The SEC is a conference that always has talented players. In fact, according to SECSports.com, the SEC led all of college football with 54 players selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. And of those 54 players, seven were drafted in the first round.
With players such as Dak Prescott, Josh Dobbs and, Derek Henry, the SEC will be one of the more exciting conferences to watch this fall. However, are they the most dangerous players in the conference?
Here’s a look at three players that could be the most dangerous players in the SEC.
RB Nick Chubb, Georgia
When Todd Gurley was suspended last year, the Bulldogs have to rely on true freshman running back Nick Chubb to carry the load. Chubb was able to do that as he finished with 1,547 rushing yards on 219 carries and 14 touchdowns.
According to CFBStats.com, Chubb was the second-leading rusher in the SEC only behind Auburn’s Cameron Artis-Payne when in terms of total yards. However, his 14 touchdowns led the SEC and his 7.1 yards per carry also led the conference.
Mike Huguenin of NFL.com put Chubb at No. 14 on the most explosive players in college football. The reason he put Chubb on the list is nearly 20 percent of his carries last season covered at least 10 yards, and he had four 50-yard runs as well as three 60-yard runs.
Chubb is a player that has good speed, great power and tremendous balance. There are times where a defender might have Chubb in their grasp, but he breaks out of it and runs for another 10 yards.
Because of Chubb’s running ability last year, the Bulldogs averaged 40 points per game and were one of only two teams in the SEC to score over 500 points last season.
WR Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
South Carolina did not have a good 2014 season as they finished with a 7-6 record. However, one of the bright spots of their season was the play of receiver Pharoh Cooper.
In 2014, Copper finished with nine touchdown receptions, 1,136 receiving yards and 69 receptions. Also, he ran for two touchdowns and threw for two touchdowns.
Mike Huguenin of NFL.com also had Cooper on his list of college football most explosive players, and he had him at No.12. He mentioned that 30 percent of his catches were at least 20 yards.
Copper proved how elusive he was in 2013 as well. He finished with 202 rushing yards and 359 return yards, which led him to be name to the All-SEC Freshman Team.
The junior receiver has proved he’s a guy that can do it all. If he is struggling making plays as a receiver, he can make plays as a running back, quarterback or return specialist.
WR Travin Dural, LSU
LSU also had a season it would like to forget, finishing with 8-5 record, which included a 4-4 record in the SEC. However, receiver Travin Dural gave LSU fans something to cheer about because he was able to add explosiveness to an offense that averaged only 27 points per game.
Dural only had 37 receptions, but he did record 758 yards and seven touchdowns. He finished the 2015 season as one of only two players to average 20 yards per reception.
Dural was able to put up these numbers with quarterback issues. Anthony Jennings was the starting quarterback, and he only completed 48 percent of his throws. But Jennings could rely on Dural to be there because he led the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns.
Dural proved last season he’s one of the conference’s best deep threats. Once LSU finds consistency at quarterback, Dural could be one of the most dangerous players in college football by the end of the 2015 season.