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SEC, Big Ten pace NFL draft selections

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After the first three rounds of the NFL draft was tucked neatly into bed late last week, the SEC held a narrow lead over the Big Ten and Pac-12 in the number of players selected the first two days.

While one of those conferences hung in there through the last four rounds, it was still the six-time defending national champs standing atop the draft mountaintop at the end of business Saturday.

Of the 253 players selected in the seven-round event, 42 were players from an SEC school.  This marks the 13th time in the last 15 seasons — including the last six in a row — that the SEC has led or tied for the most players taken in a single draft.

Nipping on the SEC’s heels, however, was the Big Ten, which saw 41 players from its conference selected.  The only other conference with more than 30 players was the ACC (31).  The Big Ten and ACC were second and third last April as well.

Since 1990, a total of 862 SEC players have been selected, far outdistancing the Big Ten and its 747 players.

Below is the conference-by-conference breakdown of players taken in the 2010 NFL draft:

SEC — 42
Big Ten — 41
ACC — 31
Pac-12 — 28
Big 12 — 25
Non-FBS — 24
MWC — 12
Big East — 12
WAC — 11
C-USA — 10
MAC — 8
Sun Belt — 6
Ind. — 4

Here are a couple of conference notes from the draft as well:

— The SEC had the most players selected in the first (nine), fourth (10) and fifth rounds (tied with six), while the Big Ten led in the second (seven), fifth (tied with six), sixth (seven) and seventh rounds (nine).  The only other conference to “lead” a round was the ACC with six selections in the third round.

— The only players from independent schools to be drafted came from Notre Dame, with four Irish players hearing their names called in the seven rounds of the draft.

— Of the 11 players from the WAC who were taken, six came from schools that are joining the Mountain West in 2012 — Nevada (four), Fresno State (one) and Hawaii (one).

As far as individual schools go, Alabama had four players taken in Thursday’s first round and finished with eight overall, the most for any one team.  Another member of the SEC, Georgia, had seven players drafted, as did Oklahoma.  Boise State, Cal, Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State South Carolina and Wisconsin all had six each, while five players each came from Baylor, LSU and North Carolina State.

Arkansas, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida State, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, San Diego State, SMU, Stanford, Texas A&M and Wake Forest all had four players apiece selected.

At least one player from Wisconsin was taken in each of the first six rounds, while just one non-FBS school — Montana, two — had more than one player taken in the draft.

The SEC was the only conference in which each member of its league had at least one player selected, but just barely; Auburn, Ole Miss and Tennessee had just one player each selected, none before the fourth round.  And, for those Vols fans keeping score at home, in-state rival Vanderbilt doubled up UT with two players taken.

On the flip side, a total of 40 FBS schools did not have a single player drafted in any of the seven rounds, including 10 from the “Big Six” conferences.

Two teams each from the ACC (Duke, Maryland), Big East (Pittsburgh, USF), Big Ten (Indiana, Minnesota), Big 12 (Kansas, Texas Tech) and Pac-12 (UCLA, Washington State) were all shutout over the course of the draft.  The combined record for those teams in 2011?  Two bowl bids and a 37-86 mark, which could very well explain the lack of interest on the part of the NFL.

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15 Responses to “SEC, Big Ten pace NFL draft selections”
  1. seanmmartin says: Apr 30, 2012 9:30 AM


  2. tigerhawkeye says: Apr 30, 2012 9:49 AM

    You sort of miss the point of the draft if you only rank the conferences by number of draft picks rather than using a weighted scale. For an accurate ranking, the first pick should receive a heavier weight than the second pick, which should receive a heavier weight than the third pick…and so on. This analysis does include draft picks by round, but it still doesn’t tell the whole story.

  3. florida727 says: Apr 30, 2012 11:21 AM

    “tigerhawkeye”, to use your logic (Luck = 253, Griffin = 252, etc.) ranking players based on where they were selected and how that “ranks” conferences, here’s the results (HINT: you won’t like the results here either, unless you’re an SEC fan :) ) —

    SEC – 5,991 “points”
    Pac 12 – 4,391
    Big 10 – 4,217
    ACC – 4,101
    Big 12 – 3,025

    In other words, the SEC still rules the day.

