SEC NFL draft primer

A few tidbits to consider as we get ready for the start of the NFL draft later tonight:

  • The SEC has had more draft selections since 2006 than any other conference. The league has averaged almost 40 selections per draft since 2006 (39.5).

  • Since 2006, the SEC has had 46 first-round selections, an average of 7.67 per year. The league had a high of 11 first-round selections in 2007 and nine selected last season.

  • Since 2006, the SEC has had three players selected first in the NFL draft (2007 -- JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU to Oakland; 2009 -- Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia to Detroit; 2011 -- Cam Newton, QB, Auburn to Carolina) and seven other players selected among the top five in the draft (2009 -- #3 Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU to Kansas City; 2008 -- #4 Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas to Oakland; 2008 -- #5 Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU to Kansas City; 2010 -- #5 Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee to Kansas City; 2011 -- #3 Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama to Buffalo; #4 A.J. Green, WR, Georgia to Cincinnati; #5 Patrick Peterson, DB, LSU to Arizona).

  • In the 2012 NFL draft, the SEC had 42 players selected, the most from any conference. It included a high of nine first-round draft selections, including six of the first 14 selections. The SEC led the nation's conferences in draft picks for the sixth consecutive year. The last time that the SEC did not top the conference draft list was in 2006, when the Big Ten had 41 and the SEC had 37.

Below is a list of those SEC players scheduled to attend the draft festivities tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City: