The majority of lists you see this time of year are generally pointless and have been done many times over.
But Sports Illustrated’s most recent list — All-SEC alumni teams — is an original and fun concept.
The list is based on NFL success, which means you’re not going to see Tim Tebow listed among the quarterbacks or David Pollack among the defensive ends.
As you can imagine, there are several former Vols on the list.
Here are the full teams.
- Arian Foster — Tennessee; Eddie Lacy — Alabama
- Zac Stacy — Vanderbilt; Ben Tate — Auburn
- Darren McFadden — Arkansas; Stevan Ridley — LSU
- A.J. Green — Georgia; Julio Jones — Alabama
- Percy Harvin — Florida; Alshon Jeffery — South Carolina
- Randall Cobb — Kentucky; Mike Wallace — Ole Miss
4-3 Defensive Ends:
- Carlos Dunlap — Florida; Greg Hardy — Ole Miss
- Michael Bennett — Texas A&M; Charles Johnson — Georgia
3-4 Defensive Ends:
- Ray McDonald — Florida; Justin Smith — Missouri
- Fletcher Cox — Mississippi State; Sheldon Richardson — Missouri
- Von Miller — Texas A&M; Aldon Smith — Missouri
- John Abraham — South Carolina; Justin Houston — Georgia
- Joe Haden — Florida; Patrick Peterson — LSU
- Tyrann Mathieu — LSU; Captain Munnerlyn — South Carolina
I pretty much agree with the placement of the former Tennessee players.
Arian Foster at first team running back also makes sense, considering his incredible NFL success that no one saw coming.
Another obvious choice was Eric Berry. He’s one of the best players the SEC has ever seen and easily the best safety.
And no SEC list — of any type — would be complete without a Colquitt. Dustin Colquitt is the NFL’s highest paid punter, so that gives him the edge over his brother Britton.
The biggest problem I have with this list is the failure to include former Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo.
Mayo has been named to two Pro-Bowls and led the NFL in tackles in 2010.
One of the players named to the team instead of Mayo was his former NFL teammate Brandon Spikes.
Spikes doesn’t have near the NFL accolades that Mayo has attained.
For that reason I think SI.com made a big mistake by not including Jerod Mayo on their All-SEC alumni teams.
What do you think? Comment below and let us know!