  4. footballdude8 says: Apr 30, 2012 12:33 PM

    Boise State had 6 draftees (2 first round) and 5 undrafted free agent signings. Amazing result for a small school in a non-BCS conference! Go Chris Peterson!

  5. seanmmartin says: Apr 30, 2012 12:41 PM

    I see what you did there.

  6. footballdude8 says: Apr 30, 2012 1:06 PM

    Just a BSU fan. Actually attended Stanford; they obviously did very well also!

  7. pfitz2 says: Apr 30, 2012 1:21 PM

    Somethings to consider when looking at just the # of players drafted:

    From 1990-1991 SEC had 10 teams,1991-2012 the SEC had 12 teams

    From 1990-1993 The Big had 10 teams,1993-2011 the BIG had 11, 12 in 2012

    826 vs. 747 does not take into account the fact that for only 2 years did the two have the same number of teams. My calculations gave an edge to the SEC by 4 players

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 30, 2012 1:29 PM

    florida727: Once again you made me laugh! Your computer is working well. Thanks for the info.

    Georgia has done well this year as they have done well each year for the past many years. Even when they don’t have a great team, they put out some great players. Good job, Dawgs!

    The B1G did well. Very well.

    I would have assumed the SEC would do well.

    I wonder what the totals are among the undrafted but signed players? I think LSU has 5 players signed, but undrafted to add to their total of drafted players.

  9. Deb says: Apr 30, 2012 1:48 PM

    @alligatorsnapper …

    PFT has a tracker, but they haven’t updated it since last night and several more teams have reported in since then. Here’s the link:

    Maybe they’ll add the new teams later today.

    Bama has signed 4 more undrafted players so far.

  10. Deb says: Apr 30, 2012 1:55 PM

    @seanmartin …

    Well, the Steelers took David DeCastro out of Stanford in the first round. (Hallelujah!) I know you’re not impressed with our signing of Bama’s Marquis Maze, but you should bear in mind that he was behind Julio Jones until last year and the Tide is about smashmouth running and defense–much like the Steelers of old. Maze is a speedster who was Bama’s top punt and kick returner. If he makes the team, I look for us to use him primarily on special teams.

    @JT …

    You know how happy you were that the Browns got our Trent Richardson? 😥 Well, at least I can revel in having your Mike Adams join the Steelers 😀

  11. seanmmartin says: Apr 30, 2012 2:06 PM

    Stanford had four guys taken–including the most well-known–but was left off the list until a few hours ago. Only reason I brought it up.

  12. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) says: Apr 30, 2012 4:19 PM


    Is Tom Al-Betar moving to Cleveland as well?

    Also, so predictable about the Steelers drafting Adams. They’ve drafted four OSU players in the past three drafts. Probably because Pittsburgh has to play in inclement conditions (aka, that pile of slop they call a “field” at Heinz Field).

  13. Deb says: Apr 30, 2012 5:34 PM

    @seanmartin …

    Well, since you brought it up, I commented on it. You also brought up on PFT last night how many receivers in the NCAA had more catches last year than Maze had in his career. (Of course, if he were a top-of-the-line receiver, he’d have been drafted. Duh.) I replied, as noted here, that Bama didn’t run a pass-happy offense, he’d been behind Julio Jones his whole career, and the Steelers had picked him up for special teams. But didn’t post that comment, so I used the opportunity to reply to you here.

    Okay, LSU “fans,” now you can resume your thumbing 😆

  14. Deb says: Apr 30, 2012 5:39 PM

    @BrownsTown …

    ROFL … I’d forgotten your obsession with Trent. Oh that is rich. Maybe you should contact Tom. You could probably use a decent clothing store in that wasteland.

    Interesting how those Ohio State players have figured out how to perform on the slop at Heinz Field. Your Cleveland players sure haven’t. Unfortunately, I expect Trent will prove an exception to the rule. And you drafted a Bama fullback, too. You guys may wind up being good in spite of yourselves.

  15. txnative61 says: May 1, 2012 2:49 AM

    No mention of perennial draft powerhouse USC? Also note Pac 12 South champion UCLA totally blanked! Texas also recruits blue chippers every year. How did they do? I think the draft is the best judge of the quality of a program, since most players try to go where their professional talents will be developed best. By that measure Boise State won, getting the most from lower rated recruits. They all start over now, no matter where they were drafted or sign, and have to show what they really learned.

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