Highest all-time NFL draft pick for each SEC team
The “SEC bias” argument against the conference’s domination in the recruiting rankings is rather flimsy.
If the incoming signees are perpetually overrated, how come the SEC produces so many high NFL draft picks?
Nine of the 14 conference members have produced at least one No. 1 overall pick — even Vanderbilt, with QB Bill Wade (1952). Missouri is the only current SEC school that has never accounted for at least a No. 2 overall pick.
Auburn and Georgia have each produced four No. 1 overall selections in the NFL draft, which started in 1936.
Texas A&M fans aren’t exactly chanting “we’re No. 2!” but the Aggies have matriculated five different players drafted at No. 2 overall, including Luke Joeckel and Von Miller within the last five drafts.
Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil may be the only SEC player in this year’s draft capable of adding himself to the list, as he’s one of the players who could get selected No. 1 overall.
Here is the highest-ever draft pick for all 14 SEC programs.
|Alabama||HB Harry Gilmer||1948||No. 1|
|Arkansas||QB Lamar McHan||1954||No. 2|
|Auburn||QB Cam Newton|
LB Aundray Bruce
RB Bo Jackson
RB Tucker Frederickson
|Florida||HB Paul Duhart||1945||No. 2|
|Georgia||QB Matthew Stafford|
E Harry Babcock
HB Charley Trippi
RB Frank Sinkwich
|Kentucky||QB Tim Couch||1999||No. 1|
|LSU||QB JaMarcus Russell|
RB Billy Cannon
|Mississippi State||OLB Johnie Cooks||1982||No. 2|
|Missouri||DE Justin Smith|
OT Russ Washington
|Ole Miss||QB Eli Manning||2004||No. 1|
|South Carolina||DE Jadeveon Clowney|
RB George Rogers
|Tennessee||QB Peyton Manning|
TB George Kafego
|Texas A&M||OT Luke Joeckel|
OLB Von Miller
LB Quentin Coryatt
HB John David Crow
FB John Kimbrough
|Vanderbilt||QB Bill Wade||1952||No. 1|