The 2018 NFL Draft is approaching, and it should be another chance for the SEC to show off.
On Thursday, NFL Media’s Gil Brandt relayed an amazing statistic that shows how dominant the conference has been early in the NFL draft. Four of the seven schools that have produced the most top 10 NFL draft picks in the last 10 years come from the SEC: Alabama (nine), LSU (seven), Texas A&M (six) and Georgia (four). (Yes, Texas A&M was in the Big 12 until the 2012 season.)
For what it’s worth, the other schools included on the list are USC (five), Clemson (four) and Ohio State (four).
Schools w/ most top-10 draft picks in last 10 years (+ top-10 AP poll finishes):
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 12, 2018
Those figures are fun to inspect for multiple reasons. It shouldn’t be a surprise to see Alabama listed on top, given the program’s dominance under coach Nick Saban throughout the decade. And LSU’s ability to churn out NFL-caliber talent is well-known, even if the Tigers struggle to translate that skill into SEC and national championships.
But it’s cool to see Texas A&M and Georgia among the top schools as well. The talent that has been produced in the SEC in the last decade is a sign of the conference’s recent strength. Anyone who has followed the NFL draft lately should recognize that NFL front-office personnel respect the talent that comes from the SEC.