The NFL can thank the SEC for providing some prime talent in the most recent draft.
On Tuesday, NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah ranked the top 5 2016 rookie classes by school. To little surprise, Ohio State comes in first, given that the Buckeyes produced players such as Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Eli Apple and more.
But the SEC is well-represented throughout the rest of the top 5. Florida is second, Mississippi State third and Georgia fifth. Notre Dame comes in fourth.
It’s easy to see former SEC players’ fingerprints all over the NFL this season. Former Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III has 62 tackles and 1 interception for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Former Florida safety Keanu Neal has 87 tackles for the Atlanta Falcons. Former Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd has 32 tackles and 1 interception for the Chicago Bears. And of course, former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott has taken the NFL by storm in throwing for 3,139 yards with 20 touchdowns as a surprise star for the Dallas Cowboys.
The SEC didn’t claim the top spot, but the conference’s representation on this list is impressive. Don’t be surprised to see many of these players continue to become bigger stars in the coming years.