It’s quite possible, if not likely, that Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott will be the only SEC quarterback taken in next week’s NFL Draft.

That would be an improvement; last year no SEC quarterback was drafted.

(Arkansas’ Brandon Allen and Alabama’s Jake Coker are possible late-round selections next week, but more likely will become undrafted free agents.)

There’s not much more to say about Prescott. He’s a Bulldogs legend, one of the SEC’s best. He’s hungry to prove NFL scouts he’s better than they think. He dominated the Senior Bowl.

So rather than rephrase what you already know, let’s take a quick tour of the SEC and see which teams produced the most NFL Draft picks at quarterback since Tennessee’s Peyton Manning went No. 1 overall in 1998.


QBs drafted 1998-2015: 3

Highest: Brodie Croyle, 3rd round, 2006.

Best: A.J. McCarron. A fifth-round pick in 2014, McCarron already has shown he’s good enough to start in the NFL. It’s only a matter of time and opportunity.


QBs drafted: 2

Highest: Ryan Mallett, 3rd round, 2011.

Best: Mallett has NFL arm strength, but he failed to take advantage of his opportunity in Houston and is a backup again, in Baltimore.


QBs drafted: 2

Highest: Cam Newton, No. 1 overall, 2011.

Best: Newton appears on his way to Canton. He’s thrown for at least 3,100 yards every season, led the Panthers to the Super Bowl last season and claimed his first MVP trophy.


QBs drafted: 3

Highest: Rex Grossman, No. 22 overall, 2003.

Best: Grossman was mostly a backup, but he had a year to remember in 2006, passing for 3,193 yards and 23 touchdowns and leading the Bears to the Super Bowl, where they lost to Peyton Manning and the Colts.


QBs drafted: 5

Highest: Matthew Stafford, No. 1 overall, 2009.

Best: Stafford is still waiting on playoff success, but he’s made a Pro Bowl and thrown for at least 4,200 yards in each of the past five seasons. In 2011, he threw for 5,038 and 41 touchdowns, both Lions record. He got to 25,000 yards quicker than any quarterback, including Manning, Dan Marino and Brett Favre.


QBs drafted: 2

Highest: Tim Couch, No. 1 overall, 1999.

Best: Couch spent five underwhelming years in Cleveland, throwing for a career-high 3,040 yards in 2001. He finished with more interceptions (67) than touchdowns (64). But he’s not the SEC’s biggest QB bust …


QBs drafted: 6

Highest: JaMarcus Russell, No. 1 overall, 2007. He’s the SEC’s biggest QB bust, in every sense of the word big.

Best: Matt Flynn and Zach Mettenberger are similar in that both have had their moments in limited opportunities but both are stuck behind franchise quarterbacks. LSU has had more quarterbacks drafted in this span than any other SEC program.

Mississippi State

QBs drafted: 0

Note: Joe Reed is the only Bulldogs QB in history to play in the NFL, and he was a 11th-round pick in 1971. Prescott obviously will top that, too. Cleveland drafted dual-threat John Bond in the third round in 1984, but Bond never played in the NFL.


QBs drafted: 1

Highest: Blaine Gabbert, No. 10 overall, 2011.

Best: Several Tigers put up big numbers in college, but Gabbert is the lone draft pick. He was a bust in Jacksonville and is trying to make the most of his second chance in San Francisco.

Ole Miss

QBs drafted: 1

Highest: Eli Manning, No. 1 overall, 2004.

Best: Manning is a four-time Pro Bowler who has won two Super Bowl rings with the Giants.

South Carolina

QBs drafted: 0

Note: Connor Shaw was an undrafted free agent, but Kurt Roper liked what he saw. He said Shaw has a future in the NFL.


QBs drafted: 4

Highest: Peyton Manning, No. 1 overall, 1998.

Best: Future Hall of Famer retired after winning his second Super Bowl. Owns NFL records for career yards (71,940) and touchdown passes (539). Manning was the first of 13 quarterbacks chosen No. 1 overall from 1998-2015. The SEC accounted for six of those quarterbacks, more than any other conference.

Texas A&M

QBs drafted: 3

Highest: Ryan Tannehill, No. 8 overall, 2012.

Best: Tannehill twice has thrown for 4,000 yards, but the Dolphins are still waiting for him to engineer a winning season and playoff drive.


QBs drafted: 1

Highest: Jay Cutler, No. 11 overall, 2006.

Best: Chicago has a love/hate relationship with Cutler, but he made the Pro Bowl in 2008 and has thrown for 3,000 yards seven times in his career.