By: Tres T
It’s becoming kind of hysterical now on how dominating the Southeastern Conference has gotten. The 14 football programs are becoming direct pipelines to the league, with a recipe proven for success. For the 16th straight year, they had the most picks in the draft. That’s right, since 2007 they’ve been at the top of the food chain and it’s only became increasingly higher by the year.
This NFL Draft, here’s how the Power Five conferences matched up with each other in terms of picks by conference:
1. SEC – 65
2. Big Ten – 48
3. Big 12 – 25
4. Pac-12 – 25
5. ACC – 21
In 2020, they set the record for the most picks by one conference in a single draft with 40 selections, followed by 34 this year, 32 in 2013 and 30 in 2017. Record shattering like it’s glass.
If you’re including only the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, twelve players heard their name called. Georgia (1st, 13th, 22nd, 28th and 32nd picks), LSU (3rd pick), Alabama (7th and 12th picks), Mississippi State (9th pick), Texas A&M (15th pick), Arkansas (18th pick), Florida (23rd pick) rounded out Round 1.
Only a few more years and you’ll get to see Oklahoma (and Texas) added to that list too. The rich get richer, the conference further cements their legacy as the ‘sharks’ of the College Football ocean, and High School players spend every night dreaming to get offered by them.
It truly “just means more.”