SEC leads breakdown of NFL Draft picks by conference since 1998

05/06/2014 11:59 AM

05/06/2014 11:59 AM

In many ways, the SEC is the conference of football excess: Zeal, competitiveness, recent national championships and NFL Draft selections.

About the latter, we’ll be given another reminder starting Thursday.

Using the latest projections by

The Star’s Terez A. Paylor

, the Southeastern Conference is set to dominate another NFL Draft. Paylor has SEC players in three of the top four slots: South Carolina’s Jadevon Clowney, Texas A’s Jake Matthews and Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The top 10 includes Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Texas A’s Mike Evans, and there are three more from the league in Paylor’s first round. I’ve seen as many as 10 first-rounders from the SEC in other draft projections.

No stunning development here. The SEC has been college football’s King Kong in the BCS era (1998-2014) with nine national titles.

The best teams have the best players, or at least the ones NFL teams want.

Judging total NFL Draft selections by conference has always been a bit of a mathematical challenge. Not all leagues are created or re-created in equal numbers.

For this and last year’s draft, the SEC stands at 14 teams, the Big Ten and Pac-12 at 12 and the Big 12 at 10. The ACC had 14 teams for this draft, 12 for the previous one.

But even with the disparate numbers, there’s no fudging the SEC dominance. Last year, the

SEC East

, with seven teams, had more players drafted (32) than any other conference.

Here’s a major conference breakdown of total NFL Drafts by in the Bowl Championship Series era (since 1998):

Year SEC Big Ten ACC Pac-12 Big 12 Big East School with most draft picks
1999 37 27 31 27 33 17 Florida State (11)
2000 41 36 23 28 24 20 Alabama (8)
2001 41 40 21 24 31 18 Southern California, North Carolina (9)
2002 47 36 18 32 25 27 Florida (9)
2003 43 36 17 29 35 23 Southern California (11)
2004 42 44 25 30 23 28 Southern California (10)
2005 37 30 36 33 33 8 Florida (9)
2006 37 41 51 32 29 11 Southern California (11)
2007 41 31 31 28 28 15 Oklahoma (11)
2008 35 28 34 34 30 19 Ohio State (14)
2009 37 28 32 32 28 27 Florida, Miami, Fla., Tennessee (8)
2010 49 34 31 28 30 18 Miami, Fla. (11)
2011 38 29 35 31 30 21 Florida State (9)
2012 42 41 31 28 26 12 Tennessee (9)
2013 63 22 31 28 22 18 Florida, Ohio State (8)
Totals 630 503 447 444 427 282

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