The SEC just got a lot easier out West. Alabama's Marcell Dareus and Mark Ingram have joined Arkansas' Ryan Mallett in skipping their final year of college and will head to the NFL Draft.
Ingram led the Crimson Tide in rushing this year with 903 yards and 13 TD's but failed to live up to the hype from the previous year when Ingram won the Heisman Trophy. You can blame an early season injury and the emergence of Trent Richardson at RB for Ingram's lower numbers this season. Marcell Dareus missed some games this season due to NCAA suspension but when he was lifted from his suspension, he really came on towards the end of the year. Dareus ended up with 34 total tackles and 4.5 sacks this season with 11.0 tackles for loss.
Ryan Mallett lived up to the expectations and provided another phenomenal year for the Razorbacks. He led Arkansas to the BCS Sugar Bowl against Ohio State this season while throwing for 3,869 yards and 32 TD's. Mallett's size and arm strength should give him an advantage in the NFL and will benefit from Andrew Luck pulling out of the NFL Draft. Mallett should be a 1st round pick. He's probably not worthy of the top pick for the Carolina Panthers but if they could trade down and pick up a few extra picks with Mallett in fold later then I would consider that a success.