SEC football is king. We know that college football is treated as a religion in the south and some of the best programs in the nation are pumped out of the southeastern region, but the SEC confirmed its dominance on the national scene with a new record at the 2019 NFL Draft.
When the seven rounds were all said and done with 254 players hearing their names called, a whopping 64 of them came from SEC programs.
Top put that into perspective, the Big Ten was in second with 40 players, while the Pac-12 had 33 players draft, the ACC had 28 picked off of the board, and the Big 12 sending 26 athletes to the pros.
The SEC’s 64 players selected is the most from one conference in any draft in the common draft era dating back to 1967, according to ESPN’s Trey Wingo.
As you would probably expect, Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide led the way among SEC programs with 10 players selected. It was the most players selected from a single school in this year’s draft. The Georgia Bulldogs and Texas A&M Aggies had seven players drafted a piece, including No. 1 overall pick and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray who was selected by the Arizona Cardinals.
The Auburn Tigers and Ole Miss Rebels had six players each called, the Florida Gators, Mississippi State Bulldogs, and Kentucky Wildcats each produced five draft picks. The Arkansas Razorbacks, LSU Tigers, and South Carolina Gamecocks were responsible for three draftees, while the Missouri Tigers and Vanderbilt Commodores each had two players selected.
Unfortunately for the Tennessee Volunteer, they were the only SEC program not to have a player selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.