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:
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