Orgeron signees top 2010 draft

When you can recruit to Oxford, Mississippi, you can recruit to just about anywhere. Clearly, Ed Orgeron can recruit to just about anywhere.

Orgeron, assistant head coach, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tennessee Vols, is going to be enormously popular around Knoxville if he recruits as well for the Big Orange as he did for the Rebels.

Orgeron lured some great players to Oxford during his three-year stint (2005-07) as head man at Ole Miss. He didn't stick around long enough to enjoy the fruits of his labors but that doesn't detract from what he accomplished as a stockpiler of talent.

One of Orgeron's first Rebel signees, Michael Oher, recently was taken by the Baltimore Ravens with pick 23 in Round 1 of the 2009 NFL Draft. And, if one football analyst is correct, two more of Orgeron's Rebel recruits will go among the first eight picks in the 2010 draft.

The lead story on's NFL Draft page, penned by senior writer Pete Prisco and tagged "Early Warning," projects that a quarterback will be taken No. 1 again in the 2010 draft. But it won't be Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Florida's Tim Tebow or Texas' Colt McCoy.

Prisco believes that the first player picked next April will be Jevan Snead, a player Orgeron convinced to transfer to Oxford when Snead got tired of playing behind McCoy in Austin two years ago.

After sitting out the 2007 season as a transfer, Snead starred for first-year Rebel coach Houston Nutt in '08, passing for 2,762 yards (16 more than Tebow) with a 2-1 ratio of touchdowns (26) to interceptions (13). Though only a sophomore, Snead's 145.5 passer-efficiency rating ranked third among SEC quarterbacks behind Tebow (172.4) and Georgia's Matt Stafford (153.5), the first overall pick in last weekend's NFL Draft.

Here's what Prisco has to say about Snead:

1. Jevan Snead, QB, Mississippi (JR): He's a strong-armed junior who has the same type of arm that Stafford has. He will be "The Man" next year. You wait and see.

Prisco projects that another Orgeron recruit, defensive end Greg Hardy, will be the eighth player picked in the 2010 NFL Draft. Hardy, originally from Millington, Tenn., was projected as a first-round pick for the 2009 draft until he suffered through an injury-plagued junior season in 2008.

Here's what Prisco has to say about Hardy:

8. Greg Hardy, DE, Mississippi: He was really dominant as a sophomore, but tailed off last season. Even so, he has great pass-rush skills and good size at 6-4, 260 pounds.

For what it's worth, junior safety Eric Berry of Tennessee is No. 7 on Prisco's list of top prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft.

Here is Prisco's assessment of Berry:

7. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee (JR): He's a rangy safety who also tackles well. He has great speed for a safety, which is why he will be a wanted commodity.

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