NFL Draft 2012: The SEC's Championship Success Translates to the NFL Draft

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterApril 30, 2012

Former Alabama RB Trent Richardson
Former Alabama RB Trent RichardsonAl Bello/Getty Images

The SEC is home to six straight national titles, but the nation's best college football conference has another streak of six going on. The SEC had the most players selected in the NFL draft for the sixth straight year.

The SEC had 42 players selected in the 2012 NFL draft, which is one more than the Big Ten, which had 41 and 11 more than third-place ACC (31). The SEC is the only conference in FBS to have at least one player selected from each of its members.

Leading the charge into the SEC was Alabama, which led the nation with eight draft picks. Headlining that class was former running back Trent Richardson, who was selected third overall by the Cleveland Browns. Four former Crimson Tide players heard their names called in the first round on Thursday night, which also led the draft.

Georgia placed second in the SEC with seven selections in the draft, followed by South Carolina with six, LSU with five and Arkansas with four.

It's further proof that the SEC is the most dominant college football conference in the country. 

Success isn't measured solely in national championships; it's measured in the ability to send players to the next level. The SEC is second-to-none in both departments.

College football fans want titles, but most college football players are just like regular college students—they are there to prepare for their careers. Not only do players get the best on-the-field preparation in the SEC; they face the best competition and receive the most exposure of any other conference in the nation.

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