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By Jim Johnson
SouthernPigskin.com
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Ranking the best 50 players in the Southern Conference ahead of the 2018 season.

Welcome back to my annual preseason ranking of the top 50 players in the SoCon. Earlier this year, we debuted a postseason ranking for the first time. As such, this allows for the preseason iteration to include a bit more projection, where as, in years past, it was more of a career achievement award.

Still, the best way to think about it is as a "Madden​" rating. If you were to sort every SoCon player by an overall grade, regardless of positional value, this is the order they would show up in.

The list will be updated 10 players at a time over the course of this week.

50.

Ian Berryman, P, Western Carolina

49.

Mason Dermott, AP, VMI

48.

Jerrell Lawson, S, Chattanooga

47.

Shamon Elliott, CB, Western Carolina

46.

Mike Williams, OG, Samford

45.

Malcolm White, OT, Chattanooga

44.

Koi Freeman, S, Samford

43.

Chris Breedlove, C, Furman

42.

Dylan Weigel, LB, ETSU

41.

Eric Jackson, S, Mercer

40.

Jamond Glass, CB, Samford

39.

Bingo Morton, WR, Chattanooga

38.

Grant Drakeford, RB, The Citadel

37.

Andy Godwin, OT, Furman

36.

Noah Dawkins, LB, The Citadel

35.

Lennox McAfee, RB, Wofford

34.

Nathan Dalton, OG, Western Carolina

33.

Justus Basinger, OG, Wofford

32.

Riuq Trotman, CB, VMI

31.

Kealand Dirks, RB, Furman

30.

Corey Holloway, RB, Western Carolina

29.

DT Wilson, LB, Wofford

28.

Thomas Gordon, WR, Furman

27.

George Gbesee, CB, Wofford

26.

Austin Sanders, OT, Mercer

25.

Blake Bockrath, LB, ETSU

24.

Ja’Lon Williams, DT, The Citadel

23.

Kaelan Riley, QB, Mercer

22.

Marquise Irvin, WR, Mercer

21.

Nick Nixon, OT, Samford

20.

Isaiah Mack, DT, Chattanooga

19.

Bailey Lenoir, TE, Chattanooga

18.

Tee Mitchell, RB, Mercer

17.

Chris Shelling, WR, Samford

16.

Nasir Player, DE, ETSU

15.

Jaylan Reid, DT, Furman

14.

Aaquil Annoor, CB, Furman

13.

Mikel Horton, DT, Wofford

12.

Zach Weeks, OT, Western Carolina

11.

Aron Spann III, DB, The Citadel

10.

Andre Stoddard, RB, Wofford

9.

Tyrie Adams, QB, Western Carolina

8.

Isaiah Buehler, DE, Mercer

7.

Kelvin McKnight, WR, Samford

6.

Devin Watson, CB, Wofford

5.

Marvin Tillman, S, Western Carolina

4.

Tyler Davis, OG, The Citadel

3.

Ahmad Gooden, DE, Samford

2.

Miles Brown, DT, Wofford

1.

Devlin Hodges, QB, Samford

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: jim@espncoastal.com Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP