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.

TEAMPOS./PLAYERYEARPICK
AlabamaHB Harry Gilmer1948No. 1
ArkansasQB Lamar McHan1954No. 2
AuburnQB Cam Newton
LB Aundray Bruce
RB Bo Jackson
RB Tucker Frederickson
2011
1988
1986
1965
No. 1
FloridaHB Paul Duhart1945No. 2
GeorgiaQB Matthew Stafford
E Harry Babcock
HB Charley Trippi
RB Frank Sinkwich
2009
1953
1945
1943
No. 1
KentuckyQB Tim Couch1999No. 1
LSUQB JaMarcus Russell
RB Billy Cannon
2007
1960
No. 1
Mississippi StateOLB Johnie Cooks1982No. 2
MissouriDE Justin Smith
OT Russ Washington
2001
1968
No. 4
Ole MissQB Eli Manning2004No. 1
South CarolinaDE Jadeveon Clowney
RB George Rogers
2014
1981
No. 1
TennesseeQB Peyton Manning
TB George Kafego
1998
1940
No. 1
Texas A&MOT Luke Joeckel
OLB Von Miller
LB Quentin Coryatt
HB John David Crow
FB John Kimbrough
2013
2011
1992
1958
1941
No. 2
VanderbiltQB Bill Wade1952No. 1