Expect SEC to again dominate NFL Draft

South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney will be one of the first picks in this year's NFL Draft. (AP)

South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney will be one of the first picks in this year's NFL Draft. (AP)

SEC fans will hear plenty of familiar names in the NFL Draft.

Jadeveon Clowney. Greg Robinson. Johnny Manziel.

And yes, even AJ McCarron will have his named called sometime over the seven rounds.

So expect it to be another banner year for SEC players in the draft, continuing the strong tradition the conference has established in sending players to the NFL.

A recent post on Saturday Down South revealed that 421 SEC players have been drafted since 2004. That number includes only Texas A&M and Missouri players drafted last year, because the schools joined the conference in 2012.

LSU leads with 61 picks, followed by Georgia with 58, Alabama with 49 and Florida with 46. LSU and Alabama have both had 14 first-round picks in that span.

There were a record 63 SEC players taken last year, 32 more than the second-best conference (ACC), and experts think the conference will continue that, starting with tonight’s first round.

By comparison, there were just 22 Big Ten players picked in 2013.

Todd McShay’s final mock draft predicts nine SEC players will be picked in the first round. DraftInsider.net has eight SEC players ranked in its top 25.

I also think you’ll be interested in this CBSSports.com article, which shows which programs have produced the most NFL quarterbacks since 1977. It’s not good news for Alabama.

Enjoy the draft.

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20 comments Add your comment

Poultrygeist

May 12th, 2014
10:19 pm

Mark Richt is a scary chicken. Or is it scared chicken? Whatever. What I said.

Sabú

May 11th, 2014
11:32 pm

JacketMan said: “So wrapping everything up, it can be argued that the ACC dominated college football in 2013.”

Absolutely correct. The SEC’s reign is over. The ACC will be the dominant conference for at least the next few years.

Piney Woods Pete

May 11th, 2014
9:13 pm

UGa had so few players drafted because NFL teams now look at intelligence, arrest records, illegal drug use, and off-field problems. The leghumpers just don’t make the grade.

JacketMan

May 11th, 2014
7:49 pm

And while I’m at it, how was it that with GA Tech’s lowly 40th ranked recruiting classes year-after-year, could possibly have more players drafted than UGA, which has Top 10 recruiting classes year-after-year? Does GA Tech scout better than UGA, or perhaps GA Tech coaches their players better?

In fact, just looking at the non-drafted signings, it even looks like GA Tech has more of them signing with teams than UGA players, too.

Armageddon…

JacketMan

May 11th, 2014
8:04 am

I can’t see how the SEC “dominated” the draft in any way after reviewing the final selections by Conferences:

SEC — 49

ACC — 42

Pac-12 — 34

Big Ten — 30

Big 12 — 17

Mountain West –16

American — 12

Conference USA — 9

Independents — 9

MAC — 8

Sun Belt — 4

Now if one were to add incoming ACC “members” Notre Dame, with its 8 selections, and Louisville, with its 4 selections, it could be argued that, in fact, the ACC actually had more players selected than the SEC.

So wrapping everything up, it can be argued that the ACC dominated college football in 2013. They won the National Championship (FSU), every individual award (like the Heisman Trophy) went to ACC Players, and now a huge number of ACC players are drafted into the NFL.

Piney Woods Pete

May 10th, 2014
9:18 pm

Dominating in what? The Fulmer Cup standings? Percentage of students high on booze and drugs? Number of coeds who get beat up by the football players?

What?

THEBuckeye

May 10th, 2014
2:42 pm

The dogs are certainly dominating

Mark Rickety

May 9th, 2014
11:12 pm

Tomás Broun

May 9th, 2014
10:40 pm

I’m sure Mr. Aaron Murray is getting mighty disappointed waiting for his name to be called. Maybe he’ll get lucky and some team will give him a tryout later. But probably not.

Tampa Gator

May 9th, 2014
6:30 pm

On the college front…..my Gators added a huge pick up today in Jake McGree, the outstanding receiving tight end. He just graduated from Virginia and begins classes in Gainesville on Monday. Will be the staring TE for the Gators this coming year.