SEC players dot NFL rosters

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The record in BCS bowl games says it. So do the three BCS national championships over the last five years and the number of NFL draft choices.

But another indicator that the SEC plays the best football in the country can be traced to the 2008 NFL opening-day rosters. The SEC had more former players on NFL opening-day rosters (259) than any other conference this season. The ACC was second (254), followed by the Big Ten (227), the Pac-10 (178), the Big 12 (170) and Big East (87).

The SEC had five of the top 12 schools represented on NFL opening-day rosters. Georgia's 36 players led the conference, followed by LSU (35), Tennessee (34), Florida (30), Auburn (27), Alabama (18), Arkansas and Mississippi State (16), South Carolina (15), Ole Miss (14), Vanderbilt (10) and Kentucky (8).

Miami led all schools with 44 former players on NFL opening-day rosters. Florida State was second with 37.

The SEC has led the country in the number of players on NFL opening-day rosters since 2001.