Five to watch from SEC West teams

Editor's note: ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. begins his look at the most important players on each Division I-A team with his lists of the five most important players on each team in the SEC West Division (schools listed in alphabetical order).

Alabama Crimson Tide
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1. Brodie Croyle, QB, sr. – Has tremendous talent and could be a top-echelon NFL prospect is he fights off the injury bug.
2. Kenneth Darby, RB, jr. – Suffered a late-season hip injury that kept him out of spring practice, but if he stays healthy the Tide will have a very good offensive backfield.
3. DeMeco Ryans, OLB, sr. – A superstar performer who sets the tone for one of the best defenses in the nation.
4. Mark Anderson, DE, sr. – The best pass rusher on the team, he added some weight to his frame and is poised for a breakout senior year.
5. Senior safeties Roman Harper and Charlie Peprah – Free safety Harper is an excellent tackler who plays near the line of scrimmage a lot, while Peprah is also excellent playing down in the box.