and Jaycee Horn.

If — and it’s a big “if” — Brady and Payton want to team up in 2023, they’ll have plenty of suitors around the NFL, and their coordinated choice of a landing spot would mark a seismic shift in the league. Whichever team lands this dynamic duo would become an instant contender and insert themselves into the Super Bowl mix.

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Why Eagles’ Jalen Reagor isn’t focused on trade rumors or social media insults following an offseason of loss




PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Reagor knows what you’re thinking.

He’s seen the personal attacks on social media and heard the jeers from Eagles fans at the NovaCare Complex during practices in training camp. The former first-round pick is also well-versed in what “boos” sound like at Lincoln Financial Field. He knows that fans aren’t going to buy into the hype of a strong summer and that most of them want him to be traded … for basically anything. But none of that really matters to him.

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Jalen Reagor looking to rebound after offseason of loss

This offseason, Reagor endured a couple of tough life lessons through loss.

In January, Reagor’s grandmother — who he credits with raising him — passed away. He then lost his best friend, former NFL cornerback Jeff Gladney, in a deadly car crash in May. Those losses gave Reagor a lot to think about as he entered his third NFL training camp.

He leaned heavily on his father, Montae, a former Eagles and Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman, for emotional strength and wisdom. Through those hard times, Reagor pushed forward with added perspective. He also got in the best shape of his career.

Reagor believes that’s exactly how Gladney would want him to carry on in his memory.

“I’m not all the way through [the grieving process], but I know I have a job to do,” Reagor said. “And I know what [Gladney] would want me to do. I’m just continuing to [honor] him every time I touch the field — give it to him and God — and do the best that I can.”

Reagor entered last year’s training camp out of shape. This offseason, his wide receivers coach, former NFL wideout Aaron Moorehead, believes he returned to Philly in better shape than most of his teammates.

“He came in as good a shape as anyone in the camp this year, and it’s showed by the way he’s played,” Moorehead said.

Reagor has routinely made headlines for his sensitivity to social media. And while the occasional hiccup — like a dispute over his playing toughness early in camp — has occurred, he’s in a better place mentally because of the personal experiences he’s had over the past few months.

He knows what’s important in life, and he’s not trying to dwell on the criticisms of faceless posters or disgruntled fans.

“Just put my head down and go to work,” Reagor said. “Not really worried about anything else, just focused on myself.”

Down the totem pole

While Reagor returned to camp with an improved physique and attitude, he found himself deeper down the depth chart than in years past.

The team traded first- and third-round picks to the Tennessee Titans to acquire top wideout A.J. Brown in April. Philly then immediately gave Brown a four-year, $100 million contract extension.

Brown’s arrival ruled out a starting role for Reagor. He had already been succeeded in the lineup by DeVonta Smith, last year’s first-round pick, and draft classmate and friend, Quez Watkins, last season.

So, Reagor came into the summer fighting for a job with the fourth spot on the totem pole being his best option for playing time.

“I love a good challenge,” Reagor said. “It’s a humbling experience because you go from being a first-rounder to you battling — but I like challenges, though.”

Stay or trade?

The Eagles can’t cut Reagor, as that move would enact a $6.04 million dead-money hit, according to Over The Cap.

The team’s only option in a potential divorce would be through a trade. While Reagor’s name has repeatedly been mentioned in trade rumors, and the Baltimore Ravens — according to a league source — showed some interest in him during the offseason, the Eagles don’t seem to be in a rush to unload him for just about anything.

In particular, Reagor has the backing of Moorehead, who has known him since the coach and Reagor’s father were teammates in Indianapolis in the 2000s. Moorehead hasn’t given up on the former first-round pick, even if his depth chart is now stacked to the brim.

“He’s had a nice camp so far, he’s made plays, and he’s done everything that we’ve asked him to do,” Moorehead said. “He’s got to come in and challenge himself every day to be great on the field, off the field, and continue to take care of himself. We have had no issues this year.”

In order for Reagor to have a role with the Eagles, he needs to outlast veteran Zach Pascal — a favorite of head coach Nick Sirianni — undrafted standout Britain Covey, Deon Cain, Greg Ward, John Hightower, Lance Lenoir, Devon Allen, and Keric Wheatfall for a job. The Eagles also have listed Reagor as their top punt and kick returner on their first unofficial depth chart, which could lead to a game-day place to make plays.

But does Reagor want a new opportunity through a trade? Publicly, he’s standing firm on his goal to revitalize his potential where it all started.

“I want to be here for the rest of my career,” Reagor said. “But, you know, it’s a business — a business of production. I’m going to handle my end, and I’m going to let them handle theirs.”

