Sizing up the SEC and the NFL draft
April, 24, 2009
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
With the help of SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom, here's some NFL draft trivia as it relates to the SEC:
- The SEC has either led or tied for the lead in most draft selections in nine of the last 11 seasons, including the last two drafts.
- Since 1990, the SEC has led the nation with 702 total draft selections, an average of more than 36 per year.
- Since conference expansion in 1992, the SEC has had 99 first-round selections in 16 drafts, an average of 6.19 selections per draft.
- This season, the NFL's Web site lists up to 63 SEC players who could be selected during this weekend's draft. The most players ever selected from the SEC in one season were 47 in 2002.
- The most first-round selections ever from the SEC were 11 in 2007.
- Since expansion, the SEC has produced four No. 1 overall picks in the draft -- all quarterbacks. LSU's JaMarcus Russell went No. 1 in 2007, Ole Miss' Eli Manning in 2004, Kentucky's Tim Couch in 1999 and Tennessee's Peyton Manning in 1998. Georgia's Matthew Stafford would be the fifth if he goes No. 1 as expected on Saturday.
- Since expansion, the team with the most players taken in one draft was Tennessee in 2002 with 10 selections. Three of those were first-rounders -- John Henderson, Donte Stallworth and Albert Haynesworth. Florida had nine players selected in the 2007 draft, while Georgia had eight players taken in the 2002 draft.
- Spanning the last 20 drafts, Tennessee has the most first-round picks with 22. Florida is close behind with 21, while Georgia (16), LSU (14), Alabama (11) and Auburn (10) are also in double figures.
- But over the last five drafts, it looks a little bit different when you start counting first-rounders. LSU leads the way with eight followed by Arkansas with six, Auburn with five and Tennessee with four. Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina each have three.
- In his final pre-draft projection, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has eight SEC players going in the first round, including six of the first 17 picks. He has Stafford going No. 1 to the Lions, LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson No. 3 to the Chiefs, Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith No. 6 to the Bengals, Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers No. 12 to the Broncos, Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher No. 16 to the Chargers and Florida receiver Percy Harvin No. 17 to the Jets.