Here’s another way in which the SEC is one of the most dominant conferences in college football. Not only does the conference annually send a multitude of prospects to the NFL (NCAA-high 53 picks in 2017) but once they make it the pros, the data shows they earn quite the living.
According to this pie chart from Greg Hart, former SEC standouts comprise the highest percentage of the top 100 salaries in the NFL at 22.27 percent. The percentages for the other Power 5 conferences are: Big Ten (16.57 percent), Pac-12 (15.17 percent), ACC (12.03 percent) and Big 12 (10.69 percent).
— Greg Hart (@FollowYour_Hart) June 25, 2017
Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State) is set to make $33.3 million in 2017.
Other former SEC stars with large 2017 salaries include Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (Tennessee/$30.8 million), New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina/$29.1 million), Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (Texas A&M/$25.1 million), Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (Auburn/$13 million) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Ole Miss/$18 million).
This is just another sign that the SEC is a major factor not only in college football but on the professional landscape as well.