Make-or-break preseason

Last summer, Reagor made a couple of circus catches that tantalized the fan base and gave the Philly faithful hope that he had turned the corner from his underwhelming rookie season. Reagor went on to play 67% of the offensive snaps, but he caught just 33 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns.

That’s why it’s understandable that fans are a little hesitant to buy into Reagor’s positive reviews through three weeks of camp. The wideout has been running mostly with the second-team offense, even with Smith sidelined with a groin injury. Despite the depth reps, though, Reagor has made the most of his targets, especially of late.

On Wednesday, Reagor worked with the starters and was able to beat No. 1 cornerback Darius Slay on an out route. Starting QB Jalen Hurts looked Reagor’s way and put the ball where only he could get it. Reagor made a highlight fingertip catch before heading out of bounds for a 10-yard gain in 11-on-11 team drills.

“It’s one of those things that the coaches game plan,” Reagor said about the play. “If Slay would have played off, you have a certain conversion — but he played off, I came full speed, and a great throw by Jalen. It’s my job to make the quarterback look good.”

That highlight added to a handful of big plays made in previous practices, as Reagor has routinely used his deep speed to get open for chunk plays. He hasn’t been perfect — no wideout can make that claim — but he’s looked consistently capable of making plays when the ball goes to him, which is a steady improvement from his first two years.

As one source told Pro Football Network, Reagor is “locked in.”

All that said, the Eagles still might spotlight Reagor in the preseason to shop him to the highest bidder before final cuts. Or, maybe, they’ll finally help him get in rhythm with Hurts and the starters as Smith recovers on the sideline.

Either way, Reagor knows he can’t worry about the end result. He just needs to do his job.

“We’ve got a hell of a room,” Reagor said. “It’s a competition in there. Obviously, people have their jobs, some people don’t, and some people are fighting. So, you’ve got to come in, and when people go down, you’ve got to step up. When people are up, you’ve just to make sure you’re ready when it’s your time.”

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Make way for Baylor’s returning offensive linemen




For one final college football season, the Preseason All-Big 12 Team features Oklahoma and Texas. However, it’s also the last year before the conference welcomes BYU, Cincinnati, and UCF into its ranks which will change its course for the next few decades. Presented in conjunction with our release of our College Football All-Americans, we at PFN debut our 2022 Preseason All-Big 12 Team, as voted on by our team of national analysts and NFL draft evaluators.

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PFN’s 2022 All-Big 12 Team

It is important to note that these teams may look a bit different than the all-conference teams listed by each individual conference. Our teams mirror our All-Americans, taking into consideration not only what a player has accomplished to date but looking forward to what we expect to see based on the growth of the athlete’s career.

Offense | First team

QB: Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma
RB: Bijan Robinson, Texas
RB: Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State
WR: Xavier Worthy, Texas
WR: Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State
WR: Quentin Johnston, TCU
TE: Ben Sims, Baylor
FLEX: Malik Knowles, Kansas State
OT: Connor Galvin, Baylor
G: Trevor Downing, Iowa State
C: Jacob Gall, Baylor
G: Grant Miller, Baylor
OT: Anton Harrison, Oklahoma

Defense | First team

EDGE: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State
DT: Siaki Ika, Baylor
DT: Dante Stills, West Virginia
EDGE: Will McDonald IV, Iowa State
LB: DeMarvion Overshown, Texas
LB: Dillon Doyle, Baylor
LB: Dee Winters, TCU
CB: Al Walcott, Baylor
CB: Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU
CB: D’Shawn Jamison, Texas
S: Kenny Logan Jr., Kansas
S: Anthony Johnson Jr., Iowa State
FLEX: Keondre Coburn, Texas

Specialists | First team

PK: Isaiah Hankins, Baylor
P: Michael Turk, Oklahoma
KR: Malik Knowles, Kansas State
PR: Phillip Brooks, Kansas State
LS: Matt Hembrough, Oklahoma State

The All-Big 12 Team is stacked at the top, including the nation’s best returning offensive line in Baylor. The Bears sport three first-team offensive linemen, including Connor Galvin at left tackle. Dillon Gabriel earns the top honors at quarterback after transferring in from UCF as he’s one of the premier downfield passers in all of college football. He edged new rival Spencer Sanders out for the top spot as the Oklahoma State quarterback headlines the second team.

