Ranking the biggest SEC NFL factories over the last five years

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April’s NFL Draft will again be saturated with former SEC stars, and the conference is projected to break the record for the number of first-round picks, which is currently held by the ACC’s 12 in 2006.

The SEC also sent a whopping 79 invitees to the NFL Combine last month, and no other conference produced more than 43. In fact, you could add the Big Ten and the Pac-12 invitees together, and it still doesn’t amount to 79. And everyone contends that the media is biased…

Over the last five years, 227 players have been drafted from current SEC schools. Not including Texas A&M and Missouri, the SEC has produced 201 draft picks during that time. The big four of LSU, Georgia, Alabama and Florida have accounted for 51 percent of those players. Georgia is the only one of the four not to win a national championship despite being a perennial NFL factory.

LSU has been the biggest NFL factory, with 30 players drafted in last five years, and Georgia is right on their heels with 28. Alabama is third with 24, but the Tide have produced a league-leading 11 first-round picks. Florida is second, producing six first-round picks, though still five behind the Alabama.

There were 314 players on NFL rosters from the 14 member institutions at the start of the 2012 season. Excluding Texas A&M and Missouri, 281 former SEC players donned NFL rosters.

Here are all the players each school has drafted in last five years:

1.LSU: 30 players
5 first-round picks
37 players on NFL rosters in 2012

2. Georgia: 28 players
3 first-round picks
37 players on NFL rosters in 2012

3. Alabama: 24 players
11 first-round picks
30 players on NFL rosters in 2012

4. Florida: 20 players
6 first-round picks
31 players on NFL rosters in 2012

5. South Carolina: 18 players
2 first-round picks
22 players on NFL rosters in 2012

7. Arkansas: 15 players
2 first-round picks
17 players on NFL rosters in 2012

7. Auburn: 15 players
2 first-round picks
26 players on NFL rosters in 2012

10. Missouri: 13 players
5 first-round picks
16 players on NFL rosters in 2012

10. Tennessee: 13 players
4 first-round picks
26 players on NFL rosters in 2012

10. Texas A&M: 13 players
2 first-round picks
17 players on NFL rosters in 2012

11. Kentucky: 11 players
No first-round picks
10 players on NFL rosters in 2012

12. Ole Miss: 10 players
2 first-round picks
21 players on NFL rosters in 2012

13. Mississippi State: 9 players
2 first-round picks
15 players on NFL rosters in 2012

14. Vanderbilt: 8 players
1 first-round pick
9 players on NFL rosters in 2012

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