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Deke: S-E-C -- 63 -- S-E-C!
by Deke Bellavia,posted Apr 30 2013 9:42AM
Yes, if the rest of the nation were not already hating enough on the nation’s best, toughest, greatest, most difficult conference…well you get the picture. After last week’s three day NFL Draft, the hate got a lot deeper for the Southeastern Conference.
Yes, the mighty SEC has won seven straight national titles in football and now the SEC has set yet another historic record. 63 players from the mighty conference down South were drafted and many more were signed on as undrafted free agents. The 63 players drafted from Southeastern Conference schools shattered the old record of 55 that was a benchmark set back in 1983 when 55 players were drafted from the Pacific 10 Conference. And give some love to the new kids on the block.
Missouri and Texas A&M combined to have seven players selected in the draft last weekend. And how god is the SEC West Division? Well, I’ll let you decide. The ACC (Atlantic Coastal Conference) had a solid 31 players drafted over the three day weekend. The SEC West alone had 32 players taken in the draft. Dayum!
The SEC tied a NFL Draft record when 12 of their players were drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft. In the last seven NFL Drafts the SEC has averaged nearly 40 players drafted including more than seven first round selections per season as well.
And here’s another one for you SEC haters out there. Remember after the 2011 season when the rest of the country said, “Oh no, please, not another boring, low-scoring game. We want action! We want some points,” coaches from other schools and analyst cried. Well boo who to those fools!
That classic so called game of the century that saw LSU edge Alabama 9-6 in overtime without a touchdown in the game has produced some big time talent. Did you know that when LSU took to the field at Bryant Deny Stadium in November of 2011 that 31 of the players that played in that game have been drafted by the NFL? Wow! Now that is amazing.
Yes folks, since Florida ripped The Ohio State University 41-14 in the 2006 BCS Title Game, the SEC has by far been the kings of football. And if you go back and look to see how the SEC Champion landed in the BCS Title Game, you would see that the team that was beaten to get to the title game could have very easily been in the title game too!
So what does that mean? It means with a new four team playoff forthcoming in two years the likelihood of an all-SEC National Title Game like the one we saw in New Orleans two seasons ago is more possible to take place than not.
And now as we get ready to go to newsstands and buy those ever-so-fun preseason magazines that get us fired up for the upcoming season, we all know that regardless of what predictions are made and what the national media says and thinks, the SEC will be the one standing with that crystal ball.
And if you’re looking at more history, then check this out. Did you know that picks #9, #10 and #11 in the NFL Draft were all from the University of Alabama? Yes, for the first time in draft history three players from the same school were taken in order.
The Tide’s Dee Milliner went to the New York Jets with the #9 pick, guard Chance Warmack to the Tennessee Titans at #10 and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker to the San Diego Chargers at #11. And for the fourth consecutive year, the first defensive back taken in the draft came from the SEC.
In fact, 33 of the first 99 players drafted last weekend came from the SEC. Former USC Coach Pete Carroll must love the SEC, as he led the league drafting five players from the Southeastern Conference.
Five other teams took four players from the SEC, including the Bengals, Titans, 49ers, Lions and Miami Dolphins had four SEC players on their draft day lists while the Texans, Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars all selected three SEC players. In fact only three of the NFL’s 32 teams did not pick an SEC player. Those teams were Atlanta, Carolina and New England.
There has been at least one SEC player drafted in the last 146 rounds of the NFL Draft. LSU and Alabama led the way for the SEC with nine players from each school being drafted. In a side note for the ACC, Florida State led all schools in the 2013 draft as 11 Seminoles were drafted in this year’s draft.
So what else can be said? What else needs to be said? The only thing that can stop the SEC is the SEC. And when we move to that new playoff format the rest of the nation will have to count on an SEC Team to keep another SEC team from winning it all!
The dominant ways of the SEC will only become stronger.