Offense | Second team

QB: Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State
RB: Devin Neal, Kansas
RB: SaRodorick Thompson, Texas Tech
WR: Marvin Mims, Oklahoma
WR: Phillip Brooks, Kansas State
WR: Bryce Ford-Wheaton, West Virginia
TE: Jahleel Billingsley, Texas
FLEX: Brennan Presley, Oklahoma State
OT: Khalil Keith, Baylor
G: Chris Murray, Oklahoma
C: Steve Avila, TCU
G: Doug Nester, West Virginia
OT: Cooper Beebe, Kansas State

Defense | Second team

EDGE: Brock Martin, Oklahoma State
DT: Tyler Lacy, Oklahoma State
DT: Jaxon Player, Baylor
EDGE: Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech 
LB: O’Rien Vance, Iowa State
LB: Gavin Potter, Kansas
LB: Krishon Merriweather, Texas Tech
CB: D.J. Graham, Oklahoma
CB: Noah Daniels, TCU
CB: Woodi Washington, Oklahoma
S: Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, Texas Tech
S: Jason Taylor II, Oklahoma State
FLEX: Garmon Randolph, Baylor

Specialists | Second team

PK: Casey Legg, West Virginia
P: Isaac Power, Baylor
KR: Jaylin Noel, Iowa State
PR: D’Shawn Jamison, Texas
LS: Kasey Kelleher, Oklahoma

Oklahoma State wasn’t just represented by their quarterback as the versatile Brennan Presley made his way to the second-team offensive flex position. Brock Martin and Tyler Lacy should dominate the Cowboys’ pass-rushing unit while Jason Taylor II patrols the backend.

Offense | Honorable Mention

QB: JT Daniels, West Virginia
RB: Roschon Johnson, Texas
RB: Tahj Brooks, Texas Tech
WR: Taye Barber, TCU
WR: Isaiah Neyor, Texas
WR: Jordan Whittington, Texas
TE: Brayden Willis, Oklahoma
FLEX: Sam James, West Virginia
OT: Earl Bostick Jr., Kansas
G: Micah Mazzccua, Baylor
C: Zach Frazier, West Virginia
G: Cole Birmingham, Oklahoma State
OT: Christian Duffie, Kansas State

Defense | Honorable Mention

EDGE: Eli Huggins, Kansas State
DT: Cade Hall, Baylor
DT: Jaylon Hutchings, Texas Tech
EDGE: Trace Ford, Oklahoma State
LB: Deshaun White, Oklahoma
LB: Daniel Green, Kansas State
LB: Rich Miller, Kansas
CB: Julius Brents, Kansas State
CB: Ekow Boye-Doe, Kansas State
CB: Jacobee Bryant, Kansas
S: Key Lawrence, Oklahoma
S: Marquis Waters, Texas Tech
FLEX: Jalen Redmond, Oklahoma

Specialists | Honorable Mention

PK: Alex Hale, Oklahoma State
P: Austin McNamara, Texas Tech
KR: Brennan Presley, Oklahoma State
PR: Derius Davis, TCU
LS: Randen Plattner, Kansas State

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Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here and follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.

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Bryce Young set to lead Alabama, SEC this fall




After the balance of power shifted in the 2021 college football season, the 2022 Preseason All-SEC Team gives pause for a potential Georgia repeat in the national championship. Instead, the Alabama Crimson Tide look poised to regain their spot as they’re led by QB Bryce Young in 2022. Presented in conjunction with our release of our College Football All-Americans, we at PFN debut our 2022 Preseason All-SEC Team, as voted on by our team of national analysts and NFL draft evaluators.

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PFN’s 2022 All-SEC Team

It’s important to note that these teams may look a bit different than the All-Conference teams listed by each individual conference. Our teams mirror our All-Americans, taking into consideration not only what a player has accomplished to date but looking forward to what we expect to see based on the growth of the athlete’s career.

Offense | First team

QB: Bryce Young, Alabama
RB: Tank Bigsby, Auburn
RB: Devon Achane, Texas A&M
WR: Kayshon Boutte, LSU
WR: Cedric Tillman, Tennessee
WR: Jermaine Burton, Alabama
TE: Brock Bowers, Georgia
FLEX: Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
OT: Darnell Wright, Tennessee
G: O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida
C: Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia
G: Layden Robinson, Texas A&M
OT: Broderick Jones, Georgia

Defense | First team

EDGE: Will Anderson Jr., Alabama
DT: Jalen Carter, Georgia
DT: Gervon Dexter, Florida
EDGE: BJ Ojulari, LSU
LB: Henry To’oTo’o, Alabama
LB: Bumper Pool, Arkansas
LB: Anfernee Orji, Vanderbilt
CB: Kelee Ringo, Georgia
CB: Cam Smith, South Carolina
CB: Malachi Moore, Alabama
S: Jordan Battle, Alabama
S: Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
FLEX: Jaylon Carlies, Missouri

Specialists | First team

PK: Harrison Mevis, Missouri
P: Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M
KR: Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
PR: Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
LS: Marco Ortiz, Florida

Bryce Young takes the top spot as the conference’s best quarterback returning to action, and he’ll have an emerging talent in Jermaine Burton to throw to this season. Alabama reached into the transfer portal to add a one-of-a-kind running back in Jahmyr Gibbs that should give defenses headaches in 2022. Vanderbilt turns heads with their selection of Anfernee Orji to the All-SEC First Team as he is one of the most dominant linebackers in the country.

