SEC leads all conferences in players on NFL active rosters and it's not even close
SEC standouts such as former Alabama running back Josh Jacobs and former LSU linebacker Devin White are among the players that have moved from college to the NFL this season.
Jacobs and White are just two of the players representing the SEC in this year’s NFL rookie class, and they make up an even smaller percentage of former conference players on NFL rosters this season.
On Friday, NCAA.com released the totals for the colleges and conferences most represented in the NFL this season, and the SEC ranks first — by a lot.
The SEC leads all conferences with 339 former players. The Big Ten ranks second with 253, while the ACC is third with 215. The Pac-12 (189) and Big 12 (122) round out the top five.
As for individual schools, here are the 10 that are most represented (SEC teams in bold):
- Alabama, 56
- Ohio State, 45
- Florida, 35
- Miami, 34
- LSU, 32
- Florida State, 32
- Oklahoma, 31
- Georgia, 29
- Penn State, 28
- Texas A&M, 28
It’s not surprising to see the Crimson Tide atop the list. They’ve been one of the most dominant programs in college football for a while now, as they haven’t lost more than two games in a season since 2010. During that stretch, they’ve won four national championships.
There are several former standout Alabama players who’ve gone on to have success in the NFL, including Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper, New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley and more.
If any school is going to overtake Alabama at the top of this list, it may not happen soon, as the Crimson Tide’s 2019 roster is filled with players who will likely go on to the NFL, including quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who could be a top-five pick in the 2020 draft.