Noting the SEC and the NFL draft

April, 26, 2010
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The 49 SEC players taken in this year's NFL draft were the most ever for the conference in the modern era. The previous high was 47 in 2002.

Back in the 1950s, the draft consisted of 30 rounds.

The SEC's 49 selections were 15 more than the next conference. The Big Ten had 34, the ACC had 31, the Big 12 had 30 and the Pac-10 had 29.

The SEC also ruled this year's draft in terms of premium selections, producing 23 players taken in the first three rounds. That was eight more than the Pac-10, which had 15 players go in the first three rounds.

The SEC has now led or tied for the most selections in the NFL draft for 11 of the last 13 seasons and for the last four drafts.

Since 1990, the SEC has had 782 total selections in the NFL draft, an average of 37.2 selections per year. The Big Ten is second with 672 selections.

Florida finished the draft with a nation's-best nine players selected, including a school-record six players taken in the first two rounds.

Here's a look at the number of players drafted from each SEC school:

  • Florida -- 9
  • Alabama -- 7
  • LSU -- 6
  • Tennessee -- 6
  • Georgia -- 5
  • Ole Miss -- 4
  • Kentucky -- 3
  • Auburn -- 2
  • Mississippi State -- 2
  • South Carolina -- 2
  • Vanderbilt -- 2
  • Arkansas -- 1

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