Offense | Second team

QB: Will Levis, Kentucky
RB: Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky
RB: Zach Evans, Ole Miss
WR: Justin Shorter, Florida
WR: Antwane Wells Jr., South Carolina
WR: Josh Vann, South Carolina
TE: Cameron Latu, Alabama
FLEX: Tayvion Robinson, Kentucky
OT: Javon Foster, Missouri
G: Nick Broeker, Ole Miss
C: Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas
G: Kenneth Horsey, Kentucky
OT: Warren McClendon, Georgia

Defense | Second team

EDGE: Derick Hall, Auburn
DT: Zacch Pickens, South Carolina
DT: Byron Young, Alabama
EDGE: Byron Young, Tennessee
LB: DeAndre Square, Kentucky
LB: Ventrell Miller, Florida
LB: Dallas Turner, Alabama
CB: Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State
CB: Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri
CB: Eli Ricks, Alabama
S: Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M
S: Trey Dean III, Florida
FLEX: Nehemiah Pritchett, Auburn

Specialists | Second team

PK: Will Reichard, Alabama
P: Oscar Chapman, Auburn
KR: Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri
PR: Tayvion Robinson, Kentucky
LS: Connor Choate, Texas A&M

The Kentucky Wildcats have an exciting trio returning to the offensive side of the ball. Will Levis leads the team at quarterback with Chris Rodriguez in the backfield and Virginia Tech transfer Tayvion Robinson set to expand the role Wan’Dale Robinson made famous last season. Two Byron Youngs make the team as Alabama’s rushes from the interior and Tennessee’s crushes QBs from the edge. Both are players to watch every week.

Offense | Honorable Mention

Spencer Rattler, South Carolina
Hendon Hooker, Tennessee

Kenny McIntosh, Georgia
Raheim Sanders, Arkansas
Re’Mahn Davis, Vanderbilt
Jo’quavious Marks, Mississippi State

Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss
Dakereon Joyner, South Carolina
Will Sheppard, Vanderbilt
Jaden Walley, Mississippi State
Ladd McConkey, Georgia
Adonai Mitchell, Georgia

Jaheim Bell, South Carolina
Trey Knox, Arkansas

Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
Nick Brahms, Auburn

Jeremy James, Ole Miss
Austin Troxell, Auburn
Bradley Ashmore, Vanderbilt
Richard Gouraige, Florida

Javion Cohen, Alabama
Brady Latham, Arkansas
Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama
Keiondre Jones, Auburn

LaQuinston Sharp, Mississippi State
Julian Hernandez, Vanderbilt

Defense | Honorable Mention

Ali Gaye, LSU
Trajan Jeffcoat, Missouri
Cedric Johnson, Ole Miss
J.J. Weaver, Kentucky

DJ Dale, Alabama
Maason Smith, LSU
Colby Wooden, Auburn
Daevion Davis, Vanderbilt

Ethan Barr, Vanderbilt
Jacquez Jones, Kentucky
Micah Baskerville, LSU
Mike Jones Jr., LSU
Jeremy Banks, Tennessee
Owen Pappoe, Auburn

Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama
Tyreek Chappell, Texas A&M
Ennis Rakestraw Jr., Missouri
Jaylon Jones, Texas A&M
Deantre Prince, Ole Miss
Carrington Valentine, Kentucky

DeMarcco Hellams, Alabama
Tykee Smith, Georgia
Rashad Torrence II, Florida
AJ Finley, Ole Miss

Jaylen Mahoney, Vanderbilt
Latavious Brini, Arkansas

Specialists | Honorable Mention

Anders Carlson, Auburn
Cam Little, Arkansas

Jeremy Crawshaw, Florida
Paxton Brooks, Tennessee

Lideatrick Griffin, Mississippi State
Juju McDowell, South Carolina

Xzavier Henderson, Florida
Kearis Jackson, Georgia

Kneeland Hibbett, Alabama
Jacob Quattlebaum, Auburn

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Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here and follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.

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