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.