No conference in college football had more players selected in the 2012 NFL draft than the SEC, which had 42 of its players have their name called over the three-day event. The Big Ten finished a close second with 41 players drafted.
Alabama led the way with 8 total players drafted, but all 12 SEC teams had a player selected in the draft. The SEC is the only conference to have had a player selected from every one of its teams. (SEC by team total: Alabama 8, Georgia 7, South Carolina 6, LSU 5, Arkansas 4, Miss. State 3, Florida 2, Kentucky 2, Vanderbilt 2, Auburn 1, Ole Miss 1, Tennessee 1)
Big 12: 26
Big East: 12
Big Sky: 3
Big South: 2
Big Ten: 41
Conference USA: 10
Lone Star: 2
Mountain West: 12
Sun Belt: 6
The following conferences had a single player selected: Atlantic 10, Big South, CAA, Canada, Great Lakes, Great Northwest, Great West, Gulf South, MEAC, Michigan Intercollegiate, North Central, Ohio Valley, Pennsylvania State, Southland
More notes on SEC:
* - It is the 6th year in a row and 8th in the last 10 years that the SEC has had multiple selections in the top 7 of the NFL Draft.
* - In last 6 NFL Drafts’ top six picks (36 selections total), the SEC has had 15 total selections.
* - The SEC has had a top three pick in the NFL Draft in 10 of the last 15 seasons.
* - Second year in a row that the SEC has had six of the first 14 selections in the NFL Draft.
* - Eight of the nine selections from the SEC were defensive selections.
* - In last 6 NFL Drafts’ top 15 picks (90 selections total), the SEC has had 29 total selections.
* - The SEC record for most players taken in the first round was 11, set in 2007. The nine, on Thursday night, is third highest, also behind last season’s 10.
* - During the last six NFL Drafts, the SEC has had 51 players taken in the first round, an average of 8.5 per season.
* - In the last five NFL Drafts (2008-12), 10 of the 12 SEC teams have had players drafted – a total of 30 players overall.
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