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The SEC has dominated the NFL Draft since 2008

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Recently, we took a look at the last five draft classes from 2008 to 2012. We looked at the recruiting rankings to see how first rounders were rated in high school as recruits, as well as this year’s top 42 prospects who could land in the first round.

And this year, the SEC has been projected to break records with as many as 16 first rounders. It helps, however, that Missouri and Texas A&M were added to the conference just in time for Damontre Moore, Luke Joeckel and Sheldon Richardson to land as first round picks.

The SEC has downright dominated the first round of the draft in the last five years, too, and this year will be only widening the chasm. Out of the last 159 first-round picks (New England didn’t have a first round pick in 2008 because of SpyGate) in the last five years, the SEC has 40 of them. The Big 12 is second with 30. (Players are credited to the conference in which they played at the time of the pick – for example, Texas A&M’s Von Miller in 2010 is credited towards the Big 12).

Here is a breakdown of first-round picks per conference (159 picks):

  • SEC 40
  • Big 12 30
  • ACC 22
  • Big Ten 21
  • Pac-12 19
  • Big East 11
  • MWC 4
  • WAC 3
  • CUSA 2
  • Notre Dame 2
  • MAC 2
  • CAA 1
  • OVC 1
  • Sun Belt 1

Here’s a breakdown of the SEC’s 40 first-round picks (22 defensive picks and 18 offensive picks):

  • 6 cornerbacks
  • 6 defensive tackles
  • 5 offensive tackles
  • 5 running backs
  • 4 defensive ends
  • 4 linebackers
  • 3 quarterbacks
  • 3 wide receivers
  • 2 centers
  • 2 safeties

Defensive ends and offensive tackles have ruled the draft in the last five years with respect to positions, as 26 defensive ends and 24 offensive tackles were picked.  There are currently as many as 12-14 defensive linemen projected to be first round picks in ’13, as well as Luke Joeckel being projected as the top overall pick as an offensive tackle.

Here’s a breakdown per position (159 total first-round picks):

  • 26 defensive ends
  • 24 offensive tackles
  • 18 cornerbacks
  • 17 defensive tackles
  • 15 quarterbacks
  • 15 running backs
  • 15 wide receivers
  • 13 linebackers
  • 5 safeties
  • 4 centers
  • 4 offensive guards
  • 3 tight ends

In particular, Alabama and Florida lead the SEC in first-round picks, and Bama and USC lead the country. Ironically, Miami is last with one first-round pick in the last five years, after previously owning the draft.

Here’s a breakdown per school:

  • Alabama 11
  • USC 10
  • Florida 6
  • Boston College 5
  • Illinois 5
  • Oklahoma State 5
  • Baylor 5
  • Missouri 5
  • LSU 5
  • Boise State 4
  • California 4
  • North Carolina 4
  • Tennessee 4
  • Ohio State 4
  • Oklahoma 4
  • Georgia 3
  • Iowa 3
  • Rutgers 3
  • Virginia 3
  • Virginia Tech 3
  • Wisconsin 3
  • Arkansas 2
  • Auburn 2
  • Colorado 2
  • FSU 2
  • Georgia Tech 2
  • Michigan 2
  • Miss State 2
  • Nebraska 2
  • Notre Dame 2
  • Ole Miss 2
  • Penn State 2
  • Pittsburgh 2
  • Purdue 2
  • South Carolina 2
  • South Florida 2
  • Stanford 2
  • Texas 2
  • Texas A&M 2
  • Arizona 1
  • Clemson 1
  • Connecticut 1
  • Delaware 1
  • East Carolina 1
  • Fresno State 1
  • Idaho 1
  • Kansas 1
  • Kansas State 1
  • Louisville 1
  • Maryland 1
  • Memphis 1
  • Miami 1
  • Northern Illinois 1
  • Oregon 1
  • Syracuse 1
  • TCU 1
  • Temple 1
  • Tennessee State 1
  • Texas Tech 1
  • Troy 1
  • Vanderbilt 1
  • Wake Forest 1
  • Washington 1
  • West Virginia 1

Photo Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports





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