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The SEC still offers a recruit the best odds of playing in the NFL.
NFL Draft Week is upon us. Even for ardent college football fans who do not love the NFL, the draft is intriguing. With that in mind, Holy Turf will have extensive coverage during the draft from the college slant as well as stories this week leading up to the draft.
So, where do all the players come from? Which conference produces the most NFL players? Which school? ESPN the Magazine did some research on the players on NFL rosters at the end of the 2010 season. Here is what they found, plus the average number of NFL players from each school because all conferences do not have the same number of teams:
Number of Players from Each BCS Conference, Average Number of NFL Players per team
ACC- 278, 23.1
Big 10-256, 23.2
Big 12-221, 18.4
Big East-115, 14.3
Few people would be surprised to find the SEC at the top, but to see the Big 12 fifth with regard to average NFL players per team is surprising. Seeing the ACC near the top is interesting as well because the ACC has not been a major player on the national stage in several years. Just more data proving the talent in the Big East, and football for that matter, is so inferior to the other BCS conferences.
Now, let’s take a look at the schools with top number of NFL players.
1. Miami, FL-45
T3. Texas, Ohio State-42
T9. Michigan, California-33
11. Florida State-31
T12. Iowa, Oklahoma-30
T14. Maryland, Penn State, Nebraska-29
T17. Auburn, Notre Dame-27
T19. Alabama, Purdue-26
T21. Georgia Tech, Virginia, Oregon-25
24. Michigan State-24
T25. Boston College, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech-23
There are so many interesting items in this list. Nothing in the top eight or so stick out, but who thought California has more NFL players than Florida State, Oklahoma, and Alabama? I hear so much about what a wonderful coach Kirk Ferentz is, but even with top 10 NFL talent, Iowa is constantly a slightly above average Big 10 program. Raise your hand is you had Maryland ahead of Auburn and Alabama? Virginia is 21. I cannot remember them doing anything good on the football field in a long, long time.
The gaps between the number one team in the conference and the number four with regard to NFL players:
Big 12: Texas 42 to Kansas State 18 (24)
ACC: Miami FL. 45 to Georgia Tech 25 (20)
Pac-1o- USC 39 to Oregon State 22 (17)
Big 10- Ohio State 42 to Penn State 29 (13)
SEC- LSU 44 to Tennessee 35 (9)
What surprises you? Tell us below.
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