All seven rounds of the NFL Draft concluded on Sat. April 25. The Southeastern Conference has dominated college football for the last decade-plus. This includes all three phases of the game as well rather if it is getting the best players in the recruiting process, to winning national championships, winning college awards, and especially getting their players to the NFL.
This year’s NFL Draft was another one for the record books for the SEC. The conference produced 63 total draft picks, which broke its own record. Also, set records for the most through the first round of the draft with fifteen total picks, and ten of those came within the top twenty picks of the draft. Other records set were six of the top ten picks were SEC players and the most picks in two rounds with 25.
Louisiana State had the number one pick in the draft, quarterback Joe Burrow, and the most picks in the draft from one school with fourteen. That beat a record Alabama set in 2018 with twelve picks.
In addition to having the most players drafted in one year, the SEC produced the first and last picks of the draft. Heisman winner and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, went number one overall to the Cincinnati Bengals to start the night for SEC. Then Georgia Bulldogs’ Linebacker Tae Crowder was the last pick of the draft. Crowder went to the New York Giants and earned the infamous title of ‘Mr. Irrelevant’. It is safe to say the SEC had the most relevant and irrelevant two players of the draft, which is another notch on their belt.
To true football fans, all this means nothing because it is about the end journey. The journey that helps win super bowls, rewrite record books, dominance, and making it to the Football Hall of Fame. But from a recruiting standpoint, this holds well because it can help keep the NFL factory pipeline from the SEC going.
Since 2006, the SEC has played in thirteen National title games winning ten of them. SEC also has had six number one overall picks in the NFL Draft since 2006 and five Heisman winners since 2006. The conference produces the best talent for the NFL, controls the recruiting, wins national awards, and plays for national titles. The conference also has a chance to produce the number one pick for this year’s NBA Draft with Anthony Edwards from Georgia.
SEC has its flaws, but on the surface, it’s not hard to argue why they are the best conference and ‘still running thangs’. It will probably be a long time before this dominance ends.