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Noting the SEC and the NFL draft

The NFL draft crown will remain in the SEC for yet another year.

The country's toughest conference in college football took home bragging rights for the fifth straight year when it came to the number of guys drafted. While the SEC didn't trump last year's record of 49 players drafted from a single conference, it did edge out the rest of the competition with 38 selections through the seven rounds.

As for the rest of the automatic qualifying conferences, the Pac-12 (formally the Pac-10) finished second with 37, followed by the Big Ten (36), ACC (35), Big East (22) and Big 12 (19).

The SEC has now led or tied for the most selections in the NFL draft for 12 of the past 14 seasons.

For those keeping score at home, since 1990, the SEC has had 820 total selections in the NFL draft, an average of 35.7 selections per year. The Big Ten is second with 708 selections. And since 1997, the SEC has had 590 total selections in the NFL draft, an average of 39.3 selections per year.

The SEC also topped all conferences in players taken in the first three rounds. The SEC had 20, followed by the ACC (19), Pac-12 (15), Big Ten (13), Big 12 ( 9) and Big East (4).

Florida was dethroned as the SEC draft champ as Georgia and LSU tied for the conference lead with six draft selections. Vanderbilt was the only school not to have a player drafted. Alabama led with four players being drafted in the first round.

After three rounds, the SEC had at least one player selected at every offensive position except tight end. On defense, at least one player at every position had been selected except outside linebacker and two of four defensive back positions.

There have been 77 first-round SEC selections in the past 11 drafts, an average of seven per year. The most by the SEC was 11 in 2007. The lowest in the past 11 drafts was four in 2003 and 2006.

The SEC has had at least seven players taken in the first round in three straight drafts (eight in 2009, seven in 2010 and 10 in 2011).

The conference has had at least five picks in the top 20 of the first round five years in a row. And after grabbing five of the first six picks in the first round this year, the SEC has now had three of the top eight picks in NFL draft for the fifth straight year and six of the past seven years.

Since conference expansion in 1992, the SEC has had 124 players taken in the first round of the NFL draft, an average of 6.5 per year. With the Carolina Panthers selecting Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the No. 1 overall pick, the SEC has now had the first selection of the draft for the 17th time in its history.

Talk about utter dominance.

Here's a look at the number of players drafted by each SEC team:

Georgia -- 6

LSU -- 6

Alabama -- 5

Auburn -- 4

Florida -- 4

Mississippi State -- 4

Arkansas -- 3

South Carolina -- 2

Tennessee -- 2

Kentucky -- 1

Mississippi -- 1

Vanderbilt -- 0