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NFL Draft: SEC owns 23 percent of the first 100 picks

Tre Mason

Three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft are in the books, and once again the SEC is leading the pack in sending talent to the draft. After 100 picks through three rounds, the SEC has accounted for 23 draft picks, including the top pick overall with South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney to the Houston Texans. The SEC has more players than any other conference in college football drafted so far.

The SEC set a record for total draft picks in the 2013 NFL Draft with 63 players chosen by NFL franchises. With four rounds to go, the SEC will have to average 10 players per round to match that number. The SEC could see the pace pick up after seeing the total number of players drafted dip in rounds two (seven) and three (five) after sending 11 players in the first round Thursday night.

The Big Ten added some depth to NFL rosters on Friday night with six picks each in the second and third rounds. With four picks in the first round, the Big Ten has a total of 16 players chosen in this year’s draft. The Big Ten had just 22 players drafted in 2013, so the conference should be on pace to avoid another repeat performance of a conference-low total since 1994.

It was the ACC that provided the most picks in the third round of the NFL draft, with seven players being chosen by NFL teams. The third round also saw non-FBS programs leave their marks as well. After Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo got things started with a late second round draft pick by the New England Patriots, there were four players from non-FBS programs selected in the third round. North Dakota State offensive tackle Billy Turner was selected early in the third round by the Miami Dolphins with the 67th overall pick. Division 2 Pittsburg State celebrated wide receiver John Brown being drafted 91st overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Towson running back Terrance West was later picked up by the Cleveland Browns with the 94th pick and Georgia Southern running back Jerick McKinnon was nabbed by the Minnesota Vikings with the 96th pick. Georgia Southern will be moving up to the FBS level as a member of the Sun Belt Conference this fall.

There are plenty of good players still to be had by NFL teams as the draft wraps up with the final four rounds on Saturday. Some names to keep an eye on include Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, Baylor offensive lineman Cyril Richardson, Boston College running back Andre Johnson, Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey and Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. Teams in need of an extra quarterback have some options left on the board as well. LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Georgia’s Aaron Murray, Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage and Alabama’s AJ McCarron are all among those still waiting for a phone call on the final day of the draft.

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9 Responses to “NFL Draft: SEC owns 23 percent of the first 100 picks”
  1. thekingdave says: May 10, 2014 9:33 AM

    As always, the SEC is just operating on a different level than the rest of the country. That SEC patch means one thing: validation. That’s what makes it so admirable as to what A&M and Missouri have done. To build up BOTH of those programs from Big 12 also rans to competitors in the SEC in JUST two seasons is freaking amazing, almost statistically impossible. But they have both managed to make up a gigantic talent gap. Well done.

  2. patinpbg says: May 10, 2014 1:33 PM

    11 players from FSU to the NFL in 2013. 6 so far for 2014

  3. conwayallday says: May 10, 2014 1:52 PM

    The ACC has the most players drafted at the time of this comment. A&M and Mizzou played the last 2 seasons with kids who were drafted by the Big 12! The SEC had noithig to do with that. If anything it proves 2 “Big 12 also fans” could join the SEC and whip up on the SEC! Let’s not forget Duke should’ve beat TAMU so A&M are pretty much on the same level as Duke lol!!!!!

  4. conwayallday says: May 10, 2014 1:54 PM

    ***Big 12 “also rans”. Autocorrect is almost as dumb as the above knucklehead

  5. musiccitymiracle2 says: May 10, 2014 2:00 PM

    thekingdave

    I am not so sure that TAMU and MU have closed the gap as much as they are giving credit for.

    Johnny was certainly special and would have put anyone on the map. TAMU was actually already loaded with lineman and Mike Evans, which are the guys drafted last year and this year. I think they are much closer than Mizzou, not because they closed the gap, but because they were already pretty close. And let’s not forget…they haven’t really won anything yet in the very difficult SEC West.

    Mizzou is another story. IMO they were extremely fortunate last year to (a) be in the East, (b) not have a difficult crossover game – TAMU was their big one. Ole Miss was the other. The East was down horribly this past year – TN GA FL – do you really think they will all be so bad again? And Mizzou also played a lot of wounded-QB teams – GA and FL come to mind. They were pretty good, but damned lucky last year. In the West, they would have been 4-4 or 5-3. Probably 0-3 against Alabama, Auburn, and LSU for starters.

    There is no football tradition at MU, and the entire season was a blip that took advantage of a favorable schedule. TAMU on the other hand will be strong for awhile as Johnny really did build a house while he was there plus Sumlin in a top recruiter and coach.

  6. thekingdave says: May 10, 2014 2:09 PM

    @conwayallday

    For the love of God get your sarcasm meter checked.

  7. irishdodger says: May 10, 2014 2:50 PM

    As much as haters want to hate, ND led all schools with 5 drafted in the first three rds & tied with FSU currently with six drafted overall. The Irish should have a few more drafted in the later rds with Bennett Jackson, TJ Jones & GAIII still on the board.

  8. themagicfanguy says: May 10, 2014 2:57 PM

    Yet the ACC leads in picks so far… So much for that “operating on another level” stuff.

  9. dhlions says: May 10, 2014 5:26 PM

    23% of 100?!?!?! How on earth did you do that math…

    Sweet headline bro.

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