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SEC top conference, UNC & USC top schools in ’11 NFL draft

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After the first round of the NFL draft Thursday, the SEC led all conferences in the number of players selected.

Two days and six rounds later, the SEC, as expected, maintained their decade-long stranglehold.

Following up on their conference-best 10 players taken in the first round, the SEC saw 28 additional players taken in rounds two through seven, giving the five-time defending national champions both a total of 38 players selected and, once again, the crown of conference draft king.  This marks the 12th time in the last 14 seasons — including the last five in a row — that the SEC has led or tied for the most players taken.

The Big Ten was second among the conferences with 36 players selected, followed by the ACC (34), Pac-10 (29), Big 12 and Big East (22), WAC (16), Mountain West (8), Conference USA (7), Sun Belt (5) and MAC (3).

As noted on the conference’s official website, the SEC’s had 820 total selections in the NFL Draft since 1990, far and away the top total of any conference.  The Big Ten is a distant second with 708 selections during that time frame.

While the SEC was the dominant conference, it was schools from two other leagues coming away from the three-day event with the most players selected.

Thanks in large part to four players taken in the first two rounds — the first time that’s occurred in the school’s history — North Carolina had nine players taken in the seven-round draft, tying USC for the most players from one school.  UNC’s total was the most for an ACC school since Virginia Tech and Miami saw nine players taken in the 2006 draft.

Speaking of the Hurricanes, they were next in players selected with eight, followed by Nebraska with seven and Clemson, LSU, Iowa, and Georgia with six apiece.

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8 Responses to “SEC top conference, UNC & USC top schools in ’11 NFL draft”
  1. polegojim says: May 1, 2011 1:08 PM

    Ok, JT – I’ll bite… Big Ten #2 yet again…and gaining ground.
    SEC tops only by 3 in first round and only by two overall… the gap is closing… fire away. ; )

    Seriously though – great job SEC players and development staff!

    Hail to the Victors Valiant…
    but THANKS to Auburn and SEC for Fairley to the Lions!

    Our D line is an awesome blend of ‘Beasts’ from various conferences.

  2. wobbler00 says: May 1, 2011 3:28 PM

    The SEC also has more teams than the Big 10 and Pac 10, so wouldn’t you expect them to have the most players drafted?

    Big 10- 3.3 players drafted per team
    SEC- 3.1 players drafted per team


  3. secdominance says: May 1, 2011 4:11 PM

    Technically the SEC, Big Ten & the Pac 10 all have the same amount of teams now

  4. wobbler00 says: May 1, 2011 5:18 PM

    “Technically the SEC, Big Ten & the Pac 10 all have the same amount of teams now”

    Since you want to go the technical route, here are the updated standings:

    Big 10- 43
    SEC- 38

    How’s that for SEC dominance!

  5. edgy says: May 1, 2011 8:54 PM

    Yeah, let’s not forget that counting this year, that list is SEC #1 and then the ACC as #2 for the last 7 seasons.

  6. edgy says: May 1, 2011 8:56 PM

    Puhleeze, I think it’s hilarious to you to include Nebraska in the Big 10 because that’s NOT the case. Next year, they’re in the Big 10 just as Colorado and Utah are in the Pac-12 but for now, those schools count for their old conferences.

  7. polegojim says: May 1, 2011 11:45 PM

    Last year doesn’t count – this year does. Don’t live in the past.

    Stop grasping at straws – Nebraska WANTED to be in the Big 10 sooner, so it counts.

    I love the SEC as long as some of it’s best players come to the Lions.

  8. stairwayto7 says: May 2, 2011 9:59 AM

    So the SEC will have more bust like usual!

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